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Our mission is to defend & advance the rights & opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.

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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:

Deputy Director

Los Angeles

JULY 2015  |  Adobe PDF icon

About the National Immigration Law Center (NILC)

Headquartered in Los Angeles with an office in Washington, DC, NILC is the premier organization working exclusively to advance and defend the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. We believe that all people who live in the U.S. — regardless of their immigration or economic status, race, gender, or sexual identity — should have the opportunity to achieve their full human potential. 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. Through innovative policy and legal advocacy strategies, NILC has won landmark decisions protecting civil rights, warded off negative policy changes, and advanced progressive policies that promote the well-being of all communities.

About the Position

NILC seeks a highly talented executive to manage the day-to-day work of the organization to ensure that it achieves its ambitious goals and desired programmatic impact. The Deputy Director will work closely with the Executive Director and play a central role as part of NILC’s Executive Team. The Deputy Director will provide leadership to a diverse, smart, and creative team.


  • Manage NILC’s programmatic work to ensure we reach our ambitious goals.
    • Manage department heads of litigation, advocacy, and communications teams.
      • Provide strategic support to teams in developing goals and integrated work plans that result in measurable gains for immigrants and their families.
      • Regularly review goals and plans with each team to adjust priorities and strategies.
      • Supervise (directly and indirectly) the execution of plans to ensure high standards performance.
    • Ensure that the work is well-coordinated across teams and with key partners
      • Ensure that cross-team projects have clearly defined roles, goals, and systems for managing the work effectively.
      • Engage in ongoing conversations with partners to develop coordinated strategies and plans that recognize partners’ respective strengths and amplify core messages.
  • Manage organizational systems and structures that create a culture of excellence.
    • Oversee annual processes such as goal-setting and organizational evaluation.
  • Serve as a key member of NILC’s leadership team.
    • As a member of the Executive Team, help assess and refine NILC’s long- and short-term strategies and goals.
    • Actively engage in Board relations.
    • Support NILC’s fundraising actions by participating in presentations to funders and other activities, as needed.
    • Exemplify NILC’s culture and values.
    • Represent NILC externally and advocate for immigrants’ interests, as needed.


Ideal candidates should have a passion for social justice and immigrants’ rights, and enjoy leading high-performing teams in a fast-paced, impact-oriented, and dynamic environment. Candidates must excel in three areas:

  • Policy and issue expertise: Experience in complex policy and legal matters and an intuitive understanding of how to attain NILC’s goals and priorities.
  • Superb management skills: Demonstrated ability to lead teams to achieve ambitious results, ideally in areas with a focus on social justice and/or immigrants’ rights. Sound judgment and willingness to make tough and strategic decisions when confronted with difficult choices.
  • Extraordinary interpersonal skills: Able to quickly build trust, credibility, and goodwill with a wide range of diverse audiences, including staff, partners, funders, elected officials, Board members, and the media.

Additional information:

  • A law degree and some litigation experience — or a policy degree and experience working with litigators — are a plus!
  • Spanish or API language fluency is highly desired.
  • The position requires 10-20 percent travel.
  • The position is based in Los Angeles, California.

Salary and Benefits

Excellent benefits and compensation package. Benefits include paid time off, health, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, and 403(b) plan.

To Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by June 15, 2015. If our job announcement is still online, we are still accepting applications. Please send a detailed cover letter explaining your connection to NILC’s mission and why you are the ideal candidate for this position and your resume to PDF format preferred, but not required. Please include reference #DEP0515 in the subject line of your email message. Do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 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, age, or disability.