Staff Attorney, Anti-Profiling, Civil Rights & National Security

This role will be responsible for assisting in public policy research, strategies, analysis, and education on national security policies/civil rights concerns.

*** COVID vaccination required.  Exemptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis upon request ***

Organizational Profile: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1991 and located in Washington, D.C.  Our mission is to advance the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.  For 30 years, we have served as the leading Asian American voice on civil rights issues in our nation’s capital – fighting for the rights of our communities through policy advocacy, litigation, research, public education, and community engagement.

Based in Washington, D.C., Advancing Justice | AAJC is a member of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) affiliation.  With our affiliates in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, we work together as equal and independent partners, operate under one name, and strive to speak with one unified and powerful voice to promote justice, empower our communities, bring local and national constituents together, and strengthen our multiracial democracy.

Title:  Staff Attorney
Reports to:  Director, Anti-Profiling, Civil Rights & National Security
Term:  Immediately
Status:  Full time, Exempt Employee, 40 hours/week
Salary:  $70,000-$80,000

Position Summary: The Staff Attorney will primarily be responsible for supporting the Director of Anti-Profiling, Civil Rights & National Security program engaging in public policy research, strategies, analysis, and education on national security policies and civil rights concerns, particularly in the areas of profiling of Asian American and immigrant communities based on race, religion, ethnicity and/or national origin. The Staff Attorney will conduct intake & legal referrals, and in disseminating know your rights information.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Plan and Strategize Activities Related to National Security & Civil Rights

  • Act as a thought partner to the Director of Anti-Profiling, Civil Rights & National Security in developing strategy and to create and implement a work plan;
  • Advocate with legislators and executive branch officials to combat profiling and harmful national security policies to protect the rights of  Asian Americans;
  • Monitor and analyze legislation, regulations, and policies; prepare testimony, comments, legal briefs and memoranda, and other relevant material in furtherance of advocacy goals;
  • Educate policymakers on the federal government profiling of Asian Americans;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic communications plans in furtherance of our advocacy goals, including providing content support, responding to press inquiries, and making public speaking appearances as necessary and appropriate; and
  • Engage in the development and implementation of Community Partners’ Network strategies and activities in furtherance of departmental advocacy goals as well as in other areas of policy work as necessary and appropriate.

Develop, Implement and Maintain External Relationships and Partnerships

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with affiliates, Congressional offices and administrative agencies, and the relevant legal and advocacy groups within the civil rights and Asian American communities nationally and locally; and
  • Develop community education materials; provide technical assistance to community- based organizations nationwide; conduct community training, outreach, and education.

Fundraising

  • Provide content/information for board and other funder communications and materials as needed; and
  • Attend meetings with prospects/donors as necessary and appropriate.

General AAJC Roles

  • Live and exhibit the Core Values of Advancing Justice | AAJC, by contributing to an environment that promotes trust, teamwork, and transparency among staff, board, National Advisory Council, affiliates, and community partners.
  • Contribute to, establish, and follow policies and procedures, including maintenance of confidentiality, to ensure that the principles of Advancing Justice | AAJC are implemented.
  • Participate fully in and lead decision-making processes; understand outcomes and be accountable for decisions made in, or affecting, their area.
  • Understand the values and principles of Advancing Justice | AAJC and apply them fully in work responsibilities.
  • Participate in other activities and serve on ad hoc committees as requested.
  • Attend and contribute to Advancing Justice | AAJC and board of directors’ meetings.
  • Willing to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends.

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and J.D. degree from accredited law school.
  • Currently a member of the bar of a state, territory, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a federal court of general jurisdiction.
  • Minimum two years of relevant experience.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Demonstrated capacity to be extremely detailed-oriented, able to function independently, and exercise discretion and judgment in sensitive matters.
  • Ability to initiate work and follow through with minimal supervision as well as work under pressure.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments is necessary.
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Strong oral communications skills, especially the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences, including formal public speaking.
  • Able to work in multi-cultural/multi-disciplinary coalitions.
  • Ability to work effectively with different cultures, immigrant communities, and limited- English proficient communities.

Desired Qualification

  • The ideal candidate will have some relevant experience in national security policies (particularly border or research security), surveillance, and/or profiling issues and policies.
  • Experience and knowledge in Asian American civil and human rights.
  • Relevant experience in criminal, employment, and/or immigration law is a plus.
  • Practical knowledge and experience in legal referrals or direct client work is a plus, particularly in working with vulnerable or impacted persons.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Send resume with references, short writing sample, and a cover letter to Hiring Manager at hiring@advancingjustice-aajc.org or by mail. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.