HRI is looking for a new VISTA Volunteer Coordinator

Human Rights Initiative’s clients include victims of human rights abuses seeking asylum in the Untied States, trafficking victims, victims of spousal or child abuse at the hands of a U. S. citizen or Permanent Resident, immigrant children that flee from violence and travel to the U.S. alone, or immigrant children that have been abused, abandoned or neglected by their family in the U.S. These are individuals who have suffered persecution in their homeland for exercising the very freedoms that we take for granted: freedom of speech, of religious practice, of political belief, of gender roles.

HRI also assists immigrants and refugees in their struggles to make the necessary lifestyle, cultural and social adjustments after experiencing trauma and loss.

Our Volunteer Coordinator will manage and maintain a Volunteer Program to recruit, train, engage and retain volunteers. The candidate will be responsible for the recruitment, training and appreciation of HRI volunteers: interns, translators, physicians, paralegals and attorneys, along with planning events such as CLEs, seminars and Pro Bono Committee luncheons.  The Volunteer Coordinator will engage in outreach activities for HRI to raise awareness and encourage participation in HRI’s programs by potential volunteers, and assist with special events and fund raising as needed for the Volunteer Program.

Our Volunteer Coordinator should have a passion for human rights, a strong sense of volunteerism, great organizational and computer skills, and excellent writing skills. Bilingual preferred.

Member Duties

Responsible for recruitment and retention of volunteers; including email, telephone and mailed correspondence to current and potential volunteers. Assist in the identification, screening, acceptance and scheduling of potential volunteers and interns. Provide training and mentorship of volunteers. Provide assistance to clients in order to facilitate their representation by HRI’s volunteer attorneys and coordinate those relationships. Participate in community outreach activities and volunteer fairs to raise awareness and encourage potential volunteers. Maintain volunteer database in ProLaw to track volunteers and number of hours donated to organization. Generate email updates to volunteers through Constant Contact. Assist with special events and fund raising duties as needed.

*Requires fulltime service without outside commitments.

*Education level – College graduate

*Program Location – Dallas, Texas

*Program Benefits – Childcare assistance if eligible; Education Assistance Award OR End of Service Stipend, Health coverage and Living Allowance.

If interested, please contact Pat Melton at Please note that PHONE CALLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN RELATION TO THIS POSITION.

Please visit to learn more about the Americorps Vista program. You can find a full description of the job, its benefits and its responsibilities here.

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