The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) Seeks Census Coordinator

Organizational Summary: The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is a racial justice and migrant rights organization which engages in education, advocacy, and cross-cultural alliance-building in order to strengthen a national movement to end racism, criminalization, and economic disenfranchisement in African American and Black immigrant communities. BAJI’s headquarters are in Brooklyn, NY and we have additional offices in Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA,  Miami, FL, Minneapolis, MN and Washington, DC.

BAJI strongly believes that those most impacted by injustice are best positioned to lead social movements. For this reason, we engage in organizing and leadership development in order to empower Black immigrants and refugees to effectuate change.  To implement this strategy, we host BAJI organizing committees (BOC’s) in 5 metropolitan regions – New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, and the Bay Area. We also anchor the Black Immigration Network (BIN), an alliance of nearly 60 Black-led organizations and over 50 individuals serving Black communities who are focused on supporting fair and just immigration, and economic and social policies that benefit these communities. In addition, BAJI engages in several strategic initiatives targeting particularly vulnerable groups, including Black immigrant and refugee women and youth.  Each of these programs are staffed by an organizer who supports local outreach initiatives, leadership development, and campaigns.

Position Summary: An inclusive, fair and just census count must prioritize the most marginalized voices and this will in effect support other community needs. In order for Black immigrant and refugee families and communities to truly thrive in the U.S., their voices need to be fairly represented in the count.

The Census Coordinator will advocate, educate, and organize Black immigrants, especially the Hard-to-Count members of the community, around the 2020 Census as part of our overall 2020 civic engagement.

Duties & Essential Job Functions

  • Lead the national engagement work for 2020 Census, 2020 election, and other major civic engagement work through December 2020
  • Manage the Census work of the Black Immigrant Network (BIN)
  • Represent BAJI on the 2020 Census tables in immigrant rights and Black/African American network
  • Educate community members and key stakeholders including policymakers, opinion leaders, and advocates on the unique issues impacting Black immigrants that impacts the census
  • Assess and implement BAJI’s census strategy in coordination with national and local policy staff
  • Monitor, research and interpret relevant census updates for internal and external distribution
  • Anticipate possible developments and outcomes and prepare contingency plans and strategy adjustments
  • Develop and implement processes for tracking and measuring census efforts
  • Supervise volunteers, interns, and/or junior staff
  • Travel is required

Other Qualifications:

  • Solid understanding of the census bureau and process
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including the ability to discuss the census in relation to Black immigrants clear and concise
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Comfortable and experienced in fast-paced environment and handling multiple deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including news media, about complex census issues
  • Extremely well organized and systems oriented
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to pay attention to detail
  • Ability to synthesize policy and research information for different audiences
  • Knowledge of BAJI’s mission and commitment to racial justice and immigrant rights issues
  • Minimum 2-5 years experience in the areas of immigration, civil rights, criminal justice and/or racial justice

To apply: Please email resume and cover letter with your full name in the subject line to jobs@baji.org. For questions email jobs@baji.org.

Individuals of color, LGBTQ identified individuals, individuals with past involvement in the justice system or who have loved ones currently or formerly in the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.