California Immigrant Policy Center

California Immigrant Policy Center

Policy Analyst
Detention and Deportation

Based in Oakland or Sacramento, CA
(remote location possible)

The Policy Analyst plays a vital role in CIPC’s efforts to end unjust detentions and deportations. She is responsible for tracking and monitoring local and regional entanglement between law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities. In addition, she produces analysis on the impact of bills, legislation, and regulations on low-income immigrants and their families in California. As part of the detention and deportation work, the Analyst will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the California Values Act, the TRUTH ACT, and other recently enacted legislation. The Analyst will help devise CIPC’s strategy on new tactics to push back on detention and deportations.

This Policy Analyst can be based in any CIPC office throughout the state (Los Angeles, Oakland or Sacramento). Remote employment will be considered for the right applicant. Travel to other cities and occasional travel across the nation is also required.

The Analyst reports to the Policy Director and will work within cross-department teams.


  • Assess and research the impact of bills, legislation, and regulations related to assigned campaigns such as unjust detention and deportation programs, and civil rights issues;
  • Inform campaign strategies and recognize political opportunities;
  • Track national, state and local policy and legislative developments and activities relevant to CIPC priorities;
  • Support a broad range of activities to monitor the implementation of the CA Values Act and related bills, including the TRUST Act and TRUTH Act;
  • Coordination of the statewide ICE Out of CA coalition;
  • Conduct issue spotting and identify fact patterns that present opportunities for legal or policy advocacy to further disentangle local law enforcement agencies from immigration enforcement;
  • Provide technical assistance and strategic counsel to local coalitions working on law enforcement advocacy and monitoring compliance with state law;
  • Conduct and oversee research into emerging practices and trends in law enforcement activities that disproportionately impact immigrants and communities of color—including the use of joint task forces, government databases, and retention of private companies to counsel on implementation—that can be used in the creation of persuasive written documents;
  • Serve as a resource on issues impacting the rights of immigrants in California by conducting trainings for member orgs and responding to speaking requests as needed; and
  • Identify, cultivate, and maintain key partners and networks.


  • 3-4 years of experience working in detention and deportation related policy in California;
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights—background in immigrants’ rights, immigration law, civil rights, or criminal justice issues;
  • Track record of working with diverse communities in California;
  • Experience advocating for inclusive public policies;
  • Knowledge of key federal immigration laws and programs ;
  • Familiarity with California legislation with significant impact on immigrant communities;
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations, especially immigrant rights groups and community-based organizations;
  • Master’s degree with a minimum of 2 years related experience. Will accept a combination of experience and education in lieu of a degree;
  • Experience research and analyzing complex public policy issues; Comprehensive knowledge of the policy making process; ability to read and summarize legislation effectively, ability to comprehend dense and complex legislative language and explain legislation in lay terms;
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited precedence and standardization exists; and
  • Experience with and knowledge of computer operation; knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.). Must have above-average Word skills


  • Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; varies writing style to meet needs including writing reports for publication; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas.
  • Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Ethics – Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
  • Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
  • Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity – Strives to increase productivity.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Attendance/Punctuality – Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability – Follows instructions; responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Compensation & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. CIPC provides comprehensive benefits package to its employees, including fully employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, retirement contributions and paid parking. CIPC has a generous holiday and time off policy including flex time off after busy work periods and an annual winter recess during the last week of December.

Application Information
Position is open immediately until filled. Please send a cover letter, résumé and a writing sample via e-mail to the selection committee: hr@caimmigrant.org. Please note that we will only be able to respond to short listed candidates. Those candidates will be asked to submit 3 references.

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