Community Organizer / Paralegal
Full-Time Temporary (1 year)
The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska Foundation (ACLU of Nebraska) invites applications for a full-time community organizer / paralegal for our immigrants’ rights work. This position has been created by a one year grant. While we hope to be able to support the position beyond that time, only one year is assured. This position requires strong conversational Spanish and English.
The ACLU of Nebraska is a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes human rights, civil rights, and civil liberties through integrated legal, legislative, field, and public education initiatives throughout Nebraska. It is over 1400 members strong and is poised for growth and expansion.
KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the community organizer / paralegal will be responsible for:
- Supporting the ACLU of Nebraska’s coordinated campaign of litigation, advocacy, and public education to fight back against anti-immigrant state laws and policies.
- Engaging with impacted communities and community leaders, both directly and at public and coalition meetings, in order to inform them about ongoing litigation and to keep the ACLU of Nebraska up to date and aware of developments on the ground.
- Providing investigative support in existing and potential cases, e.g. identifying, locating and interviewing potential witnesses and clients; determining whether agencies and local governments are engaging in unlawful practices; finding and obtaining documentary evidence of such behavior.
- Collaborating closely with our National Immigrants’ Rights Project (“IRP”) and ACLU of Nebraska attorneys to ensure that the work is responsive to litigation needs.
- Performing other duties as assigned by professional staff.
- Familiarity with Nebraska’s immigrant communities, advocates, and/or organizations strongly preferred (but not required).
- A year of organizing work or paralegal work or related experience is preferred (but not required).
- Commitment to civil liberties, immigrants’ rights and public interest work is essential.
- Must be self-starter, organized, and detail-oriented with strong interpersonal skills. Willing to work in a fast-paced environment.
- Flexibility to work beyond the regular work week as needed, including irregular hours (evening and week-end when necessary).
- Valid driver’s license, auto insurance, personal vehicle and a willingness to travel around the state is required (although mileage and travel expenses will be reimbursed).
- A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
- Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat, experience with internet-based research, and good writing ability are preferred.
- A college degree is not required.
- Minorities of all kind are especially encouraged to apply, as are work-authorized non-citizens, including individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
Salary is commensurate with experience within the parameters of the ACLU of Nebraska’s salary scale. Excellent benefits include, 100% employer-paid medical and dental insurance, 401 (k) plan with an employer match, life and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid holidays.
All applications are treated confidentially. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and current resume to
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on August 4, 2014.
The ACLU of Nebraska is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.