Position Title: Executive Director                                                     

Full-time: 36 hours/week                     

Reports to: Board of Directors                                             

Starting Salary Range: $50,000 – $55,000

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW:

Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates (LIA) is a nonprofit in West Michigan offering low-cost immigration legal services to community members. The organizational model includes a three-pronged approach to service: holistic case management, community education and advocacy. As the only nonprofit organization on the Lakeshore in West Michigan offering immigration services, LIA has grown rapidly in the last five years.

LIA believes that Michigan’s large immigrant population adds to our communities’ vibrant cultural and ethnic diversity, generating forward momentum in our communities and economy. The key to that work is supporting services that welcome, include and aid immigrant communities.

As it is a relatively new organization, employment with LIA is exciting and enriching. Furthermore, LIA is a family-friendly organization, understanding family obligations must come before work obligations (within reason). LIA offers flexible scheduling and does not discourage employees from bringing their children to the office when necessary.


GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

LIA provides low-cost immigration legal services to members of the community whose household income falls at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). LIA also offers services on a sliding-fee scale to those living above 200% of the FPG. LIA provides representation on family-based immigration matters, adjustment of status, naturalization, victim-based immigration relief (such as VAWA and U Visas), and waivers of inadmissibility.

The Executive Director is a visionary leader who works with the Board of Directors to carry out

the organization’s mission and goals. The Executive Director provides organizational leadership

and is responsible for the strategic planning, implementation, and ultimately the results of the

organization. The Executive Director has the primary responsibility for obtaining funding and

financial support, for assuring the highest quality of client services, for managing financial

budgets and operational results, and for representing Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates in the communities it serves.

This executive is a passionate advocate for immigration and immigrant communities. They are a

respected leader in an organization serving immigrant and/or underrepresented communities with

legal, advocacy, education and related services.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Resource Development

  • Together with the Board of Directors’ Finance and Sustainability Committee and LIA’s development team, maintain, create, cultivate and grow the stewardship of multiple sources of revenue to ensure the long-term sustainability of the LIA budget; including active leadership with individuals, law firms, foundations, corporations, BIPOC led initiatives, and government grants and contracts.
  • Work closely with the development team in ongoing individual donor solicitation, cultivation, and stewardship efforts with a focus on deepening donor commitment by engaging donors in the mission.
  • Oversee fundraising initiatives including the development of effective strategies for identifying, pursuing, and maintaining good relations with funders, such as foundations, corporations, BIPOC led initiative, and government agencies.
  • Strategically pursue funding consistent with LIA’s mission and priorities.

Strategy and Board Relations

  • Engage and inspire staff members, board members, clients, and other stakeholders in development and implementation of the organizational mission.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to carry out LIA’s mission and goals, including:
    • Lead ongoing planning efforts and implement of an articulated and cohesive strategic vision across each of the five ILCM locations in support of the mission and goals;
    • Creatively work with the Board of Directors so its members actively contribute to the success of LIA;
    • Advise the Board of Directors on policy matters, implement Board policies, and attend Board meetings;
    • Participate as an ex-officio member of all Board committees;
    • Implement policies, directives, priorities, and budgets established by the Board of Directors.
    • Participate in ongoing training and development opportunities.

Strategic Communication

  • Serve as the public face and ambassador for LIA, carrying out a leadership role in local, state, and national legal networks, client community organizations, and other legal services and program-related organizations.
  • Oversee and execute strategic integrated communications and marketing plans for LIA that support and are integrated with the strategic direction of LIA.
  • Maintain an understanding of immigration, philanthropic and community issues and trends.
  • Develop a vision for the public relations, marketing and communications that drives LIA forward and supports the talents of the department staff.
  • Prepare and manage the annual marketing and communications budget.
  • Proactively build, sustain and manage communication efforts with a variety of audiences including staff, the news media, donors, courts, governmental agencies, community organizations, immigrant communities, organizations and leaders, and funders.
  • Contribute to an effective communications strategy with LIA’s communications team to continually enhance LIA’s profile in immigrant communities, philanthropic and legal communities, and with local, state, and national policymakers.

Leadership

  • Provide visionary and inspirational leadership to the staff at LIA.
  • Coach, develop, and grow staff and teams in support of the organizational mission.
  • Create and maintain a shared culture of teamwork and shared commitment, and ensure that the culture of the organization is one of collaboration, transparency, integrity, inclusiveness, equity, openness, and support for clients, fellow staff, board members, volunteers and supporters.
  • Hire, supervise, evaluate, and meet regularly with the management team to provide direction, advice and oversight as appropriate-ensuring quality and sustainability of services including:
    • Ensure high-quality, responsive legal representation for clients and communities.
    • Ensure timely financial reporting in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; strong internal controls to mitigate the risk of fraud; and compliance with funder expectations and contractual and grant requirements.
    • Support recommendations for the budgeting and allocation of fiscal resources by the Board; and the implementation of budget and fiscal policies adopted by the Board.
    • Ensure compliance with all applicable laws.

Advocacy

  • Maintain and expand LIA’s role among municipal, state, and national advocacy organizations, coalitions, and stakeholders and strategically prioritize and coordinate to achieve annual goals.
  • Maintain a strategic and thoughtful balance of programmatic work between individual client assistance and systemic advocacy to address systemic problems related to immigration.
  • Develop and maintain effective networks and coalitions of support for humane and fair policies that affect immigrants including immigrants, policymakers, and community leaders.

Management Responsibilities

The Executive Director reports to the LIA Board of Directors and directly supervises the

following positions: Founder/Managing Attorney, Development Officer. The Executive Director provides executive leadership and strategic direction to all LIA staff and volunteers.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A passion for working with immigrant communities and direct experience providing services to immigrant and refugee communities. Demonstrated interest in serving the low-income immigrant and refugee community and experience working with persons of diverse economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  •  Demonstrated background and commitment to advocacy in support of improving opportunities for immigrants and protecting the rights/remedies of eligible clients.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to inspire the trust and confidence of the organization, public, and client communities.
  • Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management.
  • A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and extensive experience in working with diverse populations.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 3 years experience in a senior management position in a related type of organization, preferably a legal services or legal advocacy program within the nonprofit sector.
  • Management experience including leadership of a multi-departmental organization made up of skilled professionals.
  • Financial oversight and reporting, and budget development.
  • A successful track record in fundraising, resource development, and grant writing.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures, and an ability to endorse and manage organizational change.
  • Experience and skill communicating with a Board of Directors.
  • Experience working with external stakeholders including elected officials, community members, partner organizations, and media contacts.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish

COMPENSATION

LIA will pay a starting annual salary of $50,000-$55,000  for up to 40 hours per week. Thirty-six hours per week constitutes full time employment. Raises available based on performance and time with LIA. Currently, there are no benefits available.

APPLICATION

Please submit a resume or CV and a cover letter highlighting your commitment to the organizational values. Please also include in the cover letter or a separate document a description of community involvement and volunteerism related to fundraising and strategic communications. Three references will be requested from applicants as part of the second phase of the interview process. Applications should be addressed to Taiyoh Afrik, President of the Board of Directors, Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates, 610 Butternut Dr., Ste 100, Holland, MI 49424. Please submit applications or inquiries about this position via email to careers@lia-michigan.org.

Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates is committed to fostering an environment where all people feel welcomed and included at our office, community events, and spaces of influence. Lighthouse does not discriminate based on ability, age, ethnicity, gender, place of origin, race, religion, sexual orientation.

Posting closes Friday, October 2 at 11:59pm.

DISCLAIMER:

The information presented indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the Executive Director. It is not designed to contain, nor is it to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required for this position.