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Director, Access to Justice

Location:Baltimore, MD
Salary Range:Grade 26
Benefits:An excellent benefit package is offered
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service seeks a Director for Access to Justice to develop and oversee innovative and effective national service networks, including the Detained Torture Survivors Legal Support Network and the Community Support Initiative, to meet the needs of refugees, focusing on asylum-seekers, torture survivors and other at risk migrants affected by detention in line with LIRS strategic plan. The Director for Access to Justice ensures timely, effective and coordinated administrative advocacy by LIRS and our related networks on enforcement issues and those issues which fall within Access to Justice priorities.  This is a full time position based in Baltimore, MD.
  1. Manage the program and administrative staff for the Access to Justice unit, ensuring objectives are met according to LIRS standards and in compliance with funding requirements or other agreements.  Supervise and mentor staff within the unit and, in consultation with the Vice President, recruit, hire and carry out employee improvement plans necessary to carry out the work of the unit.
  2. Design, fundraise for, and oversee programs to protect, empower, and embrace migrants subject to immigration enforcement.
  3. Direct the analysis of best practices for collecting and managing qualitative and quantitative data for migrants subject to immigration enforcement and related ATJ programs
  4. Develop and oversee networks of local partners to deliver multi-disciplinary services to migrants in the U.S. who are affected by the immigration detention system.  Develop and implement outreach strategies to new partners.
  5. Establish, oversee and execute administrative advocacy priorities for protection of at-risk migrants that fit within LIRS's mission and strategic goals, and oversee advocacy strategies in accordance with these priorities.
  6. Engage in agency -wide activities and initiatives including all-staff meetings, working groups or task forces and implementation of strategic initiatives.
  7. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
  1. Commitment to LIRS's core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with
  2. Graduate degree in relevant field, JD preferred
  3. Strong familiarity of U.S. immigration laws and policies. Knowledge of international human rights law and refugee policy preferred.
  4. Minimum 3 years' experience in representation or policy work on human rights issues, preferably those that relate to immigration, detention, or refugees in the U.S.
  5. Supervisory experience with background in managing program and administrative staff.
  6. Demonstrated grasp of not-for-profit legal service delivery models, legal case management, and legal office management.
  7. Proven ability to synthesize complex information to steer policy and program decisions and to conceptualize, plan, and execute projects in a non-profit setting.
  8. Experience developing and managing federal and/or private grants.
  9. Understanding of program evaluation, with demonstrated experience with development of indicators, outcomes, and data collection methodologies, is strongly preferred.
  10. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple responsibilities, direct project teams, and set priorities.
  11. Experience with and sensitivity to political and policy processes within federal government agencies at the local and national levels.
  12. Demonstrated effectiveness in advocacy and coalition building.
  13. Professional and highly effective oral and written communication skills, including negotiating, serving as media spokesperson, writing policy memos, conducting trainings, and public speaking.
  14. Ability to facilitate trainings for partners and diverse audiences.
  15. Capacity to work well within a Lutheran agency structure
  16. Commitment to the support of legal service networks required and experience working in non-profit legal services strongly preferred.
  17. Ability to exercise judgment; work independently, as member of a team, and in collaborative projects; and to coordinate with other units within a non-profit organization.
  18. Experience and commitment to team work as a means to achieve work goals
  19. Ability to travel up to 20%, including some weekends
  20. Spanish language ability preferred

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