Job Opportunity: Executive Director

Mid-South Immigration Advocates (MIA) seeks a permanent Executive Director to lead MIA as chief executive in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director will plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with assistance from subordinate executives and staff managers. The Executive Director will also develop and implement fundraising strategies and forecast fundraising estimates for the organization.

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:
• Develop, maintain, and support Board of Directors.
• Oversee day-to-day operations of MIA and ensure its overall successful long-term operations;
• Provide thoughtful executive leadership that is inclusive, transparent, and empowering in a manner that supports and guides MIA’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors;
• Foster a collaborative working environment, encourage professional development, and champion accountability among staff;
• Attend all Board meetings and provide the Board of Directors all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
• Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support MIA’s mission in coordination with the Board of Directors.
• Provide direct supervision of Managing Director and Legal Director.
• Design and implement programs with the assistance of the staff directors. Current programs include services for unaccompanied children, survivors of violence, detained individuals, and sliding scale clients. (See
• Conduct annual performance evaluations of all staff.
• Track time for work done on “billable” projects.
• Develop calendars and action plans for annual fundraising and grant requests.
• Coordinate fundraising activities with the Board of Directors.
• Create and execute a strategy for a sustained base of annual individual donors.
• Implement a thorough donor acknowledgement system and maintain consistent contact with major donors.
• Update and create content for social media and website.
• Participate in outreach/community events with staff.
• Perform other duties as assigned by Board of Directors.

• Advanced degree in nonprofit management, law, or related field preferred;
• Prior experience with executive leadership and/or development for nonprofit organizations;
• Prior experience with immigration law or advocacy preferred;
• Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with donors and other stakeholders;
• Passion for creative program creation and organizational funding growth;
• Ability to review current MIA programs and structures and make recommendations that empower programmatic refinements;
• Capacity to excel at influencing and leading an organization towards positive growth;
• Capable of designing and directing strategies that enhance and support organizational operations;
• Knowledge of fostering an environment of accountability, healthy work relationships and partnerships, and inclusivity among MIA staff in order to maintain a positive and collaborative work environment;
• Experience in creating and establishing clear, measurable business goals;
• Strong interpersonal, communication, advocacy, computer, organizational, and presentation skills;
• Ability to work effectively with a diverse community, including children and families;
• Must have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and personal transportation. (Position requires some local and occasional regional travel.)

$60,000 – $65,000/year starting, with increases dependent upon performance and budgetary constraints. MIA offers paid time off, health insurance, disability insurance, and a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan.

Submit a letter of interest and résumé to by July 1, 2021. Mid-South Immigration Advocates, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace,
and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.

by Sally Joyner, Esq.

Legal Director Sally M. Joyner is a lifelong Memphian and co-founder of MIA.
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