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NILC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class.

These positions are available:

Administrative Operations Manager

JANUARY 2018 | Position based in Los Angeles

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American — and aspiring American — should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of their color, where they were born, or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in litigation, policy, and communications, we address issues that affect the lives of low-income immigrants and work with communities across the nation in courtrooms and legislatures to help advance policies that create a more inclusive, just, and equitable society for everyone.

Join our dedicated, collaborative, and fun team as we fight to defend and advance the ideals that our nation is founded on!

POSITION SUMMARY

NILC is seeking an Administrative Operations Manager (AOM) to join its Administration team, part of the organization’s Operations Department. The Administrative Operations Manager supervises administrative support staff in our Los Angeles and Washington, DC, offices and is also responsible for providing administrative support to other remote locations. This role maintains the office administration budget and ensures that staff has all they need on a day-to-day basis to do their part in supporting the organization’s mission. The Administrative Operations Manager is also responsible for managing overall office safety plans and serves as the primary liaison to vendors and building management.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Provides management direction to administrative support staff in NILC’s L.A. and D.C. offices and ensures adequate administrative support is provided to remote employees.
  • Works with Finance Department and D.C. Office Coordinator to inform development of L.A. and D.C. office budgets and make purchasing decisions and monitor expenses for L.A. office budget.
  • Manages vendor relations, ensuring contracts for services are up-to-date and all contractual obligations are being met by the vendors.
  • Acts as primary contact for L.A. and D.C. office building management. This includes negotiating agreements, reporting any building-related issues to the building management contact, and serving as point of contact for emergencies.
  • Using organization security protocol, this position is responsible for overseeing office security at all NILC locations and ensuring that processes and procedures are in place regarding access to NILC facilities by incoming visitors and vendors.
  • Manages and, together with other Operations staff, implements the NILC Administration Manual, ensuring it is regularly updated, and works with all Operations staff to ensure it continues to be a comprehensive resource for staff.
  • Responsible for coordinating administrative support for major events sponsored or organized and run by NILC, including conferences, retreats, seminars, etc.
  • Processes credit card purchases, maintains credit/debit card receipt log, and works closely with finance staff to reconcile invoices at month’s end.
  • Maintains clear and streamlined internal office systems and procedures, including day-to-day office activities such as picking up and distributing mail, faxes, and voicemails; maintenance of office files; maintaining office supplies inventory; and monitoring incoming telephone calls and routing technical assistance inquiries to appropriate staff members.
  • Provides office technology and desktop support assistance by sometimes directly troubleshooting issues and/or coordinating with IT consultants.
  • Manages gathering of agenda information for monthly all-staff meeting and takes monthly meeting minutes.
  • Works with Human Resources and other staff to develop and implement effective onboarding procedures for all new employees.

EDUCATION/TRAINING

  • Associate degree preferred. High school diploma or equivalent required.

EXPERIENCE

  • At least three (3) years’ experience in office management or related senior level administrative support capacity required.
  • Experience in nonprofit environment preferred but not required.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

  • Time management and follow-up skills a must.
  • Demonstrated ability to take on administrative projects successfully from start to finish.
  • Demonstrated organizational ability, strong analytical skills, and problem-solving experience required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Intermediate computer knowledge and experience required, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Ability to recognize sensitive material and maintain high degree of confidentiality.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects (up to 30 lbs.) may be required at times. Position sometimes requires long periods of standing, sitting, or walking.
  • Must have some form of reliable transportation to conduct office errands as necessary.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Excellent benefits and compensation package. Benefits include paid time off, health, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, and 403(b) plan, and more!

TO APPLY

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. If the posting is still up, the position is still open. Please send a detailed cover letter explaining your connection to NILC’s mission and why you are the ideal candidate for this position, as well as your resume, to jobs@nilc.org. Use AOM0118 as the subject line for your e-mail. PDF format preferred.

Please do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must have all materials requested and follow instructions provided above to be considered. No phone calls, please.

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, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class.

Research Program Manager

Announcement posted: JANUARY 2018
Application deadline: MARCH 14, 2018, 9 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Position start date: SEPTEMBER 4, 2018
This position is based in Washington, DC.


This position is available only through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program. You may not contact the National Immigration Law Center to inquire about this position.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program. The National Immigration Law Center is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) as a host organization for the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2018, the Public Fellows program will place up to 25 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend of $67,500, and health insurance.

Research Program Manager. Under the primary supervision of the Research and Narrative Strategist and the Director of Communications, and in collaboration with the issue campaign leads, the Research Program Manager will help design and implement a program to coordinate and manage research across the organization’s programmatic departments and campaigns. The Research Program Manager will have the opportunity to diversify his/her research expertise within an integrated approach to advocacy, in preparation for managing projects across NILC’s litigation, policy advocacy, and communications work, as well as across various sectors of social justice advocacy more generally.

For the full position description and instructions on how to apply: www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Public-Fellows-NILC-2018-01.pdf.

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, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class.

Staff Accountant

DECEMBER 2017 | Position based in Los Angeles

NILC is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American—and aspiring American—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of their color, where they were born, or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in litigation, policy, and communications, we address issues that affect the lives of low-income immigrants and work with communities across the nation to create a more inclusive, just, and equitable society.

Join our dedicated, collaborative, and fun team as we fight to defend and advance the ideals that our nation is founded on!

Position and Background

The Staff Accountant reports to the Controller and is responsible for basic business and financial accounting duties. This position serves as the primary point of contact on some assigned areas while providing assistance to other accountants in the department. This position is based in Los Angeles, Calif.

Responsibilities

  • Collect and import all credit/debit card receipts and record all travel in Concur.
  • Import all credit card reports from Concur into the accounting system.
  • Reconcile all credit card expenses with monthly statements.
  • Main contact for processing and reviewing employee reimbursement requests.
  • Review/approve all employee reimbursements in Concur. Import and record as paid in accounting system.
  • Main contact for processing check and payment requests and obtaining approvals.
  • Code, process, and record all invoices in accounting system.
  • Update and maintain all vendor information in accounting system.
  • Maintain files for accounts payable/receivable, cash receipts, and credit/debit cards.
  • Record all contractor payments in accounting system.
  • Assist in the annual audit process.
  • Prepare 1099s at end of year for all independent contractors.
  • Assist Legal Department in creating and collecting case-related expenses.

Education & Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in accounting field.
  • 1-5 years’ experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization.
  • Effective communications skills and ability to work effectively with other accountants in the department.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary DOE. Benefits include health, dental, and vision; disability and life insurance; flexible spending account; 403(b) employer retirement plan. Excellent time off benefits!

To Apply

Please send a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in NILC’s mission and why you are the best candidate for this position, along with your resume, by email to jobs@nilc.org. Use Ref# SA1217 as your subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Please do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must have all materials requested and follow instructions provided above to be considered. No phone calls, please.

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, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class.

Human Resources Manager

DECEMBER 2017 | Position based in Los Angeles

NILC is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American—and aspiring American—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of their color, where they were born, or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in litigation, policy, and communications, we address issues that affect the lives of low-income immigrants and work with communities across the nation to create a more inclusive, just, and equitable society.

Join our dedicated, collaborative, and fun team as we fight to defend and advance the ideals that our nation is founded on!

Position and Background

The HR Manager oversees human resources planning and operations at NILC. Areas of responsibility include benefits management, employee relations, compensation management, diversity, and policy development and implementation. The manager ensures all people-management aspects of the organization function in a smooth and effective manner. The HR Manager reports to the Deputy Director, Development and Operations, and works closely with the Director of Talent Management to ensure NILC is well-positioned to attract, develop, and retain an outstanding staff. This position works closely with the management team to maintain accountability to NILC’s Senior Leadership Team and executives. It is based in Los Angeles, Calif.

Essential Functions

  1. Develops and administers various human resources plans and procedures for all company personnel.
  2. Plans, organizes, and controls all activities of the department. Participates in developing department goals, objectives, and systems.
  3. Implements and annually updates the compensation program; writes and revises job descriptions as necessary; conducts annual salary surveys and analyzes compensation trends; monitors the performance evaluation program and revises as necessary in cooperation with the Director of Talent Management.
  4. Develops, recommends, and implements personnel policies and procedures; prepares and maintains handbook on policies and procedures.
  5. Manages benefits administration to include claims resolution, change reporting, approving invoices for payment, annual reevaluation of policies for cost-effectiveness, information activities program, and cash flow.
  6. Develops and maintains EEO, affirmative action, and workforce diversity programs.
  7. Supports the Talent Management Department in the recruitment, development, and retention of staff
  8. Provides leadership, together with the Director of Talent Management, in developing, implementing, and managing the NILC employee onboarding process.
  9. Establishes and maintains department records, and reports and maintains organizational charts and employee directory.
  10. Evaluates reports, decisions, and results of department initiatives in relation to established goals. Recommends new approaches, policies, and procedures to effect continual improvements in efficiency of department and services performed.
  11. Ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local employment laws.

Competencies

  • Business acumen
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Consultation
  • Critical evaluation
  • Cultural awareness
  • Leadership and navigation
  • Relationship management
  • Ethical practice

Supervisory Responsibility

This position manages the HR Coordinator and is responsible for the performance management and hiring of the employees within the department.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This position regularly requires long hours and weekend work.

Education and Experience

Requires a bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field. Certification in human resources or master’s degree preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate a minimum of 6 years of human resources management and supervisory experience. A strong background in nonprofit management is preferred, along with experience in social justice, nonprofit legal, and immigrant advocacy or other comparable public interest experience.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary DOE. Benefits include health, dental, and vision; disability and life insurance; flexible spending account; 403(b) employer retirement plan. Excellent time off benefits!

To Apply

Please send a detailed cover letter explaining why you are the best candidate for this position and resume to the National Immigration Law Center, Ref # HRM1217. Send these materials by email to jobs@nilc.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Please do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must have all materials requested and follow instructions provided above to be considered. No phone calls, please.

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, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class.

Director of Talent Management

DECEMBER 2017 | Position based in Los Angeles (preferred) or Washington, DC

NILC is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American—and aspiring American—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of their color, where they were born, or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in litigation, policy, and communications, we address issues that affect the lives of low-income immigrants and work with communities across the nation to create a more inclusive, just, and equitable society.

Join our dedicated, collaborative, and fun team as we fight to defend and advance the ideals that our nation is founded on!

POSITION SUMMARY

The Director of Talent Management (DTM) reports to the Deputy Director, Development and Operations. The DTM manages and coordinates organization-wide efforts to ensure that a comprehensive set of talent management programs are developed and executed for the purpose of attracting, developing, and retaining an engaged and high-performing workforce. The DTM uses data and analytics to set priorities for improvements aligned with ongoing strategic imperatives.

Programs managed include but are not limited to performance management (PM), recruiting, onboarding, employee training, leadership development, and succession planning. The position is based in either our Los Angeles office (preferred) or our Washington, DC, office.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Recruitment and Hiring

  • Directly recruit full-time, part-time, temporary, contractual, and intern personnel. Manage full life cycle recruitment (post, source, prescreen, schedule, background, references, offer, onboarding, etc.). Complete hiring process within defined metrics to minimize overall time-to-start.
  • Develop appropriate marketing strategies, define roles and responsibilities of hiring team, and develop service-level agreements to ensure an effective and efficient recruitment lifecycle while minimizing cost-per-hire:
    — Develop and implement creative and innovative sourcing strategies and techniques to build a pipeline of qualified candidates.
    — Ensure hiring managers develop “must-haves” and effectively assess for them in hiring processes.
  • Serve as a thought partner with hiring managers to develop effective sourcing and recruitment strategies that result in client satisfaction. Develop effective relationships within the organization and the hiring community to have influence and impact the recruiting process and hiring.

Staff Development & Retention

  • Develop orientation and new staff training practices that get people what they need right out of the gate and increase the likelihood of a good start.
  • Develop and communicate a staff investment strategy, and update annually.
  • Manage the maintenance and execution of the performance management system, including current job descriptions, standards of performance, and performance evaluation instruments.
    — Ensure annual development plans are in place for all employees, focused on both immediate and longer-term organizational needs.
  • Collect, analyze, and maintain data that is then used to create effective leadership development programs.
  • Develop, initiate, and maintain effective programs for workforce retention, promotion, and succession planning.
  • Provide professional expertise and support in the design, development, and implementation of a talent management process that is linked to NILC’s goals and results in the creation of an internal bench of top talent.
  • Oversee initiatives and activities to build desired organizational culture, including robust internal communications that reinforce our core strategy and values.

Overarching Talent Strategy

  • Ensure that organization-wide talent management and performance management initiatives are focused and aligned on improving operational and program efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • Work with the Executive Director and senior leadership team to set a strategic vision and priorities for all talent work in the coming 3-5 years.
  • Develop succession plans for every senior leader, with 12-24–month time horizons.

Organizational Leadership

  • Participate at the executive level in decisions about strategic priorities and planning and ensure that talent management is fully integrated.
  • Create and maintain an environment of equal employment opportunity, diversity, and competitive advantage in support of NILC’s diversity and inclusion values.

QUALIFICATIONS

A successful candidate for this role position will have a comprehensive understanding of our mission and demonstrate a proven track record of success. A successful candidate will also possess many (although perhaps not all) of the following qualifications and personal attributes. Even if you aren’t sure but are excited about the position, we encourage you to apply.

  • Ideally 7-10 years in any one of the following: management, leadership development, coaching, talent management, organizational development, talent recruitment, program leadership, human resources, or other relevant work, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit, hire, develop and retain multiracial, talented teams that get results.
  • The ability to quickly learn and grasp our work and the specific skills and qualities it would take to succeed in our various departments (e.g., legal, advocacy, communications, development, operations).
  • Demonstrated experience building new systems and getting them to stick, especially with senior-level staff. Strong sense of initiative and enthusiasm to build something from scratch.
  • Strong commitment to racial equity. Able to identify ways that implicit bias impacts management, and demonstrated experience using hiring and management practices that mitigate this bias.
  • An inclusive and collaborative approach. Demonstrated ability to manage up and sideways and to authentically partner with staff at all levels of the organization.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Competitive salary DOE. Benefits include health, dental, and vision; disability; flexible spending account; 403(b) employer retirement plans. Excellent time-off benefits!

TO APPLY

Please send a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in NILC’s mission and why you are the best candidate for this position, along with your resume, by email to jobs@nilc.org.

Use DTM1017 as your subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Please do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must provide all materials requested and follow instructions provided above to be considered. No phone calls, please.

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, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class.

Director of Finance and Administration

OCTOBER 2017 | Position based in Los Angeles or Washington, DC

NILC is exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American—and aspiring American—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of their color, where they were born, or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in litigation, policy, and communications, we address issues that affect the lives of low-income immigrants and work with communities across the nation to create a more inclusive, just, and equitable society.

Join our dedicated, collaborative, and fun team as we fight to defend and advance the ideals that our nation is founded on!

POSITION

The Director of Finance and Administration will be a strategic thought-partner and report to the Deputy Director. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager and will lead and develop an internal team to support the following areas: finance, business planning and budgeting, and administration. The Director will also be responsible for the supervision of the Controller, Office Manager, and IT Coordinator. The Director will also be responsible for management of vendor relationships, including outsourcing arrangements in critical areas such as IT.

The Director of Finance and Administration will play a critical role in partnering with the senior leadership team in strategic decision-making and operations as NILC continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for a finance and operations leader to maximize and strengthen the internal capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Financial Management and Business Planning

  • Analyze and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials for all donor segments; and oversee all financial, project/program and grants accounting.
  • Oversee the annual audit process. Ensure the timely and accurate filing of tax returns and Form 990.
  • Oversee and lead the annual budgeting and planning process in conjunction with the Deputy Director and the Executive Director; administer and review all financial plans and budgets; monitor progress and changes; and keep senior leadership team abreast of the organization’s financial status.
  • Manage organizational cash flow and forecasting.
  • Implement a robust contracts management and financial management/reporting system; ensure that the contract billing and collection schedule is adhered to and that financial data and cash flow are steady and support operational requirements.
  • Update and implement all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
  • Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the board of directors.
  • Using sound judgement and analysis of data and trends both internal and external, the Director must be able to anticipate and react to the need for change, including the development of strategies for growth and expansion.
  • Direct supervision of the Controller.

Technology and Administration

  • Direct supervision of the Office Manager and IT Coordinator.
  • Establish and manage a comprehensive training program to educate employees regarding staff tools, policies, and procedures.
  • Work closely and transparently with all external partners, including third-party vendors and consultants.
  • Oversee administrative functions as well as facilities to ensure efficient and consistent operations as the organization expands.
  • Provide direction and guidance in the development and maintenance of robust risk management policies and practices. This includes but is not limited to all insurance and compliance activities.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of an MBA. CPA would be helpful but not required.
  • At least 7 to 10 years of overall professional experience; ideally 6-plus years of broad financial and operations management experience in nonprofit organizations; preference given to candidates with a demonstrated track record in leading the development of financial and operations departments during a time of significant organizational growth.
  • The ideal candidate has experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting, and audit coordination for either a division or significant program area.
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to—and to effectively collaborate with—programmatic and fundraising colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.
  • A track record in grants management.
  • Expert knowledge and understanding of 501(c)(4) rules and regulations.
  • Technology-savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software.
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organization, and problem-solving skills that support and enable sound decision-making.
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills, with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • A multitasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and dedication to the mission of NILC.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Competitive salary DOE. Benefits include health, dental, and vision; disability; flexible spending account; 403(b) employer retirement plans. Excellent time-off benefits!

TO APPLY

Please send a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in NILC’s mission and why you are the best candidate for this position, along with your resume, by email to jobs@nilc.org. Use DFA1017 as your subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Please do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must have all materials requested and follow instructions provided above to be considered. No phone calls, please.

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, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class.

Campaign Field Manager and Strategist

SEPTEMBER 2017 | Position based in Los Angeles or Washington, DC

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, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class.

NILC IS EXCLUSIVELY DEDICATED to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Our mission is grounded in the belief that every American—and aspiring American—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of their color, where they were born, or how much money they have. Using our deep expertise in litigation, policy, and communications, we address issues that affect the lives of low-income immigrants and work with communities across the nation to create a more inclusive, just, and equitable society.

Join our dedicated, collaborative, and fun team as we fight to defend and advance the ideals that our nation is founded on!

Position and background

This is a full-time, temporary position funded for one year with the possibility of extension beyond that point. Location flexible, with preference for Washington, DC, or Los Angeles, CA. This person reports to the Campaign Manager for the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future campaign.

The National Immigration Law Center’s mission is to defend and advance the rights of low-income immigrants and their families. NILC envisions a country in which all people—regardless of their race, gender, immigration or economic status—are treated fairly and humanely and have equal access to justice, education, government resources, and economic opportunities that make it possible for them to achieve their full human potential. NILC has been a national leader for over three decades in legal and policy advocacy efforts to ensure that low-income immigrants have opportunities to prosper and thrive. Through innovative policy and legal advocacy strategies, we have won landmark decisions protecting fundamental due process and civil rights, thwarted policy changes that would have devastated the lives of low-income immigrants and their family members, and advanced major policies that reinforce our nation’s values of equality and justice for all.

NILC is seeking a Campaign Field Manager and Strategist to lead and oversee the field, education and mobilization strategy of the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing our Future national campaign (the Campaign), co-chaired by NILC and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a leading national anti-poverty organization. The Campaign was organized earlier this year to bring together a diverse coalition to defend and protect access to health care, nutrition assistance, and other supports for low-income immigrants and their families within the current federal political environment of increased immigration enforcement and legislative efforts to curtail legal immigration and dismantle health care and safety-net programs.

The goals of the Campaign are: (1) to unite to protect and defend access to (including the ability to enroll in and use without fear) health care, nutrition programs, public services and economic supports for immigrants and their families at the local, state, and federal levels; and (2) to create connections, messages, and capacity to fight back against these attacks and lay the groundwork for expanding access to health care and safety-net programs for vulnerable immigrant families in future campaigns.

The Campaign Field Manager and Strategist will work closely with NILC and CLASP staff based in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, and will organize and build a diverse coalition of local, state, and national organizations across multiple sectors, including immigrants’ rights, health advocacy, health providers, anti-poverty, anti-hunger, faith, civil rights, direct service providers and program administrators, educators, organized labor, and state and local officials. The person will engage both grass-tops and grassroots organizations. They will provide strategic and intensive support to state/local campaigns that advance the Campaign’s goals and will implement a strategy to align and connect state/local efforts to a national strategy.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with the Campaign Manager, co-chairs, and Steering Committee to establish goals and priorities for the Campaign’s field, education, and mobilization strategy, including identification of target states and potential partners.
  • Lead the Campaign’s education/mobilization working group in developing and executing the Campaign’s field strategy, setting deadlines, and providing regular project management.
  • Maintain high-level functioning relationships with other campaign working group co-leads (communications, federal advocacy, policy/legal analysis, research) to align and integrate the Campaign’s goals and activities across the various working groups and collaborate actively to meet the Campaign’s objectives.
  • Develop relationships with, engage and build a coalition of a diverse group of national, state, and local partner organizations and allies in the campaign, including grass-tops and grassroots organizations from across the progressive movement, including immigrants’ rights, health, anti-poverty, anti-hunger, faith, and civil rights organizations.
  • Contribute to campaign strategy and planning, facilitate power analysis processes, assist in messaging, support organizing, identify and train spokespeople, and provide technical assistance to key partner and ally organizations in order to build power at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Facilitate alignment and coordination on the field strategy for the Campaign and other NILC campaigns in targeted states.
  • Help plan and facilitate workshops, trainings, and coalition meetings.
  • Assist in the coordination of local, regional, and national events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Campaign Manager and NILC’s Deputy Director for Programs.

Education & qualifications

  • Passion for immigrants’ rights work and experience working with immigrant communities or communities of color.
  • Working knowledge of policies affecting health access and safety-net/public benefits.
  • Minimum of six years of experience in effective field organizing around local, state, or national policy initiatives on immigration, health, social safety-net, or economic justice issues.
  • Experience engaging or leading national organizing efforts, including development and maintenance of state and local partnerships.
  • Experience organizing grassroots and grass-tops organizations and building coalitions across sectors, and experience successfully navigating movement and organizational politics.
  • Experience in state/local organizing training, including: basic principles of community organizing, development of leaders and organizations in an organizing context, issues and campaign development, training new organizers, and leadership development.
  • Familiarity with and openness to different approaches to organizing and policy work.
  • Strong facilitation and relationship-building skills, including using phone calls, teleconferences, and other strategies to work with people in multiple locations.
  • Ability to work democratically and effectively with diverse groups and people.
  • Willing to work flexible hours and travel frequently.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) skills.
  • Competence with advocacy/database/virtual meeting software (e.g., Citrix, MailChimp, Salsa, etc.).
  • Strong team player, familiar with team dynamics, and willing to work in a team environment.
  • Spoken fluency in a non-English language spoken in U.S. immigrant communities is a plus, but not required.
  • Immigrants and people of color highly encouraged to apply.

Salary and benefits

Competitive salary DOE. Benefits include health, dental, and vision; disability; flexible spending account; 403(b) employer retirement plan. Excellent time off benefits!

To apply

Please send a detailed cover letter explaining your interest in NILC’s mission and why you are the best candidate for this position, along with your resume, by email to protectingimmigrantfamilies@nilc.org. Use CFMS0917 as your subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Please do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must have all materials requested and follow instructions outlined above to be considered. No phone calls, please.