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Senior Policy Analyst

Req ID: 5667
Location: Washington D.C.
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: Grade 107
Job Notes:


Senior Policy Analyst and Writer – Policy Team – Washington, D.C. Office

About NIJC

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) advances human rights and due process for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers through direct legal services, impact litigation, advocacy and public education.  Headquartered in Chicago with offices in Washington, DC and Indiana, NIJC’s team of 100 attorneys, paralegals and professionals, along with 1,600 pro bono attorneys, is at the forefront of immigration reform.

About the position

NIJC’s Washington, D.C. office develops policy priorities toward the advancement of human rights and due process for immigrant communities. Priority areas include: access to counsel and due process rights; ending immigration detention; combatting harsh immigration enforcement and the criminalization of migrants; and defending the right to asylum. The Senior Policy Analyst will help to advance these priorities by utilizing public records and oversight tools to uncover relevant government records, researching and analyzing domestic and international law and policy, and drafting policy briefs, reports, and other materials as needed to educate and advocate with lawmakers and policymakers. Some of the work will require rapid response and travel to conduct field research, including interviewing and rights monitoring. The Senior Policy Analyst will be directly supervised by the Director of Policy in NIJC’s Washington, D.C. office.

Job duties include

  1. Coordinate with policy and management teams to identify and pursue targeted research and writing projects to advance NIJC’s policy priorities.
  2. Engage in open government work to obtain critical government records necessary for transparency and accountability in connection to NIJC’s policy priorities, including: drafting local and federal public records requests and administrative appeals; working with NIJC’s policy team to support and encourage congressional oversight and information requests; and liaising with investigative journalists as appropriate.
  3. Engage in in-depth analysis and research into the law and policy underlying NIJC’s policy priorities, as responsive to actions taken by the administration and toward a forward-looking vision of immigration reform.
  4. Work independently and collaboratively with NIJC’s policy team, communications teams and legal services teams to draft written materials to further education and advocacy with federally elected officials on Capitol Hill, the media, and the public, including reports, policy briefs, backgrounders, and blog posts.
  5. Work in collaboration with NIJC’s policy team to promote and support a robust oversight agenda in Congress on NIJC’s policy priorities.

Competencies include:

  • Experience working on issues involving immigration law and policy

  • Experience working on government transparency and openness issues

  • Experience achieving results within a climate of change, where external forces remain uncertain and where stakeholders may have conflicting objectives

  • Exceptional communicator, ability to work with a diverse, talented group of legal professionals, building trust, collaboration and a culture that welcomes change

  • Exceptional research and writing skills

  • Subscribes to NIJC values, advancing due process and human rights protections for immigrants and refugees


  • Graduate-level degree

  • Immigration policy experience preferred

  • Policy research and analysis experience preferred

  • Proven experience as a strong writer and communicator

  • Spanish-language skills preferred


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