Policy Director

Justice in Motion
  • Location
    Brooklyn, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jul 20

Position description

Justice in Motion protects migrant rights by ensuring justice across borders.


In the face of overwhelming legal and practical barriers, many migrants who have suffered exploitation or abuse at the hands of employers or government officials give up their rights after leaving the United States. Other migrants who flee abuse, violence, and persecution are unable to remain in safety due to lack of evidence to support their claims.


These migrants need “portable justice” - the right and ability to access justice across borders. Justice in Motion is dedicated to ensuring portable justice through legal, educational, and policy initiatives in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Essential to this transnational model is our Defender Network, a unique partnership of on-the-ground human rights organizations in Mexico and Central America. ​Justice in Motion makes sure that wherever migrants go, their rights will follow.


The Opportunity

Justice in Motion seeks a passionate and knowledgeable leader to serve as the organization’s first Policy Director. Reporting to the Executive Director and serving as a key member of Justice in Motion’s leadership team, the Policy Director understands the U.S. labor issues that connect with immigration, and regularly participates in groups that are working to effect change in transnational labor and immigration policy. The Policy Director manages the Policy and Advocacy Manager.


The Ideal Profile

The ideal candidate meets these requirements:

  • Legal and policy expertise in immigrant rights. This is someone with experience litigating workers’ rights cases (ideally including temporary foreign worker cases), representing immigrants in asylum or other forms of immigration relief, and advocating for federal policy changes on these topics. A J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school is strongly preferred to reflect deep knowledge of the technical, legal aspects of our work.
  • A systems thinker. This is someone who understands the direct impact of policy decisions, and can zoom out to connect the dots, and find opportunities to fight for more effective and humane policies at the federal (and sometimes state) level.
  • A natural builder. This person has gravitated toward roles that didn’t exist before. They have a start-up mentality, creating things with minimal resources and direction, doing their own administrative tasks, and lovechange and taking action.
  • Excels at management, both upward and team, especially in a remote environment. This is someone who understands the universe in which an Executive Director operates and how to maximize their time to get results. This person is both direct and respectful, and naturally gains the trust of leadership. They also have experience managing staff and know how to engage people’s strengths toward the goals and give clear action steps and coaching so they can contribute effectively.
  • An effective project manager. This is someone who regularly designs and runs several projects simultaneously and uses best practices and tools such as Asana to keep everything moving forward, and to involve the right people at the right times.
  • A proactive communicator. This is a person who has excelled working on dispersed and remote teams before and understands the value of over-communicating. This person takes the lead in making conversations happen, and always strives to have the right people at the table to give input.
  • Cross-cultural experience: This is someone who has spent significant time living, working, or studying with people from many cultures and within diverse communities, and thrives in those environments. They enjoy connecting with a wide variety of people, and easily demonstrate curiosity, empathy, and tact.
  • Spanish fluency is strongly preferred, though not required.



This is a new position, and the duties will evolve over time. The primary areas of responsibility include:

Federal Policy Strategy and Advocacy

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and the Policy and Advocacy Manager to develop short- and long-term strategy for Policy work at JiM
  • Advance U.S. federal policy that aligns with Justice in Motion’s mission (e.g., labor, immigration, and civil rights with portable justice elements), such as:

Representing the organization at the federal level to achieve increased transparency and improved governance of temporary foreign work visa programs through legislative and administrative efforts

Representing the organization at the federal level to bring cross-border and country of origin perspective to U.S. immigration policy issues, such as asylum, into legislative and administrative efforts

  • Develop and implement projects to advance our policy goals of portable justice, such as promoting a research agenda, drafting papers and reports, gathering evidence, and leading other initiatives to increase knowledge and understanding of temporary foreign worker issues
  • Active engagement in coalitions in the U.S. and abroad, including regular participation in conferences, convenings, and similar gatherings
  • Regular coordination and collaboration with the Communications Manager to take advantage of opportunities to deepen public awareness, through media exposure and op-eds


Defender Network Connections to Policy Efforts

  • Bring the Defender Network voice into conversations about U.S. foreign policy that has direct cross-border implications that impact the countries of origin
  • Provide regular updates (trainings, blogs, etc.) to Defenders to keep them and other allies up to date on our relevant policy efforts
  • Engage the Defender Network to influence U.S. policies that affect migrants, such as labor and asylum regulations


Country of Origin Policy 

  • Develop country of origin policy strategy, in partnership with the Defender Network, and develop project plans
  • Coordinate and drive occasional, mission-aligned policy work in countries of origin, in conjunction with the Defender Network (e.g. utilizing foreign laws or advancing country of origin policies to protect workers or increases access to portable justice)


Administration and Management

  • Supervise the Policy and Advocacy Manager and oversee growth and development
  • Serve on the Management Team and participate actively in organizational strategy, planning, and decision-making
  • Contribute to and participate in cross-functional activities and events


Details: The Policy Director is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Executive Director and begins as soon as possible. This is a management position with supervisory responsibilities for the Policy and Advocacy Manager.


Location and Travel: This is a remote position and is ideally based in the Washington, DC area, but can be based anywhere in the U.S., with work hours aligned with the Eastern Time Zone. When safe to do so, this position will require travel up to 25% of the time (more if based outside of DC), primarily within the U.S., and occasionally to Central America and Mexico.

Application instructions

Justice in Motion values diversity in our workforce and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply. Please email a resume and cover letter that describes how you meet the requirements of this position to [email protected]; in the subject line, please write: “Policy Director -- [Your Name].” 


Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. No phone calls please.


Justice in Motion is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or any other applicable status protected by state or local law.

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