Immigration Counseling Service has been dedicated to defending the rights of immigrants for 40 years. We are a group of diverse individuals committed to providing high-quality immigration advocacy and representation to over 90 low-income immigrant communities throughout Oregon and Southern Washington. Our staff have extensive experience in immigrant and refugee communities (many being from immigrant families themselves) and trauma-informed care and are bilingual in English and Spanish. ICS encourages collaboration and is a supportive environment where our attorneys and staff constantly learn and grow.
We are looking to fill a Staff Attorney Position for our Portland location that is responsible for advocating on behalf of unaccompanied minors (both detained and non-detained) and adults who are in removal proceedings, appearing on behalf of unaccompanied minors in state court, conducting legal screenings for ICS clients, and overseeing staff in case- related work.
· Conduct legal screenings and interviews with children and adults in removal proceedings and help them to understand their legal options.
· Appear as a Friend of Court on behalf of unrepresented children in custody.
· Engage in oral and written advocacy on behalf of children (both detained and non-detained) as a part of representing them in Portland Immigration Court, USCIS, and state court proceedings.
· Engage in oral and written advocacy on behalf of adults as a part of representing them in Portland Immigration Court and before USCIS.
· Supervise support staff on case-related work.
· Graduate of U.S. ABA-accredited law school
· Licensed by a state bar (preferred) or applicant for state bar licensure and licensed by December 2021 at latest (Oregon State Bar preferred in both cases)
· Spanish fluency
· Excellent communication and advocacy skills
Salary is subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and ranges from $48,000 to $59,700
· During Oregon’s COVID-19 Stay at Home, Stay Safe order, work will be conducted via a home office, with cell phone, computer, and printer provided. Otherwise, work will be conducted primarily from ICS’ Portland Office.
· The position may require occasional driving of a motor vehicle and requires a valid insurable Driver’s License.
· May require evening or weekend work; working with challenging clients; driving to centers where clients are located, immigration offices, immigration court, and state courts and clinics in various parts of Oregon and southern Washington.
ICS is committed to creating a diverse workforce to strengthen our organization and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. At ICS, we welcome and value applicants from all backgrounds, including marginalized and disenfranchised communities.
We encourage applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latina/Latino/Latine, people of color, immigrants (including people who were formerly detained, undocumented, or who have navigated the immigration legal system), women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQA+ community, and individuals with rich cultural backgrounds and diverse language abilities. The individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent that our employees invest in their work helps shape the culture here at ICS. We strive to have a workforce that represents the communities we serve.
All employment decisions at ICS are based on job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age (18 and over), veteran status, uniform servicemember status, unemployment status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender-related identity and gender expression), marital status, family status, or an individual having been a victim of sexual abuse, including domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking.
If you meet key qualifications for the job, and believe you would be the best fit, we encourage you to apply; please use your cover letter to explain how you will accomplish parts of the job for which you have less experience. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please apply.
How to Apply:
· Please send a cover letter including your level of Spanish language ability, a current resume, writing sample and references, and current contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the position to which you’re applying in the subject line.
· Please indicate in your cover letter if you would also like your application to be considered for other current openings and if so, which openings.
Immigration Counseling Service has been dedicated to defending the rights of immigrants for 40 years. We are a group of diverse individuals committed to providing high-quality immigration advocacy and representation to over 90…