Director of Legislative Affairs
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) was established in 1987 to protect and promote the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees. In partnership with our members and allies, MIRA advances our mission through policy analysis and advocacy, institutional organizing, training and leadership development, and strategic communications.
Background and Position Description
The Director of Legislative Affairs is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, advocating, training and offering technical support regarding state legislative, budget, and administrative priorities and proposals that affect immigrant communities in Massachusetts. The Director of Legislative Affairs is additionally responsible for contributing to ongoing coalition building across policy priority areas. This position reports directly to the Executive Director, supervises interns and/or legal fellows, and works closely with the Organizing Team, Federal Policy Director, and Communications Director.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Direct MIRA’s legislative, budgetary, and administrative advocacy on topics including health care access, educational access, public housing, public benefits, domestic and sexual violence, public safety, workforce development, workers’ rights, and others.
- Monitor state legislation and policy as it impacts immigrants. Analyze laws and proposed policies, and develop materials for use in education and advocacy in communities and with policymakers. Testify at legislative and administrative hearings.
- Lead MIRA’s budget analysis and advocacy for funding of priority programs and against concerning policy amendments.
- Provide trainings and updates to members and stakeholders on state policy issues. Provide trainings for the Massachusetts Legislature as requested.
- Provide technical assistance for policy makers, community-based organizations and others, in particular regarding challenges in immigrant access to public benefits and services and higher education affordability.
- Maintain communications and productive relationships with policymakers and government officials; Work with members of the Massachusetts Legislature and state and local officials to advance MIRA’s policy priorities and defeat proposals to restrict rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees.
- Maintain and strengthen collaborations with a variety of community-based organizations, legal services providers and unions.
- Collaborate in the planning and execution of MIRA’s annual events and other press conferences and public actions as needed.
- Represent MIRA at commission and task force meetings as needed.
- Supervise staff, legal interns and fellows.
- Field media requests as facilitated by Communications Director.
- Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
- JD strongly preferred.
- At least 3 years experience in public policy.
- Lobbying experience.
- Significant understanding of immigration and refugee law and policy. Knowledge of public benefits policy helpful.
- Knowledge of health policy preferred.
- Ability to draft legislation.
- Proven ability to develop and execute effective advocacy strategies, including both rapid responses to urgent developments and long-term legislative campaigns.
- Experience building, coordinating, contributing to and promoting accountability within advocacy coalitions; Proven ability to facilitate meetings of diverse stakeholders and build consensus.
- Track record of successful management of programs and staff.
- Excellent interpersonal, research, writing, and public speaking skills.
- Highly organized and detail-oriented; Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritize effectively and complete projects on deadline.
- Commitment to work to advance racial justice and equity in all its forms in coalition work and advocacy.
- Comfort with a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
- Bilingual fluency preferred; bicultural experience helpful.
Salary and Benefits
- Salary commensurate with experience.
- Eligible for health and dental coverage, 401(k) plan, vacation time, and other benefits.
- Start date July 20, 2015.
Please send cover letter, resume and a legal or policy-related writing sample by June 26, 2015 to Shannon Erwin at
with “Director of Legislative Affairs” in subject line. Hard copies can be mailed to: Shannon Erwin, MIRA Coalition, 105 Chauncy Street, #901, Boston, MA 02111, or faxed to 617-350-5499, attn: Shannon Erwin. (No phone calls, please.)
*The MIRA Coalition is an equal opportunity employer. Immigrants, People of Color and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.*