POSITION TITLE: Director of Legal Programs, Immigration Legal Services
Full Time: 40 Hours per week
Reports to: Executive Director
The Rian Immigrant Center is seeking a Director of Legal Programs who will supervise Rian’s team of immigration attorneys, and provide oversight of the supervision of Rian’s BIA Accredited Representatives, Program Associates, interns, pro bono attorneys and volunteers. The Managing Attorney will also provide oversight on a number of grant-funded projects and partner service level agreements and will provide direct immigration legal services to low-income immigrants, refugees, and asylees.
Rian provides more than 2,000 legal consults a year, and full case representation before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for over 600 immigrants. We assist low-income immigrants gain legal status, work authorization, and to reunite their families so they can become empowered, reach stability, and move out of poverty. We also assist eligible immigrants in becoming U.S. citizens, guiding them throughout the application process and representing those with complex cases. We work in partnership with others to support for immigrant patients, homeless families and immigrant youth.
- Support the mission and values of Rian by demonstrating a commitment to social justice and equity; actively participating in Rian’s efforts toward being an anti-racist organization; and value, promote, and integrate anti-racist ideas and policies into our work.
- Recruit, mentor and supervise legal staff, including: o Staff attorneys and pro bono attorneys
o The Supervising Attorney, which includes assuming overall responsibility for weekly consultations, clinics, intake and our case selection and case management process
o The Manager of Medical-Legal Partnerships
o Interns, volunteers, and law fellows
- Ensure fulfillment of ethical and professional standards, and that quality legal services are provided.
- Provide regular feedback and evaluations to staff, interns and volunteers.
- Identify professional development opportunities, career development for staff, volunteers, and interns.
- Develop protocols for maintaining ethical and professional standards, as appropriate and as required by the rules of professional responsibility, for client interactions, record keeping, etc.
- Provide expert immigration consultation and representation to Rian clients.
- Keep apprised of developments in immigration law and provide information and training to other staff.
- Leads program integration with Rian’s Resource and Support Services and Education Services.
- Demonstrate leadership as an active participant of Rian’s leadership team.
- Collaborate with Director of Legal Counsel on advocacy, policy, and impact litigation work.
- Collaborate with Rian’s Executive Director and Director of Finance to create and implement annual program budget including responsibility for ILS fee collections.
- Perform other tasks as required by the Executive Director.
- A law degree and admission to a U.S. state bar (Massachusetts preferred; by transfer of UBE acceptable).
- A minimum of 6 years of experience practicing immigration law, including representation before USCIS.
- A minimum of 3 years of experience supervising attorneys.
- Excellent leadership, interpersonal, communication, organizational and problem-solving skills.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and database management.
- Preferred fluency in Spanish.
ABOUT THE RIAN IMMIGRANT CENTER
Rian Immigrant Center offers a comprehensive, multi-service approach to supporting families from more than 126 countries. Rian provides the immigration legal, resource and support services, and educational support immigrants need to gain stability, security, and build pathways to success. Rian was founded in 1989 by a group of immigrants, and we have assisted over 40,000 immigrants make successful transitions to new beginnings in New England.
In addition to our services, rooted in the tradition of welcoming others and social justice, we help newcomers ﬁnd community, and stand up for immigration policies that are humane and just. We are proud to continue the tradition of welcoming immigrants to this country and working together to create a better future for all. Rian strives to intentionally create an environment for staff, individuals we serve and others, that fosters intercultural belonging, and is anti-racist and equitable. We are committed to valuing and promoting anti-racist ideas and policies.
Working at Rian: Our staﬀ of thirty; immigration attorneys, social workers, educators, youth workers and others, bring enthusiasm and a commitment to our mission and the work at the Center. We work as one team. Our generous beneﬁts package includes health beneﬁts, 20 vacation days, 15 holidays, 5 sick days, a 403(b) plan, and occasional oﬀ-site community building time together.
Staff Attorney Positions Available – Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities founded in 1903 remains among the largest and well-respected social service agency with programs and offices located in Boston and the greater Boston area.
As one of the largest providers of social service in Massachusetts, Catholic Charities of Boston offers over 70 programs and services in 23 locations around Eastern Massachusetts. From Lawrence to Brockton and Natick to Boston, our service sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts helped 175,000 of our neediest neighbors of all faiths last year.
We are currently seeking two (2) full-time Staff Attorneys for the Refugee and Immigrant Services Program located in South Boston.
The Staff Attorney will conduct consultations for persons seeking immigration relief or benefits. Represent clients in a wide variety of matters before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Department of State, and Immigration Court, including preparing applications and petitions, drafting briefs and other legal memoranda, and attending interviews and hearings. Mentor and oversee law students/interns or pro bono attorneys as requested.
- Juris Doctor from accredited law school in the US.
- Active bar membership; admitted in MA preferred.
- Minimum 1-2 years in the practice of immigration law.
- Bilingual in English/Spanish strongly preferred.
- Strong legal writing and communication skills.
- Excellent administrative, data collection, typing and computer skills with keen attention to detail. Computer proficiency with MS Office, e-learning and webinars, and experience with database systems.
- Experience with virtual communication and meeting tools such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Webex and Microsoft Teams.
- Ability to establish and maintain a positive and professional relationship with co-workers, clients, and community service providers.
- Cultural responsiveness, commitment to racial justice, and ability to relate well and effectively in a multicultural and multilingual workplace with diverse client population is required.
- Must have U.S. driver’s license and reliable vehicle or access to reliable public transportation for work related travel.
We offer a congenial and team approach work environment with the opportunity to learn and grow professionally. Our benefits are competitive and include a 403(b) savings plan and generous time off.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: email@example.com. Please reference job 9107. No phone calls please.
Catholic Charities is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. Visit us at: www.ccab.org.
O’Neil & Hauser, P.C., a Boston based immigration law firm, has an opening for a full-time Associate Attorney in our office in Charlestown.
O’Neil & Hauser, P.C., a Boston based immigration law firm, has an opening for a full-time Associate Attorney in our office in Charlestown.
Qualified job candidates must have:
- JD degree
- Bar Admission and Member in good standing
- 1-2 years of solid full-time business immigration experience – preparing and securing approvals of H1B’s and PERM’s and other non-immigrant visa applications.
- -ability to interface with sophisticated clients and business leaders
-ability to comply with deadlines
– stay current on business immigration law developments
-collaborate with a team of paralegals and attorneys
Salary commensurate with experience.
Full benefits package, paid vacation
Flex schedule can be accommodated for right candidate.
Please send a letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
Immigration Paralegal Opening – Iandoli Desai & Cronin
Immigration Paralegal, Boston, MA – Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C., located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, seeks a business immigration paralegal for a full-time, 40 hrs/week position. We are dynamic eight attorney immigration law firm serving professionals, businesses, and academic institutions. Our clients are leaders in medicine, engineering, bio-technology, and academia. Our paralegals primarily:
- Assist attorneys in the preparation and filing of employment-based immigrant (EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3) and nonimmigrant (H-1B, E-3, TN, L-1A, L-1B, O-1, E-1/E-2) petitions and supporting documentation;
- Assemble petitions and application packages for attorney review;
- Communicate with individual clients, HR representatives and government agencies;
- Help our firm’s clients gather necessary information/documents for filings;
- Use specialized Case Management software to monitor deadlines and expirations and draft petitions and applications;
- Draft support letters and other documents;
- Track client communications and government correspondence; and,
- Additional administrative duties may include: answering phones, scheduling appointments, generating invoices, filing, and other ad hoc tasks
- Must have a Bachelor’s Degree and at least two years of previous business immigration work experience.
- Excellent writing, computer, interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills due to the time-sensitive nature of many of our firm’s filings.
- A commitment to customer/client service is essential.
- Knowledge of a foreign language is helpful but not required.
No JDs, LLBs, LLMs, or current/matriculating law students please. Exclusively working via telecommuting/work-from-home is not feasible for this position, as we are in-office on a rotating basis during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please email résumé and cover letter to email@example.com with “immigration paralegal” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Absolutely no recruiters. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
IMMIGRATION / IMMIGRANT RIGHTS SR. STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION
Deadline to Apply: Application materials will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis; interested and qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to submit application materials promptly.
The Opportunity: Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) seeks an experienced attorney with litigation experience to join MLRI’s Immigration Practice Group. The Sr. Staff Attorney will play a lead role in crafting and carrying out MLRI’s immigration/immigrant rights agenda – through federal court litigation, administrative/legislative and other policy advocacy, and coalition-building with legal aid, community-based, and immigrants’ rights organizations statewide and nationally. The position will be supervised by MLRI’s Sr. Immigration Attorney Iris Gomez.
About MLRI: MLRI is a nationally recognized nonprofit poverty law and policy center that provides statewide advocacy and leadership in advancing laws, policies, and practices that secure economic, racial, and social justice for low-income people and communities. We pursue systems change through litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, coalition building, community lawyering, and other strategies that address systemic harm to low-income people. MLRI is also the statewide multi-issue poverty law support center for the Massachusetts civil legal aid delivery system; our advocates provide substantive expertise and technical assistance to frontline legal aid field program advocates and to many other advocates and providers who serve low- income people and communities in Massachusetts. MLRI leads and coordinates a number of statewide advocacy coalitions in substantive issues areas, including the very active Immigration Coalition which has over 150 members. Visit www.mlri.org.
Desired Qualifications & Experience:
- Law degree and admission to any state bar;
- Minimum 7 years post-law school legal experience;
- Experience in the immigrant rights/immigration law field and a demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights issues that affect low-income people;
- Litigation experience at the trial and/or appellate level, as amicus, and/or in affirmative litigation;
- Strong writing and legal research skills;
- Strong leadership skills and the ability to develop and advance advocacy strategies, including systemic litigation and advocacy campaigns, in collaboration with partners;
- Experience effectively collaborating with racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse community groups and coalitions; and
- Commitment to MLRI’s anti-poverty mission and to the immigration practice group’s mission and collaborative work style.
- Identify, develop, and implement effective administrative, legislative, and other policy advocacy and litigation strategies, in collaboration with MLRI’s Immigration team and our statewide Immigration Coalition members;
- Provide legal and technical support and expertise to policymakers, legal services program staff, and community organizations on immigration law issues and other areas of law in which immigration law affects the rights of low-income immigrants;
- Develop legal training programs, presentations, and other materials and resources to carry out the Immigration Practice Group priorities and MLRI’s mission;
- Share responsibility with the rest of MLRI’s Immigration team for leading and coordinating our advocacy and support work, supervising interns, and assisting with immigration-related fundraising.
Salary and Benefits:
- MLRI’s Staff Attorney salary scale is based on years of relevant post-JD attorney experience. For example, starting annual salary at 5 years of experience is $70,000; 10 years is $77,750; 15 years is $84,500;
- MLRI provides a very generous benefits including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, 403(b) plan contribution of 2% after 6 months of employment, as well as vacation, holiday, and family leave.
How to Apply:
- Please email a cover letter, resume and a legal writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
MLRI is an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a staff, board, and volunteers with diverse personal and professional backgrounds and lived experience enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, immigrants, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with lived experience of poverty, and people from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.
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