Location

Rio Grande Valley (Brownsville, McAllen, Harlingen)

Department

Policy & Advocacy

Overview

The Senior Strategist for Border and Immigrants’ Rights leads an issue team within the Policy & Advocacy Department focused on immigrant rights throughout the state and policing by federal, state, and local agencies across the Texas-Mexico border region. The Strategist develops advocacy campaign goals, strategies, and plans to address and improve policies that affect civil liberties in border communities. The team works at the local, state, and federal levels, in close collaboration with other departments within the ACLU of Texas and ACLU National. This is a managerial role, with multiple direct reports. The position reports to the Policy & Advocacy Director.

Responsibilities

  • Works closely with cross-departmental colleagues to develop goals, strategies, and plans to improve policies that affect civil liberties in border communities.
  • Plays a lead role in executing plans to achieve campaign objectives, including by coordinating across multiple departments and managing a dynamic team. Brings an organizing mindset to policy change.
  • Maintains deep knowledge of immigration and border issues at the local, state, and federal levels, and the key influencers and organizations that shape the issue in Texas.
  • Manages and develops a team of direct reports, rooted in principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).
  • Exerts influence at the local, state, and federal levels through relationships with like-minded organizations, grassroots groups, offices of elected officials, and elected officials themselves. Able to exert influence in adversarial contexts.
  • Produces high-standard written products for internal and external audiences, based on original research and analysis.
  • Represents the organization in coalitions, the media, the Texas state legislature, relationships with U.S. Congressional offices, and other forums.

  • Participates as a leader in strategy development, budgeting, and overall team development for the Policy & Advocacy Department.

Competencies

  • Written and verbal communication: Quickly produces written products, including emails and memos, that summarize information and present options for action. Can communicate with internal and external stakeholders clearly and with empathy.

  • Organizational relations: Represents departmental and organizational positions in internal and external negotiations to achieve objectives. Responsive to requests for action, internally and externally.

  • Teamwork: Brings a positive, problem-solving attitude to relationships with colleagues and partners.

  • Dependability: Follows through on assignments. Colleagues can count on you to complete assignments on time and in line with expectations, communicating along the way.

  • Self Starter: Shows the ability to work independently and in a team environment with minimal supervision, assisting team members as necessary.

  • Decision making: Makes prudent decisions that are timely, well researched, and reflect awareness of impact

  • Leadership: Effectively leads others in achieving stated duties and assignments. Demonstrates a positive example in leading staff toward achievement of team goals and mission. Able to operate with significant autonomy, with support and collaboration from the supervisor.

Qualifications

  • At least seven years of experience working in community organizing, political campaigns, and/or public policy research and advocacy; at least four years of relevant issue-area experience. Demonstrated ability to achieve policy change through advocacy with public officials and agencies.
  • Bilingual and bicultural English-Spanish fluency.
  • Strong existing networks in immigration policy and/or border communities. Experience living and working in border communities preferred.
  • At least two years of prior staff management experience required.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce sophisticated written work products related to immigrants’ rights.

  • Experience interacting with the media and representing mission-driven organizations to the media preferred.

  • Solid computer skills, including intermediate proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, and communications tools.

  • Flexible schedule and ability to work non-traditional hours as needed. Some travel required.

  • Demonstrated commitment to civil liberties.

Compensation
Salary is commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU of Texas' salary scale. 

Department Overview
The Policy & Advocacy Department works for practical, strategic change in the areas of criminal justice reform, voting rights, immigration, LGBTQ+ rights, and reproductive freedom across Texas.

To apply
Please submit an application here.

The ACLU of Texas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Texas encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, previous criminal conviction, and veteran status.