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Legal Supervisor (Indianapolis, IN)

Senior Attorney

Operations Manager

Data Management Specialist

Staff Attorney - Legal Protection Fund

Development Associate

Litigation Coordinator (San Diego)

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Legal Supervisor (Indianapolis, Indiana)

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 seeking relief under immigration law.  The supervisor will directly supervise one or more NIJC staff members and will oversee the day-to-day operations as well as the ongoing training and professional development of supervisees.  As a member of the supervisory team, the legal supervisor will be responsible for knowledge regarding other areas of legal services provided by NIJC and provide supervisory support.  The supervisor will be expected to liaise with other NIJC projects and develop and integrate strategic collaborations between projects.  The supervisor will also be responsible for internal and external reports 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.
  • Identifies trends and emerging issues and develops strategies to respond where appropriate
  • 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.
  • As appropriate, trains pro bono attorneys on immigration matters and oversees applicable pro bono projects.
  • Provides legal representation to immigrants in immigration proceedings, including before an immigration officer, an immigration judge, and in state and federal court, as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with NIJC’s policy, communications, and litigation teams
  • Drafts correspondence and documents, including applications, briefs and reports.
  • Strategizes methods to improve the delivery of legal services and increase efficiency
  • Conducts legal presentations 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 Spanish and other languages, 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.

Competencies:

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.

Apply to the Indianapolis Legal Supervisor position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Attorney

The senior attorney position provides legal representation and immigration legal service counseling to immigrants appearing before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with a focus on the representation of complex cases involving asylum seekers, including children, families, and adults. The position also provides technical support to pro bono counsel assigned to complex NIJC cases.  A senior attorney advocates for clients on complex cases before government administrative agencies and service agencies, as needed and/or as appropriate. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Minimum 3 years’ legal experience, with a strong preference for candidates with a background in immigration representation.
  • Conducts preliminary intake interview, gathers all relevant facts for presentation at Unit meetings.  Makes assessment of income eligibility and makes appropriate referrals for those individuals not eligible for Organization services.  Recommends exceptions to financial guidelines to the Supervisor.
  • Develops and implements complex case strategies in consultation with supervisor.
  • Prepares cases for interview or hearing, including drafting legal papers, conducting client advocacy, presenting evidence, etc. in accord with the Code of Professional Responsibility for the legal profession.
  • Carries a volume of work as required by the department.  Has in-depth knowledge of legal and other resources. 
  • Provides technical support to pro bono counsel assigned to complex NIJC cases.
  • 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.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with EOIR, DHS, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), government and social service organizations and community organizations as necessary.  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.  Conducts quarterly case audits for presentation and review of the Supervisor. 
  • Participates in training on immigration procedures as assigned by the Supervisor.  May conduct training sessions as assigned by the Supervisor.
  • Identifies trends and recurring legal and social concerns.  Recommends strategies for solutions and other needed advocacy.
  • Adheres to professional standards as outlined by governmental bodies, (and/or other appropriate professional associations), private funding sources, Organization plans/policies and Unit guidelines.  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.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

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

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Design - Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Visionary Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates
  • Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Delegation- Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Conserves organizational resources.
  • Diversity- Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation- Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability  - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Innovation- Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

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: Juris Doctorate Degree required; and at least three years of practicing law with a preference in immigration and/or human rights law; self-motivated and committed to civil liberties advocacy;  ability to represent individuals in complex cases and to formulate and implement sophisticated legal strategies; demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, and diverse community organizations and coalitions.
  • Language Skills:  Excellent writing and analytical skills; Ability to communicate effectively in legal and non-legal settings with a wide range of individuals and organizations. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret 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.  High proficiency or fluency in Spanish required.
  • Reasoning Ability:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

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.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

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.

Apply for the Senior Attorney position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operations Manager

The Operations Manager is a vital member of the National Immigrant Justice Center’s (NIJC) growing operational team. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer (COO), the Operations Manager will play a critical role in managing the day-to-day effectiveness of NIJC. They will play a collaborative role in developing and implementing systems that increase the effectiveness and efficiency of NIJC’s work and support its ability to sustain growth and expand impact. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides business oversight and guidance, including, but not limited to, staff employment transactions, implementation of policies and procedures, staff training, etc.
  • In collaboration with COO, establishes and ensures compliance of policies/procedures for general operations and service delivery.
  • Responsible for day-to-day management of NIJC’s downtown Chicago office facilities. Maintains open lines of communication with internal and external stakeholders to ensure facilities meet program and operational needs. Assists in ensuring that facilities are prepared for events, meetings, etc. Provides operational support to staff. Covers front desk when necessary.
  • Oversees office services and supplies management within approved budget. Maintains good working relationships with vendors.
  • Supports implementation of procurement procedures in collaboration with COO. Assists in sourcing vendors and creating RFPs as assigned.
  • Troubleshoots IT requests and elevates to IT department or appropriate contracted vendor as needed.
  • In collaboration with COO, manages hiring, onboarding, termination, and other relevant employment transactions, within defined parameters.
  • Meets regularly with directors, managers, and supervisors to ensure that operations are functioning timely and accurately.
  • Promotes safety and security in collaboration with Enterprise Risk Management department. Functions as on-site Safety and Security leader. Ensures safety procedures and drills are thoroughly implemented.
  • Provides support for NIJC’s remote offices in meeting operational needs.
  • Contributes to the development and integration of new processes as appropriate.
  • Provides supervision, training, and performance evaluations for assigned staff.
  • Other tasks that may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • At least 4 years of relevant professional experience required, including success in nonprofit management (or equivalent in a for-profit role)
  • Track record of operational excellence, with a strong understanding of diverse business functions
  • Excellent analytical skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills
  • Experience in staff supervision preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish preferred

Competencies

  • Project Management – Develops project plans and realistic action plans based on data-driven analysis; Creates project budgets; Communicates changes and progress to stakeholders; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities through timetables, metrics reporting, and visual presentation.
  • Relationship Management – Communicates purposes, goals, timelines, and strategies clearly; Establishes action plans for constituent interactions; Manages multiple stakeholders with varying agendas with respect.
  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem-solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; Able to multi-task and lead in a fast-paced environment.
  • Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with alternative plan; good sense of humor.

Physical Demands: The physical demands 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 and hear.
  • The employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk.
  • The employee is regularly required to use hands to key, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

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 in the work environment is moderate.

Apply for the Operations Manager position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data Management Specialist

NIJC is seeking its first data management specialist to evaluate, optimize, and maintain NIJC’s legal case management database, LegalServer. NIJC’s database is robust and complex, tracking over 10,000 cases annually, across nine different projects and in collaboration with almost 1,800 pro bono attorney partners.

The Data Management Specialist, in collaboration with NIJC management, will identify useful LegalServer functionalities, develop dashboards, queries, and other methods to analyze, compile, and present data in understandable formats for internal management and external reporting. The Data Management Specialist will also support NIJC in identifying and implementing new ways to use technology to improve the delivery of legal services and will serve as NIJC’s liaison to Illinois Legal Aid Online.

Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates current LegalServer configuration.
  • Researches and recommends system enhancements, modules, and features, in consultation with appropriate internal users.
  • Updates and manages LegalServer configuration to improve data collection and reporting, ensuring all programmatic and funding requirements are met.
  • Develops policies and/or protocols for data entry and system use across multiple projects.
  • Develops regular reporting tools to assist internal users with program monitoring and evaluation.
  • Identifies opportunities to use technology to improve delivery of legal services
  • Provides technical support, configuration, training, and assistance to internal users on LegalServer and other new technologies.
  • Performs regular reviews to monitor data integrity for internal and regulatory compliance with funding requirements.
  • Manages NIJC’s online intake structure; collaborates with other stakeholders involved in the Legalserver online intake system; recommends and develops online intake procedures
  • Collaborates with senior management, program leaders, and development team to optimize LegalServer to accurately report and tell the story of NIJC’s impact.
  • Assists the development team in preparing reports for funders; maintains schedules for running funding reports and ensuring timely data entries.
  • Communicates with LegalServer developers to solve problems, prioritize issue management, and support national LegalServer development and enhancement efforts.
  • Engages with national and statewide LegalServer stakeholder community.
  • Stays current on the use of technology in the delivery of legal services and incorporates those new systems, as appropriate.
  • Other tasks that may be assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience required.
  • Experience using Case Management Systems in a legal aid or law firm environment preferred.
  • Prior experience working with a legal services/aid organization, non-profit or government setting helpful.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, specifically Excel; Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; LegalServer; Raiser's Edge; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.
  • Prior experience with LegalServer highly preferred.
  • Commitment to NIJC’s mission advocating for access to justice and human rights protections for all, particularly for immigrants and refugees.

Competencies

  • Project Management – Develops project plans and realistic action plans based on data-driven analysis; Prior experience in positions which demonstrated the ability to proactively look for and implement strategies, prioritize work, able to multi-task and handle multiple responsibilities; Completes projects on time; Manages activities through timetables, metrics reporting, and visual presentation; Strong attention to detail, accuracy and presentation; Excellent analytical and evaluative skills
  • Relationship Management – Communicates purposes, goals, timelines, and strategies clearly; Ability to work independently in a diverse workplace and within a dynamic environment; Ability to plan and execute training for users in all positions.
  • Written Communication – Excellent written communication skills; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  • Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem-solving situations.
  • Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events; Able to multi-task and lead in a fast-paced environment.
  • Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with alternative plan; good sense of humor.

Physical Demands: The physical demands 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 and hear.
  • The employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk.
  • The employee is regularly required to use hands to key, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

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 in the work environment is moderate.

Apply for the Data Management Specialist position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Attorney - Legal Protection Fund

These positions provide legal representation and immigration service counseling to immigrants and asylum seekers who reside in Chicago in three different areas of immigration practice.  (1) One position focuses on representing non-detained immigrants and asylum seekers (including adults, children, and families) who appear before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and Chicago Immigration Court.  (2) One position focuses on representing non-detained asylum seekers (including adults, children, and families) who appear before the Asylum Office and Chicago Immigration Court.  (3) One position focuses on representing detained non-citizen adults seeking asylum and other immigration relief before the Chicago Detained Immigration Court.  Applicants are encouraged to identify which position they prefer.  All three staff attorney positions advocate for clients before other government administrative agencies and before other service agencies, as needed and/or as appropriate.  The employee in this position at a residential program may be required to remain on Organization premises during break and/or meal periods and may also be required to stay on Organization premises until a replacement arrives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Conducts preliminary intake interview, gathers all relevant facts for presentation at Unit meetings.  Makes assessment of income eligibility and makes appropriate referrals for those individuals not eligible for Organization services.  Recommends exceptions to financial guidelines to the Supervisor.
  • 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 apples to the representation of immigrants and refugees.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), 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.  Conducts quarterly case audits for presentation and review of the Supervisor. 
  • 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.  Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in-house and external staff training to ensure that she/he understand 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.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

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

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Design - Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail.0
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Visionary Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates
  • Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Delegation - Delegates work assignments; Matches the responsibility to the person; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  • Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Conserves organizational resources.
  • Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Motivation - Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Quantity - Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity; Works quickly.
  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Attendance/Punctuality - Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  • Innovation - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

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:  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 Spanish is required.
  • Mathematical Skills:  Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.  Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
  • Reasoning Ability:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

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.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

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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Development Associate

The Development Associate will report to the Associate Director of Resource Development and be tasked with three areas of responsibility: 1. leading logistical support for NIJC’s fundraising and cultivation events; 2. supporting individual giving campaigns; and 3. assisting in the organization’s grants process, from drafting proposals to preparing grant reports, in an effort to increase public and private foundation support. The successful candidate must be a team player; work well in a fast-paced environment; exercise good judgment; maintain confidentiality as necessary;  and manage multiple priorities in a deadline-driven environment. Duties include, but will not be limited to the following: 

  • Plan, design and produce events (minimum of four), including scheduling, invitation coordination, logistics, staffing, and post-event follow-up, tracking, and reports.
  • Develop materials for potential funders and current funders demonstrating NIJC’s impact and response to emerging environment.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Director of Resource Development and Executive Director to develop strategies, foster relationships, implement activities, and analyze performance of events and individual campaigns to maximize financial return.
  • Support the development of grant applications, including writing, editing and collecting information from staff and publically available data sources.
  • Maintain an electronic grant calendar and track requests, reports, and renewal submissions.
  • Work collaboratively with Project Directors to identify and research government, public, and private funding opportunities to support existing and future programs/projects.
  • Identify and cultivate relationships with new and existing donors and prospects.
  • Collaborate with the Communications team on the design and development of donor marketing materials and strategies for growing the organization’s overall on-line fundraising capability.
  • Perform administrative duties including: maintaining the organization’s development-related databases (i.e. ensuring information is accurate and current, processing donations and entering gifts into donor database); managing the donor acknowledgement process (including drafting acknowledgement letters); and tracking expenses and reimbursement requests.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the organization’s services, goals, mission and strategic direction.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Mandatory Job Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in journalism, communications, marketing, English, or a related field.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in grant writing, events, marketing, journalism, or similar area.
  • Familiarity with foundation/corporate solicitations, government funding, non-profit setting, or other issues related to civil/human rights is beneficial.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organization, research, and analysis skills.
  • Extremely high attention to detail, consistent and reliable follow through, and ability to prioritize.
  • High energy, creative self-starter who will take initiative and work independently to achieve results, but can also collaborate and contribute positively to team efforts.
  • Strong computer skills, particularly in Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Raiser’s Edge.
  • Basic photography skills

Bilingual skills desirable. Prior successful experience in events and grant writing strongly preferred.

Apply for the Development Associate position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

 

 

 

 

 

Litigation Coordinator (San Diego)

The Litigation Project Coordinators help implement and support NIJC’s nationwide advocacy and litigation efforts in response to heightened immigration enforcement. As part of this program, the Coordinators, along with NIJC attorneys, will work with NIJC clients and diverse national partners to challenge human rights violations and wrongful immigration enforcement initiatives to promote fairness in our nation’s immigration system. Please note this is not an attorney position.  This role is based in and will support NIJC’s pilot project in San Diego, California.

The overall responsibilities of this position involve: (1) working with attorneys to keep the project organized and on track for deadlines and responsibilities; this work requires maintaining dockets and calendars and managing client case files in NIJC’s database, (2) conducting client intakes and investigation for litigation-related case work, which entails review of case records for appeals and interviewing clients who may become plaintiffs in future cases, (3) visiting detention centers and interviewing detained noncitizens regarding their experiences, (4) synthesizing data and helping to identify trends in immigration practices, (5) conducting research in support of individual cases, (6) drafting client affidavits and declarations in support of litigation or related immigration court proceedings, and (7) assembling filings and assisting with formatting and citations on briefs for in-house cases.

This position is ideal for someone interested in pursuing law school.

Travel will be required to carry out the program objectives. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Draft affidavits, complete immigration applications, collect evidence in support of an application, and draft legal arguments in support of a case (with supervisor review);
  • Conduct client intakes;
  • Investigate factual basis of a potential appeal or district court action in collaboration with litigation attorneys;
  • Work with attorneys to decipher, organize, and identify trends in data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA);
  • Proofread, cite check, and format briefs for federal court filings;
  • Become familiar with NIJC’s database and work with litigation staff to ensure proper case tracking procedures are used;
  • Track federal litigation in three different areas: (a) NIJC’s own litigation, (b) litigation that is at the Supreme Court or likely to go to the Supreme Court, and (c) litigation that is likely to arise in the Seventh Circuit;
  • Access the federal court case management system, PACER, for information and working with NIJC’s Junior Leadership Board to track cases that have been filed in the Seventh Circuit;
  • Provide support to the pro bono component of the project; maintain pro bono assignments and activities in the database, write thank you notes and case summaries for possible case placement;
  • Monitor websites to gather current information regarding country condition abroad and legal developments around the United States; and
  • Troubleshoot across departments as issues arise.

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

  • Leadership & Teamwork - Works with staff and external partners on all projects.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings. Effectively communicates utilizing a variety of technologies such as phone or video phone (i.e. Skype).
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet target audience needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Is able to read and interpret written information; Effectively communicates and manages electronic communication such as email; Is able to use publisher or other tools to format materials persuasively.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization's goals and values; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Is able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities.

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 and two years of experience in human rights field, legal and/or communications work required. Work done while the applicant was in school can be counted toward this requirement. This position may require experience with vulnerable populations.
  • Language Skills: Fluency in English and Spanish is required. Individuals with fluency in a third language are highly encouraged to apply. Ability to effectively interview clients and engage in fact-gathering for advocacy or litigation in a fast-paced environment.
  • Technical Skills: Ability to design and maintain program website with minimal training; Fluency in Microsoft Office especially Word and Excel; Ability to maintain and organize large quantities of information in an electronic database
  • Attention to detail and accuracy: Ability to competently and effectively communicate orally and in writing for a variety of audiences; Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrants’ rights/human rights
  • Volunteer Management: Ability to train interns, to assist with projects, supervise work, and assign additional tasks on an as-needed basis
  • Client Confidentiality: Ability to maintain client confidentiality, account for client monies, and avoid conflicts of interest in accordance with organizational policies and ethical standards required of the legal profession and the code of professional responsibility.

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.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

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 in the work environment is moderate.
  • This position will require the ability to travel throughout the country, and may include weekend and overnight travel.

Apply for the San Diego Litigation Coordinator position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

 

 

 

 

 


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 currently accepting internship applications for fall and winter of 2019. For more application information, see here

 




Fellowships

NIJC is 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 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 us 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.
     

All positions are based out of NIJC's Chicago loop office unless otherwise indicated in the job description.

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.