Job Opportunities

Policy Advocate

The South has come to the cusp of a critical change: with rapidly growing AANHPI/AMEMSA and immigrant communities, the composition of the South, its electorate, and its power are shifting. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking a 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.

About us

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is the first legal and policy advocacy center dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast. Founded in 2010 to create a powerful voice for AANHPI and AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian) communities in the South, we provide in-language direct legal services to low-income clients, coordinate civic engagement and voter mobilization work in Georgia, lead and shape public policy for AANHPI immigrants and refugees, and develop new leaders to create a better Georgia.

Job description

The Policy Advocate will be supporting work to defend, protect, and advance the rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) and immigrant communities in Georgia by following, tracking, and mobilizing around local, state, and federal legislation. The policy advocate will help lead advocacy efforts during the Legislative Session at the State Capitol as well as coordinate with national partners around federal policy campaigns. Moreover, the policy advocate’s role will be to help ensure that the diverse AAPI communities in Georgia understand policy issues by engaging in state and local policy analysis and advocacy, and providing training and community education.

Responsibilities

• Follow, track, and lead advocacy efforts at the State Capitol around issues relevant to AAPI and immigrant communities
• Lead advocacy days at the State Capitol including Immigrant Rights Thursdays and our annual Asian American Legislative Breakfast & Lobby Day
• Support local policy efforts related to immigration enforcement and the ICE out of Gwinnett campaign
• 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
• issues for AAPIs and 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 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

Qualification

• MPP, MPA, or other relevant advanced degree (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) and to travel domestically on occasion
• Knowledge of and/or interest in the Asian American and Pacific Islander 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
• Bilingual in English and an Asian language preferred
• Access to vehicle and a valid GA driver’s license

Salary and benefits

Compensation with benefits is competitive and commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please send a resume, a short writing sample, and a thoughtful cover letter to Aisha Yaqoob at ayaqoob@advancingjustice-atlanta.org outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. 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. Application deadline open until filled. Preferred start date is August 1st but is flexible.

Removal Defense Attorney

The South is experiencing a critical moment: there is not enough legal representation for immigrant communities. Georgia is home to the largest detention center in the country, but 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 here alongside their families, or whether they are forced to return to a country they may not even recognize as home. For some, winning or losing is a matter of life or death.

To fill this gap in representation, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is seeking a Removal Defense Attorney to provide legal services to individuals in removal proceedings.

About Us

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta is the first legal and policy advocacy center dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast. Founded in 2010 to create a powerful voice for AANHPI and AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian) communities in the South, we provide in-language direct legal services to low-income clients, coordinate civic engagement and voter mobilization work in Georgia, lead and shapes public policy for AANHPI immigrants and refugees, and develop new leaders to create a better Georgia.

Job Description

Removal Defense Attorney Under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney, the Immigration Attorney will provide immigration assistance to detained, primarily Spanish-speaking individuals in removal proceedings.

Responsibilities and Duties

• Provide consultations and screen immigrants in detention centers throughout Georgia to ascertain immigration relief;
• Directly represent individuals detained at detention centers in Georgia through all aspects of their removal case;
• Manage a caseload of in-house cases for immigration relief on behalf of detainees;
• Travel to detention centers in Georgia to meet clients, as needed;
• Monitor detention conditions and access to counsel issues for litigation purposes;

Qualifications

• Oral and written fluency in Spanish required;
• JD degree with membership in good standing in the bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
• 0-2 years of removal defense experience and knowledge of immigration remedies;
• Dedicated to serving immigrant communities with a sincere commitment to working on behalf of low income immigrants;
• Detailed oriented and strong writing skills;
• Excellent interpersonal skills, including good communication skills, listening skills and attitude;
• Ability to work both independently and under supervision;
• Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends;
• Valid driver’s license, access to an automobile, insurance, and willingness to drive to off-site locations.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and is based on principles of internal equity. A full benefits package is included. This is a full-time, salaried, non-exempt position.

Duration

One year.

To Apply

We will be screening applications and interviewing on a rolling basis. Send a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a legal writing sample to jobs@advancingjustice-atlanta.org, with “Immigration Attorney” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Community Organizer

The South has come to a crossroads: with rapidly growing AANHPI (Asian American, NativeHawaiian, and 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 Community Organizer who will help us build a movement in this critical moment toward change for and by Asian Americans, immigrants, and all communities of color in Georgia and across the South.

Job Summary:

The Community Organizer will be responsible for building and mobilizing an active volunteer base for Advancing Justice – Atlanta’s grassroots projects, as well as planning and implementing programming for the AANHPI/AMEMSA and immigrant communities, such as culturally responsive political education, queer youth group meetings, and youth activist development. They will be directly supervised by and working closely with the Program Coordinator, coordinating as needed with other staff and community partners for 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.

Responsibility

Base-building:
• Work with Civic Engagement team to coordinate and develop programs in priority communities
• Plan and conduct outreach in priority communities
• Facilitating regular meetings with volunteers and community members

Leadership development through political education and skills-building:
• Identify skills-training and political education required by volunteers, coalition partners, and/or community members to advance organizing goals and campaigns
• Develop and implement leadership development activities

Campaign development through research, strategic escalation, and alliance-building:
• Identify, develop, implement, and evaluate campaigns and organizing projects
• Develop materials for existing campaigns
• Strengthen current alliances and develop new alliances that build our power and advance our organizing goals

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

Qualification

• Demonstrated commitment to the mission, goals, and work of Advancing Justice – Atlanta
• At least 1 year of experience working with grassroots organizations and/or campaigns in AANHPI/AMEMSA, youth, queer, and/or immigrant communities
• Experience facilitating meetings and/or trainings strongly preferred
• 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
• Bilingual in English and an Asian language preferred
• Team-oriented and collaborative person who is also capable of working independently
• Flexibility and willingness to work evenings/weekends
• Organized and detail-oriented with ability to write clearly and concisely
• Access to vehicle and a valid GA driver’s license

Compensation:

Compensation with benefits is competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume, a short writing sample, 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.

Application Deadline:

May 20th , 2018 - Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Those without all required components will not be considered.

Canvasser

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta is seeking canvassers to help us engage and mobilize voters in AANHPI/AMEMSA and immigrant communities for Georgia’s upcoming Primary Elections. We are seeking energetic, responsible canvassers to help build awareness and engage our communities about the importance of voting in the May 22nd Primary Elections.

Responsibilities:

• Perform door-to- door canvassing using MiniVAN.
• Respectfully and effectively communicate the details of the elections and the importance of democratic participation, occasionally to voters with limited English proficiency.
• Communicate with Program Coordinator to report back on performance and to develop canvassing schedule.

Qualifications:

• Strong communication skills.
• Work well within a team.
• Ability to commit 15+ hours per week (weekday and weekend work available).
• Access to reliable transportation required.
• Strong self-direction and ability to take the initiative.
• Previous canvassing experience preferred, but not required.
• Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese, or Spanish-speaking bi-lingual applicants encouraged to apply.

Compensation:

Canvassers are paid $15 per hour. This is a temporary position and is expected to last from now until May 22nd, 2018.

Training:

You will receive training and be given all the tools needed to succeed.

Timing & location:

All positions are temporary with flexible hours and start immediately.

How to Apply:

To apply, please send your resume to Esther at elim@advancingjustice-atlanta.org.

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment. All persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.