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Program Associate (or Senior Program Associate), Immigration -- Oakland, CA. Spanish required.

National Center for Youth Law

National Center for Youth Law 

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) works to amplify youth power, dismantle racism and other structural inequities, and build just policies, practices, and culture in support of young people. Our efforts advance justice through research, community collaboration, impact litigation, and policy advocacy that fundamentally transforms our nation's approach to education, health, immigration, foster care, and youth justice. Our vision is a world in which every young person thrives and has a full and fair opportunity to achieve the future they envision for themselves. 

Immigration Team 

NCYL’s Immigration Team engages in advocacy to ensure that immigrant children are able to live in communities rather than in government custody and have access to the resources and opportunities they need to heal and thrive. We use a combination of federal litigation, state and federal policy advocacy, stakeholder education, and coalition building to uphold and expand the rights of detained immigrant youth as well as immigrant children in the community.  


NCYL seeks a dynamic, passionate, and organized Program Associate or Senior Program Associate to join the Immigration team. This position is a great opportunity for someone who wants to contribute to an active team that uses a diverse set of strategies to uphold and expand the rights of immigrant children. 

Note: We are hiring for only one role. You will be assessed for the role which more closely fits your knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

Essential Functions (Program Associate) 

  • Provide logistical and administrative support to the Immigration Team, including coordinating monthly team meetings and annual team retreats. 
  • Manage grant applications, proposals, and progress reports. 
  • Develop and maintain online project management tools and internal filing systems. 
  • Support team in developing and finalizing high-quality publications for external audiences, including the creation of graphic design elements. 
  • Support the team to implement community engagement, communications, and promotion strategies, including creating social media and website content.   
  • Provide technology support, including supporting the rollout of new technology systems. 
  • Provide interpretation and translation support to Immigration Team members, as needed. 
  • Conduct academic, basic data, and factual research and analysis, as needed. 


Essential Functions (Senior Program Associate) 

All of the above, plus: 

  • Execute data analysis on large-scale Excel data sets. 
  • Manage projects with multiple contributors, deliverables, and deadlines with high level of communication about implementation and progress. 


Required Qualification 

  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish and English. 


Other Qualifications (Program Associate) 

  • Minimum of 1 year of work experience providing logistical and administrative support.  
  • Passionate about supporting the well-being of immigrant children and youth. 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and work cooperatively with people from diverse professional and personal backgrounds. 
  • Strong writing skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple assignments at once and meet concurrent deadlines. 
  • Flexibility to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities. 
  • Ability to work independently and take direction as needed. 
  • Proficiency with graphic design and document layout. 
  • Ability to use or quickly learn technological platforms (i.e., Zoom/Webex/Google Meet, AirTable, social media platforms, Google Drive, SharePoint, etc.).   
  • Demonstrated understanding of the harm caused to youth, families, and communities by the U.S. immigration system.  
  • Ability and willingness to engage in limited travel. 


Other Qualifications (Senior Program Associate) 

All of the above, plus:  

  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience providing logistical and administrative support and managing the implementation of projects with multiple contributors.  
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects with diverse partners and stakeholders. 
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: advocacy campaigns, community organizing, public administration, or public policy. 


Physical Requirements  

Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Requires ability to work remotely and to travel.  


Salary, Benefits and Location 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Program Associate salary is competitive at $66,632.00 annually; Senior Program Associate salary is competitive at $73,307.00 annually.  

NCYL provides a robust benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, generous vacation and sick benefits, flexible spending account, commuter benefits, employer contribution to a retirement plan, and short-term and long-term disability insurance. 

Candidate must be currently living in, or willing to move to, the San Francisco Bay area, CA. The position is based out of the NCYL Oakland, CA, office.  

This position is eligible for 100% remote work through March 31, 2023, although this particular position may require presence in the Oakland office a few times a month. It is possible that starting in April 2023, NCYL will require people to work in an office, in which case they will need to be in a location where they can commute to the office regularly. We are actively engaging in this conversation as an organization. We understand that the nature of the workplace has changed in general. We don't yet know what remote work will look like starting in April 2023. 

How to Apply   

Please submit a cover letter and resume at the link below. Please, no calls or emails.    

Priority hiring deadline is May 6, 2022. Applications received after this date may or may not be considered. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Apply at this link: 

Applicants with lived experience with the immigration system, and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

It is the policy of NCYL to provide equal employment opportunities to all Applicants (including Employees) regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, national origin, age, abilities/disabilities, neurotypicality, socioeconomic status, veteran status, marital status, prior convictions, or any other protected classifications under federal, state, or local law.  

National Center for Youth Law
1212 Broadway, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612
United States

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