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The Women’s Refugee Commission considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

Organizational Background

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is a research and advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. We research their needs, identify solutions, and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. WRC is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

Scope of Work

The Policy Advisor of the Migrant Rights and Justice (MRJ) Program will work to promote the rights of migrants and access to protection for women and children seeking safety in the United States and internationally. This includes taking a leading role in research, strategic planning, project development and implementation, and advocacy. Current expected areas of focus include reception of and the care model for unaccompanied children, including at the US-Mexico border, in government shelters, and following release to sponsors; enhancement of due process for unaccompanied children; and family separation and reunification.

Essential Job Functions

Advocacy and Public Education

  • In collaboration with MRJ staff and External Relations staff, develop, implement, and support advocacy strategies designed to improve conditions, protection of rights, and treatment of migrants — particularly unaccompanied children and families — seeking protection, especially as they go through the asylum and immigration process.
  • In consultation with MRJ staff, initiate, maintain, and manage relationships with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), US government agencies, UN agencies and other international human rights bodies, child welfare agencies and courts, Congressional members, their staff, and others.
  • Provide technical expertise and policy advice internally (WRC staff and board) and externally (e.g., administration policymakers, US Congress, UN agencies, NGOs).
  • Represent WRC to a variety of audiences, including policymakers and government and UN officials, at public events, meetings, briefings, conferences, and other venues as appropriate, and with media.

Research and Writing

  • Conduct desk and field research and assessments, including planning and coordinating field research, extensive travel to the field (domestic and international), developing methodologies, analyzing data, and identifying findings and recommendations.
  • Under direct supervision of the Director of the MRJ Program and in coordination with the Communications team, manage writing, editing, production, and distribution of MRJ documents, including reports, legislative language, advocacy letters, policy papers, blogs, journal articles, letters to the editor, website postings, urgent actions, and other materials.
  • Monitor events and trends in arrivals and treatment of unaccompanied children, reunification efforts for families separated under the Trump administration, asylum practices, and related policies and programs and follow-up.

Strategic Planning and Program Implementation

  • Work with Director of the MRJ Program and other senior staff to develop and implement the program work plan and to coordinate program goals and objectives to achieve measurable outcomes through targeted and sustained advocacy.
  • Identify emerging issues related to protection of vulnerable migrants, especially migrant children, and help guide WRC’s response.
  • Manage and direct targeted pro bono projects.
  • Work collaboratively with partner organizations to develop and implement long-term coalition goals.
  • Participate in overall organizational strategic planning.

Financial and Administrative Management

  • In collaboration with Director of the MRJ Program and the Development Department, assist in the development and preparation of proposals, budgets, and grant reports.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Finance on donor relations and financial reporting requirements.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and law degree or master’s degree in international studies, political science, immigration, human rights, social work, or related field, or at least 3–5 years’ comparable related experience.
  • Minimum 3–5 years’ progressive work experience in immigration, refugee, child welfare, social service, and/or human rights work, including experience managing projects.
  • Previous experience working on policy advocacy, including experience on or with the Hill preferred.
  • Experience working on child welfare, unaccompanied children, immigration detention, or family separation issues strongly preferred.
  • Proven track record conducting research, analyzing legislation, policies, and the political landscape, and writing reports and policy papers.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills required. Experience interviewing migrants highly preferred.
  • Grant writing and presentation expertise preferred.
  • Solid diplomatic skills: the ability to effectively liaise with a variety of internal and external professional contacts, including government officials and elected officials of all parties.
  • Strong people management skills.
  • Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced and detail-oriented team environment.
  • Spanish language proficiency required; ability to reliably and comfortably interview and converse.

Reports to: Director of Migrant Rights and Justice
Position: Regular, full-time (currently remote)
Location: Washington, DC
Starting Date: ASAP
Position Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via this link.

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The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Background

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and young people. As an advocacy and research organization, WRC is dedicated to bringing about systemic changes that lead to greater respect for the rights of uprooted women, children, and young people. The organization strives to effect policy and programmatic change with broad, worldwide impact.

Scope of Work

The Assistant to the Executive Director will provide administrative and logistical support for the Executive Director. The primary responsibilities will include liaising with board members and board committees on behalf of the Executive Director; planning for and supporting board meetings; organizing itineraries, meetings, and materials for the Executive Director’s trips, both domestic and overseas; arranging meetings; maintaining a calendar of appointments; and participating in special projects. The Assistant to the Executive Director will report directly to the Executive Director.

Essential Job Functions

  • Arrange and set up meetings, including booking facilities and resources and rescheduling and confirming meetings.
  • Arrange international and domestic travel, including hotel and travel reservations.
  • Maintain calendar of meetings and travel reservations.
  • Complete expense reports and track reimbursements.
  • Draft routine correspondence and answer phones.
  • Assist with preparation for two in-person board meetings each year, including gathering information for and assembling board binders, ordering food, reserving conference room(s), assisting board members who require travel assistance, and preparing and circulating minutes of each meeting.
  • Arrange board committee meetings and monitor actions to be taken by each committee.
  • Maintain and update board members’ files and contact information.
  • Provide support for relations with board members, including keeping current and past board members apprised of Women’s Refugee Commission activities.
  • Maintain records of donor correspondence and other related documentation to support the work of the Executive Director. Tasks include, but are not limited to, updating donor databases as needed to track essential information from the Executive Director’s contact with donors.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 5-7 years’ experience in an executive-based support capacity, including experience handling busy executive calendars.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize competing tasks.
  • Detail oriented and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven writing and editing skills: the ability to draft and edit memos and letters.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully interact with a variety of people, including senior professionals, such as board members, academics, and senior managers.
  • Excellent judgment, including sensitivity to confidential information.
  • Ability to work independently, at times with minimal supervision, and as part of a team.
  • Strong IT and computer skills and proficiency in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with a small staff.
  • Demonstrated interest in humanitarian issues and international affairs.

Reports to: Executive Director
Position: Regular, full-time
Location: NYC, but temporarily remote due to COVID
Posting Date: September 7, 2021
Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via this link.

APPLY NOW

The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Background

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and youth. As an advocacy and research organization, WRC is dedicated to bringing about systemic changes that lead to greater respect for the rights of uprooted women, children, and youth. The organization strives to effect policy and programmatic change with broad, worldwide impact. We are a team of 40+ staff located primarily in New York City and Washington, DC.

WRC is in the process of ensuring the organization is more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We are seeking a consultant with expertise in change management, organizational culture change, and leadership skill-building to help us advance our DEI efforts. The Consultant will help develop a thoughtful and strategic approach that balances staff’s ongoing workload with the critical work that needs to take place using the available human and financial resources.

Scope of Work

  1. Conduct a desk review of existing documents, reports, audits, and policies, including hiring practices, to ensure concrete understanding of existing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and operational landscape.
  2. Assist WRC staff across the organization, including internal working groups and leadership, to unpack and develop a shared understanding of what equity, diversity, and inclusion mean in an organization like WRC and craft a written document laying out those meanings for WRC.
  3. Assist the organization to unpack staff expectations and perceptions and how WRC will address issues around trust, transparency, and inclusive decision-making and how these issues are connected to DEI. Develop a shared understanding of these terms and how they apply to WRC and develop a mechanism for how to measure whether we have reached a shared understanding.
  4. Lead discussions and activities around what makes a healthy workplace and positive organizational culture; what staff value and want in WRC’s workplace culture; and how staff at all levels contribute to such. Apply the learning into accountability measures in the deliverables.
  5. Provide technical expertise on the human resource policies and management that are foundational for DEI in the organization.
  6. Lead a visioning and action-planning process on how WRC will achieve a healthy workplace with policies and a positive organizational culture that centralizes diversity, equity, inclusivity, and respect within WRC’s organizational success with measurable objectives and benchmarks, plans for data collection, identified roles and responsibilities, semi-annual review processes, and accountability mechanisms.

Potential Activities

  • Workshops and/or retreats for all staff.
  • Workshops for leadership and management-level staff.
  • Coaching and behavior change activities for leadership staff.
  • Long-term strategy and roadmap for achieving a healthy workplace and positive organizational culture, including methods to monitor and evaluate a variety of areas, e.g., organization policies, hiring practices, staff retention, continued staff education, etc.

Scope of Work

  1. A comprehensive review of existing WRC policies, practices, and internal structures with (1) specific, actionable recommendations for changes needed to advance DEI and a positive work culture for all staff, particularly the inclusion and retention of staff from underrepresented groups; and (2) a proposed accountability framework defining roles and responsibilities in effecting the recommended changes.
  2. A 5-year action plan with (1) defined objectives and priorities, (2) proposed activities and timeline, (3) benchmarks for measuring success, and (4) an articulated accountability structure to assist WRC management identify and implement necessary changes to foster a positive, diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace culture. This should include work that is internal to WRC (e.g., developing an internal communications plan to promote transparency or integrating DEI into performance management for leadership and managers), as well as our external-facing efforts (e.g., revising our philosophy on fundraising/development to align with DEI principles, if needed).
  3. A set of recommendations tailored to WRC’s leadership and managers, accompanied by ongoing support (e.g., leadership coaching) for a period of one year, on effective change management practices to institutionalize a healthy and positive work environment for staff and DEI as a leadership priority and to advance accountability of WRC leadership.

Reports to: Executive and Operating Team(s)
Position: Temporary
Location: NYC but temporarily remote due to COVID
Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter along with a proposal via this link.

APPLY NOW

The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Background

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and youth. As an advocacy and research organization, WRC is dedicated to bringing about systemic changes that lead to greater respect for the rights of uprooted women, children, and youth. The organization strives to effect policy and programmatic change with broad, worldwide impact.

The Chief Philanthropy Officer is responsible for the overall management of the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Development department, which raises funds to sustain its annual $10 million operating budget. The candidate will build on a strong revenue base of private foundations and governments, while substantially increasing support from individuals. They will be accountable for fundraising results; supervising and strengthening the 4-person development team; and working with senior management and board members to increase revenues. This position will report to the Executive Director.

Specific Responsibilities of the Chief Philanthropy Officer

  • Provide vision and leadership for the organization’s fundraising strategy and implementation.
  • Plan and grow a major gifts program to increase unrestricted giving from high-net-worth individuals, including sophisticated prospect research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies; maintain strong relationships with donors.
  • Supervise all policies, objectives and initiatives related to WRC’s institutional, government, and corporate and foundation initiatives.
  • Oversee the planning of a series of in-person and online fundraising events.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, senior management team, and Board of Directors to design and implement a strategic development plan that aligns with the overall mission of WRC.
  • Create annual fundraising plans and execute them to ensure that fundraising goals are set and met/exceeded.
  • Work closely with program staff to understand and shape development needs and opportunities, and advocate for development initiatives with other departments.
  • Closely mentor staff and support the team to ensure professional development and expansion of roles.
  • Oversee the development and submission of all timely and accurate funding requests and reports to donors.
  • Oversee prospect research and donor cultivation strategies to sustain and increase annual revenues from foundations, governments, and corporations.
  • Maintain and enhance development operations and systems as needed; set and track metrics to ensure that Development is on pace with goals; make adjustments based on metrics and return on investment.
  • Oversee the sustainability and growth of the donor base through creative new campaigns and initiatives, including execution of the Lantern Tour concert series and creation of a strategic major donor program.
  • Create customized engagement opportunities; build events to reach new audiences; map out follow-up on event engagement.
  • Create and implement strategy for donor partnerships, particularly sponsorship for the annual luncheon.
  • In partnership with the Communications department, oversee the Women’s Refugee Commission’s annual luncheon.
  • Represent the institution as part of the senior leadership team.
  • Manage Board cultivation strategies to increase the fundraising participation of the leadership; serve as Development department liaison to the External Relations Committee of the WRC’s Board of Directors.
  • Supervise the Development team to its greatest potential and ensure high productivity and efficiency of development  operations.

Ideal Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Advanced degree preferred.
  • 12 years fundraising and senior management experience, including setting strategic direction for and supervising a development team.
  • Demonstrated success in all key aspects of fundraising, with an emphasis on major and individual gifts, and a familiarity with foundation relations and corporate fundraising.
  • Demonstrated strategic background to build and sustain a funding pipeline.
  • Familiarity with US and foreign government funding streams.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills: the ability to communicate and liaise effectively and diplomatically with colleagues across the organization and with external partners.
  • Demonstrated writing skills: the proven ability to successfully conceptualize, write and edit proposals and reports. Able to communicate nuanced programmatic details and contexts.
  • Solid organizational and time-management skills: the ability to plan for and manage multiple projects while working in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment with strict deadlines and competing priorities.
  • Self-motivated, possessing an entrepreneurial attitude, strong work ethic, flexible style, and ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising software.

Critical Competencies for Success

  • Substantial experience designing and implementing comprehensive individual and institutional stewardship and fundraising Track record of creating strategies for developing and increasing grant/gift opportunities, as well as advancing partnership plans with multiple components.
  • A record of identifying and building a pipeline of major donors, stewarding relationships that have resulted in six- and seven-figure gifts or greater.
  • Comfortable leading and driving a team and an organizational mission; experience positioning and distinguishing an organization for increased fundraising opportunities; contribute to driving the brand of an organization.
  • Demonstrating an interest in international development, human rights and social justice, the Chief Philanthropy Officer will be creative, hardworking, and committed to the mission of WRC, willing to roll up her/his sleeves and get into the specific details when necessary.
  • The candidate should thrive in a high-performing environment and have the ability to function effectively in a complex organizational They will be an inspirational leader, who can move and guide a team with a collegial and professional demeanor. The candidate will possess confidence and presence, with a keen sense of internal and external relationship-building.
  • The Chief Philanthropy Officer will be a big picture thinker who can build consensus, agreement, and possessing strong communication, organizational and strategic thinking skills, is collaborative and transparent, with the ability to make independent decisions when appropriate, simultaneously serving as a partner to the Executive Director. The ideal candidate displays a high degree of emotional intelligence, diplomacy, and self-awareness and is a self-starter with discipline in establishing and meeting personal and team goals.

Reports to: Executive Director
Position: Regular, full-time
Location: NYC but temporarily remote due to COVID
Posting Date: ASAP
Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via this link.

APPLY NOW

The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.