Position: Policy Associate or Policy Manager, Fulltime
Location: Atlanta, Georgia; Hybrid
Reports to: Executive Director
Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled
Start Date: ASAP
CAIR-Georgia is the Georgia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest civil liberties and advocacy group serving the Muslim community. Our mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, protect civil liberties, and empower Muslims in America to advocate for themselves. From restrictions placed on Muslims to practice their religion, to profiling and discrimination stemming from a lack of understanding of Islam, the need for CAIR in Georgia is great. The proof is reflected in the dramatic increase in civil rights cases by 250% from 2007 to 2013. CAIR-Georgia strives to ensure that Muslims in Georgia enjoy the same protections that all Americans have.
The Georgia chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) seeks a Policy Associate or a Policy Manager (title commiserate with skills and experience) with a demonstrated commitment to and interest in public interest advocacy and serving diverse communities to join our Policy Department. The Policy Associate/Manager will help to develop and implement CAIR-Georgia’s policy priorities, with a special focus on addressing state legislation affecting the Muslim community. They will also lead CAIR-Georgia’s work with the Gullah Geechee community of Sapelo Island advocating for the community’s land rights on the local and state level.
The position will report to the Executive Director.
The following responsibilities are for the full scope of the Policy Manager position. Candidates with less experience will be hired at the Policy Associate position and expected to grow into the Policy Manager position with time.
- Analyze current and prospective priority local and state issues affecting the Muslim community
- Build and maintain trusted, respectful relationships with stakeholders, including but not limited to: people impacted by our work, community members and leaders, coalitions, allied organizations, issue experts, legislative staff, government officials, and elected officials
- Conduct research on policies, campaigns, and political entities
- Draft legislation, develop policy positions, and create strategies that:
- Increase public and impacted community awareness of and opportunities to engage on civil liberties issues
- Will result in meaningful change and actively mitigate against the potential of unintentional disparate impact, and/or actively address potential disparate impact
- Include a plan for successful implementation and a process for monitoring impact
5. Develop and execute implementation of strategy through:
- Engaging in public education activities that reach a wide variety of audiences
- Coordinating and participating in legislative and stakeholder meetings
- Writing and delivering compelling testimony
6. At each stage of the work, the Policy Associate is expected to:
- Draft clear and concise internal and external memos and develop advocacy tools, including fact sheets, talking points, public education materials, position letters, and policy briefs, in multiple formats for a range of audiences
- Work collaboratively across departments, as needed
7. Develop and manage partnerships with allied organizations and community stakeholders to include:
- Developing partnerships that facilitate successful policy, legislative, and non-litigation advocacy implementation
- Working with community stakeholders to include the voices, perspectives, and experiences of those directly impacted by the issues being addressed into the process
All CAIR-Georgia staff are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, weekly outreach, fundraising, and other office tasks.
- · B.A./B.S. degree
- · 1-3 years of experience advocating for legislative or policy change, preferably on issues impacting Muslim communities
- · Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships and work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally, and geographically diverse people and communities
- · Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills, with the ability to anticipate needs
- · Strong organizational skills and demonstrated success managing multiple projects and priorities
- · Ability to be self-directed, take ownership, and see projects to completion in a timely manner
- · Strong writing, copy editing, and formatting skills
- · Strong verbal, non-verbal, and written communication skills combined with the ability to listen deeply and authentically
- · Willingness and availability to travel throughout Georgia, and work beyond the typical workday and on weekends
Compensation and Benefits
- Compensation between $52,000 and $65,000, depending on title, skills, and experience
- Generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave policies
- Reimbursement for health care coverage
Interested candidates should apply via email to [email protected], and include the following as PDF attachments:
- Cover letter addressing your interest in the position, relevant experience, and particular interest and/or experience in civil rights issues as they affect the Muslim community
- Resume summarizing your education, qualifications, and experience, including any relevant community-grounded advocacy or experience
- Three professional references and their contact information (email and phone)
Please indicate “2022 Policy Associate” or “2022 Policy Manager” in the subject line.