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Public Policy Director: Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM). Saint Paul, Minnesota

Posted 5 months ago

The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is Minnesota’s premier provider of comprehensive
immigration legal services to low-income clients of all nationalities. ILCM is a 30-person office with
five locations in the State of Minnesota including two Saint Paul offices and offices in Moorhead,
Worthington, and Austin. Additionally, ILCM has recently expanded to provide services in North
Dakota. ILCM has been in operation for over 25 years, and is funded through individual, law firm,
corporate, United Way, foundation, and local, state, and federal government support.
The mission of ILCM is to enhance opportunities for immigrants and refugees through legal
representation for low-income individuals, and through education and advocacy with diverse
communities. Our goals are to:
• Remedy legal problems by providing quality immigration legal services to low-income
immigrantsand refugees of all nationalities
• Prevent legal problems by providing law-related education to immigrants and
refugees of allnationalities
• Raise public awareness of immigration issues to encourage sound public policy that
protects the universal human rights of immigrants and is both compassionate and
The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota is seeking a public policy director in its Saint Paul, Minnesota
office. The public policy director will be an integral part of our public policy and communications
As an organization deeply connected to the issues and individuals it serves, ILCM is necessarily
engaged in local, state, and federal policy surrounding immigrants. The cornerstone of ILCM’s
public policy program is changing the narrative and policies regarding unjust policies and practices
that, on the one end, fail to address the unique needs of immigrants and refugees, and on the
other end, denigrate immigrants and refugees. ILCM’s public policy activities, currently overseen
by the Executive Director and the Public Policy Committee of the Board of Directors, includes
narrative change work and public policy work directly with a wide range of stakeholders, including
immigrant and refugee organizations, grassroots organizations, issue-based coalitions, government
officials, labor unions, religious organizations, and professional groups. ILCM aims to fortify its vital
role in the ecosystem of organizations working to make Minnesota more welcoming to immigrant
and refugee communities by hiring a public policy director to serve as a technical expert,
outstanding communicator, and trusted convener for immigrants and immigrant-led organizations
advocating for welcoming policies at the local, state, and federal levels.
The Public Policy Director reports to the Executive Director and is part of the leadership team.

• Staying abreast of current issues, trends, and research in immigrant and refugee policy, racial
justice and immigrant reform movements through collaboration with partners, landscape
analysis, and issue education
• In partnership with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, developing a vision and
strategic ideas to build and grow ILCM’s policy platform and advance policy engagement locally
and nationally.
• Providing accurate and strategic analysis of laws, policies, and proposals that affect immigrants
and refugees to the network of advocacy organizations that champion immigrant and refugee
• Convening broad-based coalitions around advocacy efforts impacting immigrants by leveraging
ILCM’s role as a trusted leader among grassroots organizations, corporations, and law
enforcement agencies.
• Representing ILCM at the local, state, and federal level as needed with an emphasis on the
Minnesota State Capitol and communities in Greater Minnesota.
• In conjunction with ILCM’s Communications Manager and Communications Contractor, educating
both ILCM supporters and the general public about the challenges immigrants and refugees face
and the laws and policies that could better support them.
• Building relationships with key stakeholders including advocacy staff at other nonprofit
organizations, business leaders, and both local and state representatives across Minnesota.
• Supervising Advocacy Interns or other staff and managing volunteers.
• Using an equity lens, develop sector issues, strategy, and organizational positions on public
policy issues that are relevant to immigrants and refugees in Minnesota and nationwide.
• Overseeing compliance with lobbying regulations.
• Assisting in grant proposal and report preparation as needed.
• Helping create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all individuals with regards to
diversity which may include geography, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, immigration status,
veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, age, ability and religion.
• Fulfilling other responsibilities as assigned.
• J.D. degree and admission to a state bar, DOJ accredited representative, or immigration paralegal.
For those with a J.D. degree and admission to state bar, three years of experience or equivalent with
immigration law and immigration court matters preferred; for DOJ accredited representatives and
immigration paralegals, five years of experience or equivalent with immigration law and immigration
court matters preferred.
• At least five years of experience in issue advocacy and direct lobbying (preferably in a nonprofit
• Experience with advocacy coalitions preferred.
• Excellent oral, listening, and written communication skills.
• Excellent interpersonal communication skills and relationship building skillsto effectively work with a
variety of people and personalities, including developing relationships with clients, volunteers,
independent contractors, staff, partnering agencies, and Board members.
• High level offlexibility in adapting to changing immigration laws, procedures, and policies.
• High level of attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.

• Familiarity with diverse refugee and immigrant communities, community agencies, and resources.
• Demonstrated interest in serving the low-income immigrant and refugee community and experience
working with persons of diverse economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
• Ability to work constructively with others, possess good judgment, learn quickly, and work well
independently and under pressure as well as in collaboration with other staff and with other
• Working knowledge of standard word processing and presentation programs (i.e. MicrosoftWord and
Power Point) required.
ILCM’s values are grounded in respect for and partnership with our immigrant and refugee clients.
• ILCM is a welcoming organization and values different backgrounds and experiences.
• ILCM is a client-focused organization, and we prioritize our clients and their needs.
• We treat clients and one another with grace, patience, respect, and empathy.
• We recognize that we are individuals and a team.
• We show compassion and support for ourselves and for each other.
• We bring our full passion, dedicated attention and highest quality service to our low-income
immigrant and refugee clients and their families.
• We value relationships with the communities we serve and seek to express their full potential
and contributions through our work together.
• We believe in taking action to make immigration systems work for all.
At this time, ILCM offers a hybrid work environment with staff selecting to work in the office, at
home, or a mix of both. The Public Policy Director will be required to spend some time in the St. Paul
office and in the community—including travel throughout Minnesota—to perform certain tasks.
ILCM is proud to offer a competitive compensation package:
• Annual compensation: $85,000-$90,000 per year
• Benefits: Paid-time-off; Health, Dental, FSA, Life, Short/Long-term Disability Insurance, IRA
Plan w/employer match
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references (a supervisor, a peer, and
someone you oversaw) to: Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and the
position will be open until filled.
Visit our website at to learn more about our work.
ILCM is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a work environment that is free from
harassment and discrimination. ILCM provides equal opportunity to all applicants for employment in accordance
with all federal, state, and local laws and will not refuse to hire any qualified individual, or otherwise discriminate
against any individual by reason of an employee’s race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual
orientation, disability, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, or any other
characteristic protected by law. ILCM is committed to providing all reasonable accommodations required by law to
qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants for employment and/or who are employed at ILCM.

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