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Legal Supervisor

Req ID: 4638
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type:
Salary Schedule: Grade 111
Job Notes:


Legal Supervisor - National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)

Summary:  The Legal Supervisor is a member of the NIJC supervision team and provides legal services and oversight of the immigrant services staff to ensure quality legal representation to immigrants and refugees seeking relief under immigration law.  The person in this role will ensure quality legal services and representation to immigrants, refugees and those seeking U.S. Citizenship.  As a member of the supervisory team, the member will be responsible for knowledge regarding other areas of legal services provided by NIJC and provide supervisory support.  The supervisor will also be responsible for monthly reports, reports to funders and periodic evaluations.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises legal services and oversees paralegals, attorneys, and interns providing legal services
  • Ensures accurate data entry by paralegals and attorneys
  • Oversees and coordinates legal services schedule to ensure intake coverage
  • Maintains and develops strategic partnerships with key stakeholders
  • Conducts factual and legal research. Trains lawyers and non-lawyers in the field of immigration law
  • Trains pro bono attorneys on discrete immigration matters and oversees pro bono citizenship and post asylee/refugee benefits clinics
  • Provides legal representation to immigrants in immigration proceedings, including before an immigration officer, an immigration judge, and in federal court, as appropriate.
  • Drafts correspondence and documents, including applications, briefs and reports.
  • Improves delivery of legal services, including use of technology to improve efficiency
  • Conducts legal presentations regarding law and case(s) to NIJC staff and members of the immigrant community.
  • Maintains accurate, thorough and timely records.
  • Maintains current knowledge regarding immigration law and policies and procedures.
  • Reacts to change productively and handles other essentials duties as 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:  A law degree (JD), license to practice law and at least 2 years experience in the legal field, preferably in the field of immigration law; or a bachelor’s degree with at least 7 years experience as a Board of Immigration Appeals’ accredited representative.
  • Language Skills:  Bilingual in English and one other language, as needed.  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.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies

  • Knowledge of immigration law, policies and procedures
  • Ability to analyze facts in light of the law
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Competency in Microsoft office
  • Knowledge of database and ability to complete timely data entry
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Proficiency in a second language
  • Excellent interpersonal and writing skills
  • Detailed orientated with the ability to handle many different tasks simultaneously and complete them in a timely manner.

 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.

  • This position requires the ability to perform precise or skilled physical activities (e.g. typing or operating a computer).
  • This position requires the ability to generate audible communication (e.g., conversing on a telephone or participating in a meeting) in a manner that should be readily recognized and understood by the audient.
  • This position requires the ability to successfully engage in non-technical work activities (e.g. read mail, file documents). This position requires the ability to successfully identify and understand audible communications. This position requires regular, full-time attendance and the ability to work flexible hours and days of the week, including Saturdays.

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.

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