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Immigration and Pro Bono Staff Attorney
Ayuda Washington, DC

Immigration and Pro Bono Staff Attorney

Ayuda
Washington, DC
  • Vision , Medical , Dental , Paid Time Off , Life Insurance , Retirement
  • Full-Time

Description

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct legal, social and language access services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Since 1973, Ayuda has provided critical services on a wide range of issues, in the process acquiring nationally recognized expertise in several fields including immigration law, language access, domestic violence and human trafficking. Ayuda has office locations in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, MD and Fairfax, VA. 


WHY YOU WANT THIS JOB?

Because, just like everyone at Ayuda, you believe:

In seeing communities where all immigrants succeed and thrive in the United States.

In the overall success of our organization and all our programs.

That families should be healthy and safe from harm.

That all people should have access to professional, honest, and ethical services, regardless of ability to pay or status in this country.

That diversity and equality make this country better.


WHAT WILL THIS JOB ENTAIL?

This position is based in our Washington, DC office and will require travel to local state, federal, and immigration courts. 

Represent low-income immigrants, including victims of crime and children. 

Conduct intakes and represent victims of crime in immigration matters, including SIJS, asylum, VAWA petitions, U and T Visa applications, DACA and removal proceedings. 

Represent clients in immigration matter before USCIS, ICE, DOS and EOIR, as well as DC and Maryland Circuit Courts to obtain SIJS predicate orders; represent clients in federal courts in APA and/or mandamus actions.

Represent Ayuda at local coalition meetings and participate in local and national advocacy initiatives. 

Stay current on relevant laws and policies by attending trainings and conferences and reviewing new laws and regulations. 

Collaborate with Ayuda's Social Services staff to ensure provision of holistic services. 

Work with the Pro Bono Managing Attorney to coordinate and implement virtual or in-person brief advice and referral immigration legal clinics including logistical planning, pro bono volunteer recruitment and training. 

Manage monthly case list and place individual matters for representation with pro bono attorneys. 

Provide case management for pro bono matters including performing intake interviews for potential clients, screening cases for placement, responding to inquiries for legal assistance, and matching clients with pro bono attorneys. 

Promote pro bono opportunities by maintaining relationships with law firms, individual volunteers, legal services, organizations, and community stakeholders, 

Participate in internal and external conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed. 

Other duties as assigned.


Requirements

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU CAN DO THIS JOB?

Eligibility:  Must be legally able to work in the United States and maintain proper work authorization throughout employment. Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position presented in a general office environment.  Satisfactory results from a background check to include criminal history and a search of the employee's name against a national registry of sex offenders.  

 Education/Experience/Skills:

Experience working with low-income immigrants, even on a volunteer basis, required.

One year of experience working as a legal assistant or paralegal at an immigration legal services provider serving low-income immigrants preferred. 

Desire to work with interdisciplinary team in representing the best interest of the client.

Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish.

Ability to travel to Ayuda offices in DC, as well as the ability to meet with arriving migrants at respite centers or shelters, as needed. 

Demonstrated sensitivity to and knowledge of issues involved in working with diverse populations, including survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Excellent written and verbal communications skills. 

Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse multidisciplinary team. 

Professionalism with both internal and external customers.

Professional demeanor, strong work ethic, discrete, resources, and ability to maintain confidentiality.

Ability to communicate with a variety of people, both internal and external. 

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment. 

Detail-oriented.

Excellent time management skills.

Ability to meet assigned deadlines. 

Ability to adapt to changing priorities. 

Excellent customer service skills. 

Proven problem-solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems, and recommend solutions. 

Strong analytical skills.

Strong multi-tasking abilities.

Strong ethics and sound judgment.

Decisive, with ability to exercise independent judgment.

Ability to maintain and contribute to a positive team environment.

Basic understanding of U Visas, T Visas, Adjustment of Status, Asylum, and/or SIJS preferred.

Ability to work independently but also familiarity with the prohibition on unauthorized practice of law and knowledge of when to seek attorney assistance.

Comfort with public speaking.

Proficient in Microsoft Office.


SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The anticipated salary for this position is $68,000 - $81,000 annually, commensurate with experience and prorated to the length of employment.

 

We are proud of the benefits we can offer that include:  

Platinum-level medical insurance plan 100% employer-paid

Dental and vision insurance 100% employer paid.

Long-term disability insurance 100% employer paid.

Life and AD&D insurance 100% employer paid.

Pre-tax 401(k) with Employer match on first 3% of salary.

Vacation Days: 21 days per year until year 3, 27 per year in years 3-7 and 33 days per year after 7 years employment.

New employees begin with 5 days of Health & Wellness (sick) leave and 3 days Vacation leave. Employees accrue an additional 5 hours per pay period of Health & Wellness Leave.

12 weeks paid parental leave/family leave.

24 days paid holidays and staff wellness days, including Winter Break the last week of the year.

Job-related professional development fees (including annual state bar dues and professional memberships).

Flexible work schedules.

This position is exempt for overtime purposes.

Employees with federal student loan debt may be eligible to apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness through the Department of Education.  For more information, go to https://myfedloan.org/borrowers/special-programs/pslf.  


TO APPLY:

Please apply with resume and cover letter.  Writing samples may be requested.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Apply early for full consideration. No phone calls, please.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT STATEMENT:

Ayuda is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against based on disability. 

We believe that a diversity of experiences, opinions, and backgrounds is integral to achieving our mission and vision. We celebrate diversity and seek to leverage the passion, energy, and ideas of a culturally diverse team.



Address

Ayuda

1990 K Street NW

Washington, DC
20006 USA

Industry

Legal

Posted date

November 16, 2023

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