May 30, 2019

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) advances bold and innovative strategies to challenge unlawful and inhumane immigration enforcement, government overreach, and large-scale strategies aimed at dismantling immigrant rights.

We are looking for our next principled and courageous leader to champion our efforts to advance justice and equality of treatment for immigrants, through litigation, advocacy, and support for community organizing groups on the frontlines.

Organizational Background

The National Immigration Project was formed in 1971 as a committee of the National Lawyers Guild and became a freestanding organization in 1981.

For the past 48 years, the NIPNLG has served as a progressive source of cutting-edge, advocacy-oriented legal support on issues critical to immigrant rights. The NIPNLG persistently promotes justice and equality of treatment in immigration law, the criminal justice system, and in policies related to immigration.

The Executive Director reports to the NIPNLG’s 15-member Board of Directors. The NIPNLG has an annual budget of $1.3 million, and a talented staff of up to eight, including attorneys. The Executive Director will take leadership in a dynamic organization with a solid financial outlook and impressive track record. The NIPNLG operates in a virtual office environment with staff located currently in Boston, MA and in Berkeley, CA. Applicants should have relevant experience and be deeply and demonstrably committed to the NIPNLG’s mission.

Preferred Experience and Qualifications

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in the area of immigrant rights. Experience in criminal justice, public policy, or a related field may also be considered;
  • A track record of senior leadership and management in a mission-driven organization;
  • Extensive fundraising experience, including a track record of raising significant funds from foundations and individual donors;
  • Significant financial management and budget experience; grounded understanding of financial standards of practice;
  • Experience managing institutional growth and change;
  • Experience hiring, managing, and developing a diverse staff; experience with remote management is highly desirable;
  • Compelling and persuasive public speaking skills, media presence and savvy;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication, including effective communications with media, press, funders, and partners;
  • A track record of building and sustaining strong relationships with existing and prospective stakeholders, including board members, funders, individual donors, and community partners;
  • A track record of building effective partnerships and coalitions among organizations, lawyers and activists, from the grassroots to national levels;
  • The ability to oversee and implement a vibrant communications strategy;
  • Ability to travel extensively in order to represent the NIPNLG, **including travel to Boston periodically where currently non-attorney staff are centered;
  • Willingness to make a multi-year commitment;
  • An advanced degree in law, public policy, nonprofit management, or related field, or equivalent work experience;
  • Fluency in Spanish or a second language is beneficial but not required.

Executive Leadership Skills and Attributes

The ideal Executive Director candidate will be an authentic, inclusive, and inspiring leader who has worked in communities of color on immigrant rights issues. We seek candidates who demonstrate the following leadership skills and personal attributes:

  • A commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion with a track record of instituting organizational policies and practices that advance racial equity and diversity goals;
  • A commitment and ability to center the experiences and perspectives of our constituents;
  • Excellent intellectual, analytical, and strategic thinking skills;
  • The ability to generate big, visionary ideas and ideals and the capacity to convert them into solid strategies and action;
  • A reputation as a principled strategic collaborator with keen listening skills and the ability to bridge philosophies and perspectives;
  • An adaptive leadership style with the ability to navigate complex situations and relationships and take advantage of strategic opportunities;
  • Skills in talent management, team building, mentoring and developing staff leadership;
  • A high level of emotional intelligence and capacity for self-reflection and self-improvement.

NIPNLG is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

Note: The staff of the NIPNLG are represented by a union, the National Organization of Legal Service Workers. This position will require periodic communication with the Union, managing our labor-management relations and representation of the Project on the national NLG management bargaining team.


Salary Range: $115,000 - $135,000. NIPNLG also provides a generous benefits package.

To Apply

Nominations, inquiries, and application materials must be submitted to Applications should be submitted electronically. Please include a cover letter, resume and at least three references. Your cover letter should address the following:

  • Why you are interested in working with NIPNLG and the constituents we serve;
  • What you believe you would bring to the position of Executive Director; and
  • How your past accomplishments are relevant to this position. Please submit all required information in a single PDF document.

All inquiries and applications will be kept confidential. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We expect to receive resumes from many qualified applicants and therefore highly recommend submission as soon as possible and no later than June 15, 2019.

For more information about NIPNLG please visit the About page on our website.