Paralegal

Job Type

Full Time

Published

07/30/2018

Address

1300 L Street Northwest
Washington
District of Columbia
20005
United States

Description

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE

PARALEGAL

Washington, D.C./Falls Church, V.A.

August 2018

About KIND

KIND was founded by the Microsoft Corporation and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, and is the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone. We do this in partnership with over 531 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations has served more than 16,386 children since 2009, and trained over 26,018 private sector attorneys to provide them with high quality representation in their deportation proceedings. KIND promotes protection of children in countries of origin and transit countries and works to address the root causes of child migration from Central America. KIND also advocates to change law, policy, and practices to improve the protection of unaccompanied children in the United States, by educating policymakers, the media, and the broader public about the violence that is driving children out of Central America and their need for protection.

Position Description

KIND seeks a full-time Paralegal for its Washington, D.C./Falls Church, V.A. field office to support attorneys with case preparation for direct representation clients, legal research, brief and client declaration drafting, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration form preparation, assist with interpretation and translation, assist with outreach and community education events, assist with pro bono placement and related duties, and help manage other administrative duties in the office, including database and file management. This is a full-time role primarily based in Washington, D.C., but requiring work out of the Falls Church, Virginia office, as often as once per week.

Educational Requirements

The Paralegal position requires a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a paralegal certification or training is preferred.

Experience Preferred

  1. Experience working with individual attorneys, law firms, or legal services organizations that provide direct legal service;
  2. Experience working in immigration and/or family law;
  3. Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children;  
  4. Experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma; and 
  5. Experience managing office operations and data management.

Skills Required

  1. Fluency in Spanish;
  2. Excellent organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail;
  3. Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills;
  4. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys;
  5. Strong writing and proofreading skills; and
  6. Ability to adapt to fast-changing deadlines and priorities.

Salary Range

Commensurate with education and experience.

Reports to

Direct Representation Attorney(s)

Supervisory Responsibilities

Legal and Non-legal interns

Primary Responsibilities

The staff member will have, but not be limited to, the following responsibilities:

  1. Draft, edit, and prepare legal briefs, filings, immigration forms, and client case documents;
  2. Manage client case data and update client management software, including upcoming hearing dates, client communications, and filing deadlines;
  3. Arrange and conduct client meetings for information gathering;
  4. Manage client correspondence;
  5. Provide translation and interpretation between English and Spanish as needed;
  6. Liaise with colleague NGOs to receive case referrals and ensure that referrals comply with KIND's case acceptance criteria;
  7. Liaise with pro bono attorneys and firms as needed;
  8. Participate in KIND’s outreach, Know-Your-Rights presentations, or community education events as needed; and
  9. Assist with office administration as needed.

Salary

Dependent on Experience

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references, should be submitted online at: https://supportkind.org/jobs/

Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and applicants selected for

interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work.


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