Civic Engagement Fellow at New York Immigration Coalition

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that works for justice and opportunity for immigrants and refugees. The NYIC successfully brings together multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-sector constituencies to pursue a common agenda. That agenda includes: improving immigrants’ access to quality health care and education; advocating for equitable immigration policies; ensuring immigrants’ civil rights; encouraging immigrants’ civic and electoral participation; coordinating immigration services; and educating both newcomer communities and the public at large about immigration issues.

Summary of the Position
The Civic Engagement Fellow will work closely with the NYIC Civic Engagement program to execute its policy, advocacy, and community engagement/organizing work to increase civic and electoral participation for all immigrants in New York State. The ideal candidate will have experience with some combination of the following: community organizing and engagement, policy analysis, communications, advocacy, and grant writing.The Civic Engagement Associate will work closely with the Senior Manager of Political Engagement to manage the NYIC’s overall civic engagement efforts, which include leading the Civic Engagement Collaborative to foster the civic engagement of immigrants, coordinating the NYIC’s various electoral campaigns to engage tens of thousands of immigrant voters, and building a base of engaged immigrants and allies throughout the state.
This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal for a second year.

Key Responsibilities

The Civic Engagement Fellow will be responsible for the following:

  • Support and contribute to the organization’s Civic Engagement and policy and advocacy work and cutting-edge civic engagement campaigns, including those to expand and enlarge voting to new populations
  • Assist with a range of tasks including organization of media events, mobilizing partners, developing coalitions, convening working groups, and communicating with stakeholders
  • Coordinate meetings, prepare minutes, assist with execution of events, and engage members in Civic Engagement Collaborative meetings and trainings
  • Coordinate scheduling for legislative visits and advocacy events, and participate in outreach to and meetings with public policymakers and elected officials
  • Assist in developing policy and political analysis. Participate in development of advocacy and community education materials
  • Participate in preparation of grant proposals and with tracking and reporting on current grants
  • Oversee scheduling and logistics for Civic and Electoral training activities. Update training materials in collaboration with Senior Manager of Political Engagement, assist with delivery of training
  • Hold community education sessions and public forums throughout the year
  • Contribute to other organizational events and projects as necessary


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, good judgment and the ability to work collaboratively in some cases, and independently in others
  • Passion for or experience working in civic and electoral policy and/or advocacy
  • Knowledge of political electoral processes at in New York City and New York State strongly preferred
  • Strong Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, website management, and social media skills strongly preferred
  • Ability and experience in public speaking and meeting facilitation
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment, as well as to multi-task and manage competing deadlines
  • Sense of humor and ability to be flexible highly valued
  • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic or another language is strongly preferred

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to with the subject line: Civic Engagement Fellow. No phone calls will be accepted about this position.

Applications will be accepted until December 17.


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