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KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND) 

PROGRAM ASSISTANT 

Newark, NJ

January 2020

 

About KIND 

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided nearly 18,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and legal staff and cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

 

Position Description  

KIND seeks a full-time Program Assistant for its Newark NJ office (located in Roseland) to manage data entry, process case referrals, conduct comprehensive intakes and know your rights to child clients and their families, to support the pro bono coordinating attorney team, and to be responsible for overall administrative duties of the office.

May be responsible for one or more of the following:

 

  • Process case referrals received through referral database systems, other providers and stakeholders serving unaccompanied children, and directly from the public;
  • Ensure referrals comply with KIND’s case acceptance criteria in consultation with field office legal staff;
  •  Schedule and manage all logistics to ensure that an intake interview is timely scheduled;
  •  Draft routine legal documents and applications, conduct research, file documents in court, communicate with court staff, and translate documents;
  • Conduct comprehensive client phone screenings and intake interviews, as well as serve as a point of contact for child clients and caretakers as needed;
  • Prepare case summaries and detailed memorandum for each client intake, and assemble case documents for use by KIND attorneys and/or pro bono attorneys;
  • Ensure timely and accurate data recording related to referrals, client contact information, outreach, and status updates;
  • Prepare and manage docket lists for upcoming court dates, including checking EOIR case status hotline;
  • Notify and assist children who are still waiting for placement with counsel regarding upcoming court dates, including providing friend of the court letters as needed;
  • Provide interpretation and translation services for the field office, including the maintenance of a volunteer interpreter bank; and,
  • Assist with overall administrative duties of the local office, including database management, operations, technical support, and similar duties.

 

Minimum Requirements 

  •  Bachelor’s degree;
  •  Advanced Fluency in Spanish required;
  •  Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma.
  •  Experience conducting legal intakes or interviewing children;
  •  A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;
  •  Experience in data management;
  •  Experience with office organization and management, particularly in legal settings;
  •  Ability to work collaboratively, and preferably, prior experience working with attorneys, law firms, or other legal service providers;
  •  Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing;
  •  Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities;
  •  Excellent organizational skills, time management skills and attention to detail; and
  •  Preference will be given to those with experience working in immigration law and with immigration authorities or with family law issues or substantially equivalent experience.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team

 

Salary Range  

Commensurate with education and experience.

Reports to  

Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney – Newark office

 

Supervisory Responsibilities  

None with the potential for overseeing intern work

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND) 

PROGRAM ASSISTANT 

Newark, NJ

January 2020

 

About KIND 

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

How to Apply

To Apply  

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (such as a memo, letter to a client, case summary, essay, or similar document), and three references, should be submitted online at: https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/

Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work.

The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer. 

To Apply  

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (such as a memo, letter to a client, case summary, essay, or similar document), and three references, should be…

Location

Roseland, NJ

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