Open position: Advocate, CRU – Civil Rights Unit

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Advocate, CRU – Civil Rights Unit

Full-time, Non-exempt

SAN is a grassroots, community-based organization based in Artesia, CA dedicated to advancing the health, well-being, and civil rights of South Asians in Southern California. Founded in 1990, SAN conducts outreach, education, service provision, organizing, and advocacy across three programmatic areas: health and healthcare access, civil rights, and violence prevention.

Position Responsibilities:

SAN seeks an organized, efficient, self-starter with keen attention to detail to fill the position of Civil Rights Advocate. The Civil Rights Advocate is responsible for SAN’s civic engagement, naturalization and undocumented advocacy work. Responsibilities of the Civil Rights Advocate include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Coordinate SAN’s work with the undocumented community including conducting outreach on DACA, DAPA, AB60 and the TRUST act, conducting focus groups, workshops and media campaigns
  • Coordinate citizenship clinics and workshops and provide application assistance to limited English speaking South Asians
  • Coordinate SAN’s civic engagement project: gather demographic data on South Asian Americans in Southern California, conduct workshops in community settings, conduct leadership development trainings and work with SAN staff to mobilize and train community members and leaders to engage in legislative and administrative advocacy
  • Coordinate SAN’s voting rights campaign including conducting voter registration and education, outreach events, phone banking and poll monitoring
  • Assess the impact of various legislative and regulatory proposals on immigrants and South Asians
  • Develop policy advocacy campaigns that are informed and driven by the South Asian American community
  • Identify and explain current policy proposals to the community at townhalls, workshops, and other public events
  • Create fact sheets, concept and policy papers, analyses, and other written materials
  • Engage in coalition building with collaborative partners and legal service agencies
  • Represent SAN in community-based settings, coalition meetings, forums/conferences etc if needed
  • Collaborate with staff across SAN’s units to plan and conduct activities such as workshops, presentations and outreach events at community festivals, religious spaces and local schools and colleges
  • Assist SAN Executive Director and Deputy Director in collecting qualitative and quantitative data and providing reports to funders as needed
  • Conduct administrative work related to this position
  • Assist with outreach, fundraising, media relations and other administrative duties as needed

Position Requirements

  • Fluency in Hindi or Urdu oral and written language skills
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant field, public policy or health policy preferred, OR equivalent work experience
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience in an office environment
  • Well-organized, self-directed, highly motivated, ability to work independently and in a team, and handle multiple tasks
  • Excellent writing, research, and communication skills
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office, Social Media and Internet Research)
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following issues preferred: immigrant rights, national security, LGBTIQ rights, hate crimes/discrimination, health, domestic violence
  • Ability to, facilitate workshop in collaboration with staff and collaborative partners
  • Ability to, conduct outreach in community and religious settings
  • Ability to engage with diverse South Asian communities and religious groups
  • Knowledge of and skill in developing communication material and campaigns for South Asian American communities preferred
  • Knowledge of cultural norms and nuances affecting South Asians preferred
  • Experience conducting legislative and administrative advocacy preferred
  • Experience in analyzing impact of laws, regulations, and legislative proposals preferred
  • Experience in directing a project from conception to completion
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work flexible hours (including some weekends)
  • Ability to handle crisis situations
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks efficiently
  • High self awareness and willingness to seek support around self care
  • Professional conduct and ability to abide by confidentiality and HIPAA rules
  • Sensitivity to LGBTIQ issues and concerns
  • Ability to work with diverse cultures, community, and professional groups
  • Must have valid California driver’s license, insurance, and automobile that may be used during working hours

Salary and benefits: Commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes health and dental insurance, vacation and sick leave.

Mail/email resume, cover letter, and list of three references by November 11, 2015 to:

Manjusha P. Kulkarni
Executive Director
South Asian Network (SAN)
18173 Pioneer Blvd.
Suite I
Artesia, CA 90701

Position open until filled.

South Asian Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, or marital status.

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