Defend Asylum Project Coordinator

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Defend Asylum Project Coordinator

Job Description

Job Title: Defend Asylum Project Coordinator        Date: August 19, 2019       

Category: Full time, one year position subject to renewal        FLSA Status: Exempt


Innovation Law Lab (Law Lab) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that ensures justice prevails so that people may flourish. The Law Lab creates collaborative systems driven by data and individual narrative to tackle the world’s greatest legal challenges.

Defend Asylum is a Law Lab project that implements Super Massive collaborative representation models to develop limited-lawyer, client-facing interventions that defend asylum rights, protect access to the asylum system for persons fleeing persecution, and facilitate fair decisions on the merits.


This position will focus on the coordination of the Asylum Workshop model to provide limited legal services for persons seeking asylum before the Immigration Court. The Project Coordinator will work closely with the Project Manager to implement an efficient, volunteer-driven legal orientation and limited legal service model that educates and empowers pro se asylum seekers to protect their right to due process, including an evidentiary hearing. In addition, the Project Coordinator will implement an accompaniment program wherein volunteers will accompany respondents to immigration court hearings.


  • Triages incoming cases to ensure individuals with most urgent deadlines receive support
  • Communicates effectively with individuals to facilitate participation in workshops
  • Trains and updates volunteers and organizational partners on LawLab referral and database best practices
  • Coordinates referral processes with local and national partners
  • Coordinates pro se case assistance with allied organizations and project volunteers
  • Assists in developing curriculum for training volunteers in collaboration with allied organizations
  • Recruits, trains, and coordinates volunteers and allies in the wider community
  • Actively participates in Asylum Workshop Advisory Board meetings
  • Maintains records of upcoming deadlines for workshop participants
  • Works closely with Law Lab’s computer engineers to inform the development of technology to complement programmatic work
  • Works closely with Law Lab’s court watch project
  • Works closely with Innovation Law Lab’s team to develop a vision and a strategy for our work to support and defend immigrant communities of color


The following are the minimum levels required to successfully perform the Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities.


  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Three years working in legal services, customer service, social sciences, or other related field with competing interactive and solitary work streams
  • Ability to read, write, speak, and comprehend Spanish at an advanced level
  • Ability to manage large volumes of communication and to identify opportunities for building litigation and/or political pressure
  • Excellent written, analytical, oral, and organizational and time management skills
  • Must consistently demonstrate teamwork and positive day-to-day work relationships and interactions with staff, board members, members of the public, and community stakeholders


  • Firsthand experience working or volunteering in immigrant communities and in particular with immigrants facing removal proceedings as an advocate for immigrants
  • Recent experience with defensive asylum processes and case law
  • DOJ accreditation or similar experience
  • Applicants who have been directly impacted by immigrant detention and/or removal proceedings are strongly encouraged to apply


Environment and Physical Requirements: The Defend Asylum Program Coordinator will be based in Atlanta, Georgia, with frequent travel to visit Law Lab headquarters in Portland, Oregon as well as allied and partner organizations within the United States,. The Defend Asylum Program Coordinator interacts with staff, visitors, vendors, government agencies, and others. The position sits, stands, walks, bends, lifts, stoops, and moves intermittently during working hours. The incumbent must be able to lift, push, pull and move files and other equipment in excess of 10 pounds.

Hours: The Defend Asylum Program Coordinator position is full time and works a minimum of 32 hours per week, although business need may require the incumbent to work significantly more hours during certain periods. This may include evenings, weekends, and holidays. The position is classified as exempt and is not eligible for overtime pay. As a point of reference, Law Lab’s typical “core” office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:30am to 4:00pm on Fridays unless changed by the Executive Director. The Executive Director approves the position’s actual scheduled hours, and determines if a set schedule is necessary.

Other Duties and Responsibilities: This job description is a summary of the essential duties and responsibilities for this job, and it does not necessarily represent an all-inclusive list of duties, responsibilities, tasks or procedures. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instruction or assignments. Nothing in this description restricts Law Lab’s right to assign or reassign duties at any time.

Accommodation Statement: Essential job duties and responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform the job successfully, an incumbent or applicant must possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty and responsibility proficiently. If you require an accommodation in order to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, please contact the Law Lab Operations Director.

Application Instructions: To apply, send your resume and a cover letter to Questions may also be directed to While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, we anticipate we will begin conducting interviews in August 2019.

Innovation Law Lab is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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