TTA Staff Attorney - Advocate
The Staff 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. The individual in this position must analyze and apply immigration law principles to complex questions and fact scenarios. This is a temporary, 2-year, grant-funded position with the possibility of renewal.
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 advocates at immigration legal services organizations in California on immigration program management, capacity building, ethical practice of law and proper steps to close an immigration legal program, when necessary.
- Provide program management advice, resources and tools to CLINIC affiliates and partner LSPs (as needed).
- 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 California advocates, CLINIC affiliates and partner LSPs on requests for assistance with DOJ Recognition and Accreditation, including reviewing and providing feedback on applications for recognition and accreditation (both partial and full).
- Prepare and conduct trainings and webinars on a range of topics related to program management, capacity building, and ethical practice of law in collaboration with other CLINIC and external subject matter experts.
- As assigned, write articles, and assist in updating CLINIC’s written resource materials on immigration program management, capacity building, and the ethical practice of law.
- As assigned, accept opportunities to speak at conferences on immigration law issues.
- As assigned, 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.
- As assigned, 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.
- Maintain accurate records in CLINIC’s data management system.
- MMay assist with administrative aspects of grant implementation such as maintaining accurate records in CLINIC’s case management system, current statistics, and data.
- Partner with CLINIC’s Field Engagement team to develop, implement, and oversee evaluative processes to assess the quality and impact of grant-funded projects as well as to determine areas for continued excellence or improvement.
- Provide the Director of Training and Technical Assistance with information needed for funding applications and reports, for Board of Directors and management consumption, as requested, and for budgeting purposes.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Juris Doctor Degree or DOJ Full or Partial Accreditation preferred • Preference for knowledge and experience with immigration legal service providers in California • At least three 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:
- Serve with integrity
- 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
- Anywhere within the continental United States
- 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.
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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