Paralegal / Advocate, Legal Services Department

Job Type

Full Time

Published

10/02/2018

Address

Make the Road New York
1090 Suffolk Ave
Brentwood
NY
11717
United States

Description

Paralegal / Advocate, Legal Services Department


Make the Road New York seeks a full-time Paralegal/Advocate to support our Long Island Immigration Team. The Paralegal / Advocate will work within the Immigration Team of our Legal Services Department. The position will be full-time and based out of our Long Island office in Brentwood, NY.

 

The organization:


Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. MRNY operates neighborhood-based community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island, Brentwood, Long Island and Westchester County. With a membership of more than 22,000 low-income New Yorkers, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing our community: workplace justice, tenants’ rights, immigrant rights, language-access, LGBTQ justice, public education, health care access, and immigration reform. 

 

Our Education Department offers ESOL, Spanish-language literacy, and computer literacy; and in-school and after-school youth programs. Our Community Organizing Projects help New Yorkers to implement strategies to combat shared problems, and develop leadership and the capacity for civic participation. And our Department of Legal & Support Services provides direct legal representation, case management, facilitated enrollment into public health insurance programs, training, and strategic support for members and organizers. Our attorneys and advocates specialize in labor and employment law, public benefits, disability benefits, housing law, healthcare and health insurance access, immigration law, public education, and LGBTQ civil rights issues.

 

Legal and Support Services at Make the Road NEW YORK:

 

The Department of Legal and Support Services at Make the Road New York (MRNY) works to strengthen Make the Road’s organizing work by (1) helping to envision and implement leverage strategies (including strategic litigation) that help win our organizing campaigns; (2) providing technical legal support for policy work; and (3) providing legal and support services to draw in new members and help meet the immediate needs of the communities that MRNY serves. The Department currently employs twenty-two attorneys, ten advocates and one case manager. Our legal team is integrated into all aspects of the organization’s work. 

 

Current Opening:

We are hiring a paralegal to work with our Immigration Team to support the attorneys in providing immigration legal services to primarily Spanish-speaking clients.

 

This is an ideal position for an individual with immigration law experience who is interested in working at a fast-paced, community oriented organization under the supervision of an attorney.

 

Job responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting intake appointments with clients
  • Conducting in-person document review and application assistance appointments with clients (a significant portion of which will be citizenship / naturalization applications).
  • Assisting clients with obtaining the documents necessary to apply for relief and following up with clients via phone, mail and email.
  • Creating and maintaining physical and electronic files for clients.
  • Managing correspondence with clients and documenting all physical and electronic correspondence with immigration agencies for client cases.
  • Making appropriate referrals to support services such as IDNYC or health insurance enrollment services
  • Working with an immigration attorney to assist (and refer where appropriate) clients with complex cases.
  • Data entry in internal and external data management systems, including Salesforce.
  • Conducting Know Your Rights workshops internally with MRNY members and externally at partner organizations and community events
  • Filing documents in immigration and family court

 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to social justice issues, and in particular a commitment to assisting low-income immigrants navigate the complex immigration system. Additionally, the ideal candidate will have impeccable attention to detail, excellent writing skills, thrive on working in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, and have a sense of humor. The ideal candidate will need to be flexible to a schedule that may require travel between our offices throughout the boroughs.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Associate Degree or equivalent minimum requirement
  • Spanish language fluency
  • Experience working in immigration legal services, DOJ accreditation is a plus
  • Excellent writing skills and careful attention to detail
  • Interpersonal and organizational skills of the highest caliber.
  • Experience working with populations that make up major portions of MRNY’s membership and client base – such as documented and undocumented immigrants, women facing domestic violence, members of LGBTQ communities, and youth.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high intensity environment.
  • Flexible schedule and availability for occasional weekend work.

 

Preferred but not required:

  • Experience working in a noprofit or community setting 

 

Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals are encouraged to apply.


Salary and Benefits:

Starting salary is based on a scale set by a democratically-elected personnel committee and will depend on factors such as experience and education. Generous package of vacation, personal and sick days. Excellent health and dental coverage and family leave policies

 

To Apply:

Forward a cover letter, resume, and writing sample by email to Amy Taylor, Legal Director, at liparalegal@maketheroadny.org.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Benefits

Starting salary is based on a scale set by a democratically-elected personnel committee and will depend on factors such as experience and education. Generous package of vacation, personal and sick days. Excellent health and dental coverage and family leave policies

 

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent in Spanish

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

Forward a cover letter, resume, and writing sample by email to Amy Taylor, Legal Director, at liparalegal@maketheroadny.org.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


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