We're hiring!

Below are current job openings at Freedom for Immigrants. Join our team! 

We are hiring for:

Development Director (Los Angeles)

Immigration Detention Bond Fund Coordinator (Los Angeles)

Community Accompaniment Coordinator/Social Worker (Los Angeles)

We will soon be hiring for:

Part-time Visitation Program Coordinator (Oakland)

 

Development Director

Position Title: Director of Philanthropy

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until filled

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Exempt; Full-time

Location: The position is based in Santa Monica, California.

About the Position

We are looking for an ambitious, energetic, and thoughtful Director of Philanthropy who is passionate about our mission, and ready to learn, grow, and leave their comfort zone. Reporting to and in partnership with the co-Executive Directors, the Director of Philanthropy will spearhead development efforts as Freedom for Immigrants continues to grow. A new position in the organization, the Director will have the opportunity to build the development function.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute Freedom for Immigrants’ annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations, with a particular focus on building up an individual donor base
  • Seek out and attend networking and other events on a regular basis to meet new potential high networth donors, particularly in the Los Angeles area
  • Manage Freedom for Immigrants’ budget and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors
  • Create and execute a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Oversee organization of special events, mostly intimate house parties
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising

Qualifications

  • BA (required), MA (a plus)
  • Must love building new relationships and be willing to learn, grow, and leave their comfort zone
  • Must be passionate about abolishing immigration detention and about Freedom for Immigrants’ strategy for doing so, but no prior experience working in this field is required
  • Must have experience creating blueprints for organizational sustainability
  • Must have experience in nonprofit development and/or in engaging philanthropists for a cause
  • Must be a strong writer
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Experience working in a development role with a start-up nonprofit is a plus

Foreign-born professionals are particularly encouraged to apply,

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

There is no language requirement, but fluency in Spanish is a plus.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

4-year degree

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, answering the following questions:

  • Of all the donor gifts you played a role in, which was the most gratifying, and why?
  • What have philanthropists taught you that you didn't know before you began fundraising for social change?
  • Why do you want to work for Freedom for Immigrants?

Please send them to Christina Fialho at CFialho@freedomforimmigrants.org with “Philanthropy Director" in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled.

 

 

Program Coordinator, Immigration Detention Bond Fund

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until filled

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Full-time, 1-year position

Location: Santa Monica, CA

About the BOND FUND

On any given day, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds more than 40,000 people in a network of jails and prisons as part of the civil immigration detention system.

Detained immigrants, including people arrested in ICE raids and mothers separated from their children at the border, sometimes have the opportunity to be released on a cash bond — which is like bail — while fighting their cases.

In fact, 30 percent of people in detention in FY 2016 were granted a bond according to TRAC. Once released, they are eight times more likely to win their case. They also have a fighting chance to reunite with their children, some of whom are being detained at child detention facilities run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

However, many families cannot afford the high bond amounts set by ICE or by immigration judges. There is no upper limit for immigration bonds, but Freedom for Immigrants has documented immigration bonds ranging from $1,500 to $250,000, with a median of $4,250, and an average of $14,500.

Without the ability to pay a bond, longtime lawful permanent residents, asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants who may be eligible for relief from deportation are forced to languish in immigration detention while they fight their immigration case. This pushes families into poverty and creates tremendous emotional strain for both parents and children. Immigrants have lost housing, jobs, small businesses and custody of children as a result of not being able to pay a bond.

Today, the urgency to address this broken system in California and nationwide is unparalleled. Freedom for Immigrants’ highly dedicated team works to end U.S. immigration detention by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community-based alternatives to detention, and advocating for system change. The heart of our work is community-based volunteers who visit people in detention, building relationships that have the power to change lives and systems. Currently, Freedom for Immigrants supports a network of over 1500 volunteers visiting at 43 immigration detention facilities through Freedom for Immigrants-affiliated visitation programs. And we have been running a bond fund since 2010 to prove that neither immigration bonds nor the entire immigration detention system is necessary. Freedom for Immigrants is an award-winning non-profit whose founders have been recognized for their vision and leadership by Ashoka, Echoing Green, James Irvine Foundation, and the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Learn more at www.freedomforimmigrants.org.

About the Position

This is an exciting, full-time opportunity to coordinate Freedom for Immigrants’ National Revolving Immigration Bond Fund.  The is a new position. It is a year-long position with the possibility for extension, depending on funding. We are looking for someone who is creative and able to help shape this new role and the growth of our bond fund, while posting bonds on a daily or weekly basis and providing direct support to people being released from immigration detention. This position will be based out of our Santa Monica office, but the coordinator will be posting immigration bonds more than once a week in downtown Los Angeles.

Responsibilities

  • Post immigration bonds for those who cannot afford to pay for their freedom

  • Train visitor volunteers and law students on how to advocate for lower bonds for people in ICE custody under the case, Hernandez

  • Coordinate with our visitor volunteers, attorneys, and family members a plan for the safe release of each person we bond out

  • Recruit and manage accompaniment volunteers to assist people released from immigration detention with getting their first meal out of detention, getting a clean set of clothes, and getting transportation to their home back to their loved ones

  • Manage a proprietary case management system

  • Some fundraising for the actual bond payments may be necessary

Qualifications

You are driven, highly organized, and have a deep commitment to Freedom for Immigrant’s mission to abolish the U.S. immigration detention system. Applicants must be willing to work independently as well as in collaborative teams in a family-style office in Santa Monica. A sense of humor and innovative spirit are essential.

To excel in this role, you will likely bring the following:

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in racial and social justice, immigrant rights or detention abolition work.

  • History of being self-motivated and hard-working.

  • Excellent time management and organizational, multi-tasking skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication and strategic thinking skills.

  • Ability to work independently. Past experience working in a decentralized start-up nonprofit is a plus.

  • A sense of humor, flexible nature, and willingness to be a bit of a jack of all trades at times.

  • Access to a reliable vehicle.

  • Fluency in Spanish is required.

  • Candidates who have been directly affected by immigration detention or the mass incarceration system are highly encouraged to apply.

  • Experience raising money is a plus.

Level of Language Proficiency

Excellent English writing and editing skills. Fluency in Spanish is required.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to CMansfield@freedomforimmigrants.org with “Bond Coordinator" as the subject line.

 

Community Accompaniment Coordinator/Social Worker

Start Date: As Soon As Possible

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until filled

Reports to: Executive Director

Status: Full-time

Location: Santa Monica, CA (Our office is a couple of blocks from the 17th Street Expo Line and multiple bus stops.) - This position will be based out of our Santa Monica office, but working from home 1-2 days per week is possible.

About the Bond Fund

On any given day, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds more than 40,000 people in a network of jails and prisons as part of the civil immigration detention system.

Detained immigrants, including people arrested in ICE raids and mothers separated from their children at the border, sometimes have the opportunity to be released on a cash bond — which is like bail — while fighting their cases.

In fact, 30 percent of people in detention in FY 2016 were granted a bond according to TRAC. Once released, they are eight times more likely to win their case. They also have a fighting chance to reunite with their children, some of whom are being detained at child detention facilities run by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

However, many families cannot afford the high bond amounts set by ICE or by immigration judges. There is no upper limit for immigration bonds, but Freedom for Immigrants has documented immigration bonds ranging from $1,500 to $250,000, with a median of $4,250, and an average of $14,500.

Without the ability to pay a bond, longtime lawful permanent residents, asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants who may be eligible for relief from deportation are forced to languish in immigration detention while they fight their immigration case. This pushes families into poverty and creates tremendous emotional strain for both parents and children. Immigrants have lost housing, jobs, small businesses and custody of children as a result of not being able to pay a bond.

Today, the urgency to address this broken system in California and nationwide is unparalleled. Freedom for Immigrants’ highly dedicated team works to end U.S. immigration detention by monitoring human rights abuses, elevating stories, building community-based alternatives to detention, and advocating for system change. The heart of our work is community-based volunteers who visit people in detention, building relationships that have the power to change lives and systems. Currently, Freedom for Immigrants supports a network of over 1500 volunteers visiting at 43 immigration detention facilities through Freedom for Immigrants-affiliated visitation programs. And we have been running a bond fund since 2010 to prove that neither immigration bonds nor the entire immigration detention system is necessary. Freedom for Immigrants is an award-winning non-profit whose founders have been recognized for their vision and leadership by Ashoka, Echoing Green, James Irvine Foundation, and the Rockwood Leadership Institute. Learn more at www.freedomforimmigrants.org.

About the Position

This is an exciting, full-time opportunity to coordinate Freedom for Immigrants’ Community Accompaniment Program, working closely with our National Revolving Immigration Bond Fund Program Coordinator. This is a new position. It is a year-long position with the possibility for extension, depending on funding. We are looking for someone who is creative and able to help shape this new role and the growth of our bond fund.

Responsibilities

  • Assist people released from immigration detention with transportation and reminders about upcoming court dates, and track court dates through the Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • Refer people released from immigration detention to appropriate resources
  • Recruit and manage remotely a team of volunteers
  • Connect each person released from immigration detention to a Freedom for Immigrants community accompaniment volunteer and our directly impacted network
  • Manage a proprietary case management system, conducting intakes with each person released
  • Some fundraising for the actual bond payments may be necessary
  • Provide capacity building support to a growing network of directly impacted folks

Qualifications

You are driven, highly organized, and have a deep commitment to Freedom for Immigrant’s mission to abolish the U.S. immigration detention system. Applicants must be willing to work independently as well as in collaborative teams in a family-style office in Santa Monica. A sense of humor and innovative spirit are essential.

To excel in this role, you will likely bring the following:

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in racial and social justice, immigrant rights or detention abolition work.
  • Experience in a position that requires social work skills, such as acting as advocates for your client, teaching clients new skills, linking clients to essential resource, researching social problems to look for remedies. 
  • Formal training as a social worker is a plus but not required.
  • Experience recruiting and managing volunteers, preferably at a national level
  • History of being self-motivated and hard-working.
  • Excellent time management and organizational, multi-tasking skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and strategic thinking skills.
  • Ability to work independently. Past experience working in a decentralized start-up nonprofit is a plus.
  • A sense of humor, flexible nature, and willingness to be a bit of a jack of all trades at times.
  • Access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Fluency in Spanish is required.
  • Candidates who have been directly affected by immigration detention or the mass incarceration system are highly encouraged to apply.
  • Experience raising money is a plus.

Please note, we also are hiring for an immigration detention bond fund coordinator. Please do not apply for both positions. Choose the one that fits your skill set and experience the best.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish is required.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to CMansfield@freedomforimmigrants.org with “Community Accompaniment Coordinator" as the subject line.