Senior Policy Advisor Immigration Policy Project

22 May, 2023


Senior Policy Advisor Immigration Policy Project

Washington, D.C.


UnidosUS is seeking a Senior Policy Advisor for its Immigration Policy Project. The Senior Policy Advisor is responsible for conducting timely policy analysis, advocacy, and communications activities to advance effective and humane immigration policies. These include policies that promote workable legal immigration channels that uphold family unity and protect workers’ rights, improve immigrant integration strategies that promote legalization and citizenship, and that more fully account for the intergenerational impacts of our broken immigration system on the children of immigrants.

The Senior Policy Advisor is responsible for helping develop UnidosUS’s annual immigration policy agenda, including setting and executing on clears goals and strategies consistent with the agenda. This includes conducting policy and legislative analyses and communications and coalition/alliance building to advance immigration policy priorities. The Senior Policy Advisor will be responsible for managing and coordinating field campaign activities, as appropriate, providing information and support to UnidosUS’s leadership, staff, and Affiliate Network from time to time. The Senior Policy Advisor will also serve as a spokesperson for the project with the media and assist in fundraising and managing budgets. The position includes supervising another member of the team.

UnidosUS’s immigration policy team is collaborative and works with other teams internally and partners/allies externally. UnidosUS offers a collaborative, team-based environment that fosters a culture of ideas and debate. We approach our work from multiple perspectives and utilize multiple methods (i.e., research, lobbying, etc.) understanding both the specific issues and the larger interrelated systems.

The Senior Policy Advisor will sit within the Policy & Advocacy component of UnidosUS and will report to the Senior Director of Legislative Affairs. This position is hybrid and is based in Washington DC.

Please note: Only those applicants who submit a cover letter and writing sample along with a résumé will be considered for this opportunity.

Salary $88,140 – $102,465 

Essential Functions

· Develop a concrete, cohesive and strategic policy agenda and implement related activities/tactics to advance policy priorities in Congress and the administration and relevant federal agencies.

· Conduct policy and legislative analyses on immigration policy measures and develop briefing memoranda and other publishable material that demonstrate and share policy expertise and information with organizational leaders and core audiences.

· Play a leadership role in coalition tables where such participation would align and advance our immigration policy goals and strengthen our advocacy.

· Serve as a spokesperson and represent UnidosUS’s immigration policy team, sharing perspectives and information with UnidosUS leaders, Affiliates, coalition tables, the Administration, Congress, and relevant agencies, and with external partners and the media.

· Plan and implement public events, conferences, media engagement, and Capitol Hill briefings in support of immigration policy advocacy efforts.

· Develop collateral advocacy materials (toolkits, fact sheets, position statements, etc.) to support immigration policy/advocacy activities.

· Support fundraising efforts for UnidosUS’s Immigration Policy Project and manage related project reporting and budgets.

· Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred); at least five years of relevant experience required.

· Knowledge of immigration policy, including the legislative, administrative, and regulatory processes.

· Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of the Latino community.

· Bilingual ability (English/Spanish) required.

· Proven coalition-building skills.

· Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

· Ability to work as part of a team and lead groups of peers, including monitoring work plan progress and keeping projects on track.

· Solid track record producing a variety of materials, including fact sheets, issue briefs, blogs, op-eds and talking points.

· High degree of initiative and ability to work under tight deadlines with minimal supervision.

· Willingness to carry out a wide range of activities, including professional and logistical tasks.

· Commitment to UnidosUS’s mission and goals.


· Analytical–Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.

· Written Communication–Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

· Ethics–Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

· Oral Communication–Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

· Problem Solving–Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

· Strategic Thinking–Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization’s strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.

· Motivation–Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.

· Professionalism–Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

Physical Demands & Work Environment 

· Able to work well independently and remotely

· Ability to travel

· Accurately complete detailed forms and reports

· Coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously

· Sit for long periods of time

· Utilize visual acuity to operate equipment, read technical information, and/or use a keyboard

COVID-19 Considerations: 

• All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID – 19.

Please note: Only those applicants who submit a cover letter and writing sample along with a résumé will be considered for this opportunity.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our community stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Employment with UnidosUS is contingent upon the successful completion of a background screen.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or enrollment in a college, university, technical school, or adult education.

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Job posted: 2023-05-22