Senior Policy Strategist

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Position Location: Flexible

About CPD + CPDA

The Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action (together, CPD/A) work to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We currently work with more than 45 partner organizations in more than 38 states, Puerto Rico, and D.C., and build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. We are a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position:

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action (CPD/CPDA) is seeking a full-time Senior Policy Strategist who will work closely with local community organizations to develop and win city and state and federal policy victories that advance immigrant justice and racial justice, and to envision and replicate strategies to protect immigrant communities from current anti-immigrant attacks. The Senior Policy Strategist will also work closely with colleagues to ensure that the experiences of immigrants are shaping all the issues campaigns that CPD/A works on. This person will work closely with the Co-Director of Community Dignity Campaigns and the Senior Campaign Manager, as well CPD/A’s communications and campaign staff, to coordinate national support for state-based community organizations leading these fights on the ground. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to help advance policy innovation on immigrant rights and racial justice in partnership with grassroots organizations at the forefront of this fight.

Primary Responsibilities

The Senior Policy Strategist will:

  • Develop and co-lead on all state and local and federal immigration policy work for CPD/A, and serve as the anchor for all immigrant rights policy work at the organization.

  • Work closely with partners and allies across the country to develop, advocate for, and implement innovative pro-immigrant laws and policies.

  • Develop local coalitions to lead campaigns, and support those coalitions in campaign development, legal research and policy analysis, legislative drafting, political advocacy, and communications work.

  • Liaise with immigrant rights groups inside the CPD/A network and nationally.

  • Represent CPD/A at conferences and other public events.

  • Help set long term strategy and direction for the immigrant rights team.

  • Collaborate with the CPD/A research team and other CPD/A staff on the generation of reports, policy statements, and other public facing documents about CPD/A's immigrant rights work

  • Fundraise -- draft proposals and reports, participate in calls with funders, facilitate subgranting to partners. Participate in all internal administrative tasks including quarterly and annual grant reporting.

  • Support local, state and federal work on policy proposals developed by the CPD/A campaigns team on a range of issue areas.

Job Requirements

  • A demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice

  • A deep understanding of the challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low and moderate income families;

  • At least five years of experience developing immigration policy, preferably on issues with an explicit racial justice lens;

  • Experience working with grassroots organizations and in diverse communities;

  • Experience working across departments or teams within an organization;

  • Success as an independent, self-motivated leader with an ability to drive projects to completion in a fast-paced environment;

  • Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills;

  • Results-focused and organized;

  • Willingness to travel regularly;

  • Preferred but not necessary: bilingual (Spanish/English)

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days per year, 10 sick days per year, 12 paid holidays per year, and contributions to individuals’ 401K plans.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter and resume through our hiring portal.

CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.

Location: New York, NY
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