The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is 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 people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.
IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City and Washington D.C.), Jordan (Amman), Germany (Berlin), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multinational corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 80 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.
IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.
Reporting to one of IRAP’s Deputy Executive Directors, the Legal Services Director will lead a team of talented program directors who oversee the work of over 40 staff who focus primarily on the direct representation of refugees and other displaced people worldwide, mentoring pro bono teams of attorneys and students in direct representation, and other projects. The Legal Services Director will provide direct supervision to the U.S. Legal Services Director, the Middle East Director, the Director of Complementary Pathways, and the Intake and Legal Information Director. They will oversee staff based in New York City, Jordan, Lebanon, Germany, and remotely around the world. They will coordinate our work across all legal services teams and work in close partnership with all of the Program Departments at IRAP to ensure high-quality legal services are provided to our clients.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a deep connection to IRAP’s mission to use legal advocacy to find safe places to live and safe passage for the world’s most persecuted individuals. They will be an inclusive, passionate leader committed to combating inequitable policies impacting refugees and other displaced people and to delivering the highest quality legal and advocacy services. They will be an experienced manager who excels at supporting, mentoring, and motivating legal staff; developing processes that facilitate the efficient and effective delivery of direct legal services by staff and volunteer lawyers; and successfully leading teams in delivering the highest quality legal and advocacy services. The ideal candidate will be a decisive, keenly analytical leader and thinker who will build and support a healthy culture around prioritization, team communication and transparent decision making. They will be able to lead from an anti-oppression lens and understand how to support clients and staff impacted by trauma directly and vicariously.
Location: The ideal candidate will work in one of IRAP’s offices in New York City, Berlin, Amman or Beirut
The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to IRAP’s mission and understand the critical role that litigation and advocacy plays in advancing the rights of refugees worldwide. S/he/they will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
SALARY: $150,00 – $180,000 depending on years of experience.
IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including healthcare and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation and sick leave.
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is 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 people around…
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references at this link. Application materials should be submitted in English. Your cover letter must indicate in which office you would apply to work, whether you have work authorization in that country, and your language abilities (in Dari and/or Pashto and any other relevant languages).
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references at this link. Application materials should be submitted in English. Your cover letter must indicate in which…