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Legal and Policy Director

Please note that the deadline for this role has been extended. There are small changes to the person specification for this role. However, candidates who have already applied need not do so again, as previous applications will be considered unless informed otherwise.


Rainbow Migration, the leading UK charity dedicated to supporting LGBTQI+ people through the asylum and immigration system, is recruiting a dynamic new position of Legal & Policy Director. We have built an impressive reputation for the quality and influence of our work among other organisations and within government. This new role will take our influencing work to change the asylum and immigration system to the next level, and to further develop our unique immigration advice service (one-off advice only; not direct legal representation). This is an exciting period of development for Rainbow Migration and we are looking for a candidate with strategic nous and the expertise to shape our legal service. The Legal & Policy Director will define this role as we approach our 30th anniversary against a backdrop of developing legislative challenges.


You will:

  • Work with the Executive Director, Campaigns Manager, and Communications Manager to develop a high-impact influencing strategy
  • Apply your litigation and policy experience to deliver change in areas such as refugee status determination, detention and asylum support
  • Lead strategic litigation in the UK and the European Court of Human Rights
  • Create and coordinate a new Rainbow Migration legal advisory group
  • Be responsible for the design and delivery of Rainbow Migration’s legal advice service, ensure compliance with regulators, and supervise the delivery of immigration advice on asylum and partnership applications by staff and volunteer lawyers
  • Recruit and supervise a new legal officer, delivering advice on asylum yourself until they are in post
  • Design and deliver training to lawyers, NGOs, civil servants and others
  • Build knowledge and skills among immigration caseworkers and lawyers to represent LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum.


At Rainbow Migration, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We consider all qualified applicants, consistent with any legal requirements.


We welcome applications from candidates with lived experience of going through the UK asylum or immigration system and people of colour who are currently underrepresented among our staff. We will also interview all disabled applicants who meet the necessary criteria for this vacancy.


Owing to the nature of the work giving immigration advice to vulnerable adults including people in detention, the successful applicant will be required at the point of conditional job offer to disclose all spent and unspent criminal records and subsequently to undergo an enhanced DBS check. See our website for more information.


This role is largely funded by Justice Together.



HOURS: Full-time (35 hours per week). We will consider part-time or job share. Please state in your application what hours you are looking to work. Occasional evening work is required, and possibly at weekends, but with plenty of notice. Rainbow Migration encourages staff to maintain a good work life balance and has a TOIL system in place.

SALARY: Starting at £55,000 with potential annual step increases up to £59,534 (pro rata if working part time), plus statutory employer’s pension contribution. In addition to an annual step increase, the trustees consider giving a separate inflationary increase every April.

LOCATION: Rainbow Migration’s offices are based in Borough, Central London, and this role would normally be office-based. At the time of posting this advert, all Rainbow Migration staff are working from home due to Covid-19. A mix of working at home and/or the office is likely for the foreseeable future. You must be available to work from our offices in London when face-to-face service delivery resumes, from which time there might also be occasional travel outside London with plenty of notice.

ANNUAL LEAVE: 25 days per year rising after 24 months by 1 day after each year of service to maximum of 28 days per year (pro rata if working part-time).

CLOSING DATE: 9.00 am Tuesday 28 September


HOW TO APPLY: Please read the job description and person specification. Email your completed application form and optional monitoring form to


Job description and person specification

Application form

Monitoring form


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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks

If a role includes unsupervised advice to vulnerable service users (possibly including occasionally children) or the role is regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), the successful applicant will be required to declare any convictions which are under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 that are not yet spent and any spent convictions that are not currently filtered by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at the point of conditional job offer. The term ‘convictions’ is used to refer to any sentence or disposal issued by a court. This declaration should not be made until after interview and if we have made a job offer, which is conditional on the applicant making the declaration. The applicant will also be required to agree to a standard or enhanced check (spent convictions other than those filtered) from the DBS which Rainbow Migration will pay for.


Cases where there are past convictions will be looked on an individual basis, taking into account any relevant details. If necessary, we may arrange a face-to-face discussion with the applicant to obtain further details. An assessment will be made by our Human Resources Subcommittee of all the circumstances to assess any risk and decide if the applicant is a suitable candidate, in line with our DBS and Consideration of Offences Policy. We will consider any information disclosed before confirming an offer of employment.


Any information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence and kept securely in line with our DBS and Consideration of Offences Policy and Data Protection Policy.


Privacy notice for job applicants

We keep information about job applicants confidentially on our computer and email systems for 12 months from the conclusion of the recruitment process before it is securely deleted. It is not shared outside Rainbow Migration and not used for any other purpose without your consent. More information about how we protect your data and your rights over your data can be obtained by contacting