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Senior Policy Analyst

Req ID: 6503
Location: Washington D.C.
# of Openings: 1
Shift:
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: Grade 107
Job Notes: NIJC’s Washington, D.C. office develops policy priorities toward the advancement of human rights and due process for immigrant communities. NIJC seeks to advance fair and just policies. 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 conduct research and analyze legal and academic studies, conduct interviews and if appropriate, engage in human rights monitoring. The Analyst will draft policy briefs, reports, and other materials as needed to educate policymakers and stakeholders to develop a blueprint for advancing NIJC’s policies. Some of the work will require rapid response and travel. The Senior Policy Analyst will be directly supervised by the Director of Policy in NIJC’s Washington, D.C. office.

Description

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. NIJC seeks to advance fair and just policies.  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 conduct research and analyze legal and academic studies, conduct interviews and if appropriate, engage in human rights monitoring.  The Analyst will draft policy briefs, reports, and other materials as needed to educate policymakers and stakeholders to develop a blueprint for advancing NIJC’s policies. Some of the work will require rapid response and travel. 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 NIJC’s policy and management teams and external stakeholders to identify and pursue research (legal and historical)
  2. Conduct research and interviews with NIJC staff, clients, pro bono attorneys and coalition partners, and other individuals, such as academic experts
  3. Develop proposals for reform, including recommendations relating to appropriations
  4. Work independently and collaboratively with NIJC’s policy team, communications teams and legal services teams to draft written materials draft reports, policy briefs, backgrounders, and blog posts.
  5. Identify strategies for outreach and broader engagement
  6. Represent NIJC in coalitions and working groups.
  7. Engage with stakeholders to present research findings and policy proposals.

 

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

 

Education/Experience:

  • Graduate-level degree, law degree preferred

  • Immigration policy experience required, experience with immigration detention and enforcement preferred

  • Policy research and analysis experience preferred

  • Proven experience as a strong writer and communicator

  • Spanish-language skills preferred

 

 

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office at +1 (312) 660-1431.

 



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