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ICS is hiring: Immigration Counseling Service Hood River Supervising Attorney

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DATE POSTED: January 30, 2020 

OPEN: Immigration Counseling Service Hood River Supervising Attorney

Immigration Counseling Service (ICS) provides affordable immigration legal services and free public educational forums in Oregon. www.ics-law.org

JOB TITLE: Hood River Supervising Attorney

JOB PURPOSE: The Hood River Supervising Attorney is responsible for the supervision of Hood River Office staff and the day to day operations of the office and provides legal services to individuals in a wide variety of immigration matters.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

Primary:  

  • Supervise operations of Hood River office, including ensuring appropriate fiscal and operational controls are in place and followed; ensure that cases are processed properly and that clients are satisfied with services.
  • Supervise legal workers, support staff and volunteers, including providing task and job assignments.
  • Perform client screening and intake. Duties include reviewing requests for assistance and providing initial client consultations to determine eligibility for relief.
  • Responsible for data entry in calendar, database, and other spreadsheets. Duties include entering comments and receipt notices in database; adding some events into the calendar; and conducting miscellaneous data entry.
  • Provide immigration advice. Duties include representing clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in cases including but not limited to: humanitarian forms of relief such as U Visas, VAWA self-petitions, T Visas, and asylum as well as other forms of relief including Adjustment of Status, family-based petitions, waivers, consular processing, DACA, and Temporary Protected Status
    (TPS).
  • Develop and litigate cases. Duties include performing legal research, establishing case strategy, drafting and filing petitions and applications, accompanying clients to interviews, and litigating cases in immigration court.
  • Communicate with clients. Duties include following up with clients through texts, telephone calls and letters.
  • Stay updated on legal trends and changes in immigration law, policy, and processes including but not limited to attending CLE’s and participating in educational forums such as online webinars.

Secondary:

  • Conduct educational seminars, perform community outreach.
  • Conduct grant research and reporting, research grant possibilities, assist in drafting grant requests, compile data and anecdotal information for grant reporting.

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum:  

  • Graduate of U.S. ABA-accredited law school, Juris Doctor
  • Admitted to practice and in good standing in any US state bar
  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience practicing immigration law
  • Experience in public speaking, education or media

Desired:

  • Experience working with clients from immigrant communities
  • Extensive experience working with diverse cultures and underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma
  • Experience supervising staff and volunteers

SKILLS

Minimum:

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Spanish (a written and oral exam may be required)
  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills
  • Strong client communication skills
  • Strong public presentation skills to a variety of audiences
  • Proficient legal research skills
  • Highly organized and strong time management skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Basic computer skills (Word processing, email), and ability to write using proper grammar and spelling

Desired:  

  • Successful grant writing ability
  • Fundraising and donor relations skills
  • Experience with database and software

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

The position may require occasional driving of a motor vehicle. A valid driver’s license is required.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

May require evening or weekend work, working with challenging clients; driving to centers where clients are located; may spend up to 7 hours per day using a computer (sit or stand), including keyboard and mouse, and using telephone; occasional lifting boxes of files or packages weighing up to 25 pounds.

EXEMPT

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES SUPERVISED BY THIS POSITION:Two (2)

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience. ICS offers an excellent benefit package.

ICS is an equal opportunity employer: ICS does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, family relationship, marital status, veteran status, military service, or any other classification protected by local, state, or federal law.

Any employee who needs accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job should communicate with the Executive Director. We will work with an employee to evaluate whether there is a reasonable accommodation that does not pose an undue hardship on the organization. Any proposed accommodation that creates an undue hardship on the organization, that does not allow the employee to perform the essential functions of the job, or that poses a serious safety risk to others that cannot be mitigated, is not a reasonable accommodation.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send to admin@ics-law.org a cover letter including your level of Spanish language ability, a current resume, contact information for 3 references, and a writing sample addressed to:

ICS Hiring Committee
Immigration Counseling Service (ICS)
519 SW Park Avenue, Suite 610
Portland, OR 97205