Assistant Director/Managing Attorney
The St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is seeking an Assistant Program Director with its Unaccompanied Children Program.
The Cabrini Center is the legal services arm of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. It is one of the largest non-profit immigration legal services programs in the region. Cabrini’s Unaccompanied Children Program, funded by the Vera Institute of Justice, provides legal assistance to children who come to the United States fleeing persecution, extreme violence, abuse, neglect or abandonment in their home countries. Cabrini Center provides “Know Your Rights” presentations, legal screenings and legal representation to the children while they are in ORR detention, and direct representation upon their release in the Houston area. Each year, Cabrini Center provides legal assistance to more than 5,000 unaccompanied children through this program.
The Assistant Program Director is a member of the Cabrini management team and plays a critical role in shaping the vision of the program and in providing strategic leadership in to advance and protect immigrant rights. The Assistant Program Director manages all legal services provided by attorneys and paralegals within the Unaccompanied Children Program, providing mentorship and training to ensure high quality legal services.
Oversees the day-to-day program operations, supervises attorneys and paralegals/caseworkers in the provision of legal services.
Plans and delivers training, and provides legal representation to unaccompanied minors in state court and immigration proceedings.
Coordinates and reviews collection of data and statistical information for internal and grant reports.
Represents Cabrini Center in the legal community and acts as a liaison between stakeholders to advocate for immigrant rights.
Ensures compliance with program policies, outputs and deadlines.
Performs other duties as assigned.
J.D. from an accredited law school.
MINIMUM SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
A minimum of 7 years of practice experience as a licensed attorney, 5 of those years should be in immigration law.
Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, or eligible to waive in within one year on staff.
Fluency in Spanish (writing, speaking and reading).
Demonstrated experience in client advocacy and litigation.
Excellent legal research and writing skills.
Experience supervising legal staff.
Demonstrated community outreach and public speaking skills, including the ability to work with the media.
Strong organizational skills, ability to manage a large caseload, meet deadlines and work under pressure.
Excellent management skills.
Must be flexible to a changing work environment
Must be able to work on a flexible schedule, with some evenings.
Must have reliable transportation, valid Texas driver’s license and evidence of insurability.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-526-4611 ext. 6597 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in Spanish (writing, speaking and reading)
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please apply directly, using the following link: http://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk05/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CATHOLICCHARITIES2&cws=1&rid=810