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Associate Director of Resource Development

Legal Supervisor (Indianapolis, IN)

Staff Attorney - Children's Protection Project 

Staff Attorney

Paralegal - LGBT Project

Paralegal - Asylum Project (UICs)

Paralegal - Asylum Project

Paralegal - Detention Project

2021-2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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Associate Director of Resource Development

The Associate Director of Resource Development develops the National Immigrant Justice Center’s (NIJC) strategic and annual fundraising plans; maximizes contributions from public and private prospects through grant writing, appeals, special events and other campaigns; and identifies individual donors and new institutional support, including private foundations and governmental donors.  The Associate Director oversees grant development and gift stewardship. Fundraising targets will be developed jointly with the Executive Director and the successful candidate.  The Associate Director will be responsible for helping move NIJC from an $8 million organization to a $10 million annual budget.  The Associate Director will be responsible for NIJC’s Annual Human Rights Awards luncheon with a fundraising target of $1.5 million or more annually ($1.2 million raised in FY18).  This position collaborates closely with the Executive Director, Leadership Council and senior management. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Grants and Fundraising

  • Defines resource development strategy in collaboration with the Executive Director to maximize private and public contributions and to diversify NIJC’s donor base.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining organizational relationships with individual and institutional donors.
  • Oversees grants management process including but not limited to researching donor prospects, writing letters of inquiry and grant proposals, compiling statistics and supplemental information, maintaining records related to project activities and producing progress reports.
  • Manages database to track grant submissions, donors, contributions and prospects; generates reports to inform NIJC’s fundraising strategy.
  • Coordinates planning and execution of NIJC’s annual Human Rights Awards luncheon for 1200 people. Prepares sponsorship and other materials to support solicitations, selects awardees and increases attendance.
  • Prepares year-end giving and other direct mail solicitations; works with support staff to maintain donor records and accurate data entry; and cultivates and maintains relationships with individual donors.
  • Assists in the messaging and development of print and digital promotional materials, website content, and special publications.

Budgeting

  • Contributes to the development of NIJC’s annual budget in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Chief Operating Officer. Works with finance to produce grant and contract budgets.  
  • Ensures that all donors receive appropriate acknowledgement for their gifts.
  • Assists the Executive Director in developing and implementing a donor engagement strategy.
  • In collaboration with finance staff, produces revenue projections and other financial reports.

Supervision

  • Prepares performance evaluations for assigned staff inclusive of duties and responsibilities in relation to work quantity and quality.
  • Manages hiring, discipline, promotion, and other relevant employment transactions, within defined parameters.

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.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be a self-starter and 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 five years of relevant experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Experience in development, including familiarity with online fundraising and communications tools preferred. A proven track-record in successful revenue growth in the non-profit sector.
  • Broad Understanding of Philanthropic Community: The successful candidate has a broad understanding of the non-profit, human rights philanthropic communities, locally, nationally and internationally. The ideal candidate has significant fundraising experience (with an emphasis on major gifts, corporate partnerships, and campaigns), and relationships with both local and national foundations, including those that support human and immigrant rights.
  • Language Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; Raiser's Edge; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.
  • Other Skills: Commitment to NIJC’s mission advocating for access to justice and human rights protections for all, particularly for immigrants and refugees.

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 Associate Director of Resource Development position on Heartland Alliance's job board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Attorney - Children's Protection Project (Chicago)

This position provides legal representation and immigration service counseling to immigrants and refugees appearing before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).  A Staff Attorney advocates 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.

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 at least one non-English language.
  • 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.

Apply for the Children's Project Staff Attorney in Chicago on Heartland Alliance's job board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff Attorney

This position provides legal representation and immigration service counseling to immigrants and refugees appearing before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).  A Staff Attorney advocates 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 at least one non-English language.
  • 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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paralegal - LGBT Project

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.

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.

Apply for the LGBT Project Paralegal on Heartland Alliance's Job Board. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paralegal - Asylum Project (UICs)

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

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.
  • Other duties may be 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:   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.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:May be required to have a current, valid IL Driver’s License. 
  • Other Skills and Qualifications: Must successfully pass background check.
  • 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.

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 use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk and hear.
  • The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop or kneel.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • The noise level is usually moderate.

Apply for the UIC Asylum Paralegal on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paralegal - Asylum Project

The Asylum Project Paralegal provides general paralegal support for families, adults, and children seeking asylum 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. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responds to NIJC’s asylum 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.
  • 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.
  • Other duties may be 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:   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 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.

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 use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk and hear.
  • The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop or kneel.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • The noise level is usually moderate.

Apply for the Asylum Project Paralegal on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paralegal - Detention Project

The detention project paralegal is primarily responsible for the non-LOP portion of the detention project.  Their main responsibilities are incoming detention intake and detention case support (including research, case review, documentation preparation and other related tasks to support general operations and the work of staff and pro bono attorneys). The paralegal is encouraged to seek full accreditation with the Board of Immigration Appeals.

 Detention Intake & Case Screening:

  • Conduct detention intake interviews with detained non-citizens and their family members.
  • Present detention intake interviews for legal assessment.
  • In coordination with the assigned attorney, conduct legal and country-conditions research to assess claims and eligibility for immigration relief.
  • Oversee coverage for the detention project’s phone intake hotline.
  • Staff the detention project’s weekly phone intake hotline.
  • Monitor and respond, as needed, to voicemails left on the detention intake line outside of intake hours.
  • Manage and respond to mail and faxes from individuals in ICE custody.
  • Manage and respond to mail from non-citizens in state custody.
  • Respond to referrals from community and legal organizations seeking to refer detained cases to NIJC.

Case Support:

  • Prepare case acceptance packets and case closing letters for detention project attorneys.
  • Organize and scan closed detention project case files.
  • Prepare immigration cases for filing for detention project attorneys.
  • Prepare affidavits and indexes; gather supporting documents.
  • Conduct country research and draft country conditions sections of filings.
  • Assist attorneys in preparation of pre-hearing statements.

Miscellaneous:

  • Participate in trainings and review legal materials to remain current on immigration law, policies, and procedures.
  • Participate in overnight Know Your Rights trips to detention facilities as needed, 2-3 times per year.
  • Be a backup for conducting individual orientations at LOP facilities when LOP staff is unavailable or additional support is needed.
  • Train and supervise interns on all administrative procedures and basic case assessment protocol.
  • Any other 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:   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.

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 use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk and hear.
  • The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop or kneel.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • The noise level is usually moderate.

Apply for the Detention Project Paralegal on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NIJC's Proposed 2021-2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow Project

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is seeking applicants for a 2021-2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow to engage in innovative lawyering on behalf of NIJC's clients who suffer in immigration jails and languish in legal limbo due to government inertia. These long-time community members are ensnared in ICE's deportation machinery and experiencing due process violations arising from government delays in adjudicating their cases. In particular, the fellow will confront scenarios where Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) fails to adjudicate applications that are in their sole jurisdiction, such as U visa and I-130 petitions. Significant adjudication delays have become more pronounced under the current administration, while more individuals have been arrested and placed in ICE custody. To respond to these interrelated phenomena - high detention rates and long adjudication times - NIJC seeks a fellow who will create a program within NIJC, and in collaboration with pro bono attorneys, to efficiently incorporate this litigation into our services.

If you are interested, please forward a cover letter outlining your interest, a resume, a writing sample, and three references to Katherine Meehan by email by August 10, 2019.

 

 


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 not currently accepting internship applications. Please stay tuned for when applications open for fall and winter of 2019.

 




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.