Policy Analyst or Policy Counsel

12 Nov, 2020


Policy Analyst or Policy Counsel

American Immigration Lawyers Association
Washington, DC

Headquartered in downtown, Washington, DC, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a nationally recognized and respected organization with over 15,000 attorney members who practice and teach immigration law. For our membership, we provide advocacy, continuing legal education, practice resources, professional services and expertise.

Founded in 1946, AILA’s mission is to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members. To learn more about our organization, please visit www.aila.org.


The Government Relations team advocates for immigration-related legislative, regulatory, and policy reforms before Congress and the agencies, consistent with AILA’s principles and priorities.


This is an exciting opportunity for a talented individual with expertise in immigration law and policy to work at the epicenter of federal policymaking and legislative reform during a transformative period in the field. The Policy Analyst or Policy Counsel will work to advance AILA’s administrative and congressional advocacy goals by working with AILA staff, coalition partners, AILA members and committees. The Policy Analyst or Policy Counsel represents AILA before Congress and with the Administration. The Policy Analyst or Policy Counsel contributes significantly to AILA’s written work product, drafting and editing policy papers, practice pointers, bill text, legislative analysis, and blogs. The Policy Analyst or Policy Counsel provides information and support to the AILA membership. This position focuses on enforcement and removal issues but also works on issues related to the legal immigration system related to family-based immigration and humanitarian benefits.


Policy and Legal Analysis

  • Reviews, evaluates, and prepares written analysis on proposed policies, regulations, and legislation.
  • Drafts and contributes to the substantive content of AILA’s policy and legislative work product.

Congressional and Administrative Advocacy

  • Works with the department directors, staff, AILA committees to identify emerging issues and trends, shapes AILA’s policy positions and makes recommendations on key priorities.
  • Actively participates in the development of legal and policy positions and agenda items for agency meetings and participates in those meetings.
  • Lobbies Congress and the administration.

Information Sharing and Education

  • Writes and edits news and information items, advocacy alerts, and other items for AILA members and the public.
  • Serves as a resource to AILA members.
  • Delivers speeches, participates in public events, and conducts interviews with the media to promote AILA’s positions.
  • Supports the department’s membership engagement and campaign efforts.

Coalition Work

  • Represents AILA in national or regional coalitions and campaign efforts.
  • Cultivates relations and alliances with organizations that share a common advocacy purpose.


J.D. or masters degree in public policy, journalism or relevant field preferred.


Two years immigration policy and/or general immigration law practice experience is required. Congressional or other legislative experience, experience working with administrative agencies, and experience working on advocacy campaigns preferred.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS (e.g., language requirement, license requirement, certifications)

Bar admission preferred. Fluency in Spanish, a plus.


Requires sitting at a desk for extended periods of time; walking and standing for extended periods of time throughout the workday; use of a PC workstation for extended hours; lifting up to 20 pounds; and verbal communications with others. Occasional travel. Extended hours, including evening and weekends as needed.


We offer a dynamic and collaborative work environment with a competitive compensation package based on your experience and qualifications. Our generous benefits include 100% of an employee’s Medical/Rx, Dental, and Vision premiums, as well as contributions towards dependents’ premiums; a 401(k) with up to 3% matching contribution upon enrollment, employer paid disability and life insurance, commuter subsidy, and on-site fitness room. In addition, we provide employees with flexible scheduling and telecommuting options and plenty of time away from the office to bolster creativity and recharge. Added perks: four-week paid parental leave and a four-week sabbatical every tenth year of service.

AILA received recognition as a 50 Best Places to Work by Washingtonian Magazine and one of the Principal 10 Best for Employee Financial Security. Our diverse membership is comprised of knowledgeable, compassionate, and dedicated professionals who constantly work to navigate the complex practice of immigration law.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to treating all applicants and employees without regard to unlawful considerations of race, religious creed, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, military and veterans status, citizenship and immigration status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. This equal employment opportunity commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to, advertising, recruiting, hiring, job assignment, compensation, promotion, demotion, benefits, training, discipline, and termination.

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Job posted: 2020-11-12