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Private Sponsorship Program Director

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic 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. 

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York, NY and Washington, DC), Germany (Berlin),  Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers 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.  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 Department consists of six policy staff working out of the New York, NY and Washington, DC offices. The 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 on refugees and displaced populations.


The Private Sponsorship Program Director will lead IRAP’s work to develop, enhance, and promote private sponsorship of refugees in the United States. The Private Sponsorship Program Director will work within IRAP’s Policy Department and report to the Policy Director. While the Private Sponsorship Director will not immediately provide direct supervision, the position will be responsible for hiring and supervision of other members of the program.  The Private Sponsorship Director will also work in close partnership with resettlement agencies, government agencies, and other stakeholders to expand co-sponsorship, community sponsorship, and private sponsorship capacity in the U.S.  

 This is a two-year term position, with the possibility for extension. 


  • Lead new program within IRAP and Policy Department; 
  • Design federal advocacy strategies for the creation and expansion of sponsorship opportunities;
  • Provide direct supervision of additional personnel working on sponsorship issues;
  • Survey existing co-sponsorship opportunities in the United States;
  • Liaise with resettlement agencies, government contacts, the private sector, and other stakeholders;
  • Work with partners to identify policy settings and solutions in a U.S. private sponsorship program;
  • Develop and provide expertise on sponsorship and resettlement to U.S. government offices;
  • Develop written advocacy materials on sponsorship, including memos, one-pagers, and white papers, for a variety of audiences;
  • Shepherd various constituencies of differing levels of engagement onto a unified campaign;
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of sponsorship programs.


 The candidate will work in IRAP’s U.S. office in New York City or in Washington, D.C.


 This position is designed for someone with legal and/or policy experience in the field of refugee resettlement. In assessing candidates, we look for:

  • Graduate degree in a relevant field;
  • 5+ years’ previous experience in developing or managing programs in the immigrant, refugee, and social services field and/or experience creating, building, and maintaining relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including the U.S. and other national governments, key decision-makers, multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations, and donors; 
  • Strong writing, research, analytical, and oral communication skills, including reflective listening skills;
  • Flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness, and humility; 
  • Ability to work independently and be self-directed;
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to effectively shepherd various constituencies of differing levels of engagement onto a unified campaign;
  • Deep understanding of refugee resettlement in the United States is an asset;
  • Experience managing and supervising staff is preferred, but not required.  
  • Familiarity with community sponsorship, private sponsorship, and/or co-sponsorship of refugees is preferred, but not required. 

 Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter (with salary requirements), resume, and a list of three professional references at this link. 

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 and individuals whose identities have been historically underrepresented.

The annual salary for the position will be $100,000 – $120,000, commensurate with experience. This is a two-year term position and is not subject to 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.