The University of Minnesota Law School seeks a visionary leader, committed to immigration advocacy and justice, to lead the Binger Center for New Americans. The Executive Director is the primary staff administrator responsible for (1) leading the Center in the ongoing development and implementation of its vision and core mission, especially the Education & Outreach Program, (2) leading partnership collaboration and communication necessary to promote and engage in the Center’s work, and (3) fostering connections with a broad constituency of networks, community partners and immigrant advocates in the region and nationally. The Executive Director works in collaboration with the Center’s faculty director and engages clinical faculty, staff, and law students together with the Center’s partners and stakeholders, the Director of the Law Clinics, and Law School leadership in order to set and carry out the Center’s priorities.
The Center’s Education and Outreach Program connects the Center’s clinics to community needs and goals, which inform the development of the Center’s programs and litigation to protect immigrants and impact the immigration system. Through legal education, organizing, pro bono legal services, and capacity building, the Education and Outreach Program supports community efforts to break down systemic barriers and empower communities.
The Executive Director will be a skilled and experienced community-driven leader, with expertise in immigration advocacy and a thoughtful eye for partnership opportunities to advance immigrant rights work across the Law School, the Twin Cities community and beyond. They will be adept at encouraging broad community-building, engagement, and action-oriented results.
Lead and Implement Strategic Planning & Initiatives – 20%
- Lead the overall vision, strategic planning, and execution of initiatives for the Binger Center, in partnership with the Binger Center’s faculty director, clinical faculty, and staff, partners, and stakeholders, as well as the broader Clinic and Law School leadership.
- Engage and foster connections with a broad constituency of networks, community partners and immigrant advocates in the region and nationally with Binger Center initiatives.
- Develop partnership opportunities to advance the Binger Center’s work across the Law School, the Twin Cities community and beyond.
- Engage in development opportunities, in partnership with the Law School’s Advancement team, that align with the Binger Center’s and Law School’s needs.
Direct the Education & Outreach Program - 50%
- Direct the Binger Center’s Education and Outreach Program and the program’s initiatives, including supervising the Community Outreach & Program Coordinator.
- Provide oversight and implement the Education and Outreach programs alongside Center outreach staff and law students and volunteers. A range of activities include: large-scale community workshops to designed to help immigrants understand their legal rights, working collaboratively with community partners to develop advisories, guides, and other tools to support new immigrants and the agencies that serve them, an annual full-day continuing legal education conference, educational seminars designed to train pro bono lawyers and law students for immigration-related public service, general public events, and student-led presentations.
- Lead existing Education and Outreach programs, including: Rural Immigrant Access Initiative, Afghan Evacuee Project, Translation and Interpretation Program, Human Rights Defender Court Observation Project, and law student service learning trips.
- Lead or, in partnership with an adjunct faculty member, manage the semester-long Rural Immigrant Access Clinic, including working with clinical law students to develop pop-up legal clinics in rural communities that have limited access to immigration attorneys and have experienced dramatic increases in immigration apprehension and detention.
- Lead the Binger Center’s Immigration Law Field Placement course and identify opportunities for law student experiential learning opportunities in the area of immigration law and policy.
Lead and Oversee Operations for the Center - 20%
- Serve as the primary liaison for the Center with Clinic and Law School Leadership, as well as with the University of Minnesota and the greater community.
- Oversee operations for the Binger Center, including coordinating adjunct faculty, graduate and undergrad interns, and student and community volunteers.
- Maintain the Binger Center’s discretionary budget and set budget priorities in consultation with Clinic and Law School leadership.
- Develop and implement internal procedures for planning, outcome tracking, and communication, including leading planning sessions and community needs assessments with external partners.
Lead and Oversee Communications for the Center - 10%
- Develop and lead the Center’s communication's plan, including public messaging and media outreach on an ongoing and as-needed basis.
- Implement the Binger Center’s media strategy in collaboration with the Law School’s Communications Department and Clinic Leadership, including the annual report and ongoing messaging.
- BA/BS with at least 6 years of experience in community-driven work
- Demonstrated understanding of U.S. immigration law and policy
- Experience and skills in advocacy, activism, or community-driven work that aligns with the core values of the Binger Center
- Demonstrated commitment to building and sustaining relationships
- Capacity to effectively communicate, work collaboratively, directly supervise, and engage with staff and stakeholders at all levels
- Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural, and public communication skills; leadership, problem-solving, and consensus-building capacity; professional judgment and discretion
- J.D. from an A.B.A. accredited law school or other advanced professional degree with at least 4 years of professional experience dedicated to immigration-related community education and outreach, or a bachelors or higher degree with at least 8 years of professional experience dedicated to immigration-related community education and outreach
- Nonprofit or higher education leadership experience
To apply, go to https://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs and reference job number 347632. This position is open until filled. Candidates, including people of color and women, are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will only be accepted through the University of Minnesota online employment system and only complete applications will be considered. A complete application consists of a resume, cover letter, contact information for three references who will not be contacted without prior notice, and a diversity statement.