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Vice President of Immigrant Advocacy and Programs

Houston, TX

Vice President of Immigration Advocacy

The Vice President for Immigrant Advocacy and Public Policy, in collaboration with the President and CEO, will define and strengthen thought leadership, influence public opinion, and inspire engagement. The Vice President will lead the execution of the advocacy strategy, including the creation of external policy-related papers and publications on unaccompanied children in migration, asylum, immigration, climate migration, and refugee issues, to increase visibility, presence, and support.

They will act as a senior representative in public forums and with the media, building strong relationships between the organization and experts, government officials, congress, nonprofit leaders, advocates, and supporters. The Vice President will also provide insight, training, and technical assistance to the organization's staff and network partners. This position will report to the President and CEO.


Team Management:

  • Lead and manage the Advocacy team

Relationship Management and Coalition Building:

  • Actively identify, develop, and maintain mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships between the organization and nonprofit organizations, government representatives, multilateral organizations, faith communities, and advocacy networks
  • Chart and implement coalition-building strategy with organizations and constituents engaged in focus areas
  • Organize opportunities for staff and Leadership Team members to participate in partnerships and related meetings


  • Establish Administrative and Congressional advocacy priorities in partnership with the President and CEO
  • Lead efforts to organize key stakeholder meetings
  • Identify and assist in the execution of external events and virtual opportunities related to advocacy
  • Provide regular insights, updates, and technical assistance to teams and network partners

Research and Administrative Advocacy:

  • Identify and develop research opportunities
  • Draft and edit white papers, briefs, one-pagers, and op-eds
  • Inform and oversee the distribution and rollout of generated papers and publications

Public Relations and Communications:

  • Provide insights and act as a subject matter expert for the Communications team
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Undergraduate degree in International Affairs, Public Policy, or related area and 7-10 years of progressive work experience
  • Advanced degree in Public Policy, Law, or Business Administration strongly preferred
  • In-depth understanding of unaccompanied children in migration
  • Exceptional writing and research skills
  • Exceptional relationship-building skills
  • High degree of initiative
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong relationships with Congressional members and staff
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint applications
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of work records
  • Knowledge of Salesforce a plus
  • Spanish language capabilities and experience in Latin America are a plus
  • Deep commitment to the organization's core values and ability to model those values in relationships with colleagues and partners

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