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. USCRI has 15 offices across the U.S. and a network of over 200 local non-profit agencies across all 50 states. USCRI Central America operates in El Salvador with 3 locations and several partner agencies. 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 Legal Services Program offers high-quality, affordable legal services, including consultations, direct representation, and information to refugees and immigrants. The Managing Attorney is responsible for managing department case load and supervision of case work. This position reports to the Associate Director – Legal Services based in our Washington, DC office.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Oversee efforts to strengthen program policies and procedures; • Oversee efforts to expand national pro bono network; • Provides training, mentorship, and supervision to legal staff at Headquarters and Field Offices, administrative support staff, and volunteers; • Oversee work of volunteers, including interns and pro-bono attorneys; • Develop and maintain updated pro bono guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations; • Foster and manage USCRI’s relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the other legal services team members; • Liaise with the Associate Director and Staff Attorneys to determine which cases are appropriate for placement with the Direct Representation Attorney or pro bono attorneys; • Represent a caseload of clients before state court, USCIS, EOIR, and BIA in a variety of immigration matters including: o Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T-visa, U-visa, VAWA, Family reunification petitions, Adjustment of status, Naturalization, and Work Authorization; • Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports; • Assist in the development of grants or contract proposals and reporting; • Conduct outreach, lead trainings, and participate in networking activities; • Make appropriate referrals to other service providers and relevant community partners; • Maintain bar membership through continuing legal education; and • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
All of the above duties and responsibilities are essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job duties indicated is not 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; • At least four years of immigration legal practice experience; • Experience supervising legal staff or interns; • Current bar membership in good standing to practice law in any of the United States (DC, Maryland, or Virginia barred preferred); • Experience working with immigrants, low-income communities, children, survivors of domestic violence, survivors or sexual assault, or other gender-based violence • Good communication skills, flexibility, and good humor highly desirable; • Fluent in Spanish; • Excellent professional judgement; and • Ability to work collaboratively, and preferably prior experience working with individual attorneys, law firms, or service providers.
• Satisfactory completion of USCRI’s Orientation and Training; • Complete additional training as identified by supervisor or Human Resources.
• Use of manual dexterity, tactile, visual, and audio acuity; • Use of repetitive motion, prolonged periods of sitting, and sustained visual and mental applications and demands; an • 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.