Bond Fund Coordinator

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RAICES (The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services)
Published
October 8, 2019
Location
San Antonio, Texas
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
2-5 Years
Education (minimum)
Bachelor's
Travel Required?
Occasionally
Base Salary
Not specified

Description

Bond Fund Coordinator

RAICES is hiring a Bond Fund Coordinator.  We are looking for a passionate and resourceful individual to become a part of a high-performing team that is deeply dedicated to immigrant and refugee rights. The Bond Fund Coordinator is a full time position reporting to the Bond Fund Program Manager. The Bond Fund Coordinator works closely with the Bond Fund Program Director, Volunteer Operations Coordinator, Finance staff, Managing and Staff attorneys, and Case Managers to develop and implement bond payments in San Antonio. The Bond Fund Coordinator leads direct services and manages RAICES pre-payment data collection for the Bond Fund.

RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost immigration legal services and education to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Texas.  We actively advocate for these individuals and do whatever it takes to assist the immigrant community.

Founded in 1986, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve every day as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.

The RAICES Bond Program started in 2014 to cover release of women and children then held in Family Detention Centers in Texas and Pennsylvania. Last June, the program grew when a viral Facebook inspired more than 500,000 individual donors furious at the government ripping families apart and the otherwise inhumane treatment of immigrants in this country. Since then, we have responded to daily requests from people in detention. We have been on the ground during workplace raids and during the Zero Tolerance Family Separation crisis of 2018. By building closer connections with participants, the Program gives people a wider array of resources and a greater degree of agency with which to navigate the complex immigration system and U.S. society, more broadly. We believe that paying an individual’s bond is a short-term intervention to free someone from detention, while our long-term goal is ending the harmful practice of ICE detention.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Strategize with the RAICES Bond Fund program staff, RAICES Social, Legal and Advocacy Officers, Volunteer team and leadership to implement efficient and effective strategies to pay immigration bonds;
  • Train volunteers on paying bonds and preparing necessary paperwork;
  • Manage and schedule volunteer team to pay bonds;
  • Coordinate safe transportation for people released from detention;
  • Communicate daily with families and points of contact for people in detention to acquire accurate information required for bond payment;
  • Ensure complete record keeping of bonds paid;
  • Strengthen local partnerships between RAICES and other groups involved in regional and national bond programs;
  • In close collaboration with the Volunteer team, recruit, build, and maintain ongoing bases of community members engaged in bond data collection and services;
  • Work closely with Volunteer teams to identify bond payment and accompaniment patterns and incongruencies and facilitate emergency interventions when necessary;
  • Collaborate with Advocacy, Development, and Communications staff to create media towards RAICES’s advocacy, development and policy goals;
  • Respond to emergencies as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Must be bilingual in English and Spanish;
  • Computer (Microsoft Office Word, G-Suite) and database management skills;
  • Highly organized with ability to maintain systems and follow-up processes;
  • Ability to effectively work under pressure, use independent judgment and produce a quality work product with good attention to detail within tight time constraints and strict deadlines;
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills and excellent telephone skills;
  • Must be uncompromising on keeping client confidentiality;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment;
  • Experience working or volunteering with immigrants and refugees is a plus;
  • Must have an affinity for RAICES’ vision and mission.
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