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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.

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 crises. We research their needs, identify solutions, and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.


SCOPE OF WORK:

In this role, the Senior Advisor – Legal Affairs (Senior Advisor) oversees all legal and regulatory matters of the Women’s Refugee Commission. The Senior Advisor will play a key role in supporting the organization’s governance structure and developing compliance measures and organizational and employment policies aligning with the Women’s Refugee Commission’s core values. The Senior Advisor is the organization’s lead on risk management. This role reports to the Executive Director and supports the Board of Directors. The Senior Advisor is an integral part of the Women’s Refugee Commission’s leadership team, working across all departments, participating in organizational meetings, and supporting the planning and implementing of the organization’s strategic plan.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Reports weekly to the Executive Director on all outstanding legal matters and compliance needs.
  • Works closely with the Operating Team to draft, negotiate, and review contracts as a key part of our contract review process.
  • Coordinates specific legal matters with outside (pro bono and paid) counsel.
  • Works closely with senior staff on legal matters involving program, grants and sub-grants, donor compliance, IP, and branding issues.
  • Drafts with working groups new or revisions to organizational policies.
  • Works closely with Human Resources on employment matters, benefits, and employment policies.
  • Oversees the organization’s liability and special insurance policies, working with the organization’s brokers and finance team.
  • Prepares Board materials, legal reports, and drafts Board resolutions for all Board meetings.
  • Advises Board on matters of governance, compliance, fiduciary responsibility, and risk management; attend all Board meetings.
  • Works in close coordination with the External Relations Team to help ensure compliance with donor regulations and requirements.
  • Advises on crisis management team with Executive Director and the Communications Team.
  • As needed, reviews donor and external communications.
  • Reviews and updates employment policies regularly.
  • Supports all-staff communications on employment-related matters.
  • Assists HR on specific employee matters, complaints, and management.
  • Serves on the Operating Team, a working group composed of Finance & Administration, HR, and senior staff.


Qualifications, Skills, Education, and Knowledge:

  • J.D. required from an accredited law school and licensed in New York or be eligible to become a member of the NY Bar.
  • 5+ years’ experience representing or working in-house in a nonprofit organization.
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects with internal and external teams.
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Strong project coordination skills, experience as both a team player and leader.
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail and a commitment to consistently delivering work of the highest quality.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and resourcefulness and creativity in solving problems.
  • Commitment to working with humility with advocates and partners across the world, many from historically marginalized groups.
  • Expertise in humanitarian issues a plus.
  • Must be able to work from the Women’s Refugee Commission’s New York office at least one day each week.
  • Skilled in Word, Excel, Microsoft Office applications.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.


Reports to
: Executive Director, Women’s Refugee Commission

Position: Regular, part-time

Location: New York, NY (can be temporarily remote due to COVID)

Deadline to Apply: OPEN


How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume 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.

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.

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 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.