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International Refugee Assistance Project


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Published 14 days ago

At least $45,000

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP’s Legal Services Department includes over 40 staff who provide individual legal assistance to refugees and other displaced people around the world. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries. 

Our U.S. Legal Services Department staff in IRAP’s New York City headquarters includes lawyers, caseworkers, and paraprofessionals who provide legal assistance to individuals navigating the refugee recognition, resettlement, and visa application processes through their mentorship of pro bono teams, in-house representation, and legal information and pro se materials. They also provide expertise and mentorship to ensure high quality representation to refugees by the cadre of 1,200 law students and over 800 pro bono attorneys from IRAP chapters and partner firms.

Opportunity

IRAP is seeking a Legal Assistant to support the work of our U.S. Legal Services Department in our New York office. The position will report to the Legal Support Manager and work closely with Legal Services Department staff. This is an exciting opportunity for a well-organized, motivated individual interested in refugees, human rights, and immigration/international law to be part of a growing organization that makes an impact on the lives of refugees and other displaced persons.

Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support to IRAP attorneys for their direct services case work, including fact-checking, proofreading, redacting, note-taking, filing, mailing, formatting, gathering and organizing documents, and organizing meetings. Occasionally provide administrative support to other IRAP departments.
  • Coordinate administrative and logistical support for case work quality assurance mechanisms and case file management.
  • Coordinate administrative and logistical support for IRAP’s work with law school chapters, law firms, interpreters, and volunteers.
  • Enter, maintain, and organize data.
  • Review and analyze documentation relating to legal matters.
  • Conduct factual research and client intakes as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Location

The candidate will work in our New York office.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or 4+ years of relevant work experience required.
  • Prior experience working in an office environment (paid or unpaid) preferred.
  • Motivated to provide administrative and logistical support in a dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize a diverse workload with flexibility and strong time management skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, analytical skills, and attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations.
  • Familiarity with and orientation towards technology systems, including Microsoft, Adobe, and Google Suite.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required.

Additional languages (particularly Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Kurdish, Pashto, Somali, and/or Spanish) are a plus.

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis. 

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Salary: $45,000

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits with no employee-paid premiums, a retirement plan with an employer matching component, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year. 

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis. 

IRAP believes that…

Location

New York, NY

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