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Director of Legal Services

Aug 25, 2016
Organization: 
Central American Resource Center
City: 
Washington D.C.
State: 
District Of Columbia

Job Duties:  The Legal Director is a member of the Management Team, reports directly to the Executive Director, and is responsible for the daily management of the legal program.  The Legal Director contributes to the overall strategy for advancing the mission of the organization and works collaboratively with the other program directors to aid the efforts of each department.

 

Service Delivery

  • Provides strategic leadership for all provision of legal services and coordinates legal services provided by CARECEN through direct services, workshops, and pro bono services.
  • Responsible for structuring and balancing the legal docket, for selecting cases based on organizational priorities and capacity, and overseeing development of cases
  • Maintain an individual caseload and work closely with legal staff in their efforts regarding litigation, and aid in case preparation

Continuous development of legal services program that advances CARECEN’s strategic agenda and responds to community needs

 

Program Management

Leadership and supervision

  • Recruit and hire legal staff, and supervise and lead a full-time staff consisting of attorneys, legal fellows, legal workers, and paralegals in a manner that is consistent with the mission, vision, and values of CARECEN
  • Develop trainings, including materials, and train all legal department staff to provide legal services regarding immigration law and procedures, and coach and develop the skills of the legal team to ensure high quality service delivery
  • Conduct annual job performance evaluations to review job functions and work performance with staff, as well as leadership development potential
  • Thoroughly review all existing caseloads and develop a comprehensive work plan that supports the effective and efficient efforts of the staff, including the implementation of case management
  • Mentor legal interns and other legal staff throughout the year

 

Grant Management and Reporting

  • Manage all program grants and contracts; responsible for maintaining regular contact with grant officers, complying with grant requirements; submits timely required reports; attends mandatory trainings, meetings and conferences
  • Submit required grant and contract reports
  • Submit monthly progress reports to Executive Director to be presented at Board meetings
  • Elaborates a year-end program report to be made available to supporters and general public
  • Reports on program updates at staff meetings
  • Provide access and training to client management database and other databases as necessary

 

Financial Management

  • Develop annual program budget, including grant and contract budgets
  • Efficiently manage case budgets, expenses, and staff time
  • Develop and maintain a fee structure including steps to collect unpaid client fees

 

Volunteer Management

  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteers and interns
  • Participate in Service Corps programs to recruit and train year-long service fellows

 

Fundraising

  • Participate in meetings and network with major donors and program officers
  • Speak at donor forums and events
  • Identify funding sources and draft grant proposals and fundraising letters
  • Ensure that the legal staff prioritizes and contributes to fundraising efforts as appropriate
  • Engage client-base in fundraising campaigns
  • Participate in Agency wide fundraising efforts

 

Networking and Coalitions / Advocacy

  • Work collaboratively with each department to facilitate cross department strategies for complementary advocacy efforts
  • Communicate with regional, local, and national advocacy groups in order to maximize CARECEN’s effectiveness in the community with a focus on coalition building
  • Enhance the relationships among CARECEN’s core constituents and volunteers and helps increase the growth and visibility of the organization

 

Outreach and Public Relations

  • Highlight our services in different spaces such as universities and professional associations in order to broaden our system of support. Promote program impact to diverse stakeholders and potential supporters
  • Participate in outreach activities that provide community legal education
  • Collect and share client success stories in our newsletter, website and other publications or media outlets
  • Responsible for all Legal Program related media efforts such as press releases, media interviews and appearances, social media, email marketing, web page, blog and other online strategies.
  • Serve as key spokesperson regarding the legal aspects of key issues that CARECEN feels should be part of the public discourse

 

Agency and Department Participation

  • Actively participate in and implement an organization-wide strategic planning process, in close partnership with Management Team, staff and Board
  • Collaborate with and support the Management Team  in efforts to build areas such as staffing, funding, and strategic plans
  • Collaborate with operations to ensure adequate management of resources

 

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

 

Qualifications: 

  • Written and verbal fluency in Spanish and English required. 
  • Knowledge of and skill in immigration laws and procedures.
  • Ability to work under a deadline are required.  
  • Must have an ability to develop and implement innovative models of service delivery with limited resources. 
  • Must be able to work in a collaborative manner with diverse groups, including government agencies, foundations, media, as well as other advocacy and community organizations. 
  • Commitment to public service and the mission of CARECEN is required.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in any state or the District of Columbia. 
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends
  • Three to five years of experience in Immigration Law, and 2+ years of legal supervisory skills and program administration required.  Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Two years of direct representation experience. 
  • Warm, personal style with a good sense of humor.  
Closing Date *: 
Friday, September 9, 2016

Immigration Staff Attorney

Aug 5, 2016
Organization: 
Catholic Charities of West Tennessee
City: 
Memphis
State: 
Tennessee

Position Title: Immigration Staff Attorney
Reports to: Program Director
Direct Reports: None


Position Summary: Responsible for representing clients before USCIS and/or EOIR. Prepares applications and petitions for submission to the appropriate agency. Participates in community outreach and educational activities. Help to implement an expanded Immigration Services program for CCWTN. This position will have primary responsibility for working with immigrant clients.


Specific responsibilities include:

  • Conduct intake, interview clients and prepare applications and supporting documentation, and conduct citizenship classes and group processing workshops
  • Represent clients at DHS and may communicate directly with DHS about a client’s case outside the client’s presence
  • Provide legal counsel and due process follow up to clients, including but not restricted to waivers, TPS, U-visas, VAWA and consular processing
  • Provide direct representation to clients before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement as necessary
  • Effectively represent Catholic Charities at community functions and at other events as requested or needed - presenting on immigration law and benefits available
  • Provide hands on case management in specific areas to include current, accurate case notes
  • Collecting and accounting for fee revenue as directed
  • Make copies and mail applications; answers phones; sets up intake appointments
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Western Tennessee
  • Flexibility to work evening or weekends as needed

 

The ideal candidate will possess the following minimum Skills and Qualifications:

  • Admission to any state bar (Tennessee preferred)
  • Prior experience and/or coursework in immigration law and procedure
  • Clear E-verify and background check
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in the English language
  • Preferred intermediate or advanced level written and verbal Spanish language skills
  • Proficiency using immigration forms software; general computer skills required, including Microsoft Office experience
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional boundaries in working with clients
  • Ability to independently manage multiple projects with demanding and competing deadlines, superior organizational skills and the ability to maintain a quality work place in a diverse, fast paced and changing environment
  • Ability to work and a self-starter, who can maintain disciplined adherence to program goals
  • Demonstrates professional development by participating in training opportunities
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude, self-motivation, organization, and resourcefulness while maintaining a reputation through proven action of being team and client oriented and willing to assist where/when needed
  • Knowledge of community resources or willingness to learn
  • Ability to negotiate different personalities and work under competing priorities
  • Ability to assess emergency situations and respond effectively
  • Must be prompt and dependable
  • Own and drive an automobile with current liability insurance
  • Sensitive to diverse cultures
  • Personal accountability toward achieving program goals
  • Ability to work as a team member

Position Level: P (Professional)

Comprehensive health care (including dental/vision); vacation/personal leave and holidays

Updated: 8/4/2016

Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Legal Services Director

Jul 8, 2016
Organization: 
Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative
City: 
Houston
State: 
Texas

Background
The Houston metropolitan area has one of the highest concentrations and fastest-growing populations of immigrants and refugees in the country. Despite their significant contributions to the state and local economy in Texas, immigrants, particularly those who are undocumented, face considerable challenges. Many immigrants are eligible to apply for citizenship, another form of legal status, or “deferred action,” but cost, educational gaps and lack of high-quality legal services prevent them from seizing these opportunities. We estimate that local service providers currently serve only 20 percent of low-income clients who are eligible for immigration services.

In 2013, local organizations working with immigrant communities came together to form the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative (HILSC or the Collaborative) to tackle issues facing immigrant communities in the Houston region. The mission of the Collaborative is to create a coordinated network of effective and efficient services to assist low-income immigrants access the information and legal representation that allows them to make choices in their own best interest.


HILSC brings together Houston’s best and brightest non-profit and legal minds to:

  • Increase the capacity of immigration legal services providers and increase the number of such providers equipped to provide high-quality, low-cost services to immigrants.
  • Improve and streamline immigrants’ ability to access existing social and legal services.
  • Be a source of timely and accurate information for both stakeholder groups and potential clients of immigration service providers.
  • Develop new funding sources for immigration service providers.

More about the Collaborative, including the Community Plan can be found at www.houstonimmigration.org.

Position Summary
Responsible for providing strategic leadership in building the capacity of Houston’s immigration legal services providers, including mentoring new organizations and their staff. Perform all duties in a manner consistent with the high standards of the nonprofit community. Work with the Executive Director and the Executive Committee to implement the HILSC Community Plan as well as continue to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.

Responsibilities

The description below is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified in this position. The position description is subject to change as the needs of HILSC and requirements of the position change. The expertise and areas of interest of successful candidates will also be considered.

The Legal Services Director reports to the Executive Director. In the absence of the Executive Director, the Legal Services Director reports to the chair of the Executive Committee

Organizational Development & Mentorship:

  • Build and maintain relationships with legal services member organizations.
  • Provide technical assistance and mentorship for organizations seeking to deliver immigrant legal services, particularly those without attorneys on staff whom are BIA Accredited or whom are seeking BIA Accreditation
  • Provide leadership on the Collaborative’s implementation of coordinated responses to changes inimmigration policy and law (e.g. DAPA/DACA).
  • Support implementation of Collaborative workshops and coordinated efforts to serve discreteimmigrant communities
  • Provide inspiration, motivation and incentive for members to achieve excellence for the community through collaboration, information sharing, and capacity-building initiatives.
  • Participate in appropriate local, regional, and national conferences, events and workshops which support the Collaborative’s growth and impact in the community.
  • Represent and serve as spokesperson for HILSC to the general public and non-profit community and provide leadership and a convening role in the community (in collaboration with the Executive Director).

Program Development:

  • Build and maintain knowledge about community and national issues and trends that impact the work of HILSC.
  •  Identify key legal issues that require HILSC’s attention and help the Executive Director to implement strategies with member organizations.
  • Assist the Executivee Director in setting the vision and strategic planning for HILSC

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Assist with HILSC membership process, including vetting new members.
  • Collect and maintain data and other information about HILSC legal services members.

Qualifications
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Experiential Qualifications:
Candidate should be a licensed attorney with experience practicing humanitarian immigration law (e.g. citizenship, deferred action, humanitarian visas, asylum, etc) and who has experience with:

  • Non-profit organizations and organizational best-practices.
  • The BIA’s Recognition & Accreditation program.
  • Areas of immigration law that are particularly urgent in Houston (e.g. DACA/DAPA, asylum law, etc).
  • Providing mentorship and/or coaching to individuals and/or organizations.
  • Being both “big-picture” and detail oriented.

A license to practice law (in good standing) in any state, or the District of Columbia is required. Spanish fluency is a plus.

Personal qualifications & knowledge:
The ideal candidate is an energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards and professional image who is able to:

  • Relate to people at all levels of an organization.
  • Make sound judgments.
  • Read, analyze and interpret complex documents.
  • Respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Demonstrate principles of good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Facilitate collaborative success while promoting member agency work.
  • Maintain updated knowledge of pertinent federal, state and local laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.
  • Be a systems-level thinker.

Other position details

  • This is a part-time, contract position, with possibility of moving to full-time.
  • Ideal start date is August 15, 2016.

To apply
Email a current resume and cover letter to kate@houstonimmigration.org by July 22, 2016.

Closing Date *: 
Friday, July 22, 2016

Immigration Staff Attorney

Jul 5, 2016
Organization: 
Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center
City: 
Morristown
State: 
New Jersey

Background:
Wind of the Spirit – Immigrant Resource Center, is looking for a passionate, capable and energetic attorney with a demonstrated commitment to immigrants' rights and social justice, to work two days a week with the Immigrant Community which is predominantly Hispanic in Morris County. 
We are a grass roots, collective, and faith based 501 (c) (3) organization, founded in the year 2000. We educate, organize and mobilize communities, directly impacted by the immigration phenomena, as well as supporters, to work for Human Rights and humane Immigration Reform. Our immigration program is one of the services we provide to our immigrant community. We are a BIA recognized organization since 2014. We are part of different local, state and national coalitions.
 
Responsibilities:

The part-time Attorney is responsible to provide our clientele with the legal representation they seek at Wind of the Spirit.
The part-time Attorney is expected to be identified with and to support  the Organization's mission as well as to partake as needed in the required activities to fulfill said mission (such as being involved in community legal education, advocacy and policy issues and being equally active in our immigration team).
 
Summary of Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal counsel and due follow up process to clients, including but no restricted to waivers, TPS, U-visas, VAWA, SIJS and consular processing.
  • Provide direct representation to clients before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement as necessary.
  • To provide clients with an adequate referral when necessary. We will regularly update the referral list.
  • Work in conjunction with the Immigration Team  to empower our diverse population, to serve their immigration needs, and when necessary, oversee the team's work.
  • On occasion, participate in training programs for immigrants or other service providers.
  • Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports as required.


Qualifications:

  • JD and New Jersey Bar Admission.
  • Bilingual. Must be Spanish and English languages proficient.
  • Minimum 1-2 years experience with immigration law and procedures.
  • Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths.
  • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.
  • Detail oriented, well-organized.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and build mutually respectful relationships with co-workers, clients and the public.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Strong commitment to public interest legal services.
  • Willing to occasionally work evenings and weekends.

 Hours and compensation:

  • Two days a week.
  • The position pays $30.00 hourly.
  • Please send resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample by email to: mevargas@windofthespirit.net.
  • Position to start in July of 2016, but will remain open until filled.
Closing Date *: 
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Director of Immigration and Refugee Services

Jun 23, 2016
Organization: 
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan
City: 
Clinton Township
State: 
Michigan

Department: Immigration and Refugee Services

Position Type: Full Time

Start Date: ASAP

Rate of Pay: Based on Experience

Availability: Weekdays. Some evenings and weekends may be required.

Days/Hours Worked: Monday - Friday

Education Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in a human services related field is required. Master’s Degree in human services related field preferred.

Experience Requirements: Minimum of five years of experience in refugee resettlement/immigration and three years of supervisory experience is required.

Special Requirements:                                                         

  • Knowledge of Immigration and Refugee programs along with state laws.
  • Ability to speak Arabic/Chaldean is desired.
  • Must ensure that programs adhere to values and teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and must have experience with growing programs.
  • Strong ability to prepare and analyze budgets and calculate figures.
  • Ability to recruit, manage, coach and retain quality employees.
  • Strong supervisory and management skills and excellent interpersonal skills.

Job Duties:

  • Coordinates all activities of the Immigration and Refugee Services programs.
  • Directs and provides supervision to program managers in the Immigration and Refugee Services programs.
  • Provides leadership as part of the CCSEM executive team and participates in strategic discussions to ensure that CCSEM’s programs are in line with our mission and values.
  • Works with the CEO to set the strategic direction, priorities and policies for the Immigration and Refugee Services programs.
  • Responsible for the growth of current and new program services.
  • Promotes a supportive work culture that encourages communication and employee growth. 
  • Participates in the development of program budgets in collaboration with the CFO and ensures projections are met. 
  • Identifies grant opportunities and writes grants to ensure funding for programs. 
  • Represents Catholic Charities at community functions and at other events as required.
  • Advocates for Immigration and Refugee Services and educates community leaders on issues related to programs. 
  • Stays informed on refugee and immigration issues and services that are available to refugees.
  • Assures that established quality assurance standards are met and that the programs comply with all contractual and reporting requirements. 
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Contact

Jessica Batsford

Email: batsfordj@ccsem.org

Closing Date *: 
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Immigrant Worker (IW) Staff Attorney

May 4, 2016
Organization: 
Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) Nebraska
City: 
Omaha
State: 
Nebraska

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION

Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy. JFON-NE is part of the national JFON network.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION

The JFON-NE Immigrant Worker (IW) Staff Attorney is responsible for the provision of direct immigration legal services to immigrant families in and around Omaha with labor and employment law needs. The IW Staff Attorney will be responsible for advising on labor and employment-related matters including but not limited to wage and hour complaints, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims, unfair labor practice charges, and OSHA/workplace safety complaints to facilitate immigration solutions for clients.

The IW Staff Attorney position will be located in Omaha and will work in close coordination with Heartland Workers Center (HWC) to promote community education and advocacy of immigrant workers' rights.

 

MAJOR DUTIES

    1. Provide legal advice and counsel to JFON-NE clients with labor and employment law needs and direct representation for those clients on immigration matters, under the supervision of JFON-NE Legal Director
    2. Oversee JFON-NE's caseload involving the intersection of immigration law and labor/employment law
    3. Collaborate with the Heartland Workers Center to promote community education by creating and overseeing worker rights training programs
    4. Collaborate with the Heartland Workers Center to advocate for immigrants' labor and employment law rights
    5. Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports
    6. Contribute and steer outreach and education programs
    7. Perform other duties as required.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

    • Must have a J.D. and be admitted to practice law in Nebraska
    • Preferred candidate will have at least 1-2 years of work experience in labor and employment law
    • Fluency in Spanish is required
    • Organized and detail-oriented
    • Critical and strategic thinking skills
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills
    • Strong commitment to public interest legal services and to the enfranchisement and empowerment of newcomer immigrant communities
    • Ability to work sensitively with numerous volunteers and clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, political orientations, and various faith backgrounds

 

APPLICATION

    • Salary and generous benefits commensurate with experience
    • Please send resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample by email to Charles Ellison at Charles@jfon-ne.org.
    • Position to start in July of 2016
Closing Date *: 
Monday, July 4, 2016

Paralegal

Apr 29, 2016
Organization: 
Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) Nebraska
City: 
Omaha
State: 
Nebraska

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION

Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy. JFON-NE is part of the National JFON network.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION

The JFON-NE Domestic Violence (DV) Paralegal is responsible for assisting the DV Managing Attorney with the provision of direct legal services to immigrant victims of domestic violence. The DV Paralegal will work on cases involving Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ), asylum, u-visas, t-visas, and VAWA self-petitions. The DV Paralegal position is located in Omaha, Nebraska and will work in coordination with area non-profits to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants' rights.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Develop work plan and service priorities for immigrant victims of violence
    • Assist with the provision of services to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics, and assist DV Managing Attorney with direct representation of clients before the Omaha Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • Work assigned caseload involving the legal needs of immigrants victims of violence under the supervision of JFON-NE Domestic Violence Managing Attorney
    • Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports
    • Contribute and steer outreach and education programs

QUALIFICATIONS

    • Preferred candidate will have at least 1-2 years of paralegal experience
    • Spanish language proficiency is required
    • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills
    • Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths
    • Strong commitment to public interest legal services

APPLICATION

    • Salary commensurate with experience
    • Please send resume, cover letter, and references by email to Nancy Cardoza at Nancy@jfon-ne.org.
    • Position to start in May of 2016, but will remain open until filled
Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Part-Time Staff Attorney

Apr 29, 2016
Organization: 
Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) Nebraska
City: 
Omaha
State: 
Nebraska

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION

Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy. JFON-NE is part of the National JFON Network.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION

The JFON-NE part-time Domestic Violence (DV) Staff Attorney is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant victims of domestic violence. The DV Staff Attorney will work on cases involving Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ), asylum, u-visas, t-visas, and VAWA self-petitions. The DV Staff Attorney position is located in Omaha, Nebraska and will work in coordination with area non-profits to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants' rights.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Develop work plan and service priorities for immigrant victims of violence
    • Provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics, provide direct representation to clients before the Omaha Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • Oversee assigned caseload involving the legal needs of immigrant victims of violence under the supervision of JFON-NE Domestic Violence Managing Attorney
    • Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports
    • Contribute and steer outreach and education programs

 

QUALIFICATIONS

    • Must have a J.D. and be admitted to practice in a state or territory in the U.S.
    • Preferred candidate will have at least 1-2 years of immigration law work experience
    • Spanish language proficiency is required
    • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills
    • Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths
    • Strong commitment to public interest legal services

APPLICATION

    • Salary commensurate with experience
    • Please send resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample by email to Nancy Cardoza at Nancy@jfon-ne.org.
    • Position to start in May of 2016, but will remain open until filled
Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Child and Family Staff Attorney

Apr 6, 2016
Organization: 
Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) Nebraska
City: 
Omaha
State: 
Nebraska

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION

Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy. JFON-NE is part of the National JFON network.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION

The JFON-NE Child and Family Staff (CFS) Attorney is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant children and families. The CSF Attorney will work on cases involving Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ), TVPRA asylum claims, u-visas, t-visas, and family based options among others. The CFS Attorney position is located in Omaha, Nebraska and will work in coordination with area non-profits to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants' rights.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Develop work plan and service priorities for immigrant children and families
    • Provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics, provide direct representation to clients before the Omaha Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as NE/IA County and District Courts.
    • Oversee assigned caseload involving the legal needs of immigrants children and families under the supervision of JFON-NE CFE Managing Attorney
    • Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports
    • Contribute and steer outreach and education programs

 

QUALIFICATIONS

    • Must have a J.D. and be admitted, or be willing to seek admission, to practice in Nebraska
    • Preferred candidate will have at least 1-2 years of non-profit work experience
    • Experience practicing in Nebraska or Iowa family courts and/or experience working with children preferred
    • Spanish language proficiency is required
    • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills
    • Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths
    • Strong commitment to public interest legal services

 

APPLICATION

    • Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
    • Please send resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample by email to Virginia Maynes at Virginia@jfon-ne.org.
    • Position to start in May of 2016
Closing Date *: 
Monday, June 6, 2016

CLINIC Fellow

Apr 4, 2016
Organization: 
Hispanic Services Council
City: 
Tampa
State: 
Florida

Job Title: CLINIC Fellow

Salary Range: $30,000 – 35,000

Employment Status: Regular Full Time

Reports To: Project Director (Accredited Representative)

Job Summary

The HSC CLINIC Fellow will be part of the Immigration Legal Services and Advocacy Program. Working with HSC’s accredited representatives, the CLINIC Fellow will be responsible for providing legal assistance, advice and referral to individuals and families in the area of immigration and nationality law.

Job Duties: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

 Advises and assists in the preparation and filing of immigration and naturalization related applications and petitions.

 Maintains client case files in accordance with case file management system.

 Maintains knowledge of current immigration practice and procedures through training programs and seminars, immigration periodicals and website reviews and case reviews with managing attorney.

 Acquires partial and full accreditation before the Board of Immigration Appeals.

 Develops and maintains program fee and document lists.

 Assists in the expansion of services, provision of community education and outreach

 Provides written translations of all Spanish documentation.

 Uses creativity and innovation in program development and service delivery.

 Maintains confidentiality of client and agency information.

 Assist with receiving incoming telephone calls and/or welcoming walk-ins, to include scheduling appointments.

 Participates effectively as a team member through communication, cooperation, information sharing and problem solving.

 Daily/Weekly case review as required

 

Qualifications:

Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish required

 At least six months - one year related experience and/or training preferred;

 Working knowledge of applicable computer programs (Word and Excel)

 Attention to detail / technical nature of job.

 Knowledge of the service population's cultural and socioeconomic characteristics and the appropriate techniques and practices for the client population.

 Ability to interact effectively as a team member and independently with agency staff and with a diverse client base.

 Must have private transportation and proof of insurance.

Closing Date *: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Managing Attorney

Mar 31, 2016
Organization: 
Catholic Charities Immigration Assistance Program
City: 
Newark

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark is a religious entity identified and inspired by the social teachings and faith of the Roman Catholic Church.  Catholic Charities is the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Newark, a ministry of the Church.  Catholic Charities empowers and strengthens individuals and families of all faiths by providing social and educational services throughout Essex, Union, Hudson, and Bergen Counties.   We believe in strengthening the lives of all in need by providing help that empowers and creating hope that lasts.  We are looking for exceptional people who share our mission, values, and ethics.

Catholic Charities is currently seeking a Managing Attorney for its Immigration Assistance Program.  The Managing Attorney manages and oversees the agency's Immigration Assistance Program.  He or she tracks budgetary issues; ensures compliance with professional practice standards; addresses funding issues; coordinates with other departments; expands volunteer resources; supervises, evaluates, and recruits all attorneys and program staff; and expands connections with other legal and community organizations.  The Managing Attorney handles legal cases and assists the department with providing legal representation for immigration cases, including analyzing individuals' cases, preparing applications, going to immigration court, preparing appeals, and completing related projects and duties as assigned.  The Managing Attorney's case load also includes any legal matters related to immigration assistance such as related family and juvenile cases.  The Managing Attorney creates and manages the program for quality control, volunteer recruitment, and managing interns.  In consultation with the Division Director, he or she also sets the direction of the Immigration Assistance Program. 

Duties associated with the position also include:

    • Holding staff meetings
    • Arranging for updates to staff on legal developments
    • Participating in immigration discussions in the region
    • Assisting with grant proposals and grant management
    • Increasing the national visibility of the program through discussions, presentations, and coordination with national immigration organizations
    • Conducting consultations along with help staff with difficult consultations, including periodic follow-up as necessary
    • Reviewing immigration developments, as well as any legal developments affecting immigrants, including legal changes and changes in procedure, which includes reading immigration law updates, attending trainings, attending government meetings, conferring with co-workers, and conferring with people outside of the agency
    • Addressing difficult supervisory issues such as problems with case files after staff depart and ensuring coverage of cases after staff are laid off or transferred to other departments
    • Conducting outreach efforts by discussing issues with other organizations or communities along with making presentations to groups
    • Upholding Catholic Charities’ mission, values, and ethics
    • Performing related functions necessary to support Catholic Charities’ mission, values, and ethics
    • Performing any other duties requested by the supervisor

The ideal candidate should also possess the following abilities and skills:

    • Ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and complete them on time
    • Excellent organization and time management skills
    • Excellent understanding of Catholic Charities’ mission, values, and ethics
    • Excellent understanding of Catholic social teachings

 This position requires all of the following:

    • Juris Doctorate (law degree) from an ABA accredited U.S. law school
    • 2 years to 3 years of experience in the area of immigration law
    • Admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey
    • Qualified to practice immigration law in New Jersey or obtain admission promptly after starting employment

Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) are a plus.

If you are a qualified candidate, please submit a cover letter, with desired salary, and a resume online.  Applications submitted without indicating a desired salary will not be reviewed.

Catholic Charities offers a competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.

Catholic Charities is an equal opportunity employer. M/F/D/V.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin/ancestry, citizenship, disability, age, marital or family status, and military or veteran status.

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Closing Date *: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Immigration Attorney

Feb 9, 2016
Organization: 
Immigration Services | Catholic Charities Ft. Worth
City: 
Fort Worth
State: 
Texas

Are you proactive, detail oriented, and reliable?  Do you possess a strong sense of justice?  Do people come to you to tap into your ability of problem solving even the most technical and complicated issues?  Does methodical research - leading to solutions based on facts - excite you? Are you passionate about using your legal expertise to provide HOPE to people navigating challenging circumstances? If this sounds like you, keep reading.

 

Catholic Charities Ft. Worth is looking for a future-thinking, analytical professional to serve as Immigration Attorney in our Immigration Services Department. This role requires accuracy, focus, and factual-based decision making. 

For consideration, all applicants must apply and submit their resume and cover letter through the employment page on our website: www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org. Applicants must also complete a work traits survey via this link. Resumes received without being accompanied by a completed survey will not be considered.

 

What will you be doing?

The primary function of this position is to be responsible for providing legal interpretation for the program, focusing on complex immigration cases and handling the preparation and filing of waivers of inadmissibility. 

 

Responsibilities include

    • Conduct legal research to ensure compliance with immigration laws and regulations of own cases and to assist, as needed, in the cases of other staff.
    • Handle complex cases involving issues, such as dealing with consequences of criminal activities, preparation of waivers, appeals, and others. Coordinate non-complex cases as needed.
    • As resources are available, administer defense of aliens before the Immigration Court, the BIA and the US Courts of Appeals.
    • Aid in the identification and development of resources, such as volunteers and law school interns.
    • Support Department Director in ensuring that all case managers maintain competency in immigration law.  Develop and monitor training plan for program staff.
    • Assist Department Director to establish necessary procedures in order to provide exceptional client service. Determine and ensure availability of legal resources needed for effective service delivery and program operations.
    • Keep records sufficient for statistical reports required by funding sources, the agency, and/or government agencies.

 

Qualifications

    • Law degree from an American Bar Association accredited institution.  Licensed practicing attorney in the State of Texas.  Experience in immigration law preferred. 
    • Two years’ experience as a practicing attorney preferred.
    • Bilingual in Spanish required.

 

Work Hours and Location

Regular office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Evening and weekend hours occasionally required. This position is located at 249 W. Thornhill Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76115.

 

Compensation and Benefits

Catholic Charities Fort Worth offers a variety of benefits to our staff including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance.  Our employees can participate in a retirement plan with a generous match.  A progressive paid leave plan allows you to earn more time off the longer you are employed and we provide paid time off for designated holidays.  We also offer flexible work schedules and a friendly, supportive environment.  This is a salaried position with a range of $49,000 - $52,000 based on skills and experience. 

 

About Us

At Catholic Charities Fort Worth, it is our mission to provide service to those in need, to advocate compassion and justice in the structures of society, and to call all people of good will to do the same. We have been entrusted with a 105 year legacy of doing good and we have set forth a bold goal of ending poverty in our community.  Become part of this amazing history and mission by joining an innovative group of dedicated professionals who are helping those in need in our community find new hope.

For more information on Catholic Charities Fort Worth, you can visit our website at: http://www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org/  

 

To Apply

Please visit our website: www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org. Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on “employment” to visit our career page. Select the job posting and click the "apply" button at the top right of the posting. Please complete all fields with relevant information requested. 

Due to the volume of responses, only qualified parties will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth is an equal opportunity employer.

Survey Link: https://ciims.cindexinc.com/job/3e533a

 

Closing Date *: 
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Staff Attorney

Jan 21, 2016
Organization: 
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc.
City: 
Los Angeles
State: 
California

Job Title: Staff Attorney

Job Code: A3565

Pay Grade: 10

Department: Immigration

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Location: Corporate

Reports To: Program Director

 

Summary

The Staff Attorney will coordinate parish-based programs providing group processing and individual representation. The Staff Attorney will also carry a caseload consisting of a variety of complex affirmative and defensive immigration cases. The Staff Attorney will report to the Director of Immigration and Refugee Services.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate community education and group processing events for clients seeking to apply for naturalization or DACA. Train volunteers on naturalization and DACA requirements, and provide legal oversight during group processing events.
  • Represent clients in a wide-range of immigration matters such as adjustment of status, naturalization, family-based visa petitions, DACA applications,  VAWA self-petitions, T visas, U visas, and I-601 waivers.
  • Provide zealous representation to Catholic Charities’ clients in front of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Ensure that all grant reporting requirements and data collections needs are satisfied.
  • Follow all Immigration Services Program internal policies and procedures regarding representation and community education standards.

 

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

 

Education and/or Experience 

(1) Juris Doctorate degree; (2) Active California State Bar License, or license from another jurisdiction and commitment to sitting for next available California Bar Exam; (3) Experience in immigration law required; (4) Strong legal research and legal writing skills required; (5) Spanish fluency strongly preferred.

 

Computer Skills                                                      

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Database software; Internet software; Project Management software; Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software.

 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

 

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

 

Closing Date *: 
Monday, March 21, 2016

Immigration Counselor

Jan 6, 2016
Organization: 
Hartford Public Library
City: 
Hartford

The Immigration Counselor provides high quality legal assistance, advice and referral to low income immigrants and their families in the area of immigration and nationality law. Engages in public education, training and community outreach in order to promote immigrant newcomers full participation in American society. Essential Functions (these will pull into appraisal form) Advises and assists in the preparation and filing of immigration and naturalization related applications and petitions. Maintains client case files in accordance with case file management system. Maintains knowledge of current immigration practice and procedures through training programs and seminars, immigration periodicals and website reviews and case reviews with managing attorney. Acquires partial accreditation before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Provides legal representation to clients before the Immigration Service. Develops and maintains program fee and document lists. Assists in the expansion of services, provision of community education and pro se clinic offerings and program publicity. Ensures compliance with all federal, state, or municipal laws relating to immigration services being provided as a BIA R&A non-profit organization. Secondary Functions Assists in implementing and overseeing grant projects. Other duties as assigned. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrative of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar or a logical assignment to the position. Qualifications and Competencies Education Requirements- Bachelors Degree in a related area Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) from accredited four-year college plus six months -0ne year related experience preferred; or, Paralegal Associates Degree with two years related experience. Strong computer and data entry skills, excellent communication skills. Accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) or ability to obtain within six months of hire. Fluency in a second language; Spanish preferred. Core Competencies Commitment Takes ownership and responsibility for performing well. Seeks opportunities for further development. Adjusts priorities based on the needs of the organization. Achieves results within established timelines. Arrives at work on time and ready to contribute. Community Listens and actively promotes cooperation and trust to meet customer needs. Goes the extra mile for the customer. Displays empathy for the customer. Anticipates customer needs and delivers timely, accurate information/solutions. Identifies with the communities the organization serves. Advocates for the community. Future Demonstrates a willingness to challenge the status quo. Seeks continuous improvement opportunities. Remains flexible in responding to changes. Relationship Building Listens actively for understanding. Clearly articulates his/her thoughts. Values the end result of working with others. Treats others with dignity and respect. Is trustworthy. Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) from accredited four-year college plus six months -0ne year related experience preferred; or, Paralegal Associates Degree with two years related experience. Strong computer and data entry skills, excellent communication skills. Accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) or ability to obtain within six months of hire. Fluency in a second language; Spanish preferred.

Closing Date *: 
Friday, January 22, 2016

Lead Immigration Counselor

Jan 6, 2016
Organization: 
Hartford Public Library
City: 
Hartford

Hartford Public Library is seeking a full time Lead Immigration Counselor. The Immigration Counselor provides high quality legal assistance, advice and referral to low income immigrants and their families in the area of immigration and nationality law. Engages in public education, training and community outreach in order to promote immigrant newcomers full participation in American society. Salary starting at $45,500 annual. Qualifications: Bilingual- Spanish preferred. Valid CT driver’s license. Job description and application are available online at www.hplct.org or http://hplct.org/about/job-openings Applications accepted until January 22, 2016.

Closing Date *: 
Friday, January 22, 2016

Immigration Attorney

Dec 4, 2015
Organization: 
Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico
City: 
Las Cruces
State: 
New Mexico

The Immigration Attorney is responsible for providing the delivery of legal services to clients and will assist in the provision of services before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  The attorney will supervise the cases of Immigration Legal Advocate/Caseworkers and a Border Servant Corps Fellow, and will also maintain their own caseload.  The attorney will accompany clients to USCIS interviews and/or Immigration Court hearings as deemed appropriate. The Immigration Attorney reports directly to the Executive Director (“ED”).

 

Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Collaborate with key partners including law enforcement, community, and nonprofit agencies, and others.
  • Assist in the provision of immigration legal services before USCIS and supervise the case loads of two Immigration Legal Advocates/ Caseworkers and a Border Servant Corps Fellow.
  • In conjunction with the ED, help with the development of an annual budget and in the generation of revenues and donations.
  • Create opportunities to partner with community organizations and participate in advocacy efforts that fit within the mission of the agency and are consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

 

Qualifications:

Must have graduated from an accredited law school and be licensed to practice law.  Must have demonstrated leadership skills, ability to motivate others, and experience managing and mentoring employees at all levels of experience. Incumbent must be able to foster a team environment among legal and non-legal staff in support of our common mission. Fluency in written and oral English and Spanish is required.  Prior experience in immigration law strongly preferred as well as a demonstrated commitment to serving low-income clientele. Position may require some evening/weekend work and travel.

 

To apply, send cover letter detailing qualifications along with a resume/CV, and three professional references to:

Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico

Immigration Attorney Search Committee

2215 South Main Street, Suite B

Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005

 

No phone calls please

Review of applications will begin immediately

Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability. In addition to federal law requirements, Catholic Charities complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Closing Date *: 
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Fellow Program Immigration Worker

Oct 8, 2015
Organization: 
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh
City: 
Goldsboro
State: 
North Carolina

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh was awarded with a two year grant from Catholic Legal Immigration Network, CLINIC Fellow Program, and is looking to hire a full time employee to work in the legal immigration program who has the competency to become a BIA Partial Accredited Representative in order to practice immigration law by assessing immigration needs of clients and determine eligibility.

 

Responsibilities:

Learn the immigration law in order to practice it competently for client base.

Prepare cases for submission to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Conduct public education and outreach on immigration law and forms of relief available.

Collaborate with local parishes and community organizations serving foreign-born.

 

Requirements:

                Bachelor’s Degree

                Bilingual Spanish/ English oral and written communications.

                Able to work effectively with diversity of people from different ethnic backgrounds.

                Work involves travel and work beyond regularly scheduled workdays.

 

Send cover letter and resume to Consuelo.Kwee@raldioc.org

Closing Date *: 
Friday, October 30, 2015

CLINIC Immigration Fellow

Oct 7, 2015
Organization: 
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
City: 
Lexington
State: 
Kentucky

Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC) seeks an attorney or BIA-accredited representative with immigration law experience to join its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic (MSLC) in Lexington. The position is a two-year Fellowship funded in part by Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC). The Immigration Law Fellow will engage in:

  • Immigration application assistance: a variety of immigration applications including citizenship, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and U visas.
  • Outreach and education: provision of clear, reliable information to practitioners, the public and immigrant community about immigration and immigration law.

Duties and Responsibilities

The CLINIC Immigration Fellow will:

  • Learn immigration law in order to practice it competently for client base
  • Conduct public education and outreach on immigration law and forms of relief available
  • Collaborate with local community organizations serving the foreign-born
  • Provide legal counsel and representation for clients
  • Prepare cases for submission to the federal government issuing immigration benefits
  • Learn an immigration case management data base and keep up-to-date records needed for reporting purposes
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and confidential case files
  • Participate in Fellowship-related grant compliance, reporting, and fundraising

Education and Experience

Options include:

  • Juris Doctor with bar membership in the United States
  • Juris Doctor with potential to become licensed within 6 months of hire
  • Other relevant degree and experience, eligible to become accredited with Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) within 6 months of hire

Additional Qualifications

The ideal candidate also will demonstrate:

  • A high level of proficiency in English and Spanish (bilingual required)
  • Knowledge of, and experience in, working with people who are foreign-born representing different cultures and economic backgrounds
  • Strong public speaking skills in Spanish
  • Ability to manage a client caseload for immigration legal benefits
  • Ability to work well independently and in a small team of immigration attorneys, legal assistants, students, and volunteers

Location

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic is located in Lexington, Kentucky.

Salary and Benefits

Attorney salary $40,800 or higher DOE. Non-attorney salary $32,000 or higher DOE. Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans.

Application Instructions

Please email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample and a list of three references to:

Guion Johnstone, Program Director
guionjohnstone@kyequaljustice.org

References should include mailing and email address and phone number.

Application Deadline: October 26, 2015. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as received. No applications will be considered if received after the deadline.

For More Information: Guion Johnstone, Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, 201 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY, 40508. Email: guionjohnstone@kyequaljustice.org. Phone: 859-233-3840. Fax: 859-554-0504.

About Us

Kentucky Equal Justice Center was formed in 1976 to work with all of Kentucky’s civil legal services programs on statewide issues and projects. Today we are a flexible and responsive public interest advocacy organization with a wide variety of community partners. We convene periodic statewide task forces in four areas of poverty law—Consumer and Housing, Family, Welfare and Health and Workers’ Rights—and provide immigration law services through Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Our work includes policy advocacy in all these areas.

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic (MSLC) became a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center in January, 2008. Launched in 1999 by community volunteers, the Clinic offers free or low cost advice and assistance with immigration law to low-income people and their families. The program helps people fleeing persecution in their home countries; immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes; youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; and Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens seeking reunification with family members. MSLC also houses a vibrant Citizenship Project which helps eligible permanent residents apply and prepare for the naturalization process.

Kentucky Equal Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Closing Date *: 
Monday, October 26, 2015

Immigration Staff Attorney

Oct 6, 2015
Organization: 
Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland
City: 
Cleveland
State: 
Ohio

Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services in Cleveland, Ohio is seeking an Immigration Staff Attorney to work with the newly created Ohio Center for Survivors of Torture. The attorney will assist survivors of torture with any immigration legal assistance needed, including but not limited to: defense in removal proceedings, applications for asylum, applications for adjustment of status, applications for citizenship, and applications to bring family members to the United States. 

To apply, please access the posting on our website at: https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=1133968&B_ID=5&fid=1&Adid=&ssbgcolor=273A5B&SearchScreenID=487&CountryID=3&LanguageID=2&InternalJobCode=8149

 

Closing Date *: 
Sunday, November 1, 2015

Immigration Specialist

Oct 1, 2015
Organization: 
Catholic Immigration Services - Diocese of Little Rock
City: 
Little Rock
State: 
Arkansas

Catholic Immigration Services in Little Rock seeks a Specialist to provide services to its clients. Position requires a bachelor’s degree, fluency in English and Spanish, strong computer proficiency, and ability to interact effectively with clients, staff, and external agencies. Previous experience providing immigration services is preferred. Occasional travel required.

To apply send cover letter and resume to:  Paula Lattanzi, Administration and Personnel Office, Diocese of Little Rock, 2500 N. Tyler St., Little Rock, AR 72207, or email to plattanzi@dolr.org.

Closing Date *: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Paralegal

Sep 30, 2015
Organization: 
Justice for Our Neighbors
City: 
Houston
State: 
Texas

Organization Description

Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) is a network of legal clinics which grew out of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) with a commitment to help refugees and immigrants. Since UMCOR was founded in 1940, the refugee ministry has been the heart of the work guided by Christian values of hospitality towards immigrants. UMCOR established JFON in 1999 and has since grown to 15 sites that support more than 40 legal clinics and 4,000 clients annually nationwide. Houston/East Texas JFON is one of the newest JFON locations, and it opened its first legal clinic in 2015.

 

Position Summary

Houston/East Texas Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Paralegal to assist in preparing family-based petitions, naturalization, humanitarian relief, and Immigration Court cases. The Paralegal will also assist with outreach presentations, trainings, and workshops. The Paralegal will be based in the Houston office and will assist the Staff Attorney with clinic operations. He/she will be under the supervision of the JFON Site Director and the Staff Attorney and will perform tasks assigned by them.

 

Primary Duties

The Paralegal is responsible for the following:

  • Prepare immigration applications to be filed with USCIS, the Department of State, and the Department of Justice, including family-based petitions, naturalization, adjustment of status, consular processing, waivers, DACA, etc.;
  • Maintain files and update the case-tracking system;
  • Meet with clients to prepare and review applications for filing;
  • Translate documents between English and Spanish;
  • Prepare documents and files for Immigration Court;
  • Prepare client files for clinic, and work with clinic staff and volunteers at monthly legal clinics. Clinics will be held on a Saturday morning and/or a weekday evening once per month;
  • Answer phone, maintain voicemail, record and respond to messages;
  • Schedule appointments for clinic and individual follow-up appointments;
  • Collect and process in-coming mail and prepare packages for mailing;
  • Perform other administrative duties as assigned by the Staff Attorney.

 

General Requirements

The ideal candidate should meet the following requirements:

  • Minimal education level: Bachelor’s degree and/or Paralegal Certificate.
  • Two years of recent paralegal experience in family based immigration, removal defense, and humanitarian relief are required.
  • BIA accredited representation is a plus, but is not mandatory.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to manage significant caseload, strict deadlines, and other tasks simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and basic legal case management software.
  • Ability to pay keen attention to detail.
  • Must be reliable and have a professional demeanor.
  • Must be able to maintain confidential client information.

The Paralegal should have a strong commitment to public interest law and to the enfranchisement and empowerment of immigrant communities. JFON is more than a legal service program. JFON is a faith-based ministry of service involving many diverse individuals, cultures and faiths who come together through the United Methodist Church to welcome immigrants to our community. As such, the Paralegal should have an appreciation of the spiritual principles of this work and an ability to work sensitively with numerous volunteers and clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, political orientations and faiths.

 

Work Hours

Flexible – 40 hours per week

Salary and Benefits

A competitive salary and benefits package will be provided.

Location

The Paralegal will work primarily at the Mission Milby location, and may at times accompany the Staff Attorney to work at the Gethsemane location.

Submission

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to:

Joy Green, Staff Attorney for Houston/East Texas JFON
jgreen@jfonhouston-etx.org

Please state salary requirements in the cover letter. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Candidates must have authorization to work in the United States.

Closing Date *: 
Monday, November 30, 2015

Immigration Attorney

Aug 19, 2015
Organization: 
Catholic Charities - Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico
City: 
Santa Fe
State: 
New Mexico

ABQ.-FT-Position is responsible for the supervision of staff who provide direct legal representation and services to clients in the Center for Immigration & Citizenship Legal Assistant.

  • Requires J.D. degree with admission to the New Mexico state bar, 3 years of legal experience with an emphasis in Immigration Law and Violent Against Women Act.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish is required.
  • Minimum of 1 year of supervisory experience preferred.
  • Basic computer competency in MS Office and Windows, and demonstrated commitment to public interest work.
  • Knowledge of Albuquerque social service systems, multicultural experience preferred.
  • Pay range start at $19.90 an hour, DOE.

E-mail resume and letter of intent to Catholic Charities, Human Resources, to jobs@ccasfnm.org. EOE. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Closing Date *: 
Monday, October 19, 2015

Executive Director

Aug 3, 2015
Organization: 
Immigrant's List
City: 
Washington
State: 
District Of Columbia

Immigrants’ List (“IL”) is a bipartisan political action committee dedicated to promoting fair and just immigration laws.   It works to elect representatives who support immigration reform and to defeat those who use fear and misinformation to stop the reform America needs.  IL is responsible for assessing the pro-immigration positions of candidates for Congress, evaluating viability of races each election cycle, and making recommendations on whether to support candidates. 

IL has a related Immigrants’ List Civic Action Inc., a 501(c)(4) educational organization that works towards its Get Out The Vote and other campaigns.

 

Position Description

The Executive Director is responsible for researching, analyzing and advocating for national legislative, budget, and administrative proposals that impact immigrants.  The Executive Director also has responsibility for developing and maintaining communications, leading and executing fundraising initiatives, initiating coalition building with other pro-immigrant groups, and other duties as assigned.  This position reports directly to the Board of Directors and will supervise interns and volunteers.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Fundraising and development experience.
  • Prior PAC or political campaign experience a plus.
  • Experience in public policy and lobbying experience.
  • Understanding of immigration law and policy.
  • Self-starter and creative thinker who is willing to work hard and respond quickly to urgent issues. 
  • Must have the endurance to follow long-term legislative campaigns.
  • Excellent interpersonal, research, writing, and public speaking skills.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to prioritize effectively and meet deadlines.

 

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Full-time.
  • Start date September 15, 2015, or earlier.

 

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, legal or policy-related writing sample, salary requirements, and list of references to Ira Kurzban ira@kkwtlaw.com and Sui Chung schung@lawgroupusa.comDeadline:  August 30, 2015.  No phone calls.

Closing Date *: 
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Attorney (Bi-lingual/Spanish) – Immigrant Services

Jul 28, 2015
Organization: 
Catholic Charities- Diocese of Rockville Centre
City: 
Amityville
State: 
New York

Immigrant Services - Legal Counseling

Comprehensive, reliable legal counseling is the backbone of our immigrant services, helping newcomers negotiate complex and ever-changing immigration and naturalization laws.  Catholic Charities is fully recognized by the U.S. government (Board of Immigration Appeals) to offer legal advice, process petitions, and represent clients on immigration law matters up to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals.

Position Description:

We are seeking a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) Attorney to provide direct legal representation in immigration matters and related proceedings for unaccompanied immigrant children throughout Long Island in immigration removal proceedings and family court proceedings.  Typically, cases involve asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and other forms of relief.  In this role, you will also assume general administrative responsibilities including grant compliance and case management. 

A generous, comprehensive benefits package accompanies this position.

Our ideal candidate will possess

  • Juris Doctor degree and active bar membership in NY State required;
  • Fluency in written & spoken Spanish/English is preferred;
  • Some experience in immigration and/or family law;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with children who may have had difficult experiences in their immigration journeys;
  • Ability to effectively handle a fluctuating volume of cases in a multi-priority, deadline environment;
  • Strong research, organizational & interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to adjust work schedule as needed to meet client & program needs;
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License and ability to travel locally to various work sites, meetings, client visits, court hearings and other legal proceedings.

Email resume and cover letter of interest to: jobs@catholiccharities.cc or fax to: 516.733.7038. 

Please note “Bi-lingual Attorney” in the subject line of your email or fax.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS BY WORKING FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES. Catholic Charities – Diocese of Rockville Centre. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer. “Care with Dignity; Life with Hope”  

Closing Date *: 
Monday, September 28, 2015

Director of Family Immigration Services

Jun 26, 2015
Organization: 
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado
City: 
Colorado Springs
State: 
Colorado

Duties

  • Manage the operations of the Catholic Charities of Central Colorado’s Family Immigration Services (FIS) department serving immigrants and their families across a 10-county service area.
  • Supervise/train Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited staff and other program staff.
  • Provide guidance/assistance on cases and ensure compliance with all legal and ethical standards.
  • Assist immigrants/refugees seeking counsel or legal representation on cases for federal immigration benefits through legal representation, community information sessions, and related immigration activities. 

Requirements

  • Juris doctor degree and admission to the bar of any state or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or previous BIA partial accreditation required.
  • Three+ years’ experience as a practicing attorney/accredited legal immigration counseling, to include experience representing individual clients in a variety of family-based and other processes before USCIS is desired.
  • One - three years managing/supervising a diverse workforce providing immigration legal services, or other similar human services delivery.
  • Advanced proficiency in Spanish/English (reading, writing and speaking). 

Salary $43,000 - $53,000 DOE. Application package at www.ccharitiescc.org.

 

Closing Date *: 
Monday, August 3, 2015

Executive Director

Mar 31, 2015
Organization: 
Central Louisiana Interfaith Immigration Center
City: 
Alexandria
State: 
Louisiana

The Central Louisiana Interfaith Immigration Center (CLIIC) Executive Director is a full-time position. CLIIC, founded in 2009 in partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Alexandria, the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church and Northern and Central Louisiana Interfaith, is a collaborative effort serving individuals of all races, creeds, ethnic, religious, and geographic backgrounds. Its mission is to welcome immigrants into our communities by providing affordable, high-quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy. CLIIC is based in Alexandria, Louisiana, with a service area of thirteen civil parishes in central Louisiana.

Responsibilities:

The Executive Director is responsible for carrying out 1) organizational administration and program management, 2) community outreach and civic engagement, and 3) direct legal services. The following are specific duties of the Executive Director:

General Administration of Office and Programs:

  • Manage organizational expenses and income on an ongoing basis
  • Maintain regular communication with Advisory Committee including monthly reports and bi- monthly Advisory Committee meetings
  • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers
  • Track program outcomes, services provided, and client testimonials on an ongoing basis
  • Lead strategic planning and assessment of CLIIC programs as needed
  • Community Outreach & Civic Engagement:
  • Engage   immigrant   community   leaders   and   support   their   involvement   in   leadership development programs offered by allies and funders
  • Speak at local civic groups addressing issues affecting our local immigrant community

Direct Legal Services

  • Provide direct representation to persons submitting affirmative applications with USCIS and the Department of State
  • Conduct presentations, workshops, legal clinics and individual consultations in Spanish and English
  • Provide direct representation and other forms of legal assistance to individuals in other types of immigration matters

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to recruit, inspire, manage and mobilize volunteers and community members to support the mission of CLIIC and its programs
  • Excellent  organizational  skills;  ability  to  manage  multiple  tasks  and  work  calmly  and productively under deadlines; attention to detail; self-directed and efficient
  • Demonstrated ability in public speaking
  • Strong problem solving and trouble shooting skills; demonstrated ability to balance a diverse and demanding workload
  • Strong computer skills
  • Willingness to travel throughout region as needed
  • Fluency in both Spanish and English is preferred

Required Qualifications:

  • Law degree and admission to the bar of any state in the U.S., but will consider an applicant who has taken the bar exam and is awaiting results
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights
  • Expect flexible work hours, including some weekend and evening hours.
  • Knowledge of the immigration system and immigration laws essential

 

Compensation and benefits:

The salary is commensurate with experience. The benefits package includes fully-paid health insurance plus generous health, holiday and sick leave. Submit resume/cover letter by April 15, 2015 to gbateman@diocesealex.org.

Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Staff Attorney

Mar 26, 2015
Organization: 
Justice For Our Neighbors
City: 
Houston
State: 
Texas

The “Justice For Our Neighbors” (JFON) staff attorney is responsible for the provision of immigration legal services at the JFON immigration clinic/clinics to which he/she is assigned.  These responsibilities include, among other things, the supervision and training of volunteers and support staff and the provision of legal services to clients.  In addition, the staff attorney will promote community education and serve as an advocate for immigrant rights.

Immigration Legal Services

The staff attorney will provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON immigration legal clinics and may assist them with the preparation of immigration petitions and applications.

Volunteer attorneys, law students and other volunteers from each clinic site may assist the attorney with this work, but all work performed by volunteers and other assistants shall be reviewed by the staff attorney.

The staff attorney has discretion to determine the number of clients and nature of cases he/she can undertake.

The staff attorney’s primary responsibility is to serve each JFON clinic in his/her region, but he/she may also serve immigration clients who seek help from JFON outside the clinic setting.  The staff attorney may also pursue other professional interests related to the advocacy of immigrants’ rights, such as speaking at continuing legal education courses or advocating with elected officials as time and resources permit.

Coordination with National JFON

The staff attorney’s professional performance is subject to review by the Regional Attorney of National JFON.

The staff attorney will participate in case review meetings as necessary.  The staff attorney is encouraged to discuss cases and program issues freely with the Regional Attorney and other JFON attorneys.

At least once a year, the staff attorney may be required to participate in a national organizing and training conference of the Justice for Our Neighbors network. 

Clinic Management and Administration

The JFON staff attorney reports to the JFON Site Board.  The JFON national staff will provide general guidelines for clinic management. It is the staff attorney’s shared responsibility with the clinic organizers (task forces and staff board) to ensure that clinic guidelines and policies are followed.

The staff attorney is responsible for ensuring that all attorneys and legal assistants providing services through the clinic/clinics comply with applicable federal and state rules of ethics and professional conduct.  Accordingly, the staff attorney must be familiar with the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and Professional Conduct for Immigration Practitioners Rules and Procedures.  The staff attorney must also comply with JFON Practice Standards and Policies and should be familiar with the ABA Rules of Professional Responsibility.

The staff attorney is not responsible for recruitment of volunteers or logistical organization of the immigration clinics.  However, the attorney is expected to participate in outreach and educational efforts to the extent that the legal workload may permit and as deemed appropriate pursuant to consultation with the task forces and JFON Site Board.

Time Allocation and Travel

 The staff attorney will allocate his/her time and resources using his/her judgment as to the needs of each clinic site.

The staff attorney should allow sufficient time for legal research and continuing legal education.

The staff attorney is required to travel to each clinic site within his/her region as needed to complete casework and follow-up client consultations.  At a minimum, the staff attorney should visit each clinic location within his/her region at least once a month. (Vacation and breaks for both clinic volunteers and the attorney should be considered.)

Travel may also be required to local USCIS district offices and to the immigration court.

General Requirements

The staff attorney should have a strong commitment to public interest legal service and to the enfranchisement and empowerment of newcomer immigrant communities.

Justice for Our Neighbors is more than a legal service project. It is a faith-based ministry of service involving many diverse individuals, cultures and faiths who come together through the United Methodist Church to welcome newcomers to our community. As such, the staff attorney should have an appreciation of the spiritual principles of this work and an ability to work sensitively with numerous volunteers and clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, political orientations and various faiths.

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

Foreign language ability is a strongly preferred.

Staff Attorney Salary and Benefits

A comprehensive benefits package is included, including competitive compensation health insurance and pension benefits.

As a Justice for Our Neighbors staff attorney, the staff attorney will be covered by the JFON national program’s professional liability insurance.

 

Closing Date *: 
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Immigration Attorney Position

Mar 2, 2015
Organization: 
Catholic Charities Diocese of Las Cruces, NM
City: 
Las Cruces
State: 
New Mexico

IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY POSITION

CATHOLIC CHARITIES DIOCESE OF LAS CRUCES, NM

 

The Immigration Attorney is responsible for providing direct legal services to clients and will primarily represent individuals in immigration cases handled by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and related agencies.  He/She will manage the cases of an Immigration Legal Advocate/Caseworker and will also maintain his/her own substantial caseload.  He/She will accompany clients to USCIS interviews and/or Immigration Court hearings as deemed appropriate. The Immigration Attorney reports directly to the Executive Director (“ED”).

 

Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Collaborate with the office staff including the Immigration Legal Advocates/ Caseworkers, Accredited Representatives, Attorneys, Legal Services Staff, and others.
  • Assist in the provision of immigration legal services before USCIS and supervise the case load of an Immigration Legal Advocate/Caseworker.
  • Work with other Attorneys and the ED to facilitate the professional development of staff members and volunteers and help foster a team environment among all stakeholders.
  • Contribute to and help organize legal services staff meetings, case reviews, and meetings with the ED.
  • Help identify the training needs of the staff members and volunteers and work collaboratively with attorneys and ED to plan and implement various staff development/ enrichment programs.
  • Perform annual evaluations of Immigration Legal Advocates/Caseworkers, Accredited Representatives, and, in conjunction with the ED, oversee corrective/disciplinary actions.
  • In conjunction with other attorneys and the ED, help with the development of an annual budget and with the monitoring and management of office expenses.
  • Issue periodic reports to the ED regarding revenues, case load of clients, donors, and other relevant developments.
  • Assist with grant reporting requirements and activities.
  • Work with the ED to actively seek grant and fundraising opportunities in conjunction with Catholic Charities’ Board of Directors.
  • Plan and engage in annual outreach and training activities within the service area in conjunction with other Attorneys and the ED.
  • Create opportunities to partner with community organizations and participate in advocacy efforts that fit within the mission of the agency and are consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Attend periodic immigration law trainings and other seminars, training sessions and conferences including webinars.

 

Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Authorize Expenditures: Yes.
  • Prepare Budget: No.
  • Department numbers: n/a
  • Supervise Others: Yes. Immigration Legal Advocate/Caseworkers, interns and volunteers.
  • Number directly supervised: One in addition to office interns and volunteers.
  • Access to Confidential Information: Yes.
  • Consequence of release of information: Could result in legal action against Catholic Charities.  Consequence to incumbent for release of confidential information could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.
  • Physical Demand: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, talk, sit, hear, and handle.  Lifts and moves items up to 15 pounds. 
  • Working Environment: Work is performed in an office setting.  Immigration Attorney is required to attend evening and weekend meetings and travel extensively. 

 

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described above are representative of the physical capabilities that must be met by an employee and the working conditions that an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Qualifications: Must have graduated from an accredited law school and be a member of good standing in any state bar.  Licensed attorneys are given first consideration, but will accept applications from recent law graduates who plan to take the bar exam.  Must have demonstrated leadership skills, ability to motivate others, and experience managing and mentoring attorneys at all levels of experience. Must be able to foster a team environment among legal and non-legal staff in support of our common mission. Demonstrated commitment to serving low income clientele preferred. Fluency in written and oral English and Spanish is required, and prior experience in immigration law strongly preferred.  Position may require evening/weekend work, and some travel may be required.

 

To Apply: E-mail resume, cover letter, and references to Lauren Armstrong, Staff Attorney (la@catholiccharitiesdlc.org) and Ken Ferrone, Executive Director (kf@catholiccharitiesdlc.org). 

Closing Date *: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015

Unaccompanied Immigrant Child Project Coordinator

Jan 14, 2015
Organization: 
Justice For Our Neighbors - Iowa
State: 
Iowa

Justice For Our Neighbors-Iowa (JFON-Iowa) is a project of the United Methodist Church. The attorney is an employee of the Iowa United Methodist Conference. Our primary mission is to welcome immigrants and refugees into our churches and communities by providing free, high­ quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.

This is a one year grant-based position with the possibility of longer term employment depending on funding availability.

 

Duties

  • Coordinate and provide immigration legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children in proceedings who are living in Iowa. Represent low-income clients in a wide range of immigration matters, especially removal defense, special immigrant juvenile status, asylum applications, and other immigration related matters. Although priority will be for attorney to work on cases involving UACs, attorney may take other immigration-related cases as time and resources allow.
  • Develop and coordinate a network of pro bono attorneys to assist in the legal representation of unaccompanied children.
  • Manage a hotline created for unaccompanied children. Coordinate staffing of volunteers to respond to hotline calls. Provide initial consultations and referrals, when appropriate, for callers to the hotline.
  • Be responsible for active case load and maintaining case management system. Will receive guidance from supervising attorney and national network of JFON attorneys.
  • Participate in community outreach and public speaking events. Engage in community education about basic immigration issues and immigrants' rights.
  • Build and sustain positive collaborative relationships with churches, nonprofits and other community organizations and individuals in the area of immigration.
  • Promote justice within our United States system of immigration laws, policies and social practices.

 

Qualifications

  • Member licensed and in good standing of any state bar - Iowa preferred. Ability to effectively communicate in Spanish.
  • 1-2 years immigration law experience and/or 1-2 years family law experience preferred. Willing to travel.
  • Able to work with people of varying religious, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Demonstrated commitment to working in public interest in immigration or related areas.

 

To Apply: Send resume to: openings.iowajfon@gmail.com

Resumes accepted until: February 1, or until position is filled.

Closing Date *: 
Sunday, February 1, 2015

Program Director, New American Services

Nov 20, 2014
Organization: 
Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts Inc
City: 
Springfield, MA

Responsibilities: • Administer New American grants and contracts assuring compliance with programmatic and budgetary outcomes and goals. • Effectively collaborate with sub-contractors and collaborators to meet programmatic and budgetary outcomes and goals. • Timely, accurate completion of program and contract reports. • Lead productive, informative, inclusive weekly staff meetings. • Oversee day to day operations of the New American Program. • Supervise New American Program Coordinators. • Recruit, hire, train and appraise supervisees. • Develop individualized and strength based supervision plans for each supervisee. • Oversee reporting and management of client statistics including measurement and evaluation. • Act as lead contact and collaborator with local, State, and Federal funding partners and stakeholders representing the agency and services to the community. • Coordinate and execute community-based outreach education, consultation, and advocacy regarding refugee issues. • Assist with the development, planning and successful implementation of new program areas that are within the Agency mission and strategic direction. • Participate and actively contribute on the senior management team to foster a highly functioning team of professionals that successfully implements and manages the agency's programs and services. • Share in the general management of the Agency through participation on various appointed committees, work groups, and teams to assist in the development of Agency policy/procedure, new programs and strategic planning. • In collaboration with the CEO develop and meet annually established program area goals and objectives. • Provide input in budgetary process and operate programs/services within the approved budget. • Provide on-call coverage and respond to emergencies as needed. • Perform all responsibilities within the framework of the agency mission, policy, and professional ethics. • Other duties as may be assigned. Performance Criteria: • Fully participate in leading Agency to meet its mission and strategic goals. • Meet established program and contractual expectations in portfolio. • Achieve best practice standards. • Meet agency's strategic goals and projects as planned. • Accomplish agreed upon goals and objectives for the program. • Complete all reports in a timely manner. • Constructive, productive professional relationships with all stakeholders including co-workers, sponsors, clients, volunteers and community leaders. Qualifications: • Commitment and passion for JFS' mission and values. • Minimum 5 years management experience. • Experience working with diverse cultures, preferably refugee communities. • Bachelor's degree, Master's degree preferred. • Experience supervising a culturally diverse staff. • Understanding of U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. • Strong organizational and time management skills. • Able to effectively employ analytical and problem-solving skills. • Excellent oral and written communication skills. • Creativity, initiative and a sense of humor. • Proficiency in computer and administrative skills. • Ability to work a flexible work schedule. • Valid driver's license and regular access to a registered vehicle. • Demonstrated experience and ability to perform job responsibilities. How to apply Please send cover letter and resume to: Human Resources Jewish Family Service 15 Lenox Street Springfield, MA01108 or Email: HR@jfswm.org

Closing Date *: 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Supervising Immigration Attorney

Nov 19, 2014
Organization: 
Catholic Charities
City: 
New Orleans

Supervising Immigration Attorney will supervise and provide technical assistance to two Immigration attorneys as well as pro bono attorneys, who provide services to unaccompanied children, and women with U-visa and VAWA petitions. Supervising attorney will also provide qualified legal representation to a caseload of Unaccompanied Alien Children and will prepare cases for submission to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and EOIR, including but not limited to, applications for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, and/or T or U nonimmigrant status and other forms of immigration relief. She/he will also represent these children in family court for predicate and custody orders in relation to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases. She/he will coordinate all aspects of client's case, including client communication, relevant research, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies. Additionally, Supervising Attorney will: • Assist in the supervision of a legal assistant, legal interns, and volunteers • Provide support to pro-bono coordination efforts for unaccompanied children including pro bono recruitment, placement, mentoring, technical assistance, training, development of standard policies and procedures, etc. • Support director on legal advocacy issues related to unaccompanied minors, including trainings and presentations to a wide variety of audiences. • Participate as needed in program-wide and grant-specific data collection • Participate in meetings with immigration legal service community-based organizations

Closing Date *: 
Monday, January 19, 2015

Immigration Attorney

Nov 19, 2014
Organization: 
Catholic Charities
City: 
New Orleans

Immigration Attorney will represent unaccompanied children in immigration removal proceedings, and will prepare cases for submission to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and EOIR, including but not limited to, applications for asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, and/or T or U nonimmigrant status and other forms of immigration relief. She/he will also represent these children in immigration court, and family court for predicate and custody orders in relation to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases. Staff Attorney will coordinate all aspects of a client's case, including client intake, client communication, relevant research, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies, and direct representation in court. May also represent women with VAWA and U-Visa petitions.

Closing Date *: 
Monday, January 19, 2015

Program Director

Nov 17, 2014
Organization: 
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
City: 
Los Angeles
State: 
California
Background:

Founded in 1971, the Immigration and Refugee Department (IRD) of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. is a leading non-profit organization that has served thousands of immigrants and refugees. IRD is a Board of Immigration Appeals recognized agency that provides immigration and refugee services, including naturalization, deferred action for childhood arrivals, religious worker visas, family-based immigration petitions and refugee resettlement. Learn more at www.catholiccharitiesla.org and  http://catholiccharitiesla.org/what-we-do/assist-immigrants-and-refugees-2/.

 

Responsibilities:

IRD seeks an Immigration and Refugee Department Program Director responsible for the oversight and supervision of all IRD program components in its Los Angeles, Glendale and Inglewood offices. Essential responsibilities for this position:

  • Promotes continuous quality improvement and service delivery that is aligned with the Catholic Charities’ mission.
  • Plans, organizes, and conducts IRD programs.
  • Ensures compliance with contract provisions and government regulations.
  • Prepares IRD program proposals and activity reports for funders, drafts budgets and reviews fiscal performance.
  • Manage program budget, monitor funding compliance, and submit grant proposals and quarterly reports to foundations, state, and federal agencies.
  • Negotiates with responsible officials regarding IRD contracts, budgets, and other matters relating to the operation of the programs.
  • Provides quality program management and immigration legal supervision with IRD staff on a regular basis.
  • Ensures that casework and staff are adequately supervised.
  • Ensures that all staff maintain competency in immigration/refugee law and procedure.
  • Ensure compliance with ethical rules and all applicable regulations.
  • Oversees and monitors the Council of Accreditation Immigration and Refugee Program standards for excellent professional best practices.
  • Oversees and monitors the Performance Quality Improvement standards based on the Council of Accreditation standards.
  • Ensures maintenance of program records in accordance with approved standards and practices.
  • Advises in recruitment, selection, retention, and training of IRD program staff.
  • Conducts annual performance evaluations of IRD program staff.
  • Reports to the Chief Administrative Officer on the status of IRD programs and matters affecting policy.
  • Develops IRD program policies and procedures to ensure contractual and legal compliance as well as establishing program performance standards.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with partner organizations.
  • Develops and recruits pro-bono attorneys.
  • Has substantial experience recruiting and developing Advisory Board members to primarily focus on raising revenues to support and expand program goals.
  • Develops and executes IRD’s short and long term fundraising plans.
  • Coordinates the development of an Advisory Board to assist in fundraising events.
  • Develops training standards for all staff.
  • Identifies and monitors specific training needs of staff on an on-going basis.
  • Represents Catholic Charities at community functions, and at other events as requested.
  • Participate in administrative and legislative advocacy at local and national levels.
  • Prepare IRD for significant changes in immigration law and their impact on program development and client services.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Qualifications:

  • J.D. from an accredited American Bar Association law school, or a Master’s Degree in a relevant field or previous BIA Full Accreditation required.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years experience in the nonprofit sector and four (4) years managing/ supervising a diverse workforce providing immigration legal services.
  • Preferred experience managing immigration legal services and refugee resettlement combined.
  • Successful track record of government contract and philanthropic funding management preferred.
  • Spanish reading, writing and speaking fluency preferred with competency to serve clients from a variety of cultures.
  • Proven track record in fundraising activities that produce unrestricted revenues.

 

Location:

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

 

Employment Type:  Full Time, Exempt.

 

Salary:

Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package, including health, dental, vision, sick and vacation time, and 10 paid holidays/year.  All new hires are subject to a 6 month probationary period.

 

Deadline to Apply:  Interviews to be conducted on a rolling basis until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply early.

 

How to apply:

Send via mail, email or fax -- cover letter, resume and at least 3 references to: Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Human Resources Department; P.O. Box 15095, Los Angeles, CA 90015; fax to (213) 251-3402;  hrjobs@ccharities.org; only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.  No phone calls please.

 

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.

Closing Date *: 
Sunday, February 1, 2015

Staff Attorney

Oct 16, 2014
Organization: 
Justice For Our Neighbors - Nebraska
City: 
Omaha
State: 
Nebraska

JOB DESCRIPTION

The “Justice For Our Neighbors” (JFON) staff attorney is responsible for the provision of immigration legal services at the JFON immigration clinic/clinics to which he/she is assigned.  These responsibilities include, among other things, the supervision and training of volunteers and support staff and the provision of legal services to clients.  In addition, the staff attorney will promote community education and serve as an advocate for immigrant rights.

 

Immigration Legal Services

  • The staff attorney will provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON immigration legal clinics and may assist them with the preparation of immigration petitions and applications.
  • Volunteer attorneys, law students and other volunteers from each clinic site may assist the attorney with this work, but all work performed by volunteers and other assistants shall be reviewed by the staff attorney.
  • The staff attorney has discretion to determine the number of clients and nature of cases he/she can undertake.
  • The staff attorney’s primary responsibility is to serve each JFON clinic in his/her region, but he/she may also serve immigration clients who seek help from JFON outside the clinic setting.  The staff attorney may also pursue other professional interests related to the advocacy of immigrants’ rights, such as speaking at continuing legal education courses or advocating with elected officials as time and resources permit.

 

Coordination with National JFON

  • The staff attorney’s professional performance is subject to review by the Regional Attorney of National JFON.
  • The staff attorney will participate in case review meetings as necessary.  The staff attorney is encouraged to discuss cases and program issues freely with the Regional Attorney and other JFON attorneys.
  • At least once a year, the staff attorney may be required to participate in a national organizing and training conference of the Justice for Our Neighbors network. 

 

Clinic Management and Administration

  • The JFON staff attorney reports to the JFON Site Board.
  • The JFON national staff will provide general guidelines for clinic management. It is the staff attorney’s shared responsibility with the clinic organizers (task forces and staff board) to ensure that clinic guidelines and policies are followed.
  • The staff attorney is responsible for ensuring that all attorneys and legal assistants providing services through the clinic/clinics comply with applicable federal and state rules of ethics and professional conduct.  Accordingly, the staff attorney must be familiar with the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and Professional Conduct for Immigration Practitioners Rules and Procedures.  The staff attorney must also comply with JFON Practice Standards and Policies and should be familiar with the ABA Rules of Professional Responsibility.
  • The staff attorney is not responsible for recruitment of volunteers or logistical organization of the immigration clinics.  However, the attorney is expected to participate in outreach and educational efforts to the extent that the legal workload may permit and as deemed appropriate pursuant to consultation with the task forces and JFON Site Board.

 

Time Allocation and Travel

  • The staff attorney will allocate his/her time and resources using his/her judgment as to the needs of each clinic site.
  • The staff attorney should allow sufficient time for legal research and continuing legal education.
  • The staff attorney is required to travel to each clinic site within his/her region as needed to complete casework and follow-up client consultations.  At a minimum, the staff attorney should visit each clinic location within his/her region at least once a month. (Vacation and breaks for both clinic volunteers and the attorney should be considered.)
  • Travel may also be required to local USCIS district offices and to the immigration court.

 

General Requirements

  • The staff attorney should have a strong commitment to public interest legal service and to the enfranchisement and empowerment of newcomer immigrant communities.
  • Justice for Our Neighbors is more than a legal service project. It is a faith-based ministry of service involving many diverse individuals, cultures and faiths who come together through the United Methodist Church to welcome newcomers to our community. As such, the staff attorney should have an appreciation of the spiritual principles of this work and an ability to work sensitively with numerous volunteers and clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, political orientations and various faiths.
  • General knowledge of immigration and nationality law and prior experience in this field is strongly preferred.
  • Foreign language ability is a strongly preferred.

 

Staff Attorney Salary and Benefits

  • A comprehensive benefits package is included, including competitive compensation health insurance and pension benefits.
  • As a Justice for Our Neighbors staff attorney, the staff attorney will be covered by the JFON national program’s professional liability insurance.
Closing Date *: 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Managing Attorney of Immigration Services

Oct 2, 2014
Organization: 
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
City: 
Sacramento
State: 
California

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), a local non-profit organization serving families and individuals in need since 1976, offers six diverse programs at two facilities in Sacramento. A staff of 45 and several thousand volunteers accomplish SFBFS’ mission of assisting families in need by alleviating their immediate pain and problems and by moving them toward self-sufficiency and financial independence. For more information, please visit www.sacramentofoodbank.org.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

 The Managing Attorney of Immigration Services is responsible for the oversight and supervision of all immigration legal service components including community education on immigration law and immigrant rights, consultations with clients, legal work on family-based immigration, naturalization, citizenship, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Administrative Relief/Comprehensive Immigration Reform (AR/CIR), hiring and supervision of two Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited/paralegal staff, office manager along with law students, interns and volunteers; development of all policies and procedures including appointment scheduling, record keeping, fee scale and intake and accounting.

 

The Managing Attorney is responsible for the following tasks:

Administration of immigration legal services

  • Develop work plan including target populations and service priorities including family- based immigration, naturalization, citizenship, DACA, AR/CIR
  • Assist with the development of a working budget including fee intake revenue
  • Coordinate with staff to utilize case management database
  • Develop and implement office systems and casework procedures
  • Provide immigration services, including family-based immigration, citizenship naturalization, DACA and AR/CIR including group processing events

Supervision of staff

  • Assist with recruitment, interviewing, hiring and training of immigration services staff
  • Ensure casework of paralegals is accurate and well maintained
  • Coordinate law student interns including recruitment, placement and training
  • Ensure that all staff maintain applicable competency in immigration law

 

SKILLS REQUIRED

  •  JD or attorney with recognized jurisprudence degree; membership in the California State Bar; two or more years of immigration experience
  • At least one year of management experience
  • Competency to service clients from a variety of cultures
  • Spanish and English language proficient (written and oral)
  • Membership in the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association (desirable)
  • Strong desire to serve the low-income immigrant population

 

POSITION DETAILS

 Full time, salary position; Monday through Friday with occasional weekends and holidays

Health, vision, dental and retirement benefits

 

Please submit resume, cover letter and 3 references to employment@sacramentofoodbank.org by November 1, 2014.

Closing Date *: 
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Immigration Outreach Coordinator/Refugee Resettlement Case Manager

Aug 14, 2014
Organization: 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque
City: 
Waterloo
State: 
Iowa

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque is seeking a full time Immigration Outreach Coordinator/Refugee Resettlement Case Manager.  This position will be based primarily in Waterloo with responsibilities that include travel within the 30 county Archdiocesan area.  Job responsibilities include providing specific case guidance and filings as well as information and advice regarding immigration/legalization issues, maintaining client case files, and submitting written reports as required. Additional responsibilities include arranging housing, healthcare, social services, and orientation for refugee families resettled by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Interested candidates must be fluent in Spanish with experience in the immigration field or prior BIA Accreditation preferred.

 

Email resume to Human Resources at dbqchr@dbqarch.org or fax to 563-556-5464.

Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Director of Immigration Legal Services

Aug 13, 2014
Organization: 
Catholic Charities of Central Texas
City: 
Austin
State: 
Texas

Catholic Charities of Central Texas only accepts online applications.  To apply, please visit our website http://ccctx.iapplicants.com/searchjobs.php

 

Director of Immigration Legal Services

Catholic Charities of Central Texas

Ministerial Character

Catholic Charities is a religious organization founded by the Catholic Diocese of Austin to provide direct social services to those in need.  It is related to but separate from the diocese.  Catholic Charities helps the Bishop of Austin fulfill Christ’s mission in Central Texas.  Some positions employed in Catholic Charities of Central Texas help to extend the ministry of the Catholic Church in particular ways as outlined in the job description.  Therefore, the Catholic Charities of Central Texas employee in this position is related to and assists the Catholic Church in the performance of its ministry and thereby engages in ministry for the church.

 

Job Summary:

The Director of Immigration Legal Servicesis responsible for the daily operations and supervision of the office, collaborates with community and faith-based organizations, and develops advocacy initiatives to better serve the immigrant community. This position reports to the Executive Director and has wide latitude for discretionary decision making and use of independent judgment.

 

Essential Duties:

  • Develop and operate strategic and business plans for the Immigration Legal Services Department to ensure high quality program service delivery.
  • Maintain positive relationships with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Foreign Consulates, and other governmental agencies (local and state).
  • Foster collaborations with community-based organizations that work with the immigrant community.
  • Conduct community presentations to immigrants, parishioners, services providers, and community groups within the 25-county service area of the Diocese of Austin.
  • Work with the Advancement office to maintain relations with the various news agencies in the central Texas area through written and live statements as the spokesperson for ILS to news outlets regarding various aspects of immigration law or regarding the ILS program.
  • Update and maintain ILS policies and procedures.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate the ILS’ staff and interns.
  • Participate as an active team member of Catholic Charities.
  • Maintain a work schedule that maximizes availability to staff and customers.
  • Oversee daily operations of the program, including tracking budget revenue and expenditures.
  • Assist the Executive Director with program planning, grant writing, and reporting ILS activities to the Board of Directors.
  • Use effective and appropriate supervision and management techniques to maximize employee morale and effectiveness.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and skill in immigration laws and procedures.
  • Knowledge of State law, particularly in regard to juvenile and family court matters involving minors.
  • Skill in proficiently communicating, both verbally and in writing in English and Spanish.
  • Skill in analytical research.
  • Skill in program administration, including financial monitoring and staff supervision.
  • Ability to advocate for immigrant rights and Catholic Social Teachings
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, including culturally diverse as well as low-income persons and other disadvantaged persons. 
  • Ability to conformably work in a faith-based environment.
  • Ability to operate various word processing software, spreadsheets, and database programs.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and utilize effective time management techniques to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to follow instructions furnished in verbal or written format.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Trainings:

  • Master’s Degree in legal, social work or other public interest field of study from an accredited American university or equivalent in a foreign country.
  • Doctorate of Juris Prudence and current license to practice immigration law in the United States preferred.

Experience:

  • 3 (three) years of full time wage earning immigration experience.
  • Previous administrative experience managing an immigration legal program preferred.

Language:

  • Bilingual English-Spanish (proficient in conversing, reading, and writing).

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Must be certified in Diocese of Austin EIM within 60 days of employment, and maintain certification throughout the employment period.

 

 

Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Director of Immigration Refugees

Aug 6, 2014
Organization: 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
City: 
New Orleans

The Director of Immigration and Refugee Services manages and administers the Refugee Resettlement Services, Immigration Services, and English as a Second Language programs for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Director of Immigration and Refugee Services reports to Division Director and works with staff, funders, state and local agencies, church parishes and other partners to achieve departmental and agency goals. Additional duties include strategizing on how to best serve ongoing and changing client needs; monitoring contract deliverables; tracking designated billing inputs; monitoring budget activity; reporting quantitative and qualitative performance indicators; interfere with funding agencies and subcontractors; and other duties as assigned. Bachelor’s Degree required. J.D. from an accredited American Bar Association institute, or Master’s Degree in a relevant field preferred. Minimum of three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and a minimum of three years of experience supervising a diverse workforce. Experience in refugee resettlement, populations management, or related field preferred. Successful track record of federal contract management or a combination of the above experience which total five (5) years in a similar position preferred. Spanish reading, writing and speaking fluency preferred; other languages a plus but not necessary. Apply online at www.ccano.org/jobs, or email resume to ccanohr@ccano.org.

Closing Date *: 
Monday, August 18, 2014

Rural Capacity Building Legal Service Provider

Aug 4, 2014
Organization: 
Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska
State: 
Nebraska

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION:  Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to welcome immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy.  JFON-NE is part of the national JFON network.

 

Responsibilities of the position: 

 

The JFON-NE Rural Capacity Building (RCB) Legal Service Provider is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant families in and around Lexington and Grand Island.  The RCB Legal Service Provider will also work on identifying collaborative community partners to help build capacity for the provision of long-term immigration legal services in these communities.  The RCB Legal Service Provider position will be located in Lexington or Grand Island and will work in coordination with established community partners to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants’ rights to the end of promoting inclusion of the immigrant community.  In addition, the RCB Legal Service Provider will apply for and successfully obtain Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accreditation after training.  Accreditation will allow a qualified non-lawyer to represent individuals before Department of Homeland Security on behalf of a recognized organization.

 

DUTIES and Responsibilities:

 

  • After obtaining BIA Accreditation, provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics and provide direct representation to clients before the Department of Homeland Security     
  • Oversee JFON-NE’s cases involving the legal needs of clients in the targeted geographic area under the supervision of the JFON-NE Legal Director
  • Work in collaboration with Nebraska Appleseed, Heartland Workers Center, Hispanos Unidos, and the Center for Rural Affairs to build capacity and promote inclusion of the immigrant community
  •   Assist in the development of grant proposals and other funding opportunities
    • Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports
    • Contribute and steer outreach and education programs

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have a B.A. in Human Services related field and good moral character to apply for BIA Accreditation
  • Preferred candidate will have at least 1-3 years of non-profit work experience
  • Spanish language proficiency is required
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths
  • Strong commitment to public interest legal services

 

APPLICATION:

  • Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
  • Please send resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample by email to Charles S. Ellison at charles@jfon-ne.org.
  • Position to start in December of 2014
Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rural Capacity Building Staff Attorney

Aug 4, 2014
Organization: 
Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska
State: 
Nebraska

Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska

Job Posting for Rural Capacity Building Staff Attorney

 

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION:  Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy.  JFON-NE is part of the national JFON network.

 Responsibilities of the position:  The JFON-NE Rural Capacity Building (RCB) Staff Attorney is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant families in and around Lexington and Grand Island.  The RCB Staff attorney will also work on identifying collaborative community partners to help build capacity for the provision of long-term immigration legal services in these communities.  The RCB Staff Attorney position will be located in Lexington or Grand Island and will work in coordination with established community partners to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants’ rights to the end of promoting inclusion of the immigrant community. 

 

DUTIES and Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics and provide direct representation to clients before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement    
  • Oversee JFON-NE’s caseload involving the legal needs of clients in the targeted geographic area under the supervision of the JFON-NE Legal Director
  • Work in collaboration with Nebraska Appleseed, Heartland Workers Center, Hispanos Unidos, and the Center for Rural Affairs to build capacity and promote inclusion of the immigrant community
  • Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports
  • Contribute and steer outreach and education programs

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have a J.D. and be admitted, or be willing to seek admission, to practice in Nebraska
  • Preferred candidate will have at least 1-2 years of non-profit work experience
  • Spanish language proficiency is required
  • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths
  • Strong commitment to public interest legal services

 

APPLICATION:

  • Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
  • Please send resume, cover letter, references, and a brief writing sample by email to Charles S. Ellison at charles@jfon-ne.org.
  • Position to start in December of 2014
Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Director of Immigration Legal Services

Jun 13, 2014
Organization: 
Catholic Charities of Central Texas
City: 
Austin
State: 
Texas

Ministerial Character

Catholic Charities is a religious organization founded by the Catholic Diocese of Austin to provide direct social services to those in need.  It is related to but separate from the diocese.  Catholic Charities helps the Bishop of Austin fulfill Christ’s mission in Central Texas.  Some positions employed in Catholic Charities of Central Texas help to extend the ministry of the Catholic Church in particular ways as outlined in the job description.  Therefore, the Catholic Charities of Central Texas employee in this position is related to and assists the Catholic Church in the performance of its ministry and thereby engages in ministry for the church.

 

Job Summary:

The Director of Immigration Legal Servicesis responsible for the daily operations and supervision of the office, collaborates with community and faith-based organizations, and develops advocacy initiatives to better serve the immigrant community. This position reports to the Executive Director and has wide latitude for discretionary decision making and use of independent judgment.

 

Essential Duties:

  • Develop and operate strategic and business plans for the Immigration Legal Services Department to ensure high quality program service delivery.
  • Maintain positive relationships with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Foreign Consulates, and other governmental agencies (local and state).
  • Foster collaborations with community-based organizations that work with the immigrant community.
  • Conduct community presentations to immigrants, parishioners, services providers, and community groups within the 25-county service area of the Diocese of Austin.
  • Work with the Advancement office to maintain relations with the various news agencies in the central Texas area through written and live statements as the spokesperson for ILS to news outlets regarding various aspects of immigration law or regarding the ILS program.
  • Update and maintain ILS policies and procedures.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate the ILS’ staff and interns.
  • Participate as an active team member of Catholic Charities.
  • Maintain a work schedule that maximizes availability to staff and customers.
  • Oversee daily operations of the program, including tracking budget revenue and expenditures.
  • Assist the Executive Director with program planning, grant writing, and reporting ILS activities to the Board of Directors.
  • Use effective and appropriate supervision and management techniques to maximize employee morale and effectiveness.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and skill in immigration laws and procedures.
  • Knowledge of State law, particularly in regard to juvenile and family court matters involving minors.
  • Skill in proficiently communicating, both verbally and in writing in English and Spanish.
  • Skill in analytical research.
  • Skill in program administration, including financial monitoring and staff supervision.
  • Ability to advocate for immigrant rights and Catholic Social Teachings
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations, including culturally diverse as well as low-income persons and other disadvantaged persons. 
  • Ability to conformably work in a faith-based environment.
  • Ability to operate various word processing software, spreadsheets, and database programs.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and utilize effective time management techniques to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Ability to follow instructions furnished in verbal or written format.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Trainings:

  • Master’s Degree in legal, social work or other public interest field of study from an accredited American university or equivalent in a foreign country.
  • Doctorate of Juris Prudence and current license to practice immigration law in the United States preferred.

Experience:

  • 3 (three) years of full time wage earning immigration experience.
  • Previous administrative experience managing an immigration legal program preferred.

Language:

  • Bilingual English-Spanish (proficient in conversing, reading, and writing).

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Must be certified in Diocese of Austin EIM within 60 days of employment, and maintain certification throughout the employment period.

 

Catholic Charities of Central Texas only accepts online applications.  To apply, please visit our website http://ccctx.iapplicants.com/searchjobs.php

 

 

Closing Date *: 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Development Director

Dec 3, 2013
Organization: 
Justice For Our Neighbors - Nebraska
State: 
Nebraska

POSITION TITLE: Development Director

REPORTS TO: Executive Director (ED)

WORKSITE: Omaha, Nebraska

HOURS: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM and evenings and weekends as needed

 

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION:  Justice For Our Neighbors of Nebraska is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing affordable, high-quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy. 

 

Responsibilities of the position: 

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive development program which may include solicitation of major gifts, planned giving, corporate giving, annual campaigns, grants, quarterly newsletters, and events.
  • Facilitate Board activities and direct Board efforts to identify prospective donors.
  • Facilitate and coordinate opportunities for the JFON-NE Executive Director to meet with current and prospective donors.
  • Lead Development/Public Relations Committee in the creation of a multi-faceted development strategy.
  • Demonstrate a passion for JFON-NE. Prepare fundraising case statements targeting ecumenical and secular donors
  • Cultivate strong donor relationships.
  • Coordinate and support fundraising activities, events and programs.
  • Work with JFON-NE Executive Director to manage and monitor financial data.
  • Raise sufficient funds for the operation of the organization.
  • Track funding opportunities and report on the status of achieving funding goals
  • Manage grants from award through to project closeout

 

MAJOR DUTIES:

I. Fundraising

The Development Director is responsible for the creation and strategic management of a comprehensive fundraising program, to include creation of a timeline for the development cycle, and completion of planned tasks according to that timeline. The Development Director is responsible for raising funds for JFON-NE’s annual event, for special projects, and for JFON-NE operations.

II.  Board Fundraising

The Development Director maintains an ongoing relationship with the JFON-NE Board of Directors, and is responsible for the facilitation of all Board development activities, and for assisting Board members with identifying prospective donors.

III.   Public Relations Communication

  • Maintain and oversee updates to JFON-NE website  
  • Maintain active online presence through social media including Facebook and Twitter
  • Implement strategies established by the Development/Public Relations Committee
  • Oversee the publication of semi-annual newsletter and annual report

IV.  Other duties

  • Participate in continuing education as recommended by the Executive Director
  • Facilitate a team atmosphere by working in partnership with the JFON-NE Board of Directors and staff to promote a positive work environment
  • Attend JFON-NE funded programs and other events as appropriate
  • Represent JFON-NE in a positive and professional manner
  • Drive to meetings as required
  • Work some evenings and weekends as appropriate

Qualiications:

  • Minimum educational requirement is a Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Nonprofit Administration, Communication, or Marketing. Master’s Degree is preferred. Other disciplines will be considered.
  • A minimum of 2 to 4 years’ experience in an independent fundraising role; knowledge of the principles of fundraising. Nonprofit experience is a plus.
  • Major gift fundraising experience.
  • Ability to engage the donor community.
  • Ability to create an effective case statement for the organization.
  • Ability to manage and measure the success of a fundraising program.
  • The ability to implement a comprehensive fundraising program, which may include annual giving, planned giving, major gift solicitation, grant writing, marketing, and crafting case statements tailored to specific donor populations.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organization skills; attention to detail.
  • Evidence of successful fundraising and project management experience, preferably in the Omaha area.
  • Ability to motivate groups and individuals to support JFON-NE.
  • High standards of ethics and integrity.
  • Ability to work with tact, diplomacy and discretion.
  • Self-starter. Must be able to work independently.

Licenses and Certificates:

  • Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) preferred but not required

Community Involvement:

  • JFON-NE respects the right of individuals to be active in the community. However, fundraising activities unrelated to JFON-NE are restricted unless advance approval is received from the JFON-NE Executive Director

 

Please send résumé and cover letter to Emiliano Lerda, Executive Director, at Emiliano@jfon-ne.org.

 

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Closing Date *: 
Monday, February 3, 2014

Domestic Violence Legal Service Provider

Dec 2, 2013
Organization: 
Justice For Our Neighbors - Nebraska
State: 
Nebraska

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION:  Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to welcome immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy.  JFON-NE is part of the national JFON network.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION:  The JFON-NE Domestic Violence (DV) Legal Service Representative is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other violent crimes, under the direct supervision of the Legal Director.  The DV Legal Service Provider works from the office in Omaha, Nebraska in coordination with clinic sites throughout the state to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants’ rights.  In addition, the DV Legal Service Provider will apply for and successfully obtain Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accreditation after training.  Accreditation will allow a qualified non-lawyer to represent individuals before Department of Homeland Security on behalf of a recognized organization.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • After obtaining BIA Accreditation, provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics and provide direct representation to clients before the Department of Homeland Security     
  • Oversee JFON-NE’s DV caseload under the supervision of the JFON-NE Legal Director
  • Work in Collaboration with the Domestic Violence Council and local law enforcement authorities on u-visa, t-visa, and VAWA cases
  •   Assist in the development of grant proposals and other funding opportunities
  • Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports
  • Contribute and steer outreach and education programs

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have a B.A. in Human Services related field and good moral character in order to apply for BIA Accreditation
  • Preferred candidate will have at least 1-3 years of non-profit domestic violence work experience
  • Spanish language proficiency is required
  • Prior BIA Accreditation experience is preferred
  • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths
  • Strong commitment to public interest legal services

APPLICATION:

  • Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
  • Please send resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample by email to Charles S. Ellison at charles@jfon-ne.org.
  • Position to start in January of 2014
Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Immigrant Child Welfare Staff Attorney

Dec 2, 2013
Organization: 
Justice For Our Neighbors - Nebraska
State: 
Nebraska

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy. JFON-NE is part of the national JFON network.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION: The JFON-NE Immigrant Child Welfare (ICW) Staff Attorney is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant children and their families. The ICW Staff attorney will work on SIJ, u-visa, DACA, and certain family based cases. The ICW Staff Attorney position is located in Omaha, Nebraska and will work in coordination with clinic sites throughout the state to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants’ rights.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics and provide direct representation to clients before the Omaha Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Oversee JFON-NE’s caseload involving the legal needs of immigrant children under the supervision of the JFON-NE Legal Director
  • Work in collaboration with Completely KIDS to provide legal services to children being served by Completely KIDS
  • Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports
  • Contribute and steer outreach and education programs

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have a J.D. and be admitted, or be willing to seek admission, to practice in Nebraska
  • Preferred candidate will have at least 1-3 years of non-profit family law work experience
  • Spanish language proficiency is required
  • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths
  • Strong commitment to public interest legal services

APPLICATION:

  • Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
  • Please send resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample by email to Charles S. Ellison at charles@jfon-ne.org.
  • Position to start in January of 2014

 

 

Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Domestic Violence Staff Attorney

Dec 2, 2013
Organization: 
Justice For Our Neighbors - Nebraska
State: 
Nebraska

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Justice for Our Neighbors – Nebraska (JFON-NE) is a non-profit organization welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy. JFON-NE is part of the national JFON network.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION: The JFON-NE Domestic Violence (DV) Staff Attorney is responsible for the provision of direct legal services to immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other violent crimes. The DV Staff Attorney works from the office in Omaha, Nebraska in coordination with clinic sites throughout the state to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants’ rights.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide legal counsel and advice to clients who attend JFON-NE immigration legal clinics and provide direct representation to clients before the Omaha Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Oversee JFON-NE’s DV caseload under the supervision of the JFON-NE Legal Director
  • Work in Collaboration with the Domestic Violence Council and local law enforcement authorities on u-visa, t-visa, and VAWA cases
  • Assist in the development of grant proposals and other funding opportunities
  • Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports
  • Contribute and steer outreach and education programs

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have a J.D. and be admitted to practice law in any state within the U.S.
  • Preferred candidate will have at least 1-3 years of non-profit domestic violence work experience
  • Spanish language proficiency is required
  • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths
  • Strong commitment to public interest legal services

APPLICATION:

  • Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
  • Please send resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample by email to Charles S. Ellison at charles@jfon-ne.org.
  • Position to start in January of 2014

 

 

Closing Date *: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Diocese of Winona, Immigration Services Caseworker

Oct 31, 2008

CATHOLIC CHARITIES - Diocese of Winona
Immigration Services Program

Title: Immigration Services Caseworker

Job Summary: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona Minnesota is starting an Immigration Services program in the Austin-Albert Lea-Owatonna area and has an immediate opening for a Caseworker.  The Immigration Services Caseworker helps people file the documents necessary to clarify their legal status to live, work, or study in the U.S.  

This is an exciting opportunity for a person bilingual in Spanish and English who has earned a bachelor’s degree or possesses three (3) years of relevant professional experience.  

The successful candidate must be detail oriented and organized.  He or she must be able to work independently, take initiative, multi-task, understand complex immigration statutes and regulations, and work with clients in a manner that promotes their dignity and sense of self-worth.  Possessing strong computer skills and a real passion for helping others are a must.

Interested applicants should mail their resume, cover letter, and  three work-related references to:

Catholic Charities P.O. Box 379 Winona, MN  55987-0379
Attn:  Executive Director  
Applications will be accepted until Nov. 15.
 

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