Immigration Program Coordinator (20-25 hours)
The Immigration Program Coordinator will be responsible for working with staff attorney to support case work, and administration of Arab American Legal Services (AALS), San Francisco’s first free immigration service for the Arab community. The Coordinator would be responsible also for outreach and education as related to legal services and immigrant rights.
AALS is a program of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, a grassroots organization working to empower and organize our community towards justice and self-determination for all. AROC members build community power in the Bay Area by participating in leadership development, political education, and campaigns.
The immigration legal program was started in 2007 in conjunction with the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Education Network (http://sfimmigrantnetwork.org/) a Network of 14 multi-racial organizations working in outreach, organizing, education and legal services to provide comprehensive support to San Francisco’s immigrant communities.
Principal duties and responsibilities: (Allocation of time subject to change.)
- Administrative Support of Legal Program (60%)
- Development and upkeep of client tracking systems, including filing system and database
- Communication with clients, including intakes and appointment setting
- Communication with attorney for changing administrative support needs, including ongoing development and maintenance of case-related intake form and checklists, e.g.
- Support attorney with case work, including filling immigration forms, indexing supporting documents, conducting client interviews, attending legal clinics (currently two regular clinic days per week), opening and closing files, etc.
- Responsibilities to SF Immigrant Legal Education Network (15%)
- Attend monthly meetings for Outreach and Legal teams
- Communicate with SFILEN about assigned organizational tasks
- Coordinate community workshops with help of attorney for AROC and SFILEN outreach organizations
- Attend community fairs for outreach and education on behalf of Network
- Act as liaison between SFILEN and legal director, attorney and program director
- Monthly reporting and form maintenance for SFILEN network
- Outreach and Education (25%)
- Plan and execute Know Your Rights workshops
- Develop new educational and outreach materials as needed
- Consistent outreach to Tenderloin area (stores, mosques, service agencies)
- Creatively publicize program and develop relationships with community leaders, other service providers, etc.
- Provide clients with opportunities to get involved in other AROC programs, mobilizations around immigrant rights, and advocacy on a local and regional level
Skills and Qualifications:
- Bilingual Arabic/English (strongly preferred)
- Legal experience, or strong interest in immigration law and ability to learn, understand and “translate” legal terms into common language
- 1-2 years office administration; creating and maintaining office organization systems, filing…
- Ability to produce quality written work product, including letters and outreach materials
- Workshop facilitation, public speaking, or teaching/education experience
- Computer skills: databases and data entry, MS Office, graphic design/web design (preferred)
- Self-Motivated, communicates well with co-workers, able to work in small team
- Commitment to working with multi-racial coalitions
- Commitment to racial and economic justice, and immigrant rights
- Experience in organizing, political advocacy or activism (preferred)
- 20-25 hours a week (up to 30 depending on schedule)
- Flexible schedule, weekdays.
- 50% health insurance provided
- Send resume and cover letter detailing experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Qualified applicants will be asked to submit references
- Deadline for applications is March 21st 2011. (please submit as soon as possible, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)
- Applicants are welcome to email with questions. No calls please.
People of color, women, LGBTQ and immigrant candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
Arab Resource and Organizing Center, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related) or conditions Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions (ARC). Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.