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Chair Nathan Fletcher Announces County’s Seeking to Hire Director for New Office Of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

10/05/21

 

The County of San Diego is now hiring for its Director of the newly established Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA).  This announcement was made during the progress report on the formation of OIRA today during the Board of Supervisors meeting.  

 

In June, Chair Nathan Fletcher, along with Vice-Chair Nora Vargas received support from the Board to create an Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. 

 

“We are ready to hire a Director for our new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs,” said Chair Fletcher. “The individual hire should have experience in immigrant and refugee issues, and be a dynamic leader capable of motivating a team to proactively engage with the community to provide information, educate folks on important topics and connect individuals and families to vital county and community resources.” 

 

Over the last several months, County staff have done a tremendous job of putting the infrastructure in place to open our new Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. Hiring a director of a major step forward.

 

According to the job description on the County website, “The Director, Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs will plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the administrative and operational activities for the Office in order to build on existing refugee programs and establish a priority of devoting County resources to the immigrant population.”

 

The position pays between $150,000 and $170,000 annually and includes benefits.  To learn more about this position and apply, visit the County’s Human Resources website here . The Deadline to apply is October 18, 2021.   

 

The OIRA’s role will be to remain connected to the community, convening stakeholders to ensure that the services that are offered are what the community needs, and when there are gaps, informing the Board of the policy changes that need to occur to overcome challenges. OIRA will also partner with the Public Defender’s Office of Assigned Counsel to create a link for referrals to the Board-Created Immigrant Rights Legal Defense Program for detained immigrants facing deportation and can help connect individuals to trusted legal resources in the community.

 

Chair Fletcher, whose father-in-law immigrated to the United States from Mexico, helped fight for deported veterans to be repatriated and gain citizenship. As a candidate, Chair Fletcher vowed to create an Office of Immigrant Affairs at the County; and soon after taking office, he began fighting former President Donald Trump’s failed immigration policies locally. He secured state funding and led the way in partnership with nonprofits to set up a temporary shelter in his district for families seeking asylum. Earlier this year, Chair Fletcher played a pivotal role in securing shelter at the San Diego Convention Center for unaccompanied children seeking asylum, along with Vice-Chair Vargas. 

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs aligns with the Framework for the Future of San Diego County . The Framework prioritizes communities and populations in San Diego that have been historically left behind. Through this Framework, Chair Fletcher and his colleagues like Vice Chair Vargas are fighting for: racial justice, health equity, economic opportunity, environmental protection, government transparency, and fundamental changes to county operations.