Who We Are: 

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

Position Summary: 

The Program Director of the Detained Children’s Program manages and leads all aspects of a twenty-plus person program, including having oversight of, and setting policies for: strategic vision; legal strategies; administration; budget; hiring and staff structure; and, personnel development. It is the Director’s responsibility to ensure that the program operates in an efficient and effective manner so as to (i) provide excellent client services, (ii) meet all contract and grant requirements, (iii) ensure the professional growth for the staff, and (iv) cross-work effectively with other programs. The Director will also serve as a member of the Management Team and help set organization-wide policies.  

General Duties and Responsibilities1

  • Provides oversight and management of all aspects of the program in Coordination with managing attorneys.  

  • Ensure that the program is kept abreast of new developments in the law and that junior staff are adequality trained on the law.  

  • Provide oversight and mentoring to attorneys on direct representation cases, including supervision and assistance of (i) case strategy, (ii) trial preparation, and (iii) case load management.  

  • Provide expert mentoring to outside attorneys representing detained immigrants on a pro bono basis. 

  • Work to ensure that program staff deploy their time on mentoring and in-house case in an efficient and effective manner.  

  • Work with other programs to align legal, litigation, and advocacy efforts and strategies.  

  • Strategic planning for the organization and implementation at the team level. 

Stakeholders Services:  

  • Manage relationships with government stakeholders, including detention facility manager (including ensuring proper relationship-handling by staff). 

  • Work closely with Vera Institute of Justice (“Vera”) and other DUCs providers nationally to ensure that CAIR Coalition stays abreast of new developments and stays at center of national discussions on children’s detention and children’s services.  

  • Take part in management team efforts on communications and development.  

  • Draft grant applications and developing relationships with funders in coordination with development team.  

  • Conduct interviews with print and television media. 

Program Administration Services: 

  • Create and implement program management structures and policies for the team.  

  • Prepare and track program budgets that align with organizational budgets. 

  • Prepare contract documents, including budgets and program plans, for use with governmental funding streams. 

  • Oversee hiring, professional development, and performance evaluations of staff.  

  • Review of time and expense reports. 

Organizational Services: 

  • Work with program staff and management team members to set long-term program plans. 

  • Interface with leadership with of other CAIR Coalition programs to ensure cross-program information and strategy sharing.  

  • Assist other program staff in completion of their workload during high-work/low-bandwidth periods. 

  • Take part in stakeholder relationship activities, including in-person and telephonic meetings with community groups, governmental bodies and representatives, and other legal service providers. 

  • Lead internal CAIR Coalition committees and working groups to lend a voice to the growth and strategy of the organization.  

  • Undertake own administrative functions, including for casework (e.g., preparation of all aspects of filings). CAIR Coalition attorneys do not have dedicated paralegals for assistance on cases and non-attorney staff time is dedicated to client-facing tasks (e.g, jail visits, pro se assistance).  

Competencies Required: 

Legal Proficiency  

The employee utilizes their expertise in the law to develop creative solutions to novel legal issues and to help lead efforts to develop changes in the law. The employee works to develop new initiatives at the organization to increase efficacy and efficiency of legal services.  The employee is a thought-leader in the immigration field.   

Client and Programmatic Proficiency  

The employee proficiently manages their program’s in-jail, client, and in-office programmatic obligations to ensure that the program services its clients, works well with other programs, meets its funding obligations, and works with peer groups. The employee skillfully supervises their staff and ensures that staff are in a position to grow professionally.  


The employee ensures that all administrative aspects of their position (and their staffs’ positions), attendant to the provision of services to clients and look to streamline and improve administrative aspects.    

Qualifications Required: 

  • JD and relevant experience in family law and/or immigration law.  

  • Must be licensed to practice law in Maryland or Virginia or be willing to sit for the next scheduled bar exam. 

  • Written and oral Spanish fluency strongly preferred. 

  • Driver’s license required 

  • Must be able to pass a required background check. 


Generous benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, four weeks of vacation, plus all federal holidays 

Application process: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to hr@caircoalition.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, early submissions are encouraged as the position is open immediately. No phone calls please. 

1This list is illustrative and not intended to be a complete classification of all job functions 

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