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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 currently available:

Communications Strategist

DECEMBER 2018 | Position based in Los Angeles or Washington, DC

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 all people 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 in legislatures to help advance policies that create a more inclusive, just, and equitable society for everyone. Find out more at www.nilc.org.

Position Summary

The Communications Strategist is responsible for leading the development, dissemination, and execution of the overall NILC communications strategy, with an emphasis on NILC’s Immigrant Justice Fund, the affiliated 501(c)(4). This includes providing strategic communications direction to individual campaigns and coordinating communications strategies associated with state, local, and federal legislative and advocacy efforts

The Communications Strategist position reports to the Communications Director and is based in Los Angeles. (However, applications will be considered from highly qualified candidates who prefer to be based in Washington, DC, or to work remotely.)

Responsibilities

  • Develops the overall communications plan for NILC’s 501(c)(4) work in coordination with the NILC Organization Strategic Framework.
  • Provides direction and guidance in the management of activities and programs in support of the department’s strategic plan.
  • Establishes the communications strategies for several NILC campaigns and provides leadership to the campaigns in executing the strategies.
  • Leads NILC’s efforts in coordinating its communications strategies with those of its allies, plaintiffs, and litigation partners in campaigns and case management.
  • Develops and implements communications training programs for all NILC employees and allies as appropriate.
  • Provides communications-related advice and counsel to NILC executive management.
  • Collaborates with other departments in developing the communications component of campaigns directed at emerging issues of importance.

Qualifications

  • College degree in journalism, political science, or a relevant field strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience leading the development and execution of a campaign, preferably in a 501(c)(4) environment.
  • Has successfully conducted media trainings for staff, partners, and marginalized communities.
  • Has experience working across multiple communications platforms, including digital, print, TV, etc.
  • Demonstrated commitment to NILC’s mission, social justice, and public interest law.

Don’t meet all the qualifications? Convince us in your cover letter why you are the ideal candidate and why we should consider you for this job.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate to experience.

To Apply

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Provide a detailed cover letter explaining your connection to NILC’s mission and why you are the ideal candidate for this position, as well as a résumé and a list of three professional references. Send them to [email protected] PDF format only.

Please include “Communications Strategist” in the subject line of your email message.

Do not submit duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Unsolicited telephone calls or email messages will not be considered.


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. We consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative.

Legal Director

NOVEMBER 2018 | Position based in Los Angeles

POSITION SUMMARY

Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants and their families. At NILC, we believe that all people who live in the U.S. — regardless of immigration or economic status — should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Over the years, NILC has been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, including landmark legal decisions and protecting fundamental human and civil rights. We play a major leadership role in advancing policies that promote the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive.

Headquartered in Los Angeles with an office in Washington, DC, NILC employs a core set of strategies — impact litigation, policy advocacy, and strategic communications — in a range of key program areas that impact the lives and wellbeing of low-income immigrants, including: immigration status and reform; access to health care and economic opportunities; immigration enforcement reform and justice; and education. For more information, please visit www.nilc.org.

NILC has an immediate opening for a Legal Director. The Legal Director is a member of NILC’s senior leadership team and is charged with driving the mission and direction of the Legal Department. This position offers a unique opportunity to lead a passionate and dedicated staff of attorneys and legal professionals in the development and engineering of impact litigation on key issues affecting low-income immigrants. The Legal Director will serve a pivotal role in shaping the direction of a team with a creative, deeply client-centered focus and team-based approach to the work.

The ideal candidate will be a forthright, inspiring, visionary leader with significant litigation experience. You possess a love of community and are an excellent manager of people. You are a culturally competent champion of diversity and an active practitioner of equitable and inclusive practices that honor the identities, backgrounds, and experiences of your team and respective colleagues. Finally, you are a collaborative partner with demonstrated experience integrating legal strategy across campaigns and program teams. The position is based on NILC’s home office in Los Angeles, Calif., and will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and other senior leaders to develop an integrated vision and strategy for the Legal Department.
  • Oversee legal intake process, case selection, case staffing; provide mentorship and ensure ongoing professional development of department staff.
  • Ensure that Legal Department staff members and projects have clearly defined roles, goals, and systems for managing the work effectively.
  • Supervise the execution of plans to ensure high standards performance and, in collaboration with other members of the Legal Department team, serve as the go-to resource to Legal Department staff.
  • Partner with program directors and campaign leads to ensure that the Legal Department’s work is integrated and well-coordinated across the departments and key partners.
  • Manage the operations of the Legal Department management team.
  • Provide mentorship to Legal Department staff in litigation, integration of NILC’s core strategies, developing and growing external relationships, and moving forward NILC’s work under the strategic framework and campaign work.
  • Provide analysis of court rulings and legal strategy for the Executive Director or senior staff; articulate NILC’s legal analysis to the public and the media as requested by the Executive Director and Communications Director.
  • Serve as a spokesperson with the media, testify before Congress or other policymaking bodies based on area of expertise, and present at national conferences or other public speaking engagements that further NILC’s mission and legal strategies.
  • Engage with key stakeholders, including movement allies, donors, and board members, including providing periodic reports to the board of directors.
  • Develop a robust impact litigation and legal advocacy strategy in support of broader immigrants’ rights movement strategies; develop legal theories and cases, as well as litigate key select cases.
  • Develop and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with law firms, law school clinics, and other coalition partners.

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

Education

  • Juris Doctor degree required.
  • An active member in good standing with the State Bar Association required.

Experience

  • A minimum of 7-10 years of litigation experience, to include substantial experience in federal courts, the Supreme Court, appellate practice, and constitutional law. Expertise in public interest impact litigation is strongly preferred.
  • Nonprofit work experience strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of proven management experience and a track record of successful team leadership through communication and building community.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, public interest law, and NILC’s mission.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong, productive relationships with external partners and a diverse body of constituents.
  • Experience working with external co-counsel or in a coalition setting comprised of multiple organizational partners and demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts constructively.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Strong commitment to team-building and to fostering a positive organizational culture.

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent litigation strategy skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving and decision-making skills; displays sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Superior ability in strategic planning and cross-departmental integration.
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to effectively manage multiple independent and team projects simultaneously and to meet deadlines.
  • Possess a deep understanding of the intersectional issues pertaining to immigrant rights.

SALARY/BENEFITS

Salary is competitive and commensurate to experience.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit an updated resume with a cover letter describing your unique qualifications for this position to José Delgadillo at [email protected], with “Legal Director” 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 based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class. We consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative.

Finance and Budget Senior Analyst

OCTOBER 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.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Finance and Budget Senior Analyst is an integral member of NILC’s Finance Department, working alongside colleagues of likeminded professionals, located in Los Angeles. The Finance and Budget Senior Analyst will be responsible for developing budgets, analyzing expenses, and building forecasts in support of business operations at NILC.

The Finance and Budget Senior Analyst works under the supervision of the Director of Finance and Administration, and collaborates with other staff members inside the Finance Department. The Finance and Budget Senior Analyst may occasionally be required to work overtime.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support the Director of Finance and Administration in establishing program and project budgets, analyzing expenses, and providing variance explanations.
  • Build a database, reporting tool, or financial model to budget, track, and forecast multiple subgrants.
  • Develop least cost option and ROI models for investment decision tradeoffs.
  • Function as a partner and resource for other staff members and support a collaborative work environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

Minimum requirements

  • Three (3) years of solid finance, budget, or grant management experience.
  • Experience building financial models and other financial reporting tools.
  • Advanced Excel and PowerPoint/presentation skills.
  • Familiarity with QuickBooks.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, or equivalent field and work experience.

Preferred requirements

  • Five (5) or more years of finance experience — modeling budgets, forecasts, expenses.
  • Data extraction and analysis experience; experience with QuickBooks.
  • Experience with building queries, VLOOKUP, pivot tables, and other advanced Excel skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree, M.B.A./M.P.A. (or equivalent course work), statistics, and modelling experience.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to economic, racial, and social justice, with a passion for social justice for immigrants and their families.
  • A passion for numbers, finance, and working with other staff in delivering solutions.
  • Ability to recognize sensitive material and maintain high degree of confidentiality.
  • Ability to multitask and work independently toward group and department goals — effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, including some evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to work well with others in a collegial and diverse environment.
  • Experience with the MS Office Suite and Google platforms, advanced Excel.

SALARY/BENEFITS

Salary is competitive and commensurate to experience.

TO APPLY

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Provide a detailed cover letter explaining your connection to NILC’s mission and why you are the ideal candidate for this position, as well as a résumé and a list of three professional references. Send them to [email protected]. PDF format only.

Please include “Finance and Budget Senior Analyst” in the subject line of your email message.

Do not submit duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Unsolicited telephone calls or email messages will not be considered.

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. We consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative.