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.

Staff Attorney

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POSITION AND BACKGROUND

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the International Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP) are seeking a Staff Attorney to work on a joint docket for the two organizations.  The docket will primarily consist of impact litigation to defend and advance the rights of refugees, but may also include litigation relating to other immigrant communities targeted by the policies of the current administration.  For example, litigation may relate to detention, religious profiling, and due process at ports of entry.

The Staff Attorney may be based in New York City, Los Angeles, or the District of Columbia, with a preference for New York City.  The Staff Attorney will be reporting to IRAP’s Litigation Director based in New York City and to NILC’s Staff Attorney based in Atlanta.  This is a regular, full-time position at IRAP and a temporary joint position with NILC for one year.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Develop and handle all aspects of litigation, principally in federal courts and administrative forums, including undertaking pre-litigation research and analysis, drafting pleadings and memoranda, conducting discovery, communicating with plaintiffs, and engaging in oral advocacy.
  • Conduct outreach to impacted communities and identify potential litigation and policy advocacy opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • JD degree and eligibility to practice law in the United States required.
  • This position is open to entry and mid-level candidates, with a preference for prior experience in immigrants’ rights issues.
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills required.
  • Must be a self-starter, motivated, and a good team player.
  • Must be highly organized, flexible, able to multi-task, to manage a high-volume workload, and must have excellent time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, and the ability to understand and handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to translate complex legal arguments to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to work well in diverse settings.
  • Fluency in oral and written English. Additional languages are a plus.
  • Preference for familiarity with software applications commonly used in litigation, including Westlaw, PACER, and Microsoft Word and Outlook.
  • Ability to travel across the country, as needed.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a writing sample in English (preferably 5-10 pages) using the application form available here.

NILC and IRAP are equal opportunity employers; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. NILC and IRAP do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class.

Caseworker - Amman

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 28 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 caseworker to support the work of our team in our Amman, Jordan office. The caseworker will conduct screening and intake interviews of refugees from various nationalities, manage follow-up communications with clients, maintain case files, and complete program reports. The position is supervised by the Jordan Program Manager.

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

Responsibilities

  • Conduct phone and in-person client screening and intake interviews of refugees in Arabic to determine eligibility for IRAP’s services.
  • Create records for each intake, person, and case associated with each screening, and input information into IRAP’s database system.
  • Draft intake reports, correspondence, and other documents as needed.
  • Communicate regularly with clients to provide follow up on developing cases and organize and update case files and the database accordingly.
  • Refer clients requesting non-legal assistance to partner NGOs. Potentially, draft written referrals to be sent to UNHCR.
  • Attend trainings, capacity-building meetings, and other events relevant to human rights and refugee issues as requested by the Program Manager.
  • Conduct translation for staff attorneys on an ad hoc basis.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Fluency in both Arabic and English.
  • Comfortable working with diverse populations, including LGBTI individuals.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Prior employment working with nonprofits/NGOs employment and conducting interviews strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with refugees or other vulnerable individuals, including LGBTI individuals, survivors of sexual and/or gender based violence, and survivors of torture and serious trauma is a plus.

Application Instructions

Please submit the following:

  • A cover letter
  • CV
  • A short writing sample (no more than two pages) in English
  • A short writing sample (no more than two pages) in Arabic

Your application will not be considered complete without the writing samples.

Please apply using the application form available here.

IRAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates.

Development Manager

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 Manager to work with a creative, dynamic, and growing legal and human rights organization in its New York office. IRAP’s Board, Executive Director, and development team have spent much time over 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 Development Manager with the energy and experience to assist the development team in identifying, nurturing, and stewarding funder relationships. The Development Manager will be an integral part of the IRAP team, reporting to IRAP’s Director of Development and Director of Institutional Giving.

Responsibilities

  • Corporate
    • Spearhead IRAP’s growing corporate fundraising program, including outreach, cultivation, and proposals to corporate sponsors.
    • Manage IRAP’s law firm giving program.
    • Draft and submit funding proposals and sponsorship requests.
    • Work with Board members and other supporters on outreach to corporate vendors and partners.
  • Foundation
    • Maintain annual grants calendar.
    • Work with the Director of Institutional Giving to draft LOIs, grant proposals, and reports.
  • Work with the Director of Development to implement strategies for donor development and engagement including:
    • Plan, write, and execute annual appeals and tailored communications to monthly donors and donors with specific interests.
    • Contribute to IRAP communications efforts, including quarterly newsletters, the annual report, materials for fundraising work, and ongoing message development and branding.
    • Oversee and grow IRAP’s newly created Alumni Association.
    • Work with the Development Assistant to research new individual, corporate, and
    • institutional donor prospects.
    • Maintain donor and prospect files.

Qualifications

  • At least four years of experience working in a comprehensive and successful development program, with exposure to individual, corporate, and institutional fundraising.
  • Substantial experience with CRM database management and accounting/budgeting systems.
  • Ability to work comfortably with board members, major donor prospects, attorneys, and partner organizations with diverse cultural and social orientations.
  • Superb writing, communications, interpersonal, and analytical skills.
  • Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multi-task, manage a high volume workload, and have excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment.
  • Prior nonprofit/NGO employment is a plus.
  • Microsoft Suite.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 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.

This position is based in New York City.