Paralegal - Legal Services

Job Type

Full Time

Published

08/02/2018

Address

1201 L Street Northwest
Washington
District of Columbia
20005
United States

Description

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE

Paralegal – Legal Services

Washington, D.C. Headquarters

July 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 Paralegal for Legal Services in KIND’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters starting as soon as possible to assist in KIND’s work with families separated under the Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. The Paralegal will assist the Deputy Director of Legal Services and Senior Attorneys in developing systems and processes for accepting referrals from other service providers and matching family separation cases with KIND in-house or pro bono attorneys throughout the U.S. The Paralegal will play a key role in communicating with children and families affected by the family separation crisis, as well as other service providers, and help ensure clients’ needs are met in the detained and released setting, including in transit and in their final destinations. The Paralegal will assist the team in building a network of legal service providers, social service providers, and other pro bono resources to support the families with various needs. The Paralegal will also be responsible for accurately tracking data and will assist with reporting to funders and KIND’s management team. The Paralegal will provide support to the Deputy Director and Senior Attorneys working on family separation and other emergent legal issues. Spanish fluency is required for this position.  

EDUCATIONAL & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS  

Bachelor’s degree required. A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills required. Experience or familiarity with immigration and immigration authorities required. Experience working with children and immigrant or refugee populations highly preferred.

REQUIRED SKILLS 

1)        Fluency in Spanish required;

2)              Highly adept with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Skype, and Word; 

3)              Experience and facility with numbers, data management and databases;

4)              Experience with office organization and management, particularly in legal settings;

5)              Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;  

6)              Excellent written and oral communication skills;

7)              Ability to work collaboratively, and preferably, prior experience working with attorneys, law firms, or other legal service providers;

8)              Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;

9)              A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;

10)          Experience or familiarity with immigration and/or family law and immigration authorities highly preferred. 

SALARY RANGE 

Commensurate with education and experience.

REPORTS TO 

Deputy Director of Legal Services.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES 

Responsibilities of the Paralegal will include, but are not limited to, the following:

1)      Provide legal, administrative, operations, and program support to the Deputy Director and Senior Attorneys working on family separation matters;

2)      Develop streamlined systems and processes for tracking and managing data related to case referrals;

3)      Communicate with children and families affected by family separation and provide phone screenings as necessary to determine eligibility for KIND’s services;

4)      Develop capacities within KIND’s legal database to create, run and modify metrics reports, and provide time sensitive numerical and qualitative information to the management team;

5)      Review, edit, and format guidance documents, narrative reports for funders, and other documents as needed;

6)      Assist with scheduling, calendaring, and preparing calls with Legal Services management, Senior Attorneys, and outside stakeholders;

7)      Collaborate with the Social Services team and other social services networks to support children and families affected by family separation;

8)      Provide other support to KIND’s legal services program as needed;

9)      Assist with coordinating staff travel, team meetings and retreats.

WORKING CONDITIONS 

Work is generally performed within the office environment and includes significant virtual communication with KIND staff across the country.

TRAVEL 

This position may involve travel to the U.S. border region or other areas as needed.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

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
  •  You must indicate in your cover letter which office location(s) you are applying to.
  •  Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and not later than the posted deadline. 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. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.

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