The capital area immigrants’ rights (cair) coalition is the only non-profit organization in the washington, d.cArea focused exclusively on providing free legal assistance to child and adult immigrants detained by the government in the capital region.
A managing legal assistant in the detained adult program helps manage the program and legal assistants within the program, including (i) oversight of visits to detention centers for the purpose of conducting know your rights presentations and intakes with detained adults, (ii) working with clients and detained people representing themselves throughout the course of removal proceedings, including assisting with paperwork and case preparation, (iii) supporting the program’s provision of services as a whole, and (iv) supervision of junior staff with a focus on professional development.
General duties and responsibilities:
Helps oversee detention facility visits (lop) program. Oversees and guides detention facility visits throughout virginia and maryland to ensure effective and efficient provision of know your rights presentations and intake/follow-up. Ensures that junior staff are effectively providing in-facility services. Assists with the recruitment and training of volunteers for jail visits, the jail hotline, or translation/interpretation volunteer work. Provides insightful input at intake review and conducts additional case research and preparation of cases for pro bono placement. Provides follow-up after intakes to evaluate eligibility for relief from removal, including legal research, securing criminal records, and obtaining additional information from family members. Help with the transfer of clients from the jail intake (lop) team to other internal programs (e.g., nqrp, lab, safe cities). Conducts, can train and supervise other staff on administrative tasks, including database maintenance and reporting to funders. Actively engages in cair coalition’s training and advocacy efforts, as needed. Interface with social services staff, where neededPreparation of post release plans and social service plans, in coordination with social services staff. Trains new and junior staff on client-facing functions.
Ensure the inputting and accuracy of data and case information into shared databases in a timely fashion. Assist program leadership in planning and implementation of program goals. Assist other program staff in completion of their workload during high-work/low- bandwidth periods. Participate in stakeholder relationship activities, including in-person and telephonic meetings with community groups, governmental bodies and representatives, and other legal service providers. Engage with internal cair coalition committees and working groups to lend a voice to the growth and strategy of the organization.
What else you should know
Commensurate with experience working in legal services.
This is a full-time in-person positionDue to the covid-19 pandemic, all cair coalition staff are currently working remotelyIt is anticipated that staff will work from their respective offices on november 1, 2021This date is subject to change.
The managing legal assistant position may require some travel to the washington d.cAnd/or baltimore md office, and/or court during the covid-19 pandemicStaff will be expected to enter orr facilities and state, or immigration courts should client-needs demand them before november 1, 2021Cair coalition will provide its employees with personal protective equipment (ppe) per our covid-19 policies.
Cair coalition’s benefits package includes (a) subsidized health, dental insurance, and vision insurance (cair coalition pays a very high rate of the insurance package, for which we can provide additional information); (b) life insurance valued at $50,000, as well as long and short term disability; (d) the option to set up a flexible spending account (beginning january 1, 2021); and (d) the option to set up a 403(b) account (the equivalent of a 401(k) account for nonprofits) which the organization has the option, for all employees on an annual basis, to match at a certain percentage after one year of continuous employment.
Paid time off
23 personal days per calendar year Up to 20 days of sick time per calendar year 1 day of volunteer time Federal holidays. Winter break closure
The managing legal assistant (la) will demonstrate firm understanding of relief eligibility to allow for meaningful contribution to client intake and thought leadership in discussion during intake review, follow-up, and casework with limited supervisionThe managing la plays an active role in client relationships and can independently advance work on cases with attorney approvalThe managing la demonstrates a mastery of understanding legal information versus advice and educate others on this distinctionThe managing la is familiar with preparing client filings and can do so with limited attorney input.
Client and programmatic proficiency
The managing la will skillfully and clearly present legal and proceeding concepts to detained people and clients with limited or no supervision, including working with clients and their families/support community throughout the course of a caseThe managing la provides educational presentations to clients efficiently and effectivelyThe managing la adequately prioritizes time and resources.
The managing la ensures that all administrative aspects of their position, attendant to the provision of services to clients and jail visits, are carried out without managerial intervention, including jail visit preparation and breakdown, file upkeep, database upkeep, etcThe managing la independently leads projects to improve administrative systems to support intake, know your rights and direct representation workThe managing la identifies programmatic administrative needs and ideas to meet them.
Written and oral spanish proficiency required.
Prior experience working in the immigration field strongly preferred