Program Coordinator/Paralegal - Immigration Program

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $43,000.00
Maximum: $63,000.00
Details: Starting hourly rate for this full-time non-exempt position is $23.63 - $34.62 based on number of years of prior relevant experience, as dictated by EBCLC’s salary scale.



Application Deadline:



United States


The Immigration Program of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator/Paralegal to assist with client intake and screening, support the application process for a wide variety of immigration remedies, and provide administrative support to staff attorneys. The ideal candidate enjoys substantial responsibilities in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment with competing priorities and deadlines. Applicants should be able to work in a team and independently, excel at time management, have strong interpersonal skills, and perform detail-oriented research and writing.

EBCLC is a non-profit legal services organization and the community-based clinical program for Berkeley Law School, committed to increasing justice through education and advocacy and building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on equity. With over 60 staff, 150 law students, and a $6 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal advocacy in Alameda County, providing multimodal, collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 5,000 clients yearly and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the local and state level.

The Immigration Program provides a full range of legal and social work services to low-income immigrants with a focus on the most vulnerable populations—people with disabilities and chronic illness, members of the LGBTQ community, youth, and existing EBCLC clients with other legal issues. Attorneys and advocates counsel and represent individuals in matters including adjustment of status, deportation defense, DACA, immigration effects of criminal convictions, naturalization, asylum, public benefits eligibility, waivers, T visas, and U visas. The program represents clients before the asylum office, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration Court, and on appeal before the Board of Immigration Appeals. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work on a holistic-oriented legal team providing direct representation, screening, informational workshops, office hours, and outreach to the low-income community in the East Bay and students from UC Berkeley’s Undocumented Student’s Program
  • Provide administrative support to attorneys and law students with the preparation, serving, and filing of legal pleadings (including preparation of exhibits and materials) in immigration, state, and federal courts
  • Screen individuals – over the phone, through email, in the office, and at off-site locations – for eligibility for immigration services, assess legal issues, and provide or coordinate appropriate follow-up for assistance
  • Initiate, coordinate, and organize outreach and trainings with community-based organizations and social service agencies
  • Enter data into client database to ensure accurate accounting of information and services disseminated to people seeking assistance as required for grant or project reporting
  • Manage client documents and files, including reading, analyzing and organizing case-related, time-sensitive records, and assess conflicts
  • Provide translation assistance by translating legal documents from Spanish into English, drafting correspondence (including records requests) in both English and Spanish, and interpreting for client meetings and USCIS interviews as needed
  • Collaborate with internal and external service providers to link clients with housing, education, public benefits, and other social service resources
  • Additional tasks as assigned by Supervisor

Minimum Qualifications:

  • AA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in an administrative, social or legal services environment; BA degree or Paralegal Certificate may substitute for experience requirement
  • Fluency in Spanish with demonstrated ability to accurately and professionally translate legal documents and interpret between English and Spanish
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, case management and legal forms software and databases. Able to pick up new computer skills quickly.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in an empathetic and professional manner
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to be detail-oriented, multi-task, set priorities, and work independently, but in close coordination with other Immigration staff
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including people of color, homeless people, immigrants, non-English speakers, people with mental disabilities, people experiencing domestic violence, law students, service providers, government employees, community partners, elected officials, and law school faculty. Prior experience working with low-income immigrants preferred.
  • Paralegal experience highly desirable


Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents, life and disability insurance, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays); EBCLC also offers flexible spending accounts for qualified health, dependent care, and commute expenditures; and retirement options.

Professional development support includes membership in the relevant local, statewide and/or national associations, attendance at relevant conferences, as determined by EBCLC’s professional development policy and budget.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit application materials by email to (include “Immigration Program Coordinator” in the subject line). The application deadline is Sunday, March 18, 2018 but please be aware applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. Application materials should include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for two professional references.

EBCLC is strongly committed to advancing justice through education and advocacy, and the need to transform legal service and legal education. Please take time to review EBCLC’s mission, vision, programs, and website, and ensure that your cover letter reflects how your background, experience, and expertise have prepared you to be successful in performing the responsibilities of the position. Additionally, EBCLC is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. To achieve this goal, EBCLC works actively to improve our office climate, systems and structures, communications and community engagement to create an inclusive and respectful workplace that acknowledges and values differences.

Please address in your cover letter how your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural responsiveness and diversity amongst our staff.

We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal justice system, or any other basis prohibited by law.