Pro Bono Program Assistant

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project


Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, a program of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc., is a non-profit law firm which provides community education and legal representation to immigrant adults, families, unaccompanied minors, individuals with mental health issues, and in cases involving crimmigration. Esperanza has proudly provided legal services to immigrants and their families in Southern California for over 15 years. More information is available at
Esperanza seeks a full-time temporary Program Assistant for our Pro Bono and Capacity Building Program. This program is responsible for all pro bono attorney and volunteer coordination as well as development activities that support Esperanza’s various programs. Specifically, the Pro Bono Program Assistant will work on recruiting and maintaining communication with pro bono attorneys and volunteers, managing databases and assisting in the overall management and retention of volunteers. The Pro Bono Program Assistant will also assist with maintaining pro bono manuals and pro bono resources. The Pro Bono Program Assistant may assist with pro bono intakes for detained adults, unaccompanied minors, released adults and families identified through our Community Education Programs. The Pro Bono Program Assistant will put together and advertise Esperanza’s fundraisers and events. The Pro Bono Assistant will assist with social media across multiple platforms. The Pro Bono Program Assistant will assist and report directly to the Pro Bono and Capacity Building Directing Attorney.


The Program Assistant will work under the direct supervision of the Capacity Building and Pro Bono Director to provide support to all Esperanza’s programs. Main responsibilities include:
• Support the team by developing our pro bono and volunteer programs, including developing and maintaining internal policies and procedures as well as developing and maintaining internal referral lists of pro bono and low bono resources both locally and nationally.
• Assist in recruiting pro bono attorneys, volunteers, and interns.
• Assist in developing, implementing, and maintaining pro bono and volunteer recognition.
• Conduct pro bono intakes done for our Community Education Programs.
• Coordinating the matching of cases with pro bono attorneys or other resources, as well as matching pro bono attorneys with attorney mentors.
• Coordinate Esperanza’s special events, which include fundraising events.
• Assist with Esperanza’s social media across various platforms.
• Create outreach materials and publications such as Esperanza’s quarterly newsletters.
• Support generally the Directing Attorney for Pro Bono and Capacity Building.


• Bachelor’s degree in related field or at least 5 years of related experience;
• Proficiency in oral and written Spanish preferred;
• Experience working in a nonprofit organization preferred;
• Experience working with immigrant communities preferred;
• Prior experience in a coordinator roll highly desirable;
• Ability to work independently on a variety of projects at once required.
• Strong verbal communication, phone and writing skills;
• Strong typing and computer skills including MS Word, Excel, Mail Merges, etc.; and
• Passion for social justice for immigrants and vulnerable communities.


Our office is located at 1530 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. This position may require regional travel to immigration courts. Mileage is reimbursed.

Employment Type

Full Time Temporary Position.


Depends on experience (D.O.E.) + generous benefits package, including health, dental, vision, 10 sick days, 15 vacation days/year, 12 paid holidays/year, retirement plan, and FSA account. All new hires are subject to a 6-month probationary period.


Position open until filled, early applications are encouraged.

How to Apply

Simultaneously email cover letter, resume, and at least 2 references to:

(1) Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Human Resources Department; P.O. Box 15095, Los Angeles, CA 90015, and

(2) Heidy A. Pineda, Director of Pro Bono and Capacity Building, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project,, 1530 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

In the e-mail subject line, please place your full name and position you are applying for. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please. Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.  No phone calls please.  Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.


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