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Paralegal - Immigration
Ayuda Silver Spring, MD

Paralegal - Immigration

Ayuda
Silver Spring, MD
Expired: February 07, 2024 Applications are no longer accepted.
  • $53,040 to $66,000 Yearly
  • Vision , Medical , Dental , Paid Time Off , Life Insurance , Retirement
  • Full-Time
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. This position is hybrid and requires some in-person days in the Silver Spring, Maryland office.

WHY DO 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?

•Screen potential clients for eligibility for Ayuda's services, under the supervision of attorneys, of low-income immigrants for humanitarian and family-based immigration benefits, especially those who have been victims of crime, abuse and unaccompanied minors.

•Assist attorneys in representing clients seeking immigration relief, including:

•Meet with clients to prepare declarations, forms, and other evidence under attorney supervision.

•Draft legal briefs and forms, as well as develop and obtain evidence, for immigration filings.

•Develop expertise with Ayuda's case management system, LegalServer, and assist with grant reports as well as training new staff members on using the system consistent with Ayuda's policies and procedures.

•When requested, accompany clients for critical appointments and appearances that do not require an attorney.

•Provide administrative support for both legal casework and program needs, including but not limited to, grant administration.

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 is required.

•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.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The anticipated salary for this position is $53,040 - $66,000 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.

Address

Ayuda

Silver Spring, MD
20910 USA

Industry

Legal

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