Bilingual Staff Attorney

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Job location
121 Sunnyside Ave
Suite 146
Granger, WA 98932
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

BILINGUAL STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION
For the complete posting, please see: nwirp.org/jobs

SUMMARY
The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters.

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 staff attorney 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 attorney will focus on providing representation and legal assistance on a wide range of immigration cases including matters involving removal proceedings, 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), and citizenship applications. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters.

REPORTS TO
Granger Directing Attorney.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Provide direct representation to persons submitting affirmative applications with USCIS and the Department of State;
• Provide direct representation to persons in removal proceedings, and state custody proceedings;
• Conduct presentations, workshops, legal clinics and individual consultations in Spanish and English;
• Provide direct representation and other forms of legal assistance to individuals in a wide range of immigration matters;
• Perform administrative tasks related to grant reporting and other requirements;
• Participate in NWIRP's outreach, community education and development efforts;
• Perform other tasks as required and directed by supervisory staff.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES
• Law degree;
• Admission to the bar of any state in the U.S. (will consider a law graduate planning on taking the next bar examination);
• Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and willingness to support NWIRP's mission, vision and values;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Commitment to working in a diverse working environment;
• Fluent in English and Spanish;
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently; and
• Proficiency in use of web-based software, MS Word and MS Excel;
• The applicant must have a valid driver's license and access to a vehicle as the position involves some travel.

Beginning salary is $48,087 or DOE, plus health, dental and other benefits.

To APPLY
Send cover letter, resume and references to: show contact info with the subject "Staff Attorney Application - Granger". Full consideration will be given to those who apply by October 31, 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: 
Monday, October 31, 2016
Expiration date: 
Monday, October 31, 2016