SIFI Director

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Published 17 days ago


This position can be located in Atlanta, GA or New Orleans, LA.

The SPLC seeks an experienced advocate to lead its Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI), a cutting-edge program combining direct services and impact advocacy tools to advocate for the decarceration of people in immigration custody in the Deep South.

The SIFI Director is responsible for the vision, strategic planning, leadership, and management of a team of more than 20 advocates across five offices Georgia and Louisiana. This includes supporting office-specific release strategies and campaigns; nurturing relationships with grassroots groups, legal services providers, and other key partners; building public support for mass decarceration through effective communications strategies; and addressing operational issues. The SIFI Director will also model SPLC’s values of an inclusive, anti-racist and respectful workplace and will encourage the same from staff.

This position reports to the Deputy Legal Director of the Immigrant Justice Project. This is a permanent, full-time position requiring substantial work hours and frequent travel. The SIFI Director works closely with the directors and staff of SPLC’s other departments.

SIFI is committed to centering clients, supporting the movement to end detention, and prioritizing staff well-being. Founded in 2017, SIFI has expanded its advocacy strategies beyond representation of migrants in immigration custody to include removal defense in merits cases through appeal, federal habeas litigation, pro se support, and advocacy before members of Congress and other policymakers. Today, SIFI stands with migrants in court, fights for their release from custody, works in multi-racial coalitions to dismantle the structures that perpetuate incarceration, joins forces with partners to combine advocacy and class action litigation, and strives for a just and equitable climate for migrants in the Deep South.

Although speaking a foreign language is not required, candidates that have intermediate proficiency in a foreign language such as Arabic, Creole, French, Hindi, Spanish, Urdu and/or other languages are highly encouraged to apply.

Immigrants, the formerly incarcerated, and members of historically marginalized communities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Primary Job Functions:

 In collaboration with the Deputy Legal Director and program staff, the SIFI Director will: 

  • Create and monitor progress towards work plans, goals, and outcomes aligned with SPLC and IJP values;
  • Manage SIFI operations and administration to maintain program stability, ensure ethical legal representation and achieve SIFI’s goals;
  • Manages a small team of communication professionals, providing mentoring and coaching to support the work;
  • Recruit, hire, train, establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign duties, and conduct performance reviews;
  • Oversee office-specific campaigns and release strategies, remote volunteer program, and merits program;
  • Develop and nurture partnerships with grassroots groups, legal services providers, organizations focused on decarceration, legislators, policymakers, and other stakeholders;
  • Maintain a leadership role within SPLC, collaborating with colleagues in policy, communications, and other departments to achieve mutual goals and further organizational objectives;
  • Work closely with the Deputy Legal Director, IJP to pursue integration of SIFI’s work and objectives within IJP’s mission; and
  • Serve as spokesperson for SPLC in public fora, meetings, and media.


  • Juris doctorate degree;
  • At least eight (8) years of experience working on integrated legal, or advocacy campaigns related to migrants and/or people in confinement or comparable legal experience;
  • Significant removal defense or comparable legal experience, including demonstrated knowledge of substantive law applicable to migrants in removal proceedings; and
  • At least five (5) years of managerial experience, with a successful track record as a unifying team builder with a collegial, collaborative management style and a demonstrated commitment to the value and power of teams.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to engage effectively in strategic planning and to develop work plans, priorities, goals, and proposed outcomes;
  • A strong track record as a successful relationship builder who can work effectively and collaboratively with colleagues, stakeholders, and external partners;
  • Ability to prioritize responsibilities in a high-energy, fluid, and fast-paced work environment;
  • Creativity, vision, and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies;
  • Ability to lead teams with a positive attitude in the face of emotionally taxing work;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Willingness to engage with and incorporate trauma stewardship and trauma-informed practices into the work;
  • Commitment to fostering a workplace culture that reflects justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, including confronting white-supremacy cultures in the workplace and not replicating the harms of the immigration system on anyone; and
  • An approach to decarceration work that centers an anti-racist analysis.

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions. Regular travel to SIFI sites is expected.

Due to COVID-19, our offices are currently closed, and staff is working remotely. If this position is filled while our offices remain closed, the new employee will work remotely until the offices reopen. We are not asking newly hired employees to relocate while the offices are closed. 


 The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity:

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.


This position can be located in Atlanta, GA or New Orleans, LA.

The SPLC seeks an experienced advocate to lead its Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI), a cutting-edge program combining direct services and impact advocacy…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Atlanta, GA
Associated Location
Atlanta, GA, USA

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