Policy Coordinator

Title: Policy Coordinator
Reports to: Director of Campaigns & Communications

Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice
Adhikaar, meaning rights in Nepali, is a New York-based nonprofit organization working with Nepali-speaking communities to promote human rights and social justice for all. Established in 2005, Adhikaar is the only organization providing essential services and mobilizing the Nepali-speaking community to raise our voices and take collective action against injustices on issues affecting us. We achieve this through organizing, community education, grassroots advocacy, leadership development, and direct services. Our program areas are workers’ rights, immigrant rights, access to healthcare, and language justice. It is a fast-paced office with many programs going on at once and the right candidate will thrive in such an environment.

DESCRIPTION
The Policy Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the federal, state and local policy needs for Adhikaar’s overall programs, campaigns and government funding work. The Policy Coordinator will support other program areas as needed. The Policy Coordinator will report directly to the Director of Campaigns & Communications with reporting responsibilities to the Executive Director as needed. The Policy Coordinator will work closely with Adhikaar’s growing staff in program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The responsibilities for the Policy Coordinator will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Lead/Coordinate
● Coordinate Adhikaar’s political relationship and policy efforts amongst the various areas of work in order to build a cohesive policy strategy for Adhikaar
● Track legislation relevant to Nepali-speaking low income immigrants in the US (local to national) based on Adhikaar’s programmatic priorities and policy agenda
● Analyze legislation and proposed policies and communicate key provisions and implications to staff
● Prepare policy briefs, one-pagers, white papers, statements and testimonies in support of Adhikaar’s policy and campaign agenda
● Track and testify at local and state hearings relevant to Adhikaar’s policy agenda, services and campaigns
● Prepare and deliver legislative and policy updates for Adhikaar staff and membership
● Coordinate policy-specific training needs with organizing staff for members. This includes but is not limited to coordination of joint or issue-based meetings, training, strategy sessions, and actions
● Represent Adhikaar in policy coalitions and partnerships
● Ensure compliance with lobbying laws and IRS regulations
● Lead on regular reporting and tracking of programmatic deliverables and progress

Support:
● Coordination and logistical needs of political relationship-building for program and campaign work
● Support grant-related proposals, budgets, and reporting as needed
● Coordinate volunteers, interns, and youth members

● Maintenance of database i.e. tracking bills, member testimonials and policy contacts and relationships
● Support Adhikaar’s program staff with ongoing campaigns
● Provide language assistance as needed
● Provide support for Adhikaar’s special events
● Support Adhikaar’s fundraising efforts

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:
● Demonstrates commitment to Adhikaar’s mission and vision
● At least 2-3 years of experience inpolicy analysis or advocacy, preferably on immigration and/or workers’ rights issues
● Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and a wide variety of professional backgrounds and experiences
● Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience in policy and advocacy writing a plus
● Excellent skills in Microsoft Office, Google Drive, as well as social media tools
● Experience in project management skills, research/data and tracking
● Ability to work in a team as well as lead independent projects
● Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively in a fast-paced work setting
● Attention to detail is a must
● English required, Nepali preferred and additional skills in Tibetan a plus
● Must be available for travel and work engagement after-hours on an as-needed basis

Preferred:
● Experience working in either directly in government or with government-facing institution and
experience advocating/lobbying in groups with coalitions
● An understanding of the political landscape and political analysis of workers rights, immigrant rights,
and gender justice issues

HOW TO APPLY:
The deadline for applications is December 9, 2021.

Please email your resume and a cover letter to info@adhikaar.org and please indicate your desired annual salary

Indicate “Policy Coordinator” in the subject line. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
*Adhikaar is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusiveness among its staff.