Immigrants’ Rights Project Director

· Washington, District of Columbia
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a highly experienced Project Director to work on immigration matters and other general civil legal issues for D.C.’s immigrant communities. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest and largest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The bulk of our work is comprised of individual representation in the areas of housing, domestic violence/family, public benefits, and consumer law.  We also work on a limited number of immigration law matters and help individuals with the collateral consequences of their involvement with the criminal justice system. From our work with clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and impact litigation. For more information about Legal Aid please visit our website, www.LegalAidDC.org, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.

 

 Tasks and Duties

 

The Immigrants’ Rights Project Director will manage Legal Aid’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, including grant writing, reporting, engaging in community organizing and education, conducting intake at our community-based office at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, coalition building, and leading Legal Aid’s participation in local and federal advocacy efforts related to the protection and advancement of immigrants’ rights. The Project Director will also handle an individual caseload (U visas, T visas, VAWA and asylum petitions, SIJS cases, and perhaps other matters), provide management assistance, supervise general intake, and help to shape the direction of Legal Aid’s Immigration Project. Legal Aid’s Project Director will be based in Legal Aid’s central office in NW D.C.

 

 Qualifications

 

 The ideal Project Director candidate will have the following:

 

  • Significant experience in immigration law, preferably in the context of a legal services practice environment, and prior management or supervisory experience; plus
  • Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
  • Experience with project development and management;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic and racial justice; and
  • Experience in other legal services, including family law, housing, consumer, or public benefits strongly preferred.

Bilingual fluency in Spanish required.   Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.

 

 Salary and Benefits

 

The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid also offers a competitive benefits package.

 

 To Apply

 

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve.

 

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled. 

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced