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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.

National Political Director

NAL programs emphasize authenticity, inclusivity and accountability as ideals for advancing  progressive change. For the new position of national political director, we seek a committed and values-driven person to build our political program and strengthen our electoral strategy. The Director will work in partnership with our National Director of Leadership Programs, state-based coordinators and leadership team to identify candidates and open seats in target states, and develop strategic partnerships to ensure alumni success. Core initiatives will include an endorsement program and voter engagement in target districts for 2019 and 2020.

Our ideal candidate will have experience working with and building power in immigrant communities and communities of color as well as with staff management, fundraising and working with mission-driven organizations.  

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Develop and strengthen NAL’s political program, in partnership with the President, COO and pipeline team
  • Oversee development of national political strategy in consultation with state-based staff and partners; coordinate with other NAL teams to ensure that the political program is being built in alignment with NAL’s values
  • Manage development efforts to support the program budget and grow staff; represent the organization in donor meetings and other development opportunities
  • Represent NAL or NALAF (our 501c4) at key meetings, tables, and coalitions, and meetings; assign staff to state tables as appropriate  
  • Manage the program budget;
  • Strengthen and build relationships to support political program;
  • Recruit and hire new staff as needed

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of campaign and/or political organizing experience working with campaigns and/or in progressive politics
  • Working knowledge of political landscape and general campaign finance laws
  • Commitment to serving and empowering immigrant communities
  • Strong relationships with leaders in the democracy movement
  • Familiarity with political data, latest technologies, and best practices in the field
  • Expert interpersonal skills in dealing with potential candidates, potential donors, lawmakers, and colleagues
  • Ability to set and complete ambitious goals
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to adapt to quickly changing deadlines and priorities
  • Willingness and availability to travel regularly

Position can be based anywhere, with preference for one of NAL’s core states.

Salary begins at $80,000 and is commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY:  Please send cover letter, resume and references with POLITICAL DIRECTOR in the subject line to [email protected] by April 15.

 

New York State Coordinator

NAL is seeking a State Coordinator in New York to join our programs team. The Coordinator is responsible for assisting in building and supporting a pipeline of leaders to run for office and effect progressive change. This includes planning local trainings, conducting political and electoral background research, recruiting community leaders to run for office, and supporting NAL in alumni development. The position also includes administrative tasks that relate to larger projects. The State Coordinator is a part-time position, with potential for full-time with a broader scope of responsibilities.

This position will provide insight into immigrant and local electoral politics in the United States, as well as the fundamentals of candidate recruitment and development. The State Coordinator will work directly with the National Director of Leadership Programs to implement programmatic strategies and objectives in New York and nationally.

Responsibilities

Alumni/Candidate Development

  • Assist in identifying, recruiting and tracking community leaders locally to run for public office
  • Consult with NAL alumni on a one-to-one basis to assist their political leadership
  • Communicate news, resources and opportunities, as well as updates to alum via email and social media
  • Represent NAL at meetings, conferences and conventions to aid recruitment, to ensure the program is integrated into local allies’ plans and priorities, and to raise the organization’s profile

Program Management

  • Coordinate and execute small and large group training, networking, and educational events that support alumni and elected officials programming
  • Develop and maintain working partnerships with coalition partners, labor union representatives, allied organizations, communities of color and policymakers to assist recruitment efforts and increase community awareness of NAL
  • Assist with the planning, logistics, and execution of New American Women training
  • Develop long-term work plans for local region that includes a timeline of workshops, trainings, events and opportunities for alumni and elected engagement 
  • Provide input and strategy to refine state model in local and existing states
  • Provide regular reports, work plans and strategic plans to the NAL Team
  • Provide ongoing support to the program team as needed

Research and Data Management

  • Conduct political and electoral background research for the local region
  • Maintain and manage comprehensive database of alumni and new American candidates (alum and non-alum)
  • Maintain and update a database of proposed and passed legislation from new American elected officials (alum and non-alum)

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum 2 years of campaign and/or political organizing experience working with campaigns and/or in progressive politics
  • Working knowledge of New York’s political landscape and campaign finance laws
  • Expert interpersonal skills in dealing with potential candidates, potential donors, lawmakers, and colleagues
  • Ability to set and complete ambitious goals
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to adapt to quickly changing deadlines and priorities
  • Commitment to serving and empowering immigrant communities
  • Willingness and availability to travel and work on weekends for occasional trainings and convenings

To apply, please send résumé and cover letter to [email protected] with “NY State Coordinator” in the subject line.

NAL offers a competitive salary and benefits package, supports a diverse workplace and is an equal opportunity employer.

Political Intern

NAL is seeking a Political Intern to join our programs team. The 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 at our office in New York City during office hours (9:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday).

To Apply:

We are now accepting applications for Summer/Fall 2019. Please email a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] with “Political Intern” in the subject line.

 

Digital Engagement Intern

NAL is seeking a Digital Engagement Intern to join our communications team 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 Manager of Digital 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 at our office in New York City during office hours (9:30am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday).

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter and a résumé to [email protected] with “Digital Engagement Intern” in the subject line.