IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS ATTORNEY OR BIA ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVE

CAIR San Francisco Bay Area is hiring a full-time Immigrants’ Rights Attorney or other qualified individual*. This position aims to provide culturally competent immigration legal services to members of the Bay Area Muslim community.

Reporting Relationships: Reports to the Managing Attorney

Schedule Type: Full-time (exempt if attorney; non-exempt if Accredited Representative). Occasional evenings and weekends required.

Location: Based in CAIR’s Santa Clara office. CAIR staff are currently working a hybrid schedule, with three days in-person and two days remote, and anticipate returning to fully in-person when it is safe to do so. Requires some travel throughout the Bay Area (vehicle and driver’s license required).

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct client intake, prepare applications, and petitions for submission to the appropriate agencies
  • Represent clients before the USCIS and EOIR
  • Manage caseload and supervise related casework
  • Oversee efforts to strengthen program policies and procedures
  • Oversee work of volunteers, including law students and pro bono attorneys
  • Participate in community outreach and educational activities, including planning and conducting legal clinics
  • Working in, leading, or forming coalitions with other organizations and collaborating with immigrant communities
  • Research and analyze law sources such as statutes, legal articles, and legal codes
  • Prepare legal documents such as memos, motions, and appeals
  • Assess clients for other civil legal services and immigration-related needs and provide in-house referrals
  • Assist other staff in the production of internal and external reports
  • Write and secure grants from foundations and corporations to support immigrants’ rights work
  • Market immigration services

All CAIR staff are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, weekly outreach, fundraising, and other office tasks.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Law degree from an American Bar Association accredited school*
  • Member in good standing of a state bar*
  • At least three years of immigration law experience, specifically in areas of asylum, removal, and naturalization
  • Strong time management skills with a demonstrated ability for meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills with outstanding attention to detail
  • Comfort working productively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including public speaking experience
  • Experience working with people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Access to a working vehicle and the ability to drive throughout the greater Bay Area
  • High degree of self-motivation and creativity
  • A strong commitment to civil rights and CAIR’s mission
  • Basic computer proficiency including knowledge of MS Office, MS Outlook, Adobe Acrobat, and LexisNexis
  • Knowledge of cloud applications such as SharePoint and Office365

In lieu of a law degree and/or bar license, CAIR-SFBA welcomes applications from individuals who have experience working as DOJ Accredited Representative or qualified immigration paralegals with at least five years of professional experience specifically in an immigration law firm or nonprofit. Paralegals and former Accredited Representatives must be eligible for DOJ accreditation.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Arabic, Farsi, or Urdu proficiency
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations

COMPENSATION

  • Compensation in the range of $26 to $36/hour, commensurate with experience
  • BAR membership, CLE funding support, and malpractice insurance
  • Fully paid Kaiser Health Insurance and Blue Cross PPO Dental Plan for employee and dependents
  • 3% pension matching contribution
  • 10 paid holidays, 10 sick days, and 12 vacation days

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