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Open positions at the National Immigrant Justice Center:

Associate Director (Detention Project)

Senior Litigation Attorney

Litigation Project Coordinator

DACA Pro Bono Project Coordinator

Paralegal - Children's Protection Project

Paralegal - Immigrant Legal Defense Project

Internships

Fellowships

 

 

Associate Director (Detention Project)

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is looking for an energetic, visionary lawyer with significant removal defense and supervisory experience to maintain, lead, and shape a nationally influential removal defense program. With offices in Chicago, Indiana, Washington, D.C. and San Diego, California, NIJC combines direct representation with impact litigation and policy advocacy and public education to advance justice for immigrants and refugees.

The Associate Director of Legal Services (Detention) will be part of NIJC’s management team and will be responsible for the design, evaluation, and overall supervision and management of NIJC’s provision of legal services to adult immigrants in detention. The Associate Director will report to NIJC’s Legal Director and lead a team providing legal services to detained immigrants. These services include direct representation of detained immigrants in removal defense proceedings; appellate work before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal; empowering immigrants, through legal orientation presentations and pro se workshops, to advocate for themselves; and Know Your Rights presentations. As a member of NIJC’s management team, the Associate Director will also participate in NIJC-wide strategic planning and collaborate with other NIJC teams (including litigation and policy) to help formulate strategies to reduce or eliminate detention and encourage the management of migration through civil, not criminal, processes. The Associate Director will contribute to strengthening NIJC’s pro bono network, particularly as it applies to NIJC’s detained clients.  The Associate Director will also help identify funding sources, review grant proposals, and track, maintain, and report on current grants. The Associate Director will maintain a small caseload.    

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensures the delivery of high quality legal services in the most effective and efficient manner
  • Identifies emerging issues (actual and anticipated, internal and external) and develops prompt and proactive responses to those issues
  • Manages the detention team in Chicago and possibly in other offices to identify trends and develop systems to manage those trends
  • Supervises lawyers and paralegals providing legal representation
  • Provides limited legal representation to individuals in immigration matters
  • Develops professional development plans for detention team members
  • Manages the detention team including interviewing, hiring and training new employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising employee performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems for employees and program participants
  • Participates in NIJC-wide strategic planning and budget development and assists in identifying new funding sources and developing grant proposals and reports
  • Works with program staff and NIJC’s information systems team to ensure ongoing compliance and that data and database functions meet grant writing and reporting needs
  • Assumes responsibility for statistical data reports and analyses for NIJC projects
  • Develops relationships with legal service providers, immigrant services providers, and advocacy organizations and represents NIJC with these organizations
  • 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:  A Juris Doctor and a minimum of five years of immigration law experience and two years of supervisory experience. Experience working in the non-profit field preferred.
  • Language Skills:  Bi-lingual (Spanish/English). Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret immigration law, professional journals, and governmental regulations. Ability to draft and edit legal briefs, reports, correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from funders, managers, clients, media, and the public.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
  • Reasoning Ability:  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with multiple variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

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

  • Interpersonal skills:  Focuses on resolving conflict; maintains confidentiality; listens and remains open to others’ ideas; and introduces new initiatives strategically and tactfully.
  • Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively; listens actively and gets clarification; responds well to questions; has 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 data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  • Managing People:  Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities; applies program participants’ feedback, as well as feedback from collaborating agencies; fosters quality focus in others; improves processes and services; continually works to improve supervisory skills.
  • Quality Management: Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • 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; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Planning/Organizing: Sets priorities and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks in a way that ensures coverage at all times; develops realist action plans.
  • Professionalism:  Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats co-workers and participants with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
  • 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.

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.

  • Frequently required to sit, stand, and walk.

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 Associate Director (Detention Project) position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

 


 

Senior Litigation Attorney

NIJC seeks an attorney with litigation experience, including federal litigation, for a full-time federal-court litigation position. We invite applications from attorneys who have a demonstrated commitment to immigrant and civil rights, and who would be interested in, and capable of, contributing to innovative litigation and policy advocacy in the federal courts, both at the district court and in the courts of appeal. Litigation tasks include legal research, drafting of pleadings and briefs, discovery, motion practice, and trials and appeals in both state and federal courts. The litigation attorney will work to develop and implement advocacy strategies in identified areas. The litigation attorney may also be called upon to provide immigration-court level representation for clients in litigation matters (e.g. representing a named-plaintiff in a district court action in his related immigration case). The litigator will collaborate with the NIJC direct service, policy and communications teams. The litigator will work with pro bono attorneys.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify litigation issues and collaborate with NIJC’s communication, policy, and litigation teams
  • Develop legal strategies
  • Provide legal representation and/or lead or participate in litigation efforts through all phases of litigation, including motions practice, discovery, trial, brief writing, and oral argument (as appropriate)
  • Conduct legal research and draft pleadings and briefs
  • Collaborate with community-based organizations to identify cases/plaintiffs
  • Work with pro bono partners
  • Communicate via the media regarding legal advocacy and policy efforts
  • Identify trends and emerging issues

Qualifications:

  • At least two years practicing law is required, at least four years is preferred. Preferred experience is  in immigration and/or human rights law
  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred.
  • Candidates with at least two years of litigation experience preferred.
  • Self-motivated and committed to civil liberties advocacy
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, and diverse community organizations and coalitions
  • Ability to communicate effectively in legal and non-legal settings with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
  • Ability to represent individuals in complex cases and to formulate and implement sophisticated legal strategies

Competencies:

  • Interpersonal skills: Focuses on resolving conflict; maintains confidentiality; listens and remains open to others’ ideas; and introduces new initiatives strategically and tactfully.
  • Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively; listens actively and gets clarification; responds well to questions; has 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 data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
  • Managing People: Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities; applies program participants’ feedback, as well as feedback from collaborating agencies; fosters quality focus in others; improves processes and services; continually works to improve supervisory skills.
  • Quality Management: Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • 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; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Planning/Organizing: Sets priorities and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks in a way that ensures coverage at all times; develops realist action plans.
  • Professionalism:  Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats co-workers and participants with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
  • 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.

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. Frequently required to sit, stand, and walk.

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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

 

 

Litigation Project Coordinator

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

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

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

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

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

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

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree and 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. Individuals with fluency in a third language are highly encouraged to apply. Ability to effectively interview clients and engage in fact-gathering for advocacy or litigation in a fast-paced environment.
  • Technical Skills: Ability to design and maintain program website with minimal training; Fluency in Microsoft Office especially Word and Excel; Ability to maintain and organize large quantities of information in an electronic database
  • Attention to detail and accuracy: Ability to competently and effectively communicate orally and in writing for a variety of audiences; Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrants’ rights/human rights
  • Volunteer Management: Ability to train interns, to assist with projects, supervise work, and assign additional tasks on an as-needed basis
  • Client Confidentiality: Ability to maintain client confidentiality, account for client monies, and avoid conflicts of interest in accordance with organizational policies and ethical standards required of the legal profession and the code of professional responsibility.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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

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

 

 

DACA Pro Bono Project Coordinator

The Pro Bono Project Coordinator will work with diverse partners to ensure immigrants have access to counsel.  The objectives of the project are to: 1) coordinate effective representation of vulnerable immigrant populations; 2) increase the broad-based impact of NIJC’ legal services program by coordinating regular pro bono training and clinic opportunities;  and 3) respond and document the needs of partner organizations, including conducting issue-based training on legal relief available to immigrants.

The Coordinator will be responsible for serving as the NIJC representative with pro bono attorneys and law firms, NIJC staff and other immigrant and human rights organizations to ensure access to justice for immigrants. The Coordinator will be expected to lead organizational outreach: identify potential partner organizations, and develop strong networks among peer organizations on a national level.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Maintain database to track individual cases and outcome.
  • Maintain case files for all pro bono matters, ensuring thoroughness and accuracy
  • Contribute to the publication and distribution of NIJC’s pro bono training materials and online educational webinars
  • Maintain current knowledge of immigration policies, procedures, and internal structures
  • Collaborate with other NIJC projects (communications, litigation, policy etc.) to identify issues pertaining to their specific pro bono project
  • Serve as conduit of current information for law firms and non-governmental organizations
  • Coordinate educational trainings and clinics at  law firms, non-governmental organizations, and government offices
  • Contribute to NIJC’s pro bono outreach at pro bono events
  • Conduct a biannual audit of pending pro bono matters in collaboration with supervisor
  • Conduct intake under the supervision of an attorney or DOJ accredited representative
  • Prepare applications and legal arguments for case filings with U.S. Citizenship and Immigrant Services and U.S. Department of State
  • Supervise pro bono project interns
  • Performs other job-related 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 required.  Masters’ degree preferred.  Minimum of two years of experience in human rights field, legal and/or communications work required.  May give credit towards years of experience if attained a degree higher than a Bachelor’s Degree. 
  • 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 DACA Pro Bono Project Coordinator position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

 

 

Paralegal - Children's Protection Project

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

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responds to NIJC’s non-detained UIC hotline and conducts intake, as assigned.
  • Conducts legal and factual research.
  • Assesses cases to determine eligibility.
  • Conducts interviews with clients and witnesses.
  • Drafts applications, affidavits, letters and/or legal pleadings and prepares supporting documentation.
  • Prepares materials for submission to Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Court, or other entities as appropriate.
  • Reviews, analyzes and presents cases to supervisor.
  • Assists in the placement of SIJS cases with pro bono attorneys and tracks individual cases and outcomes
  • Remains current on immigration law, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains complete, thorough, accurate and current records in an organized fashion in accordance with legal standards, rules and ethics.
  • Ensures the accuracy, substance and timeliness of statistical and narrative reports, projects, schedules and other relevant work products.
  • In accord with organizational policies and the ethical standards required of the legal profession, the Code of Professional Responsibility, preserves client confidentiality, accounts for client monies and avoids conflicts of interest.
  • 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:   Bachelors degree with demonstrated experience working with immigrants, refugees and/or asylum seekers.  At least one year of experience working with these populations preferred.
  • Language Skills:  Fluency in English and Spanish is required.  Ability to communicate articulately with internal and external audiences.
  • Other Qualifications:  Excellent writing, editing, organizational and computer skills required.  Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and perform well under strict deadlines.

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 Children's Project Paralegal position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

 

 

Paralegal - Immigrant Legal Defense Project

The Paralegal provides general paralegal support for the 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. 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.
  • 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 Immigrant Legal Defense Project Paralegal position on Heartland Alliance's Job Board.

 


Internships

NIJC offers internships to law students and undergraduate students to work in a variety of its different legal services programs. The internships present an excellent opportunity to learn more about U.S. immigration law and policies while making a difference in the lives of low-income and impoverished individuals who are in need of legal representation. NIJC is no longer accepting 2020 summer internship applications. See more information about our internship program.



Fellowships

NIJC is accepting applications for post-graduate legal fellowships at NIJC's Chicago, Indianapolis, and San Diego offices. NIJC is open to any funding source identified by a candidate, but expects to, at a minimum, identify a candidate for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship, 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.  All applications must be received by August 1, 2020. 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 proposals that focus on work connected with NIJC's Asylum Project, Detention Project, and/or LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Initiative.
  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.