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- Senior Policy Analyst for Child Protection, USA

Senior Policy Analyst for Child Protection
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

Job Description
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of Senior Policy Analyst for Child Protection, based in Washington, D.C.

The Young Center advocates for the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children in the United States. The Young Center serves as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. The Young Center also conducts policy advocacy at the national level to promote consideration of the best interests of the child in all decisions concerning immigrant children and to create a dedicated juvenile immigrant justice system that treats children as children. We are headquartered in Chicago, with offices in Harlingen, Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Los Angeles; New York; Phoenix; and Washington, DC.

The Senior Policy Analyst for Child Protection will lead the Young Center’s efforts to bridge the gap between domestic and international protections for children, and those provided to migrant children in the United States. With a background in child welfare, juvenile justice, immigration law, or a related field, the Senior Policy Analyst for Child Protection will engage in research, draft publications, and engage with Congressional offices and federal agencies to advance changes in law, regulation and policy. This position reports to the Policy Director.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Senior Policy Analyst for Child Protection will develop and implement the organization’s policy agenda at the federal level, with a specific focus on advancing protections that exist in domestic child protection laws for immigrant children facing separation from family and removal (deportation) to their countries of origin. Responsibilities include:

    Develop and maintain relationships with key legislative offices and federal agency officials
    Develop legislative language and draft policies that advance the Young Center’s mission
    Analyze, comment on, and provide feedback on proposed legislation, executive orders, and policy directives
    Draft fact sheets, reports, analyses on key issues for legislative offices, agency officials, stakeholders, and supporters
    Present at Hill briefings, conferences, webinars, and other events to advance policy priorities
    Develop collaborative relationships with policy staff at allied organizations to advance policy priorities
    Represent the organization in coalitions, meetings, and events related to the Young Center’s policy and advocacy priorities
    Work with communication staff to develop web content, social media content, action alerts, and op-ed pieces
    Provide policy and advocacy information to staff and board
    Other duties as assigned


    Five years of professional experience working in the fields of child welfare/child protection, juvenile justice, immigration or human rights
    Undergraduate degree required; J.D. or other advanced degree preferred
    Previous, professional experience in federal legislative and administrative advocacy, legislative drafting, policy development, public speaking,
    Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with diverse audiences, including public officials, coalition partners, community leaders, reporters and editors, community leaders, and the public
    Excellent writing skills
    Excellent oral advocacy skills
    Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively
    Creative thinking and problem-solving skills
    Excellent organizational skills
    Passion, tenacity and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families

The Young Center is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. Young Center encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

Special Notes/Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Contact Information
For inquiries regarding the status of your application, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; no information will be provided by phone. For more information about the Young Center, visit us at theyoungcenter.org.

Job posted on 8th May 2019
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