Hours per week
40 hours/week (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm)
3401 Canal Street
Project Ishmael Office & Language Access Coordinator
(Early applications encouraged, and decisions may be made on a rolling basis.)
Project Ishmael is a pro bono immigration legal program for Children physically located inside of a faith community in New Orleans that has declared Sanctuary.
Project Ishmael seeks bilingual applicants for a Louisiana Delta Service Corps (www.ladeltacorps.org) yearlong position in a diverse, dynamic and justice-centered community in New Orleans. All who are bilingual in Spanish/English, patient, flexible, organized, & committed to social justice are welcome to apply.
- Capacity building at a pro bono children's immigration program by growing Project Ishmael's capacity to support parents and family members of child clients
- Coordinating language access by interpreting for client meetings and court, translating documents (Spanish/English), and coordinating volunteers
- Office coordination & capacity building by creating & organizing systems to help with efficiency of:
- Organizing and maintaining client files & general office needs, as well as schedules and calendars for the organization
- Returning phone calls, creating & updating waitlist documents (& systems), and offering referrals when appropriate (& creating & updating resource guides)
- Helping with some organizational admin & planning-- entering data, thanking supporters and volunteers, helping with special events, or supporting the organizing efforts of partner organizations
- Updating social media and helping with the newsletter
- Connecting with partners by attending events in the community as a representative of Project Ishmael (and Louisiana Delta Service Corps)
- Bilingual in Spanish & English (written and oral communication)
- Very responsible, reliable, & organized
- Able to pay attention to details, including helping to organize client files & data with accuracy & while maintaining confidentiality
- If not a certified interpreter, a willingness to learn translation & interpreting skills as well as legal terminology (though, you must already be bilingual in written and oral communication.)
- Enjoys children
- Able to commit for the entire agreed upon time frame (9/1/18 - 7/31/19), renewing for a second year may be possible (Also, starting a month early 8/1/18 and ending a month later 8/31/19 is likely possible. let us know in your initial email if you're interested in starting August or September 1.)
- Displays maturity, responsibility, trustworthiness, strong sense and understanding of social justice & advocacy, power & privilege, systemic sexism, racism, classism, imperialism, and a familiarity with New Orleans.
DATES & HOURS:
- This requires 40 hours/week commitment at Project Ishmael. (Hours are Mon-Fri, 8a-5p, with 1-2 special events or meetings outside of these hours each month, as well as a few slightly earlier mornings for court)
This is a yearlong AmeriCorps position through www.ladeltacorps.org.
- A monthly AmeriCorps stipend of $1,180/month
- Health insurance (& childcare assistance, if needed)
- A education award of $5,775 at the end of your service year
- There is an option for housing to be provided as well-- It is in the Intentional Community at First Grace United Methodist Church (www.firstgracenola.org). If you want to consider this option, you would be asked to share life with the community and the church would provide:
- Shared housing in an Intentional Community (You have your own bedroom, the bathroom is a shared bathroom with multiple shower stalls, the kitchen and living room are communal.)
- Directly across the street from a street car stop
- Living in a Mid-City Location—Very close to City Park, Excellent Po-boys, French Quarter, Bayou St. John, Grocery Stores, Farmers market, Banks, Home Depot, Drug Stores, & a Post office
- Being a part of and learning from/with the community at First Grace UMC-- a community that recently declared Sanctuary & is committed to challenging injustice and to celebrating diversity & our life together in New Orleans.
- Please note: In addition to the hours at Project Ishmael, if you choose to live in the (optional) free housing provided by First Grace United Methodist Church, life in the intentional community also has time commitments and an agreement to be worked out with that community. Currently, those include: Sunday night community dinners at 7pm, a one hour weekly community meeting (that you all schedule together), & Sunday mornings with the community of First Grace UMC at either 9am or 11:10am.
How To Apply
There are 2 steps:
#1- First, please send an email to ProjectIshmaelNOLA@gmail.com with all of the below:
1) your resume,
2) 1-3 paragraphs stating:
- why you are interested in serving with Project Ishmael in this capacity,
- confirmation that you are able to commit September 1, 2018 thru July 31, 2019 (& whether you would be open to starting before September 1, as early as August 1), and
- whether you would plan to live in the housing provided in the intentional community at First Grace UMC or provide your own housing (Your answer about housing is simply for space planning purposes for the intentional community. There is no preference on our part.)
3) 3 references including your most recent employer and someone familiar with your language skills,
#2- Second, when the Louisiana Delta Service Corps applications open (in May/June), if our conversations have progressed about you joining Project Ishmael, you will need to officially apply via the LDSC website as well, as this is an AmeriCorps position-- http://www.ladeltacorps.org/become-a-corps-member.html. (You do not have to do these at the same time.)
** Early applicants (for Step #1) are encouraged! Thank you! **