Political Associate

Overview of the Organization

The New York Immigration Coalition, a state-wide member-led coalition of immigrant and refugee organizations, works to transform the lives of all New Yorkers by strengthening and building our members' power, organizing and educating our communities and the public, and using our collective voice to advocate for opportunity and justice. We envision a New York state that is stronger because all people are welcome, treated fairly, and given the chance to pursue their dreams.

We represent the collective interests of New York's diverse immigrant communities and our 200 coalition member organizations. We 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.

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

The organization has an ambitious affirmative advocacy agenda that includes state funding for all newcomers to thrive, the right to counsel in immigration proceedings, maximum civic participation among immigrant communities in elections, and getting all New Yorkers represented in the redistricting process. Victories have included expanding the right to drivers licenses in New York regardless of immigration status, the New York State DREAM Act that provides tuition assistance to undocumented college students, elimination of the citizenship question from the 2020 Census, and organizing a legal clinic at JFK Airport immediately following the administration’s Muslim ban in 2017. We also have programs promoting access to healthcare, education, and democracy, and promoting civic and community engagement.

Position Description

Within the Political Engagement and Partnership Department, the Political Associate will provide administrative support to the NYIC’s Advocacy and Policy Departments by tracking and streamlining our outreach with elected officials, appointed officials, and strategic partners at all relevant levels. The Associate will support the work of the Political Director, managing a complicated and growing amount of data to help build, maintain and strengthen the organization’s political partnerships.

Key Responsibilities

  • Track, schedule, and manage and occasionally participate in a complex list of meetings, fulfilling meeting requests, approved by the Political Director, from the Advocacy and Policy Departments with legislators and appointed officials.
  • Support in the management of the Political Engagement and Partnership Department tasks through ASANA.
  • Support Advocacy and Policy Departments in the planning and implementation of lobby efforts with responsibilities including, but not limited to, confirming meetings, providing lobby training to membership, and facilitating group meetings with elected officials.
  • Engage in organizational rapid-response to pertinent, urgent developments with responsibilities including, but not limited to, mobilizing elected and government officials, circulating draft press releases, and collecting quotes.
  • Provide legislative and political landscape updates to the New York Immigration Coalition membership.
  • Provide support in recruitment of affiliate organizations and membership.
  • Perform similar functions for affiliated organizations, including our 501(c)4 political arm, NYIC Action with responsibilities including, but not limited to, canvassing for endorsed candidates and attending fundraising events.
  • Support administrative tasks as needed and assist in day-to-day operations of the Political Engagement and Partnership Department.
  • Qualifications

  • Two (2) to three (3) years of experience is an asset, understanding of the legislative process and working within advocacy and lobbying a strong plus.
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Google suite are required.
  • Good judgment and the ability to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment, and manage multiple competing deadlines.
  • Salary: $50,000-$51,250

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

    Location: Position is in-person and based out of an NYIC regional office in New York State. Occasional travel to other regions in NYS is required.

    To Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to hr@nyic.org. All emails must have “Political Associate” in the subject line.

    Deadline: Open until filled. 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.