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 Analysis: Reviews, 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 Education: Writes 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.
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.
Additional Salary Information: We offer a dynamic and collaborative work environment with a competitive compensation package based on your experience and qualifications. Our generous benefits include 100% of an employee’s Medical/Rx, Dental, and Vision premiums, as well as contributions towards dependents’ premiums; a 401(k) with up to 3% matching contribution upon enrollment, employer paid disability and life insurance, commuter subsidy, and on-site fitness room. In addition, we provide employees with flexible scheduling and telecommuting options and plenty of time away from the office to bolster creativity and recharge. Added perks: four-week paid parental leave and a four-week sabbatical every tenth year of service.
About The American Immigration Lawyers Association
Headquartered in downtown, Washington, DC, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is an organization with over 14,500 individual attorney members who practice and teach immigration law. For our members, we provide continuing legal education, information, advocacy, professional services, and expertise.
Founded in 1946, AILA's mission is to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.