Overview

DESCRIPTION:

Immigrant families, students, and workers are a vital part of our communities and deserve the chance to live in dignity, not in fear.  Unfortunately, our legal system is difficult to navigate and does not provide automatic representation for immigrants, leaving them with the option to spend a lot of their money on private attorneys.

The Legal Services Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing major aspects of our program to defend immigrant workers, immigrant families and immigrant students from deportations and civil rights abuses, educating families and individuals about their rights, teaching them what to do and how to prepare for an encounter with the police or immigration enforcement, creating the necessary spaces to host a naturalization workshop every quarter of the year, coordinating appointments with the Michigan united accredited representative for DACA and green card renewals, petitions for family members and applications for naturalization. This includes coordinating  Know-Your-Rights and Family Education programs, and developing community-based legal services.

The Legal Services Coordinator will also oversee a Navigator Program; navigators act as community legal resource workers and deportation defenders. Our Navigator Program helps immigrants get the information they need to make informed decisions and helps direct them to responsible, qualified, legal help. The Navigator Program trains people, particularly women, on legal services and advocacy with the end goal of becoming a Department of Justice Accredited Representative, which increases  the community’s capacity for taking on immigration cases. Along the way, Navigators become experts in community outreach, public education, and legal referrals. We offer English instruction alongside Navigator training, so immigrants with limited English capacity can participate and learn how to protect their communities more effectively.

The Legal Services Coordinator should be a fluent speaker of English and Spanish. Prior experience in community engagement and legal services is preferred.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Coordinate Legal Services

  • Organize citizenship workshops for students/clients
  • Provide legal services support for community members
  • Overall enrollment and collection of legal forms and documents
  • Maintain a list of clients for legal services purposes
  • Training community navigators in terms of green card renewals, and citizenship enrollment
  • Collect, reconcile and deposit legal service fees from clients, ensure data entry in a database
  • Respond to legal service requests, provide non legal advice, ensure clients meet eligibility criteria for our services and walk them through the process
  • Follow up with clients to collect documents from beginning to the end of their application process
  • Responsible for accountability of clients participation in events
  • Attend regular Michigan United Immigration and legal meetings, out of state trainings and conferences
  • Lead and host Know Your Rights presentations and citizenship classes
  • Promote Michigan United legal services in the community and surrounding areas.
  • Coordinate with the various consulates as needed
  • Program appointments with Michigan United legal representative.
  • Ask each legal services client to make additional contributions and become dues paying members of Michigan United.

Organize citizenship classes

  • Coordinate and put together a calendar for each cycle of citizenship classe
  • Recruitment of clients in the community
  • Maintaining good and healthy relationships with churches, non-profits, schools and additional institutions in Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas.
  • Hosting events by zoom
  • Provide information regarding legal services
  • Coordinate and deliver information on the process of citizenship classes

Coordinate Kalamazoo Legal Service Navigators

  • Recruit Navigators for legal service cohorts in Kalamazoo area
  • Coordinate with other legal services coordinators to calendar and provide trainings for navigators
  • Assign Navigators tasks to help with client’s legal immigration citizenship cases
  • Recruitment of and referral of clients  for immigration legal services i.e,  Naturalization and Citizenship, DACA and Green card renewals, petitions of family members.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:

Passion for our issues and vision of a more just world
Passionate for developing the leadership of volunteer leaders
Knowledge of (or willing to learn) navigating our online English Language Program
Ability to perform with a high degree of skill in a fast-paced work environment
Excellent judgment in internal and external communication and in managing internal and external relationships
Highly organized and deadline-oriented
Experience in legal services and community issues related to immigration preferred
Proficiency in the use of web meetings such as Zoom, and in diverse communications methods such as WhatsApp and Telegram.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19
Spanish fluency required
Basic literacy in modern office software

BENEFITS:

Health insurance stipend of $150 available after 90 days
Internet and phone stipend of $62.50 a month
Fifteen days paid time off for the first and second year of employment; increases with seniority, prorated for part-time staff based on hours.
Twelve paid holidays
Unlimited COVID Sick Time
Yearly Winter Hibernation
Yearly Summer Break

APPLICATION DETAILS:

Submit resume, statement of interest, and three references (at least two references must be work-related, one may be personal)
Please submit all application materials using Paylocity . If you’re unable to upload documents please email the materials to resumes@miunited.org with the title “Legal Services Coordinator Kalamazoo.”

To apply for this job email your details to accounting@miunited.org

About Michigan United

Michigan United is a statewide organization of community members and institutions fighting for economic and racial justice. We use the tools of community organizing, leadership training, advocacy, media work, and civic engagement to run strategic campaigns that win real change. We're committed to winning a better world for all of our communities, not just the privileged.

We are the largest community organizing group in the state, with offices in Detroit, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Flint. We represent 100 member community organizations.

Michigan United organizes along the following issue areas: immigrants’ rights, criminal justice reform, environmental justice, universal family care (including health, child care, elder care and paid sick time) and civic engagement. We work to build the capacity of community members who are directly impacted these issues to lead and win concrete reforms that will change their own lives and shift the balance of power in our state.

Michigan United, along with Michigan People’s Campaign, our affiliated 501(c)(4), is serious about building long-term, political power with the aim of transforming our political and economic system into one that puts people and the planet first. Our main office is in Southwest Detroit, with additional offices in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Flint. As a racial and economic justice organization, we actively encourage individuals who are underrepresented on the basis of race, ethnicity, income and sexual orientation, as well as those who share the life experiences of the members we serve, to apply.