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Immigration Staff Attorney (San Francisco, CA)

Catholic Charities of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
  • Expired: 9 days ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Catholic Charities SF, the not-for-profit service arm of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, is one of the Bay Area's largest human services organizations. Catholic Charities SF provides programs and services for 70,000 people in need within the three county regions of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties. Catholic Charities SF's programs include a full spectrum of services for families and youth, single parents, aging adults, persons living with HIV, refugees and immigrants, homeless and those at risk of being homeless, individuals with physical disabilities, and incarcerated adults and youth. In conjunction with Mercy/Charities Housing Inc., Catholic Charities SF is also a recognized leader in a not-for-profit housing development. 


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Founded in 1907 and rooted in our traditions of charity, justice and equality, Catholic Charities supports families, aging adults and adults with disabilities, and youth through human services and opportunities for healthy growth and development. The key mission of Catholic Charities Immigration Legal & Support Services is to assist newcomers in achieving not just legal status and economic self-sufficiency, but in becoming fully active participants in the social and civic life of our communities.


  • Provides accurate and high-quality legal representation.
  • Works collaboratively as a member of a team, and coordinates the legal strategies for clients, including responsibility for devising (in collaboration with the relevant Immigration Services team) the optimal pathway for victory in each case.
  • Represents immigrants before the Immigration Court, including attending all manner of appearances, i.e. master calendar hearings, merit hearings, and bond hearings. Advocates for clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”). Engages in the robust defense of immigrants, including, conducting legal research, and identifying appropriate avenues of relief.
  • Maintains proper client files and documentary evidence required to prove eligibility for legal benefits and equities under INA and body of immigration law.
  • Supports and deepens existing and new relationships with community partners, coalitions, and stakeholders.
  • Participates in community events (some on weekends) performing different tasks, as needed.
  • Uses cultural sensitivity and awareness to develop appropriate and effective strategies to address the needs and advance the rights of vulnerable communities.

Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


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, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education & Experience

  • Law degree; admitted and in good standing with a State bar, preferably California.
  • 1-3 years or more of experience providing legal representation to immigrant clients before the Executive Office of Immigration Review and the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.
  • Experience with Family Based Petitions, U-Visas, and VAWA preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
  • Capacity to work under pressure with minimal supervision.
  • Computer proficiency (Immigration Software preferred, Word, PowerPoint, E-mail, Internet)
  • Excellent listening, communication, facilitation, and influencing skills.
  • Demonstrated planning, presentation, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated creativity and high energy.
  • Ability to market our programs, make sound judgments and maintain perspective.
  • Collaborative and able to develop, support and maintain positive relationships.
  • Flexible with schedule, able to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally competent services and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.

Council on Accreditation (COA) Roles

Provides necessary information, reviews and reports for Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) committee.


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 accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Intermittent bending, standing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, twisting, and walking.
  • Intermittent lifting, pushing, and pulling.
  • Intermittent repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.
  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and extensive reading.
  • Driving is required for this position.

If driving a car is required for the position, incumbent must have a valid California driver's license and be able to provide proof of DMV record and personal insurance (if required).


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.

  • Will be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.
  • Noise level in the office is usually minimal; however, the Immigration Program is a work environment that consists of a 8:30 am-5:00 pm office environment, with weekly workshops, scheduled client appointments in person and over the phone consultations, information and referral, and intake



DISCLAIMER:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, legal domicile status, veteran status, disability or AIDS/HIV status or any other characteristic protected under federal or state law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Department or Program: Refugee & Immigrant Services -San Francisco
This is a non-management position
This is a full time position
Union status: Non-union
Fingerprinting clearance: Required
TB Screening: Required
First Aid Certificate: Standard First Aid required

Catholic Charities of San Francisco

Why Work Here?

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Catholic Charities Volunteer Services – Under the direction of the Chief Development Officer, Volunteer Services recruits, trains and retains volunteers for the 35 programs Catholic Charites operates in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. The Volunteer coordinator has a dynamic role and is the connector between the 35 programs of Catholic Charities SF and volunteers. The position, with support of the Volunteer Manager, works closely with programs to assess their needs and then find the right volunteer to fill them.


San Francisco, CA