New York Legal Director

African Communities Together

About the organization

African Communities Together (ACT), an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S. and worldwide.

Duties

ACT’s New York based immigration legal program plays a critical role in fighting for justice and dignity for low-income African immigrants. The New York office works with a diverse, vibrant community of African immigrants, many of them from countries in West Africa. The legal department provides direct services, legal screening, litigation support, and public education campaigns for the communities it serves. At an exciting inflection point of growth and expansion, the New York Legal Director will lead the New York immigration legal program and serve as ACT’s lead on a coordinated citywide initiative, ActionNYC, which works with immigrant communities across New York’s five boroughs, connecting individuals to no-cost legal consultations, document preparation, and application assistance. The New York Legal Director will oversee a DOJ certified paralegal staff who is currently on staff and expand the team as needed to screen and manage the intake process for new clients.

Qualifications

While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
• A passion for ACT’s mission and demonstrated commitment to community-centered immigrant justice;
• Licensed attorney in good standing and eligible to practice immigration law. New York Bar admission strongly preferred;
• At least 3 years of experience of immigration legal practice, preferably with low-income clients from African countries. Experience with affirmative and defensive applications for humanitarian relief (particularly asylum), family-based applications, and naturalization applications is highly desirable;
• An emerging leadership orientation that places deep value on diverse perspectives and emphasizes the development and growth of team members and encourages learning and continued improvement;
• Experience working in partnership and collaboration with diverse groups, including legal service providers, organizers, community leaders, and other legal advocacy organizations; experience engaging with African immigrant communities and centering their experience and voices;
• A deep personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; lived experience that informs an authentic understanding of challenges faced by vulnerable African immigrants;
• Commitment to personal and professional continuous improvement;

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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