NIJC Rapid Response Supervisor

Summary: NIJC is seeking to hire a Rapid Response Supervisor to ensure access to accurate information in response to the new administration’s swift changes to immigration policy and the rising demand for community immigration legal services. In this time of strong anti-immigrant rhetoric, access to information and strong partnerships among law firms, community organizations, and local government will be critical. The Rapid Response Supervisor will serve as NIJC’s point of contact with pro bono attorneys, 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 emerging issues. The Rapid Response 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 Rapid Response Supervisor will be expected to engage diverse stakeholders across various social justice fields to promote change. The Rapid Response 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:

  • Develop strategies to respond to emerging government actions
  • Monitor the litigation email list to respond to individuals who are seeking information regarding Executive Orders
  • Supervise a paralegal who will gather critical information
  • Develop materials for different NIJC audiences, including community members and pro bono partners
  • Respond to the community who are seeking information regarding their legal rights in light of changed policy
  • Conduct site visits to airports and detention centers
  • Conduct trainings and educational presentations for pro bono partners?
  • Represent NIJC in community meetings
  • Oversee NIJC’s first response to emergency situations arising from abrupt executive action
  • Draft communications messages
  • Assist with individual cases as appropriate
  • Develop and monitor referral systems from partners and community 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 strategy for cultivating and maintaining outreach networks
  • In collaboration with partners, oversee and/or conduct at least weekly trainings with free legal screenings.
  • Analyze data to evaluate impact, provide monthly analysis on trends and opportunities, and revise strategy as appropriate.
  • Ensure compliance with grants
  • Supervise paralegal and project interns, and other outreach staff
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

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

  • Education and/or Experience: Bachelors Degree Minimum of 2 years of experience in human rights field, legal and/or communications work required. Minimum of 2 years 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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