Job Opportunities

Senior Policy Advocate

The South is at the cusp of a critical change: with rapidly growing AANHPI (Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander) AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian) and immigrant communities, the composition of the South, its electorate, and its power are shifting. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking a Senior Policy Advocate who will help continue our policy advocacy work to protect, defend, and advance the rights of Asian Americans, immigrants, and communities of color in Georgia and across the South.

Job Summary

The Senior Policy Advocate is a contract position that can be full or part-time for the right candidate. The Senior Policy Advocate’s main role is to defend, protect, and advance the rights of AANHPI/AMEMSA and other immigrant communities in Georgia through policy advocacy at the local and state level. The Senior Policy Advocate will lead advocacy efforts during the Legislative Session at the Georgia State Capitol, as well as coordinate with national partners on federal policy campaigns. Moreover, the Senior Policy Advocate will help educate AAPI communities in Georgia on policy issues and train them on policy analysis and advocacy.

Main Responsibilities.

• Follow, track, and lead advocacy efforts at the State Capitol on policies relevant to AAPI and immigrant communities
• Lead advocacy days at the State Capitol
• Support local policy efforts related to immigration enforcement
• Build and maintain coalitions addressing immigration policy issues impacting the AAPI and immigrant communities
• Coordinate joint advocacy campaigns and messaging with coalition partners locally and nationally
• Create and publish regular policy updates for partners, coalitions, and community members through social media and email
• Work with organizations, communities, faith leaders & small businesses to address and receive feedback on policy issues impacting the AAPI and immigrant communities
• Coordinate and participate in community education and training events on immigration policy impacting AANHPI/AMEMSA communities and other immigrants. • Develop content and educational materials to promote policy advocacy efforts
• Monitor and advocate on issues related to immigrant rights, voting rights, access to education, and economic justice as relevant to our communities

Other responsibilities as identified by the supervisor, including:
• Support and/or supervise Policy Advocacy interns, consultants, and volunteers
• Represent the organization in professional settings
• Other duties as assigned by the organization

Experience and Skill Requirements

• MPP, MPA, or other relevant advanced degrees (applicants with a bachelor degree and strong work experience will also be considered)
• Experience with public policy (including advocacy, organizing, analysis, and/or research)
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice and civil rights issues • Ability to work flexible hours (including evenings and weekends)
• Knowledge of and/or interest in the AANHPI/AMEMSA community preferred;
• Demonstrated commitment to the mission, goals, and work of Advancing Justice – Atlanta
• Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects in a strategic and efficient fashion
• Familiarity with Georgia’s AANHPI/AMEMSA and immigrant communities preferred
• Strong administrative, management, facilitation, interpersonal, and leadership development skills

Compensation

This is a contract remote position. The salary is negotiable based on experience.

To Apply

Please send a resume, a short writing sample, and a thoughtful cover letter to Stephanie Cho, scho@advancingjustice-atlanta.org outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. No phone calls, please. The position will remain open until filled. Applications without all required components will not be considered.

Advancing Justice – Atlanta is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of color, low-income people, women, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQI people to apply.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Immigration Staff Attorney: Detained Removal Defense

Georgia is home to some of the largest detention centers in the country; and yet, only one in six immigrants detained in the Southeast has access to an attorney in removal proceedings. These proceedings determine whether immigrants have a right to remain in the United States, to live the lives they have built alongside their families in the U.S., or whether they are forced to return to a country in which they may be unsafe or not consider home. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is seeking an Immigration Staff Attorney to provide legal services to individuals who are detained in Georgia. This opportunity is geared towards an attorney with experience or interest in immigration law.

Mission Statement:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Atlanta’s mission is to protect and promote the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast through policy advocacy, legal services, civic engagement, and leadership development. Our vision is a social movement where individuals are fully empowered, active in civic life, and working together to promote equity and fair treatment for all.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties of Immigration Staff Attorney

• Provide legal representation to individuals currently detained in Georgia in their custody and removal proceedings before the Atlanta Immigration Court;
• Independently manage a caseload of removal defense claims for immigration relief, including but not limited to: bond and parole proceedings, asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visas, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, motions to reopen, and appeals;
• Conduct immigration consultations and provide pro se legal advice;
• Travel to detention centers in Georgia to meet with detainees (once safe to do so per public health guidelines and organizational policy);
• Prepare legal documents such as memos, briefs, and motions for submission to immigration agencies and officials;
• Participate in community outreach and educational activities, including Know-Your-Rights workshops and citizenship clinics;
• Develop relationships with stakeholders and community partners;
• Contribute to grant reports, as needed.

Qualifications

• J.D. from an accredited university;
• Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
• A sincere desire to advocate for social change for immigrant communities through legal services in a community setting;
• Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, and writing skills;
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse client population as and community members;
• Flexibility to attend evening and weekend events and meetings, as needed;
• Fluency in Spanish or one Asian language (Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Urdu/Hindi, Arabic) is preferred.

Selection will be based on a variety of factors, including the applicant’s academic and professional qualifications, experience as an attorney or law student representing immigrants before federal immigration agencies, knowledge of immigration law, and whether the applicant has a demonstrated commitment to the public interest and community lawyering.

Salary:

Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is based on principles of internal equity with a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance.

To Apply:

Send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a legal writing sample (5-10 pages) to Palmer Lawrence at plawrence@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. No phone calls, please. The position will remain open until filled.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta 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 identity, sexual orientation, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

Voting Rights Staff Attorney

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta is seeking a Voting Rights Staff Attorney to work within the Litigation Department to expand our capacity to combat the disenfranchisement of voters of color in Georgia and facilitate meaningful civic and political participation for all communities. The Voting Rights Staff Attorney would support ongoing federal litigation and identify and build opportunities for future voting rights litigation. The Voting Rights Staff Attorney would also engage other tools, including community education and outreach and policy advocacy, to ensure safe and equitable access to the ballot and expand the political power of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) and other communities of color. The Staff Attorney would be supervised by the Litigation Director.

Responsibilities and duties

● Engage in voting rights litigation primarily in federal court. Includes investigating potential litigation and participating in all aspects of litigation, including client counseling and communication; legal research; drafting complaints, briefs, motions, and other pleadings; conducting depositions and discovery; and other litigation tasks.
● Work closely and collaboratively with voting rights staff from other offices in the Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, as well as with local voting rights organizations.
● Develop relationships with stakeholders and community partners.
● Represent the organization at community events and coalition tables.
● Assist with public communications related to voting rights litigation and other voting issues, including community advisories, press releases, press conferences, and media inquiries.
● Assist with community organizing and education activities, including local and state policy advocacy. May include preparing community education materials and leading training and other public presentations.
● Help run Advancing Justice-Atlanta’s election protection program and voter interpretation program.
● Contribute to grant reports, as needed.
● All staff members of Advancing Justice-Atlanta are expected to, at times, assist with general office duties, such as answering phones, outreach, and other tasks.

Requirements and Qualifications

Requirements:
○ J.D. from an accredited university
○ Membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or District of Columbia
○ Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, and writing skills
○ A sincere desire to protect and advocate for the rights of voters of color and a commitment to Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta’s mission
○ Demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse client population and community members
○ Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
○ Ability to work independently and proactively in a small team

Preferred qualifications:
○ Prior experience with voting rights law and/or federal civil litigation
○ Prior experience working with/ties to low-income communities of color and/or immigrant or refugee communities
○ Bilingual abilities, particularly in Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Arabic, Spanish

Salary/Benefits

Salary for this position is commensurate with experience and based on principles of internal equity with a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance.

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, three professional or academic references, and a legal writing sample (not to exceed 5 pages) to Phi Nguyen at pnguyen@advancingjustice-atlanta.org. No phone calls or inquiry emails, please. Applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis. This position is for a one-year contract and will remain open until filled.

Advancing Justice – Atlanta is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of color, low-income people, women, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQI people to apply.

Community Organizer - Queer AAPI & POC Youth & Young Adults

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking a Community Organizer who will help us bring queer and trans Asian American, Pacific Islander, and BIPOC youth and young adults into the movement toward a liberated future.

About Us

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is the first nonprofit legal advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the civil rights of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities in Georgia and the Southeast. We work in four major program areas: Civic Engagement and Organizing, Direct Legal Services, Impact Litigation, and Policy Advocacy.
This position would be housed in the Civic Engagement and Organizing department which aims to effect deep, long term shifts in power, behavior, and culture through community-building and education, leadership development, issue-based and electoral campaigns, and coalition-building.

Job Summary

The Community Organizer will be responsible for building and mobilizing a multiracial base of transgender, gender nonconforming, and queer youth and young adults of color, with an emphasis on Asian Americans. They will be directly supervised by and working closely with the department director, coordinating as needed with other staff and community partners for the successful execution of any and all campaigns and projects. The Organizer will also work irregular hours - weekends and evenings - to accommodate campaign and project schedules.

Main Responsibilities

Base-building:
● Build member list through regular outreach and follow-up
● Track member involvement and maintain member database
● Call through member list, conduct one-on-ones, and hold base meetings regularly
● Work with members to establish a joyful, abolitionist culture within the base

Political education and skills-building:
● Identify and facilitate skills-trainings and political education required by base members to build political consciousness, capacity, and leadership
● Work with base members to develop culturally responsive, multilingual political education content for broader AAPI/BIPOC communities - can include curricula, infographics, zines, podcasts, Facebook live streams, etc.
● Research and practice new and creative organizing methods with the base
● Plan and execute annual Organizer Academy with OA base committee

Campaign development and mobilization
● Conduct issue surfacing surveys to identify main needs and issues affecting base members and their communities
● Organize with base members to address these needs and issues through collective action
● Work with members to integrate our cultural and political identities into organizing work
● Develop and strengthen strategic alliances with community partners and other local organizations

Experience and Skill Requirements

● At least 1 year of experience working with grassroots organizations and/or campaigns in AANHPI/AMEMSA, youth, queer, and/or immigrant communities strongly preferred
● Demonstrated ability to base build, facilitate meetings and training, and organize to address community needs (does not have to be in an explicitly political setting, e.g. student associations)
● Community-oriented and collaborative person who is also capable of working independently
● Familiarity with local BIPOC TGNC/LGBQIA+, AANHPI/AMEMSA, and immigrant communities
● Bilingual in English and an Asian language preferred
● Flexibility and willingness to work evenings/weekends
● Access to a vehicle and a valid GA driver’s license
● Commitment to the mission, goals, and work of Advancing Justice – Atlanta

Compensation

Compensation with benefits is competitive and commensurate with experience. This is a one year contract.

To Apply

Please send a resume and a thoughtful cover letter to Esther Lim at elim@advancingjustice-atlanta.org outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline is July 31st, 2020. Applications without all required components will not be considered. The projected hire date is mid to late August.

Advancing Justice – Atlanta is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of color, low-income people, women, trans, gender non-conforming, and LGBQIA+ people to apply.