Join Our Team: Deputy Advocacy Director


United We Dream is a multi-ethnic immigrant youth-led organization committed to achieving dignity and humanity for all immigrants and people of color in the U.S by empowering, organizing, and developing our members’ leadership. We are building a sustainable grassroots movement by organizing and advocating at the local, regional, and national levels from a racial justice and intersectional analysis while also providing transformative leadership development, tools and resources to support our leaders and member organizations.

With a monthly online reach of 4 million, more than 300,000 members as well as 48 affiliates in 26 states, 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-racial, intersectional path to getting there.

Whether we’re organizing in the streets, clearing pathways to education, stopping deportations, opening doors for LGBTQ immigrant youth, building innovative technology systems, 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. 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 record of accomplishment and we’re looking for talented folks to join our team!

Position Summary

The Deputy Advocacy Director is charged with driving one of the most active and impactful advocacy and policy agendas in the immigrant rights movement. They are responsible for building, developing and managing UWD’s advocacy team to win the organization’s policy agenda; developing strategy to move the organization’s agenda forward; and for providing input on the organization’s strategic vision and priorities.

The ideal candidate must be a confident leader who has experience inspiring staff, interns and volunteers in ambitious advocacy campaigns. They should be a thoughtful strategist, and work well under pressure. UWD is all about the the business of supporting our affiliates and leaders to lead, so they must be excited about developing the next generation of advocacy leaders on both the state and local levels.

This is a full time, salaried exempt position that reports to UWD’s Advocacy Director and is based in Washington, DC.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Advocacy & Policy:
    • Responsible for developing advocacy strategy for UWD campaigns to meet national goals and vision.
    • Guided by organization-wide priorities and goals established by UWD’s leadership and informed by membership, assists Advocacy Director in developing advocacy priorities with input from other departments.
    • Work with Advocacy Director in development of recommendations for UWD new advocacy/policy areas based on the needs of membership and organization’s strategic position.
    • Help ensure that UWD’s advocacy asks are met, including input from key staff and National Leadership Committee (UWD coordinating body).
    • Work with relevant staff to identify areas of research and analysis to advance UWD’s advocacy priorities.
    • Assist Advocacy Director in informing organizational allies and partners as well as legislative bodies or respective entities about UWD’s advocacy priorities.
    • Supervise the work that ensures UWD’s leadership and membership are informed and understand UWD advocacy priorities and ensures we educate our members and develop the advocacy capacity of UWD leaders/affiliates.
  • Interdepartmental Cooperation and Coordination
    • Work with communications team to develop talking points, statements, and media strategy as it relates to campaigns, advocacy priorities, and political strategy, as well as campaign messaging and policy positions.
    • Work with Advocacy Director and Development Director in writing funder reports including progress on goals and accomplishments of advocacy department.
    • Work with Executive Director and Development Director to develop materials, talking points for proposals and communications with funders.
    • Provide briefing materials for UWD Executive, Advocacy, and Development Directors for funder meetings about UWD’s advocacy priorities and strategies.
  • Staff Management
    • Within the Advocacy Department, assist in development of department’s work plan to meet its goals along with staff and personal work plans.
    • Manage Advocacy consultants and help develop deliverables in keeping with the department’s work plan and monitor timeliness and quality of work products.
    • Directly supervise Advocacy Coordinator and junior staff.
    • Manage staff and consultants, ensuring the leadership development plans of the development staff is carried out and ensure UWD approved management and tracking tools are used.
  • Manage External Relationships
    • Oversee development and maintenance of relationships with key policymakers.
    • Work with key advocacy organizations to achieve shared policy goals
    • Ensure policymakers, partner organizations and allies are kept updated on UWD’s advocacy priorities and positions.
    • Represent UWD in advocacy coalition tables/groups as well as with with agencies to ensure needs are represented.

Qualifications

  • Engaging team leader who can proactively develop the skills of staff; sets and manages toward ambitious goals; delegates and gives feedback; as well as provides coaching and guidance and hold staff accountable to achieving goals.
  • Demonstrated policy and advocacy experience with the ability to keep up with current immigration policy landscape at state and local levels; and identify opportunities for the organization to advance its mission through local campaigns along with compelling strategies for local campaign work
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and hold self and others accountable.
  • Ability to build collegial relationships and works well in a collaborative environment where work is approached with positive attitude and flexibility
  • Brings a growth mindset and eagerly seeks out feedback and opportunities to improve.
  • Deeply committed to United We Dream’s mission and an ability to balance your burning passion for justice with a good sense of humor
  • Excellent communicator both in writing and orally.
  • Creative and strategic thinker capable of developing ideas for programming that achieves goals and recognizes the connection between immigration policy, racism, classism, and homophobia.

TO APPLY
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume and one writing sample via email to humanresources@unitedwedream.org and include DEPUTY ADVOCACY DIRECTOR – LAST NAME, FIRST NAME in the subject line. Please do not send duplicate materials and 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, genetic information, sexual orientation, age or disability.