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Director of Immigration

The Director of Immigration oversees the AFL-CIO's policy and programmatic work regarding immigration in the United States and globally. The Director develops policy priorities and provides leadership, planning, management and oversight in meeting the AFL-CIO's domestic and global migration policy priorities. Working closely with various Departments within the AFL-CIO, affiliated unions and community partners, the Director coordinates strategies, tactics, messaging and communications. The Director of Immigration is based in the Policy Department and works in close coordination with the International Department.

Overview of Responsibilities:
• Manage the AFL-CIO's immigration and international migration policy work.
• Monitor key legislative, executive and political developments and trends affecting immigration and analyze the political impact of developments as they impact the labor movement, US and immigrant workers, and community partners.
• Identify and anticipate opportunities and threats and develop effective strategies in collaboration with appropriate AFL-CIO Departments.
• Direct advocacy response regarding proposed rules, policies, operating priorities, initiatives and other Federal administrative proposals.
• In collaboration with appropriate Departments, track state and local anti-immigrant legislative efforts and develop strategies to respond to those efforts.
• Lead the development of affirmative and defensive strategies for accomplishing the AFL-CIO's objectives.
• Oversee the development and preparation of materials, talking points and briefings for both internal and external audiences and groups.
• In collaboration with the Organizing Department, develop plans and strategy for implementation of immigration reform.
• In collaboration with appropriate Departments develop plans and strategy for naturalization/citizenship programs and campaigns.
• Provide technical assistance to AFL-CIO affiliates, State Federations and Central Labor Councils.
• Lead development and maintenance of relationships with immigrant advocacy organizations.
• Represent the AFL-CIO in immigration-related advocacy and programmatic coalitions.
• Oversee partnerships with immigrant advocacy organizations.
• Make recommendations to the AFL-CIO Officers and the Executive Council for AFL-CIO immigration policy and programs.
• Staff Executive Councils members on the Executive Council Committee on Immigration.
• In collaboration with the Communications Department and the Media Outreach division, act as staff spokesperson for the AFL-CIO for immigration and migration policy and programs.
• In collaboration with the Campaigns Departments, oversee training and education for internal and external groups around immigration policy and reform.
• In collaboration with the International Department, represent the Federation at United Nations proceedings including ILO, as well as at the International Trade Union Confederation and the Global Forum on Migration and Development regarding migration and related issues, and at other applicable international forums.
• Monitor and analyze international policy and legal developments regarding migration.
• Oversee partnerships with international migrant and migrant worker organizations.
• Represent the AFL-CIO in international migration and migrant worker coalitions.
• Represent the AFL-CIO on appropriate non-profit Boards.
• Write articles for publication in academic journals on topics related to domestic immigration and global migration policy and programs.
• Represent the AFL-CIO at conferences and other venues, as appropriate.
• Prepare and engage with other departments as needed for implementation of Convention Resolutions.

Education and Experience:
• BA or BS in education, labor studies, or other appropriate degree is required with a Masters preferred;
• Ten years of progressively greater responsibility in a program management role – preferably in a union, political or issue-driven environment or a combination of relevant education work experiences;
• Experience working with the labor movement and its leadership at the national, state and local levels, or equivalent;
• Extensive knowledge of the AFL-CIO and its mission;
• Extensive knowledge of the work and structure of state federations and central labor councils, our affiliates and allied organizations;
• Demonstrated knowledge of worker centers and their role within their respective communities;
• Proven ability to develop strategy and implement programs by capturing the resources and capacity of a broad array of partners;
• Knowledge and understanding of basic principles and skills involved in internal organizing, leadership development, campaign planning and implementation;
• Demonstrated ability to lead teams and workgroups in developing and implementing work plans;
• Proven ability to lead by example and foster mentoring relationships;
• Demonstrated experience with public speaking events including the ability to adjust tone and argument for various audiences;
• Excellent written, oral and presentation skills;
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to manage relationships in complex political and sensitive organizational situations;
• High level of individual motivation and a proven self-starter;
• Ability to travel and perform weekend and evening work;
• Based in Washington, DC.

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