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Organization :
Ascend Justice
Location :
17 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602
Compensation :

$80,000-$90,000 (commensurate with experience)

Application instructions :

Ascend Justice is seeking a full-time Immigration Director. The Director of Immigration Services is a knowledgeable leader who supervises a team of professionals providing the highest quality, holistic immigration services to survivors of gender-based violence. An ideal candidate will have prior immigration legal experience working with survivors impacted by gender-based violence; experience assessing eligibility for humanitarian benefits including VAWA, U Visa, Battered Spousal Waivers. Experience with removal defense and asylum is preferred. Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.

In addition to the annual salary listed, Ascend Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance (lowest level 100% employer paid), dental insurance (employer paid), short- and long-term disability (employer paid), and life insurance (employer paid), 12 weeks paid parental leave. We also offer options for 401k and Roth 401k retirement accounts and have the option to make employer contributions at year end.

All employees who work onsite in an Ascend Justice office are required to show proof of full and up to date vaccination against COVID-19 unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. An individual is fully vaccinated and up to date when they have received all CDC-recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

Ascend Justice’s offices are currently operating on a hybrid working schedule (in office/work from home). The schedule for this position will be determined as the position is filled and based on current agency needs.

Job Description
Supervised by: Managing Director, Immigration & Client Support Division
Supervises: Staff Attorney, Accredited Representative, Paralegal

Essential Responsibilities

Client Services

– Intake and assessment for eligible remedies
– Direct representation of clients before USCIS, AAO, ICE and/or EOIR
– Maintain own caseload

Management

– Responsible for oversight and management of delivery of immigration legal services.
– Monitor attorney caseloads with an eye toward equity, maximizing agency capacity and staff retention.
– Schedule and run case acceptance meetings.
– Lead assigned staff. Conduct supervision and evaluations. Conduct necessary disciplinary, terminations, and other personnel actions in accordance with personnel policies.
– Provide ongoing mentoring including strategic growth for assigned staff and monitor individual work plans.
– Ensure high quality of client services through attorney training and supervision.
– Responsible for ensuring that attorneys are in compliance with applicable licensing requirements and ethical duties to clients, including ongoing training to maintain high levels of expertise in their respective subject matter.
– With Managing Director, develop and monitor metrics for success.
– Ensure that division attorneys stay abreast of changes in law and procedures and disseminate information to staff as necessary.
– With the Managing Director, draft position descriptions and participate in hiring.

Volunteers/Interns

– With Director of Volunteer Services, manage the Pro Bono Network project for U visa applications.
– With Director of Volunteer Services, review and hire legal and undergraduate interns.
– Manage and oversee intern assignments and supervision

Administration

– Design and disseminate periodic reports related to project metrics, including but not limited to case acceptance, case outcomes and client demographics.
– Maintain Division’s docket, including cases accepted and under consideration for representation.
– Ensure that client intake and case-handling processes capture all data required for funders and for internal assessments.

Other Responsibilities

– Actively participate in required staff meetings, trainings.
– Keep abreast of the field by maintaining networks, participating in professional organizations.
– Protect the organization by keeping information confidential.
– Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Work Environment

– Courthouse and offices are fully accessible. Some work at off-site locations may be required and those may not necessarily be fully accessible.
– Evening and weekend work may occasionally be required.
– This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. Employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, and communicate effectively via computer.
– The employee must frequently lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 40 pounds.
– Smoke- and drug-free environment.
– Ascend Justice is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit. Ascend Justice does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. Ascend Justice is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.

Qualifications

– JD and license to practice law required for attorney positions
– Minimum of two years of supervisory experience, with proven ability to develop goals and metrics for direct reports and ensure accountability
– Minimum of seven years of practice of immigration law. Experience serving victims of domestic violence preferred.
– 40 hour trained, licensed to practice law in Illinois.
– Strong self-motivation and ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines in a hectic work environment.
– Ability to work effectively with key partners to develop and implement program goals.
– Innovative thinker capable of diplomatic communications with diverse stakeholders.
– Spanish language proficiency, including ability to interview and represent clients with limited or no-English speaking abilities, is preferred
– Ability to develop and implement short and long-term litigation strategies
– Familiarity with principles of trauma-informed care and willingness to complete additional training
– Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations
– Knowledge of or experience with working with survivors of gender-based or intimate partner violence
– Ability to communicate effectively with people in crisis
– Strong attention to detail
– Excellent communication and time management skills
– Sense of humor

Email a resume and cover letter to Angelica Gonzalez-Lopez (she/her), Managing Director, Immigration & Client Support Division, at agonzalezlopez@ascendjustice.org.

Deadline: Until filled

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