Project Director, Immigrant Students’ Rights Project
AFC seeks an attorney to serve as the Project Director of our Immigrant Students’ Rights Project, which provides a combination of policy advocacy, community education, and legal representation to NYC families. The project’s policy advocacy focuses on improving access to quality education for immigrant students and English Language Learners and addressing discrimination these students face. Direct legal representation involves assisting families with education-related issues, including enrollment, bilingual programming, bullying, and special education. Finally, the project’s community education concentrates on know-your-rights trainings regarding education in New York City. The Project Director will work in all three of these areas as well as supervise a staff of two attorneys working on the project.
Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) is a not-for-profit organization that strives to ensure a high-quality education for New York students who face barriers to academic success, focusing on students from low-income backgrounds. AFC works on behalf of children and youth who are at greatest risk of academic failure due to poverty, race, ethnicity, disability, homelessness, immigration status/limited English proficiency, or involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. We use uniquely integrated strategies to advance systemic reform, empower families and communities, and advocate for the educational rights of individual students.
The Project Director will lead AFC’s Immigrant Students’ Rights Project. Primary responsibilities include:
- Managing and directing the work of the Immigrant Students’ Rights Project, including setting annual goals and leading a team to achieve them.
- Supervising the Immigrant Students’ Rights Project staff, which currently consists of two attorneys whose primary work is providing case assistance and legal representation to families, conducting workshops in the community for parents and professionals, and supporting policy advocacy efforts.
- Leading the organization’s policy advocacy with respect to immigrant students and English Language Learners. This work will include participating in coalitions and work groups; analyzing proposed legislation, regulations, and guidance; drafting testimony, letters, and other documents to support policy positions; providing information and interviews to the media; and developing and implementing a variety of strategies to achieve policy goals.
- Fostering collaborative relationships with individuals and organizations working on issues involving immigrant students and English Language Learners.
- Speaking to parents and professionals about the rights of immigrant students and English Language Learners. This includes providing information, advice, or representation on an individual level, as well as presenting workshops and participating in panel discussions in the community.
- Providing technical assistance to other attorneys and professionals who are working to help immigrant students and English Language Learners.
- Drafting grant proposals and grant reports related to the project.
We are looking for an attorney with at least five years of experience. Applicants should have a strong commitment to public interest law and public education; outstanding oral and written advocacy skills, research and analytical skills, organizational skills, supervision skills, flexibility, and initiative; strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively; excellent attention to accuracy and detail; and the ability to juggle multiple tasks and projects while meeting deadlines. Experience and/or knowledge of education law is preferred. Experience working with immigrant families is preferred. Direct representation experience and policy advocacy experience are preferred. Fluency in a language other than English is preferred.
How to apply:
Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Immigrant Students’ Rights Project Director” in the subject line. You may address your cover letter to the Hiring Committee. Candidates should highlight any personal or professional experience that demonstrates their connection to the populations that AFC serves. No phone calls, please. Only candidates being scheduled for interviews will be contacted. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. This position is available in August.
The salary depends on experience and includes generous benefits.
AFC is an affirmative action employer that actively encourages applications from a broad spectrum of people, including people of color, with disabilities, and of diverse religions, national origins, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and socioeconomic backgrounds.