The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is seeking a full-time Senior Communications Manager based in our San Francisco office. This is an exempt position.

The ILRC is a national nonprofit legal support center located in San Francisco, California and Washington D.C. The mission of the ILRC is to work with, educate, and enhance the capacity of immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector, in order to build a democratic society that values diversity, dignity, and the rights of all people. Founded in 1979, the ILRC is regarded as one of the foremost experts on engaging immigrants and developing their leadership in the democratic process, providing expertise on complex issues of immigration law, procedure and policy, and engaging in advocacy and educational initiatives on policies that affect immigrants. The ILRC is a team-based organization that makes most of its decisions in a collaborative fashion that allows for significant staff input.

The Communications team works out of the San Francisco office. The Senior Communications Manager will be the second communications position for the ILRC. The Senior Communications Manager will report to the Executive Director. The ILRC communications team will consist of the Senior Communications Manager, the Communications Manager, and external consultants and vendors (as needed). The Senior Communications Manager will supervise the Communications Manager.

Job Responsibilities:

The Senior Communications Manager will develop and implement the ILRC’s communications strategy, to elevate and advance the ILRC's mission. This is a hands-on, fast-paced position that will support and contribute to the growth of a communications program that can support all aspects of the ILRC’s endeavors. We’re looking for a communications professional who can advance our understanding of the power of communications to amplify our work and to maximize its impact with key audiences.

The Senior Communications Manager will work with the ILRC’s Enforcement, Criminal + Immigration, Policy and other legal teams to raise the profile of program priorities with key audiences including the media, affected communities, grassroots and grasstops activists, and government decision-makers at the local, state and national levels.

Develop & Implement Communications Strategies & Campaigns

  • Working closely with leadership and program staff, identify opportunities and craft strategies to advance ILRC’s mission and reputation.
  • Attend key organizational meetings and events to identify communications opportunities.
  • Develop and implement multi-faceted communications strategies, which integrate message development, web presence, advocacy, and social media, to educate, motivate, and influence target audiences.
  • Position ILRC experts as leaders in the work to defend immigrant rights and pave the way forward for humane immigration laws.
  • Identify opportunities and need for communications products, campaigns and materials to support our program and mission.
  • Generate ideas for and produce collateral materials and other key communications products.

Media Relations

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with national and state journalists who cover immigration and intersectional issues.
  • Prepare ILRC staff and leadership for media opportunities with talking points, remarks for press conferences and other training and preparation.
  • Increase coverage of immigrant rights issues and ILRC messages by cultivating and maintaining relationships with key reporters, editors, producers and bookers.
  • Research media opportunities.

Organizational Leadership

  • Manage the ILRC Communications team, which includes the Communications Manager and consultants.

Core Competencies

  • A successful candidate will have expertise in developing high-level strategy and executing tactics.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details and meet deadlines.
  • Experience wrangling various internal stakeholders across an organization to secure the necessary input, buy-in and approvals.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated good judgment, critical thinking, flexibility, resourcefulness, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, and possess the ability to follow projects through to completion.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required, along with the demonstrated ability to compose and edit effective, thoughtful and strategic communications across a variety of platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with others in a team environment.
  • Experience crafting and implementing a communications strategy, whether through social media, traditional media outreach, events, or other channels.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • Respect for all co-workers.
  • Experience in communicating complex issues to varied audiences.   
  • Experience working with the media and cultivating relationships with print, radio, television and online journalists.


  • 6+ years of experience in a communications or communications-related role; nonprofit sector experience is a plus.
  • 1+ years of leadership experience in management or supervisory positions.
  • Familiarity with, passion for, and demonstrated commitment to advancing immigrant rights along with experience working in the immigrant rights or criminal justice fields are significant advantages. 
  • Bachelor's degree in communications, English, journalism, media studies, or a field closely related to the ILRC’s work.
  • Experience working with legal organizations a plus.
  • Experience at a public relations or media firm highly desired.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience with an expected range of $85,000 - $100,000 per year. The ILRC provides excellent benefits including professional membership dues, health/dental/vision insurance, vacation, and sick leave. The ILRC sponsors a retirement plan option upon fulfillment of eligibility.


This position will remain open until filled. We will consider applications on an ongoing basis beginning immediately. To ensure consideration, please submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications for and interest in the position; a resume; an original sample of your communications writing such as an op-ed, blog post, or press release; and the names of three professional references. Please include blog, social media handles, or any other online presence that highlights your communications/advocacy experience. Candidates will be asked to participate in a writing exercise as part of the hiring process. Please send your application to:

Communications Hiring Committee
job_comms [at] ilrc.org (preferred)
Fax: (415) 255-9792 (no calls, please)
Mail: Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 1663 Mission Street, Suite 602, San Francisco, CA 94103

The ILRC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.