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The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for a Case Support Associate position to be based in Chicago, IL. The Case Support Associate will work on cases involving the separation of immigrant children from their parents by U.S. immigration authorities and cases involving vulnerable, unaccompanied immigrant children.


ABOUT THE YOUNG CENTER

The Young Center is a children’s rights organization dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate for vulnerable, unaccompanied, and separated children. Our role is to identify and advocate for the best interests of children in federal custody, applying federal and state law and long-recognized principles of the best interests of the child. In the last year, we have been appointed as Child Advocate to an increasing number of children who arrived at the U.S. border with their parents but who were separated by immigration authorities; we also continue to work with unaccompanied children who face prolonged custody or separation from family.


The Case Support Associate will be responsible for administrative support related to cases where the Young Center is appointed as Child Advocate for separated and unaccompanied children. The Case Support Associate will review and gather information for all referrals sent to an office for the appointment of a Child Advocate. Once the Young Center is appointed to a case, the Case Support Associate will be responsible for locating children’s family members; identifying government officials working on the cases; and facilitating regular communication between the child and family member and between the Young Center and government officials. When children are to be released from custody or repatriated to their countries of origin, the Case Support Associate will coordinate with the child, the family, and government and consular officials to ensure everyone has the information necessary to

ensure the child’s safety post-release. The Case Support Associate will also assist with gathering and reporting data on our work on these cases; help to submit recommendations for immigration court or other agencies; and assist with other administrative casework.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Case Support Associate’s primary responsibilities will be:

  • Review all referrals for appointment of Child Advocate (from government officials, attorneys, others) and gather any missing information
  • Identify and locate child’s parents or other family members in the United States or in home country
  • Develop contact information for all government stakeholders in a case (for example, a parent’s deportation officer, a child’s case manager) and compile the information in the child’s file
  • Schedule and facilitate communication between children and parents and between Young Center advocates, children and stakeholders
  • Review documentation from child’s case, including the ORR case file to identify and flag documents for review by supervising staff; gather missing documentation relevant to child’s case
  • Identify mental health experts and other professionals whose expertise may be necessary in advocating for the child’s best interests and arrange logistics for meetings, consultations or evaluations
  • Identify potential services for the child upon reunification or release from custody, in coordination with supervising staff
  • Identify potential services in child’s country of origin for the child upon repatriation, in coordination with supervising staff
  • Enter information into the Young Center case management system
  • Routinely check information on government hotline and update case management spreadsheet
  • Prepare Young Center recommendations for electronic or in-person filing with government officials and immigration courts
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Associates degree, BA, or at least 4 years work/volunteer experience
  • Project management, time management, and organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both verbal and written
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Proficient with Spanish, both verbal and written
  • Associates degree, BA, or at least 4 years work/volunteer experience
  • Generally, has had at least 2 part-time or volunteer roles
  • Tenacity in pursuing information and following up when requests are unanswered
  • Oral communication that conveys professionalism, expertise, and empathy
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and documentation skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and to balance multiple time-sensitive tasks



PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with children or families, or in support of immigrant communities


PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Physical demands include regular attendance; keyboarding; sitting for long periods (at least 5 hours a day); driving. Ability to use computer, telephone, and copy machine. Ability to travel by plane, car and other conveyances within U.S.


APPLICATION DETAILS

Job offer is conditioned on clearance of fingerprint criminal background check, child abuse and neglect check (CANS) and tuberculosis test.

 

The Young Center is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in and affirmatively factors diversity into its hiring practices. Young Center encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, marital or parental status, pregnancy, citizenship, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, genetic information, or veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process; no application will be penalized for requesting an accommodation. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for a Case Support Associate position to be based in Chicago, IL. The Case Support Associate will work on cases involving the separation of immigrant children from…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Salary

Salary is commensurate with experience. For this role, salaries will start at $37,500.

Benefits

The position includes excellent health insurance coverage for employee and dependents at no cost to the employee, a 401k plan with employer match, and paid vacation and sick time, among other benefits.

 

The position includes excellent health insurance coverage for employee and dependents at no cost to the employee, a 401k plan with employer match, and paid vacation and sick time…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Chicago, IL, USA

How to Apply

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please apply on the Young Center website with a cover letter, resume and three references and writing sample.

 

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please apply on the Young Center website with a cover letter, resume and three references…

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