The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is seeking a full-time Policy Attorney based in our Washington, DC office. This is an exempt, two-year position with the possibility of an extension. This position will report to the Senior Policy Strategist.

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. We are a team-based organization that makes most of its decisions in a collaborative fashion that allows for significant staff input.

The Policy Attorney will play a key role in advancing the ILRC’s advocacy agenda before federal policy makers and focus on the following key issues: combatting harsh and overbroad immigration enforcement policies, providing expertise on the intersection of criminal and immigration law, and defending immigration policies that are of key interest to the ILRC and its partners, such as family immigration.  The Policy Attorney will regularly meet with Congressional leaders, speak publicly about ILRC’s priorities, represent ILRC in collaborative efforts with partner organizations and draft written materials that explain complex immigration law concepts for policy audiences.

Job Responsibilities: The specific job responsibilities of the Policy Attorney include:

  • Educate and influence Congressional members’ views on immigration issues through conducting legislative visits, providing technical assistance, and sharing information.
  • Track legislation and policy developments, and provide analysis of key parts of proposed legislation and policies.
  • Represent ILRC in advocacy meetings, collaboratives and other settings to advance ILRC’s policy priorities and recommendations on immigration enforcement, immigration consequences of crimes, family immigration and other immigration legal issues as needed.
  • Develop advocacy materials (fact sheets, talking points, proposed legislative language, statements, letters, formal advocacy guides, comments, etc.) for Congressional and government audiences.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with immigration advocacy organizations in DC and work with them to develop and implement creative and collaborative advocacy strategies.
  • Provide policy support to advance ILRC’s external communications around complex immigration legal issues.
  • Monitor regulatory changes with regard to immigration policy and draft comments for ILRC in response.
  • Conduct legal trainings on immigration topics for immigration law practitioners.
  • Write manuals, practitioner advisories, and outreach and educational materials for attorneys, paralegals, community organizers, members of the immigrant community, and others.
  • Work with the Senior Policy Strategist to develop and maintain relationships with organizations led by immigrants or significantly composed of immigrants and provide ways to collaborate with them and elevate their priorities in DC advocacy efforts.

Qualifications: The qualifications for the Policy Attorney include:

  • A law degree and 1-3 years of experience with immigration law and policies.
  • A current bar membership in good standing of any US state or the District of Columbia.
  • Interest in issues pertaining to immigration enforcement and the intersection of immigration and criminal law.
  • Familiarity with federal legislative and regulatory processes, including the ability to track and interpret legislation and regulations.
  • Interest in partnering with and supporting organizations led by and/or composed of immigration and/or limited English speakers.
  • Exceptional time management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects.
  • A willingness to travel to the ILRC’s office in San Francisco and throughout the U.S.
  • Ability to maintain and nurture collegial relationships with the full range of partners including Members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, coalition partners, and immigrant based organizations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills, and demonstrated ability to translate technical material for a variety of audiences.
  • Skills in synthesizing and communicating complex policy issues, including the ability to convey ILRC’s principles on a variety of issues, in a succinct and compelling way and tailored to various audiences.
  • A strong work ethic, including the following qualities: organized, flexible, reliable, goal-oriented, and dependable, with the ability to be an independent worker and handle several projects simultaneously while thriving in a team-based collaborative decision-making environment.

Pay is commensurate with experience. The ILRC offers excellent benefits, health/dental/vision insurance, a flexible spending account for medical and dependent care, vacation, and sick leave. The ILRC also sponsors a retirement plan option upon fulfillment of eligibility.

This position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, please submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications for and interest in the position, a resume, one writing sample, and the names of three references. Please send your applications to:

Policy Attorney Hiring Committee
job_policy [at] ilrc.org
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.