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OrganizationInternational Rescue Committee in Charlottesville (IRC)
TypePart Time
Application DeadlineMarch 29, 2019
College Degree Required?Yes


IRC Background: Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through 26 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC helps refugees resettle and become self-sufficient. Our programs are designed to ensure refugees thrive in America–whether ensuring children are enrolled in school, adults become self-reliant through employment or starting businesses, or families receive acute medical care they need to recover from trauma or illness. The IRC helps those in need to rebuild their lives and regain control of their future in their new home community.

Job Overview: The Immigration Coordinator oversees all immigration services provided in both Charlottesville and Richmond and is responsible for developing and implementing an outreach and fundraising strategy to increase IRC’s visibility in these communities, number of clients served, and the financial resources to carry out this work.  The Immigration Coordinator also provides direct services to clients as needed.  This position reports to the Executive Director.

Job Duties

Major Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead the development of a strategic plan for the provision of immigration services by the IRC in Virginia.
  • Provide oversight to all aspects of the provision of immigration services including supervising the Immigration Caseworker, ensuring high quality service delivery, and achieving qualitative and quantitative outcomes. Provide direct services to clients as appropriate and oversee referrals to other partner service providers as needed.
  • Review and authorize all cases as needed; provide legal review over service delivery for accredited staff. Ensure staff, interns, and volunteers receive appropriate training to remain current with changes in immigration law, that services are provided appropriately, and that confidential case files and other required documentation are accurate and complete.
  • Create and support the implementation of a business development plan for IRC immigration services in Virginia. Identify funding sources, including businesses, foundations and private donors; contribute to or lead the development of concept notes and proposals for funding opportunities. Review and revise IRC’s service fee schedule as appropriate.   Build community partnerships and cultivate donor relationships with a goal of long term sustainability for the program.
  • Develop and implement media opportunities in conjunction with the Executive Director for publicizing naturalization and immigration work.
  • Serve as a focal point on immigration matters with key stakeholders; represent IRC at immigration events including panels, outreach events, meetings with key government officials, etc.

Skills Required

Job Requirements:

  • University degree required. JD degree strongly preferred.
  • Previous DOJ/BIA accreditation or demonstrated experience in immigration law required.
  • Minimum of 1 to 3 years providing immigration services required.
  • Demonstrated success working and communicating effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Proven ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to exercise independent judgment responsibly.
  • Self-starter with excellent problem-solving skills, able to manage multiple priorities and manage time effectively.
  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written; bilingual ability in a language spoken by the local immigrant population preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook). Familiarity with immigration software a plus.

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