Policy Director

30 Sep, 2020


Policy Director

California Immigrant Policy Center
Oakland, CA


Any CIPC office with a preference for Oakland, CA


The Policy Director (PD) is an essential member of the leadership team at CIPC and is responsible for deep and thorough policy analysis that guides the development and implementation of CIPC’s advocacy. The Policy Director provides expert analysis and guidance on a full range of policy issues at the organization, particularly broad immigration policy, immigration enforcement and the impact of health. The Policy Director is CIPC’s expert on legislative and policy analysis and will provide expertise on law and policy, including review of draft legislation and opportunities to author policy analysis and briefs. Coordination and/or travel to our Sacramento, Southern California offices and other locations as necessary.

Primary Responsibilities:

  •  In alignment with the strategic plan, assess the impact of local, state and federal legislative and regulatory developments and proposals on low-income immigrants, asylees and refugees, including CIPC priority bills and other immigrant-related bills;

•    Maintain knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field, serving as a resource to staff on developing issues and make recommendations to adjust organizational and statewide campaigns strategy assuring that CIPC has a long-range advocacy and policy plan to achieve its goals;

•    Play a key role in coordinating efforts with policy and government affairs staff on active campaigns;

•    Develop policy solutions in coordination with coalitions, organizations and directly impacted people

•    Support the development of materials (factsheets, legislative and budget analysis) to improve community understanding of policy

•    Support the department to track all lobbying activities so the work is within the org’s annual H election limits;


Secondary Responsibilities:

•    Establish sound working relationships with CIPC’s steering committee and community-based, multi-organizational coalitions on priority issues and campaigns;

•    Conduct media advocacy in conjunction with CIPC staff;

•    Conduct trainings and provide technical assistance to service providers, community organizations, legislative staff, local governments, and the media on immigrant benefits issues;

•    Maintain and produce regular quarterly reports detailing progress towards organizational goals; Provides supervision support to a team working on legislative reform with an emphasis on professional skills development.

•    Participate in developing the annual budget for program areas; and

•    Assist with fundraising activities.



•    Minimum of five years of experience in effective strategy development and coalition building for immigrant rights and racial justice or other social justice issues, including immigrant integration, detention and deportation, employment law, workers’ rights, and workforce development;

•    Minimum of five years of experience analyzing impact of laws, regulations, and legislative proposals;

•    Minimum 5 years- experience in supervising staff

•    Ability to develop educational and outreach materials;

•    Ability to facilitate and engage a broad range of stakeholders and build common cause;

•    Experience working with immigrant rights organizations and community-based groups in California.

•    Experience working with the media and public speaking in general.

CIPC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. CIPC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability. 


Salary Range: $85,000-95,000/year.

Salary commensurate with experience. CIPC provides a comprehensive benefits package to its employees, including paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, retirement contributions and parking access. We provide generous paid time off to staff including closing each year for a week long winter recess at the end of the calendar year.

How to Apply

Position is open immediately until filled. Please send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample and three references via e-mail to hr@caimmigrant.org with the subject, “Policy Director.”

Job posted: 2020-09-30