Website Hope Border Institute

Working for social justice on the border

The Hope Border Institute (HOPE) seeks a full-time Associate Director for Policy to lead HOPE’s policy efforts related to social justice on the US-Mexico border. The Associate Director will work collaboratively to engage local community leadership, faith-based institutions, grassroots organizations and our peer organizations on issues of US-Mexico border policy in order to position HOPE for short-term wins and long-term success in alignment with our values and in support of our goals.

About Hope Border Institute
Hope Border Institute (HOPE) works in the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez-Las Cruces region to bring the perspective of Catholic social teaching to bear on the social realities unique to our region. Through a robust program of research, reflection, leadership development, policy work and action, HOPE develops and aligns the border’s community leaders engaged in the work of justice from across the Mexico-US border to deepen solidarity across borders and transform our region.

– develop, implement and promote HOPE’s overall public policy strategy
– develop HOPE’s strategic partnerships with national, regional and local faith and community-based advocacy organizations
– develop and maintain key relationships with local, regional and national decision-makers and influencers on issues related to HOPE’s brief
– represent HOPE on appropriate coalitions and tables
– represent the public policy positions of HOPE in public and in the media
– develop and regularly update talking points, statements, and policy updates
– develop educational resources and advocacy engagement tools, grounded in the Catholic social teaching tradition, to support understanding of social justice issues on the border
– develop and deliver presentations to a variety of audiences, including grassroots and faith-based audiences, academics, policymakers and the general public

Job Requirements
– Master’s Degree in public policy, social work, development, peace studies, theology, human rights or related field preferred; or, 4-year degree with commensurate experience.
– a great sense of humor and a can-do attitude
– significant experience in the public arena in support of justice and demonstrated applied knowledge of and commitment to Catholic social teaching
– passion for and commitment to working in the field of justice, peace and human development in a faith-based context
– the ability to work confidently in both English- and Spanish-speaking environments
– excellent relational, strategic thinking and political analysis skills
– the ability to cross the border and travel internationally
– strong knowledge of the Catholic Church, it’s structure, organizational culture and social teaching
– strong communication skills, both verbal and written, including professional writing and editing skills, including flexibility to write in different styles for various audiences
– the ability to work with diverse religious, racial and geographical communities
– group facilitation skills and the ability to manage and guide teams
– willingness to accommodate evening and weekend work
– personal discipline, goal setting skills, excellent time management and organizational skills
– the ability to run multiple projects concurrently, prioritize and problem-solve, and meet deadlines
– a highly self-motivated work style and willingness to proactively take on projects
– Flexibility, willingness to contribute on projects outside of remit, and the ability to deal well with ambiguity and the fast-paced nature of a new and rapidly expanding organization
– well-rounded interpersonal skills with the capacity to work effectively in a team environment
– strong ethics and personal integrity
– a professional attitude and service orientation

Specialized expertise in public policy issues specific to the Mexico-US border region is ideal but not required.

To Apply:
Please email your resume and cover letter to No phone calls, please.

HOPE is headquartered in El Paso, TX. Local and relocating candidates will be considered.

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