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Afghan Response Coordinator
|Location:||Chicago - Loop|
|# of Openings:||1|
National Immigrant Justice Center
Afghan Response Coordinator
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 2,000 pro bono attorneys, is at the forefront of immigration reform.
The Afghan Response Coordinator helps implement and support NIJC’s efforts to provide legal services to immigrants, specifically Afghan parolees in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. NIJC’s Afghan Response focuses on providing in-depth legal orientations, pro see asylum support, and direct representation to Afghan nationals who were evacuated to the United States following the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan. As part of this program, the Coordinator, along with NIJC attorneys and paralegals, will coordinate monthly legal orientations, pro se workshops, and technical assistance trainings; respond to inquiries from community partners and Afghan nationals; track participation data; and manage referrals. Please note this is not an attorney position.
The overall responsibilities of this position involve: (1) working with attorneys to keep the project organized and on track for deadlines and responsibilities; (2) communicating with community partners, interpreters, funders, and legal service providers to organize legal orientation, pro se workshops, and technical assistance trainings; (3) tracking demographic and outcome data related to orientation/workshop participants; (4) managing a referral system for asylum intakes with Afghan nationals and conducting intakes; (5) assisting in the preparation of orientation/workshop materials, web-based resources, and individual case files. Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.
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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