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Pro Bono Coordinator, Immigrant Legal Defense Project

Req ID: 7546
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: 3
Job Notes:



The Pro Bono Project Coordinator will work with diverse partners to ensure immigrants have access to counsel.  The objectives of the project are to: 1) coordinate effective representation of vulnerable immigrant populations; 2) increase the broad-based impact of NIJC’ legal services program by coordinating regular pro bono training and clinic opportunities;  and 3) respond and document the needs of partner organizations, including conducting issue-based training on legal relief available to immigrants.

The Coordinator will be responsible for serving as the NIJC representative with pro bono attorneys and law firms, NIJC staff and other immigrant and human rights organizations to ensure access to justice for immigrants. The Coordinator will be expected to lead organizational outreach: identify potential partner organizations, and develop strong networks among peer organizations on a national level.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Maintain database to track individual cases and outcome.

  • Maintain case files for all pro bono matters, ensuring thoroughness and accuracy

  • Contribute to the publication and distribution of NIJC’s pro bono training materials and online educational webinars

  • Maintain current knowledge of immigration policies, procedures, and internal structures

  • Collaborate with other NIJC projects (communications, litigation, policy etc.) to identify issues pertaining to their specific pro bono project

  • Serve as conduit of current information for law firms and non-governmental organizations

  • Coordinate educational trainings and clinics at  law firms, non-governmental organizations, and government offices

  • Contribute to NIJC’s pro bono outreach at pro bono events

  • Conduct a biannual audit of pending pro bono matters in collaboration with supervisor

  • Conduct intake under the supervision of an attorney or DOJ accredited representative

  • Prepare applications and legal arguments for case filings with U.S. Citizenship and Immigrant Services and U.S. Department of State

  • Supervise pro bono project interns

  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned  


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:  Bachelor’s degree required.  Masters’ degree preferred.  Minimum of two years of experience in human rights field, legal and/or communications work required.  May give credit towards years of experience if attained a degree higher than a Bachelor’s Degree. 

  • Language Skills:  Fluency in English and another language is required; French- and Spanish-speakers are preferred. 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.


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 +1 (312) 660-1431.


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