Temporary Legal Services Coordinator (DC)

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date



District of Columbia
United States



The temporary legal services coordinator will provide legal support to asylum seekers in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metro area. This staff member will work closely with our asylum-seeking clients, and in-house and volunteer attorneys during clients’ immigration cases. The temporary legal services coordinator will coordinate and conduct initial screenings and interviews with refugees seeking legal representation; handle the complex administrative details of our asylum legal representation work, including scheduling and case management; and assist with outreach and advocacy goals related to asylum and refugee protection. 

This position will commence in early July 2018, lasting approximately four months.


·       Assist in responding to inquiries and requests for assistance from asylum seekers in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metro area, including scheduling, coordinating, and conducting initial screening interviews;

·       Perform in-depth, detailed interviews with potential clients, who are often victims of torture and human rights abuses, to ascertain their eligibility for asylum and representation through our program;


·       Assist in placing accepted cases with appropriate volunteer attorneys; communicate in a responsive and efficient manner with volunteer attorneys, other human rights organizations, and the public; organize legal trainings; and support volunteer attorneys;

·       Contact volunteer attorneys and clients to obtain updates on asylum cases; coordinate closing cases; and serve as liaison between volunteer attorneys and clients, as well as between volunteer attorneys and in-house Refugee Representation team staff;

·       Assist in managing the Refugee Representation team’s administrative/clerical needs, including:

o  Compiling informational packets and case summaries;

o  Entering, updating, maintaining, and retrieving data, including entering new cases and contacts into our client database, and coordinating with the Information Technology department with respect to database and technology issues;

o  Maintaining and organizing electronic files, hard copy files, correspondence, legal and policy publications, and legal representation files; and

o  Scheduling meetings. 

·       Support outreach and advocacy objectives, including assistance with web materials, written materials, coalition-building, newsletters, and e-advocacy;

·       Assist with orienting and supervising interns, while ensuring that these volunteers are fully, meaningfully, and intellectually engaged;

·       Assist with foundation reporting and maintaining relevant data; and 

·       Other duties as requested based on the department and/or organization’s need. 


·       A Bachelor’s degree; strong preference for previous experience working with asylum seekers or refugees;

·       Preference for Spanish fluency (reading and writing); fluency in other languages, particularly French or Arabic, is also a plus;

·       Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication;

·       Superb organization skills, including the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under pressure, and meet deadlines;

·       Capacity to take initiative, prioritize duties, and work independently, while functioning as a member of a team;

·       Ability to communicate patiently, respectfully, and empathically with individuals from a variety of backgrounds;

·       Excellent computer and online research skills, including familiarity with database, word processing, and spreadsheet applications; and

·       Good judgment and attention to detail.

Level of Language Proficiency

Preference for Spanish fluency (reading and writing); fluency in other languages, particularly French or Arabic, is also a plus

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree