Legal Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $100,000
Maximum: $110,000




New York
United States


Legal Director

Location: New York Cit

Immigration Equality is a national organization that works to end discrimination in U.S. immigration law, and to reduce the negative impact of that law on the lives of people living with HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. We also directly represent hundreds of immigrants each year who have fled from persecution in order to seek asylum in the U.S. Through education, outreach, advocacy, and the maintenance of a nationwide network of resources, we provide information and support to advocates, attorneys, politicians, and impacted individuals.


Immigration Equality seeks a dynamic attorney with strong leadership and managerial skills to serve as our next Legal Director. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Legal Director will lead a highly dedicated team of lawyers, paralegals, and fellows, assuming primary responsibility for directing all legal services and outreach programs (including a nationwide network of pro bono attorneys representing clients at all stages of the administrative and judicial process). Analyzing jurisprudential and regulatory developments affecting the LGBTQ, HIV-positive, and immigrant communities, the Legal Director will also contribute actively to Immigration Equality’s strategic allocation of resources. This process will seek to identify new means—including but not limited to coalition-building, impact litigation, and public engagement—through which Immigration Equality can secure legal and policy progress, for individuals and communities, during a particularly challenging time. The Executive Director seeks a thought partner in a politically tumultuous time to ensure we make the greatest positive impact possible for the community we serve.



·        Lead staff in developing, refining, and implementing Immigration Equality’s strategic plan, insofar as it applies to the Legal Department

·        Analyze current and proposed policies so as to advocate for systemic change, or to support the Executive Director in so doing

·        Spearhead the organization’s impact litigation

·        Review all direct or amici appellate cases, including those before the BIA, the federal circuit courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court

·        Set criteria and evaluate processes for the identification and intake of legal services cases suitable for representation by Immigration Equality’s in-house or pro bono legal teams

·        Manage a case load of approximately 650 matters

·        Supervise and mentor in-house attorneys, paralegals, and legal fellows representing clients at all stages of the administrative or judicial process

·        Ensure, directly or indirectly, that in-house and pro bono attorneys’ questions receive timely and appropriate responses and that their work product is suitably vetted

·        Maintain Immigration Equality’s National Hotline, through which the organization fields questions regarding the application of immigration law and policy to LGBTQ and HIV-positive persons

·        Sustain Immigration Equality’s role in developing and delivering legal training programs, including CLE programs and government trainings

·        Assist the Development and Public Affairs teams in fundraising and public relations efforts by providing them with regular updates about the work of the Legal Department

·        Ensure appropriate data collection for donor reporting and grant management, preparing for and participating in audits of contracts and grants where required

·        Participate actively as a member of Immigration Equality’s executive management team, meeting regularly with other Directors to ensure the smooth execution of organization-wide projects and the responsible stewardship of organizational resources

·        Stay informed about, and report periodically to the Board of Directors on legal and policy developments in order to ensure that Immigration Equality’s work and messaging are responsive to current trends

·        Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

·        J.D. and license to practice law in any state or district of the U.S.

·        Minimum 7 years of relevant experience as a practicing federal litigator or immigration attorney; preferably some of both

·        Minimum of 3 years of managerial experience

·        Familiarity with relevant legal standards and processes including asylum, removal defense, family-based immigration, detention advocacy, and federal appeals

·        Experience in navigating the complex intersection between immigration and criminal law

·        Excellent writing and strong public speaking skills

·        Proven experience leading, motivating, and inspiring others

·        Interpersonal and organizational skills of the highest caliber

·        Remarkable attention to detail

·        Ability to work some evenings and weekends

·        Ability to travel as needed

Desired Competencies

·        Demonstrated commitment to, and experience working with, the LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrant community

·        Experience and interest in work supporting community organizing, campaigns, and policy and advocacy initiatives 

Salary and Benefits: Salary range 100,000-110,000 per year depending on experience. Excellent benefits including full health, dental, vision insurance coverage, 401k match program, and four weeks of vacation.

Environment: Immigration Equality greatly values diversity: immigrants, transgender individuals, gender non-conforming individuals, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Immigration Equality is a progressive organization committed to an open-plan office. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to collaborate within a diverse and inclusive environment.


Immigration Equality is a mission-driven organization full of smart, dedicated people. You must be excellent at what you do to work here. If you want to work at the cutting edge of the two most potent civil rights issues of our time, LGBTQ and immigrant rights, and do it with talented colleagues in a fast-paced, nimble organization that seeks to make a real difference in the lives of marginalized people, this is the place for you.


To apply: Submit a detailed cover letter and resume with Legal Director in the subject line to



Salary range 100,000-110,000 per year depending on experience. Excellent benefits including full health, dental, vision insurance coverage, 401k match program, and four weeks of vacation.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Submit a detailed cover letter and resume with Legal Director in the subject line to