Deputy Director

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons around the world.

IRAP operates offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon. Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters at 29 universities in the United States and Canada.

IRAP believes in action, accountability, innovation, and candor. We are nimble, collaborative, and nonpartisan, and believe in the power of individuals to change their own circumstances. IRAP was founded in 2008 by a group of law students with a vision to change the status quo of global refugee processing to assist the most vulnerable refugees.

IRAP has grown tremendously over the past year and is currently in the process of spinning off from our umbrella sponsor, the Urban Justice Center, and becoming an independent 501(c)(3) organization. As part of this, we are preparing to engage in a strategic planning process to address the global shift in attitudes toward migrants and refugees, including piloting programming in Europe and North Africa, opening an in-house litigation department, and engaging in creative advocacy strategies to continue to highlight the plight of our clients in an increasingly saturated news environment.


At this key moment in our growth, IRAP is seeking a visionary, systems-minded Deputy Director, based in our New York City office, to take the lead in ensuring that our programmatic growth is integrated, innovative, grounded in sustainable infrastructure, and responsive to the constantly shifting geopolitical climate, as well as our own organizational needs. The position reports to the Executive Director.

The Deputy Director will oversee IRAP’s three programmatic departments (Legal, Policy, and Litigation), guiding and supporting the directors of those three departments in developing and executing programmatic work, as well as ensuring that program staff are well-supported and provided with opportunities for growth and professional development. The Deputy Director will also assist the Executive Director with external-facing organizational tasks such as public speaking, media relations, liaising with board members, and fundraising.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in issues facing refugees, human rights, and immigration/international law to help lead a growing organization that makes an impact on the lives of the world’s most vulnerable individuals.


  • Oversee the programmatic work for the organization to ensure that organization-wide strategies are effective, responsive to current needs, and integrated consistently across departments so that the work has meaningful impact for our client populations.
  • Serve as a thought partner and collaborator with the Executive Director and Department Heads regarding programming and strategy.
  • Directly supervise the Legal Director, Policy Director, and Litigation Director on programmatic strategy, planning, and implementation.
  • Manage and support the professional development and daily work experience of program staff in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Ensure that international field offices, staff, and activities are fully incorporated into the overall mission of the organization.
  • Create and maintain an equitable and inclusive work culture in collaboration with the Operations Director.
  • Work with the Development team on fundraising concepts and proposals to secure program funding; assist with the cultivation of donors.
  • Oversee specific project commitments to funders.
  • Build and maintain relationships with media, board members, funders, and other supporters.
  • Some legal casework supervision as necessary.
  • Help lead an organization-wide strategic planning process, including setting goals and objectives and measuring results.
  • This role will involve domestic and international travel.


  • Ability to inspire and rally staff and external stakeholders around IRAP’s mission.
  • JD or LLM and admission to practice law in a jurisdiction of the United States are required to guide programming and supervise casework/file appearances as necessary.
  • Skilled manager and supervisor with ability to lead, mentor, coach, and develop both experienced and entry-level staff.
  • Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders across an organization, including external stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with inclusion, equity, and anti-oppression principles and strategies.
  • Can develop a clear vision for IRAP’s programmatic strategy and empower the team to implement that vision.
  • Comfort and familiarity with donor relations and major donors’ processes, including demonstrated excellence in program design and funding proposal development.
  • Ability to write clearly and effectively.
  • Excellent advocacy and oral presentation skills for legal and non-legal audiences.
  • Persuasive in public speaking and one-on-one.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, high emotional intelligence, and positive demeanor to support organizational and team morale.

Internal and external candidates will be considered.

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation/sick leave.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with interviews beginning in mid-August.