NIJC Legal Outreach Supervisor

Summary: Given the high demand for immigration legal services in the community and importance of ensuring access to accurate information especially as the country transition to a new administration, NIJC is seeking to hire a Legal Outreach Supervisor. In this time of strong anti-immigrant rhetoric, access to information and strong partnerships among the various stakeholders will be critical. The Legal Outreach Supervisor will serve as NIJC’s representative with community-based groups and organizers, faith-based and ethnic organizations, domestic violence shelters, governmental agencies and legal aid programs to educate and engage their constituents and/or clients on access to immigration legal services. The Legal Outreach Supervisor will be expected to lead organizational outreach by identifying key partners, developing and managing relationships, creating legal materials and toolkits, and building intersectional networks to advance immigrant rights. The Legal Outreach Supervisor will be expected to engage diverse stakeholders across various social justice fields to promote change. The Supervisor will work closely with in-house and external experts on the use of technology in the delivery of legal services, as well as with supervising attorneys from NIJC’s programs in order to keep abreast of the most current developments in immigration law. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research key players in the immigrant rights field in Illinois and other areas as applicable.
  • Identify and build relationships with key organizations in the areas with the largest populations of low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Such areas may include the northern and southern suburbs.
  • Develop relationships with organizers, navigators and other social justice advocates to build an intersectional network to advocate for immigrant rights.
  • Develop and monitor referral systems from partners and navigators.
  • Regularly meet with and represent NIJC’s interests to key partners, organizers, and government officials. This may include evening and weekend travel and a regular presence in the community.
  • Develop a strategic plan for outreach and networks.
  • In collaboration with partners, oversee and/or conduct at least weekly trainings with free legal screenings.
  • Oversee the analysis of data to evaluate impact, provide monthly analysis on trends and opportunities, and revise strategy as appropriate.
  • Ensure compliance with grants
  • Maintain current knowledge of immigration policies, procedures, and internal structures
  • Serve as conduit of current information for community-based, faith-based and ethnic organizations organizers, navigators, and government agencies, including schools and public libraries
  • Lead NIJC’s outreach on the delivery of legal services
  • Provide limited legal consultations and direct immigration representation to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers
  • Represent immigrants in applications before Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, and the Executive Office for Immigration Review as needed
  • Supervise outreach staff
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned be assigned

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

  • Education and/or Experience: Juris Doctor degree and state license required. Minimum of 2years of experience in human rights field, legal and/or communications work required. Minimum of 2years of experience working in the immigrant rights field, including legal representation, organizing, or community outreach.
  • Language Skills: Fluency in English and Spanish required. Ability to communicate articulately with internal and external audiences. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated competency in public speaking and strong interpersonal skills required.
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.
  • Other Skills: Knowledge of: principles and practices of communications and public information techniques through different mediums, including print, television, and internet; writing and editing techniques for a variety of audiences. Ability to: assimilate and convey messages on a variety of issues relating to due process violations and immigration detention in a succinct and compelling way and tailored to different audiences; write effective copy, press releases, design and layout electronic and print newsletters and website pages; work independently with limited supervision; be goal-oriented and multi-task; have a diplomatic presence; develop and maintain good working relationships with a wide variety of peer organizations; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

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

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

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

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The employee may be required to remain on Organization premises during breaks and/or meal periods and may be required to stay on Organization premises until their replacement arrives.
  • This position will require the ability to travel throughout the country, and may include weekend and overnight travel.

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