PANA is hiring for two new positions!

  1. Staff Attorney

  2. Policy Advocate

Staff Attorney

About San Diego

San Diego, with a population of nearly 1.5 million people, is the second largest city in California, and the eighth largest city in the country. Known for its beautiful year-round climate, miles of gorgeous beaches, and its small city vibe, San Diego is also in the midst of a dramatic political realignment, recently electing a Democratic super majority to its nine-member city council, which includes five women.

San Diego sits on the U.S. - Mexico Border just north of Tijuana, and the two cities comprise the world’s largest metropolitan, binational region. San Ysidro, one of three border crossings in the region, is consistently cited as the world’s busiest port of entry. San Diego is also the number one refugee resettlement site in California, with more than 86,000 thousand resettled from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa since 1975.

Refugee resettlement and the cross-border character of the region make San Diego a rich blend of racial/ethnic, linguistic, and country-of-birth diversity. The region presents unique opportunities to be on the front lines of the fight for human rights, and to be a part of a public interest community that is incubating cutting edge refugee and racial justice policy and litigation for the entire country.

About PANA

The Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans - PANA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization fighting to advance the full economic, social, and civic inclusion of refugees in San Diego, throughout California, and across the country. PANA works at the intersection of African, Middle Eastern, Muslim, & South Asian (AMEMSA) refugee communities impacted by racial/ethnic profiling, religious bias, increased government surveillance and harassment, and poverty among the many issues affecting our refugee communities.

PANA advances significant policy reforms at the city, county, and state level to ensure newly resettled refugees have equal access to family sustaining jobs, quality and healthy homes, and meaningful education that translates to upskilling in the workforce. In addition to policy and legal advocacy, PANA uses an integrated voter engagement approach to build and leverage deep community networks, develop community leaders, and establish a civic engagement infrastructure to amplify the voice, visibility and impact of our community.

Staff Attorney Position

San Diego County’s refugee and Muslim communities face ongoing and growing legal needs, and PANA is already a part of a national network of organizations bringing impact litigation to challenge the Muslim ban and other discriminatory immigration practices. PANA is hiring a full-time attorney to develop a legal program that will triage legal services for refugees and asylum seekers; develop human rights and national security impact litigation; and develop a rapid response legal infrastructure in San Diego to respond to the growing, urgent threats to Muslim and other refugee communities. These threats include:

  • increased law enforcement harassment and requests for meetings with the FBI and DHS;

  • prolonged detention for asylum seekers;

  • difficulty with what were formerly simple adjustments to immigration status;

  • criminal charges with immigration consequences; and

  • increased need for Know Your Rights information.

The Staff Attorney will report directly to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

  • Foster relationships with local, state, and national organizations providing legal defense and support to refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants.

  • Conduct thorough intake interviews, triage legal response, and conduct necessary follow-up with community members with legal needs.

  • Prepare public records requests and conduct related public records litigation.

  • Work with state and national partners to develop and advance impact litigation strategies.

  • Build relationships with local and national law firms, recruit pro bono attorneys for direct services and impact litigation, develop legal materials and a pro bono training program, and provide ongoing technical assistance to attorney representing PANA community members.

  • Develop Know Your Rights legal materials and conduct trainings for community members and local nonprofit partners.

  • Participate in advancing county, state, and national policies focused on protecting California’s growing refugee and Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA/MASA) communities.

  • Support the policy and organizing teams with legal research and analysis of state and federal laws and treaties.

  • Create evaluation tools to measure and reflect on the success of the legal program.

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • J.D. and California bar admission.

  • A minimum of two years of experience providing direct legal services and/or working on impact or other complex civil litigation.

  • Experience with the intersection of immigration and criminal law a plus.

  • Experience analyzing legislation and policy a plus.

  • Demonstrated commitment to refugee and immigrant communities.

  • Ability to coordinate and advance strategies within a coalition.

  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and work effectively with a team in a rapidly moving environment.

  • Extremely organized with close attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Ability to speak Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Kurdish, Vietnamese, or Somali strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, and sophisticated use of technology.

Compensation

Competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.

To Apply

Applicants should email a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to admin@panasd.org.


Policy Advocate

About San Diego

San Diego, with a population of nearly 1.5 million people, is the second largest city in California, and the eighth largest city in the country. Known for its beautiful year-round climate, miles of gorgeous beaches, and its small city vibe, San Diego is also in the midst of a dramatic political realignment, recently electing a Democratic super majority to its nine-member city council, which includes five women.

San Diego sits on the U.S. - Mexico Border just north of Tijuana, and the two cities comprise the world’s largest metropolitan, binational region. San Ysidro, one of three border crossings in the region, is consistently cited as the world’s busiest port of entry. San Diego is also the number one refugee resettlement site in California, with more than 86,000 thousand resettled from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa since 1975.

Refugee resettlement and the cross-border character of the region make San Diego a rich blend of racial/ethnic, linguistic, and country-of-birth diversity. The region presents unique opportunities to be on the front lines of the fight for human rights, and to be a part of a public interest community that is incubating cutting edge refugee and racial justice policy and litigation for the entire country.

About PANA

The Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans - PANA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization fighting to advance the full economic, social, and civic inclusion of refugees in San Diego, throughout California, and across the country. PANA works at the intersection of African, Middle Eastern, Muslim, & South Asian (AMEMSA) refugee communities impacted by racial/ethnic profiling, religious bias, increased government surveillance and harassment, and poverty among the many issues affecting our refugee communities.

PANA advances significant policy reforms at the city, county, and state level to ensure newly resettled refugees have equal access to family sustaining jobs, quality and healthy homes, and meaningful education that translates to upskilling in the workforce. In addition to policy and legal advocacy, PANA uses an integrated voter engagement approach to build and leverage deep community networks, develop community leaders, and establish a civic engagement infrastructure to amplify the voice, visibility and impact of our community.

Policy Advocate Position

PANA is hiring a Policy Advocate to elevate refugee voices at policymaking tables, conduct policy analysis, and lead legislative and administrative advocacy efforts at the county and state level. S/he will utilize a variety of strategies and work across multiple teams to formulate and advance priorities and build community leadership to influence the public policies that affect them. This includes analyzing and drafting state legislation and legislative amendments, advancing a pro-refugee county legislative agenda, preparing public education tools, researching legal and policy issues, working with the organizing team and PANA leaders to assess emerging regional, and statewide trends.

The Policy Advocate will report directly to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

  • Foster relationships with local, state, and national organizations providing legal defense and support to refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants.

  • Advance county, state, and national policies focused on protecting California’s growing refugee and Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA/MASA) communities.

  • Develop and lead a high level coalition of organizations working directly with refugee and MASA communities to advance state legislation that will expand protections or create new protections for refugee and MASA communities.

  • Build and strengthen relationships with local, state, and national lawmakers and stakeholders.

  • Support the Advocacy Academy and the leadership development of community members.

  • Responsible for managing and implementing PANA’s biennial House Meetings Leadership Program and publish an updated San Diego Refugee Experiences report.

  • Participate and lead reflection and evaluation of actions and campaign activities with staff and coalition partners.

  • Work with membership and staff in developing and implementing public relations strategies.

  • Ensure data is entered quickly and accurately into databases (PDI, Mailchimp, etc).

  • Ensure policy and campaign issues are in line with organizational messaging, goals, and obligations to its communities.

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Bachelor's degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Community Development, Community Organizing, Social Work, Urban Planning, Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, Community Psychology, or related field required.

  • A minimum of three years of experience in community organizing working with and managing coalitions in a collaborative context with formal training in either conflict organizing or consensus organizing theories.

  • Experience with policy advocacy, leading issue campaigns, including campaign planning, research, analysis and report writing.

  • Demonstrated commitment to refugee and immigrant communities.

  • Excellent research, oral and written skills.

  • Extremely organized with close attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities effectively in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Ability to speak Arabic, Karen, Urdu, Farsi, Kurdish, Vietnamese, Somali, Amharic, Tigrinya, or Swahili strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, and sophisticated use of technology.

Compensation

Competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits.

To Apply

Applicants should email a resume, writing sample, and cover letter to admin@panasd.org. No phone calls.