Development & Communications Assistant

Los Angeles, CA



In order to increase access to justice for people facing immigration court, ImmDef is currently hiring additional legal and administrative staff.

The Immigrant Defenders Law Center (“ImmDef”) is a next-generation, social justice law firm that provides high-quality representation and legal services to immigrants in Southern California. ImmDef was founded with the belief that no immigrant should be forced to go into court alone and our universal representation programs for children and adults are a first step towards that goal. Learn more about us at

Reporting to the Development and Communications Manager, the Development and Communications Assistant (DCA) will be primarily responsible for assisting with grant proposals and administrative tasks related to grant reporting. The DCA would be involved with grant writing, submissions, tracking, data reporting, and communication with current and potential supporters in order to advance ImmDef’s fund development. Additionally, the DCA will assist with event planning and logistics, communications with funders, social media communications, press releases, media coordination and volunteer coordination. This position will also be responsible for any special projects assigned by the Development and Communications Manager that move forward the organization’s goals and mission.


Essential Functions

  1. Continuously maintain administrative procedures to manage a portfolio of city, county, state, and federal government and institutional funding grants;

  2.  Assist Development and Communications Manager to identify funder prospects, research opportunities, and prepare/submit proposals;

  3. Provide administrative support to Development and Communications Manager by maintaining and updating proposal and award information in systems and databases, creating and maintaining files, and coordinating/tracking proposal submission, awards, compliance, tracking, and reporting;

  4. Assist Development and Communications Manager to engage new and existing foundation and institutional partners and enhance relationships through grants, event sponsorships, and in-kind donations;

  5. Assist with the preparation of reports consistent with funder requirements.

  6. Assist with additional activities including donor acknowledgment, event planning, attendance and coordination at fundraising events, tours and presentations, and data management;

  7. Assist Development and Communications Manager with social media communications, press released, blog posts, newsletters and various other types of internal and external communications;

  8. Other duties as assigned by Development and Communications Manager or other ImmDef leadership staff.



  • Strong organizational skills;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with staff and funders;

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;

  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem solving;

  • Highly resourceful team player, with the ability to also excel independently and efficiently manage time;

  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of constituent service and response


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience working in non-profit development, in either a paid or volunteer position;

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure;

  • Enthusiasm for working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment;

  • Passion for social justice for immigrants required;

  • DACA recipients encouraged to apply.



  • $18 - $23 per hour DOE


Holidays and Paid Time Off

  • 12 paid holidays;

  • 1-week paid winter break between Christmas and New Years;

  • 15 vacation days per year;

  • 12 sick Days per year.


Health, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • ImmDef offers a number of health plans that are 100% paid plans for staff starting on the 1st of the month following 30 days of employment;

  • Additionally, we pay 75% of the premiums for select plans for immediate family members, including registered domestic partners.

FSA and Dependent Care FSA

  • ImmDef offers FSA plans to help offset the costs of eligible health care expenses for you, your spouse, and your eligible dependents using pre-tax dollars;

  • We also offer Dependent Care FSA to pay for eligible dependent care services, such as preschool, summer day camp, before or after school programs, and child or adult daycare.


401(k) Retirement Savings Plan

  • ImmDef staff are eligible to enroll in our 401(k) plans immediately upon hire, contributing pre-tax dollars towards their retirement goals;

  • After six months on staff, ImmDef will match 100% of contributions up to 3%;

  • Funds are vested immediately!


Public Service Loan Forgiveness

  • As a 501(c)3, qualified ImmDef staff are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.


Parking and Travel Stipend

  • ImmDef Staff commuting into our DTLA office are eligible for reimbursement of parking or public transit costs up to $90 per month.

How to Apply


Email cover letter, resume, 3 references and a writing sample to: Immigrant Defenders Law Center at In the subject line please write FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_Development Assistant Application. Please indicate where you came across our job posting.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

ImmDef believes in second chances. As an organization, we will rely on individualized assessments in the hiring of those with past criminal convictions. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for a position fighting for our immigrant communities!


Immigrant Defenders Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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