Legal Services Program Manager

Northern Virginia Family Service

About the organization

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

Duties

The Multicultural Center (MC) at NVFS provides multicultural mental health, case management and legal services that address the needs of low-income, English-limited immigrants and refugees for whom existing services are inaccessible due to language and cultural barriers. Clients include individuals from all cultural and ethnic groups whose mental health and socio-economic stability is compromised as a result of trauma, poverty, chronic stress, and other tremendous challenges posed by the process of cultural adjustment. Trauma informed services are provided by bilingual, bicultural counselors, therapists, case managers and attorney/ accredited representatives.

The Immigration Legal Services Program Manager functions as the immigration legal expert on the Multicultural Center Management Team. The Program Manager is responsible for the daily operations of the Immigration Legal Services program including planning, organization, implementation, documentation and coordination of legal services delivery. The Immigration Legal Services Program Manager exercises independent judgment and decision-making authority, including around policies, procedures, and staff supervision. The Program Manager is responsible for ensuring compliance with all ethical and professional rules, as well as providing quality control for the program as a whole. The Program Manager also represents low income, culturally diverse clients in humanitarian and family-based immigration cases.

Qualifications

JD required; must be a member of good standing in any state or the District of Columbia (Virginia preferred) and maintain bar membership through continuing education
At least three (3) years of experience practicing immigration law required; must include experience with complex humanitarian and/or removal defense
Must have experience working with survivors of trauma
Passion for providing nonprofit legal services and serving vulnerable populations
Oral and written fluency in English required; fluency in client languages (including but not limited to Spanish, Arabic, French, Farsi) a plus
Demonstrated program management and staff supervision experience required
Proficiency in usage of basic technological tools including laptops/computers, email, phones, and internet required. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and video meeting platforms required.
Must be able to demonstrate and live the organizational values of Communication, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, and Accountability.
May be called upon to work beyond normal working hours; required to follow court schedules and attend in-person court dates as needed.
Must be willing and able to travel to various locations within Northern Virginia and Maryland
Successful completion of background checks required upon hire

Application instructions

Please apply directly via our website via the provided application link.

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