Project Director of New Americans Integration Institute
MIRA Coalition - Boston, MA

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The New Americans Integration Institute (NAII) is a project of MIRA addressing myriad obstacles to integration faced by Massachusetts immigrants. It combines a think tank function with on-the-ground integration projects, toward the goal of creating, implementing and strengthening effective integration pathways for immigrants statewide. Areas of the Institute’s work include: Citizenship, Immigrant Entrepreneurship, Professional Integration & Workforce Development, Immigrant Achievement & Access to Education; and Messaging of Immigrant Contributions.

Principal Purpose of Job: The Director of the NAII will oversee the areas of the Institute including: Immigrant Entrepreneurship, Professional Integration & Workforce Development, and Immigrant Achievement & Access to Education, and will coordinate the NAII Advisory Board and two working groups.

Level of Authority: The Project Director of the NAII will report to the State Policy Director.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Research and Writing

o Research and produce papers and manuals for the Institute’s projects on Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Professional Integration & Workforce Development.
o Survey immigrant and native populations on key topics.
o Update trainings and other materials related to Immigrant Achievement & Access to Higher Education.

  • Operational Support

o Create, maintain, and manage a project schedule reflecting key milestones, roles and responsibilities, and priorities for all activities.
o Ensure that all NAII deliverables are on track and implemented on schedule.
o Lead the development of a website for the Institute.
o Draft communications for internal and external stakeholders to communicate the status and accomplishments of all five areas of the Institute’s work.

  • Management Support

o Coordinate regularly scheduled meetings of the NAII Advisory Board and two working groups: develop agendas, schedule and attend meetings, circulate minutes and ensure follow-up with Board and Committee members.
o Outreach to, and develop and strengthen relationships with, multiple stakeholders, including community banks, state licensing boards, community colleges, and others.
o Coordinate outreach to high schools related to immigrant access to higher education.

Qualifications Desired:
1. Ph.D. preferred, Masters degree required. Degree in business or workforce development, or with substantial course work in these areas.
2. Strong writing skills with extensive research experience and track record of published papers; think tank experience desirable; knowledge of sound polling methods helpful.
3. Strong facilitation skills and ability to establish and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders.
4. 5+ years experience managing a nonprofit program, preferably focusing on immigration and/or minority communities.
5. High degree of professionalism, organization and independence; ability to carry projects to completion without supervision.

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