Employment Opportunities


IRAP is currently accepting applications for the following positions on a rolling basis. Please review each description for specific details on how to apply. Externships, internships, and fellowship positions can be found on this page. Independent contractor & consulting positions can be found on this page.

Deputy Executive Director

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) works through a robust network of staff, pro bono attorneys and law students to fill a major gap in access to legal aid for refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people. IRAP has become the first advocacy organization to provide comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection and resettlement processes. As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the global consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the world must respond by demanding and upholding commitments to justice. IRAP is leveraging its volunteers and resources to fight back and ensure that we continue to uphold the humanitarian tradition of welcoming those who need refuge.

IRAP is now seeking nominations and applications for the position of Deputy Executive Director.

Since its founding in 2008, IRAP has used legal aid, litigation and advocacy to protect and advance the rights of refugees, both domestically and internationally; the organization has also remained committed to developing the next generation of human rights attorneys through its work with law students. The global turn against refugee resettlement coupled with IRAP’s highly effective model has led to a period of rapid expansion to meet new levels of demand. In the past two years, IRAP’s annual budget has increased from $2 million to $9 million, and over the past six years, its staff has grown from ten to seventy-five.

As it builds capacity through this period of tremendous growth, IRAP seeks a Deputy Executive Director (DED) to provide strategic vision and leadership, lead infrastructure development and programmatic oversight, manage IRAP’s dedicated and talented team, and steward the organization’s continued development to maximize impact. Reporting directly to Becca Heller, IRAP’s founder and Executive Director, the DED will work closely with staff across the organization and at all levels to foster IRAP’s culture of collaboration and identify opportunities for increased support and development.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a deep connection to IRAP’s mission to use legal advocacy to find safe places to live and safe passage for the world’s most persecuted individuals. S/he/they will be an inclusive, passionate leader committed to combatting inequitable policies impacting refugees and other displaced people and to delivering the highest quality legal and advocacy services. S/he/they will bring at least eight years of progressive leadership experience in a legal and/or nonprofit setting, with demonstrable success in change implementation. The new Deputy Executive Director will be an experienced manager who excels at supporting, mentoring, and motivating staff; developing structures and processes that facilitate efficient and effective communication across leadership and teams within an organization; and supporting teams that work closely with individuals who have experienced trauma.

This search is being conducted by Callie Carroll, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Hallie Dietsch, and Javier Garcia of NPAG. Application instructions can be found at the end of this document.

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and by law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. We are a growing, nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP has developed an innovative legal aid and advocacy model that defends the rights of refugees and assures their passage to safe destination countries. IRAP’s approach is grounded in three distinct but interrelated strategies:

  • IRAP has created a “virtual public interest law firm” that defies geographical boundaries and provides high quality representation to refugees by a cadre of 1,200 law students and over 800 pro bono attorneys. This model is scalable and allows IRAP to take on an increasing number of urgent refugee cases, as well as respond to immediate crises.
  • Through extensive litigation and systemic advocacy, IRAP brings legal challenges to refugee rights violations in the courts, creating solutions to overcoming the legal and bureaucratic impediments in the resettlement process, and developing an enforceable system of legal and procedural rights for refugees and displaced persons worldwide. As the only organization that guide refugees through every step of the resettlement process, IRAP is often able to identify obstacles of which other institutional players are unaware. This unique model utilizes lessons learned in individual casework to advocate for systemic changes that benefit broader refugee populations.
  • IRAP trains the next generation of international human rights advocates through its law school chapters. These advocates are essential to assuring fairness, decency, and adherence to the rule of law throughout the refugee resettlement process and promoting pro-refugee policies through the country.

This comprehensive advocacy network was successfully activated on January 27, 2017, when President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing the first travel ban. IRAP immediately mobilized lawyers across the country to travel to airports and other ports of entry to prevent them from being turned into prisons or black sites. IRAP filed suit demanding freedom for more than 2,000 travelers imprisoned at airports around the country simply because they were traveling from Muslim-majority countries. In total, it took only 27 hours from the signing of the Executive Order to the emergency court decision demanding that these thousands of people not be deported. IRAP’s ability to rapidly mobilize a nationwide network of attorneys and advocates and secure an important legal victory was pivotal – the organization’s actions created a movement and ensured that the public was made aware of the chaos and injustice taking place behind closed doors.

The Deputy Executive Director will directly supervise IRAP’s Legal Services Director, Litigation Director, Policy Director and Legal Strategy Director. Together, these departments work to deliver direct services to refugees and other displaced people, litigate to change the systems and structures that create obstacles to refugee resettlement and the securing of safe passage for those in need, and advocate for U.S. policies that help create and expand pathways to safety for refugees and displaced people.

Opportunities and Challenges Facing the New DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The new Deputy Executive Director will:

Provide strategic vision and leadership. The Deputy Executive Director will develop and implement an organization-wide approach to administrative and programmatic alignment, supporting and empowering IRAP’s Directors to both lead effectively and solicit support from each other and the Executive Director when needed. The Deputy Executive Director will also help facilitate strategic planning for the organization’s growth. Externally, this individual will design, develop, and evaluate new and innovative programs and services.

Create infrastructure that supports IRAP’s recent and continued growth and impact and ensure accountability and quality in all work. The new Deputy Executive Director will bring strong project management skills, communication structures, and process orientation to the organization, making sure that appropriate policies and protocols are in place to support key functions across and within teams. In concert with all Department Directors, s/he/they will work to continuously improve client services, heighten litigation and policy impact, strengthen internal systems, ensure that work is of the highest caliber, and continue sound fiscal stewardship.

Manage IRAP’s talented team, support staff development, and lead a culture of commitment and collaboration. The new Deputy Executive Director will directly supervise the heads of the three programmatic departments: Legal Services, Policy Advocacy, and Litigation, and will work proactively to understand staff needs in the midst of a period of rapid growth and increasingly urgent demand for legal services for refugees and other displaced individuals. S/he/they will be a systems-thinker with the ability to listen, motivate, and execute to make the teams’ work as efficient and effective as possible. This individual will provide consistent, clear communication to build trust and promote team morale and transparency and will be able to balance being collaborative and seeking input with the need for momentum and execution.

Cultivate, deepen, and sustain partnerships. This individual will strategically assess proposals for new programs and collaborations with partner organizations, NGOs, and other stakeholders in the humanitarian assistance community. S/he/they will be able to build new projects or scale up existing programs, being mindful of staff capacity, mission alignment, organizational reputation, and potential impact.

Ensure that IRAP offers a supportive, equitable, and inclusive work environment and upholds principles of anti-oppression in all its work, across all its teams. Recognizing the unique challenges inherent to this work, the new Deputy Executive Director will work closely with IRAP leadership to make available resources, programming, and ongoing support to staff who are vulnerable to or are experiencing vicarious trauma. This individual will ensure that IRAP offers a supportive, equitable, and inclusive work environment and upholds principles of anti-oppression in hiring, staff support, client relationships, outreach, and coalition building. S/he/they will support IRAP’s work to reflect the communities it serves and build a culture of inclusion, ​continuous learning​, and trust.

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to IRAP’s mission and understand the critical role that legal aid, litigation, and advocacy play in advancing the rights of refugees worldwide. S/he/they will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Demonstrated record of successful management experience, with a minimum of eight years of progressive programmatic leadership and supervisory experience;
  • An observable track record of success in developing or improving organizational capacity, with an eye toward opportunities for process improvement;
  • Relevant legal experience working with refugees and displaced people, immigrants, or other vulnerable populations;
  • Commitment to and experience in successfully employing an anti-racist/anti-oppression lens to foster a diverse, equitable working environment and creating diverse teams that reflect communities served;
  • Experience with international programs and cross-cultural communication;
  • Initiative, vision, creativity, and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
  • A systems thinker with the ability to translate ideas into action, and a creative and resourceful problem solver;
  • A collaborative, collegial style and a proven track record and commitment to mentoring and coaching staff and building internal leadership. A management style that fosters respect, teamwork and innovative approaches;
  • Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; excellent time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to understand and handle sensitive and confidential information;
  • Experience in or significant exposure to IRAP’s three main programming areas (direct legal services, policy advocacy and litigation);
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and oral communication skills;
  • An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, patience, and perseverance necessary to advance efforts to ensure displaced persons have greater access to services;
  • A law degree and admission to practice law in the United States are highly preferred;
  • Fluency in oral and written English required; additional languages (Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Kurdish, Pashto, Somali, and/or Spanish) are a plus;
  • Must be based in New York City (or willing to relocate). 

The midpoint of the salary range is $200,000, with actual salary commensurate with experience. IRAP offers an excellent benefits package, including healthcare and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation and sick leave.

TO APPLY

This search is being conducted with assistance from Callie Carroll, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Hallie Dietsch and Javier Garcia of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: IRAP-DED@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

IRAP believes 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.

U.S. Legal Services Director

This posting is viewable by itself at this link.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) works through a robust network of staff, pro bono attorneys and law students to fill a major gap in access to legal aid for refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people. IRAP has become the first advocacy organization to provide comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection and resettlement processes. As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the global consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the world must respond by demanding and upholding commitments to justice. IRAP is leveraging its volunteers and resources to fight back and ensure that we continue to uphold the humanitarian tradition of welcoming those who need refuge.

IRAP’s Legal Services Department is growing in response to the increased demand to protect those whose rights are being threatened and is now seeking nominations and applications for the position of U.S. Legal Director, within its Legal Services Department.

Since its founding in 2008, IRAP has used legal aid, litigation and advocacy to protect and advance the rights of refugees, both domestically and internationally; the organization has also remained committed to developing the next generation of human rights attorneys through its work with law students. The global turn against refugee resettlement coupled with IRAP’s highly effective model has led to a period of rapid expansion to meet new levels of demand. In the past two years, IRAP’s annual budget has increased from $2 million to $9 million, and over the past six years, its staff has grown from ten to seventy-five.

IRAP’s U.S.-based staff assist individuals navigating the refugee recognition, resettlement, and visa application processes through their mentorship of pro bono teams, in-house representation, and legal information and pro se materials. Reporting to IRAP’s Legal Services Director, the U.S. Legal Services Director will lead a team of talented attorneys, intake caseworkers, and legal assistants who provide individual legal assistance to refugees and other displaced people around the world. Once hires are completed, the Director will supervise 14 IRAP staff and support a national pro bono network of over 1,000 attorneys and law students.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a deep connection to IRAP’s mission to use legal advocacy to find safe places to live and safe passage for the world’s most persecuted individuals. S/he/they will be an inclusive, passionate leader committed to combatting inequitable policies impacting refugees and other displaced people and to delivering the highest quality legal and advocacy services. S/he/they will be an experienced manager who excels at supporting, mentoring, and motivating legal staff; developing processes that facilitate the efficient and effective delivery of direct legal services by staff and volunteer lawyers; and leading teams that work closely with individuals who have experienced trauma.

The U.S. Legal Services Director must have a law degree and be admitted to practice law in the United States.

This search is being conducted by Meredith Horton, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Hallie Dietsch, and Javier Garcia of the national search firm NPAG. Application instructions can be found at the end of this document.

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and by law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. We are a growing, nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP has developed an innovative legal aid and advocacy model that defends the rights of refugees and assures their passage to safe destination countries. IRAP’s approach is grounded in three distinct but interrelated strategies:

  • IRAP has created a “virtual public interest law firm” that defies geographical boundaries and provides high quality representation to refugees by a cadre of 1,200 law students and over 800 pro bono attorneys. This model is scalable and allows IRAP to take on an increasing number of urgent refugee cases, as well as respond to immediate crises.
  • Through extensive litigation and systemic advocacy, IRAP brings legal challenges to refugee rights violations in the courts, creating solutions to overcoming the legal and bureaucratic impediments in the resettlement process, and developing an enforceable system of legal and procedural rights for refugees and displaced persons worldwide. As the only organization that guide refugees through every step of the resettlement process, IRAP is often able to identify obstacles of which other institutional players are unaware. This unique model utilizes lessons learned in individual casework to advocate for systemic changes that benefit broader refugee populations.
  • IRAP trains the next generation of international human rights advocates through its law school chapters. These advocates are essential to assuring fairness, decency, and adherence to the rule of law throughout the refugee resettlement process and promoting pro-refugee policies through the country.

This comprehensive advocacy network was successfully activated on January 27, 2017, when President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing the first travel ban. IRAP immediately mobilized lawyers across the country to travel to airports and other ports of entry to prevent them from being turned into prisons or black sites. IRAP filed suit demanding freedom for more than 2,000 travelers imprisoned at airports around the country simply because they were traveling from Muslim-majority countries. In total, it took only 27 hours from the signing of the Executive Order to the emergency court decision demanding that these thousands of people not be deported. IRAP’s ability to rapidly mobilize a nationwide network of attorneys and advocates and secure an important legal victory was pivotal – the organization’s actions created a movement and ensured that the public was made aware of the chaos and injustice taking place behind closed doors.

IRAP’s Legal Services, Litigation, and Policy Departments work together to deliver direct services to refugees and other displaced people, litigate to change the systems and structures that create obstacles to refugee resettlement and the securing of safe passage for those in need, and advocate for U.S. policies that help create and expand pathways to safety for refugees and displaced people.

Opportunities and Challenges Facing the New U.S. Legal Services Director
The new U.S. Legal Services Director will: 

Directly oversee the casework of attorneys in the U.S. Legal Services Department, including those handled in-house and those assigned to pro bono teams. When necessary, s/he/they will take on a small number of cases to assist in the management of the U.S. Legal Services Department’s docket. The U.S. Legal Services Director will stay abreast of the latest changes to international and U.S. refugee policies and provide guidance and professional development opportunities to supervising attorneys, staff attorneys, caseworkers, and other support staff on the team.

Lead and nurture a skilled, effective and dedicated team that values collaboration and creativity. The new Director will work proactively to understand staff needs in the midst of a period of rapid growth and increasingly urgent demand for legal services for refugees and other displaced individuals. S/he/they will provide consistent, clear communication to build trust and promote team morale and transparency and will be able to balance being collaborative and seeking input with being decisive and needing to execute.

Regularly evaluate and thoughtfully implement new initiatives and partnerships. The new U.S. Legal Services Director will be required to strategically assess proposals for new programs and collaborations with partner organizations, NGOs, and other stakeholders in the humanitarian assistance community. S/he/they will be able to build new projects or scale up existing programs, being mindful of staff capacity, mission alignment, organizational reputation, and potential impact. The new Director will be expected to serve as an advisor to IRAP leadership on proposals related to the U.S. Legal Department’s work.

Review and refine existing processes and tools for delivering high quality legal services. The new Director will continue the effort to streamline and enhance the Department’s systems, tools, and processes for legal case management, intake, volunteer management and other key functions. S/he/they will be thoughtful about collecting input from relevant staff and building support for the adoption, use, and training on such systems.

Ensure that the Legal Services department offers a supportive, equitable, and inclusive work environment and upholds principles of anti-oppression in all its work. Taking into account the unique challenges inherent to this work, the new U.S. Legal Services Director will work closely with IRAP leadership to make available resources, programming, and ongoing support to staff who are vulnerable to or are experiencing vicarious trauma. This individual will ensure that the U.S. Legal Services Department offers a supportive, equitable, and inclusive work environment and upholds principles of anti-oppression in hiring, staff support, client relationships, outreach, and coalition building. S/he/they will support IRAP’s work to reflect the communities it serves and build a culture of inclusion, ​continuous learning​, and trust.

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to IRAP’s mission and understand the critical role that legal aid, litigation and advocacy plays in advancing the rights of refugees worldwide, particularly those seeking resettlement in the United States. S/he/they will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • Demonstrated record of successful management experience, with a minimum of four years of programmatic and supervisory experience;
  • Relevant legal experience working with refugees and displaced people or immigrants is required, expertise regarding refugee resettlement policies in the United States is a plus;
  • Commitment to and experience in successfully employing an anti-racist/anti-oppression lens to foster a diverse, equitable working environment and creating diverse teams that reflect communities served;
  • Success in managing, training, developing, and directing legal staff and/or volunteer lawyers;
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations;
  • Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; excellent time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to understand and handle sensitive and confidential information;
  • Experience developing or improving organizational capacity, with an eye toward opportunities for process improvement;
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and oral communication skills;
  • An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, patience, and perseverance necessary to advance efforts to ensure displaced persons have greater access to services;
  • A law degree and admission to practice law in the United States are both required;
  • Additional languages (Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Kurdish, Pashto, Somali, and/or Spanish) are strongly preferred;
  • Must be based in New York City (or willing to relocate).

The midpoint of the salary range is $137K and is commensurate with experience. IRAP offers an excellent benefits package, including healthcare and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation and sick leave.

TO APPLY
More information about IRAP may be found at: https://refugeerights.org/.

This search is being conducted with assistance from Meredith Horton, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Hallie Dietsch and Javier Garcia of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: IRAP-USLD@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

IRAP believes 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.

Legal Services Director

This posting is viewable by itself at this link.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) works through a robust network of staff, pro bono attorneys and law students to fill a major gap in access to legal aid for refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people. IRAP has become the first advocacy organization to provide comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection and resettlement processes. As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the global consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the world must respond by demanding and upholding commitments to justice. IRAP is leveraging its volunteers and resources to fight back and ensure that we continue to uphold the humanitarian tradition of welcoming those who are in need of refuge.

IRAP’s Legal Services Department is growing in response to the increased demand to protect those whose rights are being threatened and is now seeking nominations and applications for the position of Legal Services Director.

Since its founding in 2008, IRAP has used legal aid, litigation and advocacy to protect and advance the rights of refugees, both domestically and internationally; the organization has also remained committed to developing the next generation of human rights attorneys through its work with law students. The global turn against refugee resettlement coupled with IRAP’s highly effective model has led to a period of rapid expansion to meet new levels of demand. In the past two years, IRAP’s annual budget has increased from $2 million to $9 million, and over the past six years, its staff has grown from ten to seventy.

Reporting to IRAP’s Executive Director, Becca Heller, the Legal Services Director will lead a team of five talented program directors who oversee the work of over 40 staff. The Legal Services Department focuses on protecting the rights of refugees, and the Director will provide critical strategic partnership to the Executive Director as IRAP navigates this new phase of growth. The Legal Services Director will provide direct supervision to the U.S. Legal Services Director, Middle East Director, Director of Pro Bono, the Director of Complementary Pathways and the Intake and Legal Information Director. S/he/they will oversee staff based in New York City, Jordan, Lebanon, and remotely around the world.

The ideal candidate will be an inclusive, passionate leader deeply committed to IRAP’s mission and clients. S/he/they will be an experienced manager with the proven ability to develop and lead successful teams in delivering the highest quality legal and advocacy services. The Director will be a decisive, keenly analytical leader and thinker who will build and support healthy culture around prioritization, team communication and decision making. S/he/they will be able to lead from an anti-oppression lens and understand how to support clients and staff impacted by trauma directly and vicariously. The Director must have a law degree, and admission to practice law in the United States is a plus.

This search is being conducted by Meredith Horton, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Hallie Dietsch, and Javier Garcia of NPAG. Application instructions can be found at the end of this document.

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout registration, protection, and resettlement processes. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and by law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. We are a growing, nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP has developed an innovative legal aid and advocacy model that defends the rights of refugees and assures their passage to safe destination countries. IRAP’s approach is grounded in three distinct but interrelated strategies:

  • IRAP has created a “virtual public interest law firm” that defies geographical boundaries and provides high quality representation to refugees by a cadre of 1,200 law students and over 800 pro bono attorneys. This model is scalable and allows IRAP to take on an increasing number of urgent refugee cases, as well as respond to immediate crises.
  • Through extensive litigation and systemic advocacy, IRAP brings legal challenges to refugee rights violations in the courts, creating solutions to overcoming the legal and bureaucratic impediments in the resettlement process, and developing an enforceable system of legal and procedural rights for refugees and displaced persons worldwide. As the only organization that guide refugees through every step of the resettlement process, IRAP is often able to identify obstacles of which other institutional players are unaware. This unique model utilizes lessons learned in individual casework to advocate for systemic changes that benefit broader refugee populations.
  • IRAP trains the next generation of international human rights advocates through its law school chapters. These advocates are essential to assuring fairness, decency, and adherence to the rule of law throughout the refugee resettlement process and promoting pro-refugee policies through the country.

This comprehensive advocacy network was successfully activated on January 27, 2017, when President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing the first travel ban. IRAP immediately mobilized lawyers across the country to travel to airports and other ports of entry to prevent them from being turned into prisons or black sites. IRAP filed suit demanding freedom for more than 2,000 travelers imprisoned at airports around the country simply because they were traveling from Muslim-majority countries. In total, it took only 27 hours from the signing of the Executive Order to the emergency court decision demanding that these thousands of people not be deported. IRAP’s ability to rapidly mobilize a nationwide network of attorneys and advocates and secure an important legal victory was pivotal – the organization’s actions created a movement and ensured that the public was made aware of the chaos and injustice taking place behind closed doors.

IRAP’s Legal Services, Litigation, and Policy Departments work together to deliver direct services to refugees and other displaced people, litigate to change the systems and structures that create obstacles to refugee resettlement and the securing of safe passage for those in need, and advocate for U.S. policies that help create and expand pathways to safety for refugees and displaced people.

Opportunities and Challenges Facing the New Legal Services Director
IRAP’s Legal Services Department includes over 40 staff who provide individual legal assistance to refugees and other displaced people around the world. The new Legal Services Director will:

  • Manage a talented team of attorneys and professional staff. The new Director will lead the programmatic work of IRAP’s Legal Services Department across its New York, Beirut, and Amman offices. This includes in-house and pro bono casework on diverse case types, intakes and screenings of potential clients, development of new partnerships and initiatives that expand IRAP’s work, development and diffusion of pro se information, and management of IRAP’s pro bono network. The new Director will supervise a team of five program directors, providing responsive management and ongoing support and ensuring that the Legal Services Department’s international offices are fully integrated into the work and mission of IRAP. Direct reports include the U.S. Legal Services Director; Middle East Director, who leads the Jordan and Lebanon offices; Director of Pro Bono; Director of Complementary Pathways, who also leads IRAP’s strategic partnerships and expansion initiatives; and and the Intake and Legal Information Director, who leads the team responsible for client screening.
  • Create an infrastructure that supports the Legal Services Department’s recent and continued growth and impact. The new Director will bring strong project management skills and process orientation to the work, making sure that appropriate policies and protocols are in place to support case management, intake and screening, pro bono partner management, and other key functions of the Legal Services Department’s work. The Director will be a systems-thinker with the ability to listen, motivate, and execute to make the Department’s work as efficient and effective as possible. S/he/they will be able to identify new opportunities and successfully integrate new initiatives and partnerships into the Department’s existing work.
  • Collaborate with IRAP’s leadership team and staff to set a bold vision and set of priorities for the Legal Services Department and the organization. IRAP’s success relies on deeply collaborative and respectful relationships among directors and staff. The new Director will explore opportunities to build creative, strategic cases and campaigns within the Legal Services Department and to collaborate with directors and staff from the Litigation, Policy, Strategy, and Development teams to develop new areas of work and expertise and ensure that staff training and learning opportunities are aligned with current and emerging programmatic needs.
  • Ensure that the Legal Services Department offers a supportive, equitable, and inclusive work environment and upholds principles of anti-oppression in hiring, staff support, client relationships, outreach, and coalition building. Grounded in IRAP’s commitment to justice and equality and its organizational values, the new Director will bring an anti-oppression lens to all aspects of strategy, priority setting, team development, and community engagement. The new Director will support IRAP’s work to reflect the communities it serves and build a culture of ​ inclusion, ​continuous growth​, and openness. S/he/they will help create a respectful and equitable work environment for staff at all levels of the organization and will ensure the same experience for clients, partners, and stakeholders. In particular, the Director will connect team members with resources and support to navigate the trauma that clients have experienced and their own experiences with vicarious trauma.

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to IRAP’s mission and understand the critical role that legal aid, litigation and advocacy plays in advancing the rights of refugees worldwide. S/he/they will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • Sophisticated leadership skills and presence developed through a minimum of eight years of management and leadership experience in a legal setting, with a demonstrable record of success in program management and direct supervision of staff. Experience supervising staff working remotely is a plus;
  • Relevant legal experience working with refugees and displaced people, immigrants, or other vulnerable populations;
  • Commitment to and experience in successfully employing an anti-racist/anti-oppression lens to foster a diverse, equitable working environment and creating diverse teams that reflect communities served;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a leadership team to set organizational and departmental priorities and pursue opportunities that further impact across departments;
  • The ability to convey and implement a clear vision that is embodied in all levels of the Department;
  • A record of success in managing, training, developing, and supervising legal staff;
  • Experience developing or improving organizational capacity, with an eye toward opportunities for process improvement;
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and oral communication skills;
  • An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, patience, and perseverance necessary to advance efforts to ensure displaced persons have greater access to services;
  • A law degree is required; admission to practice law in the United States is a plus;
  • Additional languages are a plus; and
  • Must be based in New York City (or willing to relocate) and amenable to frequent travel to other sites where IRAP is working or building partnerships.

The midpoint of the salary range is $150,000, with actual salary commensurate with experience. IRAP offers an excellent benefits package, including healthcare and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation and sick leave.

TO APPLY
More information about IRAP may be found at: https://refugeerights.org/.

This search is being conducted with assistance from Meredith Horton, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Hallie Dietsch and Javier Garcia of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to IRAP-LD@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

IRAP believes 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.

Policy Assistant

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About IRAP
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 60 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP’s Policy and Communications Department is one of five departments (in conjunction with Legal, Litigation, Development, and Operations) and currently comprised of three policy staff and two communications staff working out of the New York office and remotely. IRAP’s Policy Department utilizes lessons learned in direct legal aid casework and works with creative, non-partisan coalitions to advocate for systemic changes that benefit broader groups and communities or refugees and displaced populations.

Opportunity
IRAP’s Policy Department seeks a Policy Assistant to provide administrative and programmatic support to its policy and communications work. This position will report to the Deputy Policy Director and work closely with Policy and Communications staff to facilitate and further IRAP’s systemic advocacy to improve immigration programs in the United States and abroad. This is an exciting opportunity for a well-organized, motivated individual interested in refugees, human rights, and immigration/international law to be part of a growing organization that makes an impact on the lives of refugees and other displaced persons.

Responsibilities

  • Provide general administrative support to Policy and Communications staff, including scheduling, filing, record-keeping, handling mail, note-taking, proofreading, making travel arrangements, and other tasks, as needed.
  • Provide administrative support on departmental attorneys’ in-house cases and Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Input data and maintain departmental databases for policy and media contacts and outreach efforts.
  • Research background and contact information for outreach targets and prepare departmental staff for external meetings and media interviews.
  • Provide logistics and other events-related support.
  • Track legislative and judicial developments and monitor media related to IRAP’s work.
  • Assist with drafting and editing the Department’s policy-related communications, such as action alerts and Congressional outreach emails.
  • Assist with research and analysis on policy issues.

Location
The candidate will work at IRAP’s U.S. office in New York City.Occasional travel may be required, particularly to Washington, D.C.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or 4+ years of relevant work experience required.
  • At least 1 year of experience working in an office environment (paid or unpaid) required
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, additional languages welcome 
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment
  • Highly organized and motivated with excellent time management skills
  • Able to multitask and manage a high-volume workload
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong research, writing, editing, and analytical skills
  • Interest in refugee and immigration policy
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite and Google Suite

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, 2 – 3 page writing sample, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will start on November 22 and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Salary: $45,000

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits with no employee-paid premiums, a retirement plan with an employer matching component, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year. 

IRAP believes 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.

Lebanon Casework Coordinator

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About IRAP
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

Our Beirut Office consists of two staff attorneys, a humanitarian assistance coordinator, an office manager, and our three-person Intake & Legal Information team. Our Middle East Field Director, Alternative & Complementary Pathways Director, and Data Director are also based in our Beirut Office. Our work is centered on providing remote and in person legal assistance with refugee resettlement through UNHCR and relocation through alternative pathways.

Opportunity
IRAP is seeking a casework coordinator to support the work of our team in our Beirut, Lebanon office.  The casework coordinator will primarily be responsible for long term case management following the formal submission of materials and applications on behalf of our clients. This will include conducting check-in calls with clients, receiving updates from clients, drafting supplementary submissions, and managing client case files. The casework coordinator will also manage the Beirut office’s intake docket and will sometimes conduct screening and intake interviews. The position reports to the Lebanon Program & Operations Director.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in refugee, human rights, and immigration/international law, and to be part of a growing agency that makes an impact on the lives of refugees.

Responsibilities

  • Manage post-submission client caseload check-in schedule
  • Serve as main point of contact for clients who have updates for IRAP after the formal submission of their application to an adjudicator 
  • Manage intake docket, including assigning intakes to staff and volunteers on the basis of urgency level and geographic location, and providing applicants with key information ahead of their interviews
  • Conduct client screening and intake interviews, over the phone and in person
  • Organize/update case files and maintain client file database
  • Provide logistical support in coordinating with staff, volunteers, interpreters, clients, partner organizations, and government and UN agencies
  • Draft intake reports, correspondence, and other documents as needed
  • Attend occasional trainings, capacity-building meetings, and other events relevant to human rights and refugee issues
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • BA or equivalent work experience required
  • Arabic fluency required, native speaker level preferred
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment
  • Highly organized and motivated with excellent time management skills
  • Able to multitask and manage a high volume workload
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations.
  • Prior nonprofit/NGO employment is a plus, especially in the international humanitarian context
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite and Google Suite

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references using the application form available hereReview of applications will start on July 22 and will continue on a rolling basis until a hire is made. Applicant must have work authorization in Lebanon.

IRAP believes 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. 

IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health insurance, a flexible work schedule, and vacation/sick leave.

Director of Donor Relations

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About IRAP
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP’s Development Department cultivates a growing network of individual, corporate, and institutional donors to secure funding and support for IRAP’s programs. IRAP’s Development Department is currently comprised of four team members, with two members in the New York office and two team members who work remotely.

Opportunity
IRAP is seeking a Director of Donor Relations to work with a creative, dynamic, and growing legal and human rights organization. IRAP’s Board of Directors, Executive Director, and development team have spent the past few years building a network of engaged donors and supporters. The organization’s prospect pool is growing and IRAP is engaged in outreach and cultivation efforts with corporate, individual, and foundation funders. At this time, the organization seeks a full-time Director of Donor Relations with the energy and experience to develop and implement strategies to cultivate and steward relationships with individual donors and prospects. The Director of Donor Relations will be an integral part of the IRAP team, reporting to IRAP’s Director of Development.

Responsibilities
Development:

  • Work with the Director of Development to develop, implement, and manage strategies for prospect cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development and development team on strategic planning for the individual giving portfolio.
  • Work with the Director of Development to produce small and large scale donor events, including parlor meetings and major benefits.
  • Produce fundraising appeals and campaigns.
  • Engage in frontline fundraising, including conducting in-person meetings and calls with prospective donors, making direct solicitations, and executing all necessary follow-up activities.
  • Prepare the Executive Director, relevant program staff, and board members in advance of meetings with individual donors and prospects, including by providing background information, meeting goals, key points and recommendations.
  • Conduct research and prepare profiles on individual prospects and exercise independent judgment and initiative in identifying and cultivating additional individual prospects.
  • Work with the Development Coordinator to update and maintain donor records in the Blackbaud database, and to pull segmented lists and fundraising reports, as needed.
  • Develop tailored, strategic communications to prospective donors with specific programmatic interests, including proposals and reports to individual donors.
  • Work with the Development Manager and Communications team to contribute to IRAP communications efforts, including quarterly newsletters, the Report to Supporters, materials for fundraising work, and ongoing development of messaging and branding.

Supervision:

  • No current direct reports, but potential to supervise administrative staff subject to department needs.

Location
This position is based in New York City.

Qualifications

  • At least seven years of direct experience with frontline fundraising. This includes developing and implementing strategies for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual prospects, producing fundraising campaigns, and planning events.
  • A broad and strategic mindset, with creative aptitude and effective use of independent judgment is a necessity.
  • Superb writing, communications, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work comfortably with major donor prospects, attorneys, and partner organizations with a variety of goals and perspectives.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multitask, manage a high-volume workload, and have excellent time management skills are required.
  • Flexibility in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.
  • Ability to take initiative and to develop solutions quickly and effectively.
  • Prior nonprofit/NGO employment is required.
  • Experience working with a CRM database management is required.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Suite preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree is  required.
  • Interest in refugee/humanitarian issues is required. 

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will start immediately, on a rolling basis.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with life experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession and non-profit sector.

Compensation: $90,000

IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits with no employee-paid premiums, a retirement plan with an employer matching component, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year.

Human Resources Manager

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About IRAP
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons around the world. We are the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through registration, protection, and resettlement processes. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP’s Operations Department is one of five departments (in conjunction with  Legal, Policy/Communications, Development, and Litigation) and currently comprised of five team members in New York City and Beirut. IRAP’s Operations Department supports the work of our staff, interns, and volunteers around the world through IT, finance, human resources, and administrative avenues.

Opportunity
IRAP is seeking a passionate, experienced, and customer service focused Human Resources (HR) Manager to guide and coordinate recruitment, hiring, onboarding, and staff wellbeing efforts. The HR Manager will work on a broad range of domestic and international human resources matters to support staffing across IRAP’s offices. The HR Manager will report to IRAP’s Director of Operations and work closely with directors across offices on staffing plans, recruitment, professional development, staff benefits and support, compliance with policy, and staff performance. The HR Manager will also serve as a point person for inquiries and consultations from staff across the organization on HR matters, including issues requiring confidentiality.

Responsibilities
Recruitment and hiring

  • Provide professional support to departmental managers on recruitment and ensure that the process follows best practices
  • Administer, track, and identify opportunities to strengthen the hiring and on-boarding process
  • Work closely with IRAP managers across the organization to ensure that new employees are supported and receive the training they need
  • Track and report on recruitment activities

Compliance

  • Respond to inquiries from staff across the organization about personnel policies or contract matters, and consult with the Director of Operations and other members of the leadership team, as needed
  • Work closely with the Director of Operations on labor relations, providing guidance and direction to employees, supervisors, and administrators on a wide range of labor and contract matters
  • Administer human resources plans and procedures and assist in the development and implementation of new personnel policies and procedures, as needed
  • Manage relations and process for all staff transitions, including terminations, resignations, and family and medical leave
  • Maintain all human resources data in relevant systems of record and develop reports and briefings as requested by the Director of Operations and other members of the leadership team

Professional development

  • Work with departmental directors and supervisors to assess professional development needs and research and propose opportunities to IRAP leadership
  • Support departmental directors and supervisors to identify professional development opportunities for individual staff
  • Help with the preparation of staff communication regarding benefits and professional development opportunities

Workplace and staff wellbeing

  • Participate in the design and implementation of strategies that promote cultural competency and anti-oppression practices across the organization
  • Proactively identify opportunities and propose strategies to improve the wellbeing of staff
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for inquiries, complaints, and any sensitive personnel matters raised by staff
  • Work closely with IRAP’s leadership to resolve personnel matters
  • Support the Director of Operations and IRAP’s leadership to build a culture of recognition that allows staff to achieve a suitable work-life balance

Other

  • Carry out various ad hoc HR projects and other duties, as assigned

Location
This is a full-time position based in IRAP’s New York City office with occasional travel to other sites where IRAP is working.

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or proven competency in Human Resources, including such areas as employee relations, professional development, recruitment and retention, HRIS, and labor relations
  • Prior experience in an organization with staff in multiple countries is highly desirable
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills, with a proven ability to work with colleagues across multiple international offices and other programmatic and operational departments
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable working environment, and to being a participant and leader in the organization’s anti-oppression efforts
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication, and organization skills
  • Ability to think creatively and to exercise judgment, discretion, and neutrality in employee relations matters
  • Ability to work individually in self-directed manner, and as part of a team with a wide range of responsibilities
  • Excellent knowledge of employment laws and regulations
  • Confidence in participating in labor/management relations
  • Knowledge of HR practices and/or language proficiency in Arabic, French, German is a plus
  • Knowledge of Human Resources Information Systems is preferred
  • Experience working with a PEO (Professional Employer Organization) is a plus
  • Must be based in New York City and willing to travel internationally

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will begin the week of July 15.

Salary: $65,000 – $85,000, commensurate with experience

IRAP believes 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. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including healthcare and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation and sick leave.

Policy Director

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) works through a robust network of staff, pro bono attorneys and law students to fill a major gap in access to legal aid for refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people. IRAP has become the first advocacy organization to provide comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection and resettlement processes. As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the global consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the world must respond by demanding and upholding commitments to justice. IRAP is leveraging its volunteers and resources to fight back and ensure that we continue to uphold the humanitarian tradition of welcoming those who are in need of refuge.

IRAP is now seeking nominations and applications for the position of Policy Director.

Since its founding in 2008, IRAP has used legal aid, litigation and policy advocacy to protect and advance the rights of refugees, both domestically and internationally; the organization has also remained committed to developing the next generation of human rights attorneys through its work with law students. The global turn against refugee resettlement coupled with IRAP’s highly effective model has led to a period of rapid expansion to meet new levels of demand. In the past two years, IRAP’s annual budget has increased from $2 million to $9 million, and over the past six years, its staff has grown from ten to seventy.

IRAP has a formidable track record of successful advocacy at the systemic level, having helped enact into law federal legislation offering life-saving visas and legal protections to over 160,000 displaced people. IRAP’s unique model utilizes lessons learned in individual casework to advocate for systemic changes that benefit broader refugee populations. Building non-traditional, non-partisan coalitions including veterans, religious groups, and corporate attorneys to advocate for the rights of refugees and displaced persons, IRAP also plays a major role in including refugees in U.S. immigration legislation, advocating for procedural protections for refugees, implementing trauma-sensitive policies for LGBTI individuals and survivors of torture, and extending protections for Iraqi and Afghan wartime allies of the U.S. Government.

Reporting to IRAP’s Executive Director, Becca Heller, the Policy Director will lead a team of two attorneys and two communications staff, and as lead for one of the three programmatic departments, will provide critical strategic partnership to the Executive Director as IRAP navigates a new phase of growth. In concert with the team, the Director will advance policy strategies that create and expand pathways to safety for refugees and displaced people, as well as build public support through strategic communications and systemic advocacy.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned policy leader with a record of success advocating for systemic change and advancing effective strategic communications and messaging campaigns. S/he/they will demonstrate the capacity to identify opportunities and build relationships that result in meaningful change, garnering broad bi-partisan support while staying true to IRAP’s core mission and values. The Director will have experience managing and supervising staff and the capacity to multitask and manage a high-volume workload while remaining flexible and organized. The Director will have six or more years’ experience in policy work, such as government or legislative work or advocacy, along with outstanding writing, research, and analytical skills. S/he/they will oversee staff based in New York City and Washington, DC and can be based in either city, with frequent travel to the other.

This search is being conducted by Meredith Horton, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Hallie Dietsch, and Javier Garcia of NPAG. Application instructions can be found at the end of this document.

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout registration, protection, and resettlement processes. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and by law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. We are a growing, nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP has developed an innovative legal aid and advocacy model that defends the rights of refugees and assures their passage to safe destination countries. IRAP’s approach is grounded in three distinct but interrelated strategies:

  • IRAP has created a “virtual public interest law firm” that defies geographical boundaries and provides high quality representation to refugees by a cadre of 1,200 law students and over 800 pro bono attorneys. This model is scalable and allows IRAP to take on an increasing number of urgent refugee cases, as well as respond to immediate crises.
  • Through extensive litigation and systemic advocacy, IRAP brings legal challenges to refugee rights violations in the courts, creates legislative solutions to overcoming the legal and bureaucratic impediments in the resettlement process, and develops an enforceable system of legal and procedural rights for refugees and displaced persons worldwide. As the only organization that guide refugees through every step of the resettlement process, IRAP is often able to identify obstacles of which other institutional players are unaware. This unique model utilizes lessons learned in individual casework to advocate for systemic changes that benefit broader refugee populations.
  • IRAP trains the next generation of international human rights advocates through its network of pro bono attorneys and law school chapters. These advocates are essential to assuring fairness, decency, and adherence to the rule of law throughout the refugee resettlement process and promoting pro-refugee policies through the country.

This comprehensive advocacy network was successfully activated on January 27, 2017, when President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing the first travel ban. IRAP immediately mobilized lawyers across the country to travel to airports and other ports of entry to prevent them from being turned into prisons or black sites. IRAP filed suit demanding freedom for more than 2,000 travelers imprisoned at airports around the country simply because they were traveling from Muslim-majority countries. In total, it took only 27 hours from the signing of the Executive Order to the emergency court decision demanding that these thousands of people not be deported. IRAP’s ability to rapidly mobilize a nationwide network of attorneys and advocates and secure an important legal victory was pivotal – the organization’s actions created a movement and ensured that the public was made aware of the chaos and injustice taking place behind closed doors.

IRAP’s Legal Services, Litigation, and Policy Departments work together to deliver direct services to refugees and other displaced people, litigate to change the systems and structures that create obstacles to refugee resettlement and the securing of safe passage for those in need, and advocate for U.S. policies that help create and expand pathways to safety for refugees and displaced people.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FACING THE NEW POLICY DIRECTOR
The Policy Director will lead IRAP’s efforts to create and expand pathways to safety for refugees and displaced people. As the team lead for one of IRAP’s three programmatic departments, the Policy Director will be a key strategic leader and will manage the two-person communications team in addition to two attorneys. The Director will:

  • Develop a strategic vision and workplan for IRAP’s policy agenda and external messaging and communications.
    The Policy Director will build and manage partnerships with domestic and international stakeholders and track key federal policy initiatives that are relevant to the IRAP’s work. S/he/they will develop in-depth knowledge of key and emerging issues, serve as an in-house resource to staff, and identify ways in which IRAP can align with or respond to those policy developments. The Director will also collaborate closely with IRAP’s communications staff to identify policy-relevant messages and findings and shape them for public dissemination. S/he/they will serve as a quality control officer for IRAP reports and publications, ensuring that the information is accurate and timely and that the key issues are communicated properly.
  • Manage a talented team of policy and communications staff. The new Director will lead IRAP’s policy and advocacy work in collaboration with its New York, Beirut, and Amman offices. The new Director will supervise a team of four, providing responsive management and ongoing support and ensuring that the Policy Department is abreast of policy initiatives that are relevant to IRAP’s work. Direct reports include the Deputy Policy Director, Policy Counsel, Director of Communications, and, Digital Communications Coordinator.
  • Create infrastructure that supports continued growth and impact.
    The new Director will bring strong project management skills and process orientation to the work, making sure that appropriate policies and protocols are in place to support the implementation of effective advocacy and communication strategies. The Director will be a systems-thinker with the ability to listen, motivate, and execute to make the Department’s work as efficient and effective as possible. S/he/they will be able to identify new opportunities and successfully integrate new initiatives and partnerships into the Department’s existing work. S/he/they will also develop grassroots leadership among IRAP’s law student chapters and attorney volunteer network.
  • Collaborate with IRAP’s leadership team and staff to set a bold vision and set of priorities for the Policy team and the organization. IRAP’s success relies on deeply collaborative and respectful relationships among directors and staff. The new Director will explore opportunities to build creative, strategic policy initiatives and campaigns within the Policy team and to collaborate with directors and staff from the Litigation, Legal Services, Strategy, and Development teams to develop new areas of work and expertise and ensure that staff training and learning opportunities are aligned with current and emerging programmatic needs.
  • Ensure that the Policy team offers a supportive, equitable, and inclusive work environment and upholds principles of anti-oppression in hiring, staff support, client relationships, outreach, and coalition building. Grounded in IRAP’s commitment to justice and equality and its organizational values, the new Director will bring an anti-oppression lens to all aspects of strategy, priority setting, team development, and community engagement. S/he/they will support IRAP’s work to reflect the communities it serves and build a culture of inclusion, continuous growth, and openness. S/he/they will help create a respectful and equitable work environment for staff at all levels of the organization and will ensure the same experience for clients, partners, and stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to IRAP’s mission and understand the critical role that legal aid, litigation and advocacy play in advancing the rights of refugees worldwide. S/he/they will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • Sophisticated leadership skills and presence developed through management and leadership experience in policy work, with a demonstrable record of success in program management and direct supervision of staff. Experience supervising staff working remotely is a plus;
  • Bachelor’s degree with six or more years’ experience in policy work, such as government or legislative work or advocacy, or master’s degree in a relevant field and/or J.D. and authorization to practice law, with four or more years’ experience in policy work, such as government or legislative work or advocacy;
  • Demonstrated policy experience working with refugees and displaced people, immigrants, or other vulnerable populations preferred, with the ability to design advocacy campaigns and develop strategic plans;
  • Commitment to and experience in successfully employing an anti-racist/anti-oppression lens to foster a diverse, equitable working environment and creating diverse teams that reflect communities served;
  • Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; and excellent time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, and the ability to understand and handle sensitive and confidential information;
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a leadership team to set organizational and departmental priorities and pursue opportunities that further impact across departments;
  • The ability to convey and implement a clear vision that is embodied in all levels of the Department;
  • Experience developing or improving organizational capacity, with an eye toward opportunities for process improvement;
  • Excellent writing, research, analytical, and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite;
  • An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, patience, and perseverance necessary to advance efforts to ensure displaced persons have greater access to services;
  • Fluency in oral and written English required; additional languages (Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Kurdish, Pashto, Somali, and/or Spanish) are a plus;
  • Experience speaking to the media on behalf of an organization is preferred; and
  • Must be based in New York City or Washington, DC with regular travel to the other location.

The midpoint of the salary range is $150,000, with actual salary commensurate with experience. IRAP offers an excellent benefits package, including healthcare and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation and sick leave.

TO APPLY
This search is being conducted with assistance from Meredith Horton, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Hallie Dietsch and Javier Garcia of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: IRAP-PD@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

IRAP believes 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.