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Supervising Immigration Attorney
Ayuda Silver Spring, MD

Supervising Immigration Attorney

Ayuda
Silver Spring, MD
  • $85,000 to $100,000 Yearly
  • Vision , Medical , Dental , 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. This position is hybrid and requires some weekly in-person presence in Ayuda's 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?

Duties include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Supervise at least one immigration staff attorney or senior staff attorney in addition to supervising at least one legal assistant and/or legal interns.

Provide direct legal representation to low-income immigrants in a variety of matters before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the Maryland courts, with a focus on serving asylum seekers, immigrant survivors of crime and vulnerable children and youth, especially for protections under U & T visas, VAWA and SIJS.

Where necessary, advocate on behalf of clients who have been victims of crimes, including human trafficking, in interactions with law enforcement.

Deliver trainings and presentations on survivor-based immigration protections to stakeholders including the community, service providers and law enforcement.

Represent Ayuda and our clients at local and regional stakeholder, coalition, and advocacy meetings.

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

Assist with preparation of grant applications, grant administration, and reports.

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:

Member in good standing with the Maryland bar or eligibility to waive in. 

At least three years' experience preferred, practicing immigration law, including litigation and removal defense experience, and experiencing representing survivors of trauma. Candidates with less experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

At least one year of experience supervising legal assistants, paralegals, and/or legal interns required, with experience supervising other attorneys strongly preferred.

Bilingual Spanish skills highly preferred.

Strong legal, organizational, and time-management skills.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

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

Availability to begin work as soon as possible (contingent on funder approval) preferred. 

Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice.


SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The anticipated salary for this position is $85,000-$100,000 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 accrue an additional 5 hours per pay period plus emergency medical leave up to 12 weeks per year.

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.


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

8757 Georgia Ave

Silver Spring, MD
20910 USA

Industry

Legal

Posted date

December 20, 2023

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