Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Position

Job Type

Full Time

Published

08/28/2018

Address

Washington
District of Columbia
United States

Description

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE (KIND)

SENIOR PRO BONO COORDINATING ATTORNEY POSITION

WASHINGTON, DC

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 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.

REQUIRED SKILLS 

  • 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.

SALARY RANGE

Commensurate with education and experience.

REPORTS TO

Managing Attorney – Washington, DC Field Office.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBLITIES

Lead DC/Virginia pro bono coordinating team and oversee Pro Bono Coordinating Attorneys (2-3 direct reports)

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES 

Responsibilities of the Senior Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney will include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  1. Supervise attorneys and/or support staff in KIND’s Washington, DC and Virginia offices, in consultation with the Managing Attorney.
  2. Match child clients with pro bono attorneys;
  3. Recruit, train, and advise pro bono attorneys representing unaccompanied children in immigration matters and related family law matters;
  4. Develop and maintain updated guidance materials, sample filings, and legal training presentations;
  5. Foster and manage KIND relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with the Director of Pro Bono Recruitment and Training;
  6. Assist in office operations, including case management, data entry and maintenance, and reports;
  7. Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission;
  8. Participate in conferences, meetings, and trainings as needed; and
  9. Represent KIND at local stakeholder meetings

 

WORKING CONDITIONS

Work is generally performed within the office environment, and includes significant telephone contact with pro bono attorneys.

TRAVEL

This position may have occasional travel.

Professional Level

Managerial

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

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

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.


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