Get Involved

Get involved! Join our team of volunteers and interns dedicated to the investigation, litigation, and exoneration of wrongfully convicted men and women in the Midwest.

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to representing wrongfully convicted prison inmates in our five-state region (MO, KS, NE, IA, AR) who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing and other newly-discovered evidence.

The MIP seeks a candidate for a full-time Office Manager/Administrative Assistant position beginning immediately in its Kansas City, Missouri office. This position reports directly to MIP’s Executive Director and is responsible for effectuating the following job responsibilities relevant to MIP’s bookkeeping and administrative work.

The Office Manager will have day-to-day responsibility for management and administration for the Project including bookkeeping, financial reporting, taxes, procurement, human resources, payroll, property and risk management, office technology, and such other matters as may be assigned by the Executive Director for the administration of the Project. Duties include the following:

  • Manage bank accounts, bill payments, payroll, benefits and bookkeeping (Quickbooks).
  • Receive, process, and distribute incoming mail and email; post and send outgoing mail.
  • Interview, coordinate, provide tasks, and supervise in-office and special event volunteers.
  • Maintain compliance with licensing, insurance, charitable solicitations, tax, grant reporting, and other governmental requirements for non-profit and law office management.
  • Monitor all incoming donations and oversee accurate documentation, processing, acknowledgment and reporting of the same; enter data into donor management system.
  • Manage contracts and all interactions with landlord and contractors.
  • Oversee effective operation of all IT and office equipment.
  • Track and order office supplies; maintain office machines and service contracts.
  • Support the Executive Director with calendaring, mailings, and in-office event preparation tasks.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and commitment to social justice required;
  • Proven office management, administrative or assistant experience
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of accounting, data and administrative management practices and procedures
  • Proficiency with the following systems strongly preferred: Quickbooks, DonorSnap, Slack, Constant Contact, Office Suite, Dropbox, and WordPress.

The selected candidate must be detail oriented and have superior organizational, oral communication, and writing skills. Salary is $40,000, medical and dental insurance provided, paid holidays and vacation,

Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a list of references to tbushnell@themip.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The Midwest Innocence Project is an equal opportunity employer and strives for diversity among its applicant pool as well as within its staff and board. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial, ethnic, gender and sexual orientation minorities, veterans, people with disabilities, and smart people with non-linear/non-traditional experience and educational backgrounds to apply for this position. Most importantly, no matter their background, the person selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

 

MIP could not function without our team of dedicated volunteers.

 

Want to volunteer on a weekly or bi-weekly basis? Or for a few hours here and there as your schedule allows? We have a spot for you!

Want to volunteer at a special event like Faces of Innocence? We have a spot for you, too.

Regular volunteer hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Non-legal background: scanning, data entry, filing, and other administrative tasks
  • Legal background: legal research, digesting, and miscellaneous case-related tasks
  • Anyone: volunteering at events, including guest check-in, greeting, bartending, or donation collection

If you are interested in offering your time to volunteer, please download the Volunteer Application, fill it out and Save As with your name, and email it to office@themip.org.

Law student internships

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP), a non-profit legal services organization based in Kansas City, MO, offers full-time law student summer internships. These internships are unpaid, but applicants with independent funding through their law schools or other scholarship programs are encouraged to apply.

Legal interns will be assigned cases to manage and move forward under supervision of MIP’s legal staff. While interns will assist in all aspects of litigation, including fact development, legal research, drafting motions for DNA testing and other post-conviction relief, case management, and client interaction, a large part of any legal internship will involve investigation work on individual cases.

Ideal applicants will be highly motivated, energetic self-starters, who have the ability to work independently, along with a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Applications will be accepted from 1Ls and 2Ls. Applications for 6 internship positions for the summer of 2018 will be accepted by email on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2018 through April 1, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Tricia Bushnell, Director, at office@themip.org.

Paralegal student internships

MIP accepts 1-2 paralegal student interns for fall and spring semesters. Paralegals manage casefiles, review case materials and compile information in memos and charts, conduct internet research, and prepare hearing and litigation materials. Paralegal interns may also accompany attorneys on client visits and witness interviews.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Tricia Bushnell, Director, at office@themip.org. Applications must be received at least 4 weeks before the start of a new semester.

Communication internships

MIP also accepts undergraduate and graduate students for communications internships. Interns assist in drafting media and newsletter content and updating and maintaining social media and website pages. Interns may accompany staff to meet clients for content development.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to Tricia Bushnell, Director, at office@themip.org. Applications must be received at least 4 weeks before the start of a new semester.