REPORTS TO: Director of Immigration Legal Services
POSITIONS SUPERVISED: Limited supervisory role of administrative staff
HOURS & FLSA STATUS: Full-time, Exempt

BROAD STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide high-quality legal representation in substantial number of family-based, citizenship, and humanitarian immigration matters before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:
• Provide consultations and direct legal representation in immigration matters falling under the purview of ILS expertise and priorities.
• Coordinate all aspects of a case, including client communication, preparing immigration forms, relevant research, drafting personal statements, writing briefs and compiling evidence.
• Communicate with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, National Visa Center, U.S. Consulates worldwide, and government attorneys as case needs dictate.
• Provide ancillary services in tangential matters in need of intervention by immigration attorney, such as writing legal opinion letters for presentation to Social Security Administration, Secretary of State, criminal defense attorneys, and others.
• On behalf of clients, manage communications to non-immigration governmental agencies including federal, state, and local police departments, prosecutors, courts and the like including, but not limited to Freedom of Information Act requests.
• Maintain knowledge of current events related to immigration matters, including changes to law and policy, as well as events which may be misconstrued in the media.
• Maintain sufficient knowledge of tangential law to be able to identify issues which require referral to outside counsel, such as tax, criminal, and family law issues.
• Navigate organizational systems and internal procedures of ILS for the provision of quality and timely legal support to clients, and adherence to ethical guidelines.
• Set appropriate expectations with clients as to the extent of representation and compliance with office policies and procedures.
• Develop and maintain a high level of familiarity with case management software and other computer programs, including Microsoft Office Suite, and utilize such tools to manage a substantial caseload.
• Delegate appropriate tasks to administrative staff and supervise their completion of those tasks.
• Participate in program outreach and public education about immigration law in the community and within the Diocese.
• Engage with community organizations toward shared goals and with local and national immigration attorneys toward shared knowledge.
• Comport with ethical obligations as required by the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys.
• Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• The qualified candidate will have an active license to practice law in any U.S. state. Attorneys currently licensed to practice law in Michigan are strongly preferred. If licensed in another jurisdiction, candidate must be qualified to be admitted in Michigan by waiver, or able to take the next available Michigan bar exam.
• Must be highly proficient in English and Spanish. Candidates without needed Spanish-language skills may still be considered if they are fluent in French.
• Previous experience in a professional context with family-based and/or humanitarian-based immigration matters preferred.
• Possess strong organizational and information management skills, have excellent time management skills, the ability to prioritize and work with minimal supervision.
• Ability to perform in-depth research into an ever-changing and vast landscape of immigration law.
• Must have competence in communicating and interacting with others of diverse cultural, geographic, and economic backgrounds in a professional and compassionate manner, including the ability to interact with individuals experiencing substantial levels of emotional, physical, financial, or other hardship.
• Must be committed to the mission and goals of the Catholic Church.

To apply:
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: dogrhr@grdiocese.org.

Posted: 5/16/19

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