Website UFW Foundation
Our purpose is to empower communities to ensure human dignity.
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
LOCATION: Bakersfield, California
HIRING RANGE: $75,300 – $85,300, depending on experience.
About UFW Foundation: For 17 years, the UFW Foundation has mobilized farm workers and their organizations across the country to advocate for more equitable policies, such as immigration reform, pesticide protections, heat standards, hazard pay and other worker protections. We engage constituents in systemic change to break the cycle of poverty while also providing critical services. In fact, the UFW Foundation is the largest federally accredited immigration legal service provider in the state of California. The organization has staff in California, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan.
The UFW Foundation’s Immigration Legal Services Program provides high quality comprehensive affirmative and removal defense services and representation before U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS), Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), and California State Courts. We represent low-income clients in an array of affirmative and defensive applications, including but not limited to family petitions, U-visa/VAWA, Waivers, Naturalization and DACA, as well as Asylum/Withholding/CAT, Cancellation of Removal and Special Immigrants Juvenile Status (SIJS). We also represent unaccompanied minors as a VERA/Office of Refugee and Resettlement sub-grantee before EOIR and CA Family and Probate courts across 7 counties.
SUMMARY: The Managing Attorney position will (1) provide oversight of their assigned team (staff attorney, legal assistant, and fellows); (2) provide affirmative immigration relief services; (3) provide representation of clients in deportation proceedings; and (4) work closely with other UFW Foundation programs to drive an organizing culture which influences systemic change. The Managing Attorney will report to a Directing Attorney.
The UFW Foundation seeks an individual with law practice experience or experience working with immigrant communities that can help the organization, in collaboration with the UFW Foundation’s various programs and departments, as well as its partners, to develop a service delivery model that will maximize the limited resources in rural communities and leverage relationships from urban centers.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (This is not an exhaustive list)
Assess immigration relief needs of clients (community members, children, as well as community college students, staff, and faculty) and determine eligibility for available immigration benefits, including but not limited to: Naturalization, DACA renewal, Employment Authorization, Family-Based Petitions, Adjustment of Status, renewal of permanent resident card, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, VAWA, U and T visas, Temporary Protected Status, Asylum, and Removal Defense.
Collaborate with other department leadership and staff members to ensure broad program development.
Support during group processing events/workshops.
Support with community legal education presentations and outreach activities, such as Know Your Rights presentations and other affirmative immigration relief information sessions.
Attend all “triage” meetings as scheduled to screen for potential clients.
As necessary, support intake interviews of individuals in immigration detention or non-detained individuals, families and children before the immigration court.
Provide direct representation and assistance of detained and non-detained individuals in removal proceedings, including but not limited to bond hearings, and full removal defense representation.
Provide direct representation to unaccompanied minors before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Executive Office of Immigration Review, and in California state court child welfare proceedings (primarily guardianship and custody proceedings).
Review criminal dispositions and analyze immigration consequences.
Provide zealous representation, conduct legal research, formulate legal strategy, conduct client interviews, appear before state and/or immigration courts or agencies, draft and file court pleadings and applications for relief.
Identify trends in Department of Homeland Services practices and community needs that will help inform advocacy efforts.
Prepare and submit applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for immigration relief, including but not limited to: naturalization, DACA renewal, employment authorization, family-based petitions, adjustment of status, and renewal of permanent resident card, asylum, withholding, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, adjustment of status with applicable waivers, Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas and other applications for relief from removal.
Support trainings and technical assistance to UFW Foundation staff, interns, fellows, volunteers and partner organizations.
Regular travel to necessary court hearings, community colleges (as assigned), UFW Foundation service centers and trainings.
Support UFW Foundation’s fundraising goals.
Work closely with Staff and Directing Attorneys to maximize case output.
Work diligently to file cases and maintain accurate, timely, and detailed case data in our case management system.
Other tasks as needed.
Train, supervise, and manage staff attorneys, support staff members, fellows, and interns; and
Identify on-going training needs for their region to ensure staff attorneys, service providers, legal assistants, and others maintain competency in immigration law.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal candidate for this position must have a high level of professionalism and organization. The candidate must demonstrate competency in the following areas:
Licensed attorney in good standing.
3+ years of experience with practicing immigration law, including representation of clients seeking humanitarian relief.
2+ years of experience with supervising volunteers or staff generally.
Experience working with vulnerable populations.
Demonstrated cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills.
Ability to work both independently and under supervision.
Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.
Analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Bilingual (English and Spanish or English and indigenous language or English and other language as needed to meet communities’ needs).
Collaboration. Ability to work with teammates in a professional and solutions-oriented manner.
Dedication to Mission. A genuine interest in immigrant, farm worker rights/workers’ rights
Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of people in various settings.
Detail oriented and strong writing and oral skills;
Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent oral and written communication skills in both Spanish and English.
Problem solving/analysis and results driven.
Si Se Puede (It Can Be Done) Attitude. The embodiment of a personal spirit that promotes confidence, courage, and risk-taking.
Valid driver’s license, access to an automobile, insurance, and willingness to drive to off-site locations.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write legal briefs, reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Requires ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:
Previous experience working with the immigrant community and 2-3+ years of experience with supervising legal staff.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Licensed attorney in good standing with admission to practice in any US state and/or willing to sit for the CA bar. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) experience.
Will also consider individuals who fall into one of the following categories:
Juris Doctor, pending bar results
The annual salary range for this position is $75,300 – $85,300, and benefits include:
Accruals of 2, 3, and 4 vacation weeks per year, depending on tenure, along with 16 paid holidays and 1 mental health day
Access to health, dental and vision benefits
Flexible Spending Accounts
Employee Assistance Program
403(b) retirement plan with 2% employer match
Employer-sponsored pension plan
Professional development opportunities and access to thousands of courses
Employee discounts through UnionPlus and Lifemart
Flexible schedules and/or work arrangements
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