Senior Attorney - Advocate


The Senior Attorney/Advocate has responsibility for providing technical assistance, conducting trainings (both in-person and virtual), and writing/updating articles and other resource materials on immigration program management (including DOJ recognition and accreditation), capacity building, and ethical practice of law.

Primary Responsibilities

Technical Assistance and Training

  • Maintain a broad knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of U.S. immigration law and practice relevant to the services provided by CLINIC’s network of charitable legal services organizations (“CLINIC affiliates”) and partner legal service providers (“LSPs”).
  • Provide accurate and comprehensive advice, resources, and tools to CLINIC affiliates and partner LSPs (as appropriate) on immigration program management, capacity building, ethical practice of law and proper steps to close an immigration legal program, when necessary.
  • Work collaboratively with other CLINIC teams to identify and flag competency concerns and high-risk immigration legal services programs and to participate in follow-up as needed conduct follow-up as needed.
  • Consult with CLINIC affiliates and partner LSPs on requests for assistance with DOJ Recognition and Accreditation.
  • Guide CLINIC affiliates and partner LSPs through the application process through reviewing and providing feedback on DOJ agency recognition and staff accreditation applications (both partial and full).
  • Prepare trainings on a range of topics related to program management, capacity building, and ethical practice of law.
  • Conduct in-person and remote trainings and webinars in collaboration with other CLINIC and external subject matter experts.
  • Partner with CLINIC’s Field Engagement team to:
    • determine topics for training and resources;
    • identify internal and external barriers that impede local program successes based on affiliate inquiries and feedback and creatively brainstorm solutions and make recommendations to programmatic challenges;
    • coordinate and collaborate on affiliate check-in calls, site visits, assessment reports, recommendations, and progress as well as on affiliate cohort sessions;
    • determine areas for continued excellence or improvement in providing training and technical assistance.
  • Maintain accurate records in CLINIC’s data management system.


  • Assist in creating, disseminating, and updating written resource materials on immigration program management, capacity building, and the ethical practice of law.
  • Support CLINIC’s Advocacy section on select issues including analyzing and drafting comments to proposed regulations, changes in policy guidance and revisions to immigration forms

Staff Mentorship

  • Help mentor newer staff on conducting trainings and providing technical assistance to CLINIC affiliates and partner LSPs.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of training and technical support resources to facilitate efficient workflow and onboarding of new staff.
  • Provide support on more complicated technical support inquiries, as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Juris Doctor Degree or DOJ Full or Partial Accreditation preferred
  • At least eight years of experience with non-profit immigration legal services program management; program evaluation/assessment; and organizational/strategic planning
  • Knowledge of immigration laws/policies/regulations; delivery of direct immigration legal services; resource development; best practices; and non-profit management
  • Ability to manage work on multiple projects effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to coordinate and manage special projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong training content development and public speaking skills
  • An uncompromising commitment to social justice
  • Ability to travel on occasion for trainings and conferences


  • Demonstrate knowledge of and support the organization’s mission, vision, value statements, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior
  • Fulfill CLINIC’s expectations that all staff:
    • So Develop innovative solutions
    • Promote learning — for themselves, for their colleagues, and for our network
    • Cultivate constructive relationships
    • Model stewardship
    • Maintain professionalism and positivity in workplace interactions
    • Demonstrate leadership and takes initiative
    • Take responsibility for actions, results and mistakes
    • Communicate in a timely and effective manner, keeping individuals informed of key issues and needs
    • Develop and exercise strong problem-solving skills and judgement
    • Focus on building and strengthening relationships across and outside the organization
    • Demonstrate flexibility and openness by adapting to changing priorities, ideas, strategies, procedures and methods
    • Make effective decisions
    • Resolve conflicts constructively
    • Demonstrate behavior that supports fundraising as a critical and shared responsibility

Salary Range

  • $87,000 - $93,000

Work Environment

  • This position may require extended periods of standing, sitting, as well as some repetitive movements, bending and repetitive lifting of significant weight.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key components and primary responsibilities.

The work you will do is covered by a collective employment agreement between Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. "CLINIC" and the Nonprofit Professional Employees' Union "NPEU" Local 70. Please contact your local union representative at with any union-related questions.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Commitment

  • CLINIC considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, family responsibilities, religion, age, disability, service in the military, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. CLINIC also provides “reasonable accommodations” to qualified individuals with disabilities, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. All interested individuals, regardless of background, are encouraged to apply.
  • We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.
  • Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the key components and primary responsibilities

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Closing Date

Employment Type


Employment Level



Full Time



Reports To

Supervising Senior Attorney


Senior Attorney - Advocate


The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Job Location

Anywhere within the continental United States, MD 20910
United States