Job Announcement: Immigrant Justice Network (IJN) Coordinator– Washington, DC

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is Hiring in Conjunction with the Immigrant Justice Network!

Immigrant Justice Network (IJN) Coordinator– Washington, DC

Immigrant Legal Resource Center Background:
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and the Immigrant Justice Network (IJN) are seeking a full-time Coordinator based in our Washington, DC office. Though candidates based in Washington, DC are highly preferred, qualified candidates in locations other than Washington DC may also be considered. This is a two year position, with the possibility for renewal. This is an exempt position that reports to the Policy Director at the ILRC.

The ILRC is a national nonprofit legal support center located headquartered in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1979, the ILRC is regarded as one of the foremost experts on engaging immigrants and developing their leadership in the democratic process, providing expertise on complex issues of immigration law, procedure and policy, and engaging in advocacy and educational initiatives on policies that affect immigrants. We are a team-based organization that makes most of its decisions in a collaborative fashion that allows for significant staff input.

Immigrant Justice Network Background:
Founded in 2006, the Immigrant Justice Network (IJN) is seeking to hire a Network Coordinator. IJN engages in advocacy, education, technical assistance, training, and communications to address the needs of those caught at the intersections of the criminal justice and immigration systems. Our members have established multi-faceted programs to assist criminal defenders, immigration advocates, community-based advocates, policy makers and immigrants and their loved ones to effectively expand rights and challenge mass detention and deportation. Specifically, IJN is comprised of the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP), the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG).

IJN leads the effort to help criminal defense and immigration practitioners, as well as policy makers, understand the intersection of criminal and immigration law. We provide strategic assistance and support for grassroots and larger immigrant rights advocacy groups on criminal immigration and immigration enforcement issues, as well as in-depth legal analysis for legislators, policy makers, and the media. We help to shape and define anti-deportation campaigns in ways that we hope will impact immigrant rights organizations’ policy demands and decisions now and in the future so that they are inclusive of all immigrants.

Job Background: The Immigrant Justice Network is at an exciting time in its growth and planning at a moment of resistance to unprecedented criminalization and attacks on immigrant communities and communities of color. The IJN Coordinator is an important new role. We are looking for someone to help seed and grow the network to increase our impact. The Coordinator will be responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating IJN activities including coordinating network members, technical assistance requests, supporting network activities, and coordinating strategic communications and public education efforts. The Coordinator will be accountable to network members and report to the ILRC’s Policy Director.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Planning and facilitating IJN project campaigns and meetings.
  • Assisting IJN members in developing legislative action that promotes IJN’s mission by: coordinating the development of position statements, and reviewing and recommending endorsements of policies.
  • Serving as the point person on IJN’s strategic planning initiative.
  • Coordinating the development of an annual IJN work plan and monitoring progress.
  • Assisting network members manage coalition building efforts with immigrant rights and criminal justice advocates.
  • Creating systems and shared practices for enhanced communication, planning, and decision making among IJN members.
  • Developing and implementing a plan for expanding network membership.
  • Assisting network members develop IJN’s strategic communications strategy capacity including: framing and messaging, public education materials, website content, e-newsletters and social media strategy.
  • Assisting network members to regularly update IJN’s public education and training materials.
  • Coordinating fundraising plan, and providing assistance with grant writing and grant reporting to funders.
  • Fielding requests for information, materials, training, and public speaking.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Attributes:

  • A commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion with a track record of assisting the development of organizational policies and practices that advance racial equity and diversity goals.
  • The ability to create strategic alignment among diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Excellent meeting facilitation skills with the ability to effectively navigate competing priorities and interests among diverse network partners.
  • A demonstrated leadership approach that is proactive and flexible with the ability to adapt to rapidly changing situations.
  • A high degree of emotional intelligence with the ability to inspire and engage others to take action.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and familiarity with a range of technology and strategic communications platforms and tools (e.g., word press, diverse social media platforms, project management software, etc.).


  • Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience;
  • Demonstrated experience working on immigrant rights and related criminal justice issues;
  • Experience leading or coordinating coalitions or strategic alliances;
  • Extensive project management or campaign management experience; and
  • A willingness to travel.


The annual pay range for this exempt position is $70,000 – $85,000. The ILRC offers excellent benefits, health/dental/vision insurance, a flexible spending account for medical and dependent care, vacation, and sick leave. The ILRC sponsors a retirement plan option upon fulfillment of eligibility.


This position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, please submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications for and interest in the position, a resume, and the names of three references.

Online applications are preferred:

As an alternative, you can mail your application to:

IJN Associate Hiring Committee
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
1458 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

No phone calls please.

The ILRC is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.

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