POSITION: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is seeking several Community Resource Coordinators for Immigrant Children in our Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, or Ypsilanti offices. The successful candidate will have an emphasis on working with unaccompanied immigrant children, will conduct outreach and work on connecting immigrant children with existing community resources and responding with others on the team to systemic matters that arise around access to resources. This is a chance to join a talented grant-funded team doing important and challenging work at a critical time. This position will be based out of one of our offices listed above with a hybrid in-office/remote work schedule.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: MIRC is a legal resource center for immigrant communities. The three pillars of our work are: 1) direct legal services; 2) systemic advocacy; and 3) community education and engagement. MIRC is part of Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services (MSAS), a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to low income and senior persons through several statewide programs. MSAS is administered by the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), which provides access to the justice system for those who need it the most through civil legal aid offices and statewide advocacy programs. MAP’s mission is to advance the safety, independence, and economic stability of those most affected by poverty, racism, and other structurally oppressive systems by increasing access to justice and working for systemic solutions. Visit michiganimmigrant.org and miadvocacy.org for more information.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Community Resource Coordinators (“CRCs”) receive requests from the legal team to assess clients’ non-legal needs. CRCs are responsible for developing connections to community resources to connect immigrant children with appropriate community resources across the state and may be placed in any of the above-listed offices. They will also be a part of the broader team that may engage in advocacy to seek better access to resources for immigrant children where appropriate.
QUALIFICATIONS: An associate’s degree or commensurate professional experience is required; a bachelor’s degree is preferred. Experience or education in the field of social work is preferred but not required. Applicants must possess excellent communication, collaboration, analytical and problem‐solving skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to protecting the rights of immigrants or other persons in poverty. Candidate must be detail-oriented with strong organizational skills. Candidate must be proficient with major software and web services including Word, Excel, G Suite, and have access to a reliable internet connection if they intend to work remotely some of the time. Applicants who have experience, especially related to immigration and poverty, will receive priority. No prior legal experience required. Spanish language proficiency required.
BENEFITS: This is a full-time position with a salary starting at $43,754 and based on relevant experience. MAP offers a generous benefits package including life, short- and long-term disability, health, vision, dental and flexible spending accounts. If staff do not require health benefits, they have the option to take an annual $1,500 payout in addition to the base salary paid over the course of the year. MAP also has a generous leave policy allowing staff to accrue 3 weeks paid vacation the first year and 13 paid holidays, as well as an annual 2% contribution and 2% match to retirement plan subject to board approval for eligible staff. MAP is a qualifying employer for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
TO APPLY: Please complete this application and submit your resume and cover letter. You can also access the application by copying and pasting the following web address into your browser: https://miadvocacy.bamboohr.com/careers/59. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
MSAS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.