BILINGUAL LEGAL ADVOCATE (GRANGER, WA)

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Job location
121 Sunnyside Ave
Suite 146
Granger, WA 98932
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
NWIRP
Street address: 
121 Sunnyside Ave, Suite 146
City: 
Granger
State: 
Washington
ZIP: 
98932
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

For the complete posting, please see https://nwirp.org/jobs

SUMMARY
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full-time bilingual legal advocate to work in our Granger office. The applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish.

This position is based in NWIRP's Granger Office, which is located in Granger, WA, a city of over 3,000 people located in a rural area 25 miles southeast of Yakima. From this location, the office serves clients from across Central and Eastern Washington. The office has a staff of seven and serves a client base consisting largely of farmworkers and their families.

The legal advocate will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) direct representation (2) individual consultations; (3) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (4) community education. The legal advocate will focus on providing representation and legal assistance on a wide range of immigration cases including matters involving Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) petitions and applicable state court custody matters, asylum applications, protections for survivors of domestic violence and other crimes (including U visas, T visas, VAWA applications for adjustment of status, self-petitions under VAWA, and removal defense for survivors of violence). The legal advocate may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters. Successful candidate is encouraged to apply for BIA accreditation.

This position will be based at NWIRP's Granger office in the Yakima Valley.

REPORTS TO
Granger Directing Attorney

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Under the supervision of attorneys, prepare immigration forms, applications, and supporting documents;
• Conduct intakes, by phone and in person, and interview clients to gather or clarify information;
• Provide support to staff attorneys and accredited representatives in victims related advocacy;
• Provide support to other staff members as needed;
• Participate in and coordinate outreach and educational workshops;
• Translate documents;
• Establish, organize and maintain files;
• Maintain document control, tracking and tracing; review case files;
• Search for and retrieve public and private records such as birth certificates or criminal histories;
• Review and edit documents for accuracy and completeness;
• Perform administrative tasks related to grant reporting and other requirements;
• Participate in NWIRP's outreach, community education and development efforts; and
• Other tasks as assigned.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES
• Demonstrated commitment to advancing and defending the rights of immigrants and refugees;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to organize information in a clear and concise manner;
• Commitment to working in a diverse working environment;
• Fluent in English and Spanish;
• Previous immigration law experience preferred;
• Previous work experience with survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault desired;
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently; and
• Proficiency in use of web-based software, MS Word and MS Excel.

Beginning annual salary is $35,667 or DOE, plus health, dental and other benefits.

To APPLY
Send cover letter, resume and references to: [email protected] with the subject "Bilingual Legal Advocate - Granger". Full consideration will be given to those who apply by October 15, 2016 but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. It is the policy of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. NWIRP is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. NWIRP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical handicap.

We encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBT community and other minority groups.

Requirements: 

Please see above.

To apply: 

Please see above.

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Expiration date: 
Saturday, October 15, 2016