The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is seeking a full-time Policy Attorney & Strategist based in our Washington, DC office. This is an exempt position that reports to the Policy Director.
The ILRC is a national nonprofit legal support center with four offices located in San Francisco, California; the Central Valley of California; San Antonio, TX; Austin, TX; and Washington D.C. Founded in 1979, the ILRC is regarded as one of the foremost experts on engaging immigrants and developing their leadership in the democratic process, providing expertise on complex issues of immigration law, procedure and policy, and engaging in advocacy and educational initiatives on policies that affect immigrants. We are a team-based organization that makes decisions in a collaborative fashion that allows for significant staff input.
The Policy Attorney & Strategist will play a leading role in advancing the ILRC’s policy agenda before federal policy makers and focus on the following key issues: combating harsh and overbroad immigration enforcement policies, providing expertise on the intersection of criminal and immigration law, and defending immigration policies that are of key interest to the ILRC and its partners, such as naturalization and family immigration. The Policy Attorney & Strategist will meet regularly with Congressional leaders, speak publicly about ILRC’s priorities, represent ILRC in collaborative efforts with partner organizations, and draft written materials that explain complex immigration law matters for policy audiences. The attorneys in the San Francisco office will support the DC Policy Team in the ILRC’s policy work.
Job Responsibilities: The specific job responsibilities of the Policy Attorney & Strategist include:
Educate and influence Congressional members’ views on immigration issues through actively engaging legislative offices, providing technical assistance, and sharing information.
Play a leading role in developing strategic recommendations and critical analysis to advance ILRC’s policy priorities through congressional advocacy.
Track legislation and policy developments, and provide analysis of key parts of proposed legislation and policies.
Represent ILRC in advocacy meetings, collaboratives, and other settings to advance ILRC’s policy priorities and recommendations on immigration enforcement, immigration consequences of crimes, naturalization, family immigration, DACA and other immigration legal issues as needed. Work with partners to develop and implement creative and collaborative advocacy strategies.
Develop advocacy materials (fact sheets, talking points, proposed legislative language, statements, letters, vote recommendations, comments, etc.) for Congressional and government audiences.
Provide policy support to advance ILRC’s external communications around complex immigration legal issues.
Work with the Policy Director to develop and maintain relationships with organizations led by immigrants or significantly composed of immigrants and provide ways to collaborate with them and elevate their priorities in DC advocacy efforts.
Pay is very competitive for the field and commensurate with experience according to the ILRC salary scale for Attorneys. The range for this position is from $76,350 (for those three years out of law school) - $95,232 (for those five years out of law school). An attorney hired for this position who has been out of law school for more than five years will have a higher salary based on their law school graduation year. The ILRC offers excellent benefits, medical/dental/vision insurance, a flexible spending account for medical and dependent care, vacation, and sick leave. The ILRC also sponsors a retirement plan option upon fulfillment of eligibility.
This position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, please submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications for and interest in the position, a resume, one writing sample, and the names of three references.
Online applications are preferred. As an alternative, you can mail your application to: Policy Attorney & Strategist Hiring Committee Immigrant Legal Resource Center 1458 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103
No phone calls please.
The ILRC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.
Qualifications: The qualifications for the Policy Strategist include:
A law degree and at least 3-5 years experience with immigration law and policies.
A current bar membership in good standing of any US state or the District of Columbia.
Interest and experience in issues pertaining to immigration enforcement and the intersection of immigration and criminal law.
Familiarity with the federal legislative and regulatory processes, including the ability to track and interpret legislation and regulations.
Interest in partnering with and supporting organizations led by and/or comprised of immigrants and/or limited English speakers.
Exceptional time management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects.
A willingness to travel to the ILRC’s office in San Francisco, and throughout the U.S.
Ability to maintain and nurture collegial relationships with the full range of partners including Members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, coalition partners, and immigrant based organizations.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills, and demonstrated ability to translate technical material for a variety of audiences.
Skills in synthesizing and communicating complex policy issues, including the ability to convey ILRC’s principles on a variety of issues, in a succinct and compelling way and tailored to various audiences.
A strong work ethic, including the following qualities: organized, flexible, reliable, goal-oriented, and dependable, with the ability to be an independent worker and handle several projects simultaneously while thriving in a team-based collaborative decision-making environment.
About Immigrant Legal Resource Center
The increasingly complex legal and social challenges faced by immigrants in the 1970s created a growing need for expert assistance and training in immigration law and policy. Bill Ong Hing, a well-known immigrant rights attorney, recognized this need and founded the Golden Gate Immigration Clinic in 1979, which later became the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC). The ILRC seeks to improve immigration law and policy, expand the capacity of legal service providers, and advance immigrant rights.
The ILRC trains attorneys, paralegals, and community-based advocates who work with immigrants around the country. We inform the media, elected officials, and public to shape effective and just immigration policy and law. Our staff works with grassroots immigrant organizations to promote civic engagement and social change.