Project Coordinator (Bilingual), Immigrant Justice Project - City Bar Justice Center

The City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) seeks an enthusiastic and organized individual who is committed to equal access to justice to join our team as a Project Coordinator principally for our Immigrant Justice Project. CBJC annually provides high-quality, free civil legal services benefiting roughly 25,000 New Yorkers who lack the resources to hire private counsel. CBJC also relies on partnerships with law firms, corporate legal departments, the courts, the City Bar, and other stakeholders. In 2020-21, roughly 2,000 pro bono attorneys donated services to support legal services clinics and client matter work drawn from CBJC’s dozen civil legal services projects.

The City Bar Justice Center’s Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) assists asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their home countries, survivors of violent crimes and trafficking here in the United States, and individuals seeking humanitarian protection and other forms of immigration relief. We match many CBJC immigration clients with pro bono attorneys and provide mentoring and guidance throughout the representation, as well as hold legal assistance clinics, know your rights presentations, and other trainings.

 

The Project Coordinator works closely with and under the supervision of IJP’s Director and Deputy Director to handle the following areas of responsibility, among others:

  • Serving as the first point of contact for immigrants seeking legal assistance, providing case assessment support, and conducting eligibility screening and client interviews
  • Carefully maintaining client and volunteer databases and diligently tracking case statistics
  • Providing administrative help by answering phones and setting up client appointments, while also providing caring follow-up to clients, who typically seek our assistance at very vulnerable moments in their lives
  • Providing organizational and logistical support for both virtual and in-person training programs, legal clinics, and community outreach events
  • Conducting research and drafting initial applications under the supervision of IJP attorneys
  • Assisting in the preparation of grant applications / reports and other fundraising activities
  • Liaising with attorney volunteers from large firms and corporate legal departments
  • Other City Bar Justice Center administrative work, including with other CBJC Projects, as needed

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Candidates for this position must be available for in-person work at our office on a hybrid schedule requiring roughly 2-3 days of scheduled in-office work per week, with the balance of time being work-from-home. (CBJC’s hybrid schedule will remain subject to review and revision.) The City Bar requires all employees, including this position, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter our building. Additional information about this policy is available via Human Resources.

 

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree or substantially equivalent work experience in a professional setting.
  • Minimum 6 months of work experience (relevant internships acceptable).
  • Strong data-entry, organizational and project management skills; high attention to detail; excellent verbal and written communication skills; comfortable communicating both by telephone and in direct contact with the public.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365, and the ability to quickly learn and effectively use LegalServer and other technology.
  • Ability to connect with people from different backgrounds, and demonstrated enthusiasm for public interest legal work, serving communities that are under-resourced, and advancing racial equity and social and economic justice is required.
  • A team player with an ability to interact respectfully with clients, volunteer attorneys, government employees, and fellow staff members.
  • Spanish fluency required—written and spoken.

We are looking for candidates for this entry-level position who are willing to make a minimum commitment of two years to the Project Coordinator role and can start on/about the first week of January 2022.

This is a Local 153, Office and Professional Employees International Union position, with a starting annualized salary of $42,500 based on a 35-hour workweek, and benefits and other employment terms and conditions determined by an existing collective bargaining agreement.

The City Bar’s competitive benefits package includes generous paid time off (vacation, personal, sick time, holidays, day off for volunteer work), choice of medical plans (some offered at no charge to employee), dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, commuter benefits, Employee Assistance Program, short-term/long-term disability insurance, employee discounts, and more!

For consideration, please include a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, and three professional business references.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. We are not able to sponsor visas for this position.

The City Bar Justice Center is a proud equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and we particularly encourage applications from candidates belonging to communities historically under-represented in the legal profession. We actively seek a diverse applicant pool and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, disability, arrest or conviction record, pregnancy, credit history, salary history, caregiver status, marital status, partnership status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, religion, sex, genetic information, military status, unemployment status or any other characteristic as protected by law. With regard to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other related laws, the organization will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for persons due to their religious beliefs, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition or because the individual was a victim of domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking.