Vice President for Policy and Advocacy

11 Aug, 2019


Vice President for Policy and Advocacy

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Washington, DC




<span “text-decoration:=”” underline”=””>ABOUT KIND

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided over 19,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.


KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.


To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.


KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.


Based in our Washington, DC headquarters, KIND is seeking an experienced individual to join the senior leadership team and lead our policy and advocacy activities. We are searching for a dedicated individual with a passion and commitment for uniting their talent and expertise with the growing needs of unaccompanied migrant children navigating the US immigration system alone.


KIND offers a competitive benefits package including: medical, dental, and vision insurance; short and long-term disability; life insurance; flexible spending accounts for medical and transportation; 403(b) with organizational match; as well as voluntary benefits, including prepaid legal services and pet insurance. In addition, KIND offers generous leave benefits including paid vacation and sick days, paid holidays, and paid parental leave.


KIND places great emphasis on providing employees the ability to balance their professional and personal responsibilities. Flextime, telecommuting, parental leave, and wellness activities are some of the benefits that promote this value—and we are consistently searching for ways to support our staff’s ability to enjoy successful and fulfilling careers while taking care of themselves and their families.

<span “text-decoration:=”” underline”=””>POSITION DESCRIPTION

Reporting to the President, the Vice President of Policy and Advocacy develops and executes the strategic policy and advocacy objectives for KIND through leadership on strategic, operational and administrative matters. Specifically, the Vice President is responsible for leading and operationalizing these strategies to advance relevant federal, state, and local legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures to help ensure that unaccompanied children receive fair and appropriate treatment while in the US asylum and immigration systems and to address the root causes of child migration.


<span “text-decoration:=”” underline”=””>EDUCATIONAL and EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 12-15 years’ proven experience in advocacy with a minimum of 5 years in a senior level role; a bachelor’s degree in public policy, law, public affairs or social sciences preferred; advanced degree required, preferably in law or public policy.


<span “text-decoration:=”” underline”=””>REQUIRED SKILLS

  •  Deep knowledge of the political and policy landscape and how to strategically leverage relationships to meet established goals and objectives.
  •  Working knowledge of children’s immigration issues, experience with an organization serving immigrants and refugees strongly preferred.
  •  Demonstrated ability to develop and implement a strategic policy and advocacy plan that will impact a wide variety of stakeholders
  •  Exceptional written and oral communication skills, ease and poise in social and professional settings with stakeholders, decision makers, staff, media and Board members.
  •  Excellent management and organizational skills.
  •  Ability to work on multiple projects in a high pressure, deadline-oriented environment.
  •  Passion for KIND’s mission of supporting unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children, and an ability to communicate this to others.

<span “text-decoration:=”” underline”=””>SALARY RANGE

Commensurate with education and experience.


<span “text-decoration:=”” underline”=””>REPORTS TO



<span “text-decoration:=”” underline”=””>SUPERVISORY <span “text-decoration:=”” underline”=””>RESPONSIBILITIES

Policy and Advocacy Team


<span “text-decoration:=”” underline”=””>PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Formulate and lead policy and advocacy strategy related to KIND’s work, with a specific focus on the current child migration crisis, root causes and related issues.
  •  Oversee management of the policy and advocacy team, including identification of staffing needs, staff recruitment and hiring, performance assessments, and other personnel matters related to the team.
  •  Lead the federal and state legal, policy and advocacy strategies on issues related to KIND’s mission.
  •  Formulate and implement strategies to advance KIND’s federal legislative and executive branch objectives, including developing a strong network within the advocacy community and establishing relationships with policy makers and other influential stakeholders to achieve these objectives.
  •  Expertise in appropriations process strongly preferred.
  •  Work closely with the President and senior leadership team, as well as the entire KIND staff, to define and operationalize the policy and advocacy strategic goals for the organization.
  •  Educate and engage the Board on the policy and advocacy strategies, objectives and results.

<span “text-decoration:=”” underline”=””>WORKING CONDITIONS

Work is generally performed within the office environment and includes regular interaction via phone and email with KIND’s national and international teams.


<span “text-decoration:=”” underline”=””>TRAVEL

Position requires regular travel throughout the year.


Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at: that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.

Job posted: 2019-08-11