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Ascentria Care Alliance Hiring Attorney for Immigration Legal Assistance

Posted on: 20 Nov 2018 95 views
: Managing Attorney-Immigration Legal Assistance
: Ascentria Care Alliance
: https://www.ascentria.org
: Worcester
: Bachelors Degree in Law

Job Details

Description

 

Ascentria Care Alliance employees take pride in the impact they have on the people they serve. Ascentria Care Alliance focuses on every child, elder, disabled person, refugee, asylum seeker, endangered teen or teenage mom, in order to build stronger communities. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance the operations of an $88m non-profit social services organization with programs throughout New England.    

Summary: 

The Managing Attorney oversees Ascentria’s Immigration Legal Assistance Program (ILAP) program.  Oversee the assignment of legal cases and provide direct supervision to staff attorneys, legal interns, and legal staff. Manage the pro bono panel of attorneys and assist with completing regular grant applications and reports for funding. The Managing Attorney represents a caseload of non-citizen clients applying for asylum, U and T nonimmigrant status, special immigrant juvenile status, and relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. The Managing Attorney also is responsible for the general promotion and advancement of the program. 

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Provide leadership to the Ascentria Immigration Legal Assistance Program (ILAP).
  • Oversee case assignment and quality of legal work to assure the highest quality of service delivery.  
  • Oversee program development activities.
  • Provide support and supervision for all ILAP staff.
  • Oversee program’s financial system including the creation of annual budgets, monitoring of monthly financial reports, and the accurate allocation of expenses.
  • Assist with the preparation of grant applications, submissions and reports, and seek outside funding for new initiatives.
  • Develop/foster partnerships as appropriate within the legal and immigrant communities to promote collaboration.
  • Provide legal advice, information, referrals, and representation to eligible clients in immigration matters.
  • Provide legal training to pro bono attorneys and members of the private bar in order to increase awareness about and capacity to serve low-income clients.
  • Hold regular staff meetings and regular supervision meetings with legal staff.
  • Oversee and continue development of database to track client matters and deadlines.
  • Conduct educational programs in coordination with community agencies and client groups to inform them about legal rights, and prepare materials related to those presentations as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Non-Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Attend Leadership Council and other management development meetings/trainings as appropriate.
  • Participate in Ascentria initiatives and special projects including quality assurance and improvement initiatives, as appropriate. 

Qualifications: 

  • Law Degree required.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience practicing immigration law required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience required.
  • Valid license to practice law in the state of Massachusetts required. 
  • Fluency in foreign language preferred, especially the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Nepali and Swahili.
  • Experience with multicultural/ethnic groups and sensitivity to international issues.
  • Must possess organizational skills, collaborative spirit, and organizational ability, team player and open to new ideas.
  • Able to set priorities and handle multiple projects while meeting deadlines.
  • Creative and solution oriented problem solving.
  • Ability to work within the mission of the agency, “We are called to strengthen communities by empowering people to respond to life's challenges.” 


Trainings Required:

  • Ascentria Organizational Orientation
  • Maintain mandatory training and certifications as required. 

Physical/Mental Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential duties of the position. 

Physical Demands are generally:

Sedentary - While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.

  • Required to sit for long periods of time.
  • Infrequent light physical effort required
  • Requires driving own vehicle to various sites. 

Mental Demands are generally:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to problem solve, make decisions, interpret data and organize and analyze information. 

  • Ability to do detailed work with high degree of concentration
  • Ability to work under stress or in a fast-paced environment. 


Qualifications

Education

Required

Masters or better in Law.

Experience

Required

License to Practice law

3 years: Supervisory experience

5 years: Practicing Immigration Law

 

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