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Open positions at the National Immigrant Justice Center:

Associate Director of Legal Services

Chief Operations Officer

Equal Justice Works Crimes Victims Justice Corps (CVJC) Fellow

Legal Director

Paralegal, Immigrant Children's Protection Project

Paralegal, Project for the Protection of Asylum Seekers

Staff Attorney, Immigrant Children's Protection Project

Internships

Fellowships


Associate Director of Legal Services

The associate director is part of NIJC’s management team and is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of all NIJC’s legal services program. The associate director will be responsible for oversight of the daily tasks associated with the provision of primary programmatic and administrative support to NIJC’s immigrant legal services program, unaccompanied immigrant children’s project, gender justice project, and citizenship project. The associate director will maintain a caseload and supervise NIJC’s legal services team. The associate director will identify new and creative ways to respond to internal and external needs in the delivery of legal services, including identification of ways to use new technology. This position will also participate in strategic planning and identification of new funding opportunities, reviewing grant proposals, tracking, maintaining and reporting on current grants, and providing programmatic and budgetary support for projects. Frequent communication with legal team, funders, government officials, immigrant and advocacy organizations will be required. Some travel may be required. The associate director participates in developing legal priorities across projects. The associate director works closely with various project staff in collaboration with the executive director of NIJC.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensures the delivery of quality legal services in the most effective and efficient manner to the greatest number of individuals
  • Provides legal representation to individuals in immigration matters
  • Identifies emerging issues (external and internal) and develops a response to those issues
  • Develops professional development plan for NIJC legal service staff
  • Performs supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws
  • Participates in strategic planning and budget development
  • Manages administrative staff and provides support to supervisors managing projects
  • Interviews, hires and trains employees; plans, assigns, and directs work; appraises performance; addresses complaints and resolves problems for employees and program participants, and implements and ensures that all licensing and agency standards are met
  • Assists in the identification of new funding sources and grant proposals and reports
  • Ensures ongoing compliance with grant requirements and works with program staff to meet grant goals in a timely manner
  • Assumes responsibility for statistical data reports and analyses for NIJC projects
  • Works with program staff and management information system team to ensure that program data input and database functions are targeted to meet grant writing and reporting needs
  • Develops relationships with legal service providers, immigrant service providers, and advocacy organizations throughout the Midwest and represents NIJC to these agencies

Qualifications:

  • Education and/or Experience: A Juris Doctor and a minimum of three years of immigration law experience and two years of supervisory experience. Experience working in the nonprofit field preferred.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret immigration law, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to draft briefs, memorandum of law, reports, correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of funders, managers, clients, media requests, and the general public. Bi-lingual in Spanish.

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Chief Operations Officer

The chief operations officer (COO) will be a member of the National Immigrant Justice Center’s (NIJC’s) senior management team. In this capacity, the COO will drive process improvements, increase efficiencies and help to strengthen the culture of commitment, engagement and service to the most vulnerable immigrants and refugees. The COO’s focus will be to devise and lead performance management, measurement and evaluation against NIJC’s strategic plan as well as delivering best-practices across all areas (compensation, contracts, relationships with outside vendors/consultants, facilities and technology.)  The COO will work closely with the executive director and the senior management team to implement operational decisions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Strategy, Leadership, and Management
    • Provide organizational leadership as part of the senior management team and operational vision to NIJC consistent with its organizational strategy and growing business needs.
    • Serve as deputy and reports to the executive director, overseeing NIJC’s operations.
    • Enhance organizational excellence by establishing operational benchmarks, timelines, and resources needed to achieve strategic goals, proactively recommending and driving improvements as necessary; set standards for accountability and measurements of success.
    • Responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of the operational plan, including best practices that will enable NIJC to be a leader in its field.
    • Establish policies that promote NIJC’s culture, vision and communication, in accordance with its organizational strategy.
    • Represent NIJC at meetings regarding operational issues to maintain and grow relationships, attract resources and enhance NIJC’s reputation.
    • Proactively develop qualifications for leadership around emerging practice areas or specific topics that relate to the operational excellence of NIJC, including anticipating future trends.
    • Provide strategic input to evaluate potential alliances, acquisitions and mergers, new lines of service.
    • Provide leadership in development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth.
    • Lead new operational initiatives and acts as a change agent.
  • Operations
    • Responsible for ongoing, day-to-day operations and procedures across all teams, ensuring consistency, efficiency and best practices to achieve strategic goals.
    • Ensure quality and excellence in all NIJC programs and projects.
    • Manage all operational needs including, human resources, facilities, compliance, marketing, finance, legal and technology.
    • Liaise with Heartland Alliance Business Services to develop high quality operations systems consistent with best practices.
    • Establish office policies, procedures and systems to comply with funding and legal requirements
    • Recommend new policies and programs consistent with NIJC’s future and its growing challenges.
    • Develop and manage technology plan to identify strategic, cost effective uses of technology to increase operational efficiency.
    • Report to NIJC Leadership Board on issues relating to operations.
    • Prepare financial reports for funding requests.
  • Performance Management & Finance
    • Driver of business process improvement, including: goal setting and tracking Key Performance Indicators; budgeting, evaluating progress and using appropriate systems and software to manage same.
    • Monitor and forecast budgets
    • With senior leadership, design, implement, and evaluate the operational efficiency of each service area, and working with communications team, to ensure collaboration, engagement, and mutual respect.
    • Oversee fiscal year budgeting process and recommend resource allocations.
  • Training
    • Identify staff training and development needs and develops and administers employee training and activity reports to ensure that operational best practices are aligned with NIJC’s strategic and operational vision.
    • Set a culture that promotes maximum performance and dedication to best practices across all operational areas.

Competencies:

  • Deep knowledge of non-profit organization best-practices in operations, policies and procedures, human resources, strategic planning, budgeting and quality improvement.
  • Experience creating/developing alignment and efficiency across diverse legal service programs and improve processes.
  • Experience achieving financial/operational/programmatic/team results within a climate of change, where external forces remain uncertain and where stakeholders might resist change.
  • Experience providing financial analysis, planning and forecast modeling to identify strengths and gaps.
  • Experience in strategic planning, development and performance/operations metrics.
  • Exceptional communicator, ability to manage and communicate up/down as well as with external stakeholders.
  • Exceptional collaborative management skills; has a proven record as a team builder and team leader.
  • Excellence in designing and leading high stakes projects to completion.
  • Success in change management and maintaining stability during times of rapid growth, ambiguity, and uncertainty.
  • Ability to rapidly shift altitudes from strategic to execution and to proactively identify and remove obstacles.
  • Proven ability to foster a healthy organizational culture, to encourage teamwork and collaboration, and to build a sense of community and pride.
  • Demonstrated strength in managing and resolving conflict.
  • Experience balancing long-term strategic vision with short-term implementation taking into account funding limitations.
  • Experience seeing the big picture and plan for growth while attending to the details of implementation.
  • Strong financial acumen and ability to assess projects.
  • Manage relationships with auditors, vendors and consultants.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skill in maintaining the balance between running a successful operation and being an NGO.
  • Subscribes to NIJC values.

Qualifications:

  • Education/Experience:
    • Proven experience in a professional services firm, experience with a non-profit organization, law firm or legal department preferred.
    • A track record of operational excellence, with a strong understanding of diverse business functions.
    • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience required, including success in nonprofit management (or equivalent in a for-profit role); and experience working with an Executive Director and Senior Management Team.
    • Excellent analytical skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in related field preferred.
  • Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, experience should include exposure to both shared and outsourced solutions, as well as support of in-house information and communication systems in a multi-site client-server environment. Additional requirements include:
    • Familiarity with desktop, notebook, handheld, and server computer hardware and software.
    • Familiarity with local and wide area network design, implementation, and operation.
    • Knowledge of various office productivity software programs such as word processing, databases, spreadsheet programs, and communications software.
    • General knowledge of business processes and their interrelationship gained through related experience.
    • Ability to analyze and resolve complex issues, both logical and interpersonal.
  • Language Skills: 
    • Ability to read, analyze, and prepare written narratives for organizational leadership. 
    • Ability to respond to common inquiries or questions from management, staff, and third parties. 
    • Ability to effectively present information to top management, staff, and Board members both verbally and in writing.

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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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Paralegal, Immigrant Children's Protection Project

The 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

Apply for the paralegal with the Immigrant Children's Protection Project on Heartland Alliance's job board.


Paralegal, Project for the Protection of Asylum Seekers

The paralegal provides general paralegal support for families, adults, and children seeking asylum and other forms of relief. The paralegal conducts intake, research, case review, documentation preparation and other related tasks to support general operations and the work of staff and pro bono attorneys.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responds to NIJC’s asylum hotline and conducts intake, as assigned.
  • Conducts legal and factual research.
  • Assesses cases to determine eligibility.
  • Conducts interviews with clients and witnesses.
  • Drafts applications, affidavits, letters and/or legal pleadings and prepares supporting documentation.
  • Prepares materials for submission to Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Court, or other entities as appropriate.
  • Reviews, analyzes and presents cases to supervisor.
  • Tracks individual cases and outcomes
  • Remains current on immigration law, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains complete, thorough, accurate and current records in an organized fashion in accordance with legal standards, rules and ethics.
  • Ensures the accuracy, substance and timeliness of statistical and narrative reports, projects, schedules and other relevant work products.
  • In accord with organizational policies and the ethical standards required of the legal profession, the Code of Professional Responsibility, preserves client confidentiality, accounts for client monies and avoids conflicts of interest.

Qualifications:

  • 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.

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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.

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Internships

NIJC offers internships to law students and undergraduate students to work in a variety of its different legal services programs. The internships present an excellent opportunity to learn more about U.S. immigration law and policies while making a difference in the lives of low-income and impoverished individuals who are in need of legal representation. NIJC is not accepting internship applications at this time. Please check back as we will begin accepting applications for fall soon.

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Fellowships

NIJC will be accepting applications for post-graduate legal fellowships. NIJC is open to any funding source identified by a candidate, but expects to, at a minimum, identify a candidate for 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.