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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:

Temporary 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.


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. This is a temporary position: 4-6 months.

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.


  • 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.


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.



  • 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 is competitive and commensurate with experience. Temporary, full-time, nonexempt. Occasional overtime as required.


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 “Temporary 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.

Staff Attorney

AUGUST 2018 | Position based in Washington, DC, or Los Angeles, Calif.


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 well-being 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

NILC has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney to join its legal department. An experienced litigator, the Staff Attorney will work on precedent-setting cases to advance the rights of low-income immigrants and their families. This position offers a unique opportunity to engage in impact litigation on key issues across the country impacting low-income immigrants and to work in a legal department with a creative and deeply client-centered focus and a team-based approach to the work. The position is based, ideally, in either NILC’s Los Angeles, Calif., or Washington, DC, office, with location flexibility for the right candidate. The Staff Attorney reports to the Supervising Attorney.


  • Identify, develop, and lead litigation in federal and state courts. Prepare pleadings, motions, and briefs; conduct discovery; present oral arguments and handle appeals.
  • Strategically, creatively, and boldly use plaintiff-driven, community-grounded impact litigation in combination and partnership with NILC’s other core strategies of policy advocacy and communications to advance NILC’s vision and mission.
  • Collaborate with staff across the organization, including the projects within the Communications & Advocacy teams.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the organization, using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and record of arrest or conviction.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
  • Provide support to other staff on issues of subject-matter expertise.
  • Represent NILC with coalition partners.
  • Supervise law student interns and legal fellows, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorney and Legal Director.



  • Juris Doctor degree required.
  • Must be an active member in good standing of the bar association of the state in which the Staff Attorney will be based.


  • A minimum of 4-6 years of litigation experience, preferably in federal court. Responsibilities will be commensurate to experience and demonstrated skill level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, public interest law, and NILC’s mission.
  • Demonstrated experience in the investigation and development of impact litigation. Expertise in immigrants’ rights or other public interest impact litigation is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with U.S. Supreme Court and appellate practice and constitutional law.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex legal analytical work.
  • Experience working with external co-counsel or in a coalition setting comprised of multiple organizational partners, and demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts constructively.
  • Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Strong commitment to team-building and to fostering a positive organizational culture.

Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent litigation strategy skills.
  • Displays sound judgment in decision-making.
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively, with a collaborative approach to case work.
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong critical thinking, interpersonal, and public-speaking skills.
  • Able to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Possesses a deep understanding of the intersectional issues pertaining to immigrant rights.


Salary is competitive and commensurate to experience.


Please submit an updated resume with a cover letter describing your unique qualifications for this position to [email protected] with “Staff Attorney” in the subject line.

NILC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants, regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and have a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.