Employment Opportunities


IRAP is currently accepting applications for the following positions on a rolling basis. Please review each description for specific details on how to apply. Externships, internships, and fellowship positions can be found on this page. Independent contractor & consulting positions can be found on this page.

Legal Assistant

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About IRAP
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP’s Legal Services Department includes over 40 staff who provide individual legal assistance to refugees and other displaced people around the world. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries. 

Our U.S. Legal Services Department staff in IRAP’s New York City headquarters includes lawyers, caseworkers, and paraprofessionals who provide legal assistance to individuals navigating the refugee recognition, resettlement, and visa application processes through their mentorship of pro bono teams, in-house representation, and legal information and pro se materials. They also provide expertise and mentorship to ensure high quality representation to refugees by the cadre of 1,200 law students and over 800 pro bono attorneys from IRAP chapters and partner firms.

Opportunity
IRAP is seeking a Legal Assistant to support the work of our U.S. Legal Services Department in our New York office. The position will report to the Legal Support Manager and work closely with Legal Services Department staff. This is an exciting opportunity for a well-organized, motivated individual interested in refugees, human rights, and immigration/international law to be part of a growing organization that makes an impact on the lives of refugees and other displaced persons.

Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support to IRAP attorneys for their direct services case work, including fact-checking, proofreading, redacting, note-taking, filing, mailing, formatting, gathering and organizing documents, and organizing meetings. Occasionally provide administrative support to other IRAP departments.
  • Coordinate administrative and logistical support for case work quality assurance mechanisms and case file management.
  • Coordinate administrative and logistical support for IRAP’s work with law school chapters, law firms, interpreters, and volunteers.
  • Enter, maintain, and organize data.
  • Review and analyze documentation relating to legal matters.
  • Conduct factual research and client intakes as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Location
The candidate will work in our New York office.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or 4+ years of relevant work experience required.
  • Prior experience working in an office environment (paid or unpaid) preferred.
  • Motivated to provide administrative and logistical support in a dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize a diverse workload with flexibility and strong time management skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, analytical skills, and attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations.
  • Familiarity with and orientation towards technology systems, including Microsoft, Adobe, and Google Suite.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required.
  • Additional languages (particularly Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Kurdish, Pashto, Somali, and/or Spanish) are a plus.

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis. 

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Salary: $45,000

This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits with no employee-paid premiums, a retirement plan with an employer matching component, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year.

Caseworker

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About IRAP
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multinational corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP’s legal department includes over 25 staff who provide individual legal assistance to refugees and other displaced people around the world. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.

The IRAP Jordan Office is located in the capital city of Amman. Our team consists of a Program and Operations Director,  Program and Operations Assistant, two Staff Attorneys, and two Caseworkers. Our work is centered on providing remote and in-person legal assistance with refugee resettlement and family reunification through UNHCR referrals,  U.S. refugee resettlement, domestic immigration remedies, and relocation through alternative pathways.

Opportunity
This position will work closely with another caseworker, volunteers, and attorneys in the screening and service provision of refugee beneficiaries. The caseworker will report to the Program and Operations Director. The caseworker conducts in-person and phone interviews with refugee applicants and clients. In coordination with staff attorneys, the caseworker screens refugee applicants to ensure programmatic standards and criteria are met and adherence to IRAP policies and procedures. The caseworker provides support in the case management of client cases and ensures appropriate client service provision per IRAP standards.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct objective in-person and phone interviews with refugee applicants in Arabic, to obtain and input biographical and narrative information in a client service database and written report in English.
  • Primary point of contact for refugee applicants and clients, provides accurate information to refugee applicants on behalf of the team advising or representing them.
  • Organize supporting evidence and draft immigration application documents for staff attorney review and submission.
  • Under the supervision of staff attorneys, draft UNHCR and resettlement country resettlement referrals and  provide legal counseling and information to refugee clients.
  • Provide  translation certification for Arabic to English translation of refugee documents.
  • Document, analyse, and identify client needs, and make appropriate social service referrals as necessary.
  • Contribute to improving service provision through participation in office, departmental and organizational working groups, advisory meetings and committees.
  • Support the review and drafting of documents, trainings, practices, policies, and procedures to improve efficiency and efficacy of case management and support.
  • Ensure quality and complete documentation of service provision in the client service database per internal guidelines.
  • Provide Know Your Rights, refugee resettlement and IRAP trainings and presentations to refugee, NGO and law student audiences.
  • Attend trainings, capacity-building meetings, and other events relevant to human rights and refugee issues as requested by the Program and Operations Director.
  • Maintain and ensure confidentiality of all IRAP matters to maintain and ensure program integrity and confidentiality.

Location

  • This is a full-time position based in IRAP’s Amman (Jordan) office.

Qualifications

  • Authorization to work in Jordan required.
  • University degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) in International Affairs, nonprofit management, business administration or public administration preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of related professional work experience preferred.
  • Previous experience with a refugee focused international non-governmental organization experience preferred.
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations; maintains confidentiality and other applicable ethical rules at all times.
  • Courtesy, tact and ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required; openly shares knowledge with colleagues; public speaking experience preferred.
  • Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; excellent time management skills.
  • Highly motivated with strong interest in humanitarian work.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft and Google suites.

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2019 and continue on a rolling basis.

Salary
The annual salary for this position is $41,484. IRAP offers excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.

U.S. Legal Services Director

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) works through a robust network of staff, pro bono attorneys and law students to fill a major gap in access to legal aid for refugees, asylum seekers, and other displaced people. IRAP has become the first advocacy organization to provide comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection and resettlement processes. As fear, division, hatred, and economic uncertainty persist in the global consciousness and manifest in discriminatory policies, speech, and actions, individuals across the world must respond by demanding and upholding commitments to justice. IRAP is leveraging its volunteers and resources to fight back and ensure that we continue to uphold the humanitarian tradition of welcoming those who need refuge.

IRAP’s Legal Services Department is growing in response to the increased demand to protect those whose rights are being threatened and is now seeking nominations and applications for the position of U.S. Legal Director, within its Legal Services Department.

Since its founding in 2008, IRAP has used legal aid, litigation and advocacy to protect and advance the rights of refugees, both domestically and internationally; the organization has also remained committed to developing the next generation of human rights attorneys through its work with law students. The global turn against refugee resettlement coupled with IRAP’s highly effective model has led to a period of rapid expansion to meet new levels of demand. In the past two years, IRAP’s annual budget has increased from $2 million to $9 million, and over the past six years, its staff has grown from ten to seventy-five.

IRAP’s U.S.-based staff assist individuals navigating the refugee recognition, resettlement, and visa application processes through their mentorship of pro bono teams, in-house representation, and legal information and pro se materials. Reporting to IRAP’s Legal Services Director, the U.S. Legal Services Director will lead a team of talented attorneys, intake caseworkers, and legal assistants who provide individual legal assistance to refugees and other displaced people around the world. Once hires are completed, the Director will supervise 14 IRAP staff and support a national pro bono network of over 1,000 attorneys and law students.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a deep connection to IRAP’s mission to use legal advocacy to find safe places to live and safe passage for the world’s most persecuted individuals. S/he/they will be an inclusive, passionate leader committed to combatting inequitable policies impacting refugees and other displaced people and to delivering the highest quality legal and advocacy services. S/he/they will be an experienced manager who excels at supporting, mentoring, and motivating legal staff; developing processes that facilitate the efficient and effective delivery of direct legal services by staff and volunteer lawyers; and leading teams that work closely with individuals who have experienced trauma.

The U.S. Legal Services Director must have a law degree and be admitted to practice law in the United States.

This search is being conducted by Meredith Horton, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Hallie Dietsch, and Javier Garcia of the national search firm NPAG. Application instructions can be found at the end of this document.

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW
The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees throughout the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. Since IRAP’s establishment, we have helped to resettle more than 3,800 individuals to 18 countries.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and by law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. We are a growing, nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP has developed an innovative legal aid and advocacy model that defends the rights of refugees and assures their passage to safe destination countries. IRAP’s approach is grounded in three distinct but interrelated strategies:

  • IRAP has created a “virtual public interest law firm” that defies geographical boundaries and provides high quality representation to refugees by a cadre of 1,200 law students and over 800 pro bono attorneys. This model is scalable and allows IRAP to take on an increasing number of urgent refugee cases, as well as respond to immediate crises.
  • Through extensive litigation and systemic advocacy, IRAP brings legal challenges to refugee rights violations in the courts, creating solutions to overcoming the legal and bureaucratic impediments in the resettlement process, and developing an enforceable system of legal and procedural rights for refugees and displaced persons worldwide. As the only organization that guide refugees through every step of the resettlement process, IRAP is often able to identify obstacles of which other institutional players are unaware. This unique model utilizes lessons learned in individual casework to advocate for systemic changes that benefit broader refugee populations.
  • IRAP trains the next generation of international human rights advocates through its law school chapters. These advocates are essential to assuring fairness, decency, and adherence to the rule of law throughout the refugee resettlement process and promoting pro-refugee policies through the country.

This comprehensive advocacy network was successfully activated on January 27, 2017, when President Trump signed an Executive Order implementing the first travel ban. IRAP immediately mobilized lawyers across the country to travel to airports and other ports of entry to prevent them from being turned into prisons or black sites. IRAP filed suit demanding freedom for more than 2,000 travelers imprisoned at airports around the country simply because they were traveling from Muslim-majority countries. In total, it took only 27 hours from the signing of the Executive Order to the emergency court decision demanding that these thousands of people not be deported. IRAP’s ability to rapidly mobilize a nationwide network of attorneys and advocates and secure an important legal victory was pivotal – the organization’s actions created a movement and ensured that the public was made aware of the chaos and injustice taking place behind closed doors.

IRAP’s Legal Services, Litigation, and Policy Departments work together to deliver direct services to refugees and other displaced people, litigate to change the systems and structures that create obstacles to refugee resettlement and the securing of safe passage for those in need, and advocate for U.S. policies that help create and expand pathways to safety for refugees and displaced people.

Opportunities and Challenges Facing the New U.S. Legal Services Director
The new U.S. Legal Services Director will: 

Directly oversee the casework of attorneys in the U.S. Legal Services Department, including those handled in-house and those assigned to pro bono teams. When necessary, s/he/they will take on a small number of cases to assist in the management of the U.S. Legal Services Department’s docket. The U.S. Legal Services Director will stay abreast of the latest changes to international and U.S. refugee policies and provide guidance and professional development opportunities to supervising attorneys, staff attorneys, caseworkers, and other support staff on the team.

Lead and nurture a skilled, effective and dedicated team that values collaboration and creativity. The new Director will work proactively to understand staff needs in the midst of a period of rapid growth and increasingly urgent demand for legal services for refugees and other displaced individuals. S/he/they will provide consistent, clear communication to build trust and promote team morale and transparency and will be able to balance being collaborative and seeking input with being decisive and needing to execute.

Regularly evaluate and thoughtfully implement new initiatives and partnerships. The new U.S. Legal Services Director will be required to strategically assess proposals for new programs and collaborations with partner organizations, NGOs, and other stakeholders in the humanitarian assistance community. S/he/they will be able to build new projects or scale up existing programs, being mindful of staff capacity, mission alignment, organizational reputation, and potential impact. The new Director will be expected to serve as an advisor to IRAP leadership on proposals related to the U.S. Legal Department’s work.

Review and refine existing processes and tools for delivering high quality legal services. The new Director will continue the effort to streamline and enhance the Department’s systems, tools, and processes for legal case management, intake, volunteer management and other key functions. S/he/they will be thoughtful about collecting input from relevant staff and building support for the adoption, use, and training on such systems.

Ensure that the Legal Services department offers a supportive, equitable, and inclusive work environment and upholds principles of anti-oppression in all its work. Taking into account the unique challenges inherent to this work, the new U.S. Legal Services Director will work closely with IRAP leadership to make available resources, programming, and ongoing support to staff who are vulnerable to or are experiencing vicarious trauma. This individual will ensure that the U.S. Legal Services Department offers a supportive, equitable, and inclusive work environment and upholds principles of anti-oppression in hiring, staff support, client relationships, outreach, and coalition building. S/he/they will support IRAP’s work to reflect the communities it serves and build a culture of inclusion, ​continuous learning​, and trust.

QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to IRAP’s mission and understand the critical role that legal aid, litigation and advocacy plays in advancing the rights of refugees worldwide, particularly those seeking resettlement in the United States. S/he/they will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:

  • Demonstrated record of successful management experience, with a minimum of four years of programmatic and supervisory experience;
  • Relevant legal experience working with refugees and displaced people or immigrants is required, expertise regarding refugee resettlement policies in the United States is a plus;
  • Commitment to and experience in successfully employing an anti-racist/anti-oppression lens to foster a diverse, equitable working environment and creating diverse teams that reflect communities served;
  • Success in managing, training, developing, and directing legal staff and/or volunteer lawyers;
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations;
  • Highly organized and flexible; able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload; excellent time management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills and the ability to understand and handle sensitive and confidential information;
  • Experience developing or improving organizational capacity, with an eye toward opportunities for process improvement;
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and oral communication skills;
  • An optimistic outlook and the humor, integrity, patience, and perseverance necessary to advance efforts to ensure displaced persons have greater access to services;
  • A law degree and admission to practice law in the United States are both required;
  • Additional languages (Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Kurdish, Pashto, Somali, and/or Spanish) are strongly preferred;
  • Must be based in New York City (or willing to relocate).

The midpoint of the salary range is $137K and is commensurate with experience. IRAP offers an excellent benefits package, including healthcare and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation and sick leave.

TO APPLY
More information about IRAP may be found at: https://refugeerights.org/.

This search is being conducted with assistance from Meredith Horton, Allison Kupfer Poteet, Hallie Dietsch and Javier Garcia of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position should be sent to: IRAP-USLD@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession.

Director of Donor Relations

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About IRAP
The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is a dynamic and growing legal, policy, and advocacy organization that works to develop and enforce a system of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced people around the world. We are the leading organization that provides free and comprehensive legal services to people we serve through registration, protection, and resettlement processes.

IRAP operates offices in the U.S. (New York City), Jordan (Amman), and Lebanon (Beirut). Our legal services are supplemented by a corps of pro bono lawyers from leading U.S. and international law firms and multi-national corporations, and law students who have created IRAP chapters across the United States and Canada. Through this work, we aim to assist refugees and other displaced people to find safe passage and to transform the landscape of refugee rights in the U.S. and internationally. IRAP has over 50 full-time staff, the majority of whom are based in the New York City office, with others working in field offices in Jordan and Lebanon or remotely. We are a nimble organization staffed by an innovative and collaborative team that is committed to high standards of quality and close partnerships with our clients, peers, and colleagues.

IRAP’s Development Department cultivates a growing network of individual, corporate, and institutional donors to secure funding and support for IRAP’s programs. IRAP’s Development Department is currently comprised of four team members, with two members in the New York office and two team members who work remotely.

Opportunity
IRAP is seeking a Director of Donor Relations to work with a creative, dynamic, and growing legal and human rights organization. IRAP’s Board of Directors, Executive Director, and development team have spent the past few years building a network of engaged donors and supporters. The organization’s prospect pool is growing and IRAP is engaged in outreach and cultivation efforts with corporate, individual, and foundation funders. At this time, the organization seeks a full-time Director of Donor Relations with the energy and experience to develop and implement strategies to cultivate and steward relationships with individual donors and prospects. The Director of Donor Relations will be an integral part of the IRAP team, reporting to IRAP’s Director of Development.

Responsibilities
Development:

  • Work with the Director of Development to develop, implement, and manage strategies for prospect cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development and development team on strategic planning for the individual giving portfolio.
  • Work with the Director of Development to produce small and large scale donor events, including parlor meetings and major benefits.
  • Produce fundraising appeals and campaigns.
  • Engage in frontline fundraising, including conducting in-person meetings and calls with prospective donors, making direct solicitations, and executing all necessary follow-up activities.
  • Prepare the Executive Director, relevant program staff, and board members in advance of meetings with individual donors and prospects, including by providing background information, meeting goals, key points and recommendations.
  • Conduct research and prepare profiles on individual prospects and exercise independent judgment and initiative in identifying and cultivating additional individual prospects.
  • Work with the Development Coordinator to update and maintain donor records in the Blackbaud database, and to pull segmented lists and fundraising reports, as needed.
  • Develop tailored, strategic communications to prospective donors with specific programmatic interests, including proposals and reports to individual donors.
  • Work with the Development Manager and Communications team to contribute to IRAP communications efforts, including quarterly newsletters, the Report to Supporters, materials for fundraising work, and ongoing development of messaging and branding.

Supervision:

  • No current direct reports, but potential to supervise administrative staff subject to department needs.

Location
This position is based in New York City.

Qualifications

  • At least seven years of direct experience with frontline fundraising. This includes developing and implementing strategies for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual prospects, producing fundraising campaigns, and planning events.
  • A broad and strategic mindset, with creative aptitude and effective use of independent judgment is a necessity.
  • Superb writing, communications, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work comfortably with major donor prospects, attorneys, and partner organizations with a variety of goals and perspectives.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to multitask, manage a high-volume workload, and have excellent time management skills are required.
  • Flexibility in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.
  • Ability to take initiative and to develop solutions quickly and effectively.
  • Prior nonprofit/NGO employment is required.
  • Experience working with a CRM database management is required.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Suite preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree is  required.
  • Interest in refugee/humanitarian issues is required. 

Application Instructions
Please submit a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and a list of three references at this link. Review of applications will start immediately, on a rolling basis.

IRAP believes that diversity is critical to fostering a strong workplace and serving our clients well. We strongly encourage applications from people with life experiences in the communities that we serve, members of other marginalized communities, and individuals whose identities are underrepresented in the legal profession and non-profit sector.

Compensation: $90,000

IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including family health, dental and vision benefits with no employee-paid premiums, a retirement plan with an employer matching component, and twenty days of vacation, five personal days, and twelve sick days per year.