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Director of Development

National Immigration Law Center
California, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Sep 25, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Fundraising Administration, Other Fundraising
Legal Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with National Immigration Law Center (NILC) in the search for a Director of Development.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Development will provide strategic leadership and guidance on NILC and NILC Immigrant Justice Fund’s (NILC IJF) fundraising functions. The Director of Development will lead a high performing development department; create and successfully implement a diversified fundraising plan that thrives in a rapid response work environment and meets the annual budgetary needs of the two organizations; and strengthen the foundation for long-term sustainability. NILC’s annual budget is approximately $20 million, approximately two-thirds of which is from institutions and one-third of which is from individuals (both grassroots and high net worth). NILC IJF's budget is smaller, approximately $2 million, and is expected to grow.

Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of immigrants with low income. The NILC Immigrant Justice Fund was established in 2013 to advocate more directly for federal immigration reform policies that provide a road to U.S. citizenship for all aspiring citizens and make it possible for them to fully integrate into the social, economic, and political fabric of the United States.

NILC believes that all people who live in the U.S. should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Over the years, NILC has been at the forefront of many of the country’s greatest challenges when it comes to immigration issues, and it plays a major leadership role in addressing the real-life impact of policies that affect the ability of low-income immigrants to prosper and thrive. NILC is committed to bridge-building work among a broad range of progressive movement allies, and forging a long-term movement vision grounded in racial, economic, and gender justice. Its convening and movement decision-making bodies are fully diverse.

In April 2019, NILC finalized a new strategic framework, which will govern its work over the next five years. This framework represents a shift in its strategy orientation in recognition of the fact that legal and policy strategies alone are not enough to achieve the long-term transformational change NILC believes the times require. NILC will continue to use its litigation and policy expertise to challenge unjust laws and policies that marginalize low-income and other vulnerable immigrant communities and advance systemic policy solutions that make it possible for immigrants and their loved ones to thrive. But it is now also focusing on building a stronger, more inclusive immigrant justice movement and fostering intersectional alliances with other communities in order to amass the political power necessary to hold decision makers accountable for making policy changes real and lasting. It will also engage in narrative and culture change to shift public debate toward the notion that—no matter where a person is born or how much money they have—everyone has a stake and constructive role to play in shaping the country’s future.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least ten years of fundraising experience, preferably within a social justice nonprofit organization with similar funding sources such as foundations, high net worth Individuals, and grassroots donors. At least five years of supervisory experience is required.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of National Immigration Law Center and the National Immigration Law Center Immigrant Justice Fund as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the position prospectus.

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