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National Immigration Law Center needs DC Office Director


Director of Washington, DC, Office


Position and Background

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) seeks a director for its Washington, D.C. office. This person will work closely with the Policy Director and Executive Director to lead NILC’s policy agenda, and will provide strategic leadership and management to staff in the DC office. The Director will also serve on the organization’s mid-management leadership team, and will serve as one of a NILC’s principals in Washington, D.C. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work on critical issues affecting low-income immigrant families that are at the forefront of the nation’s policy agenda. This position will play an instrumental role in bringing NILC’s unique legal and policy expertise to defend and advance a progressive immigrant rights agenda.

For over 30 years, NILC has earned a national reputation as a leading expert on the complex interplay between immigrants’ legal status and their rights under U.S. laws. Policymakers, community organizers, legal advocates, and the media recognize NILC staff as experts on a wide range of issues that affect the lives of immigrants in the U.S. Through innovative policy and legal advocacy strategies, NILC has won landmark decisions protecting fundamental due process and civil rights, warded off policy changes that would have led to devastating consequences for marginalized members of our society, and advanced major progressive policies that promote the well-being of all communities. NILC has played a leadership role in promoting the DREAM Act, ensuring that immigrants have access to health care and other economic supports, advancing workers’ rights, and countering the harsh immigration enforcement affecting communities across the country. Our policy and legal analysis, trainings, publications, and strategic technical assistance reach a diverse constituency of immigrant rights advocates, community and labor organizers, interfaith groups, legal aid attorneys and pro bono attorneys, and others serving low-income immigrants. NILC’s headquarters is in Los Angeles, and its policy office is in Washington, D.C.


  • Work with the Policy Director and Executive Director to develop an overall vision for NILC’s policy agenda.
  • Supervise DC staff and provide strategic support to them by helping direct their legislative and administrative advocacy.
  • Facilitate teamwork and coordination among policy staff, and ensure that the office is integrated into the work of the entire organization.
  • Work with the Policy Director and Legal Department managers to ensure integration of NILC’s policy and legal strategies.
  • Along with the Policy Director and Executive Director, serve as a spokesperson on NILC’s policy priorities.
  • Oversee the DC office, and work closely with operations staff in Los Angeles to address organizational needs of DC staff.


  • Juris Doctorate or Masters Degree in public policy or related field; and
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.


  • Excellent federal legislative and administrative advocacy skills;
  • Strong management and leadership experience required. Non-profit management experience strongly preferred;
  • Extensive knowledge of the issues affecting low-income immigrants and familiarity with the needs and perspectives of this population;
  • Strong planning and organizational skills with demonstrated ability to develop organizational priorities and to help staff develop and implement program priorities and goals;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong public speaking and presentation skills, and experience speaking with the media;
  • Bilingual skills a plus, especially in English and Spanish;
  • Ability to work and communicate collaboratively with all levels of staff and a diverse group of allies and partners with solid people skills;
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment; detail oriented, focused, and self-starter; and
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in one or more of NILC’s program areas (immigrants’ access to public benefits and safety net programs, health care, and legal status; immigration enforcement; and workers’ rights).

Fair Labor Standards Act Classification

Exempt (salary)

Salary Range and Benefits

Depends on experience based on NILC’s salary scale and verifiable experience. Benefits include health, dental, vision, holidays, sick leave and vacation as well as 403(b) (retirement contribution).


No relocation provided.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, résumé, 3 professional references, and a writing sample (maximum of 20 pages) to by June 15, 2011.  Please reference job code DDC511 in the subject line of your email message.

NILC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

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