Project Director of Immigrant Justice, Sr. Attorney
Classification: Full-time, Administrative and Professional Staff, Exempt Position
Advancement Project’s National Office in Washington, DC seeks an experienced, creative attorney to serve Project Director of Immigrant Justice.
Advancement Project is a next generation, multiracial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive, and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies in conjunction with strong community alliances to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. We support grassroots racial justice movements providing law, organizing and communications support to eliminate structural racism. We change the national discourse on race to provide opportunities for breakthroughs on racism. We aim to inspire and strengthen movements that expand opportunity for all.
The Project Director of Immigrant Justice serves as the national office’s lead on immigration issues. This director will lead our Immigrant Justice Project, which partners with grassroots organizations across the country to protect the rights of immigrants by defending against the heighten criminalization of immigrants or those perceived to be immigrants. The strategies and tactics of the Immigrant Justice Project are carried out within the broader goal of racial justice. The Immigrant Justice Director will be expected to supervise staff, build relationships and work closely with partnering grassroots organizations. This position will use a variety of legal, policy, communications, and coalition-building strategies to assist our community partners in advancing and defending immigrant rights.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
- Offer a strategic vision that addresses key racial justice issues related to immigration and generate, in partnership with local grassroots partners, creative solutions for protecting the rights of immigrants of color.
- Cultivate and manage strategic multiracial, multicultural relationships, coalitions, and diverse partnerships to expand power in communities color.
- Work in collaboration with management to create project goals and workplans that create systemic change and deliver impact.
- Utilize metrics and reporting to track progress towards goals, and to keep the leadership team apprised of successes and challenges.
- Work collaboratively with Executive Director, leadership team and project staff to develop plans and articulate goals/objectives related to the initiative.
- Manage the Project’s budget effectively and adjust expenditures as necessary.
- Assist the Development Department with budgets, fundraising and reporting related to project initiatives.
- Seek and participate in external events and networking opportunities.
RESEARCH & POLICY
- Research key legal issues and topics to develop new/reformed policy initiatives and erase existing legislation with inhumane restrictions on immigrant rights creating a fair/equitable pathway to permanent residency and/or citizenship.
- Litigate relevant cases.
- Challenge current state laws, practices and procedures that are disadvantageous to immigrant populations.
- Assist the Executive Director and other Program/Project Directors cross functionally in managing investigations and litigation respective to other internal programs/projects.
- Proactively address active issues to mitigate the risk of over-criminalization and unnecessary deportation.
- Persuasively articulate the mission, goals and program/project priorities of Advancement Project’s national office in written and oral presentation.
- Develop presentation materials, including research, slides, scripts, talking points and proposal collateral for prospect meetings.
- Works in collaboration with communications team to develop and align strategic messaging related to the Project.
- Reviews the team’s work products to ensure the consistent production of high quality work products and advocacy materials related to immigration topics.
- Lead, build and motivate an energetic, innovative and responsive team to systemic issues.
- Foster individual and team member growth and promote team goals/objectives.
- Maintain collegial relationships across the organization.
- Periodically supervise department interns and/or volunteer staff.
- Represent department as a member of various organizational committees.
- A demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice required.
- Juris Doctorate required with state bar membership or ability to waive into the DC Bar.
- Seven to ten years of post JD experience with emphasis on litigation and conducting policy and legislative advocacy in the area of immigrant justice required.
- Prior experience working with grassroots organizations and in non-profit environments required; specific organizing and campaign experience strongly preferred.
- Prior project management experience and strong technical skills are highly desired.
- Must possess strong interpersonal, research, and writing skills.
- Superior oral communications skills.
- Bilingual ability preferred, with fluency in Spanish.
- Previous work in a cross-functional or matrix team environment strongly preferred.
- Willingness to travel required.
- Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package included.
HOW TO APPLY
1220 L. Street NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20005
Advancement Project is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer