National Immigrant Justice Center
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60604
Open positions at the National Immigrant Justice Center
Director of Resource Development
Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) seeks Director of Resource Development for its Chicago office. The selected candidate will develop strategic and annual fundraising plans, plan annual fundraising events, cultivate donor relations, maintain accurate records, and collaborate with the executive director and co-director of resource management to draft letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and reports.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Director of Resource Development will collaborate with NIJC’s team to ensure the financial sustainability of the organization. This position will be responsible for a range of duties, which will include developing plans to maximize public and private contributions across a diverse donor base; recruiting, training, and supporting members of the development committee; collaborating with senior management to initiate, cultivate and maintain organizational relationships with individual and institutional donors; conducting research to identify donor prospects and writing letters of inquiry and maintain records regarding individual donors, their interest and identify ways to keep them involved; planning and implement NIJC’s annual appeal and annual NIJC Human Rights Awards luncheon; developing compelling materials that capture clients’ stories and NIJC’s ability to solve problems on an individual and systemic level; assisting in messaging and development of print and digital promotional materials, website content, and special publications; maintaining donor records and accurate data entry; assisting in drafting proposals, grants and reports; and fulfilling other duties as assigned.
- Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of relevant experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Experience in development, particularly in cultivating a diverse individual and corporate donor base. Familiarity with online fundraising and communications tools preferred.
- Language Skills: Excellent writing and editing skills. Ability to write clearly and concisely.
- Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.
- Other Skills: Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Experience with access to justice and/or immigration issues is preferred.
The Coordinator will work primarily with NIJC’s Jeanne and Joseph Sullivan Project for Protection of Asylum Seekers to facilitate pro bono representation of asylum seekers in the Chicagoland area. The Coordinator is an integral part of an established pro bono program that currently manages a caseload of more than 250 asylum cases and provides technical support to a network of more than 1,500 pro bono attorneys. The position is based in Chicago, Illinois.
- Manage NIJC’s asylum intake system
- Conduct and present asylum intake interviews for legal assessment, review all intakes with the managing attorney, and coordinate any follow-ups and country condition research
- Manage the closure of asylum cases and coordinate the transfer of cases for ancillary services
- Maintain complete and accurate records of asylum cases in NIJC’s database
- Coordinate the referral of asylum cases to pro bono attorneys
- Respond to general questions from pro bono attorneys
- Serve as the initial point-of-contact for pro bono inquiries and correspond with partners, associates, and pro bono coordinators at law firms across the country regarding NIJC’s work
- Lead NIJC’s nationwide pro bono outreach and participate in pro bono events
- Maintain NIJC’s database of pro bono attorneys
- Coordinate and participate in legal trainings for pro bono attorneys
- Create and update NIJC training materials in collaboration with the managing attorney
- Draft a bi-weekly pro bono case list for distribution among NIJC’s list of more than 1,500 pro bono attorneys
- Draft a monthly pro bono newsletter, detailing pro bono victories and NIJC events
- Assist in the preparation of donor and policy reports and media stories
- Prepare immigration cases for filing under the supervision of the managing attorney
- Participate in trainings and review legal materials to remain current on immigration law, policies, and procedures
- Interpret for Spanish or French-speaking clients and translate Spanish or French-language documents
- Other duties as assigned
- Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated experience, preferably at least one year, working with immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers or other vulnerable populations.
- Language Skills: Fluency in Spanish or French is required. Individuals with fluency in both languages are preferred. The Coordinator must be able to communicate clearly and professionally, orally and in writing, with individuals of a variety of educational, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Other Skills: Excellent writing and organizational skills, as well as the ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and perform under time constraints, are also required.
Paralegal with NIJC's Immigrant Children's Protection Project
The paralegal provides general paralegal support through intake, research, case review, documentation preparation and other related tasks to support general operations and the work of staff and pro bono attorneys.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conducts intake
- Conducts legal and factual research
- Assesses cases to determine eligibility
- Conducts interviews with clients and witnesses
- Drafts applications, affidavits, letters and/or legal pleadings and prepares supporting documentation
- Prepares materials for submission to Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Court, or other entities as appropriate
- Reviews, analyzes and presents cases to supervisor
- Conducts educational presentations
- Remains current on immigration law, policies and procedures
- Maintains complete, thorough, accurate and current records in an organized fashion in accordance with legal standards, rules, and ethics
- Ensures the accuracy, substance and timeliness of statistical and narrative reports, projects, schedules, and other relevant work products
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 a second language may be required.
Other Qualifications: Excellent writing, editing, organizational and computer skills required. Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and perform well under strict deadlines.
NIJC will also accept proposals for Open Society and other fellowship programs. If you would like to partner with NIJC for these or other opportunities, please contact Katelyn Banner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NIJC offers internships to law students and undergraduates to work in variety of its different legal services programs. The internships present an excellent opportunity to learn more about U.S. immigration law and policies while making a difference in the lives of low-income and impoverished individuals who are in need of legal representation. NIJC is now accepting applications for 2014 fall internships for the following programs:
- The Jeanne and Joseph Sullivan Project for Protection of Asylum Seekers
- Detained Immigrant Protection Project
- Immigrant Legal Defense
- Immigrant Children’s Protection Project
- Counter-Trafficking Project
- LGBT Immigrants Rights Project
- Federal Immigration Policy Internship
- National Litigation Project
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. Our 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.