District of Columbia
The managing attorney in the Washington, D.C., office will provide high-quality legal guidance to Human Rights First’s pro bono attorneys and oversee the day-to-day management of Human Rights First’s Refugee Representation work in the D.C.-Baltimore metropolitan area. The managing attorney will ensure that the D.C. Refugee Representation team’s values, vision, strategies, projects, and activities align with the team’s overall mission.
- Lead the D.C. office’s day-to-day operations and serve as a Refugee Representation team leader, which includes modeling leadership, contributing to the development and implementation of team-wide strategic and operational plans, and helping implement team-wide policies and procedures;
- Work with the legal director and other members of Refugee Representation’s leadership team to continuously develop and refine a vision and strategic direction for ongoing operations;
- Manage and lead D.C. Refugee Representation team to ensure that team produces high-quality work, functions as a cohesive interdisciplinary team, and is responsive to the needs of clients, pro bono partners, and others that we serve.
- Supervise staff by mentoring, coaching, and providing professional development opportunities; oversee team selection and supervision of volunteers and interns; develop and retain a high-performing staff.
Case Selection, Placement, and Management
- Ensure that clients accepted into Human Rights First’s pro bono representation program receive high-quality legal representation from Refugee Representation staff and pro bono attorneys by providing comprehensive legal training, guidance, advice, and updates on asylum and immigration law;
- Review and supervise case management and quality-control systems for pro bono cases;
- Identify cases appropriate for pro bono and in-house representation;
- Spot, analyze, and respond to legal or procedural changes that affect asylum seekers, including statutory changes, proposed regulations, and decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals or federal courts;
- Oversee pro bono attorney recruitment and assignment of cases to volunteer attorneys;
- Play a leading role in expanding and maintaining strong relationships with local law firms, law school clinics, volunteer attorneys, and legal-service organizations;
- Provide support to pro bono attorneys and Refugee Representation staff in other offices as needed, and work with the entire Refugee Representation team to ensure inter-office support and team collaboration; and
- Sustain modest caseload of mentored and direct representation cases.
Operational Planning and Management
- Ensure effective systems to qualitatively and quantitatively track progress and regularly evaluate program components;
- Oversee and assist with development of training materials for volunteer attorneys, including the online Pro Bono Attorney Library, and other manuals, memoranda, videos, and training media;
- Partner with the legal director and Human Resources team to source and staff open positions.
- Participate in national advocacy efforts relating to asylum seekers and refugees through engagement with the media and participation in meetings with government officials;
Fundraising and Resource Development
- Assist in efforts to secure and maintain funding for the organization and Refugee Representation team;
- Collaborate with the legal director and other teams, as necessary, to write and submit proposals, letters of intent, case statements, and acknowledgement letters;
- Promote the organization’s mission by participating in local community events, promotional events, and other professional networking events to elevate the organization’s community profile; and
- Other duties as requested based on the team and/or organization’s need.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE
- A U.S. law degree (J.D.) and active bar membership;
- At least five years of experience in representing asylum applicants at all levels of the administrative process;
- Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff; develop and manage high-performance teams; and set and achieve strategic objectives;
- Experience mentoring other attorneys, preferably on immigration law matters;
- Excellent and engaging written and oral communicator with ability to communicate patiently, respectfully, and empathetically with individuals and diverse audiences of varying backgrounds, including survivors of trauma or torture;
- Ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously; work under pressure and meet deadlines; devise, entertain, and embrace creative solutions; and identify and analyze legal issues;
- Fluency in one or more relevant second languages—particularly Spanish, French, Arabic, or Mandarin—is highly desirable; and
- Experience working with or on interdisciplinary teams.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in one or more relevant second languages—particularly Spanish, French, Arabic, or Mandarin—is highly desirable.
Minimum Education Required