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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 other protected class.

These positions are available:


Deputy Director

NOVEMBER 2016

About the National Immigration Law Center

Headquartered in Los Angeles with an office in Washington, DC, NILC is the premier organization in the U.S. working exclusively to advance and defend the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families.

Our mission is grounded in the belief that all Americans—and aspiring Americans—should have the opportunity to fulfill their full potential regardless of where they were born or how much money they have. We work on issues that serve as critical roads to success for low-income immigrant families: access to health and economic supports; access to education and training; workers’ rights; and federal and state/local immigration policies that expand opportunities and minimize integration barriers. Our approach to addressing these issues is holistic, utilizing a core set of strategies—litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications—to achieve our vision.

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, or disability.

About the Position

NILC seeks a highly talented executive to manage our dynamic advocacy, communications, and legal teams, to help them achieve their ambitious goals. The Deputy Director will work closely with the Executive Director and play a central role as part of NILC’s senior leadership team to ensure that the organization is well-positioned in a rapidly evolving and competitive environment by being an agent for organizational change. The position ensures that the organization is achieving its strategic goals at the optimum pace. The Deputy Director will provide leadership to a diverse, smart, and creative senior leadership team so that each staff member and the organization can thrive. The Deputy Director will work closely with the Executive Director to ensure that we are leveraging NILC’s core strategies and creating a healthy and sustainable organizational culture in which all staff can thrive.

The full-time position is ideally based in Los Angeles, though being based in Washington, DC, will also be considered. We may consider excellent candidates outside of L.A. or D.C., provided that the candidate is committed to moving to L.A. or D.C. or is able to spend significant time in our L.A. and D.C. offices.

Responsibilities

1. Manage NILC’s programmatic work to ensure we reach our ambitious goals.

  • Manage department heads of litigation, advocacy, and communications teams.
    – Provide strategic support to teams in developing and reviewing goals and integrated work plans that result in measurable gains for immigrants and their families.
    – Supervise (directly and indirectly) the execution of plans to ensure high standards performance and serve as the go-to resource to department heads.
    – Support department heads in moments of rapid response and collaborate with department heads to shift resources and reprioritize the work as needed.
  • Ensure that the work is integrated and well-coordinated across teams and with key partners.
    – Manage the operations of the senior leadership team, including biweekly meetings and quarterly reviews of progress to goals.
    – Ensure that cross-team projects have clearly defined roles, goals, and systems for managing the work effectively.
    – Support issue area and working group leads (directly or indirectly) in driving their work forward.
    – Engage in ongoing conversations with external partners to develop coordinated strategies and plans that recognize partners’ respective strengths and amplify core messages.
    – Ensure smooth communication and coordination across departments, including systems for internal communication and designing and leading staff meetings and strategy retreats.

2. Serve as the right hand to the Executive Director and as a key member of NILC’s leadership team.

  • Serve as a thought-partner to the Executive Director and support the Executive Director in assessing and refining NILC’s long- and short-term strategies and goals.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, board, and other members of the senior staff to develop, articulate, and implement overall organizational strategy.
  • Act as “chief problem-solver” to resolve ad hoc challenges (internal or programmatic) that arise, and develop and implement solutions that work. Help resolve issues on behalf of the Executive Director.
  • Ensure smooth communication to staff from the Executive Director and the senior leadership team and vice versa. Ensure that staff members have opportunities to engage in conversations affecting the entire organization.
  • Ensure that the Executive Director is engaged in programmatic work only where she is uniquely adding value, and keep her regularly updated on highest priority and emerging programmatic work.
  • Keep Executive Director informed of staff morale, and drive systems and processes that create a positive staff culture.
  • Actively engage in board relations and serve a key liaison to appropriate board committees.
  • Maintain productive relationships with NILC’s core programmatic funders and key supporters.
  • Exemplify NILC’s culture and values.
  • Represent NILC externally and advocate for low-income immigrants’ interests, as needed.

3. Manage organizational systems and structures that create a culture of excellence.

  • Oversee organization-wide annual processes such as goal-setting, organizational evaluation, performance reviews (either directly or through other senior leadership team members).
  • Oversee the recruitment and hiring of talented staff, including working with department directors to persuade highly sought-after people to join the team.
  • Partner with all department directors to ensure that performance management remains a priority, that strong performers are retained, that staff have opportunities to learn and grow in their roles, and that performance problems are addressed in a timely and appropriate fashion.

Qualifications

  • Superb management skills with a strong equity lens. Demonstrated ability to lead complex, fast-paced, diverse, and impact-orientated teams, ideally in areas with a focus on social justice and/or immigrants’ rights. Sound judgment and willingness to make tough and strategic decisions when confronted with difficult choices.
  • Extraordinary interpersonal skills. Able to quickly build trust, credibility, and goodwill with a wide range of audiences, including staff, partners, funders, and board members, and across lines of race, gender, class and other identities.
  • Strong problem-solver. Can anticipate and identify challenges and drive solutions that work.
  • Policy and issue expertise. Experience in complex policy and legal matters affecting immigrants.

Additional Information

  • A law degree and some litigation experience—or a policy degree and experience working with litigators—are a plus!
  • Spanish or API language fluency is also a plus!

Salary and Benefits

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

To Apply

We will begin reviewing applications on December 12, although applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. If our job announcement is online (www.nilc.org/jobs/), we are still accepting applications.

Please send your resume and a detailed cover letter explaining your connection to NILC’s mission and why you are the ideal candidate for this position to deputydirector@nilc.org. PDF format preferred, but not required. If you are not located in the Los Angeles or Washington, DC, areas, please indicate your willingness to move or to spend significant time in our L.A. and D.C. offices.

Please include reference #DEP1216 in the subject line of your email message. Do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

Office Coordinator (Los Angeles)

JANUARY 2017

POSITION AND BACKGROUND

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is seeking an Office Coordinator to join our HR/Administration team. NILC is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. We utilize a core set of strategies—litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications—to advance our mission.

We believe that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their race, gender, immigration, and/or economic status—should have the opportunity to achieve their full human potential. Over the past 35 years, NILC has won landmark legal decisions protecting fundamental human and civil rights, thwarted policies that would have damaged low-income immigrant families’ opportunities, and advanced major policies that reinforce our nation’s values of equality and justice for all.

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, or disability.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Office Coordinator provides primary administrative support to the HR & Administration team. This position is responsible for coordinating overall day-to-day office activities and maintaining internal office systems and procedures as necessary. These day-to-day activities include maintenance of office equipment and supplies inventory as well as filing, mail distribution and processing, reception duties and technical assistance responses, and other day-to-day duties as assigned. The Office Coordinator reports to the Human Resources Administrator.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • In support of staff in general, coordinates organization-wide business meetings, assists with travel logistics when needed, composes correspondence, and takes monthly meeting minutes.
  • Serves as a resource for all administrative support staff.
  • Assists with filing and other administrative support for the HR/Administration team as needed.
  • Maintains routine office duties, including implementation of office policies and procedures.
  • Acts as liaison between building management personnel and NILC management, maintaining general building maintenance-related items and ensuring that any issues are resolved.
  • Coordinates fax and mail distribution.
  • Responsible for monitoring incoming telephone calls and routing technical assistance inquiries to appropriate staff members.
  • Purchases supplies and maintains adequate inventory.
  • Maintains office equipment and assists staff members with troubleshooting.
  • Processes purchases, maintains credit/debit card receipt log, and reconciles at month end.
  • Provides office technology and desktop support assistance by troubleshooting and coordinating with third-party agencies.
  • Other duties as necessary.

EDUCATION/TRAINING

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

EXPERIENCE

  • At least three (3) years’ experience in office management or general 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 communications 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.
  • Experience working with immigrants’ rights and social justice preferred.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects up to 30 lbs. may be required at times. Position sometimes requires long periods of standing, sitting, or walking.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

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

TO APPLY

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received by January 18, 2017. 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. PDF format preferred, but not required.

Please include “Reference #OC0117” in the subject line of your email message. Do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.