United African Organization

Employment Opportunities

By joining our team, you have the unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of African immigrants and refugees. UAO offers professional development, personal fulfillment, and an environment where your talent and contributions are valued by the organization and the community-at-large. The UAO is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Thank you for your interest in joining our team! 

 

CURRENT OPENINGS:

Immigration Attorney

ABOUT THE POSITION

UAO is seeking a full-time Immigration Attorney experienced in practicing in front of USCIS and EOIR. The immigration attorney will provide immigration consultations and representation for individuals seeking immigration benefits before USCIS and EOIR. The attorney will also be responsible for program outreach and development, providing legal consultations and representation before USCIS and EOIR, and developing relationships with key partners in the implementation of the program

JOB DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Legal Services and Support
  • Assess individuals’ eligibility for immigration benefits at consultations;
  • Assist individuals with the completion of the appropriate applications, such as family petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status, U-visa, and VAWA, asylum, and removal defense cases;
  • Explain relevant policies and case procedure to individuals;
  • Provide legal oversight at workshops when applicable;
  • Train non-legal and/or legal workshop volunteers to complete applications when necessary;
  • Perform factual and legal research and regularly monitor developments in immigration law and procedure;
  • Advocate for clients before USCIS and EOIR;
  • Conduct strategic community outreach to promote awareness about UAO programs;
  • Conduct community presentations on immigration topics such as “Know Your Rights;
  • Develop relationships with organizing partners and explore collaborative opportunities with potential allies
  • Other legal services and support as the need arises.

Case Management

  • Provide case management of immigration applicants including but not limited to: maintaining client
  • files, drafting cover letters, preparing application packets, reviewing case files;
  • Collect and maintain program data, and prepare clear and concise reports
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate effectiveness of program activities and implement best practices
  • Follow up on pending case work and maintain communication with clients via phone, email, or mail
  • regarding missing documentation necessary for submission of application;
  • Respond to all phone calls and email inquiries on immigration issues in a timely manner.
  • Assist in translating immigration materials in appropriate languages to facilitate community understanding;
  • Attends required program meetings and training to increase knowledge and skills;
  • Assesses community needs and barriers to services, and develops recommendations and solutions;
Administrative Support
  • Represent UAO at meetings, conferences, and/or legislative visits when necessary;
  • Coordinate logistics for UAO immigration and citizenship events, meetings and relevant activities;
  • Collaborate with UAO partners and allies on civic engagement and advocacy activities including trips to Springfield, rallies, press conferences, etc.;
  • Participate in on-going immigration trainings and other professional development; and
  • Identify, train and develop a network of community advocates and volunteers
  • Speak and/or write French at a colloquial skill level in carrying out position duties in conjunction with Francophone African immigrants and refugees is desired;
  • Assist with various projects and perform other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Education

  • JD Required
  • Written and oral fluency in English/French desired;
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in immigration legal services, immigration court experience strongly preferred;

Management

  • Possess advanced interpersonal communication skills and passion for social and economic justice, and sensitivity to challenges of the immigrant community;
  • Sensitivity to the needs and legal issues affecting people of diverse backgrounds;
  • Ability to stay organized, manage a high volume workload, and work under strict deadlines;
  • Strong proofreading and detail-oriented research and writing skills;
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients and the general public
  • Ability to manage and organize multiple tasks simultaneously and independently, often under pressure and in a fast-paced environment;
  • Must be proactive, a self-starter with a solution-oriented mindset, and a willingness to take initiative;
  • Well organized with high attention to details and deliver accurate work within strict deadlines;
  • Ability to manage and prioritize time and responsibilities, including the ability to work independently
  • Adapt to change and respond to unexpected issues;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;

Commitment to service

  • Community service experience

  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude toward helping others

  • Ability to work weekends and evenings when necessary

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a culturally diverse environment

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Invaluable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of African immigrants and refugees

ABOUT UAO
United African Organization (UAO) is a dynamic coalition of African community-based organizations that promotes social and economic justice, civic participation, and empowerment of African immigrants and refugees in Illinois.

UAO is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please email your resume, cover letter and writing sample (if any) to resumes@uniteafricans.org. 

NO Phone calls please!

PAST OPENINGS:

Immigration Services Coordinator

ABOUT THE POSITION
Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Immigration Services Coordinator will spearhead UAO’s citizenship and immigration services in the African immigrant and refugee community in Illinois.

JOB DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Legal Case Work
  • Organize and facilitates community educational presentations on immigration, and citizenship;
  • Refers eligible individuals for appropriate immigration and citizenship services;
  • Assess individuals’ eligibility for immigration benefits;
  • Assist individuals with the completion of the appropriate applications;
  • Perform factual and legal research and regularly monitor developments in immigration law and procedure;
  • Explain relevant policies and case procedure to individuals;
  • Manage cases of immigration applicants;
  • Maintain communication with clients via phone, email, or mail regarding case updates;
  • Advocate for clients before USCIS.
Advocacy & Administrative Support
  • Mobilize community response to immigration policy issues
  • Facilitate active participation in advocacy work through constituent meetings, hearings, conferences, and legislative visits;
  • Build relationships and collaborate with allies and partners on civic engagement and advocacy activities such us legislative visits, rallies, press conferences, etc.;
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate effectiveness of program activities and implement best practices
  • Identify, train and develop a network of non-legal and/or legal volunteers;
  • Collect and maintain program data, and prepare clear and concise reports
  • Ensure timely compliance with program-related requirements, and provide comprehensive case management;
  • Translates program materials and documents into appropriate languages
  • Perform other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Education
Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Social Work, Social Justice/Human Rights, Sociology, Anthropology or related field

Management

  • Possess advanced interpersonal communication skills and passion for social and economic justice
  • Experience with developing creative and technical written materials
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data and written reports
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients and the general public
  • Ability to manage and organize multiple tasks
  • Must be proactive, a self-starter
  • Well organized with high attention to details and deliver accurate work within strict deadlines
  • Ability to manage and prioritize time and responsibilities, including the ability to work independently
  • Adapt to change and respond to unexpected issues

Commitment to service

  • Community service experience
  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude toward helping others
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings when necessary
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a culturally diverse environment

Other

  • Speak and/or write French at a colloquial skill level in carrying out position duties in conjunction with Francophone African immigrants and refugees is desired;
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, PowerPoint, & Knowledge of Access).

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Invaluable opportunity to make a difference in the lives of African immigrants and refugees

ABOUT UAO
United African Organization (UAO) is a dynamic coalition of African community-based organizations that promotes social and economic justice, civic participation, and empowerment of African immigrants and refugees in Illinois.

UAO is an equal opportunity employer.

 To apply, please click here to submit your application. 

 

 

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