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Job Title:                     Legal Services Coordinator

Department:                  Refugee Representation

LOCATION:                   Washington, D.C.

Reports To:                      Senior Legal Services Coordinator (Washington, D.C.)

JOB CLASSIFICATION :  Full-Time; Non-Exempt; Union

 

This is a Temporary position

 PURPOSE OF THE JOB

The Legal Services Coordinator will support the work of Human Rights First’s Washington, D.C.-based Refugee Representation team. This staff member will work closely with our asylum-seeking clients, and in-house and volunteer attorneys during clients’ immigration cases. The legal services coordinator will coordinate and conduct initial screenings and interviews with refugees seeking legal representation; handle the administrative details of our asylum legal representation work, including scheduling and case management; and assist with outreach and advancing advocacy goals related to asylum and refugee protection. 

 MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  Assist in responding to inquiries and requests for assistance from asylum seekers in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore metropolitan 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 in-house Refugee Representation staff, as needed;
  • Participate in and support workshops and presentations that provide asylum seekers with legal information about the asylum process;
  • Assist in managing the Refugee Representation team’s administrative/clerical needs, including:
  • Compiling informational packets and case summaries;
  • Entering, updating, maintaining, and retrieving data, including entering new cases and contacts into our client database, and coordinating with the Information Technology department on database and technology issues;
  • Maintaining and organizing electronic and hard copy files, correspondence, legal and policy publications, and legal representation files; and
  • Scheduling meetings; 
  • Support outreach and advocacy objectives, including assistance with web materials, written materials, coalition-building, newsletters, and e-advocacy;
  • Assist with recruiting, orienting, and supervising interns, 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 and at least one year of work experience in a related field (including internships); strong preference for previous experience working with asylum seekers or refugees;
  • Spanish fluency (reading and writing) required; fluency in other languages, particularly French or Arabic, is also a plus;
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication;
  • Superb organizational 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.


Job Title:                     Legal Services Coordinator

Department:                  Refugee Representation

LOCATION:                   Washington, D.C.

Reports To:                      Senior Legal Services Coordinator (Washington, D.C.)

JOB CLASSIFICATION :  Full-Time; Non-Exempt; Union

 

This is a Temporary position…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Temporary
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Entry level

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish fluency (reading and writing) required; fluency in other languages, particularly French or Arabic, is also a plus;

Spanish fluency (reading and writing) required; fluency in other languages, particularly French or Arabic, is also a plus;

How to Apply

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested candidates should apply at humanrightsfirst.org/careers. Please include a resume and cover letter, all in PDF format.

 

Only selected applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.


Human Rights First is committed to equal employment opportunity and recruiting talent from across all diverse groups. We do not discriminate against any person because of the individual’s race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, affection preference, gender identity, marital status, national origin, citizenship status, disability, status as a war veteran, status as a victim of domestic violence, or on any other basis prohibited by law. We believe a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives make us a stronger and more effective organization.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested candidates should apply at humanrightsfirst.org/careers. Please include a resume and cover letter, all in PDF format.

 

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Location

805 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005

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