Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of Programs at National Immigration Law Center - NILC

National Immigration Law Center - NILC

Special Assistant to the Deputy Director of Programs


Founded in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is the leading advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their loved ones. NILC’s mission is grounded in the belief that everyone living in the U.S. — regardless of race, gender/gender identity, immigration status, or economic status — should have equal access to justice, resources, and educational and economic opportunities that enable them to achieve their full human potential. NILC is committed to advancing its mission — which intersects race, immigration status, and class — through a racial, economic, and gender justice and equity orientation.

Headquartered in Los Angeles with an office in Washington, DC, NILC seeks to achieve just laws and policies that address systemic inequities, create narrative and culture change for an inclusive and equitable society, and build a healthier and more powerful movement.

NILC is seeking a Special Assistant to provide high-level executive level project management and administrative support to the Deputy Director of Programs.

The role will be based out of the headquarters in Los Angeles, the office in Washington, D.C., or remotely.


  • Provide management assistance to the Deputy Director of Programs, including project planning and execution, preparation for meetings, agenda setting and coordination, follow-up activities, and overseeing calendar, travel schedule and management of expense reports.
  • Works directly with Program teams. Identifies communication needs of diverse stakeholders, including the Development and Operations teams and the Executive Office. Establishes protocols for communicating programmatic work that enhances flow of information across all levels of the organization, vertical and horizontal.
  • Oversees execution for projects (evaluation, work planning, goals setting, budget development and management) led by or under purview of the Deputy Director of Programs. Provides appropriate coordination on projects and tasks, including planning, troubleshooting, progress reporting, researching and interacting with staff and consultants.
  • Supports the Deputy Director of Programs in leading NILC’s program evaluation and impact initiative. Provides professional support by conducting research, synthesizing and analyzing data on programs, extrapolating lessons learned and essential points critical to management.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Proven track report of successfully supporting an executive or organizational leader.
  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of four years’ experience with a positive growth trajectory, or equivalent work experience.
  • Familiarity with the immigration movement and related topics is a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work independently, prioritize and multi-task with minimum supervision in a fast paced and demanding environment. Able to successfully work under ambiguity and rapid change.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage up and across. Detail oriented and flexible with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Intermediate or Advanced experience with MS Suite and shared workspace platforms. Able to synthesize complex information and comfortably present data.
  • Able to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and discretion, as a member of a dynamic team.
  • Superior relationship-building skills.
  • Able to effectively manage difficult or sensitive situations. Courteous and professional manner and ability to maintain a calm and professional manner under pressure and with constantly shifting priorities.
  • Multicultural sensitivity, with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The expected salary range for this position is $70,000 to $90,000 annualized, depending on experience.

NILC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class. We consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative.

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