Northern Illinois JFON seeks Full-Time Paralegal

Job Description – Full-Time Paralegal

Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors is a faith-driven ministry, welcoming immigrants into our churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy. NIJFON is a non-profit organization recognized by the Department of Justice as an immigration legal services provider with roots in the United Methodist Church and welcoming to people of all backgrounds and faiths.

The NIJFON paralegal will work closely with legal staff on direct representation matters before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The paralegal will also assist in fulfilling NIJFON’s missions of immigration education, advocacy, and cross-cultural community building.

We represent low-income immigrants throughout Northern Illinois, currently operating monthly weekend clinics in Aurora, Rockford, and Chicago. A fourth clinic will alternate locations between Buffalo Grove and Crystal Lake. This position is based in Chicago and requires some evening and weekend hours. Access to reliable transportation via car is necessary.


Strong commitment to public interest legal services and to the enfranchisement and empowerment of immigrant communities.

General knowledge of immigration and nationality law and prior experience in this field.

Willingness to seek DOJ accreditation.

Appreciation of the spiritual principles of NIJFON’s work and an ability to work sensitively to numerous volunteers and clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, political orientations, and faith backgrounds.

Critical and strategic thinking skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent organization skills, and attention to detail.

Spanish proficiency.

How to Apply:

Those interested in applying should submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to: with “NIJFON Paralegal” in the subject line. We will also consider attorneys for the position.


Commensurate with experience and to be negotiated with the selected candidate. Health insurance and full benefits package are available.