District of Columbia
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
Minimum Education Required