Protecting, Embracing and Empowering | Service and justice | Advocating for migrants and refugees
If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is seeking a Director for Advocacy. Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director for Advocacy is the lead LIRS strategist on advocacy and ensures that the organization achieves its key advocacy-related goals. The Director is responsible for establishing the Advocacy department's priorities. The successful candidate is a creative, motivated individual, who can bring visionary leadership to LIRS's advocacy efforts.
The Director will inform, inspire, and engage colleagues and fellow advocates, as well as maintain strong coalition partnerships to effectively leverage coalition action. The Director must work to influence policymakers in the Executive and legislative branches of the federal government to promote integration, protection, and justice for migrants and refugees on behalf of LIRS
Key Areas of Responsibility
Provide strategic leadership in LIRS advocacy. Collaborate with President & CEO as well as Leadership on department strategy and identify areas in need of support to bring about desired change in policies and practices. With clarity regarding the strategic landscape, pursue priorities and approaches that will have the greatest impact on LIRS' strategic initiatives.
Supervise Advocacy staff. Provide ongoing supervision of work, allocate responsibilities, receive and offer thoughtful feedback, and adjust and consistently reflect upon department priorities to best coordinate on strategic work in the future.
Maintain excellent communication and coordination with the LIRS HQ Office specifically ensuring Advocacy priorities and message are consistent with those of Outreach, Communications, and the President's Office.
Ensure that internal LIRS responsibilities are met by the Advocacy unit, including contributions to planning, compliance with established procedures, provision of regular updates, provision of input into relevant decisions, etc.
Proactively meet and liaise with Congressional and Administration staff and officials. Advocate that they promote and implement fair and humane refugee and immigration laws and policies; Advance LIRS advocacy priorities, build LIRS credibility on key issue areas, raise up stories of unaccompanied children and other migrants, as well as refugees, and serve as a resource to policy-makers
Ensure that LIRS is represented in nonprofit advocacy coalitions, align with other nonprofits in promotion of LIRS advocacy issues, broaden consensus amongst other organizations, build and solidify support for the policies we endorse, prioritize and leverage coalition power to influence decision makers, the media, and the public
Ensure that LIRS is represented in working groups that address issue priority areas and determine where LIRS will have most strategic impact; establish appropriate priorities for such participation
Empower LIRS staff members to be advocates, channel their expertise to inform LIRS policy positions and improve advocacy recommendations, understand how laws and policies impact refugees, migrants and children, as well as our network partners
Lead campaigns, educate empower and mobilize a growing number of Lutherans, refugees, migrants and other constituents around protection and integration of migrants and refugees as well as LIRS' Climate Migration initiative.
Draft statements, letters, website content, or resources on refugee and immigration policies or legislation targeted at Congressional committees, policymakers, and the public
Plan advocacy convenings, collaborative events, workshops and advocacy meetings to facilitate constituent and partner participation and leadership in advocacy
Report on department developments, results, and upcoming work on a regular basis to LIRS leadership
Qualifications and Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in political science, international affairs, or other related field; law or master's degree or equivalent strongly preferred and six to eight years of increasingly responsible advocacy work experience including experience managing advocacy staff, and setting the strategic direction for advocacy for an organization; expertise in federal legislative and administrative advocacy
Broad network of existing relationships with congressional staff members, administration officials, coalition partners, fellow advocates, and constituents
Demonstrated ability to maintain, nurture, and proactively seek collegial relationships
Expertise in immigration law and policy, and an interest in and passion for advocacy on behalf of refugees and migrants
Extensive experience summarizing, analyzing, and presenting on legislative and policy developments
Track record of successfully mobilizing constituents to take action
Experience in successful nonprofit coalition work
Excellent communication skills, especially writing and public speaking, and demonstrated ability to adjust communication styles to be clear and persuasive with different audiencesAbility to work collegially across departments and units
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and relationship management software
Ability to work well with others in small teams; effective meeting facilitation skills
Travel domestically (up to 10%) to meet and learn from LIRS constituents, church leaders, network partners and migrants and refugees
Deep commitment to LIRS's core values and the ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with an 80-year history, a budget of over $55 million per year, and over 80 headquarters staff. Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States,LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and advances the protection and rights of vulnerable migrants.
Headquartered in the beautiful Inner Harbor of downtown Baltimore we provide services nationwide through a network of affiliates.