The Rural Capacity Building (RCB) Attorney is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant families in targeted underserved rural Nebraska communities.
The RCB Attorney will work on identifying collaborative community partners to build capacity for the provision of long-term immigration services within the targeted rural communities. This RCB Attorney will work with the RCB program team, the ILC team, community members, and a wide variety of community partners to assist in carrying out the objectives of the program. Key program areas include providing direct immigration legal services to low-income immigrant community members in rural Nebraska; working with rural communities in identifying their local needs for capacity-building; and providing education, advocacy and representation support to facilitate growth toward community identified goals for rural community inclusion.
ILC is seeking candidates to fill multiple RCB Attorney positions in the Grand Island, Scottsbluff, Crete, Columbus, and South Sioux City areas. RCB Attorneys will office at or near those locations. Moderate travel to ILC service areas and throughout the state will be required.
Provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend ILC immigration legal clinics and consultations, provide direct representation of clients before the Omaha Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as Nebraska’s County and District Courts.
Oversee ILC’s cases involving the legal needs of clients in the targeted geographic areas under the applicable ILC RCB Supervising Attorney.
Work in collaboration with Nebraska Appleseed, Heartland Workers Center, Centro Hispano, Center for Rural Affairs, and Multicultural Coalition to build capacity and promote inclusion within targeted rural communities.
Assist in the development of grant proposals and funding opportunities.
Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for reports.
Contribute and steer outreach and education programs.
Must have a J.D. and be admitted, or willing to be admitted to practice in Nebraska.
Immigration legal experience, as well as experience working in the non-profit sector is preferred.
Ability to work independently, prioritize, take initiative, handle multiple assignment, and meet deadlines.
Excellent oral and written communications skills.
Spanish language proficiency is strongly preferred.
Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures and faiths.
Strong commitment to public interest legal services.
Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders including community partners, government officials, donors and the local community.
Experience working and/or living in a rural community preferred, but not required.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include: Employee medical and dental insurance, 403(b) match
About Immigrant Legal Center
The Immigrant Legal Center (ILC)—a metro Omaha-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit—is the new name for Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska (JFON-NE), operating in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa since 1999. Under the new name, we remain an affiliate of Justice For Our Neighbors, a network of 15 state chapters offering more than 40 legal clinics for immigration services.
The mission of the Immigrant Legal Center (ILC) is to welcome immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy.