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Open positions at the National Immigrant Justice Center: 

 

Senior Attorney and Supervisor Positions:

Senior Attorney- Asylum Project

 

Staff Attorney Positions:

Staff Attorney - Asylum Project

Staff Attorney - Immigrant Children's Protection Project 

Staff Attorney - Immigrant Legal Defense Project

 

Development Positions:

Grants Manager

 

Coordinator Positions:

Immigration Court Help Desk Coordinator- Immigrant Legal Defense

 

Paralegal Positions:

Paralegal- Asylum Project

Paralegal- Immigrant Children's Protection Project- Indianapolis

Paralegal- Immigrant Legal Defense Project

 

Internships & Fellowships:

Internships

Schreiber Fellowship Program

 

 

Senior Attorney- Asylum Project

The senior attorney will provide legal services and representation to asylum seekers seeking protection before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the immigration courts. The attorney should be proficient in a language other than English and must have experience working with asylum seekers.

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 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Refers clients for necessary social and/or economic assistance when determined to be necessary.
  • 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.
  • Interprets and translates for project 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 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.

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 a minimum of three years’ experience in the area of immigration law, with additional experience in asylum law preferred ; 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:  High proficiency or fluency in spoken and written Spanish or French required.  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. 
  • 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.

Salary Range: $72,000-$84,600

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

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Staff Attorney - Asylum Project

This 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 asylum seekers, including children, families, and adults. The position may provide technical support to pro bono counsel assigned to NIJC cases.  A Staff Attorney advocates for clients before other government administrative agencies and before other service agencies, as needed and/or as appropriate. 

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 case strategy 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. 
  • With the Supervisor and NIJC Pro Bono Coordinator, prepares cases for recruitment of pro bono counsel
  • Provides technical support to pro bono counsel assigned to 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.
  • 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:   Juris Doctorate Degree required; and one year of direct experience in social service counseling and/or legal representation.
  • Language Skills:   High proficiency or fluency in Spanish required. 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. 

Salary Range: $60,878-$71,323

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

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Staff Attorney - Immigrant Children's Protection Project (Chicago)

This position provides legal representation and counseling to detained and non-detained unaccompanied immigrant children before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Chicago Immigration Court.  A Staff Attorney also advocates for clients before other government administrative agencies and before other service agencies, as needed and/or as appropriate.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Conducts preliminary intake interviews. Gathers all relevant facts for each case for presentation at team meetings or to legal supervisors.  Makes assessments of income eligibility, if applicable, and makes appropriate referrals for those individuals not eligible for NIJC services.  Recommends exceptions to financial guidelines to supervisors when appropriate.
  • Develops and implements case strategy in terms of immigration law and procedure. 
  • Prepares cases for interviews and/or hearings, drafting legal cover letters and briefs, engaging in negotiation, presenting evidence, etc., in accord with the Code of Professional Responsibility for the legal profession.
  • Provides Know Your Rights presentations to detained children.
  • Carries a volume of work as required by the project. 
  • Remains current on immigration law, policies and procedures.  Remains current on criminal and civil law as they apply to the representation of immigrants and refugees.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with all stakeholders, including with representatives of government agencies, the Immigration Court, and family members and caretakers of clients. 
  • Interprets immigration laws and governmental policies and programs for the public, including at outreach and public speaking events. 
  • 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 conflicts of interest.
  • Maintains complete and accurate client records.  Ensures timely entry of all statistical data into databases/servers.  Conducts independent and team case audits. 
  • Participates in training on immigration law and procedures as assigned by legal supervisors.  May conduct trainings as assigned by legal supervisors, as well.
  • Participates in developing and implementing special projects.   Such projects could include presentations on certain legal issues, problems, topics, or developments in immigration law, or new initiatives within the project relating to representation of individual clients or groups of clients.
  • Identifies trends and recurring legal and social concerns.  Recommends strategies for solutions and other needed advocacy.
  • Interprets for NIJC clients and staff and translates documents and other materials as needed.
  • Adheres to professional standards as outlined by governmental bodies, private funding sources, NIJC plans/policies, and project guidelines.  Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in-house and external staff trainings to ensure understanding of and adherence to such standards.  Requests assistance or guidance from legal supervisors as needed 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. One year of direct experience in legal representation preferred.
  • Language Skills:   Ability to read, analyze, and interpret case law, statutes, governmental regulations, professional journals, and other forms of legal writing.  Ability to write legal briefs, cover letters, procedural guidelines, and professional emails and other correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from co-workers, managers, clients, and the general public.  Ability to read, speak, and write in Spanish.  Additional non-English language skills are preferred.
  • Driving: May be required to have a current, valid IL Driver’s License.  May be required to drive their own vehicle and/or an Organization vehicle to and from sites.
  • 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.

Salary Range: $60,878-$71,323

Apply for the Immigrant Children's Protection Project Staff Attorney position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

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Staff Attorney - Immigrant Legal Defense Project

NIJC's Immigrant Legal Defense Project is seeking an attorney to provide legal consultations, advice and representation to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Justice.  This staff attorney position requires Spanish fluency, ability to engage in community outreach, and provide legal consultations at off-site locations.

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 applies 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 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.

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: Fluency in English and Spanish is required. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated competency in public speaking and strong interpersonal skills required.  Additional non-English language skills are preferred.
  • Computer Skills:  Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.
  • 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.

Salary Range: $60,878-$71,323

Apply for the Immigrant Legal Defense Project Staff Attorney position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board. 

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Grants Manager

The Grants Manager is responsible for managing grants and contracts throughout the entirety of their lifecycle, from prospecting to final report, for an assigned portfolio of government and foundation grants that support NIJC’s legal services and advocacy. The Grants Manager reports to the Director of Development and is a member of the five-person development team. The Grants Manager will coordinate with legal project staff, operations/finance teams, and other members of the development team to ensure the accurate and timely submission of all assigned grant applications, reports, and other required materials. The Grants Manager is responsible for writing and reviewing narrative for grant proposals and reports within their portfolio, as well as compiling and analyzing client- and service-level data from NIJC’s database to report on grant deliverables.

NIJC is a hybrid workplace, and the Grants Manager can expect opportunity for both remote and in-office work, but must be based in the Chicagoland area and available for regular in-person work at NIJC’s downtown office.

Essential Duties and Functions

Grant Seeking

  • Collaborate with NIJC’s project teams and leadership to identify and prioritize funding needs in line with NIJC’s strategic plan and potential new initiatives
  • Identify prospective grant funding opportunities, assess opportunities for fit, and make recommendations to the team and leadership about opportunities to pursue
  • Lead the preparation and timely submission of grant applications, including writing and editing grant narratives

Contract Management and Compliance

  • Manage post-award contracting requirements, including developing work plans in collaboration with projects
  • Advise projects on grant compliance, including informing project staff and leadership of grant requirements, timelines, and contractual obligations
  • Assist legal projects with developing processes and procedures to ensure grant compliance and successful achievement of grant obligations
  • Support funder site visits and audits, including coordinating with project leadership and finance staff to ensure that required documentation are complete and available
  • Develop and review memoranda of understanding, scopes of services, and subaward budgets for subcontractors as appropriate for grants with subcontracts

 Grant Reporting and Monitoring

  • Manage and update grant reporting calendar to ensure that no deadlines are missed
  • Support legal projects with data quality assurance and improvement in NIJC’s case management database, LegalServer
  • Track progress to grant deliverables and communicate with project leadership

 Fiscal Management

  • Liaise between NIJC’s projects and finance director to develop budgets for grant proposals
  • Organize and provide support and input to regular project expenditure review meetings to ensure spenddown of grants on allowable expenses

 Team Work

  • Provide input to the Director of Development and finance staff as part of annual budgeting process to project grant funding streams
  • Produce regular reports on grant funding awarded and projected to inform team strategy, goals, and assessment
  • Work collaboratively with Development and other teams on shared goals, including strategic and team planning
  • Participate in regular Development team, cross-departmental, and organization-wide meetings
  • 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 Experience:  Bachelor's degree in a related field, such as nonprofit administration, public affairs, etc. Masters degree preferred. A minimum of three years of experience in grants management, nonprofit administration, development, or similar area. Additional years of experience and/or familiarity with immigration, legal aid, and/or issues related to civil/human rights is beneficial.
  • Language Skills: Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Extremely high attention to detail, consistent and reliable follow-through, and ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Strong self-starter who will take initiative and work independently to achieve results, but can also collaborate and contribute to team efforts.
  • Computer Skills: Strong computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including managing and analyzing datasets in Microsoft Excel. Experience with creating and pulling queries from a case management database is preferred.

Competencies:

  • 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.
  • Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs and audience; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  • Relationship Management – Communicates purposes, goals, timelines, and strategies clearly; establishes action plans for constituent interactions; manages multiple stakeholders with varying agendas with respect.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Quantity - Meets productivity standards; completes work in timely manner; strives to increase productivity; works quickly.

Salary Range: $62,800 to $73,800

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

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Immigration Court Helpdesk Coordinator- Immigrant Legal Defense

The Immigration Court Helpdesk (ICH) Coordinator helps implement and support NIJC’s ICH at the Chicago Immigration Court.  NIJC’s ICH provides in-depth individual and general information sessions, self-help workshops, and pro bono referrals to immigrants in removal proceedings.  The Coordinator schedules and coordinates information sessions and self-help workshops, tracks and facilitates pro bono referrals, and provides general data entry for the Helpdesk. The coordinator also assists in drafting of pro se forms and provides legal support during self-help workshops under the supervision of the program supervisor.

The overall responsibilities of this position involve: (1) working with attorneys to keep the ICH organized and on track for deadlines and responsibilities; (2) communicating with participants, community partners, and interpreters to organize legal information sessions and self-help workshops; (3) data entry and tracking outcomes; (4) managing a referral system for intakes for pro bono representation; (5) assisting in the preparation of orientation/workshop materials, web-based resources, and individual case files; and (6) intake, case management, and case preparation through NIJC’s Immigrant Legal Defense Project. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate legal information sessions and self-help workshops; organize event registration and volunteer and interpreter participation.
  • Help create and disseminate information session and workshop information.
  • Monitor feedback and evaluations; help develop best practices based on feedback.
  • Participate in meetings with community partners and funders to share NIJC’s work and discuss opportunities for collaboration and training.
  • Document and track data related to information sessions, self-help workshops, and pro bono referrals in NIJC’s database, utilize data to determine trends and legal and resource needs.
  • Respond to inquiries from partners, community members, and participants regarding NIJC’s services.
  • Manage NIJC’s ICH pro bono referrals.
  • Conduct client intakes, document information in NIJC’s client database, communicate with potential clients regarding the supervisor’s legal assessment.
  • Draft affidavits, complete immigration applications, and collect evidence in support of an application.
  • Provide ongoing case management, including but not limited to mail responsibilities, opening/closing case files, responding to client inquiries, providing interpretation at client interviews, and other necessary tasks
  • Maintains complete, thorough, accurate and current records in an organized fashion in accordance with legal standards, rules and ethics.
  • Remains current on immigration law, policies and procedures. Assist with compiling data for and drafting reports to funders and other stakeholders and ensuring compliance across the project to funder guidelines.
  • Advances an anti-racist organization that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Reacts to change productively and handles other essential 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: Bachelor’s degree and at least one year 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. Ability to effectively interview clients and engage in fact-gathering for advocacy or litigation in a fast-paced environment.
  • Technical Skills: 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 volunteers, 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.

Salary Range: $51,959 - $60,700

Apply for the Immigration Court Help Desk Coordinator position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

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Paralegal- Asylum Project

This position provides general paralegal support for non-detained asylum seekers seeking protection before the immigration court and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as well as for other noncitizens as needed.  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:

  • Conducts intakes of asylum seekers.
  • Conducts legal and factual research.
  • Assesses cases to determine eligibility
  • Conducts interviews with clients and witnesses.
  • Serves as interpreter for Spanish-speaking clients at interviews.
  • Translates documents from Spanish to English.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Salary Range: $40,467-$47,411

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

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Paralegal- Immigrant Children's Protection Project- Indianapolis

The Paralegal provides general paralegal support for detained and non-detained unaccompanied immigrant children seeking protection through asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and other forms of relief.  The paralegal conducts Know Your Rights presentations, intakes, research, case review, affidavit writing, 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. This position is hybrid and based in Indianapolis.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Give Know Your Rights presentations on the immigration process and legal rights.
  • Conduct legal screenings with detained and formerly detained children.
  • Responds to NIJC’s non-detained UIC hotline and inbox, as assigned.
  • Organizes and plans in-person legal services for formerly detained children.
  • Refers formerly detained children to legal service providers in the region where they are living.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: 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: Must have or be able to get a current, valid IN Driver’s License.  Travel to sites around the state of Indiana is required.
  • 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.

Salary Range: $40,467-$47,410

Apply for the Immigrant Child Protection Project Paralegal position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

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Paralegal- Immigrant Legal Defense Project

The Paralegal provides general paralegal support for the Immigrant Legal Defense (ILD) Legal Protection team. 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. The paralegal also provides and assists with group presentations. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts intake, as assigned, at NIJC’s Chicago office and at off-site locations in and near Chicago.
  • Provides and assists with group presentations, including Know Your Rights presentations.
  • 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. Speakers of other languages are encouraged to apply.  Ability to communicate articulately with internal and external audiences.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Must have or is able to get a current, valid IL Driver’s License. Travel to sites around the Chicago area is required.
  • Other Qualifications: Excellent writing, editing, organizational and computer skills required.  Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and perform well under strict deadlines.

Salary Range: $40,467-$47,410

Apply for the Immigrant Legal Defense Project Paralegal position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

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Internships

NIJC is now accepting applications spring law student internships through the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI). We have closed the application process for summer undergraduate and law student internships.

NIJC offers internships to law students and undergraduate students to work in a variety of its different legal services programs including legal services. 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. Please see our internship page for more details.


Schreiber Fellowship Program

NIJC is now accepting applications for its Schreiber Fellowship Program starting in September 2024 through August 2026.

NIJC is proud to continue its Schreiber Legal Fellowship Program through the generosity of John and Kathy Schreiber. NIJC will select at least two fellows, who will provide legal representation to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers for two years. NIJC provides legal representation to thousands of detained and non-detained immigrants each year and draws on its legal services to advance systemic reform. Through the Schreiber Fellowships, NIJC seeks to invest in the next generation of diverse legal advocates. To that end, NIJC will consider applications from graduating law students or recent graduates who demonstrate a strong commitment to pursuing a long-term career in the immigrant rights movement. NIJC strongly encourages applications from people with lived experiences in immigrant communities, members of marginalized communities, and individuals from communities that are underrepresented in the legal profession. Individuals with a strong interest in immigration issues but with limited prior experience will be strongly considered. See more about the Schreiber Fellowship Program and apply now.

 

 

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.