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Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is one of the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organizations focused on serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs).
Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice-LA serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and organizational capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of AANHPI communities while building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Advancing Justice-LA is based in downtown Los Angeles, with additional offices in Orange County and Sacramento.
Lead legislative, budget, and administrative advocacy on the most pressing, cutting-edge, social justice issues impacting the AANHPI (Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander) and AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian) communities, such as protecting the rights of immigrants, low-wage workers, and tenants; ensuring access to healthcare and education; and ending mass incarceration. The Sacramento Legislative Director is the lead representative in Sacramento for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - California (Advancing Justice - CA), a statewide partnership between two long-standing civil rights organizations: Advancing Justice-LA and Advancing Justice-ALC. In addition, this position would lead and manage the joint Sacramento office.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Sacramento Legislative Director will work in close coordination with relevant staff of both Advancing Justice-LA and Advancing Justice-ALC. Job responsibilities include:
- Collaborate with Advancing Justice-LA and Advancing Justice-ALC Policy Directors and other senior leaders to set legislative, administrative, and budget priorities, and implement strategies that promote organizational advocacy goals.
- Identify, monitor, and analyze legislation, administrative policy, and budgetary proposals that impact AANHPI AMEMSA and immigrant communities.
- Lead and conduct lobby visits with legislators, the Governors office, administrative agency representatives, staff and other advocates on priority legislation and policy proposals.
- Work with Advancing Justice-LA and Advancing Justice-ALC senior leadership and program staff to ensure mobilization of community-based organizations across the state to advance priority legislation.
- Represent AAAJ-CA in meetings of ad-hoc and long-term legislative coalitions and maintain effective relationships with coalition partners.
- Monitor legislative and budget hearings and make policy recommendations to the Executive Directors of AAAJ-LA and AAAJ-ALC and the respective organizations senior leadership teams.
- Prepare and deliver testimony at legislative and administrative hearings.
- Provide guidance and analysis and work with staff to develop policy reports, fact sheets, action alerts, and briefing papers to support advocacy priorities.
- Manage effective relationships with legislators, legislative staff, and professional colleagues.
- Write letters advancing the position of Advancing Justice-California on legislation, administrative policies, and budgetary proposals.
- Coordinate legislative and community policy briefings on legislative, administrative, and budgetary issues.
Experience and Education
- Four to six years of experience in legislative advocacy or working on legislative matters, preferably on civil rights or immigrant rights issues, and demonstrated leadership on policy advocacy.
- Bachelors Degree or higher.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Commitment to advancing racial, social, and economic justice.
- Strong analytical skills and ability to think strategically about public policy agendas.
- Strong speaking and writing skills to present Advancing Justice-California's policy priorities to government officials, community partners, the general public and the media.
- Capacity to integrate diverse viewpoints and experiences in building coalitions across diverse communities.
- Ability to work well both independently and in collaboration with diverse staff, organizational leaders, and community allies.
- Ability and willingness to travel to occasional meetings, including in San Francisco and Los Angeles.