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U.S. Policy & Advocacy Coordinator

Department: Policy and Advocacy
Location: Silver Spring, MD

POSITION SUMMARY:

HIAS seeks a U.S. Policy & Advocacy Coordinator to support HIAS’ U.S. Policy & Advocacy team. Their work will be cross cutting, covering a combination of HIAS’ U.S. policy and advocacy priorities, with primary focuses on refugee resettlement and asylum policy, with an initial particular focus on Afghan refugee resettlement. They will assist HIAS’ Vice President, U.S. Policy & Advocacy, the Director, U.S. Policy & Advocacy, and HIAS’ Policy Counsel in the implementation of HIAS’ U.S. policy and advocacy agenda as part of HIAS’ efforts to educate and influence policy makers. They will also assist HIAS’ advocacy efforts around the country through the support of American Jewish organizations and individuals who engage with HIAS on policy and advocacy issues.

Note, this position is based at our headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Helps to develop and foster relationships with Congressional offices through the development and implementation of an outreach strategy as part of the effort to deepen the understanding of Congressional staff about HIAS’ expertise and our U.S. policy priorities.
  • Assists with the provision of analysis and research pertaining to HIAS’ U.S. refugee resettlement and asylum priorities in support of the development of HIAS’ advocacy messaging and strategy development, with an initial focus on Afghan refugee resettlement.
  • Attends and participates in coalition meetings and ensures timely reports on key topics and decisions covered.
  • Provides content for HIAS’ U.S. policy and advocacy internal and external communications, including newsletters, statements, comments, social media and backgrounders.
  • Works in close cooperation on relevant assignments with other HIAS departments, including but not limited to U.S. Programs, Community Engagement, Communications and International Policy & Relations.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:

  • Undergraduate degree in political science, international affairs or a related field required.
  • 2-3 years of advocacy work experience; ideally in refugee/immigrant advocacy.
  • Proven commitment to refugee and immigrants’ rights issues.
  • Solid understanding of federal legislative and administrative advocacy processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain and nurture collegial relationships with congressional staff, coalition partners, network partners and constituents.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and project management skills required; ability to manage several projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, and the ability to work well both independently and in a team setting.

SAMPLE HIRING PROCESS: 

We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process: 

Step 1: Submit your application! 

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter. 

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager. 

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees. 

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey. 

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening. 

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS! 

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step. 

ABOUT US: 

Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.  

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values. 

VISION: 

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. 

MISSION: 

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. 

VALUES: 

Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim

We Welcome the Stranger 

Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek

We Pursue Justice 

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed

We Approach our Clients with Empathy 

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership 

Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World 

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience 

DIVERSITY: 

HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation, or other legally protected status. 

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