Senior Policy Advisor- U.S. Immigration

Open Society Foundations
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Dec 22

Position description

Senior Policy Advisor- U.S. Immigration, US Programs, New York, Deadline: 01/04/2019

The Immigration Team in U.S. Programs embraces a values-based approach to its work, rooted in shared open society values of liberty, equality, and justice, and focused on what we each have in common. We fight to improve the circumstances of the most vulnerable immigrant populations, explicitly support the empowerment of immigrant communities, and support work to build bridges and allies to foster stronger, resilient, and open communities. We operationalize this strategic framework through focused grantmaking, advocacy, and partnerships in support of the following goals: 1) garnering increased public support for immigrants and refugees as central to our vitality as a nation and rooted in shared open society values of liberty, justice, democracy, and equality; 2) strengthening the immigrant/refugee rights movements' ability to counter harsh enforcement, keep families together, and build power; and 3) preserving U.S. leadership on refugee and asylum issues domestically and internationally.

Job Profile

OSF is looking for a talented Senior Policy Advisor to develop and implement complex policy advocacy strategies, including grant-making, on immigration, refugee and migration matters.

We are seeking a forward-looking leader who will creatively forge strategic collaborations across the OSF network; actively partner with advocacy leaders in responding to emerging threats and opportunities; and engage in long term planning with advocates, funders and other key players on the future of the immigrant and refugee rights movements. This position reports to the Senior Strategic Advisor on Immigration.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • In close partnership with foundation colleagues, develop and implement complex advocacy and grant-making strategies
  • Develop and maintain broad and deep relationships with advocates, government officials and other key players around immigrant and refugee issues
  • Forge and implement strategies with the leaders of the immigrant and refugee rights community around emerging legislative and administrative threats and opportunities
  • Play a key role with leaders from the advocacy and philanthropic communities to develop a long term vision and accompanying strategies for the immigrant and refugee communities
  • Look for opportunities to work closely with other units in OSF, such as the International Migration Initiative and Latin American Programs, to develop collaborative projects across the network.
  • Create original policy recommendations and advance them using established contacts with key decision-makers within the U.S. government and influential organizations.
  • Contribute substantively to development of OSF's immigration and refugee portfolio strategy through research, evaluation of ongoing work, and scoping of new possibilities
  • Write and edit policy reports, memos, issue briefs, content for media outlets and message documents for a wide range of audiences
  • Regularly represent OSF as lead expert at meetings, make presentations, including speaking with the media, as appropriate.
  • Solicit, vet and recommend consultancies and advocacy related grants, manage contract and grants process, and evaluate grantee organizations.
  • Build relationships within and outside OSF that advance OSF's refugee, immigration and migration goals, including with existing grantees, prospective grantees, experts in the field, and peer donors


Candidate Profile




  • At least 7-10 years of experience working for government, non-profits, political campaigns, or philanthropy where immigration and refugee issues were a significant content area of the position
  • Comprehensive, specialized knowledge in the immigration field
  • Demonstrated mastery of standards for protection of migrant and refugee rights, as well as ability to use traditional legal and advocacy strategies as well as innovative approaches for advancing rights protections
  • Experience leading complex initiatives and managing elements of strategic projects
  • Demonstrated success in advancing social change strategies, including planning and implementing modifications in response to an evolving situation
  • Demonstrated experience and effectiveness with most of the job duties.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Experience directing or funding 501(c)4 activities is a plus.
  • Prior grantmaking experience a plus
  • Ability to make sound informed judgments, juggle multiple tasks, work successfully with a range of personalities and comfort working in dynamic and changing environments


Application instructions: Please include a cover letter and resume, and upload as one document when submitting an application.

Competitive rates of pay apply.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.



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