| May 29, 2024

Director of Migrant Host Community Stabilization

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Website Emerson Collective


Emerson Collective blends philanthropy and targeted investments to generate and sustain groundbreaking initiatives. Our partners range from artists to scientists, educators to technologists across the United States and around the world.  We have a community of change-makers, diverse and disparate in backgrounds with a core belief that we should not accept the world as it is.

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 Hemispheric 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.

The Director of Migrant Host Community Stabilization will lead Emerson’s engagement with multilateral development banks (MDBs), the private sector, government officials engaged in development financing, development agencies, and other key stakeholders to advance new investment mechanisms for promoting resilience, adaptation, and stabilization in Latin America.

This role will report to the Director, Hemispheric Migration & Program Lead, Latin America and is based in Latin America (with options for remote work arrangements in the region) or Washington, DC, with frequent travel required.


Role and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director, Hemispheric Migration & Program Lead, Latin America to develop a strategy that promotes the stabilization of migration-vulnerable populations and the large migrant populations in Latin America that are at risk of being displaced again.
  • In close coordination with the Director and the Director of Government Relations, lead the team’s engagement with MDBs, relevant financial government officials, the private sector, and relevant officials at development agencies.
  • Convene key stakeholders to develop ideas and strategies to help unlock financial mechanisms that enhance financing for middle-income countries hosting significant migrant populations.
  • Work with relevant stakeholders in the US Government, including the Treasury Department and Congress through the Appropriations process.
  • Develop and implement strategies to link hemispheric migration stabilization efforts with climate migration financing initiatives, including investments in community climate resilience and adaptation, as appropriate.
  • Help identify, assess, and strengthen stabilization projects on the ground throughout the hemisphere that can serve as pilots for investment and showcase the merits of financing stabilization and integration.
  • Help galvanize support towards stabilization efforts and establish alliances with key donors and allies that are or could be operating in this space.


Qualifications, Skills, and Requirements

  • 10+ years’ experience working on development financing, including at least 5 years working in the Americas with regional, subregional, and national development financing institutions.
  • Experience working directly on specific projects on the ground affecting vulnerable communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and advance policy proposals.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a remote team environment.
  • Fresh, practical attitude and hands-on approach.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Spanish and English written and verbal language fluency required.
  • Advanced degree in economics, development, migration, public policy, or related field.
  • Travel required up to 40%.
  • Interest in Emerson Collective’s mission and alignment with values.



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