- 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.
- 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.
- Assists in implementing and overseeing grant projects.
- Interpretation and document translation, as needed.
- 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.
- 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.
- Demonstrates a willingness to challenge the status quo. Seeks continuous improvement opportunities. Remains flexible in responding to changes.
- 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.
- Access to reliable transportation is required.
- Degree / Diploma Obtained:
- 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.
- Close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Ability to continuously bend, twist, stoop, reach and pull.
- Ability to keep composure in everyday, potentially stressful situations.
- Ability to meet a flexible work schedule, including evenings and weekends.
- Able to travel to all facilities within the city, during all weather conditions.
- Able to walk, sit and stand for extended periods of time.
- Application Instructions
In order to be considered for this position you must complete an online application and submit your cover letter and resume.