The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) is seeking a Border and Immigration Policy Advocate to advance humane border policies and immigrants’ rights at the local, state, and federal level. This person will be responsible for strengthening and building alliances with strategic partners; conducting community education around the state; mobilizing and organizing partners in support of the ACLU-NM’s mission; serving as a media spokesperson; advocating with policy makers; and representing ACLU-NM’s positions in various public forums.
Collaborating closely with local leaders and communities, this person will work across ACLU-NM departments to conduct legislative lobbying, policy advocacy campaigns, coalition building, community outreach, and communications approaches in an integrated advocacy model. They must have a proven ability to take initiative, quickly learn new information and skills, think strategically, communicate clearly and persuasively, and work in partnership with diverse groups.
This is an exempt full-time role based in Las Cruces and reporting to the Policy Director.
WHO WE ARE
Our mission is to protect and advance justice, liberty, and equity as guaranteed by the constitutions of New Mexico and the United States. We are committed to ending racism and other systemic inequities. This includes how we work with each other and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit our website at www.aclu-nm.org
Equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging are core values of the ACLU and central to our work. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- Support the Director of Public Policy and Policy Counsel in developing a vision for the ACLU-NM policy program and designing campaign plans to achieve the organization’s strategic priorities around the Border Humanity Project.
- Assist the Public Policy Director and Policy Counsel in developing plans and strategies to advocate with local, state and federal policymakers to protect and expand Border and Immigrants’ rights; represent the ACLU-NM’s positions before legislative and policy making bodies, as required by the Director of Public Policy;
- Use an immigrants’ rights lens to review, monitor, and analyze current or proposed local and state legislation, regulations, and policies related to the ACLU-NM’s strategic priorities;
- Develop and produce advocacy tools, including fact sheets, talking points, public education materials, position letters and policy briefs;
- Work with ACLU-NM staff and activist leaders doing criminal justice reform, reproductive rights, and indigenous rights work to identify individuals with an interest in understanding the nexus between these other strategic priorities for our organization.
- Collaborate with the Communications Department in developing effective messaging and using the media to advance the organization’s strategic priorities; serve as media spokesperson, as needed.
- Develop and manage relationships with key National ACLU partners in support of the ACLU-NM’s strategic priorities.
- Other duties, special projects, and tasks as assigned.
Partnership & Coalition Development
- Help build grasstops support for the ACLU-NM’s strategic priorities, and provide technical assistance for such efforts;
- Develop and implement peer-to-peer training programs to empower community leaders
- Cultivate relationships with allied leaders, organizations and coalitions in support of shared legislative and policy priorities;
- Assist the Public Policy Director in convening and facilitating coalitions and other constituent groups to advocate for the ACLU-NM’s strategic priorities;
- Identify stakeholders with an interest in border and immigrants' rights to cultivate relationships and understanding in an effort to develop an informed network in key areas of the state.
- Strategically recruit, train, and cultivate activists in key areas of New Mexico to take action to expand border rights and to strengthen the overall base of the organization.
- Work with other policy staff to plan and execute events including activist trainings, volunteer appreciation events, listening sessions, panel discussions, candidate forums and other community events to advance border and immigrant’s rights in key areas of New Mexico.
- Represent the ACLU of New Mexico in coalitions and community groups, including speaking at community events and potentially with media.
- Ability to be proactive, understand the political landscape, and be able to work effectively on issues that require diverse support.
- Passionate commitment to and familiarity with Border and Immigrants’ rights.
- Proven ability to think critically and strategically about solving problems and coming up with solutions.
- Ability to be resilient and work towards long-term, systemic change.
- A demonstrated ability to work respectfully and effectively with coalitions and community groups, motivate volunteers, and work across the political spectrum, including communities impacted by ACLU.
- A flexible team player who works collaboratively, shares responsibilities, and supports and acknowledges colleagues’ contributions.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills, including an ability to navigate and resolve conflict in a manner that values and respects relationships with colleagues inside and outside the ACLU of New Mexico.
- Strong project management skills;
- Leadership experience in either personal or professional capacity;
- A self-starter and finisher with a demonstrated ability to manage projects and follow-through with minimal direct supervision.
- A person who can handle and prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities;
- Organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Proficiency with Windows and Microsoft Office.
- Strong time management skills and the ability to work under pressure.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, as a public spokesperson and advocate;
- Demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU.
- Awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult and transformative work of challenging systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and implicit bias.
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; a personal approach that values the individual and differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance;
- Willingness to work occasional overtime or irregular hours, including some weekends;
- Willingness to travel within the state and a current driver’s license.
- A college degree is preferred but not required. Commensurate experience and expertise is welcome;
- Experience in grasstops organizing and advocacy
- Bilingual Spanish/English skills in written and spoken communication
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Salary is $54,000-67,800 /year depending on experience. We offer excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, short and long-term disability and life insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, and generous PTO, holiday, family and medical leave policies.
HOW TO APPLY:
All applications are treated confidentially. Please send resume and cover letter no longer than one page by email to HR@aclu-nm.org. Please include “Border and Immigration Policy Advocate” in the subject line and all attachments should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Your letter should explain ways in which you satisfy the skills and qualifications specified above. We also invite applicants to include in their letter information about how their background and/or experiences could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and advocacy work. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting. No phone calls, please. Note: we will not accept resumes that do not include a cover letter.
Application materials will also be accepted via postal mail, but electronic filing is strongly preferred. Mailed applications should be sent to c/o HR, P.O. Box 566, Albuquerque, NM 87103.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of New Mexico reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
Currently we are mainly working remotely with some voluntary work in the office. We anticipate that once it is safe to lift the work-from-home policy, the Border and Immigration Policy Advocate, like most ACLU-NM staff, will work partially in-office and partially from home.
For the safety of our staff, their families, and the communities that we work with, ACLU-NM requires that staff be fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC.
ACLU of New Mexico is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.
“ACLU of New Mexico” refers collectively to two separate corporate entities, ACLU of New Mexico and ACLU of New Mexico Foundation. The two entities share the same mission, office space, and employees.