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IRAP’s Model:
Driven by the experiences and needs of displaced people, IRAP’s work integrates legal aid, strategic litigation, policy advocacy, media advocacy, and legal information to uphold and advance the rights of people seeking safety around the world. With offices in the United States, Jordan, Lebanon, and Germany, and an extensive network of pro bono attorneys, student advocates, and partners, IRAP works to maximize the reach of its global legal assistance and advocacy. IRAP is an adaptive organization built to respond to rapidly evolving human displacement events. The organization collaborates with clients and partners to identify gaps in support for displaced people that IRAP is positioned to fill through its direct legal services, legal knowledge sharing, and systemic advocacy.

Mission:
IRAP is a global legal aid and advocacy organization working to create a world where refugees and all people seeking safety are empowered to claim their right to freedom of movement and a path to lasting refuge. Everyone should have a safe place to live and a safe way to get there.

IRAP’s Impact:
Since the organization’s founding in 2008, IRAP has:
● Provided free legal aid to more than 40,000 clients from over 100 countries.
● Achieved litigation victories benefiting, and standing to benefit, more than 493,000 displaced people and their families.
● Engaged in policy advocacy that has protected and expanded pathways to safety in the United States for approximately 370,000 people.
● Reached nearly 204,000 people through its legal information website offering digital self-help legal resources in multiple languages.
● Connected with more than 29,400 people seeking information about pathways to safety through its automated chatbot.
● Built a network of more than 6,300 pro bono attorneys and student volunteers advocating for displaced people’s rights.

Looking Ahead:
Over the next five years, IRAP will scale its coordinated legal aid and advocacy model to help an estimated 2.5 million displaced people worldwide access pathways to safe resettlement. Building on the organization’s commitment to client-centered legal assistance and responsive, accessible legal information, IRAP is working to fill gaps in services for displaced people through a robust digital legal resources platform and an expanded global network of partners in new geographies. Learn more about The Audacious Project and our efforts to multiply our impact: https://refugeerights.org/audacious

The Role:
Location: New York City, NY; Washington, D.C.; Berlin, Germany; Amman, Jordan; and/or Beirut, Lebanon
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer (Becca Heller)
Direct Reports: Chief Development Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Director of Organizational Culture

Serving as an integral member of the Executive Leadership Team, the President will partner with the CEO in leading and advancing IRAP’s mission in alignment with the organizational values and priorities set forth in IRAP’s current strategic plan, as well as steering future strategic planning processes. They will be responsible for providing executive oversight, guidance, and leadership to the teams that manage all internal operations, organizational culture, and development, as well as supporting the CEO and Board of Directors on external matters, including fundraising, public engagements, and media. The President will lead the direction and coordination of IRAP’s strategic plan and future planning process, as well as day-to-day organizational and financial management strategy, in pursuit of achieving the organization’s strategic goals. In addition to the strategic components of the position, the President will play crucial roles in internal communications, bridging between teams/departments and coordination throughout the organization. They will be charged with establishing, improving, and implementing more sophisticated, efficient, and transparent decision-making, communications, and information sharing systems throughout the organization.

Key Responsibilities:
Strategy and Leadership
• Partner with and support the CEO in the overall oversight and management of the organization.
• Lead the implementation of IRAP’s current strategic plan; hold direct responsibility for developing and managing an accountability framework to evaluate progress, including building cross-departmental synergies and improved coordination.
• Develop future strategic planning processes for the organization, defining strategic goals and objectives that will inform current and future decision-making.
• Cultivate the values and support the culture work of IRAP, centering anti-oppression and DEIA.
• Drive and support change management across the organization.
• Manage organizational structure and serve as thought partner for organizational strategy and growth, including timing/planning of significant initiatives.
• Facilitate effective and transparent decision-making, coordination, and communication on the Executive Leadership Team, and serve as a bridge between the Executive Leadership Team and the rest of the organization.
• Improve and maintain a culture of accountability, continuous improvement, learning, and commitment to quality, that is centered on transparency, collaboration, trust, and interconnectedness.
• Provide leadership and guidance to the Executive Leadership Team.
• Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the CEO and Board of Directors, and ensure open communication about operational, development, and culture performance.

Team Development/Leadership
• Promote and model a culture of communication, collaboration, and knowledge sharing across departments, teams, geographies, and at all levels of the organization.
• Promote a culture of continuous improvement, decision-making and accountability, knowledge, and learning that values a commitment to quality.
• Support the development and mentoring of staff using a supportive, inspirational, and collaborative approach.
• Ensure staff members receive timely and appropriate training and development.
• Support the Executive Leadership Team in establishing and maintaining high performance standards on their teams, as well as achieving their own professional development goals.
• Lead an overall effort to ensure that operating practices support an inclusive and equitable work environment, including by supporting IRAP’s dynamic remote work structure, and ensuring policies are employee-focused, support staff ability to thrive, reduce the effects of burnout on staff, and ensure values are expressed in everyday practices.

External Relations and Resource Development
• Supervise the Chief Development Officer and support the development and implementation of a short- and long-term fundraising plan, with a focus on supporting growth and sustainability; prioritizing new opportunities for expansion/outreach that include campaigns around particular issues; utilizing the Board of Directors and their networks; and expanding size/diversity of IRAP’s major donor pool, including by demographics, geography, and areas of interest.
• Work with the Chief Development Officer to evolve the department to match the needs of a growing organization, including staffing planning, strategic planning and DEIA advancement, and other structural changes, including implementation of a new CRM.
• Support the development department and CEO in building and, as deployed by the fundraising team, developing donor relationships by engaging, cultivating, and stewarding as needed.
• Represent IRAP externally in strategically-aligned external forums, including publications, conferences, speaking engagements, and media. • Effectively communicate IRAP’s vision, mission, and strategy to internal and external stakeholders.
• Supervise the Chief Operating Officer and serve as a thought partner for the Operations Team Leads to ensure that IRAP’s infrastructure is functioning at the level needed to support IRAP’s organizational, staff, and programmatic growth.
• Work with the CFO to advise the CEO, Board, and other leaders on key resource allocation, financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters.
• Working closely with the CFO and other appropriate organizational leaders, align annual budget and long-term financial plans to key strategic organizational priorities.

Organizational Culture and DEIA
• Supervise the Director of Organizational Culture and collaborate on building a robust department that serves IRAP’s resiliency, change management, DEIA, and professional development needs.
• Ensure that DEIA goals in the organization are met and that the needs of staff at all levels are heard and appropriately responded to.
• Work with the Director of Organizational Culture and other staff on maintaining a high level of organizational ethical responsibility, including ensuring the widespread adoption of practices and procedures developed internally such as ethical vendor procurement policies and best practices for staff input.

The Person:
Skills & Experience
• Minimum 15 years of mission-driven experience, including 5+ years in an international nonprofit leadership role and clear progressive development of the skill-sets outlined below.
• Significant work experience in multiple countries or regions and a proven ability to lead in a multicultural, multinational, multisite setting. • Experience engaging in and/or working directly on forced displacement issues and migrant pathways (through personal lived experience as a refugee or forced migrant, humanitarian relief efforts, legal advocacy, or other relevant engagements) would be highly beneficial.
• Experience working with governments and multilateral institutions such as the United Nations would be beneficial.
• Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface and communicate with senior leadership, IRAP’s Board of Directors, and staff.
• Prior experience leading teams through a period of fast, successful growth, and creating systems and building infrastructure to support that growth.
• Passion for excellence; prior success facilitating transformative organizational evolution.
• Experience successfully developing and executing an advanced fundraising strategy that builds upon the strengths and assets of a global organization while staying mission focused.
• Record of innovative and sustainable fundraising from corporations, high net worth individuals, and foundations, with proven results.
• Strong interpersonal skills and direct experience building relationships in international, multicultural environments.
• Solutions-focused with strong, creative problem-solving skills; results-oriented with a proven ability to work under pressure and solve problems in a fast-paced environment
• Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills
• Superb attention to detail and organizational skills.
• Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise.
• Superior management and leadership skills; ability to uplift, influence, and engage direct/indirect reports, peers, and staff.
• Energetic, flexible, adaptable, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who will listen and hear, and can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical organizational initiatives.

Values Alignment
● Commitment to IRAP’s mission to create a world where refugees and all people seeking safety are empowered to claim their right to freedom of movement and a path to lasting refuge.
● Demonstrated passion for, and personal investment in/accountability around, actively living IRAP’s values centered on anti-oppression and DEIA, safety, humility, and adaptiveness – throughout internal and external communications and relationships, work, and decision-making.
● Ability to build collegial, productive relationships with team members, donors, and institutional partners, through the lens of organizational values.

Languages:
● Fluency in English
● Professional proficiency in Arabic, German and/or the languages of our clients would be beneficial

Compensation:
● Salary range: $247,000 to $300,000 based on experience.
● IRAP offers a generous benefits package including 100% of all premiums for medical insurance, 401k employer match, parental leave, generous paid time off and a wellness reimbursement (additional detail at https://refugeerights.org/get-involved/careers)

Travel:
• 20% travel, including annual visits to each of IRAP’s offices.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access:
IRAP is actively committed to being an equitable and anti-racist organization. We believe that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact:

Tory Clarke Partner, Bridge Partners: tory.clarke@bridgepartnersllc.com
Janet Albert Partner, Bridge Partners: janet.albert@bridgepartnersllc.com

Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis, so we urge your prompt consideration of this impactful leadership role.

IRAP seeks a digital experience design expert to launch a new department to work in collaboration with program, external partners, and technology staff to help chart the way in creating a comprehensive, trustworthy, and accessible global digital platform that will equip displaced people and their advocates, in more countries than ever before, with the legal resources necessary to secure a pathway to safety for themselves and their loved ones. In this new position, the Director of Digital Resources, Products & Engagement must be a complex systems thinker, consultative thought partner, and a digital product and technology professional.

With offices in New York, Washington, DC, Berlin, Amman, and Beirut, IRAP has an innovative model of developing and disseminating critical legal resources to provide displaced persons with information they need to make informed decisions about their lives.


IRAP’s Audacious Idea

More than 84 million people globally have been forced to leave their homes, fleeing war, persecution, and – increasingly – the effects of climate change. For displaced people seeking lasting refuge, legal representation dramatically increases the chances of safe resettlement, yet the legal resources available to refugees are often fragmented, outdated, and, in many locations, nonexistent.

The responsibility to improve access to cross-border refugee rights sits outside the scope of any one government. This is the void that IRAP is proposing to fill. Over the next six years The Audacious Project, a collaborative funding initiative, will push forward IRAP’s efforts to equip 2.5M displaced people around the world with legal resources and pathways to safe resettlement by 2027 will be significantly amplified whether those pathways are through legal services or through knowledge and self-advocacy.

At this exciting moment of growth within IRAP, the Director of Digital Resources, Products & Engagement will be a catalyzing advisor and implementor of systems allowing IRAP to fulfill their goal of providing access to critical legal resources to refugees and displaced persons. The successful candidate understands that central to a successful outcome is holding accessibility at the core of their work. The Director of Digital Resources, Products & Engagement will bring an awareness of the barriers and factors that impact how resources are accessed by displaced people and their advocates including internet reliability and availability, cultural norms and language, reading levels and technology skills, and security and/or fraud exposure. The key to success is creating an end-to end, high impact, digital campaign experience and trainings that reach IRAP’s target audiences to achieve the desired outcomes.


The Digital Resources, Products & Engagement Director

Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director overseeing IRAP’s Legal Services, Learning & Evaluation and Pro Bono departments, the Digital Products & Engagement Director will lead the way in defining and building a new department for IRAP. The Director will be tasked to bring unexpected thinking to the design experience to conceptualize and design digital content and collateral supporting core IRAP programs across the IRAP network, working closely with colleagues and partners, providing vital up-to-date knowledge resources and other legal empowerment tools for the benefit of IRAP’s client base, legal partners, and other members of the refugee legal aid and humanitarian ecosystem.

The successful candidate will work closely and in tandem with IRAP’s IT department, which will be charged with building the technological solutions used on the platform. In coordination with the program departments, the Director will develop and ensure accurate, useful, and accessible content. The Digital Products & Engagement Director’s work and the global digital platform will function as a hub for information coming into and being shared out of IRAP. Incorporating the perspectives of country specific legal experts, legal services teams, legal and humanitarian advocacy partners, and clients themselves, the Digital Products & Engagement Director will apply innovative tech solutions in making information and resources accessible to those who need it the most. The Digital Resources, Products & Engagement Director will oversee all programmatic components of the new platform, including content and accessibility of these tools and resources. This position will support the growth of IRAP’s existing legal resources and tap innovative technological solutions for IRAP clients and community partners in an expanding global network.

Ideal candidates will have a strong understanding of product planning and interaction design and bring a sensitivity for user experience and technical skilling. They will also bring at least five (5) years of success managing complex projects with multiphase interaction on ambitious timelines and experience developing and managing online resources for a public-facing audience ideally in a multinational and multicultural frame. Compelling candidates for this position must be highly motivated, capable of self-directed work, be both holistic in their thinking as well as detail-oriented and able to work collaboratively across teams and departments. The Director must exhibit a keen sense of responsibility and enjoy working with multiple demands, shifting priorities and constant change.

The successful candidate will be a consultative thought partner and strong relationship builder. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are necessary. Strong verbal and written communications skills are absolute musts. Experienced communicator within a community-based education model is ideal. Most importantly, a personal and professional commitment of sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations.

Application Instructions

Talent Citizen, a national executive search and consulting firm focused on the pursuit of positive social impact with equity at its center, is partnering with the International Refugee Assistance Project on this search. President Tracy Welsh and Senior Associate Eva Kotilinek are leading this engagement. Additional questions and nominations should be directed to Eva (eva@talentcitizen.com).

Interested parties should please send an updated resume, cover letter, and how you learned of the position to IRAP-DRD@talentcitizen.com.

IRAP is actively committed to being an equitable and anti-racist organization. We believe that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.