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POSITION SUMMARY:

HIAS seeks a Managing Attorney to oversee HIAS’ immigration legal service programs serving forcibly displaced persons of concern in the United States. The Managing Attorney will supervise members of the legal team in Silver Spring, Maryland, and also manage a small caseload of clients before USCIS, the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals, family courts, and federal courts.

Note, the salary range for this position is $100,000.00-110,000.00.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Provides mentorship and supervision to staff attorneys in Silver Spring office.
  • Manages program-related activities and ensures adherence to procedures in Silver Spring office.
  • Works with Director, Immigration Legal Services in developing departmental policies and procedures.
  • Determines which cases to accept for representation by HIAS and/or pro bono attorneys in line with HIAS’ mission and priorities.
  • Recruits and trains new staff for the Silver Spring office in the essential functions of their positions.
  • Represents a small caseload for immigrants in HIAS’ Legal Services program; develops cases and represents such clients before the Asylum Office, Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and family courts.
  • Represents HIAS in meetings with partner organizations and professional legal forums in order to develop collaborations and to further the interests of HIAS’ target client population.
  • Identifies areas for legal staff skills improvement and creates training and development opportunities for them.
  • Attends conferences and lectures while staying informed of current developments in immigration law and procedures.
  • Responds to inquiries about immigration law and procedures from other HIAS staff, as well as external individuals, organizations and cooperating agencies.
  • Maintains records and prepares program reports in compliance with the requirements of any and all grants or agreements.
  • In conjunction with the Director, Immigration Legal Services, manages and administers grants funding the Silver Spring program and assists with proposals for funding.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:

  • Juris doctor and state bar admission in any state; Maryland bar admission preferred.
  • 5-7 years of experience with immigration law and removal proceedings, with a demonstrated understanding of US immigration law and procedure in humanitarian-based immigration relief and removal proceedings.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ supervisory experience with a dedication to teaching and mentorship within the supervisory relationship.
  • Spanish fluency is required; additional language fluency highly desired.
  • Experience in Federal District Courts or Courts of Appeal highly desired.
  • Demonstrated history of developing, implementing, and ensuring adherence to sets of policies and procedures.
  • Commitment and dedication to serving HIAS’ target population (low-income immigrants from around the world who fear grave physical harm in their countries of origin).
  • Strong sense of empathy and compassion.
  • Strong litigation, analytical writing, and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to work with clients of a range of backgrounds with sensitivity to culture, trauma history, age and other vulnerabilities.
  • Able to be present in areas throughout the DMV (i.e. provide your own transportation to immigration court, etc.).
  • Creative problem-solver in identifying and pursuing various legal strategies and forms of relief in support of HIAS clients.
  • Must be innovative, self-directed, and able to meet deadlines.
  • Highly organized and thorough work ethic.
  • Ability to navigate and manage physical and electronic case files.
  • Travel, to include travel to insecure operating environments, may be required.

HIRING PROCESS:

We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process:

Step 1: Submit your application!

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter.

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager.

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees.

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey.

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening or HireRight.

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS!

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step.

ABOUT US:

Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.

VISION:

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.

MISSION:

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.

VALUES:

Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim

We Welcome the Stranger

Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek

We Pursue Justice

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed

We Approach our Clients with Empathy

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership

Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience

DIVERSITY:

HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We strongly encourage applicants of diverse identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply even if you do not meet all required qualifications but have other qualifications relevant to the role that would make you a great fit for this role with HIAS!

SAFEGUARDING:

HIAS is committed to the protection of children, vulnerable adults and any other person from any harm caused directly or indirectly due to their coming into contact with HIAS. We will not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or any form of child abuse or neglect by our staff or associated personnel. Any candidate offered a job with HIAS will be expected to sign and adhere to HIAS’ Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policies. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records. HIAS also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. Likewise, HIAS will share this information when other organizations inquire about current and former HIAS staff as part of their recruitment process. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your application, resume, and cover letter on our website: https://hias.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=3085906&req_loc=193537&&&nohd#job

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