Summary Description: The Federal Advocacy Liaison provides case assistance services to CLINIC’s 400 affiliates, creating a bridge between the nation’s largest network of nonprofit immigration legal services providers and the government. Through this work, the Liaison identifies systemic issues and is on the forefront of advocacy that improves every aspect of the immigration legal services system.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Affiliate Case and In-House Services:
- Provide case services to CLINIC’s affiliate network of nearly 400 member organizations.
- Draft and manage case escalation guide and related materials.
- Manage and cultivate government relationships.
- Engage with government directly and create opportunities for affiliate to directly engage.
- Provide trainings to affiliates.
- Conduct outreach to expand services.
- Respond to inquiries on systemic issues identified by other CLINIC’s in-house programs.
Manage CLINIC’s “Agency Updates” Listserv:
- Track immigration-related communications and policy changes from government agencies and generate content for CLINIC’s rapid response listserv, in coordination with other CLINIC programs.
- Create templates and systems to streamline processes.
- Draft reports and policy papers on identified trends to bolster CLINIC’s systemic advocacy work.
- Make regular contributions to CLINIC’s affiliate newsletter.
- Represent CLINIC in select coalitions and cultivate and manage strategic partnerships.
Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Accredited Representative or member in good standing with the bar of the highest court in any state or the District of Columbia.
- Minimum 3 years experience in immigration direct legal services, with demonstrated knowledge of DHS and USCIS structure and operations.
- 2-3 years of professional experience in policy and advocacy work in the non-profit sector preferred.
- Experience with advocacy and policy writing, including drafting policy papers and reports.
- Demonstrated commitment to immigrants’ rights and anti-racist, intersectional advocacy.
- Ability to integrate Catholic Social Teaching into advocacy work and materials.
- Excellent research, writing, and communications skills.
- Spanish language proficiency preferred.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and support the organizations mission, vision, value statements, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior
- Occasional travel may be required to attend CLINIC’s board of directors meetings, and other special events
- Fulfill CLINIC’s expectations that all staff abide by the following Organization Behaviors
- Serve with integrity
- Develop innovative solutions
- Promote learning – for themselves, for their colleagues, and for our network
- Cultivate constructive relationships
- Model stewardship
- Maintain a positive attitude
- Exhibit leadership skills and initiative
- Communicate effectively
- Own your work
- Teamwork and cooperation with colleagues
- Resolves conflicts effectively and makes effective decisions