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English-Spanish Bilingual Legal Assistants/Paralegals

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Immigration Counseling Service
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Portland, OR
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Published 22 days ago

Immigration Counseling Service has been dedicated to defending the rights of immigrants

for 40 years. We are a group of diverse individuals committed to providing high-quality

immigration advocacy and representation to over 90 low-income immigrant communities

throughout Oregon and Southern Washington. Our staff have extensive experience in

immigrant and refugee communities (many being from immigrant families themselves) and

trauma-informed care and are bilingual in English and Spanish. ICS encourages

collaboration and is a supportive environment where our attorneys and staff constantly

learn and grow. www.ics-law.org


ICS seeks full-time English-Spanish bilingual legal assistants/paralegals for our

Portland & Hood River locations that are responsible for assisting in the preparation of client

immigration cases and to provide administrative and support and backup to the ICS legal

team, and responsibility for assisting in the preparation of children’s immigration cases,

conduct Know Your Rights presentations, and intake of detained and released children.

Why Oregon? With offices in gorgeous Hood River and vibrant Portland, a career with

ICS will offer you an environment of stunning natural beauty, quirky neighborhoods with

plenty of character, and no sales tax! These Oregon cities have become destinations for

young professionals, families, and world travelers alike for good reason. From rent to

groceries, Portland offers a more affordable cost of living than other cities on the west

coast. Worried about the rain? Portland’s annual rainfall is only slightly above the national

average, and your patience on rainy days will be repaid by sunny summer days that

aren’t scorching hot. ICS operates across Oregon, so you’ll have the opportunity to

experience the state’s diverse natural scenery—from coast to desert, valley to

mountaintops.


Primary Duties:

• Assists in full-scope representation of ICS clients:

o Drafts immigration petitions.

o Communicates with clients and help coordinate appointments with legal

workers.

o Drafts declarations and motions.

o Compiles evidence.

o Compiles and mail various letters and applications.

• Maintains electronic and physical client files.

• Enters data in various databases including Law Lab and Invoiced.

• Attends outreach events and legal clinics.

• Performs other administrative tasks such as copying, mailing, and collecting

payments for the General Program.

• Provides Know Your Rights presentations, conducts intake, and performs

follow-up with detained children.

• Helps attorneys to prepare detained children for court.

• Performs reviews of incoming referrals from Legal Service Providers and

tracks those referrals.

• Assists in full-scope representation of children who are both detained and

released including:

• Conducts intakes; drafts immigration petitions, declarations and motions;

compiles evidence; and mails various letters and applications.

• Tracks and updates data as required by funder, Vera, on various

databases.

• Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications:

• Associates and/or Bachelors’ Degree, or at least two years of relevant work

experience in a law office or legal non-profit organization.

• Highly organized with attention to detail.

• Must be fluent in Spanish and English and have experience working and

interacting with immigrant communities and/or children.

Salary and Benefits: ICS offers an excellent total compensation plan. Salary is

commensurate with experience with a salary range of $42,180 - $47,175. ICS also

provides an annual key language proficiency salary differential of $1100. Our 401(k)

Plan includes an employer contribution of 3% of salary. Our benefits package includes

fully paid health, vision & dental plans for employee level coverage, generous paidhealth

related leave, including 8 weeks of paid parental leave after 6 months of

employment, and vacation (20 days of paid time off annually in your first year) in

addition to 14 paid holidays, and a 35-hour standard work week.


Working Conditions:

Hybrid Work: We have been utilizing and evaluating a Hybrid Work Model during COVID-

19. Unless identified as an essential worker, we are currently requiring employees to come

into the office at least 2 days a week on a scheduled basis to be pre-arranged with your

supervisor, but this will increase starting in the fall. We will provide you with a laptop,

printer, and cell phone. We are a collaborative office environment and pride ourselves in

not only providing high-quality legal representation to the Oregon community but also

learning from one another.

• May require occasional driving of a motor vehicle and requires a valid

insurable Driver’s License.

• May require evening or weekend work; working with challenging clients; driving

to centers where clients are located, immigration offices, immigration court, and

state courts and clinics in various parts of Oregon and southern Washington.

ICS is committed to creating a diverse workforce to strengthen our organization and is

proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. At ICS, we welcome and value applicants

from all backgrounds, including marginalized and disenfranchised communities. We

encourage applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous,

Latina/Latino, people of color, immigrants (including people who were formerly detained,

undocumented, or who have navigated the immigration legal system), women, people

with disabilities, members of the LGBTQA+ community, and individuals with rich cultural

backgrounds and diverse language abilities.

The individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and

talent that our employees invest in their work helps shape the culture here at ICS. We

strive to have a workforce that represents the communities we serve.


All employment decisions at ICS are based on job requirements and individual

qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth

or related medical conditions), national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental

disability, genetic information, age (18 and over), veteran status, uniform servicemember

status, unemployment status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender-related

identity and gender expression), marital status, family status, or an individual having been

a victim of sexual abuse, including domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking. However,

being human isn’t about checking every box on a list. It’s about the experiences we have,

people we meet, and the perspectives we share. So, if you feel you have the skills but are

hesitant to apply because you’re not sure if your exact background or years of experience

are applicable, apply anyway. We need amazing people like you to help us challenge the

conventional and think differently about the problems that we’re solving. We’re in this

together. Come be human, with us.


Reasonable Accommodation: 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.


Position is: Non-Exempt and included in the NOLSW Local 2320 Bargaining Unit

Reports to: Managing Attorney or UC Managing Attorney

Number of Employees Supervised by this position: None


How to Apply:

• Please send a cover letter including your level of Spanish language ability, a

current resume and references, and current contact information to admin@icslaw.

org with the name of the position to which you’re applying in the subject line,

and addressed to:

Executive Director

Immigration Counseling Service (ICS)

519 SW Park Avenue, Suite 610

Portland, OR 97205

• Please indicate in your cover letter if you would also like your application to be

considered for other current openings and if so, which openings.

Immigration Counseling Service has been dedicated to defending the rights of immigrants

for 40 years. We are a group of diverse individuals committed to providing high-quality

immigration advocacy and representation to over 90…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
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    Full Time Schedule
Salary
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USD $42,180 - USD $47,175
/ year

Location

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Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Portland, OR
Associated Location
Portland, OR, USA

How to Apply

How to Apply:

• Please send a cover letter including your level of Spanish language ability, a

current resume and references, and current contact information to admin@icslaw.

org with the name of the position to which you’re applying in the subject line,

and addressed to:

Executive Director

Immigration Counseling Service (ICS)

519 SW Park Avenue, Suite 610

Portland, OR 97205

• Please indicate in your cover letter if you would also like your application to be

considered for other current openings and if so, which openings.

How to Apply:

• Please send a cover letter including your level of Spanish language ability, a

current resume and references, and current contact information to admin@icslaw.

org with…

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