The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) supports people who have lost or left their homes. For over 100 years, the unwavering commitment of our leadership, team, network of service providers, and advocates has helped redirect the destiny of countless vulnerable lives. In neighborhoods, in Washington, and around the world, we break down barriers and demand justice for refugees and immigrants as they successfully integrate into new communities. We provide essential social and legal services to rebuild productive lives, turning tragedy into prosperity. We are a purpose driven organization with a mission to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide and supporting their transition to a dignified life. To learn more about our work, please visit our website at www.refugees.org.
USCRI’s Immigration Legal Services Program offers low-cost, professional legal representation to low-income refugees and immigrants and their families with family and humanitarian-based immigration matters before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and the Executive Officer for Immigration Review (EOIR). In addition to general immigration services, USCRI also provides direct legal representation to Unaccompanied Children (UC’s) who arrive in the U.S. without parents or resources.
The Associate Director will oversee and manage the day to day activities of the Legal Services Program and provides training, coaching and technical assistance to direct report staff under his/her supervision. The position reports to the Director of Programs and is based in our Washington, DC office.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Oversee and manage USCRI’s Legal Services Program and staff in Albany, NY; Des Moines, IA; Raleigh, NC; and Washington, DC offices;
Provide training, mentorship, and supervision to legal staff and administrative support staff in Washington, DC and Field Offices;
Oversee efforts to strengthen program policies and procedures;
Work with the Director of Finance and Compliance to ensure proper program and grant financial management, including management of client fee-based legal services;
Collaborate with the Development department for fundraising initiatives and grant proposals;
Represent a small caseload of clients before state court, USCIS, EOIR, and BIA in a variety of family and humanitarian-based immigration matters including: Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), T-visa, U-visa, VAWA, Family reunification petitions, Adjustment of status, Naturalization, and Work authorization;
Oversee national pro bono attorney program and provide mentorship and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys on matters regarding asylum, SIJS, and adjustment of status;
Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
Conduct training and community outreach on immigration issues;
Represent USCRI at meetings and collaborations with other agencies and other networking activities;
Maintain bar membership through continuing legal education; and
Perform other job-related duties as assigned by supervisor(s).
All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job duties indicated is not to be an exhaustive statement and other job-related duties may be assigned as required by the supervisor(s).
Please submit a resume with cover letter describing your interest and qualifications with your online application.
References will be required at time of the final interview.
No telephone calls please. Position will remain open until filled.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants is an equal opportunity employer..
J.D. or LL.M from accredited law school is required;
Current bar membership in good standing to practice law in any of the United States is required (Maryland, DC, or Virginia preferred);
A minimum of four years of immigration legal practice experience;
A minimum of two years of program management experience;
Experience supervising legal staff, pro bono attorneys, and interns is required and ability to mentor, train and provide career path guidance;
Proficiency in Microsoft Office required;
Must pass a criminal background and other screening;
Experience working with refuges, immigrants, low-income communities, children, survivors of domestic violence, survivors or sexual assault, or other gender-based violence;
Flexibility and good humor highly desirable;
Written and verbal fluency in English and Spanish is required;
Excellent organizational, verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
Excellent time-management and organizational skills; ability to work as a team member and independently, with a high-level of self-motivation and ability to meet goals and deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
Strong professional ethics and decisive, sound judgment with the ability to exercise independent judgment;
Proven ability to develop and maintain a positive team environment; and
Demonstrated support of USCRI’s values by exhibiting respect for others, maintenance of confidential information and an appreciation of a multicultural workplace.
Use of manual dexterity, tactile, visual, and audio acuity;
Use of repetitive motion, prolonged periods of sitting and standing, and sustained visual and mental applications and demands;
Ability to read, write, and converse in English and Spanish; and
Occasional lifting (up to 25 pounds), bending, pulling, and carrying.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
We advance the rights and lives of those who have been forcibly or voluntarily uprooted. For over 100 years, the unwavering commitment of our leadership, team, network of service providers, and advocates has helped redirect the destiny of countless vulnerable lives.