Policy Counsel

  • The American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Aug 20, 2018
Full time Advocacy Government Affairs / Relations Legal Specialist Lobbyist

Job Description

The Policy Counsel works to advance AILA’s administrative and congressional advocacy goals by working with AILA staff, coalition partners, AILA members and committees. The Policy Counsel represents AILA before Congress and with the Administration.  The Policy Counsel contributes significantly to AILA’s written work product, drafting and editing policy papers, practice pointers, bill text, legislative analysis, and blogs. The Policy Counsel provides support and assistance to individual AILA members with respect to substantive immigration law questions and information needs, monitors developments within the Administration, and reports on such developments to the AILA membership. This position focuses on enforcement and removal issues but also works on issues related to the legal immigration system specifically family-based immigration and humanitarian benefits. 

Key responsibilities include:

Administrative and Congressional Advocacy:

Works with the department directors, staff, AILA leadership and assigned AILA committees to identify emerging issues and trends, shapes AILA’s policy positions and make recommendations on key priorities. Actively participates in the development of legal and policy positions and agenda items for agency meetings and participates in those meetings. Lobbies Congress on issues as needed.

Policy and Legal AnalysisReviews, evaluates, and analyzes proposed regulations and legislation to identify legal and policy issues. Drafts and contributes to the substantive content of AILA’s policy and legislative work product. 

Information Sharing and EducationWrites and edits news and information items, advocacy alerts, and other items for AILA members and the public. Delivers speeches, participates in public events, and conducts interviews with the media to promote AILA’s positions. 

Coalition Work: Represents AILA in national or regional coalitions and campaign efforts. Cultivates relations and alliances with organizations that share a common advocacy purpose. 

Staff Resource to AILA members:  Serves as a resource on policy and legislative matters for AILA members.  Supports the department’s membership engagement efforts. 

Your Background and Experience

J.D. degree with 2 years immigration policy and/or general immigration law practice experience is required. Capitol Hill experience, or experience working with administrative agencies or coalition organizations is a plus. Prior experience in an association, member-service, or customer service environment is helpful.

Bar admission strongly preferred.

Fluency in Spanish, a plus.

Our Workplace

We offer a dynamic, challenging, rewarding, and collaborative work environment. AILA was named one of the 50 Best Places to Work by the Washingtonian Magazine, and received recognition as being one of the Principal 10 Best for Employee Financial Security.

For Consideration
Qualified applicants are to submit cover letter, resume and salary requirement. Cover letter should include a summary of how your background, knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position.

To expedite your application, apply through our job board at https://jobso.id/bgtd

NOTE:  Applications without cover letters and which do not indicate desired salary may not be considered. 

Direct hire only – NO recruiters (mail, email, fax or phone).

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to treating all applicants and employees without regard to unlawful considerations of race, religious creed, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, military and veterans status, citizenship and immigration status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. This equal employment opportunity commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to, advertising, recruiting, hiring, job assignment, compensation, promotion, demotion, benefits, training, discipline, and termination.


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