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.