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|Location:||Chicago - Loop|
|# of Openings:||1|
|Salary Schedule:||Grade 110|
The National Immigrant Justice Center ( NIJC), a program of Heartland Alliance, provides direct legal services to, and advocates for, immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers through policy reform, impact litigation, and public education. Since its founding more than three decades ago, NIJC has been unique in blending individual client advocacy with broad-based systemic change. Headquartered in Chicago with offices in Washington, DC, Indiana and San Diego, NIJC’s team of 100+ attorneys, paralegals and professionals, along with 2000 pro bono attorneys, is at the forefront of immigration reform.
NIJC is seeking a staff attorney to (1) respond to the needs of Afghan nationals arriving in the Midwest, (2) support NIJC pro bono attorneys providing legal services to refugees, asylees, and other noncitizens eligible for group-based immigration protection (e.g. Temporary Protected Status), (3) provide direct representation to noncitizens impacted by changes in law and policy, and (4) work with stakeholders locally, regionally and nationally. This attorney will provide legal consultations, advice and representation to low-income immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Justice. The staff attorney will provide training and technical support to pro bono attorneys. This staff attorney position requires the ability to engage in community outreach and provide legal consultations at off-site locations. Given the attorney in this position will also work with NIJC’s existing client population, proficiency in Spanish is required. Proficiency in other languages other than English is preferred. This position may be based in Chicago or Indianapolis.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
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.
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.
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.
Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, 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
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