Pro Bono Manager

Title:  Pro Bono Manager                                             

Reports to:  Legal Director 

Department and Location: Remote currently and then based at any of our offices

Full-time

The Immigration Institute of the Bay Area was founded in 1918, and its mission is to welcome, educate and serve immigrants, refugees and their families as they join and contribute to the community. IIBA provides immigration legal services, English and civic education, and other services throughout the Bay Area, as well as through its collaborative efforts with local and regional service providers. IIBA offers a team-oriented, collegial and collaborative work environment.  We pride ourselves on providing excellent service to our clients, and we know our organization runs on the hard work and dedication of our passionate employees.

At IIBA, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and to do their best work. IIBA’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion is reflected in the work that we do.  We are committed to equity and believe deeply in the value of diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identify, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other wonderful characteristics that make us human.

Job Summary

The Pro Bono Manager of the Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) is responsible for (1) maintaining and expanding our current relationships with law firms and corporations to help build on our pro bono workshop model for Naturalization and DACA cases, (2) Recruitment and placement of law student and law graduate volunteers, (3) Recruitment and placement of legal fellows (law graduates with funding), and (4) act as a “clearinghouse” for other volunteers to support workshops or be placed in IIBA local offices.  

Essential Functions

  • Develop relationships and act as liaison between IIBA and law firms, in house legal departments, and educational institutions in order to recruit pro bono volunteers, law clerks, legal fellows, and other volunteers. 
  • Coordinate and manage pro bono workshops for all of our offices with law firms, in-house legal departments and educational institutions. 
  • Respond to inquiries for pro bono opportunities or information from individual attorneys, law firms, in-house legal departments, and educational institutions. 
  • Recruit, screen, and coordinate pro bono attorneys, law students, law graduates, interpreters, etc. Conduct trainings and thank you events for volunteers.   
  • Attend and participate in strategy meetings with other pro-bono coordinators/managers for non-profit legal service providers in the Bay Area. 
  • Devise and implement outreach plans to market to new pro bono attorneys. Work with IIBA’s communication’s team to create IIBA pro bono informational materials.
  • Develop legal expertise and legal best practices for IIBA’s naturalization and DACA workshops. Act as point-person for legal questions that arise out of IIBA’s naturalization and DACA workshops.
  • Supervise IIBA’s naturalization and DACA workshops, including strategic decision-making with respect to workshop logistics, content of training materials for volunteer attorneys, and content of materials provided to clients.
  • Supervise Citizenship Coordinator and coordinate other staff supporting the workshops.
  • Conduct limited immigration legal casework.

Qualifications:

  • Admitted and in good standing with any U.S. State Bar or graduated from an accredited law school and pending bar results.
  • Commitment to serve immigrants and sensitivity to the needs of the low-income, culturally diverse newcomer community. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills as well as the ability to work with diverse audiences required.
  • Ability to work well independently and demonstrated experience as a self-starter.
  • Strong oral and written skills with the ability to convey a message in a concise, clear and persuasive manner.
  • Exceptional organizational, planning and time management skills.
  • Experience building and maintaining professional relationships.
  • Proficiency in a Windows/PC environment, and able to quickly become proficient in the use of IIBA’s volunteer and client databases.
  • Experience in immigration law preferred.
  • Fluent in written and spoken Spanish preferred.
  • Access to transportation (when we return to in person work) and willingness to travel to several of IIBA’s offices.
  • Position requires participation in occasional weekend and evening events and clinics.

Salary/Benefits: Pay is commensurate with experience.

IIBA offers a generous cafeteria-style benefits package, elements of which include, but are not limited to:

  • Employer matching 403(B) retirement plan: up to 4% employer contribution
  • Insurance: Health, dental, life, vision, chiropractic & acupuncture.  Medical and dependent care pre-tax reimbursement accounts.
  • Transportation reimbursement account.
  • Vacation: three (3) weeks of accrued vacation per year with an increase each year.
  • Sick Leave including paid family sick time
  • Holidays: 15 paid Holidays per year
  • Paid Parental Leave

To apply: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to iibayareahire@iibayarea.org

Please include the title of the job in the subject line.

Position opened until filled.

This description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant. Because of a need to remain responsive to the needs of our clients and our Agency’s operations, responsibilities may be modified at any time.


IIBA recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. Persons receiving services in our programs are entitled to freedom from harassment and retaliation and reasonable accommodation for qualified disabilities.

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