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Research & Operations Specialist

International Refugee Assistance Project

International Refugee Assistance Project

Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2024
The Climate Department is hiring a full-time Research and Operations Specialist. The specialist will be responsible for cutting-edge legal research at the intersection of climate and immigration law, and will manage high-level departmental and multi-organizational projects. Key responsibilities are listed below.


  • Conduct pioneering legal research at the intersection of climate in immigration law in coordination with our climate senior staff attorney and department director;
  • Manage logistics and coordination for various multi-organizational and cross departmental projects, including our climate data project;
  • Lead on administrative tasks for the department including scheduling, note-taking, PowerPoint design, and event & meeting planning;
  • Draft legal and advocacy documents related to the Department’s work, including reports, practitioner resources, and legal memos;
  • Develop and lead student chapter trips in partnership with other departments;
  • Update cross-organizational resources on climate displacement;
  • Engage in multi-organizational advocacy efforts, including coalition meetings and convenings; and
  • Coordinate with other departments on cross departmental initiatives, including relating to U.S. federal advocacy.


  • JD or LLM from a U.S. accredited law school.
  • At least 2-7 years of post-graduate professional experience.
  • Superb legal research & writing, communications, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
  • Strong project management & organizational skills.
  • Prior experience in climate justice work & immigration policy is an asset.
  • Spanish language fluency is preferred.
Location: The candidate will work in one of IRAP’s offices in New York City or DC but remote work in the US will be considered.
This role is paid on a step scale based on years of work experience and education. The salary will be between $71,558 - $89,313. May be subject to a collective bargaining agreement.
IRAP’s benefits vary across office locations, and IRAP seeks to offer equitable and generous benefits to all employees. IRAP’s U.S. benefits include:
Fully paid family health insurance
Retirement options
Extensive PTO (20 or more vacation days & 19 org-wide holidays)
Comprehensive leave time for sickness
Disability and parenting (4 months of parental leave)
Reimbursement for work from home equipment
Generous opportunities for professional development
IRAP is an equal-opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. IRAP does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class. We consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of all local, state, and federal laws related to the Fair Chance Act.