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NILC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or other protected class.

These positions are available:

Legal Assistant

FEBRUARY 2017  |  Position based in Los Angeles

POSITION AND BACKGROUND

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is seeking a Legal Assistant to join our legal team. NILC is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. We utilize a core set of strategies—litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications—to advance our mission. The full-time position is based in our Los Angeles office.

We believe that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their race, gender, immigration, and/or economic status—should have the opportunity to achieve their full human potential. Over the past 35 years, NILC has won landmark legal decisions protecting fundamental human and civil rights, thwarted policies that would have damaged low-income immigrant families’ opportunities, and advanced major policies that reinforce our nation’s values of equality and justice for all.

NILC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Legal Assistant provides primary administrative support to a Legal Department comprised of attorneys and paralegals. This position is responsible for coordinating and ensuring the smooth administration of the day-to-day activities of the Legal Department. These activities include: filing; coordinating travel arrangements for department staff; maintaining supplies inventory; mail processing and distribution as well as routine correspondence; managing the department calendar; and other day-to-day duties as assigned. The Legal Assistant reports to the Senior Paralegal.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Provides general administrative support to legal staff.
  • Assists legal staff with document production.
  • Coordinates department-wide meetings and webinars, and takes meeting minutes as needed.
  • Manages department calendar.
  • Arranges for travel accommodations for legal staff.
  • Manages calendar, logistics, and tech support for MCLE (California State Bar) trainings, including tracking participant lists and issuing certificate of compliance for participants.
  • Maintains departmental electronic and paper filing systems.
  • Coordinates fax and mail (UPS, USPS, etc.) distribution.
  • Purchases supplies and maintains adequate inventory.
  • Processes purchases, maintains credit/debit card receipt log, and reconciles at month end.
  • Assists staff with compiling and maintaining timekeeping records.
  • Organizes and maintains the legal library.
  • Assists with presentations as needed.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

EDUCATION/TRAINING

  • Associate degree preferred. High school diploma or equivalent required.

EXPERIENCE

  • At least three (3) years’ experience in legal administrative support capacity required.
  • Experience in nonprofit environment preferred but not required.
  • Bilingual capacity preferred but not required.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

  • Efficient organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to devise and implement administrative projects successfully from start to finish.
  • Demonstrated organizational ability, strong analytical skills, and problem-solving experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications.
  • Intermediate computer knowledge and experience, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Ability to recognize sensitive material and maintain high degree of confidentiality.
  • Collaborative team player.
  • Commitment to economic, racial, and social justice issues.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Excellent benefits and compensation package. Benefits include paid time off, health, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, and 403(b) plan.

TO APPLY

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received by March 1, 2017. Please send a detailed cover letter explaining your connection to NILC’s mission and why you are the ideal candidate for this position, as well as your resume, to jobs@nilc.org. PDF format preferred, but not required.

Please include “Reference #LA0217” in the subject line of your email message. Do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

Media Relations Associate

FEBRUARY 2017  |  Position based in Washington, DC

POSITION & BACKGROUND

Reporting to the Media Relations Specialist, the Media Relations Associate will provide support to advance NILC’s programmatic strategies and institutional brand. This is a great opportunity to join a team of smart, dedicated, and fun advocates working to advance a bold economic justice agenda. This position will be based in our Washington, DC, office.

Headquartered in Los Angeles with an office in Washington, DC, The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is the premier organization working exclusively to advance and defend the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. We believe that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their immigration or economic status, race, gender, or sexual identity—should have the opportunity to achieve their full human potential. We utilize a core set of strategies—litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications—to focus on key program areas that affect the lives and well-being of low-income immigrants. Through innovative policy and legal advocacy strategies, NILC has won landmark decisions protecting civil rights, warded off negative policy changes, and advanced progressive policies that promote the well-being of all communities.

NILC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or other protected class.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE

  • Organize and distribute daily press clips.
  • Develop press lists and clip files.
  • Schedule press calls.
  • Work closely with Media Relations Specialist to organize and staff media interviews/filming on-site as necessary for all DC interviews.
  • Provide content for social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., as needed.
  • Support Communications Director and Media Relations Specialist to triage and handle media calls after normal business hours (on-call duties) as necessary.
  • Work with Communications Director and Media Relations Specialists to draft press releases, talking points, Q&As, etc.
  • Assist with other day-to-day projects as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS

This position offers a unique opportunity to work on forward-thinking communications strategies as they relate to the complex intersection of immigration and anti-poverty issues. With that in mind, the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or political science, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to handle competing deadlines.
  • Must have strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills a must. Creative self-starter; proactive; able to juggle multiple projects and follow through to completion; a problem-solver.

Strong preference given to candidates with

  • Strong demonstrated commitment to racial justice and/or social justice issues.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary DOE.

TO APPLY

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by March 1, 2017. If our job announcement is still on our website, we are still accepting applications.

Please send a detailed cover letter explaining your connection to NILC’s mission and why you are the ideal candidate for this position along with your resume to jobs@nilc.org. PDF format preferred but not required and reference #MRA0217 in the subject line of your email message.

Please do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please. No employment agency contacts, please.

Policy Associate

FEBRUARY 2017  |  Position based in Washington, DC

POSITION AND BACKGROUND

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is seeking a person with organizing, advocacy, and/or nonprofit experience to support our Advocacy Department. This person will focus on policy research, analyzing legislation, and campaigns that NILC is involved in, and will increase NILC’s ability to provide presentations and outreach. This position is based in Washington, DC.

The National Immigration Law Center’s mission is to defend and advance the rights of low-income immigrants and their families. NILC envisions a country in which all people—regardless of their race, gender, immigration or economic status—are treated fairly and humanely, and have equal access to justice, education, government resources and economic opportunities that make it possible for them to achieve their full human potential. We believe that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their race, gender, immigration, and/or economic status—should have the opportunity to achieve their full human potential. Over the past 35 years, NILC has won landmark legal decisions protecting fundamental human and civil rights, thwarted policies that would have damaged low-income immigrant families’ opportunities, and advanced major policies that reinforce our nation’s values of equality and justice for all.

NILC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Policy Associate will enhance the analytical and research support to the Advocacy Department. This position is responsible for conducting policy research, analyzing and tracking legislation, creating and maintaining materials for meetings with movement and field partners, and completing other projects as assigned. The Policy Associate reports to the Policy Attorney.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Conduct policy research on Thomas/ CRS Reports and other available resources.
  • Develop materials and fact sheets for meetings on Capitol Hill and for meetings with movement and field partners.
  • Analyze and track legislation.
  • Coordinate calls/meetings for advocacy team with members of Congress, NILC partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate trainings, webinars, and meetings, including internal advocacy team meetings as needed.
  • Attend and staff meetings with allies and on Capitol Hill.
  • Coordinate Capitol Hill briefings and organize logistics.
  • Draft, distribute and coordinate sign-on letters.
  • Write and distribute e-blasts on NILC updates to allies.
  • Attend and cover congressional hearings.
  • Research news stories and opposition stories, and circulate them (e.g., learn what Brietbart is saying on the issues).
  • Assist with other day-to-day projects as needed.

EDUCATION/TRAINING

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent required.

EXPERIENCE

  • Experience in nonprofit environment preferred but not required.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

  • Time management, ability to prioritize long-term and rapid-response assignments, and to take initiative and do follow-up a must.
  • Demonstrated ability to take on administrative projects successfully from start to finish.
  • Demonstrated organizational ability, strong analytical skills, and problem-solving experience required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications required.
  • Intermediate computer knowledge and experience required, including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Ability to recognize sensitive material, exercise discretion, and maintain high degree of confidentiality.
  • Ability to adopt a flexible approach to the work based on dynamic external factors.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Excellent benefits and compensation package. Benefits include paid time off, health, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, and 403(b) plan.

TO APPLY

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received by March 1, 2017. Please send a detailed cover letter explaining your connection to NILC’s mission and why you are the ideal candidate for this position, as well as your resume, to jobs@nilc.org. PDF format preferred, but not required.

Please include “Reference #PADC0217” in the subject line of your email message. Do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

Staff Attorney

FEBRUARY 2017

POSITION AND BACKGROUND

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is seeking an experienced litigator to join its legal department in a Staff Attorney position to work on precedent-setting cases to advance the rights of low-income immigrants and their families. This position offers a unique opportunity to engage in impact litigation on key issues across the country impacting low-income immigrants and to work in a legal department with a creative and deeply client-centered focus and a team-based approach to the work. The position could be based in either NILC’s Los Angeles, Calif., or Washington, DC, office, with possible additional flexibility on location for the right applicant.

NILC’s mission is to advance and defend the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants. We believe that all people who live in the U.S.—regardless of their race, gender, immigration, and/or economic status—should have the opportunity to achieve their full human potential. Over the past 35 years, NILC has won landmark legal decisions protecting fundamental human and civil rights, thwarted policies that would have damaged low-income immigrant families’ opportunities, and advanced major policies that reinforce our nation’s values of equality and justice for all.

Headquartered in Los Angeles with an office in Washington, D.C., NILC utilizes a core set of strategies—litigation, advocacy, and strategic communications—to focus on key program areas that affect the lives and well-being of low-income immigrants, including: immigration status and reform; healthy lives and economic opportunities; immigration enforcement reform and justice; and education and workforce development. We also conduct trainings, publish educational materials, and provide legal counsel and strategic advice to inform a wide range of audiences—including workers’ centers, unions, legal service providers, and other economic justice partners—about complex legal and policy matters affecting immigrants and to help strengthen other groups’ advocacy work. For more information about NILC, visit www.nilc.org.

NILC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. NILC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conducts impact litigation on a range of issues affecting low-income immigrants and their families.
  • Identifies potential new cases and plays a role in developing those cases or working with others in the department to do so.
  • Works closely with legal and nonlegal staff, particularly communications and policy advocacy staff, to advance the rights of low-income immigrants.
  • Participates in communications activities and media work related to litigation.
  • Provides legal analysis and technical assistance on substantive issues to attorneys, government officials and staff, the media, organizers, and advocates nationwide.
  • Supervises staff attorneys, law student interns, and legal fellows.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • JD degree and active admission to a Bar required.
  • Must have substantial federal court litigation experience, including impact litigation experience. Expertise in immigrants’ rights or other public interest impact litigation is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in supervising attorneys, including hiring, training, mentoring, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify novel and innovative litigation approaches, including the ability to identify legal tools to fit emerging situations.
  • Creativity and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead cases and to achieve high-quality results.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead strong litigation teams, including teams comprised of individuals with more and less experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to write and speak persuasively and clearly to a range of audiences.
  • Experience working directly with clients.
  • Superior analytical and legal research skills.
  • Experience in identifying new litigation opportunities, analyzing legislation and other events for potential litigation, and experience in building cases.
  • Experience working with external co-counsel or in a coalition setting comprised of multiple organizational partners, and demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts constructively.
  • Ability to travel across the country as needed.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL ALSO POSSESS…

  • Excellent litigation strategy skills.
  • Self-motivation, with the ability to meet deadlines under intense time pressure.
  • Experience with working in a team setting and fostering a collaborative approach to case work.
  • Experience with policy advocacy and/or communications work related to litigation preferred but not required.
  • Strong commitment to economic, racial, and social justice issues, with a passion for social justice for immigrants and their families.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Excellent benefits and compensation package. Benefits include paid time off, health, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, and 403(b) plan.

TO APPLY

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received by February 24, 2017. Please send a detailed cover letter explaining your connection to NILC’s mission and why you are the ideal candidate for this position, resume, legal writing sample, and a list of three professional references to staffattorney@nilc.org. PDF format preferred, but not required. Please include “Reference #SA0217” in the subject line of your email message. Do not send duplicate materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No phone calls, please.