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Senior Policy Associate

Innovation Lab Lab

Innovation Lab Lab

Software Engineering
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

Job Title: Senior Policy Associate

Job Posting Date: June 28, 2024

Closing: Open until filled

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Location: Oregon – Portland / Salem

Category: Full time


Innovation Law Lab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that leverages advocacy, technology and law to fight for immigrant and refugee justice. Our collaborative legal representation model and technology transform the way lawyers and advocates scale their work to provide effective support to immigrants in hostile jurisdictions, while also developing creative strategies for challenging the immigration system itself.

Law Lab employs creative legal and organizing strategies to directly challenge barriers to asylum access, prototype new inclusive systems and policy work, provide legal representation and combat injustices in the immigration legal system, and advocate for detained individuals while working to shut down immigration prisons. Law Lab also plays a vital role in the development and implementation of some of Oregon’s most progressive immigration policies including the life changing pandemic relief and Oregon’s Universal Representation program, Equity Corps of Oregon.


The Senior Policy Associate supports the Strategy Team with developing and implementing advocacy strategies that engage policymakers, key stakeholders, and build coalitions around Innovation Law Lab’s core issue areas. While the Senior Policy Associate has a direct supervisor and will primarily support their Supervisor’s portfolio, it is expected that the Senior Policy Associate serves as a generalist and supports the entire strategy team on advancing Law Lab’s priorities. The Senior Policy Associate can expect to engage with multiple issues at once and is responsible for tracking, developing, and analyzing policy proposals, legislative activities, and relationships; preparing drafts of timely and compelling advocacy materials; supporting the development and maintenance of policymaker, coalition, and stakeholder relationships; engaging legislative staff and policies, and providing administrative support to advance Innovation Law Lab’s policy and advocacy efforts. The Senior Policy Associate reports to the Director of Strategy and will maintain strong relationships with Innovation Law Lab staff, partner organizations, legal service providers, media stakeholders and supporters across the country.


  • Research, track, analyze, and provide regular assessments of legislative and policy activity relevant to Innovation Law Lab’s programs and mission;
  • Identifying, developing, and nurturing relationships with partners, ally organizations, policymakers, funders, and program alumni; participating in and building coalitions as needed;
  • Developing and distributing legislative and/or regulatory briefings, public comments, testimony, fact sheets, support letters, and other tools to educate policymakers and the public on issues relevant to Innovation Law Lab’s mission;
  • Attend and, in coordination with Strategy Team staff, support regular meetings, calls, and communications with policymakers and stakeholders;
  • Serving as spokesperson on relevant policy issues and representing Innovation Law Lab at a variety of public events and forums;
  • Engaging staff in advocacy work, including but not limited to providing teach-ins for staff and participants/partners around relevant policy issues, best practices in nonprofit advocacy, and legislative/regulatory processes;
  • Provide administrative support to the Strategy Team, including scheduling, note-taking, agenda and meeting materials development, project management, and maintaining calendar;
  • Other policy, program design or advocacy-related tasks as identified to promote our organizational work and foster strategic relationships.


The following are the minimum levels required to successfully perform the essential job duties and responsibilities.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in public policy, law, politics or the social sciences preferred;
  • Have +3 years of direct experience in legislative work, policy advocacy or policy development in immigrant justice or other comparable progressive issues;
  • Familiarity with policymaking and the legislative process in Oregon;
  • Advanced written, analytical, verbal, and organizational skills with demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, respectfully, and compellingly;
  • Spanish language skills, particularly spoken Spanish are preferred
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds is highly preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative and resourceful in a rapidly shifting advocacy space.
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrants’ rights and the rule of law.


Environment and Physical Requirements:

The Senior Policy Associate regularly works out of the Law Lab office in Portland or Oregon State Capitol. The Senior Policy Associate interacts with staff, visitors, vendors, government agencies, legislators and stakeholders. The position sits, stands, walks, bends, lifts, stoops, and moves intermittently during working hours. The incumbent must be able to lift, push, pull and move files and other equipment in excess of 10 pounds.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

This job description is a summary of the essential duties and responsibilities for this job, and it does not represent an all-inclusive list of duties, responsibilities, tasks or procedures. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instruction or assignments. Nothing in this description restricts Law Lab’s right to assign or reassign duties at any time.

Accommodation Statement:

Essential job duties and responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform the job successfully, an incumbent or applicant must possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty and responsibility proficiently. If you require an accommodation in order to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, please contact the Innovation Law Lab’s Operations Director.


Salary will be set at an hourly rate commensurate with experience and skills with a base pay of at least $33.40 – $41.50/hour. We offer an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, ability to enroll in Law Lab’s 401(k) plan, paid vacation and sick time, 2 floating holidays per year, professional development time after one year of service, and public transportation subsidy (if based in Portland).


The Senior Policy Associate position is a full-time position and works a minimum of 40 hours per week. This position may be required to work extended hours based on fluctuating workloads and business needs. This may include evenings, weekends, and holidays. The position is classified as non-exempt and is eligible for overtime pay. Regular business hours are Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

At Innovation Law Lab, our aim is to foster a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment where everyone feels empowered to be their whole selves and is treated with dignity and respect. We welcome applications from qualified individuals, irrespective of their race, skin color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, disability status, or any other characteristic.

Innovation Law Lab is an Equal Opportunity Employer.