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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Advocacy Officer in Washington DC, Maryland

Advocacy Officer

Location:Washington DC, MD


Benefits:Excellent Benefit Package Offered

Employment Type:Full Time

Office:Washington, DC

Description:If you are passionate about transforming communities with a mission-driven organization, then we have the opportunity for you!

Reporting to the Director of Advocacy, the Advocacy Officer will carry out LIRS's advocacy efforts in collaboration with other LIRS staff to ensure the organization achieves its overall objectives in key priority areas, including its work with and coverage of immigrant and refugee children and families. The Advocacy Officer will shape and execute on advocacy priorities, frame policy recommendations, facilitate key relationships to advance LIRS's public policy and regulatory efforts in support of individuals impacted by U.S. immigration policy, and support LIRS partners and networks in advocacy through direct working relationships, participation in advocacy planning, and events and coordination.


Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Expanding the reach of LIRS's mission by engaging in legal, policy, and political advocacy to hold the US Government accountable for harmful policies impacting refugees, immigrants, migrant children and their families, and strategizing on tactics that will promote and ensure family unification.

  • Building and deepening relationships with members of Congress and their staff to further LIRS' advocacy goals and strategy.

  • Serving as a registered federal lobbyist on behalf of LIRS.

  • Leading and participating in NGO coalition meetings to represent LIRS and engage in dialogue and collaborative thinking about shared advocacy goals (and carry out related tasks), in relation to migrant children and families and asylum seeks, and as determined by the Director for Advocacy.

  • Working closely with and providing political landscape, policy and legal analysis to coalition partners and other relevant stakeholders in support of LIRS's public policy agenda and programs.

  • In collaboration with other advocacy staff, writing e-mail messages for LIRS' on-line Action Center, drafting national blog posts, and ensuring effective communications with LIRS staff and networks through internal mechanisms.

  • Drafting and developing LIRS materials that reflect LIRS advocacy goals for Congressional and government audiences as well as LIRS staff, faith leaders, affiliate partners, and other constituents (statements, letters, invitations, fact sheets, web content, talking points, proposed legislative language, white papers, etc.).

  • Under the direction of the Director for Advocacy, leading logistical planning for certain events and coordinating direct outreach to LIRS partners and constituents (make requests for specific advocacy actions, plan advocacy events including webinars and conference calls, accompany constituents to advocacy meetings).

  • Supporting in tracking advocacy engagement and responding to inquiries to develop new educational materials and advocacy campaigns; on certain issues acting as LIRS representative to both internal and external colleagues.

  • Collaborating on and supporting the work of other LIRS functions.

  • Responding to third-party inquiries and referrals related to immigrant and refugee children and families.


Qualifications and Requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree with 4 years of experience in a similar role.

  • Experience advocating on Capitol Hill, strongly preferred.

  • Ability to maintain and nurture collegial relationships with elected officials, LIRS and congressional staff, executive branch officials, coalition partners, Lutheran partners, and refugees and migrants.

  • Expertise on children rights, refugee and asylum issues, immigration, appropriations, civil rights, homeland security, and/or other relevant issues, strongly preferred.

  • Ability to conduct complex policy and/or legal analysis and fact-finding research, and to forecast legislative and regulatory trends, preferred.

  • Familiarity with child welfare principles and practice, as well as with immigration laws relevant to child migrants, and asylum law, policies, practices, and procedures.

  • Familiarity with non-profit advocacy work and experience working with coalitions at the national and local level; Understanding of social services delivery by the nonprofit sector, helpful.

  • Effective leadership and meeting facilitation skills.

  • Skills in synthesizing and communicating complex policy issues for different audiences.

  • Excellent communication skills, especially writing and public speaking.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.

  • Proven ability to maintain strict standards of confidentiality.

  • Ability to work both independently and within a team.

  • Experience with and commitment to working in a very diverse workforce.

  • Deep commitment to LIRS's core mission and values and an ability to model those values in relationship with colleagues, and partners.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) is a national faith-based organization with an 80-year history, a budget of over $55 million per year, and over 80 headquarters staff. Widely recognized for our expertise in implementing federal programs on behalf of refugees and migrants in the United States,LIRS resettles refugees, reunites children with their families or provides loving homes for them, conducts policy advocacy, and advances the protection and rights of vulnerable migrants.

Headquartered in the beautiful Inner Harbor of downtown Baltimore we provide services nationwide through a network of affiliates.