Network Support Attorney, Pro Bono & Partnerships
HIAS seeks a Network Support Attorney, Pro Bono & Partnerships to help support the capacity building efforts of the Pro Bono & Partnerships team and respond to the increasing legal needs of HIAS affiliates and partners across the U.S. Under the supervision of the Associate Director, Pro Bono & Partnerships, and in coordination with the Pro Bono & Partnerships team, this position will provide support and technical assistance to HIAS affiliates and other partners.
Note, this position is based at our headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. This position may require occasional travel, and some work on evenings and weekends is required.
- Provides project management support and assistance for HIAS’ Afghan Asylum Pro Se+ Project, in partnership with the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration.
- Assists with the development and implementation of national and/or remote pro bono projects to support HIAS affiliates and other community partners, including new projects to support Afghan arrivals and Ukrainians.
- Assists with the development and management of in-person and remote legal clinics.
- Works with the Pro Bono & Partnerships team to develop and update mentoring materials and resources for HIAS affiliates, Welcome Circles, pro bono attorneys and other partners, including pro bono toolkits, trainings, one-pagers and Coffee Talk sessions.
- Supports the Pro Bono & Partnerships team by helping design and provide substantive legal trainings on topics related to the representation of refugees, asylum seekers and other forcibly displaced persons.
- Develops best practices for HIAS affiliates and other stakeholders to assist with the implementation of legal services and pro bono projects.
- Acts as a liaison to HIAS affiliates by providing technical assistance, convening regular meetings and Communities of Practice, and identifying and addressing needs within the communities they serve.
- Acts as a liaison to HIAS Welcome Circles by convening meetings and providing resources.
- Attends conferences, lectures and government agency stakeholder meetings, and otherwise stays informed of current developments in immigration law and procedure.
- Assists with the preparation of proposals and reports for funders and HIAS’ Board of Directors.
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
- Juris Doctor and state bar admission in any state.
- 4-6 years of work experience, including immigration law and practice; additional expertise in asylum and other humanitarian forms of immigration relief preferred.
- Experience working on pro bono programs or project development preferred.
- Fluency in Dari or Pashto preferred; fluency in Russian or Ukrainian a plus.
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest law.
- Excellent public speaking and project management experience.
- Ability to work with attorneys and clients from a wide range of backgrounds with sensitivity to culture, trauma history, age and other vulnerabilities.
- Some knowledge of Judaism and/or the Jewish community, culture and issues is a plus.
- Ability to work directly with and mentor pro bono attorneys.
- Must be innovative, self-directed and able to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process:
Step 1: Submit your application!
Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter.
Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager.
Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees.
Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey.
Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening.
Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!
Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.
Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.
HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.
HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.
Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.
Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim
We Welcome the Stranger
Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek
We Pursue Justice
Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed
We Approach our Clients with Empathy
Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta
We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership
Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz
We Act with Courage to Build a Better World
Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach
We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience
HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status.