Project Coordinator with the Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center is seeking to hire a Project Coordinator for the Southeast Immigration Freedom Initiative for our Folkston, GA office.
 
Summary:  
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) provides high-quality, pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the southeastern United States. By ensuring that skilled attorneys are available to protect detained immigrants’ due process rights, SIFI endeavors to provide high-quality legal representation in defense and release case arising out of Trump-era immigration enforcement actions.
SIFI currently provides legal representation in release (bond, parole, and habeas corpus), deportation defense, and civil rights cases to immigrants imprisoned at the five largest and most isolated detention centers in the Southeast: the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, GA; the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, GA; the Folkston ICE Processing Center (“Folkston Detention Center”) in Folkston, GA; the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, LA, and the Pine Prairie Detention Center in Pine Prairie, LA. SIFI’s four offices are in or near the towns where the detention centers are located. Each office has a Lead Attorney, two or three Direct Services Attorneys and one or two Project Coordinators. Pro bono attorneys, law students, and volunteer interpreters regularly join the SIFI on-the-ground teams for week-long shifts to expand SIFI’s legal representation, focusing on release cases but also including immigration merits cases, high impact advocacy, and individualized advocacy.


The SIFI Project Coordinator works out of the SIFI-Folkston office.  To provide the highest quality legal case support to individuals detained in the Folkston Detention Center, the Project Coordinator organizes daily operations and provides case support for a team of full-time staff and volunteers. The SIFI Project Coordinator trains volunteers in the administrative tasks necessary to provide legal support for all clients SIFI represents. Along with the SIFI staff attorneys, the Project Coordinator will distribute tasks to pro-bono attorneys and other volunteers based on client need and pro-bono experience. The Project Coordinator will manage client and case information in the LawLab database and use LawLab to determine the necessary processes for each case. The Project Coordinator role will ensure that all clients receive the attention and legal support they need to win their cases and to be released from the Folkston Detention Center.  The Project Coordinator also will assist with other SPLC advocacy and collaborative campaigns with organizational partners.


Primary Job Functions: 

• Training pro-bono attorneys and other volunteers in how to use LawLab database;
• Managing cases through LawLab for all SIFI clients in the Folkston Detention Center;
• Managing and maintaining routine client communication and routine case management;
• Determining and coordinating daily and weekly task distribution based on client need and pro-bono capacity;
• Managing organization and consistent use of LawLab database;
• Working with volunteers and staff attorneys to complete all necessary tasks;
• Communicating with partner organizations and participating in weekly calls to share project status, challenges, and successes;
• Maintaining communication and coordination with local ICE/EOIR officials and detention center staff to ensure optimal client access and conditions;
• Engaging in data collection, aggregation and compilation for case development, strategy, litigation, advocacy and other purposes; and
• Working with remote teams on multi-strategy legal cases and advocacy campaigns. 
 

Qualifications: 

• A Bachelor’s degree, its equivalent, or higher;
• 2+ years of experience in coordinating staff, students, or volunteers preferred;
• Bi-lingual, English/Spanish (conversational, speaking and writing);
• Demonstrated knowledge and skill in coordinating volunteer, case, and/or data management systems;
• Commitment to working long hours;
• Knowledge of immigration policy and procedure is helpful, though not required;
• Willingness to live in or within reasonable commuting distance from Folkston, GA (this includes Jacksonville, FL); and
• Valid driver’s license. 

Other Special Considerations: 

• This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions 

Disclaimer: 

 

• The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. 
 

For immediate consideration, please apply here: https://www.splcenter.org/about/careers/jobs?gh_jid=4351844002
Duration: 

 

• 1 year with option to extend 

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity: 
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.