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Director of Member Engagement & Advocacy

Date Posted: 
Friday, June 2, 2017

 About the Organization
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State. We envision a New York state that is stronger because all people are welcome, treated fairly, and given the chance to pursue their dreams. Our mission is to unite immigrants, members, & allies so all New Yorkers can thrive. We represent the collective interests of New York's diverse immigrant communities and organizations and devise solutions to advance them; advocate for laws, policies, and programs that lead to justice and opportunity for all immigrant groups; and build the power of immigrants and the organizations that serve them to ensure their sustainability, to improve people's lives, and to strengthen our state.

Our organizational values: Inclusive & Representative; Fair & Just; Accountable & Trusted.

Position Overview
Works closely with NYIC senior leadership to win the NYIC’s immigration policy agenda on the federal, state and local levels; leads strategy in engaging NYIC members across New York State in advocacy; manages the statewide Membership Engagement team.

Reports to: Vice President of Advocacy

Key Responsibilities

  • Works with NYIC senior leadership and policy team to identify goals and priorities, and define campaign strategies and timelines for immigration policy advocacy
  • Leads Membership Engagement team to engage NYIC members in advocacy campaigns
  • Leads effort to develop local advocacy campaign(s) in key areas across the state


  • Ensures integration of Membership Engagement team with other organizational efforts
  • Works with Communications team to do media outreach, including organizing press events, drafting media alerts and releases, developing talking points, social media, etc.
  • Serves as spokesperson for NYIC and its campaigns when necessary
  • Leads efforts to stand up “rapid response” efforts when necessary
  • Works with senior leadership to oversee program budget
  • Supports development efforts by identifying and cultivating potential funding sources and preparing proposals and reports as needed

Relationship Management

  • Leads effort to build and maintain a strong, statewide multi-ethnic and geographically diverse group of NYIC member organizations
  • Leads effort in engaging NYIC member organizations to play leadership role in effective advocacy and organizing around campaigns
  • Leads team to engage NYIC member organizations in local convenings across the state
  • Works with VP of Advocacy and other NYIC program staff to ensure successful coordinated outreach to electeds on city, state and Federal levels.
  • Develops and manages relationships with strategic allies involved in campaigns


  • Supervises team of growing Membership Engagement staff in different state locations
  • Manages performance, guides professional development, and provides key feedback
  • Ensures proper teamwork with other NYIC staff

Qualities Sought:

  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and executing long-term strategies
  • At least 5-7 years of relevant experience, including demonstrated leadership of a team and ability to successfully supervise numerous team members to achieve key objectives
  • Deep understanding of and experience in coalition-building and grass-tops organizing
  • Strong knowledge of political landscape and elected on local, state and Federal levels
  • Ability to lead fundraising and communications efforts
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple tasks

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to hr@nyic.org with the subject line: Director of Membership Engagement and Advocacy. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; we are looking for someone to start as soon as possible.



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