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Director, U.S. Policy & Advocacy

Department: Policy and Advocacy
Location: Silver Spring, MD


HIAS seeks a Director, U.S. Policy & Advocacy to represent HIAS before U.S. government officials, coalition partners and various HIAS network partners. They will work closely with the Vice President, U.S. Policy & Advocacy and the HIAS Policy Counsel to develop and implement HIAS’ U.S. advocacy and policy priorities and communicate HIAS’ U.S. legislative and administration positions to influence policy makers. Their primary advocacy targets will be Congress and the Administration. They will also provide advocacy training and support to organizations and individuals around the country, with a focus on the American Jewish community.

Note, this position is based at our headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.


  • Helps to lead HIAS’ U.S. policy and advocacy work by assisting with the development of U.S. advocacy priorities and strategies to promote fair and humane refugee and immigration policies, with a primary focus on U.S refugee resettlement policy.
  • Serves as one of HIAS’ representatives in policy matters; pursues policy and advocacy goals that reflect HIAS’ U.S. policy and advocacy priorities.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with Congress and the Administration to promote HIAS’ U.S. policy priorities; ensures policymakers receive HIAS statements, resources and press alerts.
  • Communicates HIAS’ U.S. policy and advocacy priorities and related activities/achievements with other HIAS departments and divisions through the development and dissemination of a HIAS U.S. Policy & Advocacy newsletter.
  • Monitors U.S. refugee and immigration policy and political developments, including Congressional hearings, votes, floor sessions and Administration policy developments.
  • Represents and communicates HIAS’ U.S. policy priorities and advocacy work in meetings with NGO partners and at public events and plays an active role in HIAS’ coalition work.
  • Builds and cultivates relationships with influencers and allies.
  • Drafts statements, letters, factsheets, vote recommendations and other resources related to U.S. refugee and immigration policies or legislation, with a primary focus on U.S. refugee resettlement, for a wide number of audiences.
  • In partnership with the other U.S. Policy & Advocacy colleagues and with HIAS’ Community Engagement staff, develops and implements grassroots advocacy efforts with the American Jewish community in support of HIAS’ U.S. policy priorities.
  • Manages U.S. Policy & Advocacy’s work with HIAS’ resettlement affiliates around the country, including supporting opportunities for affiliate advocacy at the local level through the regular provision of training opportunities and materials.
  • Regularly liaises with the Senior Director, International Advocacy, to assist in coordination between HIAS’ U.S. and international policy and advocacy priorities.
  • Coordinates with the Communications and Community Engagement teams to help to develop policy and advocacy content for HIAS’ external communications.


  • Undergraduate degree in political science, international affairs or a related field required; graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • 6-8 years of refugee/immigrant advocacy work experience; demonstrated expertise in U.S. immigration and refugee laws and policies and/or significant experience working in Washington-based policy work (e.g. work experience on the Hill).
  • Expertise in federal legislative and administrative advocacy processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; persuasive strategic communication skills and ability to effectively build consensus among multiple stakeholders.
  • Ability to deliver presentations, give speeches and represent HIAS to external audiences; demonstrated ability to maintain and nurture collegial relationships with congressional staff, administration officials, coalition partners, network partners and constituents.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and project management skills required; ability to manage several projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must work well both independently and as a member of a team.


We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process: 

Step 1: Submit your application! 

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter. 

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager. 

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees. 

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey. 

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening. 

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS! 

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step. 


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.  

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values. 


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. 


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. 


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HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation, or other legally protected status. 


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