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Program Assistant

Department: Legal Services
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND Inc)

Program Assistant

Los Angeles

About KIND

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided nearly 18,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and legal staff and cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.

KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.

To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.

KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.

Position Description

KIND seeks a full-time Program Assistant for its Los Angeles field office to accept case referrals, conduct comprehensive intakes and outreach to child clients, manage data entry, prepare a comprehensive set of case documentation, and to be responsible for the overall administrative duties of the office, including database management.  The staff member will have but not be limited to the following responsibilities: 

1)      Liaise with colleagues at other nonprofits, as well as individual members of the public, to receive on-line or telephonic referrals and ensure that referrals comply with KIND’s case acceptance criteria;

2)      Schedule and manage all logistics to ensure that an intake interview is timely scheduled;

3)      Interview, screen and conduct a comprehensive intake with each individual child;

4)      Prepare a case summary and comprehensive memorandum for each intake, and assemble a set of case documents for use by the KIND Staff and Pro Bono Attorneys;

5)      Prepare and manage docket lists for upcoming court dates as well as assist and notify children who are still waiting for placement with counsel; and

6)      Assist with office administration and operations, case management, and data entry.

 Qualifications for the Ideal Candidate

1)      Fluency in Spanish required;

2)      Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;

3)      Experience conducting screening and intake interviews;

4)      Experience with office organization and management, particularly in legal service settings;

5)      A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;

6)      Ability to work collaboratively, and preferably, prior experience working with attorneys, law firms, or other legal service providers;

7)      Experience in data management;

8)      Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; and 

9)      Experience or familiarity with immigration and/or family law and procedure and immigration authorities. 

 To Apply

Applications should include a cover letter, resume, salary range requirements, writing sample, and three (3) references

Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered. 

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls. 

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work.

The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer. 

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