The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) is a non-profit agency that serves vulnerable immigrants through free legal services, education, and advocacy. The Citizenship Coordinator will conduct naturalization preparation services, including eligibility screening, application preparation and submission, interview preparation, representation before USCIS, and ongoing case management. The position will also organize and implement naturalization, Know Your Rights, and legal screening clinics, including outreach to community members. This position reports to the Managing Attorney of Community Programs.
Job Purpose and Activities
- Provide naturalization and citizenship assistance to eligible lawful permanent residents through completion of Forms N-400, N-600, N-648, and I-912.
- Identify eligibility and potential red flags for naturalization applicants and consult with the Managing Attorney to make appropriate referrals.
- Represent naturalization applicants at interviews in front of USCIS, as needed.
- Maintain accurate and timely case management for all naturalization clients.
- Work in close partnership with the York County Literacy Council and the Managing Attorney to ensure accurate grant compliance and reporting.
- Conduct outreach to community partners and the public to engage eligible LPRs to apply for naturalization.
- Organize at least four (4) legal clinics annually, including recruitment of pro bono attorneys and volunteers to assist with legal screenings and naturalization.
- Provide informational sessions about general immigration relief, know your rights, and naturalization to community members.
- Apply for, and obtain, accreditation through the DOJ Board of Immigration Appeals (if applicable).
Qualifications and Experience
- Bachelor's degree required; J.D. preferred.
- Ability to apply for DOJ Accreditation or admitted to practice law in any state.
- At least 1+ year of relevant work experience related to citizenship, naturalization, or immigration preferred.
- Prior experience working with ESL, lawful permanent residents, or immigrant populations preferred.
- Sense of personal initiative and ability to manage multiple tasks independently.
- Excellent organizational and communication skills.
- Strong attention to detail, data management, and evaluation skills.
- Commitment to PIRC’s mission, immigration issues and legal services.
- Ability to travel between York, Hanover, and Harrisburg to provide services.
The staff at PIRC is its greatest strength. At PIRC, staff work in a collaborative environment that encourages the sharing of ideas and victories, no matter the how large or small. PIRC offers a comprehensive benefits package including simple IRA, health, vision, dental and life insurance, generous paid leave and flexible policies in a reflection of the organization’s commitment to self-care. Relocation assistance available through PIRC for those willing to relocate to help us advance our mission. Members of PIRC are passionate, intelligent, and hardworking individuals all committed to the common cause of providing access to justice for immigrants.
Minimum Education Required