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Immigrant Rights Program Manager

September 18, 2022 Job Listing

Immigrant Rights Program Manager
Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Hybrid Work Schedule, Based in San Francisco, CA
Exempt, Regular, Full-time Position

Applications are due by October 10, 2022

The Opportunity

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (ALC) seeks an experienced attorney and advocate to lead its Immigrant Rights (IR) Program. The Program Manager will lead a team of attorneys, community advocates, and fellows to bring about systems change through an integrated approach combining direct services, coalition building, impact litigation, and strategic advocacy. The Program Manager must be able to utilize, integrate, and manage legal, policy, and advocacy strategies on issues and campaigns to protect immigrant and refugee communities from detention and deportation and build toward a humane immigration system that keeps families and communities together. She/he/they will supervise attorneys on a wide range of criminal-immigration legal matters before the immigration court system and federal courts, including contesting aggravated felony and other criminal-immigration charges, habeas actions seeking release from ICE detention, and constitutional challenges to ICE enforcement practices. This position reports to the Deputy Director.

The IR Program Manager will lead the program’s direct services, advocacy, and community empowerment work with and for low-income immigrants facing detention and deportation based on criminal convictions. The IR Program Manager will also work with staff and collaborate with our Criminal Justice Reform program to build on the past decade of advocacy to disentangle ICE from local and state law enforcement. The ideal candidate is attuned to and has deep expertise in crim-imm legal issues and is committed to building leadership and power with and for impacted communities. Experience working with people who are formerly incarcerated and/or directly impacted by the criminal legal system is highly desired.

ALC is undergoing a strategic planning process, and the successful candidate will play a leading role in shaping the continued success and growth of the program and the organization. The IR Program Manager should bring a leadership style that is grounded in principles of equity and inclusion and can partner with ALC’s leadership and staff to build connectivity and cohesion across the organization.

The Organization

ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. Since 1972, ALC has preserved affordable housing in San Francisco’s Chinatown, litigated high-profile civil rights cases, advocated for the passage of landmark policy changes, and provided an array of services, including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation to further the rights of low-income immigrants and communities of color. Current program areas include Housing Rights, Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, Workers’ Rights, and Voting Rights.

ALC is based in San Francisco, a hub of the Asian American rights movement, progressive politics, and social justice activism. Our location in Chinatown is the first mixed-use, affordable housing co-op in San Francisco, serving as a model for preserving affordable housing in the city and protecting tenants’ rights.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and oversee the strategic direction and the short and long-term goals of the IR Program
  • Lead and supervise the IR program team and, in collaboration with the Deputy Director and Policy Director, integrate legal services with impact litigation and/or policy advocacy strategies to address the impacts of the existing immigration systems on API immigrant communities and other immigrant communities of color
  • Work with IR program team to provide direct legal services to low-income API immigrant and oversee legal casework and client management
  • Work with IR program team and in collaboration with the Litigation Director to staff ongoing litigation and identify new opportunities, legal theories, and claims to challenge civil rights abuses in the immigration system
  • Collaborate with Communications staff to develop stories with ALC clients and their communities and execute narrative-shifting strategies
  • Collaborate and coordinate with relevant programs on work that intersects with the immigration system
  • Establish and deepen relationships with grassroots partners, advocacy organizations, and other stakeholders
  • Develop and monitor a budget that aligns with the program's goals and organization's mission
  • Assist in development activities such as grant proposals, reporting, funder meetings, and fundraising events


  • Substantive experience with immigration issues and a minimum of five (5) years' related legal services, policy advocacy, or state/federal court litigation experience, ideally with familiarity in practicing in a nonprofit organization
  • J.D. degree and California bar membership
  • Significant criminal removal defense and federal court experience are highly desired
  • Excellent research, analytical, written, and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to work independently and in collaboration with other attorneys, community advocates, and community-based organizations
  • Demonstrated commitment to building power for and with grassroots communities
  • Experience working with Asian, Pacific Islander and AMEMSA (Asian, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian) community members impacted by the immigration legal system is highly desired
  • A trusted colleague who works effectively within a nonprofit management team towards organizational goals and objectives
  • Willingness to take risks and innovate
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience supervising staff and managing a team
  • Ability to do long-term visioning and planning, and ability to grow a team while maintaining a culture
  • Non-English language skills (such as Asian languages or Spanish) a plus but not required

Compensation and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position. The annual compensation depends on years of relevant experience; the range, starting from four years of experience, is $95,000 - $127,762. ALC offers an additional $1,000 annual compensation for proficiency in a language other than English and an additional $1,000 annual compensation for graduate degree(s) other than/in addition to Juris Doctorate degrees.

ALC’s comprehensive benefits package includes the following: generous vacation and paid holidays; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage (ALC pays 100% of premiums for employees and 75% for qualified dependents); a flexible spending account (FSA); and 401K retirement plan with employer non-elective contribution and match.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample (no more than ten (10) pages)
  4. Three professional references

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Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.