1201 L Street Northwest
District of Columbia
KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)
Washington, D.C./Northern Virginia
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.
KIND seeks a Managing Attorney to manage and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation and direct representation of unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms, and corporate and law school partners in the Washington D.C. area, as well as by in-house attorneys at KIND’s Washington D.C. field office. The position’s duties include supervising the work and staff of KIND’s Washington D.C. field office; serving as a regional focal point in striving to implement KIND’s vision of ensuring that no child appear in immigration court alone; promoting volunteer support through outreach to and cultivation of relationships with local law firms, corporate legal departments, and other possible sources of pro bono representation; and serving as the field office primary liaison with KIND’s headquarters.
EDUCATIONAL & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Three to eight years of experience working in immigration law which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas and T visas;
- A licensed attorney, preferably in Washington D.C. or Virginia;
- Prior supervisory experience;
- Experience working in family law is a plus;
- Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;
- A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;
- Excellent writing and public speaking/training skills;
- An understanding of the private law firm and corporate pro bono culture and the ability to be a well-respected and effective representative of the program to all stakeholders;
- Ability to work collaboratively and to handle multiple demands in a busy work environment;
- Spanish speaking preferred but not required.
Commensurate with education and experience.
Co-Director of Legal Services
Responsibilities of the Managing Attorney will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Supervise KIND legal and program staff in Washington D.C./Northern Virginia with support from KIND’s Co-Director of Legal Services, Deputy Director of Legal Services, and other Legal Services Management staff;
- Assist in the development of strategies to increase pro bono representation of unaccompanied immigrant children;
- Match child clients with pro bono and in-house attorneys;
- Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to volunteer attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters;
- Assist in developing and managing KIND relationships with law firms and corporate counsel;
- Oversee the provision of direct representation services to clients;
- Coordinate day to day office management and administration including ensuring data integrity.
Work is generally performed within the office environment but will include meeting and events with pro bono partners and the greater Baltimore community.
This position may require occasional travel.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample and contact information for three professional 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 should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 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. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.