Executive Director

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Executive Director

Date Posted:

March 9, 2021

We Are …

The American Immigration Council (the "Council") works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring. 

We are seeking talent to join our team!

Your Role …

The American Immigration Council is seeking a visionary Executive Director with a proven record of accomplishment in non-profit leadership. The Executive Director must have a demonstrated commitment to reforming inequities in the US immigration system, working to advance positive public attitudes about immigrants, and creating a more welcoming America. The role will require a clear understanding of issues impacting the immigrant community and will require an understanding of how to enact change at the national level. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for a 40-member staff, fundraising, programs, and overall implementation of our core mission.  

The Executive Director will lead a highly motivated group of experienced professionals responsible for legal strategy, policy advocacy, strategic communications, finance, operations, and development. The director will manage the department leaders responsible for day-to-day implementation of programs and will serve as the foremost participant in raising an annual budget of $10 million.  

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Key Responsibilities

The Executive Director will provide compelling, strategic vision and leadership at a pivotal time for the Council and immigration policy as well as develop and pursue strategic priorities in coordination with the staff and board to ensure the organization remains part of a broad and diverse coalition of organizations working for change.  

The role requires substantial skill in developing and building partnerships across compatible civic organizations that share the mission and vision of the Council, and the Executive Director must be a strong collaborator and partner to the leadership of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  

The Executive Director will expand, evolve, and sustain the American Immigration Council’s fundraising base, and ensure that the organization meets its annual revenue goals by providing leadership and support to key fundraising staff, and by working in close partnership with our board and current funders. The role will require a keen ability to strengthen and expand alliances with new and existing funders.  

The Executive Director will exercise strong fiscal stewardship over the organization’s finances, and uphold the organization’s standards of excellence, transparency, and optimization of resources.

We are looking for someone who:  

Is persistent in driving for results with the ability to create a clear and concise roadmap with short- and long-range goals. The Executive Director must set the vision, be able to motivate staff, and effectively lead them through implementation.  

Demonstrates passion for the mission, values, and diversity of our organization.  

Has considerable experience in policy, advocacy, organizing and/or delivering services that support and strengthen immigrant or other historically marginalized communities. This experience should be coupled with an openness to innovative ideas and a willingness to challenge assumptions and conventions. 

Is a skilled fundraiser who connects strategy to priorities and programs to revenue. 

Has strong management, business and financial skills and has a proven track record as a solid decision maker. 


  • Firsthand knowledge of the immigrant experience and the impact of immigration law and policy is a plus. 
  • Has successfully led a growing, diverse organization of comparable or larger size, budget, and scope.  
  • Prior experience with board governance.

Desired Attributes

  • Charismatic leader who enjoys building a positive organizational culture
  • Inclusive thinker who seeks out and honors diversity and is committed to fairness and justice
  • Demonstrated experience inspiring confidence, trust, and collaboration
  • Effectuates and manages change when necessary
  • Performs duties with integrity, honesty, and humility through consistency of words and actions
  • Decisive; able to create a clear case for action and implement same effectively
  • Possesses a commitment to personal and professional excellence
  • Optimistic and solutions oriented
  • Sets ambitious standards for self and colleagues
  • Able to bring out the best in others, comfortable sharing credit and successes
  • Able to navigate often complex collaborative waters with ease, confidence, and action
  • Politically savvy
  • Approachable; comfortable giving and receiving information and advice
  • Sees diversity as a strength

The Council is committed to being a safe, respectful, and inclusive space, where a broad range of viewpoints and experiences are encouraged and every member of its staff and board is given the opportunity to provide input and thrive.

This job operates in a professional office environment. This job routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers. Council employees will be working remotely until the end of 2021 due to COVID-19.

Some travel is expected for this position. Incumbents in this position have typically traveled 4-8 times per year, before the COVID-19 pandemic. This has included travel to (1) hearings and other litigation-related obligations, (2) Council trainings, (3) board meetings, and (4) conferences.

Our Workplace …

We offer an extremely generous total compensation package (salary and benefits).  Benefits include – medical, dental, vision, 401k with employer match, monthly transit subsidy, flexible work schedules, 3+ weeks’ vacation, 11 Federal holidays, on-site fitness center and many more exciting benefit programs.

Application Process  

To apply, send an e-mail with a cover letter detailing your qualifications and a detailed explanation of your interest in this position along with your resume and salary requirements. The compensation package is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

Resumes will be considered until April 9. The office is based in Washington DC. The Executive Director will be expected to be in DC frequently. In addition, the role will require 25% travel. 

The American Immigration Council ("Council") is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to treating all applicants and employees without regard to unlawful considerations of race, religious creed, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, military and veterans status, citizenship and immigration status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. This equal employment opportunity commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to, advertising, recruiting, hiring, job assignment, compensation, promotion, demotion, benefits, training, discipline, and termination. 

The Council believes that diversity is a strength. The Council is committed to being a safe, respectful and inclusive space, where a broad range of viewpoints and experiences are encouraged and every member of its staff and board is given the opportunity to thrive.

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