|Job Title||Temporary Coordinator/Legal Assistant|
|Duration||5 months (starting mid/late June or earlier)|
|Location||Washington, DC 20002-5625|
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.
PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
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.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
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 www.humanrightsfirst.org under ABOUT US / JOB OPPORTUNITIES links.
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·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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