Full Time Temporary
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.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Apply via the link provided, which leads to the job posting on Human Rights First's career webpage.