Advocacy Attorney

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: This is a full-time, salaried non-exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Published

09/06/2018

Application Deadline

10/31/2018

Address

Tucson
Arizona
United States

Description

Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project

www.firrp.org


THE ORGANIZATION


The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide services to the more than 3,500 men, women, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona on any given day.


The Florence Project is nationally known for its legal and social services that ensure that detained people are empowered and have access to justice. The Florence Project provides high quality legal services and supports initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy.


THE ADVOCACY ATTORNEY POSITION


The Advocacy Attorney will assist the Legal Director with our national advocacy efforts, including challenging legal cases, strategic appeals and amici, national legal advocacy initiatives with partner organizations, and media outreach. The position will have the chance to mentor Florence Project staff on complicated cases and offer trainings to the community on various legal issues. This position reports to the Legal Director.


Duties include but are not limited to the following:


Casework and mentoring:


  • Maintain a modest case load, focusing on challenging cases before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and the 9th Circuit with some special attention to issues impacting unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable populations
  • Assist with mentoring new attorneys on challenging cases.
  • Assist with pro se material updates, participate in legal trainings for staff, and help keep staff informed of key developments in the areas of immigration law and policy.


Advocacy:


  • Communicate with national organizations about advocacy initiatives, including amicus briefs, federal court litigation, and relevant legislation.
  • Collaborate with partner organizations and Florence Project staff about important trends impacting unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable immigrant populations. Gather relevant data, stories, and information about emerging trends for advocacy efforts.
  • Speak with print, radio, and film media about our legal work and advocacy, as needed and collaborate with Florence Project Development and Communications teams regarding messaging and media outreach.
  • Participate in outreach and fundraising activities as necessary.


Other duties:


  • Participate in weekly office meetings and quarterly meetings for all staff.
  • As needed, help to develop and maintain effective mechanisms for tracking data regarding new trends in immigration enforcement.
  • Other administrative duties as necessary.
  • This position may be based in any of the Project’s three offices, Phoenix, Florence, or Tucson, with regular travel between offices and detention centers depending on need.


SALARY & BENEFITS:


This is a full-time, salaried non-exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience. The Florence Project strives to create and uphold a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for staff. We offer excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance, with full premiums paid by the Florence Project. We also provide mileage reimbursement for travel between offices and places of work. After two years of employment, staff members are eligible for the employer matching retirement plan. Paid time off includes one personal day each month in addition to fifteen days of vacation and twelve days of sick/medical leave annually, four weeks maternity-paternity leave (up to twelve weeks total, with option to use personal, vacation, and sick paid time off for unpaid portion), and bereavement leave. The Florence Project observes all federal holidays. After three years of employment staff members are eligible for an eight week paid sabbatical.


REQUIREMENTS:


We are seeking candidates who self-start, have a strong work ethic, and are able to collaborate, prioritize, and effectively manage multiple duties. Candidates must have:


  • Ability to work well under pressure, and work effectively as part of a team.
  • JD and member in good standing in the bar, preferably in AZ (for possible habeas work).
  • Admitted or eligible for admission to practice before the District of Arizona and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish and English (written and verbal).
  • Experience in immigration law or other relevant court experience at least 2-3 years, preference for someone with familiarity with law and issues affecting unaccompanied minors or someone with federal or appellate court experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills – must be able to draft compelling legal briefs communicate effectively with partner organizations, and handle media requests
  • A client-centered approach; additionally, applicants must be able to effectively understand their clients and provide viable and worthwhile solutions.
  • Ability to travel to various FIRRP offices and stakeholder locations
  • Commitment to immigrant rights and social justice
  • Comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Comfortable working with people with criminal histories
  • Background in working with unaccompanied minors
  • Practicioner of cultural humility preferred
  • Prior mentoring experience preferred
  • Experience working with media or communications preferred

Benefits

The Florence Project strives to create and uphold a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for staff. We offer excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and basic life insurance, with full premiums paid by the Florence Project. We also provide mileage reimbursement for travel between offices and places of work. After two years of employment, staff members are eligible for the employer matching retirement plan. Paid time off includes one personal day each month in addition to fifteen days of vacation and twelve days of sick/medical leave annually, four weeks maternity-paternity leave (up to twelve weeks total, with option to use personal, vacation, and sick paid time off for unpaid portion), and bereavement leave. The Florence Project observes all federal holidays. After three years of employment staff members are eligible for an eight week paid sabbatical.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish and English (written and verbal).

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

jobs@firrp.org

This is an immediate opening. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early. To apply, please send a cover letter, writing sample, and resume with three professional references to jobs@firrp.org with “Advocacy Attorney” in the subject line. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. The Florence Project values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.


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