Post-MPP Pro Bono Project Coordinator

Job Posting

Post-MPP Pro Bono Project Coordinator

Date Posted:

September 1, 2021

We are...

The American Immigration Council works to  strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards  immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just  immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and  unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring.

The Immigration Justice Campaign is a collaboration between the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The 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. A primary goal of the Campaign is to rigorously test innovative, replicable models for scaling volunteer legal representation for immigrants, particularly in hard-to-reach detention centers. Our 13,000+ volunteer network includes attorneys from law firms around the country as well as solo practitioners, law students, interpreters, mental health professionals, social workers, and many others with skills that help support holistic pro bono representation.

In collaboration with UNHCR, the Campaign is launching a project that will serve asylum seekers in the United States who were previously subjected to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico.” In this project, volunteer lawyers, interpreters and other helpers will be recruited and matched with opportunities to do the following three things: 

1) Provide telephonic orientations, available nationwide

2) Provide legal representation (remotely or in person) in 6 target states (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, and Florida outside the Miami-metro area)

3) Assist in preparing pro se materials for submission for asylum seekers in the target states for whom we are unable to find pro bono representation. 

Contract Opportunity Summary

The Justice Campaign seeks a four-month contractor (up to 25 hours/week) to serve as Project Coordinator for this project. The contractor will receive assignments directly from the Manager of Pro Bono Projects and Partnerships. 

This work will be done on a part-time temporary contract basis through December 2021, with the possibility of extension. Contractor shall provide consulting services to the Immigration Justice Campaign of the American Immigration Council. All work performed under this Agreement is “work for hire.” The consultant will not receive any other compensation and is not eligible for any benefits that the Council offers its employees.  This contract is not an offer of employment with the Council.

Consulting hours are limited to actual hours spent on work and projects. Contractor shall submit detailed invoice that lists hours worked on specific deliverables.

Apply for this position

Essential Deliverables:

    • Work with the Pro Bono Coordination team to develop and execute a recruitment and placement strategy for volunteers involved in UNHCR-Post MPP work
    • Once written recruitment and placement plan is finalized, implement it. 
    • Recruit and manage volunteers to do telephonic orientations, including scheduling and follow up
    • Actively (virtually) seek out attorney volunteers interested in taking on full representation and/or helping individuals prepare pro se materials
    • Pair volunteers with clients, orient them, and set expectations of their participation
    • Track and maintain applicable volunteer and client data in the Campaign database

    Support the Manager of Pro Bono Projects and Partnerships to conduct outreach to and liaise with local partners, including, for example, by emailing partners, setting up meetings and following up, and maintaining the partnership list Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Requirements 

    • Within 1 week of start, develop written recruitment and placement strategy with Pro Bono Coordination team
    • Weekly status report on numbers of client orientations scheduled and completed, outreach done, volunteers recruited, and cases placed, and that otherwise report on progress to goals and completion of tasks
    • Weekly tracking in Campaign database of case placements and orientations

    Required Experience

    The ideal contractor will have experience working with MPP or other asylum seeking populations and with volunteer placement and management, as well as demonstrated creativity in volunteer outreach through multiple media (including social media) and experience using volunteer management systems and online community platforms.

    Work Environment/Physical Demands

    While remote, this job operates in a professional office environment. This job will require the use of standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and technology such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

    For consideration, qualified applicants are to submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references. The cover letter should include a summary of how your background, knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position.

    NOTE: Applications without cover letters and references may not be considered.

    Direct hire only – NO recruiters (mail, email, fax or phone).

    The American Immigration Council ("Council") is an equal opportunity organization, and is committed to treating all applicants, employees, contractors, vendors and other stakeholders without regard to unlawful considerations of race, religious creed, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, military and veterans status, citizenship and immigration status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws. This commitment applies to all aspects of employment, and applies to interns, contractors, part-time, full-time, seasonal and temporary workers.

    The Council believes that diversity is a strength. The Council is committed to being a safe, respectful and inclusive space, where a broad range of viewpoints and experiences are encouraged and every member of its shared community is given the opportunity to thrive.

    Most Read

    • Publications
    • Blog Posts
    • Past:
    • Trending