Program Director, St. Francis Cabrini Immigration and Legal Services Program

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Job location
2900 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77006
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Street address: 
2900 Louisiana Street
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Position Description: 

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is seeking a full-time, experienced Program Director to lead the St. Francis Cabrini Immigration and Legal Services Program. This position supports the mission and vision of Catholic Charities of providing high-quality legal representation and advocacy for low income immigrants and refugees, including the most vulnerable such as unaccompanied minors, crime victims and asylum seekers. The Program Director is responsible for the leadership and oversight of program, development and implementation of the program operations and services, supervision of the staff , quality control and evaluation of the program. The Program Director will directly supervise 8 staff and provide direction for a staff of 100.

About the Cabrini Center

St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigrant Legal Assistance was originally established in 1978 as an independent organization and in 1986 become a program of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The Cabrini Center provides legal representation for immigrants and refugees before the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), State courts including, family, juvenile, probate and District courts. Cabrini Center represents clients with the following types of immigration cases including, but not limited to citizenship, family visa petitions; adjustment of status applications for those qualifying under approved family visa petitions, asylees, refugees, and Cubans; political asylum; Special Cancellation of Removal; Employment Authorization applications and renewals; Temporary Protected Status applications and renewal; Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions; U.S. Citizenship; relief for persons in court proceedings, including detained juveniles Special Immigrant Status, “T” and “U” Visas for victims of trafficking and crime.

Main Responsibility
•Ensure continued high-quality legal representation and advocacy on behalf of immigrants, refugees, unaccompanied minors, and trafficking and crime victims in our service area.
•Provide day-to-day management, staff supervision and programmatic support and guidance to staff and volunteers
•Maintain and Develop policies and procedures to ensure Program compliance with funding sources, COA accreditation and Board of Immigration Appeals recognition.
•Monitor the annual budget and submission of the monthly, quarterly and yearly financial reports, including the new Billing system for legal services.
•Create and improve systems for onboarding of new staff and implementing a comprehensive, continuous training program. Create and improve policies and procedures.
•Manage and maintain continuous quality improvement of operations and services.
•Monitor the implementation of the current strategic plan for the Cabrini Center and work with the Vice President and senior staff to help create a vision for the future.
•Network with local, state and national stakeholders to create and strengthen relationships with collaborative partners and funders.
•Work with the Division VP to maintain and increase diversified funding sources for the program.
•Work with management to implement strategic plans and help create a vision for the future.

Core Competencies
•Unwavering commitment and passion to improving the lives of immigrants, refugees and other vulnerable populations.
•Prior management and supervision experience; demonstrated results in leading successful teams and in providing financial oversight and budget development.
•A willingness to engage individuals within the client community and those agencies that serve them.
•Local, state, and national relationship builder and community connector.
•Ability to collaborate and partner with other community and state agencies.
•Support and convey the mission, vision and values of Catholic Charities.


Must have J.D. and be admitted to practice in Texas and in good standing;
•Three to five years’ experience in Immigration Law or Family Law required.
•Three to five years’ experience in management preferably in Immigration or public interest work preferred.
•Ability to drive personal vehicle and/or Agency vehicle to include freeways and highways to satellite offices, shelters, and offsite meetings and events, throughout all counties Catholic Charities serves as needed.
•Ability to work non-traditional work hours in order to meet program and project deadlines as needed.

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available here: If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 713-526-4611 ext. 6623 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.
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