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About New American Leaders

New American Leaders (NAL) is leading a movement for inclusive democracy by preparing first and second-generation Americans to use their power and potential in public office. We believe that our democracy is stronger when everyone is included, and everyone participates.

Headquartered in New York, NAL is a national, nonprofit organization with programs across the country. We have a strong track record of recruiting and training immigrants of diverse race/ethnic backgrounds to run for public office. We also work with New American elected officials across the country who are at the frontlines of creating transformative policy environments for educational, economic and political equity.

Position location: Flexible

Position Type: Full-time

Reports to: President

At New American Leaders (NAL) we envision an inclusive democracy where every person is represented. We believe our democracy is stronger when we engage immigrant communities at every level of the political process and we empower New Americans to run, win, and lead. The position of National Director of Governance Programs will contribute strategic insights and substantive input on programs in progress and develop new initiatives to support our network of elected officials across the country. 

Job Description: National Director of Governance Programs

Through our nonprofit and political arms, New American Leaders and NAL Action Fund, our programs carry community leaders and activists throughout their political journey. From laying the groundwork with general campaign skills; to support and voter outreach on their behalf along the campaign trail; to advance governing skills once elected, we empower New Americans to lead with values and vision. The National Director of Governance Programs will draw upon their knowledge and experience with local and state governance to expand and strengthen program offerings in this latter area. 

This position fills a critical role, supporting New American elected leaders who are committed to making policy change and leading in ways that center people over power. Additionally, our policy priorities are democratic reform and immigrant integration, and we are looking for ways to advance these core rights. There are some initiatives that we plan to carry through next year, but there is also space for new innovations and vision for what best will support New American legislators. This role will report to senior leadership and work closely with other directors across NAL programming. 

The Director will be responsible for:

Program Development and Oversight

  • Overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of key program initiatives that support the NAL elected network
  • Developing regular programs and events including our annual national conference, Power & Policy, and local leadership programs in NAL’s core states.
    • National elected official summit: Power & Policy
    • Regional convenings and elected official trips
    • Targeted elected official programming for time-sensitive, specific issues 
    • Virtual small-group elected programming for first-time elected officials
  • Coaching and facilitating the policy development for a strategic cohort of elected officials committed to NAL’s values of authenticity, inclusivity and accountability, with a special focus on NAL’s core states.
  • Maintaining data tracking on policy work that supports the impact of NAL’s work in coordination with research, data and evaluation fellows.
  • Working collaboratively as part of the NAL programs team; coordinating across organization to ensure strong day-to-day operations of elected officials programming.  

Relationship Building and External Affairs

  • Developing joint programming for NAL elected officials with local and national peer organizations committed to similar policy goals and other influencers in the fields of democracy rights, immigration integration, and progressive policy advocacy.
  • Facilitating the recruitment, selection and meetings of our Elected Advisory Council
  • Speaking  at local and national events, conferences and political convenings where NAL elected officials and partner organizations are present.

Budget and Organizational Capacity

  • Contributing actively to build a team culture that espouses NAL’s values, which include accountability, inclusivity and authenticity.
  • Building out and adhering to budgets and timelines in accordance with organizational objectives.
  • Supporting fundraising efforts to advance programs.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Commitment to serving immigrant communities and building a multiracial democracy.
  • Minimum 3 years of legislative experience, in an elected or appointed position, or administration staff. 
  • Expert interpersonal skills in dealing with elected officials, potential donors, and colleagues.
  • Ability to set and complete ambitious goals; skills needed to take programs from one stage of growth to the next.
  • Ability to adapt to quickly changing deadlines and priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to communicate to a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to manage a budget.
  • Integrity, positive attitude, mission-oriented, and self-directed with demonstrated passion for NAL.
  • A team player, who can interrelate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment.

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter to [email protected] by December 3 with “National Director of Governance Programs” in the subject line.

Salary range is $75,000-$85,000 (commensurate with experience) with a comprehensive benefits package: 20 days of vacation plus winter break, flex time; full coverage health insurance option: medical, dental, and vision; Vanguard 401K plan with 5% match (eligible after 3 months); Health Care Flexible Spending Account Plan; Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account Plan; life insurance and personal accident insurance; voluntary short-term and long-term disability insurance; and professional development opportunities.

NAL is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.

NAL is seeking a Digital Engagement Intern to join our communications team in the Winter and Spring 2021/22 semesters as we expand our digital footprint and change the national narrative about immigrants and democracy. The Digital Engagement Intern will be responsible for following related news stories and crafting engaging and timely content for NAL’s Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts. The Digital Engagement Intern will also work closely with the Director of Communications on campaigns and analyzing outcomes.

The internship will provide insight into immigrant electoral politics in the United States. Interns will also have opportunities to participate in other aspects of NAL’s work that align with his or her interests.  

Responsibilities

  • Follow news stories on immigration policy and immigrant candidates for office
  • Curate content for Facebook and Twitter with an eye toward both education and engagement
  • Author blog posts on assigned topics and assist with content calendar
  • Assist with the maintenance of the NAL database and help craft e-mails that inspire recipients to take action
  • Assist with building and maintaining a robust story bank
  • Monitor performance indicators such as impressions and clicks
  • Assisted with the creation of digital engagement campaigns
  • Assist with live-Tweeting, photos, and other social media promotion at NAL events
  • Creatively promote NAL’s candidate trainings on Facebook and Twitter
  • Research new trends in the social world and bring fresh ideas to the team
  • Monitor current social campaigns and suggest revisions when necessary 

Qualifications and Skills

  • Demonstrated interest in immigrant rights and immigration policy
  • Passionate about improving minority representation in all tiers of U.S. leadership
  • Excellent writing skills and an ability to multitask
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft, Word, and Excel
  • Familiarity with Twitter, Hootsuite/Tweetdeck, Facebook, Instagram, Google Drive, Dropbox and Flickr
  • Self-starter who happily takes initiative on individual projects, but also works well in cooperative decision-making settings
  • Strong organizational/multi-tasking skills, detail oriented, and an ability to meet deadlines on time

Benefits

While this is an unpaid internship, class credit may be arranged with your college or university. As an intern, you will gain the experience and skills necessary for working in the nonprofit industry. In addition to program coordination, you will also learn about immigrant civic engagement and electoral politics, and you will have an opportunity to participate in other aspects of our work. If the intern is not receiving financial support from other sources, a small stipend ($500), per semester or summer can be arranged to help cover transportation and other costs (to be disbursed at the end of the internship).

Time Commitment

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required. Students who can commit to two semesters are strongly preferred. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required during an event. Scheduling is flexible based on applicant’s availability. The majority of internship activities will take place online during office hours (9:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday) given coronavirus.

To Apply

We are currently accepting applications for Winter and Spring 2021. Please email a cover letter and a résumé to [email protected] with “Digital Engagement Intern” in the subject line.

NAL is seeking a Political Intern to join our programs team. The Winter 2021 and/or Spring 2022 Political Intern is responsible for assisting in planning candidate trainings nationally, conducting political and electoral background research, recruiting community leaders to run for office, and supporting NAL in alumni development.

The internship will provide insight into immigrant electoral politics in the United States, as well as the fundamental elements of running a local campaign for public office. Interns will work with NAL’s program staff, and will have opportunities to participate in other aspects of NAL’s work that align with his or her interests.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct political and electoral background research on target states
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting community leaders nationwide to run for local office
  • Follow up with NAL event speakers, panelists, guests, etc.
  • Assist with the planning, coordination and logistics of NAL trainings
  • Help strengthen Ready to Lead and Ready to Win curriculum by conducting research on campaign tools and resources
  • Keep track of events, tasks and follow up
  • Organize NAL program documents
  • Provide ongoing support to the program team including to the Manager of Alumni Programs and Manger of Leadership Programs
  • Other activities, as needed

Qualifications and Skills

  • Demonstrated interest in immigrant rights and immigration policy
  • Passionate about improving minority representation in all tiers of U.S. leadership
  • Knowledge of the different levels of government
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to make calls to a wide variety of people, from donors to local representatives, with comfort and confidence
  • Self-starter who happily takes initiative on individual projects, but also works well in cooperative decision-making settings
  • Strong organizational/multi-tasking skills, detail oriented, and an ability to meet deadlines on time

Preferred

  • Familiarity with Google Drive, Dropbox, and Every Action
  • Prior event planning experience
  • Prior experience working on a candidate campaign or in the office of an elected official

Benefits

While this is an unpaid internship, class credit may be arranged with your college or university. As an intern, you will gain the experience and skills necessary for working in the nonprofit industry. In addition to program coordination, you will also learn about immigrant civic engagement and electoral politics, and you will have an opportunity to participate in other aspects of our work. If the intern is not receiving financial support from other sources, a small stipend ($500), per semester or summer can be arranged to help cover transportation and other costs (to be disbursed at the end of the internship).

Time Commitment

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required. Students who can commit to two semesters are strongly preferred. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required during an event. Scheduling is flexible based on applicant’s availability. The majority of internship activities will take place online during office hours (9:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday) given coronavirus.

To Apply

We are now accepting applications for Winter 2021 and/or Spring 2022. Please email a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] with “Political Intern” in the subject line.