Team: Policy and Programs
Reports to: Director of Community Programming Programs
Overview of the Organization
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for approximately 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
This is a contract-funded position for a new rapid-response initiative that the NYIC is undertaking to support vulnerable migrants and asylum-seekers throughout New York State. This position will be for a period of one year (August 2023-August 2024) with the potential to extend for two more years, for a total of three years. The continuation of this position beyond three years is contingent upon available funding.
The Manager of Community Programming (Upstate - Buffalo) will oversee local and regional service coordination, law related mass resource and family fairs as well as legal clinics (offering benefit enrollment, law related supports and services, etc.) for the Western NY, the Finger Lakes and the North Country.
The Manager of Community Programming (Upstate - Buffalo) is based in Buffalo and will report to the Director of Community Programming, and will work very closely with both the members of the Policy & Programs and Advocacy teams, as well as external consultants. Under the direction of the Director Community Programming, the Manager of Community Programming, Capital Region will plan and execute events designed to provide services to immigrant community members, in close partnership with NYIC member organizations. The Manager will lead our community events which will be created to bring services and trainings to communities across the Western NY, the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier, while work closely with partner agencies to provide a full-fleet of services (legal screenings, Know Your Rights training, financial empowerment education) and bring consulates to provide identification services to their communities. Based on community needs assessments, the Manager may also design and implement new initiatives focused on topics like financial literacy, entrepreneurship, housing, health, or other service areas. The Manager will also provide support and leadership on other immigrant-serving events as needed, including collaborative legal clinics and rapid response events.
- Organize community resource events in public schools, bringing consular services, legal clinics, financial training, and wraparound services to underserved populations throughout regions.
- Support legal clinics for underserved communities, including helping to plan clinics, connecting organizers to NYIC outreach or volunteer management staff, staffing tables, inviting members providing wrap-around services to table, providing materials, etc.
- Lead and/or support rapid response events in collaboration with NYIC members and partners as needed.
- Build community needs assessment and outreach models to ensure that services are reaching a diverse array of immigrant communities.
- Manage project implementation including scope, fulfillment of grant deliverables, and project budgets.
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with diverse consulates, service providers, funders, elected officials, and strategic partners and allies throughout New York State.
- Engage NYIC member organizations and other partners in large community outreach events
- Lead the integration of NYIC policy and advocacy initiatives with community-facing events
- If possible, provide translation and interpretation support in relation to Key to the City events and NYIC-developed community resources
- Three to five years of relevant experience, ideally providing services or outreach to immigrant communities and with experience planning community-serving events.
- Experience with the challenges faced by immigrant-serving and immigrant-led organizations.
- An understanding of the common barriers to service access and integration faced by immigrant communities.
- Experience supervising staff or interns is preferred
- Ability to lift materials weighing up to 40lbs.
- This position will be required to work some weekends and evenings, as necessary. Additionally, there may be regular travel throughout the regions and possible future travel within New York State.
- Highly organized and strong interpersonal skills
- Good team player, comfortable taking initiative and working independently, and able to adapt as necessary to changing circumstances.
- Passion for immigrant services and social justice
- Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple tasks.
- Language fluency in Arabic, Chinese, Creole, Russian, Spanish or other language(s) spoken in regions is strongly preferred.
- Basic knowledge and understanding of Salesforce, Excel, and other modern database and information technologies.
- Familiarity with Google Workspace and Asana.
- Experience with elected officials, funders, or other high level contacts is an asset.
- Interest in and/or knowledge of the NYIC, its members, or issues affecting immigrants in New York is an advantage.
Important facts to know about this opportunity:
- This position is mostly on-site, with a requirement of being in the office 4 days per week and remote 1 day per week.
- The NYIC staff continues to mask while in the office.
- The NYIC has a staff-wide vaccine mandate. Staff must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to HR before being onboarded.
In addition to a competitive salary, NYIC offers a full benefit plan, unlimited paid time off, commuter benefits and a comprehensive retirement plan.
**The NYIC has a transparent and equitable salary structure. Starting salaries for each position are set in advance with no room for negotiation.
To Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. All emails must have “Manager of Community Programming (Upstate - Buffalo)” in the subject line.
Deadline: Friday, September 8, 2023
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we are looking for someone to start as soon as possible. No phone calls or emails will be accepted for this position.