Director of Policy and Advocacy
National Immigration Forum - Washington, DC

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National Immigration Forum
Director of Policy and Advocacy
The National Immigration Forum works to promote responsible immigration policies that honor our Founding Fathers’ commitment to an open society and also address today’s economic and national security needs. In a time when our country struggles to find a realistic and safe immigration solution, the National Immigration Forum is a principled and pragmatic policy voice intent on raising the level of discourse and valuing the humanity and benefit of immigrants and refugees.
Founded in 1982, the Forum plays a leading role in the national debate about immigration, knitting together innovative alliances across diverse faith, labor, immigrant, non-immigrant and business constituencies in communities across the country. Coming together under the Forum’s leadership, these alliances develop and execute legislative and administrative policy positions and advocacy strategies. Leveraging our policy, education and communications expertise, the Forum works for comprehensive immigration reform and also engages in day-to-day problems related to civil rights, border security, deportation, naturalization and integration, and family unity.

Visit our website at http://www.im m igrationforum.org for detailed information about the Forum.
The Director of Policy and Advocacy of the National Immigration Forum directs the organization’s advocacy work with the executive and legislative branches of government by contributing to developing policy priorities and providing leadership, planning, management and oversight in meeting the Board of Directors’ public policy priorities. Working closely with the Executive and Deputy Directors, Forum communications and constituency staff, the Director coordinates strategies, tactics, messaging and communications .
Reports to: Executive Director with Deputy Director
Areas of Responsibility: Develop overarching policy priorities of the organization with the Executive Director and Deputy Director and oversee the execution of strategies in order to implement policy priorities. Represent the Forum in Member-level and senior Congressional staff meetings, and meetings with senior officials in the Administration and prepare the Executive Director and Deputy Director for said meetings. When asked by the Communications Director, speak publicly to media and a range of audiences and represent the Forum in a variety of venues. Manage the work of the Policy Team staff, fellows and interns, including monitoring legislation, drafting legislative language, talking pointsand advocacy materials as needed. Lead development and implementation of affirmative and defensive legislative strategies for accomplishing the Forum’s objectives. Direct advocacy response regarding proposed rules, policies, operating procedures, initiatives and other administrative proposals. Monitor key legislative, executive and political developments and trends affecting immigration and analyze the political impact of breaking events as they relate to the immigration movement. Identify and anticipate opportunities and threats and develop and direct effective legislative and executive advocacy strategies. Provide leadership, and work with colleagues and stakeholders (e.g. business, unions, religious organizations, law enforcement officials, civil rights organizations and other diverse stakeholders) to develop short and long-term advocacycampaigns. Cultivate, maintain and develop relationships with Congressional offices and Administration officials, especially those serving in leadership positions, caucuses and committees of relevant jurisdiction. Make recommendations to Congressional members and staffers and Administration officials regarding legislation, executive action and legislative and executive strategies. Develop and coordinate advocacy messages with Forum communications staff to ensure that Forum materials are consistent and appropriately focused. Education: Bachelor’s Degree required; law degree strongly preferred. Experience: At least seven to ten years of experience in a non-profit organization, on Capitol Hill, in a law firm, or in the executive branch; experience with immigration issues preferred. Experience supervisingprofessional level staff. In-depth knowledge of House and Senate process and procedure. Direct legislative and administrative lobbying/advocacy experience required.
The National Immigration Forum offers a very competitive salary and benefits package, including health and dental insurance and a retirement plan. The Forum is an equal opportunity employer and women, people of color and ethnic minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates are encouraged to apply on or before Monday, January 27th ; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to:
resume@immigrationforum.org and include Policy in the subject line.

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