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Supervising Attorney for Immigrant Rights & Racial

Center for Popular Democracy

The Center for Popular Democracy builds organizing power to transform the local, state, and the national policy landscape through deep, long-term partnerships with leading community organizing groups and progressive labor unions nationwide.

We seek an experienced and energetic legal professional to lead the organization's immigrant rights and racial justice policy work. The Supervising Attorney for Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice will support campaigns on discriminatory policing, deportation defense, education, and others through strategy development, initial investigation and legal research, legislative drafting, creation of campaign materials, lobby visits, community education activities, and work on implementation. The Supervising Attorney will also oversee campaigns on municipal ID, detainer discretion and other innovative state and local immigration policies. A strong candidate need not bring immediate expertise in all of the covered issue areas but must have strong management skills, effective leadership qualities, and experience with issue-based campaigns. In addition, the individual who assumes this role will have responsibility for legal pipeline activities including intern and fellow recruitment, law school course instruction and coordination of clinical and internship programs. Finally, the role involves fundraising responsibilities.

The Supervising Staff Attorney for Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice will report to the Deputy Director and will:

• Oversee CPD’s Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice policy work and co-coordinate the organization’s cross-departmental Immigrant Rights & Racial Justice Team;
• Provide support for the development and success of CPD’s broader policy agenda and Policy Department;
• Supervise Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice policy staff and fellows;
• Drive CPD’s Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice campaigns, providing strategic, research, analytical, policy development and advocacy support for our work with partners.
• Identify opportunities to expand CPD’s Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice work and develop and execute fundraising strategies;
• Represent the organization at external meetings, coalition tables, conferences; and
• Participate in regular meetings of the Senior Staff Team that support the growth and organizational development of CPD.


• A demonstrated commitment to social justice issues and understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-and moderate-income families;
• A law degree, with at least five years of experience in a related field preferred;
• At least two years staff management experience;
• Excellent research, writing, and analytic skills;
• An ability to juggle multiple projects at a time and work in a fast-paced environment;
• A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles;
• Experience working with broad-based issue coalitions;
• Excellent communication skills;
• Excellent organizational skills - good attention to detail and well organized;
• Self-motivated - proven ability to work independently;
• Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations;
• Dedication and ability to work flexible hours;
• Spanish/English bilingual preferred but not required.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to

CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.



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