Director of Political Engagement

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.

Position Description

The Director of Political Engagement will manage the NYIC’s overall political engagement efforts, which include building strategic partnerships with legislators and allies; leading the NYIC’s federal, state, and city advocacy efforts in the legislative arena; and supervising the organization’s work and political engagement of immigrant communities.


  • Works with the Vice President of Advocacy to prepare and move advocacy priorities and supervises work done on the NYIC’s local, statewide, and federal legislative agendas.
  • Identifies opportunities to bring new allies into the NYIC’s work. Form and manage strategic alliances geared towards advancing the NYIC’s federal, state, and city advocacy efforts.
  • Provides strategic guidance on campaign planning including outreach, tactics and escalation that advance advocacy efforts.
  • Manages relationships with allies, partners, and members as campaigns evolve with the support of regional teams across New York State.
  • Represents the NYIC as media opportunities arise (print, television, and emerging media).
  • Supports fundraising and grant reporting in conjunction with the NYIC’s Development Team.
  • Collaborates with NYIC’s Policy Team to ensure legislation being advanced by legislators reflects the goals of the NYIC
  • Supervises the Political Engagement Associate and works to streamline and operationalize NYIC’s Political Department
  • Plays a critical role in thinking and executing events necessary for the success of the NYIC’s policy and advocacy agenda.


  • At least 3-5 years of experience - experience with governmental affairs and a firm understanding New York State’s legislative system and democratic process is a strong asset.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to immigrant and social justice, an understanding of challenges facing New York State’s diverse immigrant communities.
  • Experience collaborating with multiple, diverse partners; experience working with broad based coalitions is a plus.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong communication skills, and comfort with public speaking and meeting facilitation.
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple tasks.
  • Proficiency in Spanish or another language is strongly preferred.
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Salary Range: $80,000

In addition to a competitive salary, NYIC offers a full benefit plan, paid time off, commuter benefits and a comprehensive retirement plan.

Deadline: Open until filled.

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter and a writing sample to [email protected] with the subject line:“Director of Political Engagement”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as we are looking for someone to start as soon as possible.