Program Director, Migration Policy

    • Job Tracking ID: 512830-650881
    • Job Location: Washington, DC
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Masters Degree
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: September 27, 2018
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Job Context Information

This position is located in the ELCA Advocacy Office located in Washington DC and serves the church as a member of the Domestic Mission Unit.

The Domestic Mission Unit mission is to foster and facilitate the work of synods, congregations, and partners in making congregations vital centers for mission and in creating coalitions and networks to promote justice and peace. Its work includes creating and revitalizing congregations; leadership development; providing worship and liturgical resources; enhancing discipleship; supporting multicultural ministries and the commitment of this church to inclusivity; fostering relationships with educational partners; facilitating the engagement of this church in advocacy; and related activities that serve the evangelical mission of synods and congregations.

This position coordinates and leads with the AMMPARO Program Director within the ELCA AMMPARO Strategy and relates to broader ELCA migration work. It develops and strengthens the ELCA Advocacy network in the United States, Central America and Mexico. It assists in developing greater capacity with our partners in the Northern Triangle for better governance and addressing the root causes of migration.

The position interacts regularly and builds connections with advocacy partners in State Public Policy offices and Corporate Social Responsibility program, with Directors for Evangelical Mission, Program Director for Latino Ministries, ELCA World Hunger Program colleagues, synod Bishops and staff, Global Mission colleagues, young adult and racial justice ministries colleagues, and other agencies and institutions as appropriate.

In Washington DC the position relates with Members of Congress, the Administration and their staff; ecumenical immigration and foreign policy coalitions including the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, the Washington Interfaith Staff Committee, and secular organizations like the Latin American Working Group, public religious and secular media as requested, Washington-based organizations and offices.  

This full-time position will be based in the Washington, DC area.

Job Purpose

The primary purpose of this position is to guide and carry out the church’s public witness on issues related to migration in the U.S. and globally. The position will successfully implement the ELCA AMMPARO migration strategy. This position coordinates and relates the ELCA’s public voice, members, programs and ministries to national policy priorities. This position informs, equips and encourages ELCA members, congregations and synods to engage in advocacy as a faith practice. It equips the church do engage in advocacy focused on migration and displacement alongside people living in poverty, being forcibly displaced or struggling with hunger.

Job Responsibilities

1. Evaluate public policy proposals on issues related to migration, and coordinate advocacy strategies for the church including direct relations with Members of Congress, the Administration and their staff for effective policy change

2. In collaboration with AMMPARO Director, coordinate with ELCA  stakeholders to lead ongoing development of the operational and communications plans for the AMMPARO strategy. Coordinate with church partners and other stakeholders to implement this plan.

3. Participate in and lead Washington-based interfaith and secular coalitions that work on migration domestically and internationally.

4. Develop and carry out grassroots and grass tops strategies to influence policy outcomes, to teach advocacy as a faith practice, identify and address migration issues, and to engage ELCA members and leaders in migration issues. Advise church initiatives addressing migration.

5. Design and draft educational materials, including fact sheets, action alerts, theological reflections and adult education materials, to support and inform ELCA leaders and members about key issues and opportunities for action.

6. Participate as part of ELCA Advocacy staff team in overall advocacy operational plan strategy and evaluation.

7. Oversee budget and other duties as assigned.


Some travel required, primarily in U.S.A. and Central America. 

Physical Effort.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear, use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. This position requires sitting for long periods of time. Reasonable accommodations can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experience and Skills:

1. Bilingual (English and Spanish) fluency -- both spoken and written.

2. Master’s degree in public policy, international relations or related

3. Knowledge of Latin American political dynamics

4. Demonstrated interest in migration issues

5. Robust interpersonal skills to interact with leading decision-makers in government, other non-profits, business community

6. Ability to work collaboratively toward shared outcomes across programs and organizations