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Pro Bono Project Coordinator

Req ID: 4614
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
Shift:
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type:
Salary Schedule: ADM 1 - HHC
Job Notes:

Description

 Job Classification:       Pro Bono Project Coordinator

Salary Classification:   ADM I

Reports To:                  Supervising Attorney

FLSA Status:                Exempt

Summary:        The Pro Bono Project Coordinator will work with diverse national partners to ensure immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers have access to counsel in immigration proceedings.  The objectives of the project are to: 1) coordinate effective representation of vulnerable immigrant populations, including victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, unaccompanied immigrant children, and LGBT and HIV-Positive refugees and asylum seekers; 2) increase the broad-based impact of NIJC’ legal services program by coordinating regular pro bono training opportunities; 3) respond and document national asylum hotline calls; 4) respond and document the needs of partner organizations, including conducting issue-based training on legal relief available to immigrants; and 5) manage NIJC’s nationwide pro bono outreach.

The Coordinator will be responsible for serving as the NIJC representative with pro bono attorneys and law firms around the country, NIJC staff and other immigrant and human rights organizations to ensure access to justice for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.  The Coordinator will be expected to lead organizational outreach: identify potential partner organizations, build the capacity for each of these organizations to address refugee protection issues, and develop strong networks among peer organizations on a national level.  The Coordinator will work closely with supervising attorneys from NIJC’s programs in order to keep abreast of the most current developments in refugee and immigration law.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Manage and respond to NIJC 800 line from refugees and asylum seekers
  • Oversee database to track individual cases and outcome.
  • Analyze human rights violations and develop materials for national advocacy efforts
  • Manage the publication and distribution of NIJC’s pro bono training materials and online educational webinars
  • Maintain current knowledge of immigration policies, procedures, and internal structures
  • Serve as conduit of current information for law firms and non-governmental organizations
  • Manage educational trainings and presentations at  law firms, non-governmental organizations, and government offices
  • Lead NIJC’s pro bono outreach at nationwide pro bono events
  • Supervise asylum project interns
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned  be assigned.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience:  Bachelor’s degree required.  Masters’ degree preferred.  Minimum of two years of experience in human rights field, legal and/or communications work required.  May give credit towards years of experience if attained a degree higher than a Bachelor’s Degree. 
  • Language Skills:  Fluency in English and another language is required; French- and Spanish-speakers are preferred. Ability to communicate articulately with internal and external audiences.  Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Demonstrated competency in public speaking and strong interpersonal skills required. 
  • Computer Skills:  Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.
  • Other Skills:  Knowledge of: principles and practices of communications and public information techniques through different mediums, including print, television, and internet; writing and editing techniques for a variety of audiences.  Ability to: assimilate and convey messages on a variety of issues relating to due process violations and immigration detention in a succinct and compelling way and tailored to different audiences; write effective copy, press releases, design and layout electronic and print newsletters and website pages; work independently with limited supervision; be goal-oriented and multi-task; have a diplomatic presence; develop and maintain good working relationships with a wide variety of peer organizations; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The employee may be required to remain on Organization premises during breaks and/or meal periods and may be required to stay on Organization premises until their replacement arrives.
  • This position will require the ability to travel throughout the country, and may include weekend and overnight travel.


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