Become our New Political Director

January 14, 2019
TitleCIRC/CIRC Action Political Director
LocationDenver, CO
Program area(s) and general summaryThe Policy Director is responsible for building strategy and policy advocacy to win CIRC and CIRC Actions Priority Campaigns.
Reports toExecutive Director
Posting Date March 1, 2019 and remains opened until filled

Organizational Summaries

CIRC Action Fund (CIRCAF) is a corporation organized to operate exclusively for the promotion of social welfare under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. CIRCAF believes in the inherent dignity and human rights of every person, regardless of immigration status. CIRCAF works to build a strong and thriving Colorado where all residents are treated with dignity and respect and have equal access to a fair and just quality of life and the opportunity to live united with family members. Achieve mission through advocating for fair, humane and workable public policies and by increasing the civic participation of new Americans. CIRC and CIRC Action Fund are separate organizations that operate under a cost- share agreement.

The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is a statewide membership-based coalition of immigrant, labor, interfaith, youth and ally organizations founded in 2002 to build a unified statewide voice to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees in Colorado and the United States. CIRC is a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code and achieves its mission through non-partisan civic engagement, public education and advocacy to win fair, humane and workable public policies.


Job Description

The  full-time Political  Director is responsible for setting up CIRC’s members at the Capitol to win on the coalition’s priorities and will support CIRC Action Fund’s advocacy and electoral organizing programs.  The Political Director will work closely with the ED, Campaigns Director and organization team to provide policy research, analysis, advocacy and action communications. CIRC’s policy work is year-round, though the policy efforts do intensify during the Colorado state legislative session which runs from January to May, as well as during national Congressional bill escalations which have more unpredictable timing.

This Political Director works closely with the Executive Director and campaign team to align our priority campaigns with both organizations long-term power bulding strategy.  This includes informing strategy, alignment and vision for increasing pro-immigrant power and electoral engagement of New American Voters (NAM) voters.
This role requires a proven record in immigrant advocacy, social justice work, knowledge of immigration policy and related issues, and is a self-starter, and good at problem solving. Candidate must be an excellent communicator who is able to excercise impeccable judgement in engaging with elected officials, funders, and legislative stakeholders.


Specific Roles and Responsibilities 

  • Coordinate with Campaigns Director to connect policy advocacy considerations with strategic campaigns and align priority campaigns with long-term electoral strategy.
  • Manage the policy/legislation and advocacy aspects of the strategic campaigns and coordinate with Campaigns Director to ensure that policy/advocacy is incorporated into campaign plans, including goals, specific targets, tactics to achieve goals, and measurable outcomes (SMART goals).
  • Provide input on strategy and organizing as part of the CIRC Action Fund team to increase the electoral power of New American (NAM) voters to increase both organizations ability to influence and advance pro-immigrant policy at the state and federal level.
  • Ensure alignment among CIRC/CIRC AF membership/campaigns and C3/C4 civic engagement strategies.
  • Ensure that C3/C4 advocacy plans are implemented effectively across the state and achieve our goals.

Training / Communication

  • Direct the development and delivery of  CIRC’s policy and advocacy materials, action alerts and education info.
  • Manage the development and delivery of trainings, materials and “train the trainers” on relevant policy topics.
  • With Communications Manager, support CIRC/CIRC AF by helping to disseminate policy and advocacy information through email, social media, website and other means.

Advocacy

  • Manage and support the member steering committee’s, or other relevant policy campaign committees, and manage coordination with CIRC lobbyist and contractors.
  • Support priority campaign lobby and advocacy days at state capitol. Manage relations and communications with state legislators and members of Congress as applicable.
  • Supervise policy and advocacy interns and new staff as applicable.

State & National Coordination

  • Coordinate our participation and representation at relevant policy/advocacy tables and collaborations, including Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable, Fair Immigration Reform Movement, National Immigrant Law Center and others.

Member of Staff Team Committed Collective and Collaborative Grassroots Fundraising to Anti-Oppression

  • All staff are expected to be active participants in CIRC’s internal anti-oppression and inclusivity efforts to make progress toward a vision of an organizational culture that reflects the values/principles that we are fighting for in world
  • Achieve annual individual/team fundraising goals that all CIRC staff participates in
    Support Executive Director and Managing Director in voter engagement proposals and campaign fundraising activities.

Core Competencies

  • At least 3 year track record of significant policy and legislative advocacy experience.
  • Ability drive policy work plans and stakeholder engagement to attain campaign deliverables.
  • Ability to build relationships with local and state immigrant rights movement.
  • A passion for policy, advocacy, and electoral organizing. Litigation background a plus.
  • An openness to different approaches to grassroots advocacy and policy work with a commitment to following campaign committee structure for key policy decisions.
  • Strong communication, writing and administrative skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, independently and effectively with diverse groups and people.
  • Self‐motivated, independent, willing to work long, flexible hours, including nights and weekends.
  • A strong team player, familiar with team dynamics and willing to work in a team environment.
  • A Strong commitment to social justice and social change.
  • Expected 20% travel within state and occasional out of state travel.

Terms of Employment

  • Supervision: The Political Director will report to the Executive Director
  • Salary: Full-time position in high forties – low fifties DOE.
  • Cell Phone: CIRC will pay $50 monthly stipend, included in your direct deposit paycheck.
  • Reimbursements: During the normal course of your work, mileage will be reimbursed at 55 cents per mile; work-related food, lodging, supplies or miscellaneous expenses will be reimbursed based on approval of submitted forms and receipts. See personnel handbook for full policies.
  • Health Insurance:  CIRC offers full health and dental benefits. United Healthcare and Delta Dental are the providers.

Date of Posting/Closing: Open until filled


To Apply:

Submit resume, cover letter, and contact for three references in Word or PDF to: nicole@coloradimmigrant.org