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Program Director, Detained Adult Program
Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition Washington, DC

Program Director, Detained Adult Program

Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition
Washington, DC
Expired: November 27, 2023 Applications are no longer accepted.
  • $91,200 to $130,000 Yearly
  • Vision , Medical , Dental , Paid Time Off , Life Insurance , Retirement
  • Full-Time

Job Type



Who We Are

The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area that is exclusively focused on providing legal assistance to adult and child immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region.

The Detained Adult Program (DAP) works with hundreds of adults who are detained by ICE each year, providing information, support, and legal representation. We provide trauma-sensitive, person-centered services, and deeply value the autonomy of the people we work with in detention as they navigate the fundamentally inhumane immigration system.

Position Summary:

The Program Director of the Detained Adult Program plans, administers, and oversees the Detained Adult Program. The Director ensures effective implementation of the program and compliance with CAIR Coalition's contracts with ACACIA and other funding agreements. The Program Director provides direct supervision to senior staff such as managing attorneys, managing paralegals, and deputy program directors and supports the team in implementing the program's jail visit and representation services. The Program Director is a member of the leadership and executive team. These teams are responsible for making final decisions on issues that impact significant liability or risk for the organization.

General Duties and Responsibilities [1]:

Responsible For Management of All Program Staff.

  • Responsibly delegates to Deputy Program Directors (DPDs) to manage the program to ensure a healthy, cooperative work environment and support where needed.
  • Maintains accurate job descriptions for contracts and reports.
  • Provides supervision, training, guidance, and feedback for direct reports.
  • Conducts regular check-ins and annual performance reviews for direct reports, supporting professional growth.
  • Conducts regular programmatic meetings to maintain open communication with all staff in the program and act on feedback regarding implementing new systems.

Works With the Directors of Other Departments to Maintain Quality Representation Services
  • Works with the Litigation Director in supervising and developing litigation strategy for all cases handled in-house and pro bono.
  • Works with the Litigation Director to identify and foster impact litigation cases and issues.
  • Works with the Litigation Director to develop and maintain accurate case systems that:
    • Adequately track the quality of client representation.
    • Track case progress.
    • Holds junior staff accountable for work completed.
    • Contains accurate case information.
  • Works in coordination with the Pro Bono Coordinator to oversee the recruitment, training and mentoring of pro bono attorneys representing detained adult immigrants.
  • Works with the leadership team to further the organization's mission externally and manage daily operations.
  • Meets regularly with members of the leadership team to assist in the organization's decision making in terms of internal policies and operations.
  • Works with the leadership team to align program services and goals with the organization's mission.
  • Involved in the organization's strategic planning and its implementation within the program.
  • Attend Board and Legal Action Committee meetings, as necessary, to report on the program's progress and request input.
  • Attends other external events as the face of the program and if needed, the organization.
  • Stays abreast of all challenges within the jail, caselaw and court changes feedback regarding implementing new systems.

[1] This list is illustrative and not intended to be a complete classification of all job functions or tasks.

Additional Role-Specific Details:

Position Type:

Exempt, full-time


In 2018 CAIR Coalition implemented a compensation framework to be more straightforward, transparent, and provide assurance of internal equity. The compensation model we use is based on an individual's position and years of relevant work experience to avoid salary discrepancies and to reduce the risk of racial, gender, or other forms of bias affecting a candidate's salary.

The salary range for this role is: $91,200-$130,000.

Recruitment Timeline:

Applications will be received on a rolling basis until the role has been filled.

Position Location:

The position can be based from CAIR Coalition Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD office.

Operating Status:

CAIR Coalition operates a hybrid work environment where staff are asked to work from the office one day per week.


This position may require travel to CAIR Coalition offices or facilities.

COVID-19 Vaccination:

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. To be fully vaccinated means having completed the full dosages required for the type of vaccine obtained as designated by the CDC. If boosters are subsequently recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) then employees will be required to receive the booster within thirty (30) days of their eligibility to access the boosters.


CAIR coalition's benefits package includes:
  • Free gym access located in Washington, D.C or Baltimore, MD (dependent on employee's primary office);
  • Flexible working hours after successful completion of trainings and with approval of supervisor;
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits for those living in the DMV;
  • Subsidized health, dental insurance, and vision insurance (CAIR Coalition pays a very high rate of the insurance package, for which we can provide additional information);
  • An annual data reimbursement of $300
  • life insurance valued at $50,000, as well as long and short term disability;
  • the option to set up a Flexible Spending Account; and
  • the option to set up a 403(b) account (the equivalent of a 401(k) account for non-profits) which the organization has the option, for all employees on an annual basis, to match at a certain percentage after one year of continuous employment.

Paid time off includes:
  • 23 personal days per calendar year
  • Up to 20 days of sick time per calendar year
  • 7 hours of volunteer time
  • Federal holidays
  • Winter break closure
  • 12 weeks of parental leave

To Apply:

Complete the job application in its entirety. Be sure to upload a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. Please include a cover letter demonstrating your interest in working for CAIR Coalition and explaining your experience in managing teams of advocates.

EEOC Statement:

Capital Area Immigrants' Rights (CAIR) Coalition is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, it is the purpose of this policy to effectuate these principles and mandates. CAIR Coalition prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. CAIR Coalition conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

At CAIR Coalition, we embrace the fact that talented individuals come from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. We believe that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to our success. CAIR Coalition values your unique perspectives, skills, and potential, and we are committed to providing equal opportunities for growth and development. If you are passionate about CAIR Coalition's mission and are excited to contribute your talents to our team, we encourage you to submit your application. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are a candidate with a disability and require accommodation to apply for this position, please contact us at

Anti-Racism Statement:


Competencies Required:

Inclusive Leadership Competency
  • Exercises authority without asserting dominance: Approaches leadership with a mindset of "power with" rather than "power over" and regularly includes others in planning and decision-making:

Models and inspires accountability.

Inspires and motivates others to act and meet goals.
  • Delegates skillfully:

Holds the team accountable and acknowledges growing edges (in self and others).

Uses coaching, training, and feedback to develop others and support problem-solving.
  • Sees mistakes as learning opportunities:

Seeks and engages well with feedback.

Applies best practices in equitable management.

Legal and Programmatic Competency
  • Leads the effective management of the program's jail, client, and in-office obligations to ensure that clients receive zealous representation, funding obligations are met, and that the program collaborates effectively within the organization and with peer groups.
  • Monitors progress on goals and evaluates outcomes.
  • Provides input to the budgeting process to the Deputy Program Directors (DPDs), and Deputy Director (DD), and supports in monitoring program expenditures.
  • Anticipates and responds to key changes in the environment by forming plans in consultation with the Deputy Director (DD) and Deputy Program Directors (DPDs), and others as necessary.
  • Supports Securing funding for these programs by leveraging stakeholder relationships and consulting on processes.
  • Writes clear messaging on deliberation and decision making of processes to DAP staff in consult with Deputy Director (DD) and Deputy Program Directors (DPDs).
  • Supports in Setting Best Practices and Expectations.
  • Identify challenges proactively that are occurring and rectify them in appropriate timeliness.
  • Sets Long-term vision considering input and feedback from department staff.
  • Works under the guidance of the DD to provide the governing board and funders with regular updates and reports.
  • Provides direct input for grant and contract applications related to services.
  • Ensures that the program is in compliance with all government contracts and foundation grant requirements.

  • A JD is not required but is preferred.
  • 6-8+ years of program management, immigration policy, or related experience at increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience.
  • Experience working in a multilateral institution, government, non-profit organization, or academia.
  • Experience managing litigation teams in a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, problem-solving, and mentoring skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work well under pressure.
  • Ability to communicate, coordinate, negotiate, and build effective collaborations across cultures, classes, perspectives, roles, and levels of professional responsibility.
  • Demonstrate a high level of collaboration, collaboration in decision-making, and teamwork.
  • Experience in program and grant management.
  • Spanish-language fluency is a plus.
  • A driver's license is preferred as the role may require travel.

Salary Description

$91,200-$130,000 annual salary


Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition

1025 Connecticut Ave. NW

Washington, DC
20036 USA



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