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Policy Director

February 14, 2022 Job Listing

Policy Director
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Based in San Francisco, CA
Exempt, Full-time position

Applications are due by March 18, 2022

The Opportunity


Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (ALC) seeks a full-time Policy Director to elevate and lead its policy advocacy efforts and increase our impact and capacity to drive change. This is an exciting leadership opportunity at the first Asian American and Pacific Islander civil rights organization in the country at a moment when anti-democratic forces are on the rise, and we are pursuing an ambitious agenda for racial and economic justice. With the rapid growth and activation of Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) communities, we have an opportunity to build alignment with a diverse group of API grassroots partners and build solidarity with other communities of color.

The Policy Director is responsible for the oversight and direction of ALC’s policy priorities and advocacy on local, state, and federal issues impacting low-income Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, including Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities. The Policy Director will also oversee and guide the development and implementation of strategic partnerships that build grassroots power and advance our systemic change goals through policy advocacy. These goals include the following: advancing economic security for low-wage workers and low-income tenants; creating an inclusive democracy for immigrant voters; reimagining community safety through decriminalization and non-carceral solutions; and promoting immigrant justice through challenging mass incarceration, detention, deportation, and discriminatory surveillance.

The Policy Director is our expert on legislative advocacy and policy development and will partner with and support program staff to identify emergent issues, develop innovative policy proposals, and craft legislative strategies. Together with the Executive Team, Communications and Litigation Directors, and staff across six programs, the Policy Director will guide the overall development of coordinated advocacy efforts. In partnership with Advancing Justice-LA, the Policy Director will play a leadership role to shape the Advancing Justice-CA’s policy agenda that defines a vision of power, racial justice, and economic security for API communities in California. ALC is looking for a strategic and innovative movement leader who can help us build a policy team that is deeply attuned to issues facing communities on the ground and committed to building leadership and power with and for impacted communities. She/he/they brings a management style that is grounded in principles of equity and inclusion, and can partner with ALC’s leadership and staff to build connectivity and cohesion across the organization.

The Organization


ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (APIs). Since 1972, ALC has preserved affordable housing in San Francisco’s Chinatown, litigated high-profile civil rights cases, advocated for the passage of landmark policy changes, and provided an array of services, including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation to further the rights of low-income immigrants and communities of color. Current program areas include Housing Rights, Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, Workers’ Rights, and Voting Rights.

ALC is based in San Francisco, a hub of the Asian American rights movement, progressive politics, and social justice activism. Our location in Chinatown is the first mixed-use, affordable housing co-op in San Francisco, serving as a model for preserving affordable housing in the city and protecting tenants’ rights.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • In alignment with the strategic plan, work closely with program staff and guide the development of a robust policy strategy for the next three years, including a legislative agenda
  • Lead the collaborative development, implementation, and evaluation of policy goals and advocacy strategies with the leadership team and program teams
  • Work with staff to provide research and critical analysis on issues to develop policy positions, priorities, and proposals that advance organizational goals
  • Assess the impact of local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory developments and proposals on low-income immigrants, asylees, and refugees, including our priority bills
  • Maintain knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field, play an organizational leadership role to work with staff to build and ensure coordinated advocacy efforts and strategy
  • Work closely with the ED, DD, and program teams to advance integrated policy solutions and advocacy efforts through strategic partnerships that build grassroots power
  • Play a key role in coordinating efforts with policy and government affairs staff on active campaigns, including leading meetings, responding to requests and inquiries, overseeing the development of talking points, testimony, advocacy materials, and other guidance as needed
  • Develop policy solutions in coordination with program staff and coalitions, organizational partners, and directly impacted people we serve
  • Lead public education around policy and policy impacts, oversee the development of materials (factsheets, legislative and budget analysis) to improve community understanding of policy and advance policy goals
  • Build and effectively supervise, mentor, develop and lead the policy advocacy team members and cultivate a culture of collaboration and growth
  • Participate in developing the annual budget for program areas; and assist with fundraising activities
  • Identify and oversee the development of trainings, systems, and tools for staff to inform their political analysis and strengthen their advocacy skills

Qualifications

  • At least ten (10) years of experience and deep knowledge of public policy, advocacy, and the legislative process
  • 3-5 years of experience managing a team
  • Demonstrated track record of success creating and implementing advocacy and/or legislative strategies, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex (number and variety of constituents) nonprofit entity
  • Demonstrated commitment to building power for and with grassroots communities
  • Knowledge of current issues impacting low-income API & AMEMSA communities, including key organizations, elected offices, and agencies
  • The ability to balance national and statewide strategies and perspectives while maintaining roots in local community work
  • Willingness to take risks and innovate
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, writing, facilitation, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours and respond promptly to urgent requests and fast-moving developments in legislative advocacy
  • Strong emotional and intersectional intelligence with the ability to lead as a unifying force and to position policy discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters
  • A trusted colleague who works effectively within a nonprofit management team towards organizational goals and objectives

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. The annual salary range is $120,000 - $140,000, depending on experience. ALC offers a generous benefits package that includes full individual health, dental, and vision plan coverage, life insurance, and a 401k plan.


Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (no more than ten (10) pages)
  • Three professional references

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Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation. While understanding the API communities’ issues is important to the Policy Director role, candidates need not themselves identify as API.