REPORTS TO:  Director, Human Rights Clinic / Migrant Health Programs
BASED IN:  New York, NY
CLASSIFICATION:    Full Time Employee

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

HealthRight International is a global health organization that builds access to health services for marginalized populations, with particular focus on women and children; migrant populations; at-risk adolescents; and LGBT individuals. Employing a human rights-based approach, HealthRight works closely with community-based partners to build local capacity and create sustainable programs that have lasting impact. Since its founding in 1990, HealthRight has worked in over 30 countries, with current projects in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the United States.

 HRC PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Human Rights Clinic (HRC) is the U.S. program of HealthRight International. The HRC recruits, trains and deploys licensed health care professionals (e.g., physicians, psychologists, clinical social workers) to provide expert forensic evaluations, affidavits and testimony on behalf of  immigrant survivors of torture and other human rights abuses in their applications for immigration relief. The HRC also provides follow-up remote case management services and links its clients to health and social services through its Access to Support and Services for Survivors of Torture (ASSIST) program. The HRC’s NY-based staff currently coordinate HRC services in 12 locations around the U.S.

POSITION OVERVIEW

HealthRight seeks an exceptional candidate to coordinate the HRC’s operations in the NY metro area, the largest HRC site. This is an exciting position for a highly motivated, detail-oriented candidate to gain unique knowledge and experience in issues related to torture, asylum, immigration law and forensic evaluations, and to work across disciplines including law, medicine, mental health, social work, as well as nonprofit management.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Recruitment, Training and Support of Volunteers

In consultation with Program Director and other HRC staff:

  • Coordinate periodic trainings for new HRC volunteers (e.g., manage training logistics including securing training location, identifying appropriate expert trainers, recruiting and screening trainee candidates, updating training materials and presenting on the HRC’s work).
  • Foster and maintain strong relationships with HRC Volunteers, including coordination of periodic working group meetings for volunteers, and providing other ad hoc support to volunteers, particularly in the NYC metro area.

In consultation with the Program Director, coordinate HealthRight’s partnership with Montefiore Medical Center’s Residency Program in Social and Internal Medicine, including:

  • Coordinate one HRC training per year for Montefiore medical residents.
  • Coordinate logistics of and attend a monthly forensic evaluation clinic in the Bronx, including screening and referring appropriate cases.

Forensic Evaluation, Affidavit and Testimony Coordination

Maintain the smooth operation of the HRC volunteer network and referral system in the NYC metro area including:

  • Case screening and communication with referring attorneys.
  • Matching of appropriate volunteer clinicians with clients referred.
  • Managing forensic evaluation logistics (e.g., ensuring availability of client, volunteer clinician, space and interpreter; scheduling evaluations both in detention and in the community).
  • Reviewing draft affidavits, providing editorial support and advising volunteers on applying clinical expertise in the context of immigration law (in consultation with other HRC staff).
  • Coordinating volunteer availability for testimony.
  • Tracking outcome of asylum hearings.
  • Maintaining open communication and strong relationships with referring legal service organizations and attorneys.

Monitoring, Data Analysis, Reporting, and Other Duties

  • Participate actively in the HRC team, including reporting weekly on program developments.
  • Maintain detailed, timely case files and notes in the HRC database (Microsoft Access).
  • In consultation with Program Director and other HRC staff, review and analyze project data, and contribute to the development of grant proposals for new projects, funder reports, and other communications materials as needed.
  • Stay abreast of relevant issues in refugee and asylum issues, immigration law, forensic evaluation best practices, volunteer management, etc.
  • Supervise program interns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelors Degree required; graduate degree in relevant field preferred (e.g., MPA, MIA, MPH, MSW, JD).
  • Deep interest in, curiosity about, and commitment to human rights for refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants. Knowledge of U.S. immigration laws and/or services and resources available to torture survivors and asylum seekers in the tri-state area desired.
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, reliable; ability to work both independently and on a team.
  • Experience in volunteer recruitment, training and management highly desirable.
  • Strong record-keeping and data management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including editing skills. Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated experience working effectively with a variety of personalities and across disciplines.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Bilingual candidates (e.g., English/Spanish; English/French) encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: Please submit cover letter and resume with “HRC Program Coordinator” in the subject line to: lauren.pesso@healthright.org. No phone calls please.



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