Policy Associate

National Office Government Relations

09 Mar 2018

National Office

Government Relations

Government Relations

Full Time


2 - 5 years

FLSA Classification


We Are

Headquartered in downtown, Washington, DC, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is an organization with over 14,500 individual attorney members who practice and teach immigration law. For our members, we provide continuing legal education, information, advocacy, professional services, and expertise. 
Founded in 1946, AILA's mission is to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

Your Role

The Policy Associate works to advance AILA’s administrative and congressional advocacy goals by working with AILA staff, coalition partners, AILA members, and AILA volunteer committees on assigned issues. The Policy Associate contributes significantly to AILA’s written work product, drafting and editing policy papers, practice pointers, meeting agendas, bill text, legislative analysis, as well as communications-oriented products, such as blogs, press releases, and talking points, as needed. The Policy Associate provides support and assistance to individual AILA members with respect to substantive immigration law questions and information needs, monitors administrative developments, and reports on such developments to the AILA membership. This position focuses on general immigration issues.

Key responsibilities include:

Administrative and Congressional Advocacy: Works with the department directors, staff, AILA leadership and assigned AILA committees to identify emerging issues and trends, shape AILA’s policy positions and make recommendations on key priorities. Actively participates in the development of legal and policy positions and agenda items for agency meetings and participates in those meetings. Lobbies Congress on issues as needed.

Policy and Legal Analysis: Reviews, evaluates, and analyzes proposed regulations and legislation to identify legal and policy issues.

Drafts, coordinates, and contributes to the substantive content of AILA’s policy documents, regulatory comments, legislative analysis, and communications-oriented products. Conducts legal research to respond to member inquiries and assists members with finding solutions and resources to address legal and procedural questions. 

Information Sharing and Education: Writes and/or edits news and information items, advocacy alerts, and other items for AILA members and the public, to be posted on the AILA website and distributed through newsletters and other means. Serves as a resource on administrative actions and legislation for AILA members and members of Congress.

This position also is responsible for the following providing training sessions for AILA members and briefings on issues and providing guidance and support to AILA volunteer committees.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of immigration law, policy, and procedures.
  • Excellent writing, editing, proofreading and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong member-service orientation.
  • Strong research and electronic communications skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and/or in writing.
  • Ability to absorb and analyze information and simplify complex issues for various audiences.
  • Ability to track data and identify trends.
  • Ability to engage association committees and members.
  • Ability to work independently and in coordination with teams and volunteer leadership.
  • Ability to utilize research tools to conduct advocacy-oriented analysis.
  • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to travel, work after-hours and/or weekends, as needed.

Your Background and Experience

J.D. degree with 2 years immigration policy and/or general immigration law practice experience is required. Capitol Hill experience, or experience working with administrative agencies or coalition organizations is a plus. Prior experience in an association, member-service, or customer service environment is preferred.

Our Workplace

We offer a dynamic, challenging, rewarding, and collaborative work environment. AILA was named one of the 50 Best Places to Work by the Washingtonian Magazine, and received recognition as being one of the Principal 10 Best for Employee Financial Security.

For Consideration
Qualified applicants are to submit cover letter, resume and salary requirement. Cover letter should include a summary of how your background, knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position.

NOTE:  Applications without cover letters and which do not indicate desired salary may not be considered. 

Direct hire only – NO recruiters (mail, email, fax or phone).

The American Immigration Lawyers Association 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.