Director, Government Relations – Latin America; Regional Migration

Remote / Latin America
Immigration – Immigration /
Full-time /

Emerson Collective is an organization designed to develop opportunities and solutions in education, environment, immigration, and health equity through philanthropy, creativity and investments. Established and led by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective brings together entrepreneurs and academics, artists, community leaders, and more to build solutions that spur measurable, lasting change. We work collectively to make the greatest difference possible. 

As with the whole of Emerson Collective, what matters most is that we work with people who are not only the very best at what they do, but also the kindest.

The Opportunity

Emerson Collective Immigration’s Regional Migration work seeks to advance humane, practical migration policies that respect the dignity of migrants and acknowledges the variety of forces - including climate change - influencing decisions to migrate. We recognize that irregular migration poses challenges to sending, transit, and receiving countries, and we seek to promote and help implement regional and sub-regional frameworks for managing migration that expand safe, legal migration pathways and help stabilize and integrate migrant populations in major Latin American host countries.

In close coordination with the Director, Regional Migration & Program Lead for Latin America, the Director of Government Relations, Latin America will manage Emerson’s engagement of governmental leaders at the national and local level in Latin America to advocate for a shared commitment to and shared responsibility for well-managed hemispheric migration systems.

This role will report to the Regional Migration & Program Lead and is based in Latin America, with options for remote work arrangements in the region.

Role and Responsibilities

    • Work with the Director, Regional Migration & Program Lead to design and develop an advocacy strategy vis a vis Latin American governments that promotes managed migration in the Americas as well as dignity and safety for migrants.
    • Convene and organize key government officials, civil society leaders, and other partners in the region in support of durable and inclusive solutions to human displacement. 
    • Engage city-level leaders throughout the hemisphere and facilitate collaboration among them to promote and replicate city-led solutions to displacement at scale. 
    • Strengthen relationships and collaboration with relevant regional and multilateral organizations in support of safe legal channels, stabilization efforts for displaced populations, and sustainable policies that support integration.
    • Design and help organize high-level events.

Qualifications, Skills, and Requirements

    • 10+ years’ experience working on Latin American migration issues.
    • Significant experience working with and convening groups of governments (at the national and local levels) in Latin America. Strong relationships with high level leaders in key migration countries.
    • Deep theoretical and on-the-ground expertise of regional, bilateral, national, and local migration policy and governance in Latin America.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and advance public policy proposals, including legislation.
    • Excellent strategic and analytical skills.
    • Ability to work productively and collaboratively within a remote team environment.
    • Practical attitude and hands-on approach.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills. Spanish and English written and verbal language fluency required.
    • Diplomatic and negotiation skills.
    • Advanced degree in international relations, migration, public policy, or related field.
    • Travel required up to 40%.
    • Interest in Emerson Collective’s mission and alignment with values.
Emerson Collective is a Bay Area-based organization with offices in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. This position is based in Latin America, with options for remote work arrangements.
The salary for this role is highly competitive and commensurate with experience. Emerson Collective offers excellent organizational benefits.
To Apply
The review of applications is underway and will continue until the position is filled. To apply please submit a letter of interest and a current resume here.

This position requires being up to date on COVID vaccination consistent with current CDC guidelines, subject to documented religious and/or medical exemptions.

Building a diverse and inclusive workforce is key to our mission and values as we strive to create systemic change and open possibilities for all of the communities we serve. To that end, we provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.