Program Assistant/Financial Associate, Uphold Justice & Defend the Defenders and Promote Peace Campaigns
Preferred Start Date: July 22, 2019
Application Deadline: June 24, 2019, but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) seeks a full-time Program Assistant/Financial Associate to start in mid-July. Join our small, hard-working, and collaborative team in advocating for just U.S. policies towards Latin America!
The Latin America Working Group seeks to ensure that U.S. policies advance human rights, peace, and social, environmental, and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. To achieve this mission, we work with coalition partners to educate policymakers and the public and to mobilize a broad, diverse, and powerful grassroots base that can influence U.S. policymakers to achieve change.
The Program Assistant will have substantive communications and campaign-related responsibilities related to our Uphold Justice & Defend the Defenders and Promote Peace campaigns, as well as other campaigns, and will work on issues related to Colombia, Central America, Brazil, and Cuba. Responsibilities will include online organizing and social media campaigns, assisting in advocacy with Congress and the administration, and supporting the work of partner organizations in Latin America and the United States. As Financial Associate, responsibilities include paying bills and making deposits, preparing financial reports, and working closely with our bookkeeper and accountant. The person hired will also work with technology consultants.
- Write grassroots email alerts, infographics, blog posts, newsletter articles, toolkits, and other content to expand public reach and policy impact.
- Design and implement social media campaigns and online grassroots outreach.
- Manage and update the organization’s website.
- Assist in organizing delegations of human rights defenders and other civil society leaders from Latin America to meet with U.S. policymakers and the general public.
- Support coordination of strategy sessions with nongovernmental partners. Assist in advocacy efforts with congressional offices and government agencies.
- Conduct research and assist in writing projects related to campaigns.
Financial & Administrative
- Carry out daily financial activities, which include paying bills, making deposits, filling out administrative paperwork, responding to bookkeeper and accountant’s requests, and processing monthly payroll.
- Produce financial reports for grant proposals and reports.
- Prepare for annual financial audit.
- Act as liaison for technology consultants and vendors to resolve issues and implement upgrades.
- Support in supervising interns, and perform other administrative tasks as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree required along with 1-2 years of work or internship experience.
- Very strong writing skills with ability to create materials for a variety of audiences, from grassroots advocates to policymakers.
- Experience with social media, grassroots, and online organizing.
- Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.
- Proficiency in Spanish. Portuguese a plus.
- Familiarity with U.S. policy in Latin America and demonstrated commitment to justice and human rights in the region and migrant and refugee rights.
- Self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and the ability to multitask.
- Experience with CMS platforms (our office uses WordPress), CRM software (our office uses Salsa CRM), and online advocacy software (our office uses Salsa Engage) preferred but not required.
- Skills in graphic design (our office uses Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, and Piktochart), as well as video editing or HTML/CSS preferred but not required.
- Experience with Quickbooks and Excel a plus.
Term: Two-year commitment required.
Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience; 20 days paid vacation plus sick days and holidays; health, vision, and dental insurance; 403 (b) retirement plan with matching contribution after two years.
To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, a short writing sample (1-4 pages), and two references (including email, phone number, and relationship) online at https://www.lawg.org/job-application/. No phone calls, please.
*The Latin America Working Group values a diverse, multicultural, and multiethnic work environment and strongly encourages people of all backgrounds and experiences to apply.
Join the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) as an Advocacy Intern and assist with our efforts to promote a human rights-based approach to U.S. policy towards Latin America. You will gain an understanding of politics, economics, social issues, and human rights in Latin America; exposure to how the federal government works and how foreign policy is made; experience working in a professional environment through the lens of a D.C.-based nonprofit; and skills in online grassroots political organizing.
Hear directly from past interns through testimonials at the bottom of the page.
Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting in research and writing of blog posts and other literature, attending meetings and congressional hearings, posting to social media, and assisting staff with daily and long-term projects. Interns work closely with staff on all four campaigns, doing what is necessary as it arises. The internship includes some administrative tasks, but leans more heavily to programmatic ones. The office is fast paced, but staff are friendly and approachable.
Internships are unpaid but are eligible for a $10/day travel stipend and academic credit.
Interns are encouraged to work a minimum of three days or 20 hours per week.
All documents should be uploaded in a single pdf.
- Cover letter that states:
- Why you are specifically interested in LAWG’s work
- Why you are qualified for the position, including relevant coursework, experience, or study abroad
- Writing sample
- 2-3 pages maximum (can be excerpt) in English that focuses on a relevant topic (Latin America, U.S. policy towards Latin America, human rights issues, advocacy). It can be an academic paper, blog post, or news article.
- Optional: writing sample in Spanish with the same qualifications as above.
- Two references with:
- Capacity in which you worked with them
- Email and phone number
Complete applications should be imputed into our online application form before the deadline.
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Past Intern Testimonials:
Interning for LAWG was a fantastic experience for me. I came to LAWG as a history major with a concentration in Latin America, and with some knowledge of human rights violations committed routinely by Mexican security forces, widespread impunity, and collusion between government officials and organized crime. LAWG’s internship enabled me to focus on these issues as some of the many root causes of northbound migration to the United States, and helped me gain insight about building more humanitarian immigration policies by connecting grassroots networks to legislators in Washington. LAWG’s advocacy and education projects exposed me to a number of channels for political organizing on migrant and human rights in the Americas: State Department meetings; reports based on interviews with migrant shelters, rights groups, and other regional partners; and social media activism.
– Caroline Kuritzkes, Yale University, Summer 2017
When I started my internship at LAWG, I was hoping to gain a deeper understanding of current U.S. policy toward Cuba, Central America, and Mexico, and how NGOs are working to address the shortcomings/injustices of those policies. I also wanted to get acquainted with the world of human rights advocacy in D.C. I can truly say that my summer at LAWG gave me both of those things and more. Curating LAWG’s social media accounts had me constantly reading news articles and reports on Latin American affairs, which contributed hugely to my understanding of both the human rights situation in there and the policy decisions surrounding it. Helping with action alerts, petitions, and dear colleague letters to Congress introduced me to some of the specific strategies that NGOs use to influence policy. Writing a blog about US-Cuba relations helped guide my further learning and research on Cuba, as well as hone my language to be more specific to advocacy. LAWG also gave me access to a wealth of interesting panels, events, and lectures around D.C. featuring politicians, advocates, and journalists from all over the Americas and the political spectrum. Getting to hear so many perspectives on Latin American politics was a huge contributor to my personal learning. And perhaps best of all, I got to work alongside and observe the amazing ladies of LAWG, who were always so willing to include me in projects, answer my questions, and listen to my input. Overall, I learned so much about the region as a whole, and I feel better prepared to defend my own views and contribute to Latin America/US policy work in the future.
– Ellie Schwartz, Bowdoin College, Summer 2017