Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
  • 06-Jan-2023 to 06-Feb-2023 (MST)
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 70000-70000 per year $2,000 Sign-On Bonus -- $500 paid after 60 days of employment, $1,500 paid after 180 days of employment.
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Benefit Eligible - please see Summary of Benefits on Employment home page for a complete list


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The Immigration Legal Services (ILS) program provides immigration legal services and fingerprinting services to immigrants and refugees in the Rocky Mountain region. The primary focus of this position is to provide immigration legal consultations and direct representation on cases derived from consultations, referrals, or as assigned. Additionally, the incumbent serves as manager of the ILS program.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Consults with clients throughout the Rocky Mountain region one-on-one and in a clinic setting to determine legal options and eligibility for various forms of immigration benefits including, but not limited to, adjustment of status, naturalization, employment authorization, and family reunification.
  • Handles ongoing representation of cases derived from consultations in compliance with grant requirements and under the direction of the Legal Services Director.
  • Prepares applications and supporting documentation to be filed with United Stales Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Maintains accurate and complete case files.
  • Advises, prepares, counsels, and represents clients in cases before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for naturalization interviews, and in limited cases, for adjustment of status interviews.
  • Manages, trains and coordinates ILS program staff including but not limited to, the legal aide, paralegals/Department of Justice (DOJ) Accredited Representatives, legal volunteers, and law student interns.
  • Supervises legal volunteers, including law student interns and attorneys.
  • Directs the development of ILS program-specific strategies and oversees the efforts of program personnel in implementing these strategies.
  • Assists with grant writing, management and reporting.
  • Effectively conducts public community outreach presentations on immigration issues.
  • Serves as liaison with private bar, governmental agencies, and other non-profit organizations.
  • Develops and maintains close collaborations with other nonprofit, government or private agencies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

  • Foreign language skills preferred.
  • Excellent legal writing and oral communication skills.
  • Experience researching legal issues using CFR, INA, BIA case law, Circuit Court of Appeals decisions, and other governmental agency memorandum.
  • Experience using Word, Excel, Email, etc.
  • Ability to work with foreign nationals and possess cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license; have a reliable and consistently available vehicle; and be able to regularly travel throughout the agency's service area by way of interstate highways and primary and secondary roads, including those passing through the mountainous terrain within the state and region.
  • Must carry automobile liability insurance at the level of $100,000/300,000/100.000.
  • Demonstrates commitment to the mission, values, and vision of Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; and Juris Doctorate Degree from American Bar Association-accredited law school. Active Bar Membership in good standing is required. Three to four years Immigration Legal experience required and one to two years of supervisory experience preferred.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This position may supervise up to (4) people.

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