Legal Director

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.




San Francisco
United States


Title: Legal Director                                      

Reports to: Executive Director

Exempt Position


The International Institute of the Bay Area was founded in 1918, and its mission is to welcome, educate and serve immigrants, refugees and their families as they join and contribute to the community. IIBA provides immigration legal services, English and civic education, and other services at its eight offices throughout the Bay Area, as well as through its collaborative efforts with local and regional service providers. IIBA offers a team-oriented, collegial and collaborative work environment across its eight offices.


Job Summary:


The Legal Director is responsible for the overall management of IIBA’s immigration legal program by ensuring that IIBA provides high quality immigration legal services to its clients while providing management & mentorship to the legal team. Working as part of the Management Team, the Legal Director contributes to the development and implementation of IIBA’s strategies, policies and practices concerning immigration legal services. The Legal Director also develops, maintains, and disseminates legal information (e.g., cases, statutes, and regulations) to provide support to the legal team and assures staff knowledge remains up-to-date.



Oversee strategic direction of the immigration program, including evaluation of current work, development of future priorities, and implementation of best practices. Identify new ways of executing priorities and drive process improvement. 


Oversee supervision, mentorship, and professional development of the entire immigration team and foster an inclusive, collaborative, and supportive work culture. Build a positive culture across team that allows for the introduction of new processes or services.  


Establishes program benchmarks and recommends improvements; develops standards for reporting, accountability, and measuring success; and makes program development recommendations to the Executive Director.


Develops and implements innovative methods that maximize the strength of agency resources and successfully addresses agency mission and grant requirements.


Assist in the hiring of new Program Directors; conduct yearly performance evaluations of PDs, and implement the appropriate professional development tools and training to maximize operational effectiveness and to ensure the achievement of employee goals and performance benchmarks.


Ensure each team is meeting key performance indicators, measurement and evaluation. Develop, implement and monitor performance metrics to ensure IIBA’s successful growth. Develop metrics to track progress. 


Cultivates and maintains collaborative working relationships with other agencies and organizations in the immigration legal field. Identify conferences, professional associations and networking opportunities to enhance IIBA’s reputation and opportunities for collaboration. 


Provide eligibility and risk assessment, full representation, brief service, and/ or legal advice to low income clients filing applications, including family-based and humanitarian immigration petitions, waivers, U Visas, DACA, naturalization, consular processing and adjustments of status.


Work with the Finance and Administrative Director to assess effectiveness of IT systems and databases to ensure those systems are cost-effective and adequately support IIBA’s infrastructure. Identify new technologies that can improve IIBA’s legal program, providing recommendations for adjustments to improve services. 





· J.D. from ABA certified law school or international equivalent. A current Bar Membership in good standing.

  • Minimum of 10 year experience in immigration law assisting immigrants with U-Visas, VAWA self-petitions, family visa petitions, waivers, DACA, naturalization.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach a senior-level staff to manage and develop high-performance teams, and develop and implement program strategies.
  • Advanced legal research and writing skills.
  • Dedicated to providing high quality legal assistance and capable of handling complex legal issues on behalf of low-income immigrant populations.
  • Significant experience in non-profit program development, implementation and management. 
  • Experience in developing and providing services to the target population preferred.
  • Outstanding public speaking skills in English and Spanish, with ability to conduct outreach and education events to large groups and be interviewed on television, radio, and taped video. 
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Exceptional time management skills – ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment.
  • Commitment to serving immigrants and sensitivity to the needs of the low-income, culturally diverse newcomer community. 
  • Proficiency in a Windows/PC environment, and able to quickly become proficient in the use of IIBA’s immigration law software and database.
  • Bi- Lingual – English and Spanish fluency preferred


 For more information on IIBA, see our website: Position open until filled.


This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant. Because of a need to remain responsive to the needs of our clients and our Agency’s operations, responsibilities may be modified at any time.

IIBA is a non-profit, non-discriminatory service organization and employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. Persons receiving services in our programs are entitled to freedom from harassment and retaliation and reasonable accommodation for qualified disabilities.


IIBA offers a generous cafeteria-style benefits package, elements of which include, but are not limited to:

·        Employer matching 403(B) retirement plan: up to 4% employer contribution

·        Insurance: Health, dental, life, vision, chiropractic & acupuncture. Medical and dependent care pre-tax reimbursement accounts

·        Transportation reimbursement account

·        Vacation: three (3) weeks of accrued vacation per year with an increase each year

·        Holidays: 13 Holiday per year

Level of Language Proficiency

Bi- Lingual – English and Spanish fluency preferred

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

To apply: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to