District of Columbia
KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)
SENIOR PRO BONO COORDINATING ATTORNEY POSITION
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 Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney in KIND’s Washington, DC field office to help develop, maintain, and oversee the provision of pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children through KIND’s network of major law firms, corporate partners, and law schools. The Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will supervise attorneys and/or support staff within KIND’s Washington, DC and Virginia office; and recruit, train and advise volunteer firm and corporate attorneys to ensure effective pro bono representation of individual child clients before immigration and state courts, and immigration agencies. The Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will also conduct outreach to law firms, corporate partners and other organizations within the Washington DC metro area, including Northern Virginia.
EDUCATIONAL & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
At least three to four years of experience practicing immigration law and admission to practice law, preferably in Washington, DC and/or Northern Virginia.
- At least three to four years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas and T visas;
- Family law experience 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;
- 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;
- Experience conducting training presentations and preparing training materials;
- Supervisory experience, preferably in legal setting;
- Mentoring or co-counseling experience;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Excellent professional judgment;
- Ability to hit the ground working, take initiative, multi-task, and work independently;
- Ability to work collaboratively; and
- Spanish speaking preferred.
Commensurate with education and experience.
Managing Attorney – Washington, DC Field Office.
Lead DC/Virginia pro bono coordinating team and oversee Pro Bono Coordinating Attorneys (2-3 direct reports)
Responsibilities of the Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Supervise attorneys and/or support staff in KIND’s Washington, DC and Virginia offices, in consultation with the Managing Attorney.
- Match child clients with pro bono attorneys;
- Recruit, train, and advise pro bono attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related family law matters;
- Develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations;
- Foster and manage KIND relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the Director of Pro Bono Recruitment and Training;
- Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
- Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission;
- Participate in conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed; and
- Represent KIND at local stakeholder meetings
Work is generally performed within the office environment, and includes significant telephone contact with pro bono attorneys.
This position may have 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.