Paralegal & Community Advocate – DACA and Immigration Rights Advocacy Program
- Job posted by Equal Justice Center
Details: $32,000 per year and up, depending on experience. Adjusted proportionally for part-time employment.
510 S Congress Avenue
Program description: The Equal Justice Center (EJC) is a non-profit law firm dedicated to enforcing workers' rights and immigrants’ rights across Texas - regardless of immigration status. As a vital part of that mission, the EJC is one of Texas’ leading providers of legal assistance to undocumented youth through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) program. We also provide naturalization services and general immigration assistance for our employment justice clients. In addition, EJC actively works to advance fair immigration reform with workplace justice for all. We are seeking to hire a dedicated, bilingual (English and Spanish) paralegal & community advocate to help us carry out our DACA and immigration advocacy programs in Austin, and in underserved areas across Texas.
Job description. The paralegal & community advocate will work part-time or full-time, helping the EJC's immigration attorneys (1) provide DACA legal assistance to individual clients and their families in Central Texas; (2) provide immigration legal assistance for our employment justice clients statewide; (3) organize and orchestrate DACA, naturalization, and other clinics in outlying areas in Central, South, North, and Northwest Texas; (4) organize and conduct community education programs that help immigrant communities understand and prepare for ongoing changes in immigration law and policy; and (5) advocate for fair immigration reform with worker justice protections. The position involves substantial direct interaction with immigrant clients and families; case management and administrative responsibilities; supervision of undergraduate interns and volunteers; and organizing work with local community groups to plan events, conduct outreach and community education presentations; and facilitate clinics and workshops.
Qualifications: Applicants should be hard-working, organized, and detail-oriented; should have strong communication skills; and should be able to balance working independently with being a member of a team of dedicated, dynamic professionals. Fluency in Spanish and English is required. Experience with community organizing, media/PR, legal services, and/or immigrant advocacy are helpful, and flexibility to travel is required. Two to three years of related experience are preferred, but not required.
The position provides excellent fully paid health and dental insurance, paid family and medical leave, paid vacation time, paid holidays, 401(k) plan, and other benefits.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in Spanish and English is required.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Applications should include a resume, references, and a detailed cover letter describing your qualifications, background, and interest in the position. Applications will be considered as they are received and the position will remain open until it is filled with the right colleague.