Temporary Legal Services Coordinator (DC)

Job Type

Full Time
Temporary

Published

05/25/2018

Start Date

07/01/2018

Address

Washington
District of Columbia
United States

Description

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

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.


MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES


·       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. 


REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE 


·       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


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