Senior Policy Advocate

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Position Summary: Tahirih is seeking a passionate, engaged, and energetic individual to enable us to expand Houston’s public policy capacity. Public policy advocacy is an integral and fast-growing element of Tahirih’s mission, locally and nationally, as we work to transform the policies and practices that directly impact immigrant survivors of violence.

The Senior Policy Advocate is responsible for developing and advancing effective local and state strategies to combat the climate of fear that impedes immigrant survivors’ ability to obtain safety and dignity under the law. The Senior Policy Advocate will work directly with the Executive Director and the National Chief of Policy to move policymakers to enact policies and procedures that ensure immigrant survivors of gender based violence are able to obtain access to critical legal protections and social services. The Policy Strategist will develop and advance strategies, media campaigns, trainings and other policy initiatives to hold local, state and federal representatives of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice accountable to their own policies. The Senior Policy Advocate will manage a Community Engagement Organizer and a Communications Associate. Policy activities include planning and executing consultations and forums on policy issues, actively engaging with law enforcement, community stakeholders and immigrant coalitions, and drafting letters, memos, reports, and other outward facing publications.

Primary Responsibilities

  •  Lead the development and execution of creative strategies at the state Capital and regionally to create policies and practices that ensure immigrant survivors have timely and full access to critical legal protections
  • Provide in-depth research and draft policy, advocacy and work with the communication team to produce action alerts, backgrounders, talking points, advocacy updates, press releases, op-eds/letters to the editor, testimony, articles for publication, website content to advocate/educate on local and state policies that hamper immigrant survivors’ ability to obtain safety and justice
  • Develop strategies to push for state-wide legislation and policy changes that protect immigrant survivors of violence
  • Deliver speeches, briefings and presentations on Tahirih’s policy initiatives
  • Monitor legislative, administrative and judicial developments at the state and local levels to shape policy priorities and initiatives
  • Ensure coordination and collaboration between Houston’s client services and policy teams
  • Lend support to Tahirih’s national efforts to secure stronger protections for immigrant survivors of under the United States’ asylum laws, Violence Against Women Act, and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, among others.
  • Serve as the Houston’s office primary liaison to the national public policy team, and coordinate to promote awareness, shift policies, and increase civic engagement around key policy issues 

Minimum Qualifications

Five years’ relevant experience

Law degree

Legislative experience at the state or federal level

Strong project manager with demonstrated ability to develop and implement advocacy and communication strategies

Nimble across disciplines and subjects related to Tahirih’s mission, including human trafficking, domestic violence, forced marriage, asylum access, and immigration

Ability to persuasively communicate orally and in writing Tahirih’s policy platform to a variety of audiences

Commitment to Tahirih’s mission, clients and non-partisan advocacy style

Desired Qualifications

Broad and deep knowledge of the impact of state and federal policies on immigrant survivors of trafficking, omestic violence, sexual assault and other harms

Excellent research and writing skills, with great attention to detail

Prior experience using in-kind services to meet policy objectives

Experience writing research reports


Annual salary and benefits: Competitive compensation depends on experience. Generous benefits include fully-paid employee health, vision and dental insurance; a 401(k) defined contribution retirement plan; flexible work schedules; professional development including in-house training programs, staff enrichment retreats and other growth opportunities. Employees have a very generous self-managed leave benefit inclusive of vacation, sick and holidays, including an office closure the week between Christmas and New Year’s. 

About the Tahirih Justice Center: The Tahirih Justice Center is a growing national non-profit organization that supports the courage of immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence by providing holistic legal services and advocacy in courts, Congress, and communities. Through pro bono holistic legal services, community outreach and education and nonpartisan public policy advocacy, Tahirih protects women and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses such as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, honor crimes, and forced marriage. Tahirih is a Bahá’í-inspired organization and works to create a world where women and girls can live in safety and with dignity. Tahirih’s 70 employees work from offices in the DC metro area, Baltimore, Houston, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Submissions: Please include a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references.

Please note: Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

Tahirih Justice Center is committed to equal opportunity and promotes equity and transparency as core values. Tahirih practices inclusiveness in decision making through the use of consultation with employees throughout the organization. Tahirih does not discriminate against any person on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, ability, gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Applicants committed to equity from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities are encouraged to apply.