Deputy Director, Planning and Performance (Washington, DC)

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About KIND:

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 700 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children, who have often endured trauma, receive counseling, educational support, medical care, and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen the protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

Position Summary:

KIND seeks a full-time Deputy Director, Planning and Performance within the Legal Programs department and reports to the Senior Director, Planning and Performance. The Deputy Director works to ensure compliance monitoring, engage in proposal development and reporting, and coordinate better informed data management. They strive to achieve sustainability and consistency in excellent programming delivery for the benefit of KIND’s clients, staff, pro bono partners, and stakeholders.

Essential Functions:

Facilitates systems-oriented delivery of high-quality services across KIND’s Legal Programs functions.
Promotes baseline protocols for service delivery and ongoing monitoring.


Leads the development, implementation, and ongoing production of robust programmatic reporting across all functions within Legal Programs, including social services, legal technical assistance, and field management.
Coordinates with KIND’s Data Strategy Team to develop essential data training programming and ongoing support; serve on KIND’s Legal Server Super User Working Group.
Collaborates with finance to develop and monitor spenddown reports across funders to assist Senior Manager, Planning and Performance and other members of the Legal Programs Senior Management team to adjust programming and support strategic growth.
Reviews and edits regular reporting to key government funders.

Compliance Monitoring

Coordinates compliance monitoring and program assessment protocols and tools across Legal Programs staff and KIND’s Data Strategy team.
Partners with the Senior Director, Planning and Performance to develop maintain organizational standards for quality and performance.
Utilizes reporting to assist Senior Director, Planning and Performance in solutions-oriented support for field office programming.
Coordinates with Senior Director, Planning and Performance in the development and delivery of key documentation and training for field offices in government and other funding compliance.
Works with Senior Director to identify risks and opportunities across multiple projects within the department.

Program Development

Provides analysis and strategic considerations to Senior Director, Planning and Performance in initial review and mapping of new strategic efforts with KIND’s Development team.
Provides review of renewal funding proposals from the KIND Development team.
Coordinates proposals and oversee process for annual fellowship application process.

Qualifications and Requirments:

Licensed U.S. attorney in good standing.
Minimum of 6 years of experience in the immigration filed, preferably including working with immigrant children or with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma.
Minimum of 3 years of program management capacity; supervising and managing in legal context; facilities with databases including the use of systems to provide qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Ability to occasionally travel to field office locations as needed for specific meetings or events.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suites (such as Teams, Excel, etc.).
Ability to work collaboratively and multi-task in our KIND environment, managing numerous priorities and emerging opportunities.
Excellent organizational skills with ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment. Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate as appropriate.
Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles.
Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life.
Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights.
Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast paced environment.
Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance.
Experience working and communicating in a remote environment.
KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions.

Salary Range: $88,160 – $110,200 dependent on experience


At KIND we value every employee and the vital role they play in carrying out our mission to protect unaccompanied children on the move. We provide each employee with the following benefits:

Two medical insurance plans with 100% employer-paid options for medical, dental and vision.
Pre-tax flexible spending and dependent care accounts.
Pre-tax commuter spending accounts.
Pre-tax 401(k) retirement plan with employer matching funds.
Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance.
Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance.
Generous paid parental leave.
Voluntary benefits including supplemental, spousal and child insurance.
Generous vacation accrual (20 days in Year 1; 25 days after Year 3; and 30 days after Year 5)
Twelve paid sick leave days per year.
Thirteen paid holidays per year.
Winter Break between Christmas and New Years.
Twelve paid Wellness Fridays per year.
Flexible work schedules and telecommuting options.
Job-related Professional Development fees (including annual state bar dues and professional memberships).
Mission-driven and fulfilling work with colleagues who make it a great place to work.
And lots more!
Application Instructions:

Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role in here.

KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website: