Careers

IRAP is currently accepting applications for the following positions on a rolling basis. Please review each description for specific details on how to apply.

Development Assistant - New York

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are 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 persons around the world.

IRAP operates offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon. 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 at 29 universities in the United States and Canada.

IRAP believes in action, accountability, innovation, and candor. We are nimble, collaborative, and nonpartisan, and believe in the power of individuals to change their own circumstances. IRAP was founded in 2008 by a group of Yale Law students with a vision to change the status quo of global refugee processing in order to assist the most vulnerable refugees.

Opportunity

IRAP is seeking a Development Assistant to join our growing team in our New York office.  The Development Assistant will be responsible for supporting the daily operations of the development department by working closely with the Director of Development and Institutional Giving Manager. The Development Assistant is also responsible for providing executive-level administrative support to the development department as directed, including processing donations, maintaining a weekly calendar of development activities, and conducting prospect research. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: data entry of all contributions following database rules and procedures, management of donor acknowledgement protocols, and drafting solicitation letters.

Responsibilities

  • Provides day-to-day administrative support to the Director of Development and Institutional Giving Manager.
  • Processes all donations, including generating tax receipts and following acknowledgement procedures and IRS guidelines.
  • Maintains the development calendar, including managing system of weekly follow-up activities to development correspondence and meetings.
  • Assists with drafting solicitation proposals and letters, donor correspondence, gift agreements, and gift acknowledgements.
  • Prepares reports, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Conducts prospect research and prepares donor profiles.
  • Assists with coordination and production of fundraising and donor cultivation events.
  • Assists with preparation of department reporting by retrieving data, as needed.
  • Manages data entry and data quality control.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.
  • 1-2 years of office administrative experience preferred.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
  • Fundraising database management experience a plus.
  • Ability to self-prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented and have a strong sense of responsibility and commitment.
  • Interest in refugee/humanitarian issues.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (1-2 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here.

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation/sick leave.

Communications Assistant - New York

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are 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 persons around the world.

IRAP operates offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon. 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 at 29 universities in the United States and Canada.

IRAP believes in action, accountability, innovation, and candor. We are nimble, collaborative, and nonpartisan, and believe in the power of individuals to change their own circumstances. IRAP was founded in 2008 by a group of Yale Law students with a vision to change the status quo of global refugee processing in order to assist the most vulnerable refugees.

Opportunity

IRAP is seeking a Communications Assistant to join our growing team in our New York office. The Communications Assistant will be responsible for supporting the daily operations of the communications department by working closely with the Communications Manager and the policy department. The Communications Assistant is also responsible for providing executive-level administrative support to the communications department as directed, including logging press inquiries, researching press contacts and outlets, and monitoring the media. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: data entry of all contacts and press mentions, drafting and formatting press releases, blog posts, and newsletters, and supporting regular internal communications.

The Communications Assistant reports to the Communications Manager.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in refugees, human rights, and immigration/international law, and to be part of a growing agency that makes an impact on the lives of refugees.

Responsibilities

  • Provides day-to-day support to the Communications Manager.
  • Monitors media for press mentions and updates the blog and social media.
  • Assists with drafting, formatting, and sending press releases, newsletters, and other mass mailings.
  • Performs accurate data entry in communications database and updates mailing lists.
  • Compiles and distributes weekly updates to the staff.
  • Conducts research into press contacts and news outlets.
  • Prepares quarterly communications reports.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.
  • 1-2 years of office administrative and communications experience preferred.
  • Advanced computer proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
  • Experience with maintaining and querying complex databases.
  • Experience with WordPress and MailChimp.
  • Web design or graphic design skills a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Foreign languages a plus.
  • Ability to self-prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented and have a strong sense of responsibility and commitment.
  • Interest in refugee/humanitarian issues.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here.

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation/sick leave.

Staff Attorney - New York

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are 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 persons around the world.

IRAP operates offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon. 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 at 29 universities in the United States and Canada.

IRAP believes in action, accountability, innovation, and candor. We are nimble, collaborative, and nonpartisan, and believe in the power of individuals to change their own circumstances. IRAP was founded in 2008 by a group of Yale Law students with a vision to change the status quo of global refugee processing in order to assist the most vulnerable refugees.

Opportunity

IRAP is seeking a ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­staff attorney to be a part of the growing IRAP Legal team in our New York office. The staff attorney will represent refugees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, and other vulnerable individuals by drafting legal submissions and advocating on their behalf with the United Nations, U.S. and foreign governments and other relevant agencies. The staff attorney will also assist the Legal team in managing and advising IRAP’s network of over 1,000 lawyers and law students who are representing clients pro bono. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in refugees, human rights, and immigration/international law, and to be part of a growing agency that makes an impact on the lives of refugees.  The position reports to senior members of the Legal team.

Responsibilities

  • Directly represent vulnerable refugees and SIV applicants by drafting United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) resettlement referrals, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) legal submissions, and SIV applications.
  • Provide advice and counseling to refugees and SIV applicants in their UNHCR refugee status determination (RSD), USCIS refugee interviews, or U.S. Embassy SIV interviews, as well as representation before other agencies and Embassies as needed.
  • Conduct and review intakes with potential clients and draft reports as part of IRAP’s refugee case screening process.
  • Assist the IRAP Legal team with managing and mentoring IRAP law school chapters and law firms, including conducting trainings, reviewing legal submissions, and providing legal advice.
  • Assist the IRAP Legal team with any current and future high impact litigation efforts.
  • Collaborate with the IRAP Policy team to reform and improve the U.S. refugee and SIV processes.
  • Assist with the management of volunteer legal interns and intake volunteers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • BA and JD required.
  • Must be admitted to practice law in the United States.
  • 1-2 years of prior legal experience working with refugees or other vulnerable individuals, including LGBTI individuals, victims of sexual and/or gender-based violence, and victims of torture and serious trauma.
  • Prior employment with a non-profit and/or in immigration law is a plus.
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.
  • Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multi-task, manage a high volume workload, and have excellent time management skills.
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; comfortable working with diverse populations.
  • Prior employment, living, and/or study in the MENA region is preferred.
  • Arabic is a plus.
  • Microsoft Suite.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here.

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation/sick leave.

Pro Bono Coordinator - New York

About IRAP

The International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) is the first organization to provide free and comprehensive legal representation to refugees through the registration, protection, and resettlement processes. We are 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 persons around the world.

IRAP operates offices in New York, Jordan, and Lebanon. 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 at 29 universities in the United States and Canada.

IRAP believes in action, accountability, innovation, and candor. We are nimble, collaborative, and nonpartisan, and believe in the power of individuals to change their own circumstances. IRAP was founded in 2008 by a group of Yale Law students with a vision to change the status quo of global refugee processing in order to assist the most vulnerable refugees.

Opportunity

IRAP is seeking a Pro Bono Coordinator to grow and manage our pro bono legal program. This is a new position, as our pro bono programming was previously managed jointly by our legal team. The Pro Bono Coordinator will be responsible for outreach, training and onboarding new partners, overseeing the development and revision of pro bono materials, and working with IRAP’s legal and policy teams to identify new opportunities for pro bono attorneys and law students. IRAP has received an outpouring of enthusiasm from law firms eager to assist refugees, and the Pro Bono Coordinator will play an integral role in designing and implementing innovative programming to encourage refugee rights advocacy.

This is an exciting opportunity for an attorney interested in refugee, immigration, and international law who is seeking a program development, management, and training role. The Pro Bono Coordinator will be part of a small but growing office that will make an impact on the lives of refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and overseas. The position reports to the Legal Director and the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct outreach to Pro Bono Coordinators at law firms and individual attorneys in the U.S. and internationally for collaboration on immigration, refugee, and litigation cases.
  • Work with IRAP’s legal and policy teams to identify opportunities for pro bono attorney support and design programming around those opportunities.
  • Survey existing law firms to improve and expand outreach and programmatic support.
  • Develop and present immigration legal trainings, and onboard new law firms, attorneys, and IRAP chapters.
  • Create, revise, and distribute IRAP’s pro bono materials.
  • Coordinate with law schools to link IRAP chapters with supervising attorneys.
  • Develop materials and guidance to support attorneys supervising law students and to improve the experiential education of law students at IRAP chapters.
  • Collaborate with IRAP’s Development Department in creating funding streams from law firms.
  • Provide technical support on immigration law and issues.
  • Train IRAP interns, volunteers, and law students on refugee, international, and human rights law and related topics.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • BA and a JD, LLB, LLM, or an equivalent legal education are required.
  • Must be admitted to practice law.
  • Minimum of 3 years relevant experience.
  • Experience in immigration and/or refugee law required.
  • Prior employment in a non-profit and working with pro bono coordinators at law firms are a plus.
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.
  • Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multi-task, manage a high volume workload, and have excellent time management skills.
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; comfortable working with diverse populations.
  • Prior experience creating and presenting legal trainings preferred.
  • Passion for human rights and refugee issues and advocacy.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (2-3 pages), and a list of three references using the application form available here.

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. IRAP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health and retirement plans, a flexible work schedule, and vacation/sick leave.