Position: Full – time
Reports To: BAJI Co-Director
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: Nationwide; DC or NYC Preferred
Position Summary: The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is a racial justice and migrant rights organization which engages in education, advocacy, and cross-cultural alliance-building in order to strengthen a national movement to end racism, criminalization, and economic disenfranchisement in African American and Black Immigrant communities. BAJI’s headquarters are in Brooklyn, NY with additional offices in Oakland, CA, Atlanta, GA, and Phoenix, AZ. BAJI is the coordinating body of the Black Immigration Network (BIN), a national kinship of nearly 30 Black-led organizations that are connecting, training, and building towards policy and cultural shifts for a racial justice and migrant rights agenda.
He/she will work towards challenging the continued local enforcement of federal immigration laws as well as rules and regulations that undermine the welfare of immigrants. The Policy Advocate will work closely with BAJI local staff and BIN Coordinator to ensure policy research and campaign objectives are clear and achieved.
Duties & Essential Job Functions
- Develop BIN’s public policy agenda in coordination with BAJI’s staff, BIN members, and key allies across the nation
- Coordinate BIN’s policy agenda at the local, regional and national level, including providing a racial justice framework for immigration policy, challenging rules and regulations that threaten the rights of Black immigrants in the context of the enforcement of immigration laws; and providing the context of African American experience
- Analyze public policies on the local, state and federal levels to determine their impact on black communities. Effectively and rapidly develop, write and disseminate policy strategy and research materials for issue advocacy, including detailed legislative and policy reports, e-updates, fact sheets, and letters to elected officials, community partners and other allies.
- Advocate with BIN members on legislative and policy issues. Compile testimonies on policies impacting both foreign-born and native-born black communities, preparing community members to testify and helping to build relationships among BIN members and policy makers.
- Develop policy expertise on key issues, including immigration reform, immigrant integration, and racial profiling, among others. Monitor, researches and interpret information on federal, local and state legislation and policy for internal and external distribution.
- Anticipate possible advocacy developments and outcomes and prepare contingency plans and strategy adjustments
- Update staff and members of the network on policy and legislative developments
- Incorporate processes for tracking and measuring advocacy efforts
- Draft legislative updates, call-in day scripts, and other advocacy-oriented materials
- Develop creative and innovative advocacy tactics in coordination with other appropriate members of the statewide coalition or working groups
- Research, compile, analyze and present relevant data as it pertains to black immigrant communities
- Represent BIN in national coalitions and briefings.
- Undergraduate in political science, government and/or social change
- Masters in public administration or political science, or a law degree, preferred, but not required
- Minimum 3 years experience in the areas of immigration, civil rights and racial justice
- Solid understanding of the politics of the policy-making process;
- Excellent writing and communication skills, including the ability to discuss public policy issues in clear and concise;
- Ability to synthesize policy and research information for different audiences;
- Understanding and enjoyment of multifaceted public policy advocacy that involves public policy advocacy, policy analysis and coalition-building activities;
- Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including news media, about complex policy issues;
- Comfortable and experienced in fast-paced environment and handling multiple deadlines
- Extremely well organized and systems oriented; Strong analytical skills and the ability to pay attention to detail
To apply: Please email resume and cover letter to BAJI Co-Director, Opal Tometi, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, please call 347-410-5312.