The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) is the largest membership organization of asylum seekers in the United States, with over 300,000 members from 175 countries. ASAP members gain access to critical resources and join a collective effort to build a United States that welcomes individuals fleeing violence.
The Policy Director for the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) will play a key role in fighting for systemic change to the asylum system alongside ASAP members. ASAP works with our members — over 300,000 asylum seekers from over 175 countries — to advance their policy priorities. ASAP’s large and diverse membership makes ASAP uniquely positioned to understand the biggest concerns asylum seekers have and to advocate for what asylum seekers want and need from the U.S. immigration system.
The Policy Director is responsible for understanding ASAP members’ policy priorities and ensuring that ASAP is fighting to advance members’ priorities with both the Hill and the Executive. This position will manage relationships with government officials and represent ASAP with coalition partners and allied organizations.
- Review and analyze legislation, regulations, and policies on issues of concern to ASAP members.
- Propose creative policy solutions to problems identified by ASAP members.
- Draft proposed legislation and substantive comments to proposed regulations.
- Identify questions to survey ASAP members on key policy issues.
- Engage partner organizations to advocate for policy solutions identified by ASAP members.
- Organize hill briefings and meetings on policy issues of concern to ASAP members.
- Represent ASAP in meetings with government officials and Hill staff, as well as in coalition meetings.
- Supervise ASAP policy and advocacy staff.
- A J.D. degree required.
- 5+ years of immigration policy experience or related work experience, such as experience in government.
- Strong and fast writer and editor.
- Commitment to ASAP’s mission, members, clients, and member-centered advocacy style.
- Ability to take complex policy ideas and communicate them to non-policy audiences.
- Strong planning and time management skills, with an ability to coordinate deliverables across multiple internal collaborators.
- Fluency in Spanish (written and spoken) is a plus, but not required.
- Experience supervising staff is valued.
Remote workplace, location flexible.
We are considering applications on a rolling basis.
Salary & Benefits
The salary for this position is $90,000-$120,000, commensurate with qualifications. ASAP offers an excellent benefits package including health insurance coverage at no cost, 401K matching, generous paid vacation, personal, and sick days, and paid parental leave.
How to Apply
ASAP is an equal opportunity employer. ASAP strongly encourages asylum seekers, immigrants, Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC), Latinx people, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women, first-generation college students/professionals, and all marginalized individuals to apply, and recognizes the unique and valuable skills that such applicants can bring to this work.