Temporary Legal Services Coordinator (TX)


Job Type

Full Time Temporary

Published:

04/09/2018

Address

Houston
Texas
United States

Description

The temporary legal services coordinator will support the work of Human Rights First’s Houston-based Refugee Representation team. The legal services coordinator will work closely with our asylum-seeking clients, volunteer attorneys, and in-house team during the course of 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 advocacy goals related to asylum and refugee protection. The legal services coordinator will also manage the administrative details of the day-to-day operation of the Houston office, including ordering supplies; recruiting, hiring, and onboarding interns; and coordinating with the organization’s information services (IT) staff on technology issues. This position is for approximately four months, from late April until July 31, 2018, with a possible extension depending on additional funding.

 

MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

 


  • Assist in responding to inquiries and requests for assistance from asylum seekers in the Houston 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 assist in the provision of support for volunteer attorneys;
  • Contact volunteer attorneys and clients to obtain updates on asylum cases, coordinate closing cases, and serve as liaison between volunteer attorneys, clients, and in-house Refugee Representation team staff;
  • Assist in building a Houston-based pro bono attorney network;
  • Participate in and support workshops and presentations that provide asylum seekers with legal information about the asylum process;
  • Assist in managing the Houston Refugee Representation team’s administrative needs, such as:
  • Coordinating schedules and compiling information packets and case summaries;
  • Entering, updating, maintaining, and retrieving data, including entering new cases and contacts into client database, and coordinating with the IT department on database and technology issues;
  • Maintaining and organizing electronic files, hard copy files, correspondence, and legal and policy publications; and
  • Coordinating meetings;
  • Manage the office’s day-to-day functioning by overseeing general office operations; liaising with South Texas College of Law building operations; tracking financial records; distributing office mail; organizing and ordering supplies; maintaining printer, postage machine, and other office and kitchen equipment; liaising with other non-profits that share our floor; coordinating, as necessary, with staff in other Human Rights First offices to resolve operational issues in a timely fashion; and other administrative duties, as needed;
  • Support organizational outreach and advocacy objectives, including assisting with content creation, coalition building, and e-advocacy;
  • Assist with the hiring, orientation, and supervision of interns and ensure that these volunteers are fully and meaningfully intellectually engaged;
  • Coordinate client-support services;
  • Assist with foundation reporting and maintenance of relevant statistics; and
  • Other duties as requested based on department and/or organizational need.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE

 


  • A Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of post-college working experience in a related field (previous experience working with asylum seekers or refugees strongly preferred);
  • Fluency in Spanish required (reading and writing); fluency in additional languages, particularly French or Arabic, is highly desirable;
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication, with advanced research and analytical skills;
  • 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 skills, including knowledge of database, word processing, and spreadsheet applications;
  • Good judgment and attention to detail;
  • Adaptability to embrace and navigate new, dynamic projects, and an ability to recognize and maximize opportunities on behalf of the organization; and
  • Ability to travel locally by car or public transit (mileage and/or transit expenses are reimbursed).

 

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish required.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

https://goo.gl/GRtnwJ

Apply via the link provided, which leads to the job posting on Human Rights First's career webpage.


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