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Immigration Staff Attorney

1308 East Olive Avenue, Fresno, CA, USA

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Full-Time; Exempt

Department/Program Focus:

Compensation:

Reports to:

Immigration Services

$75,000 - $85,000 D.O.E.

Director of Immigration Services

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Job Description

The Immigration Staff Attorney must be passionate about ELF’s mission. To that end, the Staff Attorney will provide client consultations with greater attention to complicated cases, representation of clients, research EA bc ch, and analysis. The Immigration Staff Attorney will be part of the Education and Leadership Foundation Immigration department, which specializes in directly representing immigrants and refugees in deportation proceedings. The Staff Attorney will work collaboratively with our staff, including the Managing Director, Program Manager, Staff attorneys, administrative support staff, and case workers, to provide client-centered, holistic services. The Staff Attorney represents clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS only) in the following areas of immigration: Adjustment of Status; Consular Process; Extension of Non-Immigrant Status; DACA Renewal Applications; Naturalization; Acquisition and Derivation of Citizenship; Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) Renewals; Advance Parole; Parole-in-Place; U-VISA; VAWA; Inadmissibility Waivers; Affirmative Cases, TPS, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, K-1 Visas, T-Visas, CAT, and other similar benefits.

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Responsibilities & Requirements

TO APPLY: Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a completed application to Jesus Ibañez via email at jibanez@education-leadership.org. Please keep in mind that failing to submit all the required documents will automatically disqualify the application.


EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, LICENSE/CERTIFICATION, & SKILLS:


Education

● Have a U.S. law degree (J.D.) and active bar membership. CA bar membership is preferred and will be given preference. Individuals with experience in immigration law, specifically, will also be given preference.


Experience

● Experience in immigration law, minimum 1-year court experience.

● Must be a fast and flexible learner who can work in an organization with many moving parts.

● Committed to the immigrant community's needs and passionate about immigrant and human rights.


License/certification

● Valid CA driver’s license.

● Must have a valid driver’s License, car insurance, and daily access to a car.

● Must be in good standing with the state bar (CA State Bar preferred).


Skills

● Biliterate (English/Spanish)

● Fluent in English and Spanish

● Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing.

● Excellent analytical skills.

● Able to quickly build and maintain rapport with clients, community members, and coworkers of differing backgrounds, team player.

● Strong organizational skills.

● Attention to detail and strong legal office organizational skills.

● Adept at public speaking and teaching in large groups and comfortable with conducting media interviews.

● Ability to work under pressure and exercise flexibility as needed.

● Ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment.

● Intermediate to advanced software skills with MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher).

● Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

● Customer-focused and service-oriented.

● Positive professional insight.

● Regularly exhibits flexibility and dependability in work and working relationships.

● Ability to identify problems and develop creative solutions both independently and in cooperation with others.

● Understanding modern office practices and procedures, including scanning, faxing, video conferencing, text, and chat messages, etc.

● Community organizing or community lawyering experience is a plus.


Additional Duties:

● Confidentiality/Privacy compliance - Treats all client, member, and employee information as sensitive and confidential. Responsible for maintaining compliance with all HIPAA regulations and requirements where applicable.

● Compliance - Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.

● Quality Improvement - Participate in quality improvement activities and contribute towards the overall performance improvement of the department and organization.

● Safety - All employees will participate in the ELF safety program

● Travel – The position may require you to work weekends/evenings and travel as needed.

● Work Schedule – the position may participate in evening in and/or weekend activities as the department and organization require.



ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:


Environmental Conditions:

Work generally occurs within an office environment. Air quality is good, with adequate lighting at desks/workstations. Noise conditions are moderate and limited to self and others on telephone calls and general interactions with coworkers and the public.


Physical Requirements:

● Must be able to lift to 20 pounds and push up to 50 pounds (on wheels).

● Must hear staff on the phone and those served in person and speak clearly to communicate information to patients and staff.

● Must be able to read memos, computer screens, personnel forms, and clinical and administrative documents.

● Must have high manual dexterity.

● Must be able to reach above the shoulder level to work, must be able to bend, squat and sit, stand, stoop, crouch, reach, kneel, twist/turn


ABOUT US

The Education & Leadership Foundation is a community benefit non-profit organization that provides education, civic engagement, and immigration services. 

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