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Policy Manager - (Hybrid)

About Justice in Motion:

Justice in Motion, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the rights of migrants across borders, seeks nominations and applications for a Policy Manager.

In the face of overwhelming legal and practical barriers, many migrants who have suffered exploitation or abuse at the hands of employers or government officials give up their rights after leaving the United States. Other migrants who flee abuse, violence, and persecution are unable to remain in safety due to lack of evidence to support their claims.

These migrants need “portable justice” - the right and ability to access justice across borders. Justice in Motion is dedicated to ensuring portable justice through legal, educational, and policy initiatives in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Central America. Essential to this transnational model is our Defender Network, a unique partnership of on-the-ground human rights organizations in Mexico and Central America. Justice in Motion makes sure that wherever migrants go, their rights will follow.

About the Policy Manager Position: 

Justice in Motion (JiM) seeks a Policy Manager to join the organization at a time when migration issues are front and center in the United States and across North and Central America. Working with and reporting to the Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, the person selected to fill this role will focus on collaborating with congressional staff to drive impactful legislative and regulatory reform on issues affecting migrants.

The Policy Manager will represent JiM on the Hill and advocate for federal policy change on JiM’s focus areas, which currently include helping prevent worker exploitation across borders, reuniting families forcibly separated at the U.S. border, and ensuring migrant access to asylum and other lawful protections. Building on JiM’s nearly two decades of experience in the field of migrant rights and leveraging the organization’s Defender Network in Mexico and Central America, the Policy Manager will directly contribute to advocacy work towards strong protections for the human rights of migrants in North and Central America. 


This is a full-time, exempt position, reporting to the Director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, and begins as soon as possible. This is a union position and will be covered by Justice in Motion’s collective bargaining agreement.

Location and Travel:

Justice in Motion is a U.S.-based, remote organization. For this opportunity, we are seeking candidates who will live in the DC metro (aka DMV) area. This position will require occasional travel within the U.S. with a potential opportunity for international travel.

Salary and Benefits:


The salary range for this position is $75,000-80,000, depending on experience. Justice in Motion provides a comprehensive benefits package and a generous amount of leave.


Opportunities For Impact:

JiM’s Policy Manager will have the opportunity to influence federal legislation directly impacting migrant rights through successfully executing in the following key areas of responsibility including:


  • Collaborating with Congressional staff to advance federal policy supporting migrants, which entails:   

    • Building and maintaining strong relationships on the Hill 

    • Lobbying key federal policymakers for legislative change, including engagement in the appropriations process

    • Tailoring advocacy for alignment between policymakers’ interests and JiM’s priorities

    • Tracking, drafting, and analyzing policy proposal

    • Researching congressional voting records and position

    • Maintaining a congressional calendar of events, including policy meetings, hearings, briefings, and conference 

  • Crafting persuasive materials for Congressional and public audiences, including:

    • Writing white papers, legislative summaries, letters of support, and testimony for congressional briefings and hearings

    • In partnership with Communications and Development colleagues, preparing written materials targeting grassroots supporters and the general public to move constituents toward action on advocacy priorities

  • Managing key relationships and related materials in support of U.S. federal policy change goals, including:

    • Collaborating with advocacy allies focused on U.S. federal policy change

    • Gathering, evaluating, and incorporating relevant data into advocacy tools

    • Stewarding the incorporation of experiences and perspectives from JiM’s Defender Network members and the Legal Action team into relevant federal advocacy activities

    • Supervising interns as appropriate, including via training and regular check-ins

    • Managing JiM’s repository of policy materials related to Congressional activity


Key Qualifications:

  • Strong candidates for JiM’s Policy Manager role will bring the following to the position:

  • Demonstrated experience, through lived or professional experiences, with migrant rights or similar issue areas.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain productive working relationships with stakeholders on the Hill, including congressional staff

  • Strong verbal and written skills as an advocate and negotiator, including in working with people from across the political spectrum and other lines of difference

  • Research and analytical skills, including comfort working with data in a public policy context


The following additional attributes are preferred but not required for the Policy Manager:

  • Existing relationships with congressional staff (for example, as gained through prior experience as a Hill staffer)

  • Conversational Spanish language skills

  • Experience working directly with migrants in a trauma-centered framework

  • Experience working with policy focused technology systems (i.e., Congressional Quarterly (CQ), Fiscal Note, etc.)

To Apply:

To apply for the Policy Manager position at Justice in Motion, please send a cover letter and resume to the JiM team at with “Policy Manager – [Your Name]” in the subject line.

Justice in Motion is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment. All persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or immigration status. People of color, immigrants, TPS, U Nonimmigrant status holders, Asylees, Refugees, LPRs, DACA recipients, and other noncitizens and other minority statuses are strongly encouraged to apply.

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