The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi seeks a self-motivated team member with community and civic engagement experience to fill the positions of Immigrants' Rights Advocate to coordinate a two-year grant-funded campaign to expose and limit state and local cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The position will be based at the ACLU of Mississippi's headquarters in Jackson, MS.

The ACLU of Mississippi is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that works to promote and defend civil liberties and civil rights through legal, legislative and public education approaches including individual rights and freedoms, free speech, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and more. The ACLU of Mississippi was founded in 1969 and is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation's Bill of Rights.  Based in Jackson with a staff of 8, the ACLU of Mississippi has not only the opportunity, but also the responsibility to protect and advocate for the civil liberties and civil rights of all Mississippians.  For more information, please visit www.aclu-ms.org

Project and Position Overview:

The Immigrants’ Rights Advocate reports to the Legislative and Advocacy Director and will help develop and be the primary coordinator of our campaign to expose and limit state and local cooperation with ICE. This work will include developing and working with a coalition of partners; engaging local, county and state actors and persuading them to develop policies which limit cooperation with ICE; and engaging, educating and training volunteers and communities across the state. 

Responsibilities:

The Immigrants’ Rights Advocate will play a central role in the development, coordination, implementation, and management of our campaign to expose and limit state and local cooperation with ICE.  Work duties may include, but are not limited to:   

  • Provide overall campaign management, including developing and managing timelines, leading project planning, and coordinating deliverables in collaboration with external partners.
  • Build and maintain a coalition of and effective working relationships with community leaders, decision makers, partners and other key stakeholders.
  • Identify the local, county and state decision makers that we will engage to implement policies which limit cooperation with ICE.
  • Organize public education events, such as rallies, community forums, panel discussions and trainings.
  • Engage, organize and develop communities, volunteers and leaders and provide them with education, advocacy and leadership tools to further the campaign.
  • Create communications and storytelling initiatives about immigrant people and how state and local cooperation with ICE impacts them and our state.
  • Prepare and submit required reporting consistent with work plans and grant requirements.
  • Help maintain a positive, respectful, welcoming and professional work environment for employees and volunteers. 
  • Assist in other activities as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • B.A. and at least two years of immigrants’ rights advocacy and organizing experience.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish.
  • Experience engaging and lobbying stakeholders.
  • Experience building coalitions.
  • Experience in volunteer and leadership development.
  • Experience creating communications and storytelling initiatives.
  • Firm commitment to the mission and principles of the ACLU.
  • Excellent writing skills. Strength in proofreading and an ardent attention to detail.
  • Excellent research and data collection skills are required.
  • Excellent organizational skills for time management, research and event coordination.
  • Computer skills including major software packages (MS Office), database management, e-mail, and Internet.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and comfort working with diverse populations, and with staff and volunteers.

Compensation and Terms:

The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience.  *This position will require extensive travel, evening and weekend hours.  Please do not apply if you will not be able to travel or work extended hours.  Please note that this position is based on a two-year grant (March 2020 to March 2022) and employment cannot be guaranteed beyond this time frame.

To Apply:

E-mail a letter of interest, resume and three professional references to office@aclu-ms.org. Application materials may also be mailed to P.O. Box 2242, Jackson, MS 39225.  Please put "Immigrants’ Rights Advocate" in the subject line of your email or cover page in your fax.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer.  We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.