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.
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 multinational 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 70 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 Department is one of six departments (in conjunction with Legal, Litigation, Communications, Development, and Operations) and includes five policy staff working out of the New York office and Washington, DC. 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.
IRAP is seeking a Policy Analyst or Policy Counsel to work on state and local refugee issues as part of IRAP’s Policy team in our New York, NY or Washington, DC office. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with expertise in the intersection of federal, state, and local policymaking. The policy analyst/counsel will work with IRAP NGO partners, including the Refugee Advocacy Lab (“the Lab”), to advance pro-refugee policies in statehouses and city halls across the United States. The position reports to the Policy Director.
- Work with IRAP, the Lab, and other IRAP NGO partners, including state leads, to provide direct support and training to coordinated state and local advocacy efforts.
- Conduct and analyze state and local research, draft sample legislation and policy guidance, and identify strategic opportunities for advocacy, such as locations in state or local codes for amendment.
- Draft backgrounders and other supporting materials.
- Review proposed and passed legislation and policies — highlighting implications, risks, and advantages and making recommendations.
- Monitor any developments and amendments to proposals — providing technical support and strategic counsel for ongoing engagement.
- Engage in regulatory processes — providing guidance for proposed changes to state or local code.
- Participate and lead in analysis and learning sessions with the broader policy and advocacy community.
The candidate will work in IRAP’s U.S. office in New York, NY or Washington, DC.
The ideal candidate will have experience in state or local policy making and advocacy, as well as in immigration law and policy, and exhibit an understanding and competence for proactively researching, collecting/qualifying, and suggesting strategic opportunities to advance state and local policy changes that align with advocacy goals. They will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:
- J.D. or master’s degree in a relevant field preferred;
- Two or more years’ experience in state- or local-level policy work, such as government or legislative work or advocacy;
- Demonstrated experience working with forced migrants or other vulnerable populations and demonstrated experience working on state or local campaigns or in state or local government is preferred;
- 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;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse set of partners and independently to seek out and implement IRAP’s priorities;
- Fluency in oral and written English required;
- Must be based in New York City or Washington, DC with regular travel to the other location.
This is a union position subject to a collective bargaining agreement. The midpoint of the salary range is $85,000, 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. This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will start immediately.
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.
Job posted: 2020-10-23