Executive Director

Date Posted: 
Tue, February 16, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Category: 
New York, NY (currently remote through pandemic)
Company Name: 
Immigrant Defense Project
Job Description: 

The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) is a vibrant and growing social justice organization whose mission is to promote fundamental fairness for immigrants who have had contact with the criminal legal system. IDP fights to end mass criminalization, detention, and deportation through a multipronged strategy including advocacy, litigation, legal advice and training, community defense, grassroots alliances, and strategic communications. In order to advance this work, IDP is seeking a new Executive Director to set the vision, direction, strategy, and governance structures for the organization, and to advance IDP’s mission through effective fundraising, organizational development strategies, and by cultivating a strong, resonant external presence.

For the past 20 years, IDP has created cutting-edge legal and advocacy strategies to support immigrants in contact with the criminal legal system, on an individual, local, and national level. IDP seeks not only to change law and policy, but also to change the discourse toward ending criminalization. Specifically, IDP seeks to minimize the harsh and disproportionate immigration consequences of contact with the criminal legal system by working to transform unjust deportation laws and policies, and by educating and advising immigrants, their criminal defense attorneys, and other advocates.

IDP began as a small organization of mostly lawyers focused primarily on legal strategies and litigation to drive change. Over the years, the organization has grown in stature and impact, expanding its slate of programs and services to include advocacy, community education, and state and federal policy work. With this expansion, IDP has become a national leading voice in matters related to the intersection of immigration and criminal justice. As a result, in the past five years, the number of staff has grown from 11 to 20, including lawyers, paralegals, advocacy campaign specialists, and communications strategists. In order to reach its full potential, IDP is seeking an Executive Director who will bring strong management, financial acumen, and organizational leadership to an organization that has grown quickly in a short space of time.

Within a culture of inclusivity and shared leadership, the Executive Director will be a dynamic and creative leader committed to and passionate about justice for immigrants impacted by the criminal legal system. The Director will collaboratively set vision, direction, and strategy for IDP’s work and continued success; partner with the leadership team in designing and implementing organizational development and management priorities, including building efficient operations, governance, and administrative systems; represent the organization externally and lift up its groundbreaking work and impact; and build and diversify its fundraising strategies and efforts. The ideal candidate will be a visionary and strategic leader and manager who brings deep experience managing nonprofit organizations, including fundraising, fiscal management, and operations. They will be a strong facilitator of people and ideas, and a thoughtful leader committed to cultivating a growing, learning environment. In addition, the new Director will bring a level of maturity and vision that fosters a healthy, robust, and supportive environment in which staff can thrive.

For the full position description and to apply, please visit: https://recruitcrm.io/apply/25003074

More information about the Immigrant Defense Project may be found at: https://www.immigrantdefenseproject.org/

This search is being led by Callie Carroll and Yuniya Khan of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.

The Immigrant Defense Project is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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