Upstate Director of Advocacy

Location: Position is based in Western New York and will require regular travel within Western New York, Central New York, the North Country, as well as periodic travel to other regions within New York State.

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

The Upstate Director of Advocacy will work closely with the NYIC Advocacy Team to represent the NYIC in Western New York, Central New York, the North Country.

The Director will work closely with the NYIC member engagement team that cover the Western New York, Central New York, the North Country to grow the NYIC’s presence in the region, deepen the engagement of NYIC member organizations and partners in NYIC initiatives, expand the network of  NYIC members and partners, and build the political power of immigrant communities, the organizations who serve them, and the NYIC. They will lead our efforts to mobilize member and partner organizations, lead NYIC advocacy efforts in the Upstate Region, and serve as a link to key resources for member agencies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leads effort in engaging NYIC member organizations in the Upstate Region  to play leadership role in effective advocacy and organizing around campaigns.
  • Leads engagement with NYIC member organizations in local convenings across the state.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with NYIC member organizations and other immigrant-led and immigrant-serving organizations as well as identifying non-traditional partners and allies across the region
  • Coordinate and mobilize member agencies and coalition partners around local, state, and federal advocacy campaigns, as well as rapid response work as necessary
  • Serve as spokesperson for the NYIC in the region, including in the media and through public speaking and regular meetings with community leaders, policy makers, and thought leaders
  • Plan and organize events including rallies, actions, convenings, trainings, and community forums
  • Forge relationships with policy makers in the region, including elected officials and other key government staff, and serve as the NYIC expert in the regional landscape
  • Build and maintain relationships with media covering the region, including local, ethnic, and mainstream outlets, and utilize traditional and digital media to promote advocacy goals, in consultation with NYIC communications team.
  • Supervise a team of at least 5 staff and multiple fellows, interns, and volunteers.

Qualities Sought:

  • At least 5-10 years of relevant experience preferred, ideally with a Buffalo or Rochester based organization
  • Knowledge of and commitment to social justice and immigrant justice as well as the regions diverse immigrant communities
  • Experience collaborating with multiple, diverse partners
  • Experience with community organizing and/or policy advocacy is an asset
  • 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 spoken in immigrant communities in the region is strongly preferred
  • Drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle is necessary
  • Good team player, comfortable taking initiative, and ability to adapt as necessary to changing circumstances
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends as needed.

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, one1 brief writing sample to [email protected]. All emails must have “Upstate Director of Advocacy” in the subject line.

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 around this position.

Need legal assistance?

Call the NYS Immigration Hotline at 1-800-566-7636 or view our directory of service providers here