Supervising Staff Attorney-International
Houston, TX 
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Job Description

YMCA International Services is a unique branch of the Y of Greater Houston and seeks to meet the needs of Houston's refugee and immigrant communities. We provide comprehensive programs that focus on building human assets and fostering self-sufficiency. The YMCA International Services seeks a licensed immigration attorney to supervise a team of immigration attorneys, DOJ accredited representatives and other support staff, serving immigrants in the Houston area.

Duties/Responsibilities

  • *Manage and supervise the programs within the Legal Services Department: General Immigration (fee for service program), Crime Victims, Trafficking, Fellowships, and other legal services.
  • Provide training, supervision and support to Immigration Attorneys, DOJ Accredited Representatives, and support staff. This requires fundamental knowledge of immigration law and immigration court procedures.
  • Ensure contract compliance by managing reports and other requirements by funders. This responsibility includes reviewing monthly/quarterly reports ensuring that they are thoroughly and accurately completed, as well as timely submitted.
  • Help recruit, train, mentor, and supervise pro bono lawyers and legal interns for representation on specific cases.
  • Manage caseload and maintain client files in good order. Maintain client and case information in case database.
  • Work closely with Senior Director of Immigration Legal Services in program planning and strategic direction of Immigration Legal Services division.
  • Collaborate with other agencies and service providers to procure client services and network with like-minded organizations.
  • Participate in outreach activities and information sessions for immigrants and social service agencies. Outreach may require occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Perform all other duties as needed and/or as directed by supervisor.
  • Participate in airport pick up of refugee arrivals, some of which may be at night.
  • Admission to state bar; Texas Bar strongly preferred.
  • At least 5 years of experience in Immigration Law.
  • Fundamental knowledge of immigration law and immigration court procedures; public speaking skills; strong writing skills; ability to work well with others and to work under pressure and handle a large volume of consultations, clients, and data; flexibility and strong communication skills; client interviewing abilities; and an appreciation of multicultural experiences.
  • Spanish fluency is highly preferred; fluency in other languages is helpful.
  • Immigration court experience is strongly preferred, as well as experience with asylum, family immigration, and criminal immigration cases.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Self-motivated, detail orientated, well organized, able to prioritize assignments and high workload.
  • Texas Driver's License required; clean driving record; own vehicle; applicable auto insurance. Federal government clearance is required for this position.
  • Desire to achieve YMCA Team Leader or Multi-team/Branch Leader certification (see competencies below).

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status.

 

Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
5+ years
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