45 Wadsworth Avenue
Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation is seeking an experienced immigration attorney for a Coordinating Immigration Attorney position. This position is part of NMIC’s Immigration team led by the Coordinating Attorney and staffed by two junior attorneys and six paralegals who carry their own caseloads. The Immigration Unit currently provides legal representation and advocacy in a comprehensive array of immigration matters, including: VAWA self-petitions, U-visa petitions, Battered Spouse Waivers, Adjustment of Status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Naturalization, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The Senior Attorney will also provide representation before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide legal representation and advocacy to primarily Spanish speaking communities in their immigration matters while working collaboratively with other NMIC programs to offer comprehensive client services.
- Provide direct representation to clients before USCIS in all applications for relief, including, but not limited to U visas, VAWA, Battered Spouse Waivers and SIJS.
- Examine community needs and work with management to expand NMIC’s current legal services to court representation in various immigration matters including, but not limited to, removal proceedings.
- Coordinate and oversee community intake.
- Assist with efforts to build support and additional resources for immigration and citizenship client services including assisting in the development of grant proposals and other funding and collaborative opportunities.
- Assist the agency in becoming eligible for and successfully obtaining BIA accreditation.
- Assign cases to and provide assistance and supervision to junior attorneys and paralegals on immigration matters.
- Work closely with reporting unit on assigning various grants to cases.
- Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports.
- Coordinate in-house immigration trainings for staff.
- Meet monthly with the Legal Director and the immigration team.
- Contribute and steer outreach and education programs.
- Participate in coalitions, activities, and community wide events.
- Complete additional tasks as assigned by supervisor.
- Demonstrated commitment to immigration issues.
- J.D. Law Degree with admission (or pending) to the New York State Bar.
- Minimum 5 to 8 years relevant immigration law and court experience.
- Non-profit immigration work experience a plus.
- Strong Spanish language proficiency required.
- DV experience preferred.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
- Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and database programs.
- Ability to work in a team setting, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and to interact with management and program staff.
NMIC IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:
NMIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply for employment. Applicants must meet the minimum requirements in terms of qualifications. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered unless specifically stated otherwise.
NMIC offers a competitive salary based on experience and education as well as a comprehensive and generous benefits package: medical, dental, life, and disability insurance are included; paid time off, including 20 vacation days, 15 sick days, 5 personal days, and 12 agency holidays; a 401k with agency contribution; and other benefits.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please submit the following to Rodrigo Sanchez-Camus at email@example.com with the job title in the subject line:
- Cover letter
- One writing sample
- Salary requirements
All attachments should be in word or PDF form.
No phone calls, please.