Policy Manager, Detention and Deportation

23 Apr, 2022


Policy Manager, Detention and Deportation

California Immigrant Policy Center
Sacramento, CA

Policy Manager, Detention and Deportation 

Any CIPC office 

The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) is a non-partisan, non-profit statewide organization founded in 1996, as California reeled from the ugly aftermath of Proposition 187 and harsh federal copycats. A multi-ethnic hub for statewide advocacy, CIPC has worked hand-in-hand with community partners across the state for two decades to create and defend a progressive blueprint for pro-immigrant policy. Our notable achievements include winning The California Values Act, Drivers Licenses for All , Health for All Kids and One California, the largest investment in immigration legal services in the country.


The Detention and Deportation (D+D) Policy Manager is responsible for spearheading CIPC’s efforts to end unjust criminalization, detentions and deportations on the local, state, and federal levels. The D+D Manager works in close partnership with the other Policy teams as well as the Government Affairs, Organizing, and Communications departments to guide development of the detention and deportation portfolio at CIPC.

The D+D Manager leads our detention and deportation work through tracking proposed legislation and regulatory developments, and monitoring implementation of legislation and programs that impact immigrants in California. The D+D Manager is also responsible for tracking and monitoring local and regional entanglements between law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities, and developing CIPC’s strategies to effectively push back on the entanglements. The D+D Manager develops and manages diverse coalitions statewide. The D+D Manager will also explore and recommend areas of work in line with CIPC’s focus on racial justice, economic justice, and power building.

This Policy Manager is part of CIPC’s leadership team and reports directly to the Policy Director. This position can be based in any CIPC office throughout the state (Los Angeles, Oakland, or Sacramento). Remote employment will be considered for the right applicant. Travel to other cities and occasional travel across the nation is also required. This position is temporarily remote due to Covid-19.


● Track national, state and local policy and legislative developments and activities relevant to CIPC priorities in close partnership with the Government Affairs Department;

● Assess and research the impact of bills, legislation, and regulations related to assigned campaigns such as detention and deportation programs, the intersections of immigration and criminal system issues and racial justice issues;

● Monitor program implementation of new laws and regulations, and make policy recommendations;

● Conduct and oversee research into emerging practices and trends in law enforcement and other activities that disproportionately impact immigrants and communities of color—including information sharing — — to create persuasive written documents for various audiences;

● Act as a resource for a provide trainings and technical assistance to members, community based organizations, and other partners on relevant issues;

● Develop and execute campaign strategies and recognize political opportunities;

● Explore and recommend areas of D+D work that advance racial justice, economic justice, and power building;

● Build and manage coalitions of diverse stakeholders across the state;

● Work closely with the Communications department to draft press releases, action alerts, and other outward facing materials;

● Complete departmental quarterly reports and work with the Management Team on the annual D+D budget.


● Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights, racial equity, social and economic justice, and has an equity mindset, where the candidate: 1) connects systemic racism with detention and deportation policy, recognizing intersectionality in social contexts and can explain those connections to a variety of audiences. 2) partners with the Organizing Department to listen closely to affected community members, providing accessible information to equip and educate and to help bring diverse communities of color into the policy conversation and advocacy

● Track record of working with diverse communities in California and experience engaging with and facilitating coalitions, especially immigrant rights groups and community based organizations;

● Knowledge of key federal immigration laws and programs;

● Familiarity with California legislation with significant impact on immigrant communities;

● Experience researching and analyzing complex public policy issues and a comprehensive knowledge of the policy making process;

● Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited precedence and standardization exists;

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

● Master’s or law degree with a minimum of 5 years related experience preferred. Will accept a combination of experience and education in lieu of a degree;

● Proficiency in non-English languages spoken by Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, African, Caribbean, and Arab communities a plus.

How to Apply

Position is open immediately until filled. Please send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and 3 references via e-mail with the subject line POLICY MANAGER, D+D to the selection committee: hr@caimmigrant.org. Please note that we will only be able to respond to short listed candidates.

Job posted: 2022-04-23