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Integration Policy Fellow

Date Posted: 
Monday, January 15, 2018

Overview of 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.
Summary of the Position
The NYIC seeks to hire an Integration Policy Fellow to work on a variety of campaigns and issues that support the success of immigrant communities across New York State. The Fellow will work closely with various members of the organization's Policy Department. 
Expected responsibilities include leading or supporting adult literacy and workforce development policy; language access policy; professional licenses policy; and other local and state integration policy efforts. Expected tasks include conducting policy analysis and visioning, coalition-building, and the drafting of policy documents and memorandums. As needed, the Fellow may also support policy work related to immigration enforcement and overall organizational campaigns to advance federal immigration solutions. The Fellow should ideally excel in fast-paced environments requiring flexibility in expertise and should have experience working on a variety of immigrant and/or integration related topics. 

Key Responsibilities
  • Leads policy analysis on select integration issues affecting immigrant communities (such as adult literacy, workforce development, language access, professional licenses, and economic development)
  • Represents the NYIC as a spokesperson and fields requests to support media, provide testimony as required, and represent the NYIC in key meetings with high-level officials.
  • Develops and manages relationships with partners and allies involved in policy and advocacy work and identifies relevant new groups to bring into NYIC work. 
  • Supports fundraising efforts through grant research, proposal writing, and grant reporting through data collection and preparing drafts of narratives.
Qualities Sought
  • At least three (3) to five (5) years of relevant experience in policy analysis, focus on immigrant communities and/or immigrant integration strongly preferred.
  • Experience with advocacy and lobbying in New York City and New York State, a plus. 
  • Ability to manage tight deadlines and competing priorities and strategize in rapidly changing political environment.
  • Strong communications skills.
  • Experience working with broad and diverse populations a plus.
  • Working knowledge of another language - Spanish or another of the top 6 languages spoken in New York State - strongly desired.

To Apply
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, 3 professional references, and 2 short writing samples with the subject line “Integration Policy Fellow” to hr@nyic.org.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we are looking for someone to begin as soon as possible. We will consider tailoring the position if we find a strong candidate with some but not all of the relevant skills.



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