KIND seeks a Volunteer/Program Coordinator for a 2-2.5 month contract (with the possibility of extension) to provide administrative support in the areas of programming and operations within KIND.
The resumption of lawful processing of unaccompanied minors at the southern border has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of children coming into U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody. The Program Coordinator will complete screenings of children and family members, conduct background research to advance programming, and provide nimble, savvy, high-level support and coordination of Team activities, in a fast-paced and fluid setting.
KIND is seeking Volunteer Coordinators for the following sites:
El Paso, TX
San Diego, CA
Please specify in your application which location you are applying to.
The Volunteer/Program Coordinator will manage the volunteer community at each site, communicate regularly with volunteers, and track and report on volunteer engagement. Volunteers will include pro bono attorneys, law students, paralegals, social work students and professionals, interpreters, and other support.
Specific duties will include, but are not limited to
Help implement a recruitment and engagement strategy for attorney and non-attorney volunteers;
Conduct volunteer assessments to evaluate nature of experience, interest, and ability to volunteer.
Communicate and coordinate with volunteers pre-arrival to ensure volunteer completion of all required KIND documents prior to onsite visit.
Provide logistical information to volunteers such as on Covid-19 protocols and volunteer clearances needed for site access.
Help to train volunteers to provide Know Your Rights presentations and conduct intake legal screenings.
Welcome volunteers on-site and provide on-site support to volunteers
Work with other KIND staff onsite to support work and volunteer engagement, including connecting children with remote volunteers.
Answer volunteer questions onsite and arrange for events/meetings related to task completion and debriefing.
Ensure integrity of data entered by volunteers.
Work with KIND headquarters staff continuing training opportunities and strategies for volunteer engagement
Survey and track volunteer feedback.
1-3 years’ experience working with volunteers, ideally within the legal community
Advanced Spanish preferred
Prior volunteer outreach experience preferred
Demonstrated commitment to working on improving and/or understanding issues impacting immigrants in the United States or in another region
Facility with Microsoft Suite including Outlook, Excel, Word, Powerpoint, and Teams
Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail
Ability to work collaboratively
Highly motivated and able to operate independently
Ability to thrive in a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities
Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills
Ability to work within an office environment, have regular interaction via telephone, teleconference, IM and email with KIND’s team and have in-person meetings with clients.
About KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)
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 accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 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 the 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.