Position Summary: As a member of the Pars Legal Team, the Managing Attorney will be in charge of streamlining the Immigration Legal Department and maintaining a client caseload while assisting in building and managing the growing needs of this department.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Case Management: Provide legal consultation, case preparation and full representation to low income clients filing immigration applications, including family-based and humanitarian immigration petitions, waivers, U Visas, VAWA, naturalization, consular processing and adjustments of status. Knowledge and readiness to handle removal cases and knowledge of employment immigration necessary to meet the community’s needs.
Outreach and Group Processing: Responsible to plan and conduct workshops, clinics, outreach activities and information sessions for immigrants and social service agencies serving immigrants. Outreach requires occasional evening and weekend events.
Maintain Grant Deliverables: Responsible for reporting to grantors on deliverables, maintaining grants and grant deliverables and ensuring compliance with all current and future immigration program grants.
Supervise Legal Work: Train and help supervise administrative support staff, legal interns and other volunteers.
Maintain Legal Best Practices: Comply with Pars Equality Center’s policies, procedures, protocols, and best practices for non-profit immigration law practice, including legal ramifications, fee collection, maintenance of client files and data for reporting requirements.
Fee Assessment: Assess fees for services, sign contracts with clients, work with administrative staff to ensure fees are collected and applications are filed in a timely manner.
Community Leadership: Participate in meetings and events, community building events, and collaborative events in order to enhance community leadership.
All other duties: Perform all other duties as needed and/or as directed by supervisor.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
J.D. From ABA certified law school. A current Bar Membership in good standing.
Minimum of 2 years of experience in immigration law, one year removal defense and well versed in employment immigration matters.
Advanced legal research and writing skills.
Dedicated to providing high quality legal assistance and capable of handling complex legal issues on behalf of low-income immigrant populations.
Outstanding public speaking skills in English and preferably Persian, with ability to conduct outreach and education events to large groups and be interviewed on television, radio, and taped video
Excellent organizational skills
Exceptional time management skills – ability to meet deadlines
Ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment
Commitment to serving immigrants and sensitivity to the needs of the low-income, culturally diverse newcomer community
Familiarity with the region and knowledge of local resources, public systems, and
Possess a positive and respectful demeanor, cultural humility, and demonstrated ability to interact and communicate effectively with staff and clients of diverse backgrounds.
Valid CA driver’s license and auto liability coverage according to the agency requirement
Excellent computers skills: MS Office (all apps) and Immigration Software Applications (Cerenade)
Multi-lingual, presentation, oral, and written fluency in Farsi/Persian & English with Spanish a considerable plus
Flexibility of schedule to accommodate occasional evening and weekend work plus some out of state travels