Join Our Team: Advocacy Coordinator


United We Dream (UWD) is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country. We create welcoming spaces for young people – regardless of immigration status – to support, engage, and empower them to make their voice heard and win!

With an online reach of over 2 million, more than 120,000 members as well as 55 local groups, UWD is made up of fearless youth fighting to improve the lives of our members and their families. Our vision is a society which celebrates our diversity and believes in a multi-ethnic, intersectional path to getting there.

Whether we’re organizing in the streets, providing immigration services, building cutting edge technology systems, opening doors for LGBTQ immigrant youth, clearing pathways to education, stopping deportations or creating alliances across social movements, United We Dream puts undocumented immigrant youth in the driver’s seat. UWD is a fast paced, dynamic organization which has become a leading voice in social change and has appeared in every major news outlet in the country.

We are driven by the priorities and needs of our members, have trained thousands of individuals and have supported countless local organizing groups. Our grassroots driven approach has a proven track record of success and we’re looking for talented folks to join our team!

Position Summary

The Advocacy Coordinator, under the direction of the Director of Advocacy, provides support to the advocacy director and the network to drive affirmative and defensive immigration advocacy strategies, and activities. The successful candidate will have high-level oral and written communications skills in order to assist with the coordination of communication with the United We Dream affiliates around advocacy strategy and developing advocacy skills. The position’s responsibilities include communication of emerging policy issues to members, and the preparation of memos, reports, presentations and other documents. The successful applicant will be interacting with allies and governmental entities to drive the network’s advocacy strategy and to represent the network’s position. The position reports to UWD’s Advocacy Director and is full-time, based in Washington, DC. Periodic travel expected.

Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the following satisfactorily:

  • Support the Director and the day-to-day operations of the Advocacy team including but not limited to preparing presentations, reports, and correspondence; calendar maintenance; and processing of travel forms and timesheets;
  • Provide support in developing UWD’s advocacy campaigns and supporting members to influence immigration policy at national, state and local levels;
  • Represent the network externally on matters related to public policy including participation in coalitions, conferences and task forces;
  • Develop and conduct public policy presentations and seminars for UWD members and affiliates, and other interested parties, in advancement of UWD priorities;
  • Serve as the point of contact to UWD field membership, keeping current on UWD’s policy agenda to support grassroots advocates, creating and implementing tools to enhance grassroots network, coordinating communications with the grassroots network, analyzing grassroots action to encourage maximum participation, maintaining grassroots databases and performing administrative functions.
  • Track priority federal legislation and regulations impacting undocumented immigrants including pending bills/regulations, and existing laws/regulations, using daily and weekly legislative publications, internet and other research tools;
  • Collaborate with staff, members, and others to ensure desired outcomes of Advocacy goals and activities;
  • Mentor and coach immigrant youth leaders on advocacy and policy skills, and work with advocacy department to develop and Implement “advocacy fellow” plan for UWD.
  • Supervise work of advocacy fellows and interns, help set priorities of work, coach on time management.
  • Work with field leadership on research when needed
  • Develop training materials, memos for legislative advocacy by affiliate leaders on the federal and local (State, district, etc.)
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Abilities and Experience:

  • Community organizing experience, at least 2 years.
  • Experience on issue advocacy.
  • Deep commitment to United We Dream mission and goals as a youth-led organization fighting to improve the lives of undocumented immigrants and their families.
  • Ability to communicate fluently written and oral.
  • Ability to research public policy issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with allies and partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a productive team player.
  • Ability to think strategically drawing upon the political landscape and the needs of our constituencies.
  • Ability to develop and implement a strategic advocacy plan.
  • Excellent time management skills.

To apply

This position is open until filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume and one writing sample on a public policy issue connected to immigration (no more than 2 pages) and 3 references via email to [email protected] and include ADVOCACY COORDINATOR – LAST NAME, FIRST NAME in the subject line. Please do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls please.

UWD is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. UWD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, political orientation, gender, genetic information, sexual orientation, age, or disability