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Open positions at the National Immigrant Justice Center:

Civic Engagement and Policy Analyst

Legal Supervisor

Managing Attorney

Paralegal

Paralegal, Adult Detention Project

Paralegal, Immigrant Children's Protection Project

Paralegal (Goshen, Indiana)

Special Projects Coordinating Attorney (Chicago/Indiana)

Staff Attorney, Adult Detention Project

Internships

Fellowships

 

Civic Engagement and Policy Analyst

The civic engagement and policy analyst will assist in developing relationships with communities of color, implementing NIJC's strategic advocacy on immigration-related issues--primarily at the state and local level that may intersect with issues at the federal level.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Work with NIJC’s policy, communications, litigation and direct service teams to identify advocacy priorities and strategies to protect the rights of immigrants, particularly at the state and local levels.
  • Identify emerging issues in collaboration with the detention, LGBT, asylum, and direct legal service teams and develop policy recommendations.
  • Analyze laws and policies and collaborate with grassroots groups, advocacy groups, and legal aid organizations to identify common priorities and strategies to protect families and those who are targets of immigration enforcement, detention and deportation.
  • Participate in formal and informal coalitions of legal aid and advocacy organizations to advocate for policy reform; draft and edit statements, reports, sign-on letters, and other jointly-produced products.
  • Conduct interviews and gather data to support advocacy and educational materials on emerging policy issues.
  • Assist in identifying and working with NIJC clients and former clients who are interested in working with NIJC's communications and policy teams to advance proposed reforms.
  • Engage in relationship building with communities of color.
  • Work with NIJC’s legal services team to support communities on immigration issues, particularly enforcement practices.
  • Advocate for state and local legislation and policies.
  • Serve as point of contact for members of the General Assembly, County boards, and other local and state officials.
  • Draft fact sheets, reports, etc. regarding state and local legislation/policies as it relates to immigrants.
  • Provide presentations on state and local legislation (including sanctuary cities ordinances).
  • Collaborate with community-based partners to advocate for state and local legislation/policies.
  • Draft reports and policy briefs on immigration issues related to due process and detention.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with elected-officials, including City of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois legislature, and other governmental agencies.
  • Represent NIJC and its priorities at external meetings.
  • Participate in grant proposal development, editing, review and submission.
  • Stay up-to-date on immigration issues and while educating staff and policy makers.
  • Closely monitor legal, policy, and political developments with regard to immigration detention and enforcement and create rapid response advocacy strategies when necessary.
  • Identify ways to effectively communicate NIJC’s policy recommendations and to a broad audience, using the online components of NIJC’s web and social media presence as well as press outreach.


Qualifications:

  • Education and/or Experience: Minimum of two years of related professional experience; graduate degree preferred.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret regulations, legislation, including immigration laws and regulations, legal memos, case law and related materials. Spanish language abilities preferred.
  • Understanding of Immigration Law and Policy: Previous experience with immigration law and/or policy is preferred.
  • Other Skills and Abilities: Experience making public presentations and preparing and delivering testimony to committees of the government. Experience creating persuasive written documents for external consumption. Experience analyzing the complex policy arena and crafting appropriate responses.

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Legal Supervisor

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.

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:

  • Education and/or Experience: A law degree (JD), license to practice law and at least two years experience in the legal field, preferably in the field of immigration law; or a bachelor’s degree with at least seven 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.

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
  • Detail-orientated with the ability to handle many different tasks simultaneously and complete them in a timely manner.

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Managing Attorney

The managing attorney oversees and directs two NIJC projects that responds to the individual legal cases and systemic issues impacting populations for assigned projects. The managing attorney oversees the delivery of quality legal services for immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees. The managing attorney contributes to the work of the litigation and policy teams through the identification of issues and reform strategies. Supervisory responsibilities include working with team to develop and achieve success objectives. The managing attorney will provide supervision to legal team and support staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • With Associate Director, ensures staff development on immigration issues and the implementation of best practices in the delivery of legal services.
  • Provides direct supervision and support to supervisors, staff, interns and volunteers as assigned.
  • Works with NIJC staff in identifying issues that may be appropriate for advocacy and federal litigation.
  • Oversees intake and legal review of intakes.
  • Meets with supervisors to ensure proper case analysis and assessment and input of intake notes in NIJC database, and present case and recommendations.
  • Performs case audits to evaluate cases in light of current law and ensure accurate data entry, as required by program needs and funding requirements.
  • Ensures timely response to all inquiries, including requests for attorney referrals, documentation, and materials relating to the projects.
  • Represents individuals, particularly on systemic issues.
  • Serves as NIJC representative on immigration legal services and provides trainings and workshops with community based organizations, colleague agencies, and national networks working on immigration.
  • Develops and assists in the implementation of trainings for staff, pro bono attorneys and volunteers, community organizations, and immigration officers on issues relating to project.
  • Participates in trainings and conferences on management, as well as on substantive areas of the law.
  • Assists in drafting proposals and reports to funders, as well as monthly reports to Associate Director.

Qualifications:

  • Education and/or Experience: JD; law license; three years experience in immigration law and/or refugee law; and one year of supervisory experience. Must have knowledge of immigration law, policies and practice and their intersection with criminal law; must have experience in immigration court and preferably state and federal court.
  • Other Skills: Experience in analyzing the impact of laws on vulnerable populations and advocating for improved laws and policies. Excellent legal research, writing, and argumentation skills. Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work independently, and collaborate effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Language Skills: Excellent communication skills in both English and a relevant second language (Spanish or French, preferred but other languages will be considered).

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Paralegal

The paralegal provides general paralegal support through intake, research, case review, documentation preparation and other related tasks to support general operations and the work of staff and pro bono attorneys.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts intake, as assigned.
  • Conducts legal and factual research.
  • Assesses cases to determine eligibility.
  • Conducts interviews with clients and witnesses.
  • Drafts applications, affidavits, letters and/or legal pleadings and prepares supporting documentation.
  • Prepares materials for submission to Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Court, or other entities as appropriate.
  • Reviews, analyzes and presents cases to supervisor.
  • Conducts educational presentations.
  • Remains current on immigration law, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains complete, thorough, accurate and current records in an organized fashion in accordance with legal standards, rules and ethics.
  • Ensures the accuracy, substance and timeliness of statistical and narrative reports, projects, schedules and other relevant work products.
  • In accord with organizational policies and the ethical standards required of the legal profession, the Code of Professional Responsibility, preserves client confidentiality, accounts for client monies and avoids conflicts of interest.

Qualifications:

  • 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 another language may be required. Ability to communicate articulately with internal and external audiences.
  • Other Qualifications: Excellent writing, editing, organizational and computer skills required. Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and perform well under strict deadlines.

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Paralegal, Adult Detention Project

The paralegal provides general support through intake, research, case review, documentation preparation and other related tasks to support general operations and the work of staff and pro bono attorneys.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts intake, as assigned.
  • Conducts legal and factual research.
  • Assesses cases to determine eligibility.
  • Conducts interviews with clients and witnesses.
  • Drafts applications, affidavits, letters and/or legal pleadings and prepares supporting documentation.
  • Prepares materials for submission to Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Court, or other entities as appropriate.
  • Reviews, analyzes and presents cases to supervisor.
  • Conducts educational presentations.
  • Remains current on immigration law, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains complete, thorough, accurate and current records in an organized fashion in accordance with legal standards, rules and ethics.
  • Ensures the accuracy, substance and timeliness of statistical and narrative reports, projects, schedules and other relevant work products.
  • In accord with organizational policies and the ethical standards required of the legal profession, the Code of Professional Responsibility, preserves client confidentiality, accounts for client monies and avoids conflicts of interest.

Qualifications:

  • 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 another language may be required. Ability to communicate articulately with internal and external audiences.
  • Other Qualifications: Excellent writing, editing, organizational and computer skills required. Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and perform well under strict deadlines.

View the full job listing and apply on Heartland Alliance's job board.

Paralegal, Immigrant Children's Protection Project

The paralegal provides general paralegal support for non-detained unaccompanied immigrant children (UICs) seeking protection through asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and other forms of relief. The paralegal conducts intake, research, case review, documentation preparation and other related tasks to support general operations and the work of staff and pro bono attorneys.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responds to NIJC’s non-detained UIC hotline and conducts intake, as assigned.
  • Conducts legal and factual research.
  • Assesses cases to determine eligibility.
  • Conducts interviews with clients and witnesses.
  • Drafts applications, affidavits, letters and/or legal pleadings and prepares supporting documentation.
  • Prepares materials for submission to Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Court, or other entities as appropriate.
  • Reviews, analyzes and presents cases to supervisor.
  • Assists in the placement of SIJS cases with pro bono attorneys and tracks individual cases and outcomes
  • Remains current on immigration law, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains complete, thorough, accurate and current records in an organized fashion in accordance with legal standards, rules and ethics.
  • Ensures the accuracy, substance and timeliness of statistical and narrative reports, projects, schedules and other relevant work products.
  • In accord with organizational policies and the ethical standards required of the legal profession, the Code of Professional Responsibility, preserves client confidentiality, accounts for client monies and avoids conflicts of interest.

Qualifications:

  • 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 Spanish is required. Ability to communicate articulately with internal and external audiences.
  • Other Qualifications: Excellent writing, editing, organizational and computer skills required. Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and perform well under strict deadlines.

View the full job listing and apply on Heartland Alliance's job board.

 

Paralegal (Goshen, Indiana)

The paralegal provides general support through intake, research, case review, documentation preparation and other related tasks to support general operations and the work of staff and pro bono attorneys.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts intake, as assigned.
  • Conducts legal and factual research.
  • Assesses cases to determine eligibility.
  • Conducts interviews with clients and witnesses.
  • Drafts applications, affidavits, letters and/or legal pleadings and prepares supporting documentation.
  • Prepares materials for submission to Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Court, or other entities as appropriate.
  • Reviews, analyzes and presents cases to supervisor.
  • Conducts educational presentations.
  • Remains current on immigration law, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains complete, thorough, accurate and current records in an organized fashion in accordance with legal standards, rules and ethics.
  • Ensures the accuracy, substance and timeliness of statistical and narrative reports, projects, schedules and other relevant work products.
  • In accord with organizational policies and the ethical standards required of the legal profession, the Code of Professional Responsibility, preserves client confidentiality, accounts for client monies and avoids conflicts of interest.

Qualifications:

  • Education and/or Experience: Bachelor's 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 another language may be required. Ability to communicate articulately with internal and external audiences.
  • Other Qualifications: Excellent writing, editing, organizational and computer skills required. Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and perform well under strict deadlines.

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Special Projects Coordinating Attorney (Chicago/Indiana)

NIJC is seeking to hire a special projects coordinating attorney to oversee a special project for the delivery of legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers throughout NIJC’s service area. This position will manage a project that will provide legal screenings and representation to identified populations in a broad geographic area. The attorney will serve as NIJC’s point of contact with the funder and high-profile stakeholders to implement the project. The attorney will lead outreach, create legal materials and toolkits, and build intersectional networks to advance immigrant rights. The attorney will work closely with in-house and external experts on developing innovative and efficient service delivery models. The attorney will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the project requirements, maintain data for reporting on project, schedule staffing, and ensure the delivery of quality legal services. The attorney will work with supervising attorneys from NIJC’s programs to keep abreast of changes in immigration law.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage special project to ensure immigration legal services for the identified population
  • Oversee the delivery of legal services to targeted population
  • Coordinate with the funder to provide legal services to develop a schedule and appropriate staffing for mobile units operated by the consulate(s)
  • Develop and monitor referral systems from partners and community navigators
  • Develop bi-lingual materials for targeted population
  • Respond to community members who are seeking information regarding their legal rights in light of changed policies
  • Conduct trainings and educational presentations
  • Provide legal representation
  • Regularly meet with and represent NIJC’s interests to key partners, organizers, and stakeholders; which may require evening and weekend travel
  • Develop a strategy for cultivating and maintaining outreach networks
  • Analyze data to evaluate impact, provide monthly analysis on trends and opportunities, and revise strategy as appropriate
  • Ensure compliance with grants

Qualifications:

  • Education and/or Experience: Juris Doctor Degree required; minimum of 2 years of experience in human rights field, legal and/or communications work required. Minimum of 2 years of experience working in the immigrant rights field, including legal representation, organizing, or community outreach.
  • Language Skills: Fluency in English and Spanish required. 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.
  • 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.

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Staff Attorney, Adult Detention Project

This position provides legal representation and immigration counseling to immigrants in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody appearing in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). Spanish fluency is required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Conducts preliminary intake interview, gathers all relevant facts for representation of detained individuals.
  • Develops and implements preliminary case strategy in terms of immigration law and procedure.  Develops further strategy in terms of immigration law and procedure. Develops further strategy in consultation with supervisor.
  • Prepares the case for hearing, drafting legal papers, engaging in negotiation, presenting evidence, etc. in accord with the Code of Professional Responsibility for the legal profession.
  • Conducts assessment of client on social, psychological and economic functioning and determines appropriate interventions and referrals. Ensures the provision of a wide range of services for clients.
  • Carries a volume of work as required by the department. Has in-depth knowledge of legal and other resources. Provides a wide range of court advocacy services.
  • Remains current on immigration law, policies and procedures. Remains current on implications of criminal and civil law as it applies to the representation of immigrants.
  • Travel to immigration detention facilities, conferences or trainings may be required.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), government and social service organizations and community organizations. Interprets immigration and department policies and programs to the public, including public speaking.
  • In accord with the ethical standards required of the legal profession, the Code of Professional Responsibility, preserves client confidentiality, accounts for client monies and avoids conflict of interest.
  • Maintains complete and accurate client records.
  • Prepares timely statistical reports.
  • Participates in training on immigration procedures as assigned by the supervisor. May conduct training sessions as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Participates in developing and implementing special projects. May have the primary responsibility for a project involving presentation of a particular ethnic group, immigration problem or advocacy issues on a systematic level.
  • Identifies trends and recurring legal and social concerns. Recommends strategies for solutions and other needed advocacy.
  • Interprets and translates for department and other organization staff as needed.
  • Adheres to professional standards as outlined by governmental bodies, (and/or other appropriate professional associations), private funding sources, organization plans/policies and Unit guidelines.
  • Conducts quarterly case audits for presentation and review by the Supervisor. Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in-house and external staff training to ensure that she/he understands and continues to adhere to such standards. Initiates requests for assistance or guidance from supervisor to address new issues or complex concepts affecting adherence to professional standards.

Qualifications:

  • Education and/or Experience: Juris Doctorate Degree required; and one year of direct experience in social service counseling and/or legal representation.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Ability to read, speak and write in at least one non-English language.

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Internships

NIJC offers internships to law students and undergraduate students to work in a variety of its different legal services programs. The internships present an excellent opportunity to learn more about U.S. immigration law and policies while making a difference in the lives of low-income and impoverished individuals who are in need of legal representation. NIJC is now accepting applications for Fall 2017 part-time internships.

Click here for more information about available internships and how to apply.

Fellowships

NIJC will be accepting applications for post-graduate legal fellowships. NIJC is open to any funding source identified by a candidate, but expects to, at a minimum, identify a candidate for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship application, and a Skadden Fellowship or a Soros Fellowship. NIJC also welcomes applicants who will be seeking post-graduate fellowship funding through their own law schools. Please contact Emma Koch if you are interested in a fellowship. No phone calls please.

Application Materials:

  1. Cover Letter: Explain your interest in NIJC and any experiences you have working with immigrant populations.
  2. Resume: Identify any language skills that you have. Fluency in Spanish is required for almost all positions with NIJC.
  3. Writing Sample: Provide a 5-10 page excerpt from a document you have produced in law school or in a legal position that is your own work.
  4. Brief Project Proposal: Most post-graduate legal fellowships require applicants to propose a specific project. Please give a brief description of the kind of work you would like to do. Your proposal should explain why that work is important and how you think it would complement NIJC’s existing work. NIJC will work with the selected candidate to ensure a strong proposal. Candidates are welcome to propose work with any of NIJC’s existing projects, but we are most interested in individuals who are interested in working with immigrant victims of trafficking, detained immigrants, and/or asylum seekers.
  5. Other: If you would like NIJC to host you for a fellowship other than any of the ones listed above, please provide a description of the fellowship and its requirements with your application. In addition to the above information, finalists will be asked to provide references and transcripts, and will be selected for various rounds of interviews.
     

NIJC is a program of the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights that champions the human rights and improves the lives of men, women, and children who are threatened by poverty or danger. For more than 100 years we have been providing solutions- both through services and policy- that move individuals from crisis to stability and on to success. Heartland Alliance's work in housing, health care, legal protections, and economic security serves more than 100,000 people annually, helping them build better lives. 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.