Job Opportunities

Thank you for considering employment with the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic. If current opportunities do not apply to you, but you are interested in possible future opportunities please send your CV to info@NSLegalAid.org.

The mission of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is to provide accessible, quality pro bono legal services in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and housing to give those in need of access to justice the opportunity to live productive and secure lives.

NSLAC is a 6-year-old dynamic nonprofit with a collaborative culture and the goal of becoming the model legal aid organization focused on suburban communities. We are currently seeking a Director of Development, Staff Attorney for our Domestic Violence Law Practice, Staff Attorney for our Housing Law Practice, Staff Attorney for our Immigration Law Practice, and a Paralegal for our Immigration Law Practice.  See below for details.

 

Director of Development

The mission of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is to provide accessible, quality pro bono legal services in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and housing to give those in need of access to justice the opportunity to live productive and secure lives.

NSLAC is a 6-year-old dynamic nonprofit with a collaborative culture and the goal of becoming the model legal aid organization focused on suburban communities.

The Director of Development leads our fundraising efforts and will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Executive Director to create and implement a well-rounded, strategic fundraising plan and timeline, identifying key tools and resources necessary to ensure a successful annual campaign
  • Grow a diverse donor base through prospect research, donor cultivation and solicitation, including the development and implementation of donor stewardship systems, programs, and special events
  • Guide and support the clinic’s Board of Directors in their fundraising efforts
  • Oversee the annual cycle of foundation & government grant management and administration, including grant writing, submissions, and reporting
  • Oversee all fundraising events, including the annual Spring Event and donor cultivation events
  • Lead and mentor a small fundraising team with a potential for growth, and serve as a member of the Clinic’s leadership team
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in managing development/fundraising projects in a nonprofit organization, including demonstrated success in grant writing, individual giving, corporate sponsorship, and special events fundraising and management
  • Proven track record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donor prospects and donors
  • Excellent oral/written communication, organization, and research skills are required
  • A demonstrated team-player with exemplary interpersonal skills in collaborating with others
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced nonprofit start-up environment

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Generous vacation policy. Health insurance and 401(k) provided.

Interested candidates should apply by emailing their resume and a cover letter to info@nslegalaid.org

NSLAC is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Law Practice

The Clinic is proud of its friendly and flexible work environment—we are open to candidates seeking a full-time or part-time position, as well as to the attorneys returning to the workforce after taking some time off.

The mission of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is to provide accessible, quality pro bono legal services in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and housing to give those in need of access to justice the opportunity to live productive and secure lives.

NSLAC is a 6-year-old dynamic nonprofit with a collaborative culture and the goal of becoming the model legal aid organization focused on suburban communities.

The Staff Attorney (full-time or part-time) who joins our Domestic Violence Law Practice will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Director of Domestic Violence Law Practice. Lead all phases of law practice, including intake and initial client interviews, drafting pleadings, engaging in discovery, taking depositions, drafting and briefing motions, appearing before the Lake and Cook County Domestic Violence Court for emergency orders and plenary hearings, and before the Lake and Cook County Family Court for motion hearings, trials and, if necessary, appeals.
  • Work with immigration and housing attorneys if there are immigration or housing aspects of the case.
  • Supervise, train, and support the professional growth of volunteer attorneys and legal interns.
  • Build, manage, and maintain relationships with outside counsel and other legal advocacy community organizations.
  • Collaborate with team to identify, develop, revise, and implement client intake systems, case management, litigation protocols and related systems.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local townships DV agencies, shelters, stakeholders, or other external agencies
  • Ensure compliance with ethical rules and all applicable regulations.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • J.D. and good standing to practice law in Illinois required.
  • 3 years in a family law practice with significant experience representing survivors of domestic violence.
  • Understanding of the NSLAC’s public interest law/nonprofit mission.
  • A demonstrated team-player with exemplary interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating with others.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to work independently and manage your own case load.
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced nonprofit start-up environment.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Generous vacation policy. Health insurance and 401(k) provided.

Interested candidates should submit their resume with the cover letter to info@nslegalaid.org.

NSLAC is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Staff Attorney, Housing Law Practice

The Clinic is proud of its friendly and flexible work environment—we are open to candidates seeking a full-time or part-time position, as well as to the attorneys returning to the workforce after taking some time off.

The mission of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is to provide accessible, quality pro bono legal services in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and housing to give those in need of access to justice the opportunity to live productive and secure lives.

NSLAC is a 6-year-old dynamic nonprofit with a collaborative culture and the goal of becoming the model legal aid organization focused on suburban communities.

The Staff Attorney (full-time or part-time) for the Housing Law Practice will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:

  • Provide direct representation to low-income tenants in housing cases including evictions, terminations from subsidized housing, lease disputes, illegal lockouts, and return of security deposits;
  • Cover cases at the Skokie, Rolling Meadows, and Waukegan courthouses;
  • Assist with off-site clinics in the community;
  • Conduct Know Your Rights presentations and workshops for low-income tenants on housing law related topics;
  • Collaborate with the Domestic Violence Law Practice and Immigration Law Practice teams ensuring a holistic approach to client matters;
  • Co-counsel and assist pro bono attorneys in housing legal matters;
  • Perform other responsibilities needed to ensure NSLAC team’s success.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • J.D. degree required;
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred, but not required;
  • Understanding of the NSLAC’s public interest law/nonprofit mission;
  • A demonstrated team-player with exemplary interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating with others;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced nonprofit start-up environment.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Generous vacation policy. Health insurance and 401(k) provided.

Interested candidates should apply by emailing their resume and a cover letter to info@nslegalaid.org

NSLAC is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Staff Attorney, Immigration Law Practice

The Clinic is proud of its friendly and flexible work environment—we are open to candidates seeking a full-time or part-time position, as well as to the attorneys returning to the workforce after taking some time off.

The mission of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is to provide accessible, quality pro bono legal services in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and housing to give those in need of access to justice the opportunity to live productive and secure lives.

NSLAC is a 6-year-old dynamic nonprofit with a collaborative culture and the goal of becoming the model legal aid organization focused on suburban communities.

The Staff Attorney (full-time or part-time) who joins our Immigration Law Practice team will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:

  • Provide direct representation on complex cases (Asylum, U Visa, VAWA, Removal Defense, SIJS);
  • Collaborate with and provide legal advice to pro bono attorneys and DOJ accredited representatives on their immigration law caseload;
  • Work with Director of Immigration Law Practice on developing and maintaining training standards and materials for all immigration staff;
  • Monitor changes to immigration law, regulations and policy. Prepare for significant changes in immigration law and their impact on client services;
  • Represent NSLAC at community functions, and at other events as requested;
  • Conduct Know Your Rights presentations and Emergency Toolkit (Action Plan) workshops;
  • Supervise intakes at off-site Immigration Clinics at NSLAC’s partnering suburban organizations;
  • Perform other responsibilities needed to ensure NSLAC team’s success.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • J.D. degree required;
  • 2-4 years in an immigration law practice;
  • Immigration Court experience;
  • Fluency in Spanish required;
  • A demonstrated team-player with exemplary interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating with others;
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced nonprofit start-up environment.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Generous vacation policy. 401k Plan and health insurance provided. Remote work available due to COVID-19.

Interested candidates should submit their resume with the cover letter to info@nslegalaid.org

NSLAC is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Paralegal, Immigration Law Practice

The mission of the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) is to provide accessible, quality pro bono legal services in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and housing to give those in need of access to justice the opportunity to live productive and secure lives.

NSLAC is a 6-year-old dynamic nonprofit with a collaborative culture and the goal of becoming the model legal aid organization focused on suburban communities.

The Paralegal who joins our Immigration Law Practice team will be expected to assume the following responsibilities:

  • Obtain Department of Justice (DOJ) Representative accreditation (the Clinic will sponsor and provide the required training), which allows for client representation in front of USCIS;
  • Assess individuals’ eligibility for immigration benefits during appointments and off-site immigration clinics;
  • Perform factual and legal research and regularly monitor developments in immigration law and procedure;
  • Advocate for clients before USCIS;
  • Work with attorneys and DOJ accredited representatives to prepare forms for various case types, namely citizenship and naturalization, DACA, family petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status, U-visa, and VAWA, asylum, and removal defense cases;
  • Assist in case management of immigration applicants including but not limited to maintaining client files, drafting cover letters, preparing application packets, reviewing case files;
  • Follow up on pending case work and maintain communication with clients via phone, email, or mail regarding missing documentation necessary for submission of application;
  • Provide workshop preparation prior to workshops and logistical support during citizenship and/or DACA workshops, when applicable;
  • Participate in on-going immigration trainings and other professional development;
  • Represent NSLAC at community functions, and at other events as requested;
  • Perform other responsibilities needed to ensure NSLAC team’s success.

Qualifications/Skills:

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) required;
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree;
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of experience as an immigration paralegal, handling naturalization, DACA, family petitions, consular processing, adjustment of status, U-visa, and VAWA;
  • Additional experience with Removal/Deportation, SIJS, U visa certification and Asylum;
  • Familiarity with filing requirements for EOIR, BIA, and USCIS;
  • Ability to work independently as well as with people of diverse cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds;
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed—mostly Monday-Friday;
  • Some evenings and weekends may be required;
  • Access to a car, valid driver’s license and insurance, and ability to travel within the Chicago northern suburbs;
  • A demonstrated team-player with exemplary interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating with others;
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced nonprofit start-up environment.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience. Generous vacation policy. 401k Plan and health insurance provided. Flexible remote work available due to COVID-19.

Interested candidates should submit their resume with the cover letter to info@nslegalaid.org

NSLAC is an equal opportunity employer.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) non-discrimination policy applies to all employees, prospective employees, volunteers, clients, and contractors. NSLAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.