Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting efforts to protect and welcome refugees, asylees, asylum-seekers, and other forcibly displaced populations; advocating for just and humane laws and policies; and promoting communication and collaboration among government, civil society and those in need of protection and welcome.
RCUSA has a nearly 20-year history as a coalition, and recently became an independent nonprofit entity, fiscally sponsored by Church World Service. RCUSA’s membership includes comprising all nine national refugee resettlement agencies, plus twenty other organizations that support refugees, people seeking asylum, stateless persons, and other displaced populations. Our diverse membership is grounded in the principles of international protection and welcome that are embodied in a commitment to support and resettle refugees and other displaced persons in the United States. RCUSA has a small staff whose activities complement the work of a very active set of membership committees.
The Director of Policy and Practice plays a key role within RCUSA, engaging with a broad range of members, partners, and other stakeholders, providing thought leadership, and guiding the planning, implementation and evaluation of Refugee Council USA’s policy and program work. The incumbent must be well versed in refugee resettlement policy and practice, ideally with direct experience in human displacement settings – international and/or within the United States. The incumbent should also have experience leading and/or working within coalitions towards joint programmatic and legislative / policy goals.
The Director will also represent RCUSA’s domestic and global work and public policy positions in high-profile settings; and adapt and disseminate policy, program, and advocacy messages and lead educational outreach to multiple audiences, including institutional, academic and NGO partners, US government agencies, Members of Congress, and international organizations.
The Director will collaborate strategically with RCUSA members’ programs and advocacy teams, while demonstrating ability to build and maintain trusting partnerships, shared goals, and collective progress. As a member of the organization’s leadership team, the Director will oversee the activities of RCUSA’s Center for Refugee Inclusion and Resettlement Excellence and contribute to the overall management of the organization. The Director will report to the Executive Director of RCUSA.
Duties and Responsibilities
Policy and representation
This is a full-time position, with competitive benefits. The position is currently remote, but preference will be given to candidates available to work in Washington, DC once public health conditions allow for the re-opening of a physical office. The successful candidate will be hired through the Church World Service human resources department but will be employed by RCUSA and will report to the Executive Director of RCUSA.
Salary range for this position is $90,000 to $105,000, depending on experience.
People of color, ethnic minorities and people with refugee or immigrant backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.
To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your qualifications, along with names and contact information for three professional references.
(Note that references will not be contacted until the final stages of the hiring process, and we will notify you before contacting any references.)