Immigrant Justice Policy Fellowship
Priority Deadline: March 15, 2022
Deadline: April 1, 2022
Founded by local community-based organizations in 1994, NAKASEC’s mission is to organize Korean and Asian Americans to achieve social, racial and economic justice. NAKASEC is a network of affiliates and partners. Through political education, community organizing, direct action, public policy advocacy and civic participation, the NAKASEC network ensures that our most marginalized community members can impact progressive change, rooted in our values.
As part of our one-year fellowship program, the Immigrant Justice Policy Fellow will support policy related research, writing and reaching out to members of Congress and organizations to advance NAKASEC’s immigrant justice policy agenda.. NAKASEC’s policy agenda is created and informed by its impacted community members and grassroots bases and ultimately creates systemic change for the most marginalized in the immigrant community. The Immigrant Justice Policy Fellow will report to NAKASEC’s Policy Manager. Following the one-year fellowship, there is an opportunity for this position to extend into a permanent Policy Associate position.
Location: Washington D.C. area
- Support writing policy statements, fact sheets, digital toolkits, summaries, social media captions, graphics, and other material to advance the NAKASEC Network’s policy agenda, inform the community of policy updates, and encourage community engagement
- Assist with the development and implementation of an advocacy agenda and strategy on priority issues for the NAKASEC Network, including immigrant, racial, gender, and economic justice, and other issues of importance to the Asian American community
- Support outreach to key stakeholders including members of Congress, community leaders, and organizations in advocating for the NAKASEC Network’s policy priorities
- Represent NAKASEC at coalition meetings and internal network meetings
- Support scheduling meetings with members of Congress
- Lead clearly defined projects within NAKASEC’s broader policy campaigns
- Support policy related research
- Other duties as assigned
- Strong research skills to be able to learn, research, and communicate complex policy issues in a fast-paced environment and in areas where there may not be much existing material
- Strong writing skills to be able to produce concise factsheets and memos to members of Congress, but also to communicate information in an accessible manner to NAKASEC’s community
- Strong initiative and creativity to be able to support strategic planning for policy and organizing campaigns for systemic change in unconventional methods
- Strong problem-solving skills and willingness to persevere through obstacles
- Strong, personally grounded views on Asian American issues and intersections with other oppressions (from heteropatriarchy to global imperialism) with an eye to addressing these issues in policy, but also willing to prioritize listening to and learning from others’ ideas and opinions
- Skilled at balancing and prioritizing multiple projects
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
- Ready to resist racism, patriarchy, homophobia, classism and ableism
- Believes that marginalized community members can and should lead organizing and advocacy campaigns
- Strong vision of community empowerment and deep commitment to change the world with marginalized communities
- Strong understanding of issues facing the Asian American community and other marginalized communities including people of color, women, and LGBTQ community members
- Ability to travel, and to work some evenings and weekends when needed
- Prior legislative experience
- Basic social media competency
- Experience organizing towards social, racial and economic justice
- Bilingual in English and an Asian language
To apply, please submit a short cover letter, resume, and policy-related writing sample (i.e. policy memo or policy brief) to firstname.lastname@example.org
One-Year Fellowship. $40,000 for one year. Health care and other benefits are included.
NAKASEC is an equal opportunity employer.
Women, queer folx and people of color are encouraged to apply.