Job Title: Global Advocacy Strategist
Department: Advocacy Unit/PAA
Reports to: Director of Advocacy, Global Displacement
Level: Grade 7
FLSA Status: Exempt, Full-Time (35 hours/week)
Starting Salary Range: $85,000-93,500
Location: Boston/Cambridge, MA (some positions may be remote eligible)
Other Work Conditions
The organization requires all UUSC community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Our office in Cambridge, MA is regularly cleaned, and standard safety protocols are followed in accordance with public health authorities to prevent the spread of infectious disease.
Guided by Unitarian Universalist principles and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UUSC is a human rights organization that strives to advance human rights, dismantle systems of oppression, and uplift the inherent dignity and power of all people. We focus our work in three intersectional areas of justice: Migrant Justice, Climate and Disaster Justice, and International Justice and Accountability. We center the voices and experiences of those most affected and strengthen those grassroots groups and movements who are organizing themselves to advance these goals. To accomplish this, we offer Justice Education and Leadership Development, Engagement and Mobilization for Advocacy, and Grantmaking and Partner Support.
The Global Advocacy Strategist will be responsible for advancing UUSC’s international human rights engagement at the UN and other regional and international human rights institutions in the areas of climate-forced displacement, migration justice, and international justice and accountability. This role supports partners’ capacity by developing strategies for effective advocacy, accompanying partners at key international advocacy events, and supporting the engagement and mobilization of UUSC’s supporters. This position is remote eligible. Employees can be based in states that UUSC is registered with as a business. These jurisdictions currently include MA, ME, CT, NY, VA, MD, NC, GA, FL, MN, WA, and Washington D.C. The preferred location of this position is New York.
Support UUSC’s current advocacy efforts at the United Nations and with regional human rights mechanisms by providing strategic guidance, advice and analysis to help us move towards our strategic goals.
Collaborate across UUSC teams to lead the implementation of strategies and tactics that advance UUSC’s and partners’ international human rights engagement at the UN and other regional and international institutions.
Develop UUSC’s global corporate accountability framework and toolbox for international advocacy and partner engagement.
Map out and track relevant international treaties, protocols, and major convenings/events relevant to UUSC’s advocacy goals and partnerships and identify and build strategic opportunities for our collective advocacy with partners.
Build and support partners’ capacity to engage UN bodies and other international and regional human rights mechanisms effectively and directly.
Support partners in understanding, navigating and implementing legal strategies to advance our shared priorities.
Accompany partners in key advocacy engagements (both in-person and virtually).
Build and support existing strategic and values-aligned partnerships (including with coalitions) across various sectors to advance UUSC’s advocacy goals at the United Nations and globally.
Strengthen the engagement of supporters in UUSC’s work at the United Nations and internationally, by identifying and building opportunities and working with UUSC teams to educate, leverage and mobilize them towards strategic advocacy campaigns.
Provide analysis and other relevant information for UUSC’s campaigns, policy analysis and public mobilization.
Other duties as relevant to the position and assigned.
5-7 year’s experience working on international human rights issues with experience of navigating relevant human rights frameworks at the UN to hold governments and corporations accountable
A J.D. degree with relevant experience in international human rights
Relevant experience in building relationships and partnerships with a diverse range of partners globally, especially impacted communities to advance the issues of human rights and social justice
Has experience and familiarity/connections with NGOs, including faith-based coalitions working on social justice issues and international human rights
Commitment to human rights and centering the voices of frontline impacted communities
Willingness to learn from and collaborate with others
Task and detailed oriented
Travel regularly to New York for UN and UUSC events and globally 30% of the time
A graduate degree in international human rights/international diplomacy or related field
Experience in organizing faith-based groups on international advocacy issues
Has relationships with key stakeholders (diplomats, negotiators, UN agency staff, etc.) pertaining to international human rights work
UUSC offers a highly competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and life insurance, STD/LTD, 403(b) tax deferred annuity, retirement plan with 9% of salary contribution to pension plan after 1 year of service, FSA for medical and dependent care, 12 paid holidays, and generous paid time off, including starting with 20 vacation days per year and bonus holiday and summer break weeks.
Non-Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity
UUSC’s mission affirms and celebrates the inherent dignity and power of every person. We are committed to creating a diverse and talented team to achieve that mission. UUSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to the full inclusion of all. UUSC is deeply committed to ensuring that our organizational culture, policies, and employment practices embody equity and justice and comply with applicable employment laws.