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Catholic Charities Southwest Ohio is currently accepting applications for Immigration Legal Services Director. 


The Immigration Legal Services Director will perform immigration attorney duties, representing individuals in immigration related cases. This position will provides legal counsel and advice on immigration-related cases with a focus on humanitarian immigration benefits, such as U- and T-visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum. Represents CCSWO-identified clients in legal proceedings as appropriate to complete their immigration case. Advise CCSWO clients on their rights and responsibilities. The ILS Director will also provide management and ongoing development of ILS staff and administrative practices of the Immigration Legal Services program. 


This position will work out of our Mid Pointe office location (7162 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45237), normal working schedule is Monday-Friday, exempt, and reports to the Chief Operating Officer (COO).  


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

·        Provide direct legal representation to clients in immigration-related cases, including but not limited to family-based visas, Consular Processing, naturalization, U- and T-visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum.

·        Keep clients informed of the status of their case and reasonably respond to client questions during the normal course of representation.

·        Maintain case files with current information and documentation in accordance with office policies and procedures.

·        Supervise ILS staff and volunteers on case services in the areas of family-based visas, Consular Processing, naturalization, U- and T-visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum..

·        Supervise the Safe Release Support Program, which assists potential sponsors of unaccompanied immigrant children (UACs) in completing background check requirements for release of UACs from government custody.

·        Supervise the Bilingual Intake Specialist.

·        Develop and implement departmental policies and procedures that promote effective, efficient service delivery.

·        Collaborate with other agency departments and engage with agency leadership on the Admin Team during regular meetings and on special projects.

·        Serve on the Continuous Quality Improvement committee, which promotes effective service delivery agency-wide.

·        Participate in the program funding process, including grant writing, funder reports, and donor relations/development.

·        Participate in regular community outreach, including presentations to client communities, funders, and the wider community as well as assisting at legal workshops hosted by CCSWO.

·        Participate in community coalitions, including but not limited to: Archdiocesan and interfaith immigrant rights groups.

·        Commit approximately 20% of time to travel locally for court hearings, community outreach events, client meetings, etc. Travel to Cleveland, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky for immigration hearings required for removal defense cases.

·        Comply with all federal, state, and local professional ethical rules and regulations.

·        Uphold the agency’s mission statement.

·        Other duties as assigned.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

Immigration Attorney, Paralegals, Safe Release Support Supervisor, Safe Release Specialist, Bilingual Intake Specialist, and ILS volunteers.


QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

·        License to practice law in Ohio, a member of the Ohio Bar, and registered to practice in front of the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

·        Juris Doctor, required.

·        Three years of immigration law experience, preferred.

·        Three years of prior experience in a supervisor role.

·        Fluency in Spanish and/or additional languages other than English

·        Good oral and written communication skills.

·        Good analytical skills to make decisions in the best interest of the clients and the agency.

·        Demonstrated ability to work with partners and groups.

·        Culturally competent.

·        State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License that meets CCSWOH current carrier guidelines.

·        Proficient in computer-based case management systems and Microsoft Office Suite.


Work Environment:

Typical office environment with minimal exposure to excessive noise or adverse environmental issues.


Physical Demands:

Must be able to meet the following physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodation:

·        Use hands to manipulate, handle, feel, and control items or equipment;

·        Talk to other employees and clients and hear them;

·        See and be able to read, write, and interpret written documents; and,

·        Occasionally lift and move objects weighing up to 15 pounds.


About Catholic Charities and Organizational Responsibility:

For more than 100 years, Catholic Charities has served the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Our programs have changed over the years, but our commitment to serve the poor, protect the vulnerable and welcome the stranger has not wavered. Our mission is to Serve, Enlighten and Empower. We serve local families and change local lives.


Employees of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio will have knowledge of the Catholic faith, a willingness to work for a Catholic, faith-based agency and adhere to the policies of Catholic Charities. Employees will not publicly oppose the teachings of the Catholic Faith nor publicly advocate for any position in conflict with Catholic teaching, or the specific positions of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This requirement includes any public speech, demonstration or writing including the use of social media or other digital technologies.


How to Apply:

Please email your resume, cover letter and salary requirements Human Resources at hrd@ccswoh.org. Position will be open until filled.   


Catholic Charities Southwest Ohio is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. M/F/Disabled/Vets.

Catholic Charities Southwest Ohio is currently accepting applications for Immigration Legal Services Director. 


The Immigration Legal Services Director will perform immigration attorney duties, representing individuals in…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 30, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Salary

$65,000 - $75,000

Benefits

Benefits/Pay:

CCSWOH offers comprehensive benefits package including group health, dental, vision insurance, 401k employer contribution, employee assistance plan, life insurance, and disability coverage. Visit https://benefits.catholiccincinnati.org/ to view specifics on group insurance coverage. Immediate eligibility to 20 days of PTO and 11 paid holidays per year.  

Benefits/Pay:

CCSWOH offers comprehensive benefits package including group health, dental, vision insurance, 401k employer contribution, employee assistance plan, life…

Level of Language Proficiency

·        Fluency in Spanish and/or additional languages other than English

·        Fluency in Spanish and/or additional languages other than English

Location

On-site
7162 Reading Road, 600, Cincinnati, OH 45237

How to Apply

Please email your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Human Resources at hrd@ccswoh.org. Position will be open until filled.

Please email your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Human Resources at hrd@ccswoh.org. Position will be open until filled.

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