Support Immigrant and Refugee Rights


ICS Executive Director position Hiring


Immigration Counseling Service (ICS) is looking for an exceptional leader to advance our critical mission and implement strategic initiatives that expand the scope and impact of legal services for immigrants. Successful candidates will have experience managing an organization with multiple program initiatives and sites, and an operating budget between $1 and $2 million. Successful candidates will also possess business acumen and experience building strong relationships internally and externally.


Program Development and Staff Supervision

  • Oversee the design, delivery, and evaluation of ICS core programs and services, ensure programmatic excellence, and ensure new initiatives have strong mission alignment.
  • Oversee hiring, onboarding, ongoing supervision and coaching, and annual performance reviews of direct reports, including legal and administrative staff.
  • Implement collective bargaining agreement and staff the labor/management committee.
  • Prepare and implement annual professional development plans for staff, including diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training, to build a high-performance staff team.
  • Manage and nurture strategic partnerships and funding collaboratives.

Financial Management

  • Ensure the fiscal integrity of ICS through effective resource allocation, management of cash flow, and adequate bookkeeping and accounting systems.
  • Oversee the annual budget development process and present to the Board an annual budget that reflects strategic priorities, with accurate projections for revenue and expenses.
  • Manage and grow existing contracts for programs and special initiatives, ensuring maximum reimbursement for allowable expenses.

Fund Development and Communications

  • Work with the Fundraising Committee to design and oversee implementation of annual fund development plans that identify targets and strategies for contributed revenue.
  • Develop and manage grants in support of core programs and strategic initiatives.
  • Build relationships with current and prospective donors and manage donor communications.
  • Support the House Party Campaign and other special events.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of online and offline communications with the goal of creating stronger brand recognition and greater community engagement.

Board Relations

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board. Serve as ex-officio of each committee.
  • Work in partnership with the Board to ensure ICS fulfills its important mission function with good governance, including attending monthly board and committee meetings.
  • Communicate effectively with the Board and provide timely and accurate information so the Board can execute its governance duties and make informed decisions.
  • Work in partnership with the Board to develop and implement strategic plans.



  • Strong commitment to ensuring equity and justice for immigrants in Oregon.
  • Deep understanding of nonprofit administration and development; preferably legal nonprofit management experience. Knowledge of immigration issues also preferred.
  • Excellent financial management and budget planning skills. Experience with preparing, interpreting, and acting upon financial statements, audits, and other financial reports.
  • Solid fund development expertise, including grant writing, donor stewardship, and maintaining excellent relationships with government and foundation funders.
  • Ability to lead others, including experience managing and supervising staff teams, scaling programs, leading strategic planning, and working with nonprofit boards.
  • Ability to self-direct and stay motivated. Openness to learning and growing.
  • Excellent relationship management skills, including ability to build good working relationships with key stakeholders and funders.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to effectively communicate ideas and plans, and inspire stakeholders in shared ownership. Experience managing communications strategy a plus.
  • Deep understanding of social and cultural issues, especially as they relate to and intersect with immigration, poverty, racial discrimination, mental health, and LGBTQ issues.
  • Law School graduate and member of a state bar desired.
  • Competency in Spanish a plus.



ICS is an equal opportunity employer: ICS does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, family relationship, marital status, veteran status, military service, or any other classification protected by local, state, or federal law.


HOW TO APPLY: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is hired.  Please email a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for 3 references to with “ED Search” on the subject line. Cover letters should be addressed to:


Phil Hornik, Chair

ICS Executive Director Search Committee

519 SW Park Ave, Suite 610, Portland, OR 97205