Bilingual Immigration Attorney II

Northern Virginia Family Service

About the organization

Working at NVFS means doing work that matters every day because of the difference you make in the lives of children & families in Northern Virginia. NVFS’ breadth, depth & scope of services offer the resources & support to ensure that everyone in need, at every stage of life, maximizes their potential & fully contributes to a thriving community. NVFS is a private non-profit human service organization with 400+ employees, 6,000+ volunteers, & offices located throughout Northern Virginia. Serving nearly 35,000 children & families, our program areas include housing & emergency services; nutritional, physical, & mental health services; early childhood education & child placement services; family reunification, youth intervention & prevention services; job training & entrepreneurship programs; & legal services. Our employees are the heart of the organization & we pride ourselves in the diversity of backgrounds & skillsets that we collectively provide to our community, clients and coworkers.

Duties

The Immigration Attorney represents low income, culturally diverse clients in humanitarian & family-based immigration cases.

• Conduct initial phone intake and legal consultation to determine eligibility for program services
• Prepare and submit immigration applications
• Represent clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, & the Board of Immigration Appeals; including attending immigration interviews, asylum interviews, immigration court hearings, & Infopass appointments
• Perform administrative duties necessary to support legal representation (copying, filing, translating, etc.)
• Ensure client fees are assessed & collected per retainer agreements
• Maintain client database & files in accordance with program/legal requirements and NVFS guidelines
• Make internal & external referrals to other services within the Agency & community, & work with other NVFS staff to provide collaborative services to clients
• Ensure operations & delivery of the legal services program is effective, efficient, & in compliance with all external regulatory standards & professional code of ethics
• Keep informed of changing immigration laws & procedures
• Assist in the development of grants or contract proposals & reporting
• Conduct outreach, lead trainings & participate in networking activities to promote services & to learn about available resources; collaborate with other agencies to complement services

Qualifications

• JD required; must be a member of good standing of any U.S. Bar, with the Virginia Bar preferred
• At least two (2) years of experience practicing immigration law required
• Experience with asylum, SIJS, and domestic violence-related applications preferred
• Oral and written fluency in English and Spanish required
• Experience working with survivors of trauma preferred
• Must be willing and able to transport clients for hearings; clean DMV record, valid U.S. driver’s license and own/reliable transportation required
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required

Must demonstrate the following:
• Passion for providing nonprofit legal services and serving vulnerable populations
• Ability to independently maintain a large caseload
• Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
• Highly organized, detail-oriented and capable of working in a fast-paced environment, including responding to stress in a professional manner
• Personal integrity in handling ethical and confidential situations
• Interest in working collaboratively with other professionals (case managers, mental health therapists, etc.) in wraparound services model; interest in developing the Legal Services Program
• Willingness to expand skill set and learn new areas of the law;
• Knowledge in entering and retrieving data using computer systems, Microsoft applications, and other office equipment

• Criminal history background check
• Child Protective Services (CPS) background check

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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