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Staff Attorney - Fresno, California

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UFW Foundation
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Fresno, CA
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Published 14 days ago

About UFW Foundation: For 15 years, the UFW Foundation has mobilized farm workers and their organizations across the country to advocate for more equitable policies, such as immigration reform, pesticide protections, heat standards, hazard pay, and other worker protections. We engage constituents in systemic change to break the cycle of poverty while also providing critical services. In fact, the UFW Foundation is the largest federally accredited immigration legal service provider in the state of California. The organization has staff in California, Washington, Arizona, Michigan, Washington D.C., and Georgia.    

SUMMARY:  

The Staff Attorney position will (1) provide affirmative immigration relief services; (2) provide representation of clients in deportation proceedings; (3) outreach at assigned community college campuses; and (4) work closely with other UFW Foundation programs to drive an organizing culture which influences systemic change. There are four (4) Staff Attorney positions, they will be located in one of the following locations: Northern Central Valley, Southern Central Valley, and Southern Central Coast. These are full-time exempt positions. The Staff Attorney will be a member of the purpose of the Community Colleges Immigration Services Project whose goal is to provide students, staff, and faculty free immigration legal services, including education and outreach services, on campus as well as through the UFW Foundation’s Teleconsulta services, (Telemedicine model for immigration consultations).   

The UFW Foundation seeks an individual with law practice experience or experience working with immigrant communities that can help the organization, in collaboration with the UFW Foundation’s various programs and departments, as well as its partners, to develop a service delivery model that will maximize the limited resources in rural communities and leverage relationships from urban centers.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: (This is not an exhaustive list)   

● Provide services to community college students, staff, faculty, and their families with affirmative immigration applications, as well as removal defense cases;   

● Assess immigration relief needs of community college students, staff, faculty and determindetermine eligibility for available immigration benefits, including but not limited to: naturalization, DACA renewal, employment authorization, family-based petitions, adjustment of status, and renewal of permanent resident card, asylum, and removal defense issues   

● Assist at UFW Foundation led naturalization and DACA renewal group processing events;   

● Assist with Know Your Rights presentations, education, and outreach activities, such as Know Your Rights presentations and other affirmative immigration relief information sessions;   

● Attend all “triage” meetings as scheduled to screen for potential clients;   

● Explain initial and/or appeal processes and timelines;   

● Give clients a clear analysis on their cases, relief options, and next steps;   

● Identify trends in Department of Homeland Services practices and community needs that will help inform advocacy efforts;   

● Prepare and submit applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for immigration relief, including but not limited to: naturalization, DACA renewal, employment authorization, family-based petitions, adjustment of status, and renewal of permanent resident card, asylum, and removal defense issues; Prepare and submit applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for immigration relief, including but not limited to: asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, refugee waivers, and SIJS;   

● Prepare and submit reports to program funders as assigned;   

● Provide trainings and technical assistance to UFW Foundation staff, volunteers, and partner organizations;   

● Regular travel to necessary court hearings, community colleges (as assigned), UFW Foundation service centers, and trainings;   

● Review criminal dispositions and analyze immigration consequences;   

● Support UFW Foundation member services department application workshops and other events, when possible;   

● Work closely with Managing and Directing Attorneys to maximize case output;   

● Work diligently to file cases;   

● Support UFW Foundation’s fundraising goals; and   

● Other tasks as needed.   

SUPERVISING RESPONSIBILITIES:  

● May include supervision of fellows and interns; and   

● Training and supervising of service providers, legal assistants, and others as they prepare for DOJ accreditation or renewal.   

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:  

● Bilingual, Spanish language;   

● Licensed attorney in good standing;   

● Detail oriented and strong writing skills;   

● Supervisory experience a plus;   

● Excellent interpersonal skills, including good communication skills, listening skills, and attitude;   

● Ability to work both independently and under supervision;   

● Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends;   

● Ability to keep track of projects and deadlines, and communicate progress in real-time.   

● Problem solving/analysis and results driven;   

● Dedication to mission. A genuine interest in immigrant and farm worker rights.   

● Si Se Puede (It Can Be Done) attitude. The embodiment of a personal spirit that promotes confidence, courage and risk-taking.   

● Valid driver’s license, access to an automobile, insurance, and willingness to drive to off-site locations.   

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:   

One to two years of affirmative immigration relief services. Previous experience working with the Latino community.   

ADDITIONAL AND/OR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:   

None.   

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:   

Juris Doctor and three years or more of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) experience.   

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:   

Licensed attorney in good standing.   

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:   

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift, move, carry, push, or pull up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift, move, carry, push, or pull up to 25 pounds.   

WORK ENVIRONMENT:   

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   


The UFW Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe a strong commitment to equal employment opportunity is more than a legal and moral obligation – it is also a sound business practice to realize the potential of every individual. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all! In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunity to all individuals, employment decisions at the UFW Foundation will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Except where required or permitted by law, employment practices will not be influenced or affected by an applicant’s or employee’s race, color, religion, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, age, or any characteristic protected by law. 

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for a position fighting for farm worker and immigrant communities! The UFW Foundation believes in second chances. As an organization, we will rely on individualized assessments in the hiring of those with past criminal convictions. The UFW Foundation will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with qualified disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Persons of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, persons with disabilities, persons who have lived in poverty, formerly incarcerated, persons 40 years old or older, and people fluent in more than one language are strongly encouraged to apply for open positions with the UFW Foundation. 

This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, counseling, discipline, termination, access to benefits and training. Our commitment to equal opportunity employment applies to all persons involved in our operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee, including supervisors and co-workers.

 

About UFW Foundation: For 15 years, the UFW Foundation has mobilized farm workers and their organizations across the country to advocate for more equitable policies, such as immigration reform, pesticide protections, heat standards…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$65,052 - $70,000

Benefits

The UFW Foundation offers employer-paid family medical, dental, and vision benefits with a small employee contribution, employer sponsored pension plan with an employee self-contribution option, option to participate in a non-match 401k, and generous paid leave (including holidays, vacation, and sick leave). 

The UFW Foundation offers employer-paid family medical, dental, and vision benefits with a small employee contribution, employer sponsored pension plan with an employee…

Level of Language Proficiency

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   

· LANGUAGE SKILLS:  

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write legal briefs, reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Requires the ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.   

· MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:  

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, areas, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.   

· REASONING ABILITY:  

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.   

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Fresno, CA
Associated Location
Fresno, CA, USA

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following via our ADP recruitment link.   

· Cover letter  

· Resume   

· Brief writing sample (5 pages or less)   

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls, please.  

Applicants must submit the following via our ADP recruitment link.   

· Cover letter  

· Resume   

· Brief writing sample (5 pages or less)   

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be…

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