Program Assistant, Immigration Justice Campaign

National Office Practice & Professionalism

28 Feb 2019

National Office

Practice & Professionalism


Full Time


2 years

FLSA Classification


Department Summary            

The Practice and Professionalism Center is dedicated to the shared ideals of the legal profession, including service to clients, ethical conduct, increasing competence and respect of the legal system and pursuit of the public good.  The Center focuses on providing assistance with developing our members’ practice, resolving ethical dilemmas, providing ideas on improving firm management and help meeting pro bono commitments. 

The Immigration Justice Campaign is a collaboration between AILA and the American Immigration Council. The Justice Campaign is a broad-based project to activate a nationwide community of lawyers and other supporters to defend immigrants from deportation and to advocate for due process and justice for noncitizens targeted for immigration enforcement. A central piece of the Immigration Justice Campaign’s work involves recruiting, training, and mentoring pro bono volunteers so that they can represent detained immigrants around the country.    

Position Summary

The Program Assistant will provide administrative and logistical support to all aspects of the Justice Campaign’s innovative mentorship program, which is a critical, core component of the Justice Campaign’s mission to increase access to counsel and due process for immigrants detained while fighting their cases. The mentorship program centers on the provision of group mentorship provided by experienced AILA members as well as technical assistance from in-house Justice Campaign team members. The Program Assistant is tasked with ensuring smooth operational and logistical functioning of the mentorship program, including organizing, scheduling and tracking the mentorship and the technical assistance provided to Justice Campaign volunteer attorneys and serving as a key point of contact as volunteers and mentors navigate their relationship in delivering quality legal services to detained immigrants. In addition, the Program Assistant will work with team members to research, evaluate, and improve upon the Justice Campaign’s innovative models with the objective of better scaling access to counsel for detained immigrants. The Program Assistant will also provide general administrative support to the Justice Campaign Team.  The Program Assistant will report to the Counsel of Pro Bono Programs.

This position has access to confidential information, and therefore must function in a professional and confidential manner.  Failure to maintain this standard will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Required Education and Experience

Undergraduate degree. Minimum of 2 years of administrative experience.

Minimum Job Requirements

A minimum of 2 years of experience in an administrative position is required, preferably experience within a nonprofit environment.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated: 

  1. Strong organizational skills;
  2. Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal);
  3. Exceptional customer service orientation and attention to detail;
  4. Proficiency with databases and data tracking tools (such as Formstack) as well as a willingness to learn new tools; and the
  5. Capacity to develop a working knowledge of association products and services.

Our workplace 
We offer a dynamic and collaborative work environment with a competitive compensation package based on your experience and qualifications. Our generous benefits include 100% of an employee’s Medical/Rx, Dental, and Vision premiums, as well as contributions towards dependents’ premiums; a 401(k) with up to 3% matching contribution upon enrollment, employer paid disability and life insurance, commuter subsidy, and on-site fitness room. In addition, we provide employees with flexible scheduling and telecommuting options and plenty of time away from the office to bolster creativity and recharge. Added perks: four-week paid parental leave and a four-week sabbatical every tenth year of service. 

AILA received recognition as a 50 Best Places to Work by Washingtonian Magazine and one of the Principal 10 Best for Employee Financial Security. Our diverse membership is comprised of knowledgeable, compassionate, and dedicated professionals who constantly work to navigate the complex practice of immigration law.  

For Consideration Qualified applicants are to submit cover letter, resume and salary requirement. Cover letter should include a summary of how your background, knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position.  

NOTE: Applications without cover letters and which do not indicate desired salary may not be considered.

Direct hire only – NO recruiters (mail, email, fax or phone).