Rural Capacity Building Legal Service Provider

Aug 4, 2014
Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION:  Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to welcome immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy.  JFON-NE is part of the national JFON network.


Responsibilities of the position: 


The JFON-NE Rural Capacity Building (RCB) Legal Service Provider is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant families in and around Lexington and Grand Island.  The RCB Legal Service Provider will also work on identifying collaborative community partners to help build capacity for the provision of long-term immigration legal services in these communities.  The RCB Legal Service Provider position will be located in Lexington or Grand Island and will work in coordination with established community partners to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants’ rights to the end of promoting inclusion of the immigrant community.  In addition, the RCB Legal Service Provider will apply for and successfully obtain Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accreditation after training.  Accreditation will allow a qualified non-lawyer to represent individuals before Department of Homeland Security on behalf of a recognized organization.


DUTIES and Responsibilities:


  • After obtaining BIA Accreditation, provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics and provide direct representation to clients before the Department of Homeland Security     
  • Oversee JFON-NE’s cases involving the legal needs of clients in the targeted geographic area under the supervision of the JFON-NE Legal Director
  • Work in collaboration with Nebraska Appleseed, Heartland Workers Center, Hispanos Unidos, and the Center for Rural Affairs to build capacity and promote inclusion of the immigrant community
  •   Assist in the development of grant proposals and other funding opportunities
    • Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports
    • Contribute and steer outreach and education programs


  • Must have a B.A. in Human Services related field and good moral character to apply for BIA Accreditation
  • Preferred candidate will have at least 1-3 years of non-profit work experience
  • Spanish language proficiency is required
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths
  • Strong commitment to public interest legal services



  • Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
  • Please send resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample by email to Charles S. Ellison at
  • Position to start in December of 2014
Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014