Policy & Advocacy Coordinator - Children
Church World Service, Inc.

Washington, District of Columbia

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Position Title:Policy and Advocacy Coordinator (Children Services)
Reports To:Director of Policy and Advocacy
Department:Advocacy and Policy
Job Location:Hybrid / Remote, Washington D.C.
Salary: $61,200.00 - $72,000.00

Status:Exempt; Non-Bargaining Unit


Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit, faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable solutions to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, genetic information, age, disability or veteran status in employment or in the provision of services.

Primary Purpose:

The Policy and Advocacy Coordinator (Children Services) supports a dynamic, forward thinking, mission-centered Advocacy Team. The position follows the lead of the Director of Policy and Advocacy in strategic engagement with Congress and the Administration to advance policy related to children’s issues, particularly for unaccompanied children. This position works closely with the Advocacy Team, and national, state, and local partners to impact in moving our policy and advocacy goals at the national, state, and local levels. This position is responsible for implementing policy priorities and strategy and works in coordination with grassroots and national partner organizations and coalitions across the country.

Essential Duties:

  • Support execution of a strategic plan to help advance CWS’s resettlement, asylum, and immigration priorities, especially policy goals related to children's rights and unaccompanied children. Particular emphasis will be placed on strengthening U.S. leadership in serving immigrant children and families.
  • Alongside local and national partners, advance positive national, state, and local policies that welcome refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants and neutralize harmful proposals, particularly those that impact immigrant children and families.
  • Collaborate closely with CWS’s Children Services program team and integrate identified challenges and best practices into formulating the Advocacy Team’s policy goals.
  • Participate in coalition building strategies and maintain key relationships with partner organizations.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with congressional offices and community leaders to help create an understanding of CWS's objectives and mission.
  • Provide reliable, timely analysis on CWS and partners’ legislative activities at the national level with a particular emphasis on issues related to unaccompanied children.
  • Provide content for communications material including funder reports, website, 2-pagers, social media and e-newsletters/alerts.
  • Create policy materials such as policy statements, public comments, backgrounders, and more.
  • Work with grassroots leaders and impacted individuals in amplifying their stories and priorities.
  • Collaborate with CWS’s Organizing team to support local organizers in achieving their goals to mobilize refugee leaders to make policy change.
  • Collaborate with policy staff, local refugee organizers, and the broader Advocacy Team to advance children's rights, as well as refugee and immigrants’ rights.
  • Support the Advocacy Team’s monitoring, evaluation, and learning efforts by tracking goals and leading team discussions on lessons learned.
  • At least 2 years of experience in advocacy, community organizing, or direct service work, preferably involving immigration and refugee issues.
  • At least 3 years of experience working with unaccompanied children, family separation, or related fields.
  • Understanding of and commitment to social change through building the capacity and power of refugees and community leaders.
  • Excellent advocacy, consensus-building, coalition-building, and leadership skills; demonstrated ability to work collegially and collaboratively with other staff and other organizations; demonstrated ability to work with groups and individuals across the political spectrum.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral; ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts and other complex issues and to communicate them to a variety of audiences; a “quick study” on a dynamic array of issues.
  • Commitment to advancing refugee and immigrants’ rights with national policy makers, especially through building power among impacted communities.
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting legislative and regulatory language.
  • The ability to produce consistent, quality work in a fast-paced environment is essential.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and to adjust to frequently changing demands.
  • Experience with the U.S. political process, current political dynamics, and policy issues that impact the lives of immigrants and refugees.
  • A broad understanding of national, state, and local policies that pertain to refugees and immigrants is required.
  • Commitment to racial justice and understanding of intersection of racial justice and immigrant justice.
  • Experience or comfort working with U.S. faith communities.
  • Experience with budgeting and expenditure monitoring.
  • Experience in database development and/or modification.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment required.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and willingness to support CWS’ Platform on Racial Justice as a CWS employee required.
  • Fluency in a language in addition to English is preferred.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen, communicate effectively, and build lasting relationships with refugee leaders, program staff, and advocacy staff.
  • Ability to collaboratively support diverse colleagues from a variety of professional, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
  • Team-oriented, with a high level of self-motivation and ability to meet goals and manage time in a fast-paced environment.
  • Highly organized, with proven skills in project management or business operations.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Able to synthesize complex information and write clearly and persuasively.
  • Integrity, professional discretion, and ability to handle sensitive or confidential matters.
  • Must possess dedication to the human rights of refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers, displaced people and/or other vulnerable populations.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and willingness to support CWS’s Platform on Racial Justice as a CWS employee required.
Education & Certifications:
  • Undergraduate degree in political science, human rights, or related field required.
CWS offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

•403 (b) Retirement Plan

•Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

•Paid Time Off

•Life Insurance and AD&D

•Long Term and Short Term Disability

•Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

•Health Savings Account

•Flexible Spending Accounts

• Commuter Benefits

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