CASA & CASA IN ACTION SYNOPSIS:
CASA’s mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working class and immigrant communities. Our vision is a future where we stand in our own power, our families live free from discrimination and fear, and our diverse communities thrive as we work with our partners to achieve full human rights for all. CASA has a sister organization, CASA in Action, a separate, but related, nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Although CASA and CASA in Action share a common goal of supporting immigrants and low-income people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, they are separate organizations with their own board of directors. A set of employees at the two organizations, including the person filling this position, shares their time between the two organizations. This has no effect on salary or benefits.
CASA’s Policy and Community Development team provides thought leadership and promotes evidence-based policies, practices, and initiatives to address emerging and long-term needs of immigrant and working families. Our strategies focus on systemic change within housing, transportation, public safety, small business, and community development on the local, state, and national level. The Policy and Community Development Department facilitates the Fair Development Coalition, a grassroots partnership; housing advocacy & development; the Langley Park Crime Prevention Collaborative, a public safety coalition; Langley Park Family Learning Zone; and the Housing Matters Campaign. Our goal is to achieve transformational change through strategic planning, research and development, coalition building, effective advocacy, and implementation.
This position will provide an aspiring analyst with an exceptional opportunity to demonstrate and develop their skills as part of a small but high-impact and hard-working team. CASA’s Research and Policy Analyst will play an integral role in devising and executing a thought-provoking research agenda that directly informs creative, actionable policy proposals to improve the lives of low-income immigrants and working families. The Research and Policy Analyst will design and implement advocacy campaigns to advance fundamental rights for Latino & immigrant families. The analyst will be deeply involved in all aspects of creating and communicating research products.
Candidates with well-rounded backgrounds in community development, immigration, labor, economic justice, environment, housing, criminal justice, and applicable economic and innovation policy areas are encouraged to apply. Direct policy experience in local, state, or federal government is also welcome. This position is unique in that there is a split line of reporting: the policy development and research body of work will be supervised by the Policy and Community Development Director, and the Maryland advocacy body of work is supervised by the Chief of Politics.
Duties may include, but are not limited to, some of the following which are discussed and prioritized by the employee and supervisor, and reflected in individual and program annual work plans:
Quantitative and qualitative public policy research:
- Utilize various public and private datasets to conduct advanced data and statistical analysis on immigration, affordable housing, labor, environment, criminal justice, and other issues.
- Conduct literature reviews, stakeholder interviews, policy evaluations, and qualitative research to inform public policy recommendations.
- Research state and local policies in the realms of healthcare, housing, zoning, small minority business, education, and other issues.
- Stay immersed in the scholarly and academic research across all relevant fields to ensure that CASA research and analysis remains on the cutting edge.
- Create new data products in CASA’s core issue areas.
Research and policy writing:
- Write large sections of marquee CASA reports analyzing both proprietary and publicly available data.
- Write policy memos, briefs, and handbooks for key audiences that translate data insights into actionable policy recommendations.
- Independently devise and author incisive short pieces in CASA’s core issue areas.
- Draft persuasive pieces such as op-eds or essays in CASA’s core issue areas.
- Synthesize CASA’s research and policy insights into products tailored to different audiences.
Outreach and network management:
- Advocate directly with state government officials, and local government representatives to share CASA data and insights and feedback into CASA key issues and concerns Monitor key opportunities to engage the public at critical advocacy moments on policy and funding. Develop a calendar of events and, in coordination with other CASA departments, ensure quality community mobilization on such events.
- Organize, facilitate, and participate in each of CASA’s annual advocacy day, to include member coordination and advocacy training
- Draft fact sheets, take action alerts, member profiles, and other written advocacy documents as needed on agenda priorities. Perform research on advocacy topics.
- Represent CASA on issue-related boards and task forces.
- Build and maintain a network/database of state and local advocacy leaders aligned in CASA’s work by participating in calls, meetings, webinars, panels and written exchanges sharing CASA’s values, data and expertise.
- Present to external audiences on behalf of CASA and represent the organization at conferences and other venues. Respond to stakeholder and media requests for data and information as needed.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
- Understand and promote CASA membership and services.
- Meet deadlines established by supervisor and in Department and individual work plan.
- Think creatively about ways to improve further his/her specific job and the organizations.
- Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
CASA is committed to offering its team members an unparalleled platform to learn, grow, and build their professional networks. As a high-impact, highly-networked organization, CASA offers successful candidates the opportunity to influence public policy in real time—on behalf of the immigrants and working families that don’t have traditional advocates.
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent job experience
- Valid US Driver’s License and a reliable vehicle
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Ability to perform all of the duties outlined above.
- Deep commitment to social change and to growing CASA de Maryland and CASA in Action as membership organizations in which members have decision-making authority.
- Demonstrated interest in and familiarity with the policymaking process gained through prior work experience in the federal government, on the Hill, or in state or local government
- Demonstrated fluency in methods of both quantitative and qualitative analysis.
- Excellent oral and writing skills.
- Strong interpersonal communication, conflict resolution and negotiation skills. Ability to connect with a wide variety of administrative, organizational, and grassroots leaders.
- Outgoing and highly charismatic personality a must.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Highly organized and able to manage multiple ongoing projects. Position requires strong attention to detail and relentless follow-up.
- Experience working with immigrant or low-income communities; commitment to progressive issues
- Skills with Microsoft Office programs including MS Word, Excel, Power Point and desktop publishing software.
- Ability to hold privileged information in a professional and confidential manner.
- Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Early morning, late evening, and weekend hours are common.
- At least two years of experience creating partnerships and coalitions.
- At least two years of experience with advocacy and lobbying experience.
- Valid US Driver’s License and own transportation is a must. Must be comfortable driving passengers in a van and/or driving community members in personal vehicle from time to time.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is rarely exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
ADA: The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
OSHA: An Advocacy and Elections Specialist is not to handle any human body fluids, biological agents, laboratory chemicals, or be exposed to hazardous materials such as noise, asbestos, or carcinogens.
This is a union position, represented in collective bargaining by a Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Communication Workers of America, Local WBNG 32035 – Communication Workers of America (CWA). If you are offered and accept this position, you will be invited to become a member of the union. All bargaining unit positions require membership or agency fee payer status.
CASA, Inc. and CASA in Action do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, mental or physical disability, ancestry, marital status and national origin.
This job description will be reviewed periodically as duties and responsibilities change with business necessity. Essential and marginal job functions are subject to modification. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
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Job posted: 2020-12-24