We are Hiring a Program Administrator!

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We are Hiring a Program Administrator!

Program Administrator of Operations Job Description


The Program Administrator of Operations will support the day-to day implementation of CALA office procedures and policies, collaborate on CALA’s social media strategic plan, implement CALA’s accounting procedures, coordinate and assist CALA’s accountant, and facilitate communication between CALA’s Finance committee and CALA staff. The program administrator will be supervised and report back to CALA’s Director of Operations.

Position Responsibilities include, but not limited to:
- Communicate with CALA Staff to solve procedures misunderstanding and/or implementation
- Communicate and support the CALA Finance committee
- Attend Finance Committee meetings
- Minutes from meetings and tasks
- Accountant liaison to Finance committee
- Performs general clerical duties to include but not limited to: photocopying, faxing, mail distribution and filing
- Responsible for keeping inventory of all office supplies and placing orders for replenishment is needed
- Coordinates and maintains records for staff office space, phones, computers, company credit cards and office keys
- Administration of the CALA Immigration Helpline
- Creates and modifies various documents using Google Drive
- Updates donations and send email notifications using Little Green Light software
- Answer the general CALA phone and general email promptly and uses good judgment to prioritize the distribution of messages in a timely manner
- Prepares meeting materials and assists with the development of presentations and graphics
- Records minutes at various meetings and archives them accordingly
- Performs all other related duties as assigned by Director of Operations

Qualifications:
1. Knowledgeable level with excel and google spreadsheets;
2. Experience in bookkeeping for non-profit administration:
3. Experience and skills with social media and/or marketing;
4. Comfort with technology, including fluency with Microsoft Office and Google products;
5. Punctuality and ability to meet deadlines
6. Preference may be given to applicants who are fluent in Spanish.

CALA is an equal opportunity workplace and is committed to working closely and effectively with the communities that we serve. Individuals self-identifying as people of color, LGBTQI, socio- economically diverse, persons with a disability, or as otherwise having backgrounds and experiences underrepresented in the legal profession are highly encouraged to apply.

To apply: send a cover letter, resume, references, and a work sample to cala@calachicago.org  We will accept applications until the position is filled.

Salary range: $28,000-35,000 Based on  years of experience

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We are Hiring a Staff Attorney!

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We are Hiring a Staff Attorney!

Position Description: 

CALA is looking for a staff attorney with genuine interest in community lawyering, connecting the law with grassroots activism, and being part of a new legal services model. The attorney will have three primary responsibilities: 1) staff CALA’s community law office in Lake County once a week, 2) handle immigration cases, and 3) practice one additional area of law. CALA uses its model, "community activism lawyering," to unite lawyers and activists to collaboratively help underserved communities access justice and pursue social change. Through these partnerships, CALA creates “community activism-law programs” within and co-operated by communities. CALA accomplishes its two principal objectives at once: provide cost-effective legal services to underserved individual clients and help our activist partners achieve broader social change. Through our work, CALA seeks to change not only how the legal aid system operates but also how lawyers and activists work together.

The starting salary range is $50,000-$65,000 and will be commensurate with experience, qualifications and salary history—and is negotiable. Benefits include medical insurance, travel reimbursement, generous paid time off, coverage of professional fees. 403(b) plan-matching and bonuses are also available, contingent upon annual fundraising. Depending on experience, there may be an opportunity for the selected candidate to be promoted to senior attorney.

Requirements: 

Candidates should have at minimum 2 years of experience in immigration, housing, or family. Candidates must be willing to commute once a week to Lake County—or twice a week to Chicago for those who live in Lake County—and be comfortable working independently in a fast-paced environment. They must also be prepared to work some non-traditional hours—evenings and the occasional weekend day—and in non-traditional, multiple locations; in exchange, they are afforded great flexibility in work schedule. Preference may be given to applicants who are fluent in Spanish.

To apply: 

CALA is an equal opportunity workplace and is committed to working closely and effectively with the communities that we serve. Individuals self-identifying as people of color, LGBTQI, socio- economically diverse, persons with a disability, or as otherwise having backgrounds and experiences underrepresented in the legal profession are highly encouraged to apply. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, references, recent writing sample for an immigration case, and salary history to hiring@calachicago.org. We will accept applications until the position is filled.

Salary range: 

$50,000-65,000

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CALA's 3rd Anniversary Gala

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Please join us as we celebrate our impact on our partners, our neighbors, and our clients at this third year anniversary event. Enjoy a spoken word presentation (by Young Chicago Authors), testimonials from community members, and cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Just by attending, you'll support the work of CALA. All proceeds - tickets, donations, silent auction items - will go directly to CALA and support those most in need of legal aid. 

To purchase tickets for the event, please click here

 

DATE AND TIME

Thursday, October 12th 2017

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

 

LOCATION:

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

155 N Wacker Dr

28th Floor

Chicago, IL 60606

 

Success Story - Pursuing Freedom

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Success Story - Pursuing Freedom

Maricela’s green card was all but secured. She came to the United States using a tourist visa more than 30 years ago. Through her relatives in the U.S., she had filed an application to become a legal permanent resident. Unfortunately, Maricela’s application got lost in the system, and she never got her green card.

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Success Story- Lawyering Beyond Boundaries

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Success Story- Lawyering Beyond Boundaries

Sam was stunned when she received notification that her ex-boyfriend had filed an order of protection against her. They had broken up about 6 months earlier after he was physically aggressive and pressured her into non-consensual sexual acts.

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Letter to Chief Justice Karmeier

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Letter to Chief Justice Karmeier

CALA and other immigrant and civil rights organizations across Illinois have submitted a request to the Honorable Lloyd Karmeier, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, to protect families from immigration activities at Illinois courthouses.

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CALA's Helpline

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CALA's Helpline

To address the increasing concerns of immigrant communities and Their allies, CALA has created special initiatives to help. 

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Chicago Law Activists Fight Trump Orders with New Immigration Resources

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Chicago Law Activists Fight Trump Orders with New Immigration Resources

The Community Activism Law Alliance (CALA) has created two special initiatives: the CALA Immigration Helpline and Know Your Rights Community Workshops. Both campaigns provide completely free support to immigrant communities—particularly those who are not eligible for federally-funded programs—and organizations serving immigrants that do not have access to an attorney.

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CALA's impact in Lake County

CALA’s newest clinic is a partnership with the well-regarded immigrant-services organization, Mano a Mano in Lake County. Per a legal audit completed by Mano, there are only 2-3 immigration attorneys in all of Lake County. Of those,  all are private attorneys charging market rates. Due to generous funding, our Lake County legal clinic is able to offer free and/or reduced fee services to families throughout the county. Without our services, many families in Lake County simply would never be able to attempt to adjust status.
 
A recent case is an example of how our assistance can make all the difference in the communities we serve. Mr. Moreno Santillan’s daughter was murdered by a former partner in August. Since then, he has been in court trying to adopt his granddaughters and assisting the police in the investigation of his daughter’s murder. While Prairie State Legal Service’s have provided legal assistance for the adoption, Mr. Moreno Santillan had not been able to find anyone to help with his immigration case because he could not afford legal fees. Because of  CALA, he is now receiving free immigration assistance and is on the path to resolving his immigration issues. Mr. Moreno Santillan is relieved that he can finally breathe a little easier and doesn’t have to live in constant fear.
 

CALA in Solidarity with #Fightfor15 Movement

CALA staff members were proud to stand in solidarity with #FightFor15 protests on November 29th throughout the city of Chicago.

CALA stood with fast-food workers at McDonalds, uber drivers, hospital workers, and airport workers at O'Hare International Airport.

We demanded $15 an hour with union rights for all workers, saying no to all deportations, and demanding an end to police brutality against black individuals.

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