Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

PICC is Hiring: Statewide Political Director

Nov 16 2018    PICC Blog

The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) is a diverse coalition of over 50 member organizations across the state. Our mission is to advance immigrant rights and promote immigrants’ full integration into society by advocating with a unified voice for greater public understanding and welcoming public policies throughout Pennsylvania. PICC leads and supports campaigns to advance immigrant rights at the local, state, and federal levels; builds immigrant electoral power through voter registration and education; supports grassroots community-led organizations through training and capacity building; and helps increase access to immigration services through the PA is Ready! project.

The Statewide Political Director will lead PICC’s efforts to increase the political power of immigrant and refugee communities to pass policies at the local and state level. This will include cultivating and educating legislative champions that will publicly support pro-immigrant and pro-refugee issues, building relationships with political leadership, educating and engaging progressive allies to build alignment on issues that impact immigrant and refugee communities, and building the capacity of community-based organizations to engage in strategic and sustained political advocacy on issues and legislation that directly impact their communities. The Political Director serves as a member of PICC’s leadership team and shapes strategic thinking for the organization, including fundraising, communication, and planning.

Duties and Responsibilities will include:

  • Leading a cohort of PICC member organizations in developing a state-level policy agenda, collaborative power mapping, and strategic planning
  • Conducting advocacy and political trainings with immigrant leaders
  • Giving public testimony and working with grassroots leaders to give personal testimonials to policymakers
  • Developing and maintaining positive working relationships with policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Building resilient and long-lasting relationships with ally organizations and coalition partners, including grassroots community organizations, faith-based groups, service providers, and governmental agencies
  • Assisting with the hiring, training, and supervision of staff members
  • Attending and participating in required educational programs, staff meetings, and national learning calls
  • Collecting and reporting data on agreed project outcomes
  • Representing PICC at local, regional, and national events

The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience in community organizing and/or policy advocacy, demonstrate a flexible and team-oriented approach to problem solving, and be excited about building political power for immigrant communities in Pennsylvania. This position can be based anywhere in Pennsylvania, but will require presence in Harrisburg 2-3 days per week. This is a full time position requiring occasional weekend and evening hours.

Persons of color and from immigrant backgrounds strongly encouraged to apply. The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition is an equal opportunity employer.  Candidates for employment will be considered without regard to race or ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of the following:

  • Experience working with elected officials to enact progressive policies benefiting communities of color, immigrants, and low-income communities
  • Experience leading voter engagement efforts, including voter registration and GOTV
  • Experience leading policy advocacy campaigns, particularly those led by and with affected community members
  • Experience and commitment to working with multicultural and immigrant communities
  • Understanding of issues impacting immigrants at the local, state, and national level
  • Coalition coordination skills and ability to build relationship of trust with long-term allies
  • Ability to work independently and to set and meet deadlines and benchmarks without external prompting
  • Interpersonal and communications skills, with an emphasis on ability to navigate coalition dynamics and support the leadership of immigrant community members
  • Organizational skills, and ability to manage multiple priorities at once
  • Experience in supervising interns and staff
  • Fluency in a language spoken within Pennsylvania’s immigrant communities (e.g. Spanish, Chinese, etc.)
  • Ability to reliably track and report on project outcomes
  • Ability to travel within Pennsylvania and to regional and national events

Salary & Benefits:

  • Starting salary of $50,000, based on the organization’s salary scale
  • Benefits include medical coverage, employer match 401k, and paid vacation and sick leave

 To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter via email to jobs@paimmigrant.org with the subject line “Statewide Political Director”. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls please. References will be requested upon interview.

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