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Director of Research

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) seeks a Director of Research. The Director of Research has critical responsibilities for providing timely, accurate information regarding immigration and will be responsible for educating the public and policy makers on immigration-related issues. The Director of Research reports directly to the Executive Director. He/she will support the executional elements related to any in-house data collection and research initiatives. The Director of Research must be a creative self-starter who is able to work independently as well as with others.

Primary Objective: Conduct research and statistical analysis for publications; assist staff, FAIR members, activists and students with information requests; manage information retrieval and organization; and maintain currency of data on website.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Track periodic outside research releases and keep staff posted on new data
  • Survey newly released data to determine relevance to FAIR and where data could be used to update existing publications/issue briefs
  • Analyze statistics and raw data and perform demographic and other calculations
  • Keep issue briefs, state impact statements, and website statistical information up to date
  • Manage and maintain the FAIR library and central files
  • Provide research support to other staff members as needed
  • Respond to member and public requests for information
  • Develop new ideas for upcoming research projects
  • Conduct student group outreach and speaking engagements, and represent FAIR at relevant conferences, seminars, etc. as directed
  • Work with other departments and outside organizations and individuals as directed
  • Work closely with media relations staff to ensure external communications are supported by up-to-date, factually accurate information
  • Monitor and identify outside research and effectively report out summary information to staff, and other stakeholders
  • Effectively and efficiently assist in managing consultants and vendors providing research services to FAIR
  • Work with Web department to ensure web-based content delivers high value to members and drives FAIR’s strategic priorities
  • Consult with and advise FAIR’s executive leadership team long-term and short-term research objective.

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • Minimum 5-8 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

To apply, send cover letter, resume and writing sample to: hr@fairus.org

Government Relations Counsel /
Government Relations Associate

Reports to: Director of Government Relations

Job Summary: FAIR, a national non-profit that advocates for enforcing our immigration laws and protecting American workers, is seeking a candidate for the Government Relations Department. This professional position is responsible for furthering FAIR's legislative agenda by representing the organization's interests before Congress, Executive Branch officials, and in coalition meetings. Responsibilities include: identifying, tracking, and analyzing legislative developments; monitoring Congressional committees; direct lobbying; drafting reports and fact sheets; obtaining legislative and political information; and otherwise helping to facilitate the advocacy work of FAIR's Government Relations Department.


  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with members of Congress and their staff, federal agency personnel, and coalition members. Assist Congressional offices in the drafting of legislation, amendments, and talking points.
  • Take a proactive role in developing and completing complex research projects and writing assignments.
  • Identify, track, and analyze federal legislation and regulations. Monitor and report on Congressional committee activities and hearings.
  • Contribute to, and aid in the development of, substantive materials for FAIR's website and blog, including legislative summaries and weekly updates, grassroots alerts, and fact sheets.
  • Assist the Government Relations Director in overseeing the placement and dissemination of the department's work product. Attend meetings and events on behalf of the Government Relations Director when needed.
  • Work closely with FAIR's Field Representatives to inform activists and supporters of legislative developments.
  • Coordinate and work on projects with other departments as needed.
  • Be a committed and effective advocate for all FAIR's programs and objectives.


  • Government Relations Counsel: law degree with at least one year of legal experience, preferably in a legislative office or policy capacity, including Capitol Hill internship. Previous immigration experience preferred.
  • Government Relations Associate: At least one year of experience on Capitol Hill or policy organization. Experience handling Judiciary and/or Homeland Security portfolio, especially immigration, preferred.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills; the ability to draft professional materials for targeted audiences is essential.
  • Superb interpersonal and communication skills, especially the ability to explain complex policy issues in plain language.
  • Professional judgment in all aspects of one's work; the ability to set priorities, work independently, and produce professional materials of the highest quality in a fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with the legislative process and grassroots activism.
  • Strong commitment to FAIR's mission and the ability to quickly gain understanding and knowledge of issues impacting immigration law or policy.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to: hr@fairus.org

Major Gifts Writer

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) seeks a Major Gifts Writer. This position is responsible for the development of high-level letters and proposals that are compelling to FAIR’s major funders. The Major Gifts Writer is able to understand complex policy ideas and relate its impacts to a broad array of interests, from economic to environmental.

The Major Gifts Writer stewards communication with all major funding sources, including individuals and foundations. The position will also work directly with the Development Director in creating outreach initiatives for new foundations and individual prospects.

The ideal Major Gifts Writer candidate will:

  • Have an expert ability to translate complex subject matter for a variety of donor audiences.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years fundraising experience, preferably in major gifts/grant writing.
  • 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.
  • Have a good sense of humor/be a positive team member!

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. The Major Gifts Writer will enjoy discovering the wide-ranging interests of our donors and be stimulated by the challenge of writing to those interests.

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, resume, and writing sample (between 1-3 pages) to HR@fairus.org.

Online Development Coordinator

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) seeks an Online Development Coordinator to manage FAIR’s online membership program and increase online fundraising revenue.

This position will execute all facets of FAIR’s online membership program, from concept to written content. This will include planning and writing FAIR’s monthly fundraising email appeals as well as three "money bomb" campaigns a year. Beyond that, the Online Development Coordinator will work closely with the Development Director to develop an online membership experience to grow FAIR’s online donor base.

The position will identify and coordinate multi-channel giving opportunities. He or she will also collaborate with the other departments on online advertising efforts and email acquisition drives.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in data and analytics and above-average writing skills. He or she will be an innovator of ideas who is driven by results. This candidate will have 3+ years of campaign, advocacy, or direct mail experience with a proven history of developing key metrics and providing actionable analysis to make strategic decisions. The ability to work well with others, especially across departments, is critical. Specific fundraising experience is not necessary, though will be considered favorably.

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). This position is located in FAIR’s headquarters in Washington, DC. It is a full-time, non-exempt position. No travel and limited weekend work is required. FAIR offers generous benefits; salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (between 1-3 pages) to HR@fairus.org.

Accounting/Finance Intern

Name & Title of Supervisor: Jennifer C. Harris, Director of Finance and Administration

Primary Objective: Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is looking for a well-organized, self-driven and highly motivated intern to join our finance and accounting team for the fall 2015 semester. The student filling this position will handle a wide range of important financial and accounting duties, such as:

  • Processing AR and AP
  • Preparing bank reconciliations
  • Assisting with state registration filings/requests
  • Data entry
  • Filing, shredding, general office
  • Reception / phone backup (1 hour a day)
  • Records retention

Requirements: Applicants should be Business, Finance, Economics or Accounting majors with proficiency in Microsoft Office applications. Attention to detail, the ability to multi-task and excellent communication skills are all essential to this position.

Majors: Business, Finance, Economics, Accounting

Time Commitment

  • Hours of operation are 9am-5pm Monday thru Friday
  • Must be available to work up to 20 hours per week during academic year


  • Receive direct supervision from the Director of Finance and Administration
  • Build resume and explore career options
  • Apply skills and knowledge to the workplace
  • Flexible scheduling to allow for finals and changes in class schedule
  • Upon successful completion of internship, intern will be provided with letter of recommendation

Membership Education Intern

FAIR's Development & Membership Department seeks a part-time, paid Membership Education Intern for the Fall 2015 semester. The Membership Education Intern will produce educational materials (including booklets and infographics) from FAIR's high-level program materials, including research and legislative reports, to communicate the organization's policy ideas to key audiences.

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in communications, graphic design, and public policy. Candidates should have strong writing and verbal skills, and a background or interest in policy research. Any prior expertise in graphic design, assembling infographics, web design, or other material that may assist in communicating complex policy ideas, would be useful.


  • Work 10-20 hours a week in our downtown D.C. office.
  • Generate engaging educational materials for members from existing FAIR research and legislative reports, including miniature “e-books” and infographics.
  • Additional membership web design responsibilities available for qualified candidates.
  • Minimal administrative work.


  • Paid internship.
  • Receive direct supervision from the Director of Development.
  • Build resume working for a national non-profit.
  • Flexible scheduling to allow for finals and changes in class schedule.
  • Upon successful completion of internship, intern will be provided with letter of recommendation.

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 August 2015