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LGBT Project - Paralegal

Req ID: 5103
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
Shift:
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: Grade 105
Job Notes:

Description

Summary: 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 project paralegal conducts intake, research, case review, documentation preparation, and other related tasks, to support clients, general operations, and the work of project staff. The expected start date for this position is June 25th, no later than July 15th.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct intakes

  • Provide case support to project cases that are in court

  • Prepare release efforts and coordinate with partners on requests for release.

  • Draft client and witness affidavits

  • Assist with collection of corroborating evidence

  • Provide primary case representation to LGBT clients with non-court cases (with attorney supervision), including: applications for work authorization, affirmative asylum cases, U-visa/VAWA applications, and marriage based immigration cases.

  • Participates in NIJC’s general intake process agency wide.

  • Participate in trainings and review legal materials to remain current on immigration law, policies, and procedures.

 

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: Bachelors degree with demonstrated experience working with immigrants, refugees and/or asylum seekers. At least one year of experience working with these populations preferred.

  • 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.

 

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-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. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office at (312) 660-1431.



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