Job Posting: Legal Services Coordinator

About Grassroots Leadership

Grassroots Leadership is an Austin, Texas-based national organization that works for a more just society where prison profiteering, mass incarceration, deportation and criminalization are things of the past.

We believe that no one should be detained or deported, and that human connection and organizing has the power to challenge the immigration and criminal justice systems. Advocacy should be lead by those most directly impacted by systems of injustice, as they are the ones most knowledgeable about the issues, impacted by the decisions, and most qualified to lead.

About Workers Defense Project

Workers Defense Project is a statewide membership-based organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships. WDP concentrates its efforts on winning better conditions for Texas construction workers - nearly half of which are undocumented.

Since its founding in 2002, the organization has gained notoriety for its ability to translate direct services and grassroots organizing into concrete policy wins. The New York Times named WDP as “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country”.

About the position

Together, Grassroots Leadership and Workers Defense Project are seeking a dedicated, passionate individual to support our organizations as a Legal Services Coordinator in Austin, Texas. The Legal Services Coordinator will coordinate legal services for immigrants who face deportation and detention, working with Grassroots Leadership staff and volunteers of the Linea Defensa Comunitaria (local deportation hotline), as well as a range of community partners working in coalition to enhance community capacity.  The Legal Services Coordinator will be based at Workers Defense Project’s Austin office and supervised by a Workers Defense Project staff attorney.

The Legal Services Coordinator will work directly with with local immigration attorneys, community organizations, and legal service providers to support trainings that increase the capacity and number of attorneys who can respond to the needs of families facing detention and deportation, as well as support legal advocacy for policy change.  

The position will include additional responsibilities including managing a client database, supporting know your rights trainings, coordinating non-immigration legal support for immigrants, and mobilizing attorneys to engage in policy advocacy related to immigration enforcement and detention.  The position is funded for one-year.

Qualifications

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Strong organizing, coordination and facilitation skills
  • Familiarity with the immigration system
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and act decisively
  • Extremely well-organized
  • Ability to respond in a crisis situation, such as in the case of immigration raids
  • Experience and comfort with advanced technology including Google applications (docs, spreadsheets, forms), database management, web development platforms
  • Attention to detail
  • An understanding of best practices around client confidentiality
  • An attitude of a “team player” ; the ability to work effectively with diverse grassroots constituencies, attorneys, community organizations and service providers
  • Ability to work in coalition and develop and maintain organizational relationships
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing situations, juggle multiple priorities and manage projects
  • Ability to work in close proximity to others
  • Ability to work nights and weekends, as needed, dependant on community meetings and outreach activities
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Sense of humor

Strong applicants may also have:

  • Experience in legal advocacy and/or law
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations

More about the job:

This full-time salaried position will be located in Austin, TX. Some travel within Texas and occasional travel outside of the state will be required. Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive.

It is the policy of Grassroots Leadership and Workers Defense Project not to discriminate in the employment of staff, or in the selection of volunteers, on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, financial status or HIV status.

Please send letter of introduction, resume/vitae and three employment-related references to HR@grassrootsleadership.org with “Legal Services Coordinator” in the subject line. Please tell us why this position is of interest to you. Questions about the position should be directed to the same email address.