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Job Opportunity at DWN: Director of Policy & Advocacy

July 27, 2010

Director of Policy and Advocacy for Detention Watch Network, a project of Tides

The Detention Watch Network (DWN) is a national member-led coalition that works to educate the public, media and policy makers about the injustices of the U.S. immigration detention and deportation system and to advocate for humane reform. Working with DWN is a unique opportunity to interact with, and support the work of, immigrant rights advocates as we build our collective power and vision for reform.

Position Summary

The DWN Director of Policy and Advocacy will focus on immigration detention and enforcement issues, coordinating the activities of DWN members to advance the Network’s principles and members’ shared advocacy goals. S/he will monitor and report on policy activities, manage coordinated education activities around the key policy goals, and engage members across the country to add their perspectives through local and DC-based activities.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Devise and execute, in conjunction with other staff, DWN members and leadership, strategies to achieve Network’s policy and advocacy goals;
  • Engage in policy advocacy at senior levels of government including work on selected NGO Working Groups and Committees;
  • Facilitate the work of DWN members through member committees and designated projects;
  • Engage in both written and oral education, including drafting publicly accessible materials for use with policy-makers and the media, written reports and articles, and other public education materials;
  • In consultation with Network members, coordinate press conferences and promote other methods to gain media coverage of the Network’s issues and actions, coordinate and plan government briefings related to the Network’s core principles, and organize and implement trainings for Network members and allies across the country;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with allies and constituencies to develop collaborative advocacy strategies;
  • Develop and implement national campaign strategies;
  • Implement a human rights and racial justice framework and strategies into the Network’s activities and engage members in human rights-related activities;
  • Keep DWN members, leadership, and staff informed of policy opportunities and developments and enlist people in collaborative activities with a focus on developing member leadership and capacity;
  • Represent Network at external events and with members of the media;
  • Document actions taken by Network members to achieve specific project objectives and evaluate effectiveness of actions;
  • Assist Network staff with the management of electronic tools including the website;
  • Assist organization-wide fundraising efforts including support for grant proposals, reports and related activities as needed.

Key Working Relationships

  • Executive Director, Field Director, Development and Operations Director
  • DWN membership, DC policy advocates



  • Bachelor’s degree and law/masters’ degree or equivalent.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in related field required.


  • Substantial knowledge of US immigration law and policy, as well as broader knowledge of human rights law. Knowledge of the U.S. criminal justice system preferred.
  • Significant experience in public legislative and/or administrative advocacy.
  • Experience in constituency-building, communications, working with the media.

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral advocacy skills, including public speaking skills, and demonstrated ability to translate technical material for a variety of audiences;
  • Government relations and/or Congressional staff experience;
  • Management skills including facilitation of groups, volunteer management, and program coordination.
  • Ability to assimilate and convey Network principles on a variety of issues in a succinct and compelling way and tailored to different audiences;
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision; be goal-oriented and have experience implementing multiple projects concurrently;
  • Have a diplomatic presence. Develop and maintain good working relationships with a wide variety of Network members and partners.
  • Occasional travel required.

DWN offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits and a collaborative work environment with colleagues who are dedicated to social justice reform.

Please submit a resume, cover letter and three references to Ana Carrion, Detention Watch Network via email (preferred) or mail: acarrion(at), DWN, 1325 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20005.

Detention Watch Network, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). 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.

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