Full Time Positions:


Field Representative

The Field representative effectively communicates FAIR mission with activists and develops grassroots groups to address immigration in their community and nationally. Position is open to work from remote/home location. The position requires travel on consistent level.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Plan and lead FAIR regional membership meetings
  • Mail, phone, fax and e-mail FAIR members and State Advisors and activists in the region
  • Coordinate with local grassroots groups for the FAIR regional meetings
  • Develop local grassroots groups to address immigration in their community and nationally
  • Communicate with activists, take activists calls and faxes
  • Study the local activist’s situation and make suggestions about the next step
  • Provide media training to grassroots activists
  • Help plan fund raising activities for grassroots groups
  • Keep activists up to date about issues, legislation and activities
  • Support grassroots activist’s events
  • Represent FAIR in media interviews, radio, TV and print
  • Speak to colleges and Universities
  • Testify to local, state and federal government communities about immigration issues


  • Minimum 3-5 years of professional experience with a history of progressive achievement and advancement in a similar role
  • Bachelor’s degree required – preferably in the fields of political science, public policy or communications
  • An advanced degree and non-profit experience a plus
  • Track record of high integrity, good judgement and confidentiality
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, proofreading and interpersonal skills with strong attention to detail required
  • Strong data and analytical skills including the ability to present complex data in terms non-specialized audiences can understand


  • Exceptional interpersonal skills around consensus building
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically
  • Team player who thrives in a high-energy collaborative work environment
  • Ability to work independently to problem solve and research
  • Self-starter, self-motivated
  • Ability to adjust to changing priorities, produce high quality work product
  • Superior project management skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to travel and speak in front of groups

Work Schedule: Full-time Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5pm

Interested individuals should send a cover letter, writing sample and resume to Jen Harris at HR@fairus.org

Senior Major Gifts Writer

Come join a team of dedicated staff at a dynamic time in the immigration reform movement, as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) expands its scholarly research initiatives, educational programming, and creative outreach efforts to achieve stable immigration levels and enforceable immigration limits.

Now is an exciting time to join FAIR as we build a model fundraising organization that will meet the growing needs of this unique organization and offer excellent professional opportunities. There is no better time to join this dynamic national immigration policy organization in the heart of Washington, DC!

The Development Office is seeking a creative and organized Senior Major Gifts Coordinator to develop an engagement strategy for prospective major donors and lead communication efforts to cultivate major gifts. Beyond identifying prospects, the Senior Coordinator will be responsible for developing high-level proposals to secure five to seven-figure major gifts.

The Senior Major Gifts Coordinator is supported by models of rich intellectual and historic framework to write persuasive proposals in addition to cutting edge original research by policy experts. The successful candidate will be able to grasp complex policy ideas and relate its impacts to a broad array of interests, from political, social, and economic and a sustainable environment.

The ideal candidate possesses:
  • Have an expert ability to translate complex subject matter for a variety of donor audiences.
  • 3+ years fundraising or marketing experience, preferably in advocacy.
  • Have a bachelor's degree or master's degree.
  • Be self-motivated, able to initiate and see projects through to completion.
  • Be collaborative and work well within a team-environment.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Office suite and have experience with Donor Management Systems.
  • Enjoy intellectual challenges and have a commitment to learning.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a non-partisan, national nonprofit dedicated to achieving responsible immigration polices, which includes limiting overall legal immigration and humanely stopping illegal immigration (more information at www.fairus.org). We enjoy a diverse membership base, ranging from those who are concerned about the effects of population growth on the environment to those concerned about the economic impacts and costs associated with lower-skilled immigration.

This position is located in FAIR's headquarters in Washington, DC. It is a full-time, non-exempt position. Little travel or weekend work is required. FAIR offers generous benefits; salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit a cover letter and resume to HR@fairus.org by February 10, 2016.

State and Local Counsel

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is seeking a State and Local Counsel for its State and Local Department. This professional position is responsible for representing FAIR’s legislative and administrative interests before state legislatures, administrative and executive bodies, activists, advocacy groups, and the media. Responsibilities include: analyzing and summarizing state and local legislation, ordinances, and initiatives; drafting policy briefs and grassroots alerts; engaging in direct and grassroots lobbying/activism; working with FAIR’s other departments to develop advocacy strategies; representing FAIR’s interests in issue-based coalitions; monitoring legislative committees and action; drafting reports, fact sheets, and testimony as needed; and otherwise obtaining legislative and political information and generally assisting the advocacy work of FAIR’s State and Local Department.


  • Monitor and analyze state and local legislation, ordinances, and policy changes.
  • Draft legislative summaries and policy briefs for a variety of audiences.
  • Work with other departments to identify, inform, and mobilize activists, members, and supporters on key pieces of legislation.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with legislators, legislative staff, advocacy groups and activists.
  • Develop an expertise in immigration law, policy, and politics.
  • Represent FAIR in coalitions, public meetings, hearings, press events, conferences, national forums, and in general communications with public officials, the media, FAIR members, the donor community, and the public.
  • Assist FAIR’s departments with tasks relating to education, development, publications, and media coverage.
  • Be a committed and effective advocate for all of FAIR’s programs and objectives.
  • Juris Doctor Degree required. Must be barred in the District of Columbia (or must be willing and able to become D.C.-barred).
  • Legislative experience preferred.
  • Political judgment and sensitivity is a must.
  • Strong writing and communication skills, including attention to detail.
  • Unwavering commitment to professionalism in all aspects of one’s performance.
  • Ability to conduct original research, analyze data, and produce work product in a consistent, efficient, and timely manner.
  • Other relevant experience with public policy, education, grassroots organizing, communications, editing, and/or development.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of FAIR’s legislative advocacy team.
This position is located in FAIR's headquarters in Washington, DC. It is a full-time, non-exempt position. FAIR offers generous benefits; salary is commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to hr@fairus.org.

Applicants for any positions should send a resume and writing sample to:

25 Massachusetts Ave, N.W., Suite 330
Washington, DC 20001
Fax: (202) 387-3447
EmailJen Harris

For general questions, please call 202-328-7004 or toll free at 1-877-627-3247.

Please note: unless specified otherwise, all positions listed above are in the Washington, DC headquarters office.


Updated March 2016