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NILC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for available postitions. NILC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic background, citizenship status, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

This position is currently available:

Labor and Employment Policy Attorney or Analyst (Washington, DC)

Labor and Employment Policy Attorney or Analyst

Washington, DC

FEBRUARY 2015  |  Adobe PDF icon

Position and Background

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is seeking a Labor and Employment Policy Attorney or Analyst to advance a national agenda that will improve the rights of immigrant workers struggling to make ends meet in their low-wage jobs. This position offers a unique opportunity to work on the complex intersection of immigration and employment/labor laws and to implement multiple advocacy strategies that help low-income immigrants combat workplace discrimination and exploitation, as well as to advance their training and workforce development opportunities. The position is based in Washington, D.C. This is a great opportunity to join a team of smart, dedicated, and fun advocates working to advance a bold economic justice agenda.

NILC’s mission is to advance and defend the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants. We believe that all people who live in the U.S. — regardless of their race, gender, immigration, and/or economic status — should have the opportunity to achieve their full human potential. Over the past 35 years, NILC has won landmark legal decisions protecting fundamental human and civil rights, thwarted policies that would have damaged low-income immigrant families’ opportunities, and advanced major policies that reinforce our nation’s values of equality and justice for all.

Headquartered in Los Angeles with an office in Washington, D.C., we utilize a core set of strategies — litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications — to focus on key program areas that affect the lives and well-being of low-income immigrants, including: immigration status and reform; healthy lives and economic opportunities; immigration enforcement reform and justice; and education and workforce development. We also conduct trainings, publish educational materials, and provide legal counsel and strategic advice to inform a wide range of audiences — including workers’ centers, unions, and other economic justice partners — about complex legal and policy matters affecting immigrants and to help strengthen other groups’ advocacy work.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to…

  • Conducts legislative and administrative advocacy to promote and protect the rights of immigrant workers.
  • Monitors and assesses the impact of federal legislative and regulatory developments and proposals, including comprehensive immigration reform proposals, on low-wage immigrant workers.
  • Analyzes policies, and writes and disseminates fact sheets, policy updates, articles, action alerts, and other materials for congressional and executive branch staff and advocates nationwide.
  • Provides policy and technical expertise to legislative staff, and advocates on federal, state and local policies that impact low-wage immigrant workers.
  • Supports and builds alliances with strategic partners, particularly employment attorneys, labor unions and worker centers.
  • Assesses opportunities to support efforts that expand opportunities and minimize barriers to workforce training and education programs that help low-income immigrants earn living-wage jobs and provide a career ladder.
  • Plans and conducts trainings and presentations for audiences of varied legal experience, including legislative staff, labor unions/worker centers, and community organizations.
  • Provides technical assistance on related substantive issues to attorneys, government officials and staff, the media, organizers, and advocates nationwide.


  • Must have a minimum of 5 years relevant federal or state policy experience, with expertise at the intersection of immigration and employment/labor policy.
  • JD degree or Masters in Public Policy or Administration, or related degree required.
  • Experience analyzing impact of laws, regulations, and legislative proposals.
  • Experience working on legislative campaigns strongly preferred.
  • Experience building and leading alliances with a diverse range of strategic partners.
  • Familiarity with Capitol Hill’s procedures and processes.
  • Ability to travel across the United States.

The ideal candidate will also possess…

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing and verbally.
  • Excellent research and analysis skills.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, along with demonstrated ability to take initiative and develop an effective agenda for the work.
  • Experience working with diverse constituencies (immigrant advocates and organizers, labor unions, worker centers, attorneys, grassroots organizations, etc.).
  • Ability to speak and write in another language, Spanish preferred.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and to be a strong team member.
  • Strong commitment to economic, racial, and social justice issues preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary scale. Benefits include health, dental, and vision; flexible spending account; disability and life insurance; 403(b) employer retirement plan; paid time off, and more.

To Apply

This position is open until filled with priority given to applications received by March 2, 2015. Applications are considered in the order they are received. Please e-mail a detailed cover letter, resume, a three- to five-page writing sample, and a list of at least five professional references to in PDF format. Use “WRPA0215” as your subject line and let us know in your cover letter where you heard about the job opportunity. Position is open immediately. Please do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must have all materials requested above in your application. No phone calls, please.

NILC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, age, or disability.