Volunteer Coordinator, Dilley Pro Bono Project

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Volunteer Coordinator, Dilley Pro Bono Project

Date Posted:

May 16, 2019

The American Immigration Council (“Council”), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants. Through research and policy analysis, litigation and communications, and international exchange, the Council seeks to shape a twenty-first century vision of the American immigrant experience.

The Justice Campaign is a collaboration between the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The Justice Campaign is a broad-based project to activate a community of lawyers (and other volunteers with supporting skills) to defend detained immigrants facing removal and to advocate for due process and justice for noncitizens targeted for immigration enforcement.

The Dilley Pro Bono Project (the Project), a local partner in the Justice Campaign, is an unincorporated association that provides pro bono legal services and undertakes advocacy on behalf of detained mothers and their children at the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC) near the city of Dilley, Frio County, Texas. The Project is a consortium of four non-profit corporations, the American Immigration Council (Council), the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (AILA), the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid (TRLA).

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Your Role

The Dilley Pro Bono Project Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for all of the administrative tasks required to process applications and orient individuals looking to volunteer on the ground with the Dilley Pro Bono Project. These tasks include communicating with interested volunteers, scheduling and confirming their volunteer engagements, obtaining necessary clearances for volunteer visits, keeping orientation materials up to date, conducting volunteer experience surveys, and helping volunteers continue to stay engaged after their volunteer week.  

Volunteer recruitment, applications and scheduling for the Dilley Pro Bono Project is facilitated through the Immigration Justice Campaign. As part of the Campaign team, the Coordinator will communicate regularly with the Managing Attorney and other staff of the Dilley Pro Bono Project to ensure that volunteer coordination is directly responsive to the needs of the Project on the ground.  

This position reports to the Manager of Pro Bono Programs and Partnerships, Immigration Justice Campaign.  

Essential Job Functions will include:

  • Develop communication strategies to effectively disseminate information to volunteers, respond to all volunteer inquiries in a timely fashion, and conduct pre-orientation training calls. 
  • Together with the Immigration Justice Campaign’s office based in DC, provide creative tools to orient volunteers in advance of their time on the ground. Tools must be nimble enough to support remote teams. 
  • Track and survey volunteers’ experiences and engagement in the Project. 
  • Interpret the data and provide analysis of the findings of survey results. 
  • Make recommendations for volunteer issues needing troubleshooting based on trends established from data collection and survey information.  
  • Obtain necessary clearances for all volunteers in a timely fashion and maintain strong relationships with government officials at the facility to facilitate clearance. 
  • Develop and execute onboarding process for volunteers 
  • Work with the Project Manager to trouble-shoot volunteer coordination needs on the ground in Dilley.  
  • Perform administrative/clerical tasks, including maintaining volunteer data in multiple databases. 
  • Perform other related duties and tasks as assigned. 

As with all positions at the Council, this position requires commitment to the Council’s mission.

Your Background

Undergraduate degree with 1-3 years’ experience successfully building capacity through strategic volunteer engagement, ideally including within the legal community. Prior volunteer outreach experience required. The successful candidate will have demonstrated creativity in volunteer outreach through multiple media (including social media) and experience using volunteer management systems and online community platforms and have excellent written and oral communication skills.  Bilingual skills and an understanding of multi-cultural communications desirable.

This position is remote.

American Immigration Council is an active Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

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