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Open positions at the National Immigrant Justice Center:

Associate Director of Policy

Associate Director of Resource Development

Equal Justice Works Crimes Victims Justice Corps (CVJC) Fellow

Legal Director

Legal Supervisor

National Legal Counsel

Paralegal, Immigrant Legal Defense Project

Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney, Detention Project

Staff Attorney, Immigrant Children's Protection Project

Internships

Fellowships

 

Associate Director of Policy

NIJC is seeking an associate director of policy to assist in developing and spearheading strategic advocacy efforts on immigration-related issues, primarily at the federal level. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the Director of Policy in developing and implementing diverse grassroots, local, state, and federal advocacy strategies on immigrant rights issues, with a focus on issues that impact asylum seekers, detainees, and immigrants deprived of full due process protections.
  • Coordinate closely with communications, litigation, detention, and other NIJC teams to advance strategic reform goals on immigration detention and due process issues.
  • Work in formal and informal coalitions of legal aid and advocacy organizations to advocate for policy reform; draft and edit statements, reports, and other jointly-produced products.
  • Draft advocacy and educational materials on emerging policy issues.
  • Assist in drafting comments for NIJC in response to agency notice-and-comment rulemaking; preparing petitions for rulemaking; preparing comments on agency-proposed policy, guidance, programs, and other initiatives not subject to notice-and-comment rulemaking.
  • Represent NIJC and its priorities at external meetings.
  • Participate in grant proposal development, editing, review and submission.
  • Help plan and direct the online components of broad-based campaigns across the new media platform, including web, email, and social networks.
  • Other research and writing assistance as requested by the Director of Policy or the Executive Director.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with members of Congress, the White House, and other governmental agencies.

Competencies:

  • Interpersonal Skills – Builds relationships with staff and external stakeholders; maintains confidentiality; listens and remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and obtains clarification; responds concisely and presents positions in a compelling manner; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style according to audience; presents numerical data effectively.
  • Collaboration - balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; solicits and applies program participant feedback, as well as feedback from collaborating agencies; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed; demonstrated skill working in a team environment, understanding when and how to effectively incorporate a team approach.
  • 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; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; takes initiatives; uses time efficiently; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks in a way that ensures coverage at all times; develops realistic action plans.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats coworkers 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; willing to address urgent needs outside of regular business hours.

Qualifications:

  • Education and/or Experience: Minimum of three years of related professional experience, Juris Doctorate or Masters degree in Public Policy or related field of study required.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret regulations, legislation, including immigration laws and regulations, legal memos, case law and related materials.
  • Reasoning, Other Skills and Abilities: Experience making public presentations and preparing and delivering testimony to committees of the government. Experience creating persuasive written documents for external consumption. Experience analyzing the complex policy arena and crafting appropriate responses.

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Associate Director of Resource Development

This is an exciting opportunity for a top notch development professional to lead fundraising initiatives as the Associate Director of Resource Development for the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), one of the nation’s leading immigrant rights organizations. In the last several years, NIJC has doubled its revenue (to $8M), opened a Washington DC office and launched a national program to support immigration legal services in remote areas in the country. With today’s anti-immigrant environment, NIJC’s work is even more critical. Our goal is to become a $10M organization within five years. Join our team to lead our fundraising initiatives to help us achieve that goal.

The Associate Director of Resource Development develops NIJC's strategic and annual fundraising plans; maximizes contributions from public and private prospects through grant writing, appeals, special events and other campaigns; oversees grants management and ensures grant compliance and gift stewardship; supervises reception staff; and formulates and manages NIJC’s budget. This position collaborates closely with the executive director, leadership board, and senior management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Grants & 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.
  • Ensures compliance with grant requirements and coordinates with project supervisors to meet work plan objectives in a timely manner.
  • Manages database to track grant submissions, progress reports, donors, contributions and prospects; generates reports to inform NIJC’s fundraising strategy.
  • Coordinates NIJC’s participation in the planning and execution of the annual Human Rights Awards luncheon. Prepares sponsorship and other materials to support leadership board 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

  • Formulates and manages NIJC’s annual budget in collaboration with the ED and finance staff, produces grant and contract budgets, approves expenditures and oversees the preparation of receivables reports and donor acknowledgements.
  • Works with finance staff to produce periodic finance reports and determine accurate data record keeping of fundraising efforts.

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.
  • Provides oversight and guidance for the reception staff.

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 with 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; Abel to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • 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.

 
Qualifications:

  • Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of relevant experience required. Master’s degree preferred. Experience in development, including familiarity with online fundraising and communications tools preferred.
  • Language Skills: Proficiency in Spanish is preferred. Excellent writing and editing skills. Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Computer 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: Experience with access to justice and/or immigration issues is preferred.
  • Proven track record in development: creating/leading campaigns; engaging with major individual donors, foundations, and corporate officials.
  • Impeccable writer and editor.
  • Enthusiastic, collaborative; professional; understands the importance of confidentiality.
  • Strong project management and people management skills.
  • Sense of humor; creative.
  • Ability to work under multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Envisions the big picture while being detail-oriented.
  • Familiarity with funders in the human rights arena a plus.

Apply for the Associate Director of Resource Development on Heartland Alliance's job board.


Equal Justice Works Crimes Victims Justice Corps (CVJC) Fellow

NIJC has received a new grant through the Equal Justice Works Crimes Victims Justice Corps (CVJC) to increase legal immigration services for survivors of human trafficking. The Counter-Trafficking Project at NIJC is seeking to hire a fellow under this grant for a two-year period beginning on or about June 1, 2018 and ending May/June 2020.

Fellowship Program:

The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to victims of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant victims of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief, and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime victims’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical assistance providers.

This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding.

NIJC’s Counter-Trafficking Project:

The Counter-Trafficking Project provides direct legal immigration services to immigrant survivors of trafficking including representation before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The clients are survivors of both labor and sex trafficking who are currently in DHS custody or have fled their traffickers and are non-detained. The EJW CVJC fellow will conduct trauma-informed legal screenings, make appropriate referrals to other service providers, provide direct legal representation and advocate on behalf of survivors with criminal justice law enforcement. Additionally, the EJW CVJC fellow will conduct outreach to non-legal service providers in the Chicagoland area in order to increase the identification of trafficking survivors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide direct immigration legal services to immigrant survivors of labor and sex trafficking before USCIS and EOIR, including both affirmative and defensive representation
  • Travel to Department of Homeland Security Detention Facilities to conduct intake interviews and meetings with detained clients
  • Advise victims on their rights under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act
  • Accompany survivors to law enforcement interviews and advocate on their behalf
  • Train legal and non-legal service providers on how to identify trafficking survivors and provide referrals
  • Train and provide assistance to pro bono attorneys representing trafficking survivors
  • Remain current on immigration law, policies and procedures. Remain current on implications of criminal and civil law as it applies to the representation of immigrants and refugees
  • Maintain complete and accurate client records. Prepare timely statistical reports. Conduct quarterly case audits for presentation and review of the supervisor.
  • Adhere to professional standards as outlined by governmental bodies, (and/or other appropriate professional associations), private funding sources, organization plans/policies and unit guidelines.
  • Contribute to programmatic reporting required under the federal award
  • Collaborate with other Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellows
  • Actively participate in mandatory in-person training programs including two-day Crime Victims Justice Corps Victim Law Boot Camp training on June 28-29, 2018 in Washington, DC; learning event at the end of the Fellowship; annual three-day Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in October/November 2018 and 2019 in Washington, DC; and training calls with the National Crime Victim Law Institute

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist indigent clients, particularly survivors of trafficking
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Ability to provide victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally competent legal assistance to crime victims/survivors
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations to facilitate comprehensive services to crime victims/survivors
  • Ability to begin the fellowship on or about June 1, 2018 and serve for 2 years
  • Those with legal experience in crime victims’ rights enforcement, victim services and/or immigration law are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus
  • Language Skills: Fluency in a second language.

Salary and other support:

The Fellow will receive an annual salary, as well as health insurance and other benefits.

Application Instructions:

  • Apply for the Equal Justice Works Crimes Victims Justice Corps (CVJC) Fellowship on Heartland Alliance’s job board.
  • The deadline for applications is May 21, 2018, or until position is filled, but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
  • NIJC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

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Legal Director

The legal director will be a member of NIJC’s senior management team. In this capacity, the legal director will be responsible for managing NIJC’s legal programs, providing strategic leadership, vision, management and evaluation of NIJC’s programs on a local, regional and national level. The director will ensure current and future programs are consistent with NIJC’s strategic plan and goals. The ideal candidate is an individual with legal expertise and the ability to coordinate legal strategies across projects, as well as the ability to build teams, effectively communicate, collaborate and support a vision for the most efficient and effective operation of NIJC’s legal programs area are key to success in this role.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Strategy, Leadership, and Management
    • Provide strategic leadership and implementation of NIJC’s mission.
    • Support the executive director and the legal teams, facilitate communication between projects and senior management, and develop and implement performance evaluation mechanisms while maintaining a global view of NIJC’s programming to ensure alignment with our mission
    • In consultation with senior staff and local and national partners, identify key legal issues and NIJC’s role in advancing those issues through impact litigation
    • Liaise with and coordinate among all NIJC legal projects
    • Provide leadership in the delivery of legal services to ensure NIJC’s continued growth and success; identify conferences, professional associations and networking opportunities to enhance NIJC’s reputation and opportunities for collaboration
    • Identify the need for and develop new legal program initiatives
  • Operations
    • Responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of programs, including allocating resources in accordance with strategic priorities that will enable NIJC to remain a leader in its field
    • Evaluate NIJC’s legal services and litigation, identify new ways of executing priorities, recommend changes to drive business process improvement, using an innovative approach
    • Identify links and opportunities between litigation and legal services, create connections and use a collaborative approach to build teams and grow NIJC’s offerings
    • Ensure quality and excellence in NIJC legal programs
    • Assess NIJC’s pro bono processes, identify issues and propose solutions to same; implement best practices to ensure NIJC’s continued success
    • Lead the documentation and management of NIJC’s processes
    • Identify technologies that can improve NIJC’s legal programs, providing recommendations for adjustments to improve service delivery
    • Provide leadership and direction for prioritizing programming and resources in accordance with NIJC’s long term goals
    • Identify and evaluate opportunities to deliver recommendations on what NIJC needs to prioritize
    • Work with chief operating officer to assess effectiveness of IT systems and databases to ensure those systems are cost-effective and adequately support NIJC infrastructure
    • Work with legal teams and NIJC’s policy and communications teams to implement NIJC’s priorities
    • Write and present reports to the executive director
    • Present to NIJC Leadership Board on legal issues
  • Performance Management
    • Ensure each team is meeting key performance indicators, measurement and evaluation. Develop and monitor performance metrics to ensure NIJC’s successful growth. Develop metrics to track progress.
    • Engender trust and passion for change among NIJC’s legal teams by demonstrating leadership and communicating a vision that leads to organizational excellence
    • Build a positive culture across teams that allows for the introduction of new processes or services and the winding down of services that are no longer responsive to the needs of the community and/or NIJC priorities
    • Identify training opportunities for team members
  • External Relations and Advocacy
    • Lead and represent NIJC on a national level to help build NIJC’s reputation. Identify areas for collaboration and opportunities for new or improved programing.
    • Contribute to the drafting of concept notes, proposals and reports
    • Serve as a spokesperson and champion for NIJC’s legal programs, promoting NIJC, making tough decisions to maintain NIJC’s position as a leader in the immigrant rights movement

Qualifications:

  • Education and/or Experience:
    • Proven experience as an attorney, with a track record of success in legal services leadership
    • Immigration law experience required, refugee experience a plus
    • At least 15 years of success in the legal profession, operations, strategy planning and development including working with an executive director and senior management team to achieve goals
    • Excellent analytical skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
    • JD required (may or may not be practicing)

Competencies:

  • Deep knowledge of the law, particularly immigration, civil rights, human rights law
  • Understanding of the pro bono culture and experience working with pro bono attorneys
  • Experience managing a legal program, including business processes, performance evaluation, and strategic planning
  • Experience achieving results within a climate of change, where external forces remain uncertain and where stakeholders may have conflicting objectives
  • Exceptional communicator, ability to work with a diverse, talented group of legal professionals, building trust, collaboration and a culture that welcomes change
  • Demonstrated strength in managing and resolving conflict
  • Subscribes to NIJC values, advancing due process and human rights protections for immigrants and refugees
  • Experience balancing long-term strategic vision with short-term implementation taking into account funding limitations
  • Experience seeing the big picture, planning for growth and having a vision to achieve operational efficiency along the way, while attending to details of implementation
  • Strong financial acumen and ability to assess projects
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills. and experience in grant writing and reporting
  • Demonstrated skill in maintaining the balance between running a successful operation and being an NGO

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Legal Supervisor

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 was 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.

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:

  • 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:

  • 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
  • Detail orientated with the ability to handle many different tasks simultaneously and complete them in a timely manner

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National Legal Counsel

The National Legal Counsel (NLC) will be a senior position that works across the NIJC’s legal services, litigation, policy and communications teams to provide a unique approach to human rights advancement at a time when immigrant communities are increasingly under attack. In this capacity, the NLC will help strengthen NIJC’s systemic reform agenda through the delivery of strategic immigration legal services on a national and, when appropriate, local level. In consultation with NIJC project supervisors, the NLC will ensure the provision of legal representation in key immigration cases that carry impact on a national scale with regard to NIJC’s priority issue areas including harsh immigration detention and enforcement policies as well as access to asylum. The NLC will be responsible for consulting with NIJC supervisors to incorporate policy and communications components into direct case work so as to strategically advance NIJC’s policy reform agenda. Some of the work will require rapid response and travel to respond to the issues facing the immigrant community. The NLC will be directly supervised by the Director of Policy, and will also work closely with directors of the litigation and legal services teams.

Job duties include:

  • Coordinate with policy and management teams to identify communications/ policy/litigation priorities where targeted representation is critical to advancing goals
  • Identify and build relationships with key partners in key geographic locations to refer potential cases
  • Identify through screening and intake strategic cases for impact – nationally and locally – and assess clients' willingness to share their stories with the media, public, legislators, etc.
  • Manage legal representation of impact cases either through direct representation or placement and mentorship of pro bono partners, including representation in the immigration courts, USCIS, Board of Immigration Appeals and, when appropriate, federal court. Develop and implement protocol to ensure that policy and communications goals are pursued at each stage of representation.
  • In consultation with NIJC supervisors, develop and pursue advocacy efforts that document human rights abuses witnessed through direct representation cases, including utilizing grievance mechanisms available through international agencies and domestic watchdog agencies. Coordinate closely with communications team to elevate.
  • Coordinate with national pro bono firms and recruit pro bono partners for cases as appropriate
  • Evaluate the project and develop long-term strategic plan for national representation work
  • Maintain a commitment to elevating the voices of persons impacted by harmful immigration detention and enforcement policies through creative approaches to communications and policy work and intensive coordination with NIJC’s Washington, DC and Chicago-based communications and policy teams

Competencies include:

  • Deep knowledge of immigration law and procedure
  • Understanding of the pro bono culture and experience working with pro bono attorneys
  • Experience managing an immigration legal services program
  • Experience achieving results within a climate of change, where external forces remain uncertain and where stakeholders may have conflicting objectives
  • Exceptional communicator, ability to work with a diverse, talented group of legal professionals, building trust, collaboration and a culture that welcomes change
  • Demonstrated strength in managing and resolving conflict
  • Subscribes to NIJC values of advancing due process and human rights protections for immigrants and refugees
  • Experience balancing long-term strategic vision with short-term implementation
  • Experience seeing the big picture and advancing reform while providing individual legal representation
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated skill in maintaining the balance between legal representation and advocacy

Education and experience:

  • Proven experience as an attorney, with a track record of success in legal services leadership
  • Immigration law experience required, refugee experience a plus.
  • At least 10 years of successful representation of immigrants and refugees and advocacy and communications teams to achieve goals.
  • Excellent analytical skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • JD required

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Paralegal, Immigrant Legal Defense Project

The paralegal provides general paralegal support for the 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.

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

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Staff Attorney

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

Qualifications: 

  • 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.

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Staff Attorney, Detention Project

NIJC is hiring a bi-lingual immigration staff attorney to join its Detention Project. NIJC’s Detention Project provides removal defense and detention-related advocacy to noncitizens detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its Chicago Area of Responsibility. With the support of pro bono attorneys, the project (1) represents detained individuals before the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services, the Chicago Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. district courts, and Courts of Appeals, (2) advocates for improved conditions for detained individuals, and (3) advises criminal defense attorneys on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. The staff attorney will participate in multiple areas of the project’s work and will be expected to visit detention centers and advise detained noncitizens on a regular basis. The attorney will implement NIJC’s Legal Orientation Program (LOP) to detained immigrants in McHenry County Jail (IL) and other jails in the area. The attorney will conduct know your rights presentations, individual consultations and pro se workshops. The attorney will help build pro bono capacity. 

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.

Qualifications:

  • Law degree from ABA accredited law school and a law license
  • Individuals with at least one year of experience working with noncitizens are preferred (NIJC will recognize internships and relevant pre-law school work).
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Excellent writing, editing, organizational, analytical, and computer skills
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and perform well under strict deadlines; Ability to work in fast paced, professional, environment; Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange, Windows operating systems, and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance

Apply for the Detention Project staff attorney on Heartland Alliance's job board.


Staff Attorney, Immigrant Children's Protection Project

This position provides legal representation and immigration service counseling to immigrants and refugees appearing before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). The staff attorney advocates for clients before other government administrative agencies and before other service agencies, as needed and/or as appropriate. This position works with NIJC's Immigrant Children's Protection Project, which helps children who entered the country as unaccompanied minors assess their options for immigration legal relief.

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

Apply for the Immigrant Children's Protection Project staff attorney 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 now accepting internship applications for the fall.

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Fellowships

NIJC is accepting applications for post-graduate legal fellowships. Fellowship applications are due by August 1, 2018. 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 application, and 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.