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POLICY DIRECTOR
FULL-TIME
Priority Deadline: September 8, 2014
Policy Director 2014 (PDF)

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national nonpartisan non-profit organization, whose mission is to elevate the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States, is pleased to announce an opening for a Policy Director position that will be based in SAALT’s office in Takoma Park, MD.

Position Title: Policy Director
Job Status: Full-time position with benefits (including health, dental, vision, and transportation stipend)
Date of Posting: 8/13/2014
Location: Takoma Park, MD
Reports To: Executive Director
Priority Deadline: 9/8/2014
Applications will be considered and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by this date.
Start Date: 10/1/2014

Responsibilities
SAALT seeks an experienced policy professional with a background in immigrant or civil rights to serve as a full-time Policy Director on our team.

The Policy Director will develop, direct, and implement SAALT’s legislative, administrative, and public policy agenda and activities. The Policy Director will report to and work closely with SAALT’s Executive Director, in addition to programmatic and communications staff and other consultants. For more information on SAALT’s policy priorities, we encourage interested applicants to review the National Coalition of South Asian Organization’s (NCSO) National Action Agenda and SAALT’s policy reports, available at www.saalt.org.

Primary Duties
• Tracking and analyzing relevant federal and state legislation and administrative policy related to immigration and civil rights
• Building and maintaining relationships with a broad network of key federal policymakers and staff (e.g. White House, Congress, federal government agencies) as well as advocacy organizations
• Developing organizational and coalition statements, Congressional testimony, comments on proposed law (e.g. guidance, regulation, etc.), and letters to policymakers to support SAALT’s policy agenda
• Organizing Congressional briefings and panel discussions on policy-related issues
• Developing, researching, and writing policy-related reports, community education factsheets, op-eds, newsletters, webinars, and action alerts
• Developing and organizing policy-related programming for SAALT’s biennial South Asian Summit, including an Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
• Identifying communications opportunities to outline SAALT’s policy and advocacy priorities in collaboration with Executive Director
• Engaging in coalition-building and identifying opportunities to form alliances that advance SAALT’s mission
• Identifying and coordinating opportunities for NCSO members’ involvement in policy-related activities, both nationally and at the state/regional level
• Working closely with program staff to advance community-based engagement on policy issues
• Organizing conference calls, webinars, and townhalls in partnership with NCSO members to discuss policy issues, train individuals on lobbying, or outline talking points
• Responding to individual community members seeking assistance and information
• Speaking at conferences, briefings and meetings and answering media inquiries on policy issues
• Coordinating and supervising consultants and fellows as needed, on-site and remotely
• Performing other duties, as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

Required:

• Demonstrated self-starter with ability to identify and assess opportunities for engagement and advocacy around immigrant and civil rights, as aligned with organizational interests
• Excellent writing, analytic, and public-speaking skills with the ability to summarize information and convey it in an accessible manner to a variety of audiences
• Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, strategic and creative while ensuring successful implementation in a fast-paced, frequently shifting policy and political environment
• Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks/roles and work in a collaborative team-based environment
• Ability to work effectively with and lead coalition, community partners, and other stakeholders with shared and divergent goals and strategies
• Successful track record of articulating, evaluating, measuring, and reporting goals and successes/areas of improvement
• Demonstrated ability to work in a rapid-paced setting, manifest a flexible approach to policy work, and quickly adapt and pivot to changing priorities and developments
• Exceptional email management skills and ability to thrive in a high-volume email office
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and ability to quickly learn other basic programs
• Commitment to social justice issues and values and to a career in the non-profit sector
• Understanding of and commitment to advancing and enhancing SAALT’s mission
• Commitment to a work environment where humor, creativity and diversity are celebrated
• Being prepared to travel within the United States

Preferred:
• Law or public policy degree (J.D. or M.P.P./M.P.A.)
• Minimum of 5-7 years of policy advocacy, legislative, or government affairs experience
• Background in immigration and/or civil rights policy
• Knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory processes
• Skilled in working within coalitions and representing organizational interests

Compensation
SAALT will provide compensation for this position commensurate with experience. Health, dental, vision, and transportation benefits are also provided.

How to Apply
Please e-mail your cover letter detailing your policy experience, resume, and an unedited policy-related writing sample (maximum 5 pages) as a single PDF document to info@saalt.org and indicate “Policy Director position” in the subject line. We are accepting applications and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis, and will give priority consideration to applications received by September 8, 2014. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.

SAALT is an equal opportunity employer.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS COORDINATOR
FULL-TIME
Priority Deadline: July 15, 2014
Community Partnerships Coordinator 2014 (PDF)

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national non-partisan non-profit organization, whose mission is to elevate the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States, is pleased to announce an opening for a full-time Community Partnerships Coordinator position that will be based in SAALT’s office in Takoma Park, MD.

Position Title: Community Partnerships Coordinator
Job Status: Full-time position with benefits, including health, dental, vision, and transportation stipend
Date of Posting: June 15, 2014
Location: Takoma Park, MD
Reports To: Director of Programs & Operations
Priority Deadline: July 31, 2014
Start Date: September 15, 2014

Summary
The Community Partnerships Coordinator will be responsible for leading or providing support to program, policy, and administrative activities related to the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), and representing SAALT in broader immigrant and civil rights coalitions at the national level.

Primary Duties
Initial point of contact for activities and communications related to the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), a national coalition of 49 member organizations across the United States that engage, educate, and mobilize our communities to ensure that South Asians are afforded equal rights, protections, and dignity. Duties may include the following:

Program

  • Building and maintaining relationships with current NCSO members and identifying potential new members.
  • Conducting quarterly calls with each NCSO member to capture work updates, share NCSO information, and provide technical assistance around capacity building.
  • Organizing and/or supporting field campaigns that include participation of NCSO members.
  • Developing and conducting a regional landscape assessment to identify areas to enhance regional presence according to community need and NCSO partner interest.
  • Building strategic regional presence in partnership with NCSO partners.
  • Organizing regional/local trainings and events on civic engagement and other initiatives with NCSO partners
  • Organizing and delivering quarterly webinar trainings and conference calls for the NCSO.
  • Supporting capacity building sub-grant programs, such as We Build Community, and other programs serving the NCSO, such as the biannual National South Asian Summit.
  • Representing SAALT at external events as appropriate.

Policy

  • Assisting Policy Director with providing policy updates to and between NCSO members, developing advocacy toolkits for NCSO members, and organizing town halls, forums and regional Advocacy Days.
  • Assisting Policy Director with developing updates related to issues included in SAALT’s policy platform and where NCSO members are currently engaged, including the National Action Agenda
  • Ensuring that issues and policy proposals SAALT engages with at the national level are consistent with NCSO member priorities for their communities.
  • Connecting NCSO members with national government agencies and policymakers and assisting in trainings and preparation around government engagement to that end.

Administrative

  • Maintaining the NCSO listserv and posting information and updates to the listserv.
  • Developing an NCSO quarterly newsletter.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working with community-based organizations, coalitions, campaigns, or projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and handle and prioritize multiple tasks and roles.
  • Exceptional email management skills and ability to thrive in a high-volume email office.
  • Evening and weekend work and travel within the United States may be required.
  • Well-developed vision and ideas for supporting local efforts and partners from the standpoint of a national organization.
  • Interest in community organizing, civic engagement, and developing and sustaining partnerships with local organizations. Experience partnering with non-profit organizations and demonstrated ability to move partners toward action highly preferred.
  • Excellent writing, analytic, and verbal/presentation skills with the ability to summarize information and connect with a variety of audiences.
  • Successful track record of articulating, evaluating, measuring, and reporting goals and successes/areas of improvement.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team-based environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, build internal and external relationships, exhibit a flexible approach to work, and quickly adapt and pivot to changing needs in a rapid-paced, non-profit environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and ability to quickly learn other basic programs.
  • Commitment to and passion for social justice issues and to a career in the non-profit sector.
  • Understanding of and commitment to advancing and enhancing SAALT’s mission.
  • Commitment to an office culture where creativity and diversity are celebrated.

Compensation
SAALT will provide compensation for this position, commensurate with experience. Health, dental, vision, and transportation stipend benefits will also be provided.

How to Apply
Please e-mail your cover letter detailing your relevant experience, resume, and an unedited policy-related writing sample (maximum 5 pages) as a single PDF document to info@saalt.org and indicate “Community Partnerships Coordinator” in the subject line. We are accepting applications and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis, and will give priority consideration to applications received by July 31, 2014. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.

SAALT is an equal opportunity employer.

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