Immigration Program Paralegal (Bilingual Spanish /English)
- Job posted by La Raza Community Resource Center
474 Valencia Street
La Raza Community Resource Center (www.larazacrc.org) is a bilingual, multi-service non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the social service, immigration, educational, and leadership development needs of low-income families and individuals. La Raza Community Resource Center is located in the heart of the historic San Francisco Mission District, the vibrant cornerstone of San Francisco's Latino community. We have been serving the community for over 40 years. Our Social Services Program services include a food pantry, family counseling, educational workshops, support groups, and many other services. Our Immigration Program attorneys provide both affirmative family-based immigration services and deportation defense. All of our legal and social services are free (subsidized) or sliding scale.
Job Summary: The Immigration Program Paralegal supports the work of La Raza CRC’s three immigration attorneys, under the supervision of the Immigration Program Coordinator. Case types the Paralegal may work on include (but are not limited to): Family petitions, Naturalization applications, Temporary Protected Status, Green Card renewals, Work permits, Adjustments of status, DACA, Deportation defense, Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, etc.
The successful Immigration Program Paralegal candidate will be bilingual (English/Spanish), possess the ability to work efficiently and independently, have great attention to detail, and be proactive in solving problems. The candidate will also be client-service oriented, have great organizational skills, have the ability to switch gears easily, and will be motivated to serve the immigrant community. This is currently a full-time position (40 hours per week).
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Conduct initial client intake.
- Meet with clients and prepare their immigration forms.
- Organize and analyze documents and other evidence.
- Legal research and writing.
- Manage client appointment calendar: schedule new appointments, call clients to remind them of upcoming appointments, keep calendar up-to-date.
- Interpret at Naturalization, Adjustment of Status, and Asylum interviews.
- Translate documents between English and Spanish.
- Input immigration client information into client/case management system, ensuring all client information and interactions are up-to-date. Must be able to manage sensitive information and maintain client confidentiality.
- Collect, gather, and validate data and help prepare reports to support the Executive Director and Immigration Program Coordinator.
- Participate in San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship naturalization workshops (these are legal clinics that occur every 2-3 months, on Saturdays).
- Provide limited support to Social Services Coordinator to assist with administration of Social Services Program.
- At least 2 years of relevant work experience.
- Minimum education: Bachelor’s degree or sufficient formal and informal education to assure the ability to read, write and speak English and Spanish with proficiency.
- Excellent verbal and written communication in both English and Spanish.
- Proficiency with MS Office, especially Microsoft Word and Excel. Excellent data entry skills and understanding of internet applications and database entry.
- Excellent attention to detail and ability to work well under pressure.
- Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
Salary commensurate with experience. La Raza Community Resource Center provides Health and Dental Insurance after a probationary period.
Level of Language Proficiency
English and Spanish fluency required.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please email cover letter, resume, and references to: Carl Larsen Santos, Immigration Program Coordinator, (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include the phrase "Immigration Program Paralegal" in the subject line.
La Raza Resource Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status, or any other condition protected by law.