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Project Manager

Req ID: 7705
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: 6
Job Notes:


The National Immigrant Justice Center

Project Manager


Program Description:

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) advances human rights and due process for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers through direct legal services, impact litigation, advocacy 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 2,000 pro bono attorneys, is at the forefront of immigration reform.


Position Summary:

NIJC seeks a project manager to oversee its Universal Representation Pilot Project, a new legal services initiative for detained immigrants facing removal proceedings in the Chicago Immigration Court. This project is a collaborative with four organizations and will require a person who is highly organized, a strong communicator and committed to advancing immigrant rights. NIJC seeks an experienced project manager with expertise in overseeing a project with multiple partners.  We seek applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to immigrant and civil rights, and who has worked with various stakeholders, developed metrics and dashboards and created systems that would support the legal services being provided to the specific population.


An approximate division of work is as follows:

  • Maintain an ongoing partnership with the members of the collaborative. The project manager will coordinate regular meetings with members of the collaborative.


  • Develop systems. Specific systems will be designed and implemented to ensure the reporting programmatic outcomes, summarizing data results and sharing of information


  • Coordinate within NIJC and across organizations. NIJC’s various projects will work closely manager will work coordinate with teammates engaged in those efforts, collaborate with other organizations, and potential funders


Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Collaborate with partners
  • Develop systems to track outcomes/information
  • Oversee the effective operations of the grant
  • Implement system to ensure consistency for reporting
  • Draft reports
  • Ensure strong communication
  • Coordinate within NIJC
  • Organize and set meeting agendas
  • Report on outcomes
  • Prepare funder reports with the assistance of NIJC’s development team
  • Work closely with associate director of detention
  • Identify trends and emerging issues
  • Ensure compliance with programmatic initiatives



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.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree (JD or MBA) preferred.
  • At least four years of project management experience. Preferred experience is in immigration and/or civil rights law
  • Spanish fluency preferred but not required.   Speakers of other languages are encouraged to apply, and monolingual English speakers will also be considered.
  • Self-motivated and committed to civil liberties advocacy
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers  other staff members, and diverse community organizations and coalitions
  • Ability to communicate effectively in legal and non-legal settings with a wide range of individuals and organizations
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills


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.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


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.


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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