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LGBT Project – Pro Bono Coordinator

Req ID: 5090
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule:
Job Notes:



The LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative provides legal services to low-income immigrants who identify as lesbian, gay bisexual , or transgender (LGBT) and those who are living with HIV. The LGBT Pro Bono Project Coordinator will work with diverse partners to ensure LGBT immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers have access to counsel in immigration proceedings. The LGBT Pro Bono Project Coordinator will be responsible for serving as the NIJC representative with pro bono attorneys and law firms, NIJC staff and other immigrant and human rights organizations to ensure access to justice for LGBT immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. The LGBT Pro Bono Project Coordinator will be expected to lead project outreach and will work closely with the LGBT project’s supervising attorney in order to keep abreast of the most current developments in refugee and immigration law, help oversee Pro Bono LGBT project cases. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below. The expected start date for this position is August 13th, no later than August 20th.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains country conditions packets.

  • Drafts applications, affidavits, letters and/or legal pleadings and prepares supporting documentation.

  • Corresponds with non-local detainees about local cases.

  • Coordinates NIJC’s response to detention conditions concerns for LGBT detainees.

  • Facilitates pro bono placement process for LGBT cases.

  • Works with and coordinates training of interns.

  • Oversees project intake process including conducting intakes.

  • Ensures the accuracy, substance, and timeliness of statistical and narrative reports, projects, schedules, and other relevant work products.

  • Reviews, analyzes and presents cases to supervisor.

  • Reports on project outcomes and trends and oversees accuracy of database.

  • Organizes NIJC’s LGBT community outreach efforts.

  • Remains current knowledge of immigration policies, procedures, and internal structures

  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 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 effectively 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.

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and funct ions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, cre ed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, e x-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.

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