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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.

 

Director of Communications

The Director of Communications will use their experience and skills to advance the visibility and following of the organization, as well as the program agenda, through communications strategies that will inform, educate and garner support on behalf of the organization. Responsibilities include overseeing press relations and opportunities, all written and spoken output around advocacy campaigns and events, and supervising digital communications.

NAL has grown significantly in the past 24 months, and the Director of Communications will need to work within a dynamic structure and with a talented and committed team located across the country. We are seeking an experienced strategic thinker who is mission-driven and whose values align with our organization.

Responsibilities

  • Build and execute a communications strategy that advances the organization’s mission and issue area positions, including providing counsel on appropriate messaging and communication vehicles
  • Establish and implement short and long range departmental goals, objectives, policies and operating procedures; monitor and evaluate program effectiveness, enact changes required for improvement
  • Manage the organization’s external and internal communications, including op-eds and statements
  • Manage media relations activities including oversight of press releases and statements, cultivating relationships with press (print/television/radio), providing media training to staff as needed, and organizing press briefings/events
  • Supervise Digital Communications Manager to ensure digital communications (e.g., social media, eblasts, livestream, website, blog) are consistent and on message
  • Evaluate Communication department staffing needs; identify, cultivate and recruit new members of the communications team, as appropriate
  • Develop relevant talking points as needed for President’s speaking engagements or interviews
  • Work with development and program staff to identify metrics and stories needed to strengthen communications and fundraising
  • Develop plan to leverage different voices i.e. millennial, state-based topics of interest, national scope
  • Coordinate evaluations and assessments of external communications activities in order to determine the effectiveness of the organization’s marketing and communications plans and strategies
  • Recommend opportunities to leverage NAL positions and overall brand around issue advocacy
  • Work with key partners and identify strategic partnerships that further NAL organizational goals
  • Ensure consistency of message, look, and feel of all communications
  • Support fundraising efforts

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in press, communications or media, including at
    least two years overseeing strategy for mission-driven nonprofit or political
    organization
  • Commitment to build relationships with reporters and editor
  • Demonstrated persuasive and refined writing skills
  • Track record as a problem solver and ability to pivot as needed
  • Familiarity with important New American issues and politics
  • Effective, team-oriented leader and manager; ability to develop and motivate staff
  • Broad understanding of digital tools
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and fluid environment
  • Ability to function as part of a team
  • Passion for serving immigrant communities and building a multiracial democracy
  • Ability to exercise a high level of judgment
  • Ability to work well and creatively under multiple priorities and tight deadlines in a
    team environment and independently

To apply:

Submit resume, cover letter and two recent writing samples to [email protected]. NAL is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.

National Director of Strategic Engagement 

In partnership with the National Director of Leadership Programs, the National Director of
Strategic Engagement will be responsible for executing a program strategy that helps to eliminate the systemic and social barriers to inclusive democracy. As this program is currently in development, this is an exciting opportunity to help shape the initiatives that will achieve NAL’s core priorities. This position will report directly to the NAL President and work closely with a program team that includes national and state-based staff and consultants.

Specifically, this new role will focus on the following areas of work:

Program Development and Oversight

  • Co-leading state-based and national program teams to set strategic goals and objectives
  • Working with elected officials to shape and drive a progressive policy agenda with an emphasis on inclusive democracy
  • Overseeing the continued development of a national network of elected officials
    committed to NAL’s values of authenticity, inclusivity and accountability, with a special
    focus on NAL’s core states
  • Seeking out critical issues for reform and ensure that NAL and its network are responsive
    in supporting or opposing effectively as needed
  • Managing development of the political program including candidate-related work and
    recommendations for endorsements.

Relationship Building and External Affairs

  • Identifying and building partnerships with ally organizations committed to similar policy
    goals; coordinating with c3 and c4 tables as needed
  • Serving as spokesperson for NAL’s movement building work at local and national events
  • Assisting in shaping a communications strategy to supplement in-person organizing; providing input on statements, talking points and other written communications in coordination with the communications team

Budget and Organizational Capacity

  • Managing direct reports to ensure strong day-to-day operations, guiding troubleshooting,
    staffing, budgeting and other program questions.
  • Constructing budgets and timelines with detailed strategic objectives and associated
    budgets in accordance with available resources
  • Supporting fundraising efforts to advance programs
  • Working with senior staff to set overall organizational strategy and set goals

Qualifications

  • Passion for serving immigrant communities and building a multiracial democracy
  • Minimum 5 years experience in a role with similar responsibilities, preferably in a
    national organization
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict
    resolution skills
  • Capable of managing to ensure deadlines are met and projects remain on track
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and capacity to liaise with multiple
    stakeholders
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Creative and strategic perspective
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and complete visionary goals
  • Willingness and availability to travel for work when required
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, GSuite, Facebook and Twitter

Please apply:

Submit resume and cover letter to [email protected]
NAL is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color,
women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.

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 Nationbuilder
  • 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 Spring 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.