ProBAR- Outreach Associate TX-CA

Posted by
American Bar Association
Harlingen, TX
Published 21 days ago

Outreach Associates educate, engage, and develop initiatives that amplify the impact of ProBAR’s work to empower immigrants. Our growing team of Outreach Associates work collaboratively and independently to apply their knowledge and creativity to a diverse and expanding portfolio of activities in support of ProBAR’s mission.

 ProBAR empowers immigrants through high-quality legal education, representation, and connections to services. ProBAR serves immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley border region with a particular focus on the legal needs of adults and unaccompanied children in federal custody. Founded in 1989 as a project of the American Bar Association, ProBAR’s office is located in Harlingen, TX. For more information about ProBAR, please visit our website:

Job Summary/ General Purpose of Job

Represents and promotes ProBAR and its mission to diverse audiences and develops initiatives and partnerships to advance ProBAR’s work with immigrants including adults and children in immigration detention.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities (listed in order of importance and/or time spent)

•Develops, writes, and designs web content, promotional materials, and other outreach communication in accordance with a changing legal environment and evolving organizational needs. Manages, updates, and deploys print and web-based materials according to departmental priorities.

•Recruits and manages volunteers. Reviews and evaluates volunteer inquiries from attorneys and non-attorneys. Matches qualified volunteers with appropriate opportunities. Designs and manages volunteer-related initiatives.

•Identifies, develops, and implements strategies for outreach to law schools, bar associations, stakeholders, and other audiences to promote and further ProBAR’s work.

•Cognizant of changing immigration laws and detention policies, procedures and conditions, tracks, analyzes and strategizes communication of these trends to appropriate audiences.

•Considers staff needs and identifies and manages training and enrichment opportunities for staff.

•Performs other related duties as required.

Required Education, Experience, and Qualifications

•Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Political Science, Public Affairs, Latin American Studies, Social Work, or related fields from an accredited college or university, and 2 years of job related experience.

•Strong written and oral communication skills.

•Intermediate proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite of products and with Google tools and products.

•Able to effectively communicate in-person, by telephone, and via email with a variety of audiences including personnel from other organizations and volunteers.

•Have reliable transportation to travel to off-site work locations.

•This position requires the ability to travel to and enter care provider facilities funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services which provide housing and services to unaccompanied children. This position will require the provision of legal services to unaccompanied children in such care provider facilities. In accordance with the federal regulation, background check will be required for this position.

Preferred Education, Qualifications, Experience

• Possession of master’s degree in Communications, Political Science, Public Affairs, Latin American Studies, Social Work or similar related field from an accredited college or university.

• Fluency in English and Spanish in written and oral forms.

• Strong writing skills and previous experience writing, editing, and producing publications. Experience developing content and managing platforms for digital communications – including web, email, and social media. 

• Prior volunteer, community, or work experience regarding immigration or detention.

• Prior experience in a nonprofit setting, particularly in roles involving volunteer management or outreach responsibilities.

• Prior experience in legal and/or social services-oriented organizations.

Physical Requirements

Typical office setting, working with computer and other office equipment as well as responding to incoming phone calls, and emails. Some tasks may involve lifting or organizing supplies and/or promotional materials.

Extent of Travel Required in the Job

As a normal course of business, this job will typically require travel of less than 10% of the time.

 Benefits Offered

·Medical and prescription insurance

·Dental insurance

·Vision insurance   

·Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

·Voluntary life insurance         

·Short and long term disability insurance

·Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 

·Prepaid Legal Plan


·Paid company holidays

·Personal time off  

·Vacation time off

·PSLF Participant

·Relocation stipend offered for in-state and out-of-state relocation*

*Restrictions Apply

In addition to competitive pay and employment benefits, ProBAR takes pride in taking care of its employees. There are abundant development opportunities including onsite, offsite, and online training and workshops. ProBAR has also created its own initiatives like paid time off for self-care, staff-led wellness programs, and counseling. Working for the ABA connects you to an extensive network of dedicated professionals, and ProBAR's work at the border gives a unique perspective on immigration law.


The Location:

ProBAR is located in the Rio Grande Valley, a thriving region that boasts a rich culture, affordable cost of living, subtropical climate, and beautiful natural areas to enjoy. Recent growth has brought the RGV unprecedented investments in higher education and scientific research. Three local airports connect RGV residents to destinations around the country while Mexico is only a short drive away. The region's delicious food, world-class nature parks, and the beaches of South Padre Island provide ample opportunities to relax and recharge! 

COVID-19 Response:

ProBAR leadership has responded proactively to support the health and wellbeing of our staff and the individuals we serve. We are currently providing the majority of our legal services remotely while telecommuting. During this period of remote work, we continue to accept applications and interview for open positions. Timelines for hiring may be a bit more extended than usual so that we can ensure everyone's safety as new staff members transition and join the team, but we encourage interested candidates to apply and begin the process today.

The Application Process:

Visit the job posting and submit an online application including your cover letter and resume. 

Outreach Associates educate, engage, and develop initiatives that amplify the impact of ProBAR’s work to empower immigrants. Our growing team of Outreach Associates work collaboratively and independently to apply their knowledge and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Harlingen, TX
Associated Location
Harlingen, TX, USA

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