The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) is a non-profit immigration legal and social services provider and advocacy organization seeking a Supervising Attorney. This role offers the opportunity to lead the local unit team, under the supervision of the Removal Defense Unit Director, providing quality services to clients in ICE custody and MPP proceedings, while providing a positive workplace for RAICES employees to grow. The Supervising Attorney will be part of a community of Supervising Attorneys.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Directly represents clients in detained and Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) removal proceedings at the San Antonio and/or Laredo immigration courts;
- Meets with stakeholders to identify local needs and potential collaboration efforts, with an eye toward future office growth;
- Works with the Unit Director to develop and maintain local best practices that are aligned with the mission, vision and legal strategy of RAICES;
- Communicates best practices to local unit team members through training and supervision;
- Manage the day-to-day activities and services delivered by the branch office’s Unit and provide relevant information to the Unit Director;
- Supervise the work of Attorneys and Legal Assistants by managing the needs of the team’s representation work, including providing legal support, performance feedback and substantive and procedural guidance;
- Monitors workflow and caseload of staff to identify and address potential workload issues and progress;
- Works closely with the Unit Director to provide internal training and organizing external training for new and veteran staff in relevant practice areas;
- Participates in interviews and evaluation process for designated staff;
- Liaises with other RAICES departments such as Development, Advocacy, and Social, in order to provide holistic client services and advance RAICES’ mission;
- Informs Unit Director of necessary information regarding their unit needs for budget proposals; and
- Fosters an inclusive, collaborative, and supportive work culture.
Ideal candidate skills and qualities:
- License in good standing to practice law in any U.S. state;
- Significant experience and comprehensive legal understanding of immigration law and practice-- ideally including experience with representing detained adults in ICE custody;
- Ability to speak fluent or highly proficient Spanish and English;
- If not already located in or near Laredo, TX, willingness to relocate within 3-6 months;
- Demonstrated passion for and dedication to RAICES’ vision and mission. Demonstrated ability to support, implement and elevate the mission of RAICES as a Human Rights or Social Justice Agency;
- Demonstrated experience leading and inspiring a high-performing and passionate professional team to produce excellent work product in a challenging environment;
- Demonstrated ability or willingness to inspire, create and foster workplace atmosphere that promotes lifelong learning, a commitment to excellence and the ability to thrive;
- Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts and manage competing interests to achieve an equitable outcome for all involved;
- Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process;
- Demonstrated ability to foster and grow positive external relationships in the community;
- Willingness and desire to help share the narrative of immigration change and policy;
- Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities; and
- An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
Terms & Conditions:
- Competitive Salary
- Optional Medical Benefits;
- Paid Leave;
- Bar Dues;
- Annual CLE training budget.
This position requires completion of National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), State and FBI Fingerprint-based criminal background checks, as well as compliance with Corporation for National and Community Service regulations. Note that presence on the National Sex Offender Public Website is a bar to service. Other criminal history does not necessarily disqualify you for service. Each will be decided on a case by case basis.
RAICES is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or a record of arrest or conviction. We strongly encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply.