Full Job Description
United We Dream (UWD) is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country. We create welcoming spaces for young people – regardless of immigration status – to make their voices heard and win victories so that all people can live free and thrive. We recruit, support, engage and empower young people and are creating a new generation of social justice leaders to change our world. Our powerful network is made up of over 720,000 members, 100+ local groups across 28 states, and we reach over 5 million people online every month.
We celebrate our diversity and believe in multi-ethnic, multi-racial, inter-generational intersectional solutions. Over 60% of our members are womxn and 20% identify as LGBTQ. Whether we’re organizing in the streets, building innovative technology systems, opening doors for LGBTQ immigrant youth, clearing pathways to education, stopping deportations, or creating alliances across social movements, United We Dream puts undocumented immigrant youth in the driver’s seat. United We Dream is a fast-paced, dynamic organization which has become a leading voice in social change and has appeared in every major news outlet in the country.
We are driven by the priorities and needs of our members; have trained thousands of individuals; and have supported countless local organizing groups. Today, United We Dream is arguably the most influential immigrant rights organization in the nation and a leading driver of progressive politics and strategy. Our brand is known around the world and we are proud to be driven by the hopes, dreams, decisions, and brilliance of directly impacted young people. Learn more about United We Dream by visiting www.unitedwedream.org.
POSITION SUMMARY United We Dream is currently seeking a dynamic, experienced self-starting Immigration Relief Program Manager to join our organization. The DACA program remains open for renewals, and in preparation for our movement victory, we want to be ready to act when we deliver a pathway to citizenship for millions through reconciliation in 2021. The purpose of this role is to implement a continuation program for DACA renewals, design and implement an innovative and accessible legal relief program for immigrant communities that is centered on organizing and empowering individuals and households. This role will go through the process with people rather than providing service transactions.
This role will build on United We Dream’s best practices and models for DACA implementation since 2012 and create processes that are data-driven and informed by field organizers. This program’s spirit would be grounded in the fact that the power of our movement created the possibility for permanent protection for millions and be driven by the opportunity to exponentially expand the base of organization in order to fight for future wins. This is a contractor role (benefits excluded) that starts as soon as possible and has a current end date of January 31, 2022. Depending on campaign outcomes, we will review the organizational needs of the role at that time.
While this role is not guaranteed to remain open beyond January 31, 2022, the person who successfully fills this role for the time period defined would have the option to be considered for other openings in the organization that may become available by then. Responsibilities Program Design for future large scale legalization program. Develop a medium to large scale field program for the organization’s national implementation of legal relief, building off of previous program reports and recommendations.Work closely with or in coalition with partners who are implementing similar programs, constantly assessing where they can strategically fill capacity gaps or provide expertiseCreates and actively upholds a data-driven learning environment where we measure and monitor progress towards results-driven goals, assess what is or isn’t working, and adjust strategies and tactics as we go along - in a way that drives collaborative learning, development, and growth for staff and community leadersInclude innovative mass outreach strategy to reach potential new members to UWD within implementation program design, assessing gaps in registration versus attendance data and taking measures to close them Management of current DACA renewal program.Implement program, working closely with key staff teams on program design and data systems and ensuring follow through of all program componentsEvaluate the program’s effectiveness, impact, and organizational implementation capacity on a consistent basis, documenting, writing reports, and sharing findings with key staffAct as primary point of contact on relief implementation efforts from the field for other departments and external partners, including advising for fundraising purposesWork with appropriate staff to manage attorney outreach, commitments, and relationships as they relate to the programming. Ensure there is an organizing component throughout all events and program infrastructurePotentially manage a team of contractors and/or volunteers that could range from 5-20 people.
Leads check-ins, trainings, and internal collaboration Communicate closely with States Manager, Field Member Leadership and Power Building Manager, State coordinators, other field organizers to ensure alignment of work plans with implementation program. This includes contributing input, as requested, for subgranting and contracts for scaling the program. Actively consult and collaborates with field leaders at most stages of planning implementation programIdentifies training needs for program implementation and works with key staff to design and execute. Assess how programmatic implementation work can be integrated with other state hub priorities in order to build a strong national team culture Plan appropriately to give updates to key senior team members, including executive directorPrioritize taking care of your physical and emotional health as a key component of thriving in your role.
Practice self care behaviors in ways that work best for you and proactively encourage other staff to prioritize self care and sustainability as well. Project trust & confidence in your abilities and skills and recognize the achievements and abilities of others.Ensure a safe, welcoming, and inspiring organizational culture for staff to excel in. Role model and uphold UWD’s values of creating an inclusive and equitable working environment. Desired Qualifications and SkillsAt least 2-3 years/cycles of demonstrated experience developing and implementing people-powered organizing strategies At least 2-3 years of experience running legal clinics or DACA clinics for immigrant communities with strong community and volunteer involvementDemonstrated understanding and practice of ensuring community organizing aspect is imbued in service provisionActively supports others (in the field, members, and volunteers) to step into their leadership through the implementation program.
Experienced trainer with background in curriculum development, upfront training, material creation, and systems designCan articulate and design visionary implementation program and can provide guidance to staff from direct experience Deep understanding of and passion about the issues facing immigrant communities Ability to Execute with ExcellenceAt least 2-3 years managing people or teams, ideally including staff who work remotelyExceptional written and verbal communication skillsProactive self-starter; adept at spotting and creating opportunities to engage young peoplePossess high proficiency or advanced knowledge of data and budget management, analysis, and presentation with google suite programs (sheet, docs, forms) and is able to organize documents in ways that are accessible and streamline efficiency. Leads by example, with empathy, and uses feedback to consistently improve systems and programPossess acute ability to troubleshoot on the spot and communicate effectively tasks at hand and expectationsPossess demonstrated skill of conflict resolution and ability to perceive and identify potential challenges or roadblocks to successful execution of programPossess seasoned understanding of immigration law and key features of immigration status and adjustment processes, including points of intervention and advocacy on local, state, and federal levels Possess understanding and experience with the parameters of unauthorized practice of law and empowering community members in navigating the adjustment of status process. Ability to Manage in Complexity and Fast-Paced EnvironmentsStrong sense of ownership, meaning you care deeply about getting results and have proven experience leading others to achieve ambitious goalsStrategic and analytical thinker with ability to pivot from big picture to detailed implementation as neededAbility to juggle multiple streams of work, prioritize, and problem solve in complex and nuanced situationsCreate and facilitate spaces for pivoting and integrating best practices and experimentation to maximize program impact and sustainabilityComfort operating in complex and fluid environments, responding innovatively and rapidly to emerging opportunities or concernsProven history of developing and managing complex project plans that require the engagement of others, some of who do not formally report to youAn exceptional team player; exemplifies a work style that is flexible, respectful, collaborative and nimbleCan build trust, confidence, and followership of diverse range of staff, fellow, partner organizations - across race, gender, and other identitiesProactively and professionally manage up, as needed, especially in fast-paced, campaign environments in order to move forward with your work Cultural Competency Strong understanding of immigrant youth and mixed-status families in The United States, including those who are not Latinx and how to address their needs. Understanding of race, gender, sexuality and other aspects of identity, and their intersections, and how that plays out in the workDemonstrates self awareness of their own multiple group identities and their attendant dynamics, and can adapt approach as neededAbility to build strong relationships and trust across race, gender, class, and other group identities, both internally and externallyExperience working in communities of color and/or building multiracial organizing efforts that center the leadership and experience of local leaders and those who are most impacted by injustice.
Bonus Points ForExtensive knowledge of DACA program and/or other forms of large-scale immigration relief programs Experience working as an immigration paralegal or representative accredited by the Department of Justice or experience working with fast-tracked programs for community member accreditation or certificationLived experience as an undocumented person, immigrant, or part of an immigrant familyBilingual in English and SpanishDigital marketing experience to youth, diverse & intergenerational immigrant communitiesExperience integrating language and cultural access into various aspects of an implementation program, working with and supporting interpreters and translators To Apply Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, at least one writing example through our career website https://unitedwedream.org/about/careers/. Please do not send duplicate materials and incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.
### UWD is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. UWD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, political orientation, genetic information, sexual orientation, age, or disability.