Job Description
Job Title Temporary Coordinator/Legal Assistant
Job ID 795274
Begin Date 4/18/14
Duration 5 months (starting mid/late June or earlier)
Location Washington,  DC 20002-5625
Other Location
Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals.  Over its 35-year history, Human Rights First has earned a reputation for pragmatic, results-oriented advocacy that is politically astute, grounded in facts, and driven by sophisticated legal and policy analysis.  Human Rights First is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a track record of success in delivering change that has made a meaningful difference in people’s lives.  
The organization is led by President and CEO Elisa Massimino.  A lawyer and activist with more than two decades of experience in the field, Massimino has been recognized as one of the top 20 public advocates in the country.  Massimino leads a team of more than 70 talented and committed activists based in New York City and Washington, D.C.  Human Rights First’s Board of Directors is a diverse, highly esteemed, and accomplished group of global human rights champions who are leaders in industry, law, media, the arts, and education.
The Coordinator/Legal Assistant will work as part of the Refugee Representation team.  He/She will work closely with the pro bono attorneys who represent refugees in their asylum cases through our refugee representation initiative; handle the complex administrative details of the asylum legal representation work; schedule, coordinate and conduct initial interviews in detained and non-detained settings with refugees seeking legal representation; assist with outreach and advocacy goals related to asylum and refugee protection; and handle this complex process confidentially and competently.
  • Assist in managing the administrative/clerical needs of the of the refugee representation work:
    • the coordination of schedules and compiling informational packets and case summaries
    • data entry, updating, maintenance, and retrieval, including the entry of new cases and contacts into the database, and coordinating with the information services department on database and technology issues
    • maintain and organize electronic files, hard copy files, correspondence files, legal and policy publications, and legal representation files
    • coordinate meetings and agendas
  • Assist in responding to inquiries and requests for assistance from asylum seekers, including scheduling, coordinating, and conducting initial screening interviews;
  • Perform in-depth, detailed interviews in-house and at area detention facilities with potential clients, who are often victims of torture and human rights abuses; conduct country research;
  • Assist in placing accepted cases with appropriate volunteer attorneys; communicate in a responsive and efficient manner with volunteer attorneys, other human rights organizations, and the public; organize legal trainings and assist in the provision of support for volunteer attorneys;
  • Help with outreach and advocacy objectives, including assistance with web materials, written materials, coalition-building, newsletters, and e-advocacy;
  • Assist with the hiring, orientation, and supervision of interns and assuring that these volunteers are used as quality resources for the Refugee Protection initiative;
  • Assist with foundation reporting and maintenance of relevant statistics;
  • Contact volunteer attorneys to obtain updates on asylum cases, recognizing their work on successful cases, and coordinating the case closure process;
  • Other duties as requested based on department and/or organizational need.
ANNUAL SALARY: Competitive with comprehensive benefits package

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  May 9, 2014. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; applicants are encouraged to apply early. 

Please complete the online application found at our website under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.
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·Resume (upload)
·Cover letter (secondary upload*)
·Names and contact details for three (3) references (enter online)
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Human Rights First is a non-profit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York and Washington DC. We build respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.

Human Rights First is committed to recruiting, retaining, developing, and promoting staff across all programs and departments from a diversity of backgrounds, including members of racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTI people, people with disabilities, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, people of all nationalities, and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe that a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment that welcomes a range of perspectives help make our advocacy work stronger and more effective.

Required Skills •A Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of post-college working experience (not internships) in a related field, with previous experience working with asylum-seekers or refugees strongly preferred;

•Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication, with advanced research and analytical skills;

•Superb organization skills, including the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under pressure, and meet deadlines;

•Capacity to take initiative, prioritize duties, and work independently while functioning as a member of a team;

•Ability to communicate patiently, respectfully and empathically with individuals from a variety of backgrounds;

•Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of database, word processing, and spreadsheet applications;

•Good judgment and attention to detail;

•Fluency in relevant language, particularly Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, or Arabic is strongly desired.
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