Director of Advocacy

Advocacy | Washington, DC | Full Time | From $72,000.00 to $79,000.00 per year
June 28, 2023

About Us:

Many Languages One Voice (MLOV) fosters leadership and facilitates community-led initiatives to increase the meaningful inclusion and civic participation of immigrant residents of the District of Columbia who do not speak English as their primary language. We support their leadership and amplify the voice of the most vulnerable to find solutions to the systemic racial inequities that impact their daily lives.

MLOV is a leading player in the immigrant rights and justice movement in DC and regularly builds partnerships and coalitions with wide-ranging stakeholders. In addition to nonprofits and community organizations, MLOV works with government officials, agencies, businesses, and worker groups to advance power-building of immigrant communities in DC.

MLOV is also the convening organization of the DC Language Access Coalition (DCLAC), which worked to advocate for the passage of the pioneering DC Language Access Act of 2004, and has since served as a partner in the monitoring and enforcement of the Act. MLOV works with and conducts joint campaigns and activities with the coalition’s member organizations.

Director of Advocacy: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Advocacy is an integral part of MLOV’s team, responsible for leading MLOV’s advocacy and organizing team. Successful candidates for this role will possess strong commitment and passion for language justice, immigrant rights, and power-building within immigrant communities. Fluency in a language in addition to English is also important for this role.

This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic, energetic, and eager professional to help shape the advocacy strategy of a small, community-based, immigrant-led organization, and make significant contributions to advance the power of immigrants in DC. The Director of Advocacy will also have the opportunity to help shape and build the new advocacy team.

This role will lead efforts to strengthen our advocacy around Language Justice and immigrant rights in DC, including launching new campaigns, building the leadership of our immigrant and limited or non-English proficient members, developing multilingual resources, and coalition-building among DCLAC members to jointly advocate for this need.

The Director of Advocacy role is a full-time, hybrid, exempt position requiring a high-level of leadership, strategic acumen, responsibility, organizing experience, and political consciousness. The expected salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications between the range of $72,000 - $79,000.

An overview of essential responsibilities is below. Please note the list below may not completely encompass all possible role responsibilities, which may evolve as a result of organizational needs.

  • In partnership with the Executive Director, develop MLOV’s new advocacy agenda and policy priorities, positions, and strategies;
  • Develop and supervise the implementation of local and federal policy advocacy actions;
  • Support, facilitate and grow DC Language Access Coalition campaigns for language justice in DC, partnering with coalition members and allies to develop campaign strategy and plans;
  • Create and direct pathways for MLOV members to participate in advocacy agenda;
  • Represent the organization as a spokesperson on language justice and immigrant justice – within media, educational and advocacy spaces;
  • Lead the cultivation of new and existing relationships with key elected and appointed officials, staff, policy makers and related governmental bodies and leaders, with as-needed support from the Executive Director;
  • Lead participation in relevant stakeholder groups and coalitions on behalf of MLOV;
  • Coordinate and contribute to efforts to publicize and promote MLOVs advocacy initiatives internally and externally, including through newsletters/e-blasts, MLOV’s website, and other media;
  • Supervise the development and delivery of timely, relevant, and accurate public education materials for MLOV members, coalition members, policymakers, and media including written testimony, public comments, factsheets, and webinars;

Staff Supervision

  • Develop annual departmental budgets, operating plans, and workload benchmarks and metrics;
  • Provide direct supervision to one to two additional staff members, supporting their leadership development, campaign development, work planning and activities;
  • Help recruit consultants, interns, and/or volunteers assigned to policy and advocacy work;

Organizational Involvement

  • Interface across teams to elevate and integrate language justice and immigrant power-building goals in all organizational work;
  • Support efforts to create new initiatives for all MLOV community members to develop their skills and knowledge base to understand systemic inequities and collectively define solutions in their communities;

Development and Grant Management

  • Monitor grant spending and track staff activities relative to grant deliverables;
  • Support the Executive Director and Grants Manager in developing grant proposals, creating program-related communications, and reports for donors, funders, or other constituencies;

Travel

  • Frequent local travel to work meetings, and occasional regional and national travel (1 - 3 times per year), is required, including to partner national conferences;

Ideal candidate characteristics:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; education in political science, social sciences, public policy, and/or specialized training in community organizing;
  • Familiarity with the immigrant justice, immigrant rights, and language justice frameworks, and issues impacting immigrant and low-income communities;
  • Experience in policy, legislative, or political advocacy and/or community organizing;
  • Experience in coalition building;
  • Experience working with immigrant communities;
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing and verbal communication skills and ability to work with diverse communities;
  • Leadership skills and the ability to connect with and build effective teams of diverse partners across the community;
  • High level of responsibility, initiative, creativity, and cultural competence;
  • The ability to identify goals, determine metrics, and set a team vision;
  • Proficiency in writing/reading and speaking/understanding another language in addition to English, preferably Spanish, French and/or Amharic;
  • Ability to work on-site in DC, with availability to work occasional evenings and weekends;
  • Openness to ongoing learning and coaching from colleagues at every level, exhibiting a solution-oriented attitude and always leading with high integrity, camaraderie, and professionalism.

We recognize that women and people of color may be less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. MLOV is most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We would encourage you to apply, even if you do not believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Important to Know: Many Languages One Voice is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. MLOV encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. Black and Indigenous people, Immigrants, and other people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who live in Washington, DC and understand its unique policy landscape.


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