Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Staff Attorney Opening at the ILRC



The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is seeking a staff attorney to work full time.  The ILRC is a national non-profit legal support center located in San Francisco, California specializing in immigration law, policy, and immigrants' rights.  The ILRC’s work concentrates on three main areas: (1) the provision of legal technical assistance, trainings, and publications; (2) the provision of assistance to our clients (paralegals, attorneys, organizers and advocates, and immigrant community members and lay advocates) to help them participate in civic affairs, and become more empowered in order to expand the rights and political power of immigrants in our society; and (3) participation in policy and advocacy issues around immigration law and immigrants’ rights.

The ILRC is a team-based organization that makes most of its decisions in a collaborative fashion that allows for significant staff input. 

Job Responsibilities: The staff attorney will be responsible for:

•    Working in several project areas at the same time including providing legal technical assistance to the staff of nonprofit agencies and pro bono attorneys working with low-income immigrants on issues relating to family-based immigration, removal and deportation defense, VAWA, asylum, and other issues;
•    Working with networks of other immigrants’ rights organizations and/or organizing groups on immigration law and immigrants rights issues;
•    Coordinating and making presentations on immigration law and policy at trainings and writing and editing manuals, materials, and outreach flyers and information for attorneys, paralegals, organizers, members of the immigrant community, and others;
•    Writing grant proposals to foundations and corporations and meeting with funders; and
•    Traveling for trainings, funder visits, and other events in California and throughout the United States.

Qualifications: The applicant is required to:

•    Have at least two years of experience representing low-income clients in the practice of general immigration law, especially family-based and removal cases;
•    Have a broad knowledge of family-based and removal cases including the grounds of inadmissibility and deportability;
•    Have excellent writing, editing, legal analysis, and oral presentation skills; 
•    Be very well organized, flexible, reliable, dependable, an independent worker, able to juggle many projects at once, and able to work in a team based collaborative decision-making environment;
•    Be willing and able to travel throughout California and the United States; and
•    Be licensed to practice law in some state in the United States.

It is a plus if the applicant has:

•    Experience writing and securing grants from foundations and corporations;
•    Experience working in, leading, or forming coalitions;
•    Experience working as a community organizer: and/or   
•    The ability to speak Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese fluently or conversationally.

Salary/Benefits: Pay commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, flexible spending account for medical and dependent care, vacation and potential for retirement. 

Applications: This position will remain open until it is filled.  We will consider applications on an ongoing basis beginning immediately.  To ensure consideration of your application, please submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, a resume, a writing sample, and the names of three references as soon as possible to:

R Pérez, Assistant Director
1663 Mission Street, Suite 602
San Francisco, CA  94103
Fax: (415)255-9792 (no calls, please)



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