Pro Bono Coordinator

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Pro Bono Coordinator

Date Posted:

June 16, 2021

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The American Immigration Council (the "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.

We are seeking talent to join our team!

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.

Your Role

The Pro Bono Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to engage and retain pro bono law firms and attorney volunteers in the Justice Campaign network, with the principal goal of placing them into volunteer opportunities and keep them engaged as active participants in the Campaign. The Coordinator will be responsible for timely responses to volunteer inquiries, matching volunteers with appropriate opportunities, including both case work and advocacy opportunities, and following through with Campaign placement protocols. The Coordinator will be the primary facilitator of case placement for law firm volunteers. The Coordinator will also take primary responsibility for recruiting and maintaining relationships with law firms around the country, and for coordinating trainings for law firms (which may require travel).

The position requires designing and executing a quarterly law firm recruitment plan and engagement ladder for volunteer lawyers who have different skills and interests, assessing ways to increase repeat volunteer engagement, and building out new opportunities for engagement for these volunteers. In addition, the Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting new volunteers to the Campaign community. Finally, the Coordinator is tasked with keeping track of data on volunteers (including logging interactions and assisting with the team’s data tracking needs) and reporting out on volunteer engagement data. 

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

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Essential Job Functions will include:

    • Bring creativity and initiative to recruiting, building relationships with, and engaging pro bono law firms and their volunteers in the Campaign, maximizing the placement of referred cases with legal representation and ensuring that volunteer attorneys receive careful orientation and other support to set them up for success.
    • Proactively interface with lawyers, referring Campaign partners’ staff, and other volunteers (email, phone and online); regularly and timely respond to volunteer inquiries about volunteering with the Campaign and directing them to appropriate staff for questions beyond volunteering.
    • Actively seek out law firm volunteers for cases awaiting placement and match with supporting non-attorney volunteers, when needed, and in coordination with Campaign Fellows and Pro Bono Placement team members.
    • Properly orient placed volunteers and set expectations of their participation across Campaign partners.
    • Work with Pro Bono Coordination team and Legal Support Team to ensure materials and placement processes are accurate and updated as needed.
    • Create and execute quarterly law firm recruitment & engagement plans to a) keep firms actively working on cases engaged, b) encourage firms that are in our network but not actively working on cases to take cases, and c) add new firms to our network.
    • Design, build out and manage special targeted pro bono projects for law firm volunteers.
    • Take responsibility for building and maintaining relationships with law firms, and for helping to ensure that the Campaign meets its goals for volunteer engagement (including repeat engagement).
    • As needed, support the rest of Pro Bono Placement team with non-law firm attorney recruitment and placement.
    • Track and maintain active and current volunteer rosters in our database and provide input to the Campaign’s Communication Specialist to communicate with firm and non-firm volunteers regularly in a targeted fashion.
    • Perform administrative/clerical tasks, as needed, to help connect volunteers with the appropriate opportunities and resources.


    • 3-4 years of experience successfully building capacity through strategic volunteer engagement, ideally within the legal community, or working within the legal community.
    • Experience working with corporate law firms strongly preferred.
    • The ideal candidate will have familiarity with immigration detention and the immigration enforcement system, either through work or lived experience.
    • J.D. or other advanced legal training preferred.
    • Project management experience a plus.
    • Experience using web-based volunteer management systems and online community platforms a plus. 

    Our Workplace …

    We offer an extremely generous total compensation package (salary and benefits).  Benefits include – medical, dental, vision, 401k with employer match, monthly transit subsidy, flexible work schedules, 3+ weeks’ vacation, 11 Federal holidays, on-site fitness center and many more exciting benefit programs.

    Your Colleagues …

    • Dedicated, dynamic, collaborative and compassionate.
    • A community of individuals passionate about their work.

    For considerationqualified applicants are to submit cover letter, resume and salary requirement. 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 which do not indicate desired salary may not be considered.

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

    The American Immigration Council ("Council") is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to treating all applicants and employees 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 equal employment opportunity commitment applies to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to, advertising, recruiting, hiring, job assignment, compensation, promotion, demotion, benefits, training, discipline, and termination. 
    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 staff and board is given the opportunity to thrive.

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