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MA Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition Jobs


Jobs listed here are openings at the MIRA Coalition and at MIRA member organizations. If you are a MIRA member and would like to post an opening, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Communications Director

Organization Description

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) was established in 1987 to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees.  In partnership with our members and allies, MIRA advances our mission through policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, and strategic communications.

Background and Position Description

The Communications Director is responsible for positive messaging about MIRA and issues relating to immigrants and refugees through both traditional and new media channels, and for managing events related to this work. The Director is in charge of press releases, media relations, management of press conferences, the maintenance of websites and social media sites relating to MIRA’s work, co-management of MIRA’s online database, coaching and supporting media spokespeople, and acting as organizational spokesperson under the direction of the Executive Director. The Communications Director also assists with internal and external writing for all departments in the organization, writes and edits the bi-monthly MIRA Bulletin, offers regular media trainings to MIRA members and other allies, and manages budgets for paid media campaigns. This position reports directly to the Executive Director, supervises interns, and works closely with MIRA's Organizing and Policy teams, the Development director, the Citizenship Program, and the Integration Institute.

Duties

  • Oversee media strategy in coordination with other MIRA departments and under supervision of Executive Director
  • Coordinate and implement national communications strategy with partner organizations on national calls and at national meetings
  • Coordinate and implement media strategy of local campaigns in conjunction with MIRA members and coalition partners
  • Plan and execute media outreach before and after all events: write and release press statements, contact media, oversee social media campaigns
  • Plan and manage press conferences; plan and manage speaking roles at rallies and MIRA events in coordination with other directors
  •  Maintain media database, and manage relations with area reporters and producers
  • Manage MIRA staff and coalition partners’ regular social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and other sites as needed
  • Manage MIRA website and all media sites associated with MIRA Coalition and its campaigns
  • Manage production of photos and videos at events, and maintain image library
  • Write and/or manage production of op-eds, letters to the editor, blog posts, and other writing duties with Executive Director, Development Director, and other MIRA staff, including e-mail blasts, speeches and PowerPoint presentations
  • Act as media spokesperson under supervision of Executive Director. Prep all spokespeople as needed
  • Assist with grant reporting and writing as needed, in coordination with other MIRA Directors and departments
  • Produce quarterly Board reports; oversee production of annual report and all other brochures, printed and online materials
  • Co-manage maintenance of MIRA database
  • Manage paid media campaign with Citizenship program and others as needed
  • Manage communications intern and coordinate short-term communications projects with local schools and universities
  • Provide regular media trainings to members and other allies
  •  Perform other duties as assigned by Executive Director.

Qualifications

  • BA and at least 3 years communications or journalism experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, research, writing, editing and public speaking skills
  • Knowledge of Joomla or related open-source website management systems
  • Experience managing campaigns on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites
  • Understanding of immigration and cultural diversity issues strongly preferred
  • Experience with online database management preferred
  • Proven ability to develop and execute effective public messages on advocacy issues, including both rapid responses to urgent developments and long-term, coalition-based campaigns
  • Experience building, coordinating, contributing to and promoting accountability within advocacy coalitions
  • Track record of successful management of programs and staff
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented; Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritize effectively and complete projects on deadline
  • Commitment to work to advance social justice and equity in all its forms in coalition work and advocacy
  • Comfort with a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Experience with Microsoft Office; experience with Adobe or related graphic design applications preferred
  • Bilingual fluency strongly preferred; bicultural experience helpful

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Eligible for health and dental coverage, 401(k) plan, vacation time, and other benefits.
  • Full-time.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and one professional writing sample by July 1, 2015 to Jeffrey Gross at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “Communications Director” in subject line. Hard copies can be mailed to: Jeffrey Gross, MIRA Coalition, 105 Chauncy Street, #901, Boston, MA  02111, or faxed to 617-350-5499, attn: Jeffrey Gross.  (No phone calls, please.)

*The MIRA Coalition is an equal opportunity employer. Immigrants, People of Color and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.*

 

Director of Legislative Affairs

Organization Description

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) was established in 1987 to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees.  In partnership with our members and allies, MIRA advances our mission through policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, and strategic communications.

Background and Position Description

The Director of Legislative Affairs is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, advocating, training and offering technical support regarding state legislative, budget, and administrative priorities and proposals that affect immigrant communities in Massachusetts.  The Director of Legislative Affairs is additionally responsible for contributing to ongoing coalition building across policy priority areas. This position reports directly to the Executive Director, supervises interns and/or legal fellows, and works closely with the Organizing Team, Federal Policy Director, and Communications Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct MIRA’s legislative, budgetary, and administrative advocacy on topics including health care access, educational access, public housing, public benefits, domestic and sexual violence, public safety, workforce development, workers’ rights, and others.
  • Monitor state legislation and policy as it impacts immigrants.   Analyze laws and proposed policies, and develop materials for use in education and advocacy in communities and with policymakers. Testify at legislative and administrative hearings.
  •  Lead MIRA’s budget analysis and advocacy for funding of priority programs and against concerning policy amendments.
  • Provide trainings and updates to members and stakeholders on state policy issues.  Provide trainings for the Massachusetts Legislature as requested.
  • Provide technical assistance for policy makers, community-based organizations and others, in particular regarding challenges in immigrant access to public benefits and services and higher education affordability.
  • Maintain communications and productive relationships with policymakers and government officials;  Work with members of the Massachusetts Legislature and state and local officials to advance MIRA’s policy priorities and defeat proposals to restrict rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees.
  • Maintain and strengthen collaborations with a variety of community-based organizations, legal services providers and unions.
  •  Collaborate in the planning and execution of MIRA’s annual events and other press conferences and public actions as needed.
  • Represent MIRA at commission and task force meetings as needed.
  • Supervise staff, legal interns and fellows.
  • Field media requests as facilitated by Communications Director.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications

  •  JD strongly preferred.
  • At least 3 years experience in public policy.
  •  Lobbying experience.
  • Significant understanding of immigration and refugee law and policy.  Knowledge of public benefits policy helpful.
  •  Knowledge of health policy preferred.
  • Ability to draft legislation.
  • Proven ability to develop and execute effective advocacy strategies, including both rapid responses to urgent developments and long-term legislative campaigns.
  • Experience building, coordinating, contributing to and promoting accountability within advocacy coalitions; Proven ability to facilitate meetings of diverse stakeholders and build consensus.
  • Track record of successful management of programs and staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal, research, writing, and public speaking skills.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented; Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritize effectively and complete projects on deadline.
  • Commitment to work to advance racial justice and equity in all its forms in coalition work and advocacy.
  • Comfort with a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Bilingual fluency preferred; bicultural experience helpful.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Eligible for health and dental coverage, 401(k) plan, vacation time, and other benefits.
  • Full-time.
  • Start date July 20, 2015.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and a legal or policy-related writing sample by June 26, 2015 to Shannon Erwin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “Director of Legislative Affairs” in subject line.  Hard copies can be mailed to: Shannon Erwin, MIRA Coalition, 105 Chauncy Street, #901, Boston, MA  02111, or faxed to 617-350-5499, attn: Shannon Erwin.  (No phone calls, please.)

*The MIRA Coalition is an equal opportunity employer.  Immigrants, People of Color and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.*

   

Community Outreach Coordinator, English Innovations

Half Time Position

Program Description:

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), a statewide membership organization, advocates for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees across the Commonwealth. MIRA advances this mission through education and training, leadership development, organizing, policy analysis and advocacy, and strategic communications. MIRA has a membership of over 130 organizations across Massachusetts, and works with hundreds of partners and allies across the state.

The MIRA Coalition, in partnership with English for New Bostonians, the Learning Games Network, and the National Partnership for New Americans, is now expanding access to English language learning and digital literacy opportunities for immigrants, particularly potential beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy who cannot qualify due to not meeting the program’s educational requirement.

The English Innovations program uses a combination of face-to-face learning in a classroom setting coupled with online game-based learning to deliver a course that can help students meet DACA educational requirements while improving their English and digital literacy skills. In addition, students will receive legal assistance in completing their DACA applications. The program will run from September 8, 2015 to April 16, 2016 in four teaching cycles of ten weeks duration. Each teaching cycle will include two classes of 30 students, for a total of 240 individuals served in the 1.5 years of the project.

Job Description

Working closely with MIRA’s Organizing and Communications Teams, as well as community-based partners, the Community Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing efforts to engage, recruit, screen, and support the student population targeted by this program, including referrals to pro bono lawyers for DACA application assistance. The Community Outreach Coordinator will also work closely with the English Innovations Digital Literacy Coach, who is responsible for leading classes, providing technical support for students on the online learning platform, and maintaining records on student attendance and progress.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a program of community outreach to eligible youth and young adults, working with community-based groups, schools, faith-based organizations, employers, and others partners.
  • Participate in the development and dissemination of informational and/or promotional materials and literature; work with stakeholder partners to disseminate information and resources regarding this program; participate in community events and information sessions
  • Interview and screen applicants regarding their eligibility to enroll in the English Innovations program
  • Refer students to pro bono legal services providers for DACA application assistance, and track students’ progress through the application process during the class cycle.
  • In coordination with the Digital Literacy Coach, maintain ongoing communication with enrolled students during each class cycle regarding class attendance and other administrative issues.
  • Maintain a tracking database of applicants and enrolled students, including contact information, program participation, assessment results, and DACA application status.
  • Maintain an inventory of technology (tablet computers) used by students in the class
  • Meet on a regular basis with the English Innovations project team including the MIRA program director, English for New Bostonians staff, and the Digital Literacy Coach, to review program progress, plan for ongoing program needs, and identify and address program issues

Qualifications Sought:

  • A minimum of 2 (two) years experience in a relevant field, including community outreach, community organizing, communications, and  nonprofit program management
  • Experience in developing and overseeing outreach programs connecting minority and low income populations with community services
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Proven experience in researching and strategically gathering information to evaluate outreach targets and implement outreach strategies
  • Experience working with diverse groups/communities and community-based partners
  • Self-motivated, with ability to work both independently and as part of a project team

Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor's Degree
  • Knowledge of immigration and adult education issues as they impact this program
  • Ability to travel within the Boston area
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, outcome driven initiative
  • Bilingual/bicultural background strongly preferred, esp. oral proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Jeff Gross, Director, New Americans Integration Program, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Application deadline is June 22, 2015.

   

Become a 2015 -16 AmeriCorps NAIP Member!

The AmeriCorps New American Integration Program (NAIP) is now recruiting members for the2015-2016 service year. A partnership of the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI), the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), and English for New Bostonians (ENB), the New American Integration Program recruits committed individuals from diverse backgrounds to assist and strengthen the work of community-based organizations that serve refugees and immigrants.

Members will assist refugee and immigrant communities in learning English, applying for citizenship, job readiness services, and accessing community services that enable them to improve their quality of life. NAIP members receive intensive training to teach English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), assist eligible Legal Permanent Residents in their applications for citizenship, and provide job readiness services.

The 2015-2016 term of service begins on September 9, 2015 and continues through July 31, 2016. Each member will be expected to complete at least 1700 hours at their host site through the duration of their service.

Member benefits include:

  • A Living Allowance of up to $12,530.00
  • An Education Award of $5,775.00 on successful completion of service
  • Healthcare Coverage
  • Deferment of educational loan payments 

Read more: AmeriCorps New Americans Integration Program

   

Internships at MIRA

General Description:

The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), a statewide membership-based non-profit organization, advocates for the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees across the Commonwealth. MIRA has a membership of over 130 organizations across Massachusetts, and works with hundreds of partners and allies across the state by offering policy analysis and advocacy, training and leadership development, institutional organizing, and strategic communications.

All internships are unpaid. Where applicable, we will gladly assist in any requirements that would qualify an eligible intern for course credit.  Interns should expect to work 2 to 3 days per week (or the equivalent).

Intern Positions: Open on rolling basis, unless otherwise noted. Please send email inquiry for availability. 

Communications intern.  Please review the description below, and submit a resume and cover letter to Franklin Soults, Communications Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Development Intern. Please review internship description below and submit a resume and cover to Elsa Gomes, Director of Development This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Citizenship Program Intern.  Now accepting applications for Fall 2015. For more information, click "Read more: Internships at MIRA" below. If interested, please submit your letter of interest and resume to Citizenship Program Manager, Elizabeth Pimentel, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Citizenship Legal Intern. Now accepting applications for Fall 2015. For more information, click "Read more: Internships at MIRA" below. If interested, please submit your letter of interest and resume to Federal Policy Director, Sarang Sekhavat, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

State Policy Intern. Description below. If you are interested, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Shannon Erwin, State Policy Director, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Community Organizing Intern. Description below. If you are interested, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Thalita Dias, Field Organizer, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . (For PDF version click here)

Welcoming Framingham Intern. For a PDF description of this internship click here. If interested, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Thalita Dias, Field Organizer, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Welcoming Milford Intern. For a PDF description of this internship click here. If interested. please submit your resume, cover letter, and a brief writing sample to Thalita Dias, Field Organizer, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Read more: Internships at MIRA

   

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