Immigration Staff Attorney
Title: Immigration Staff Attorney
Program Area: Social Services
Supervisor: Social Services Director, Executive Director
Location: Flushing, NY (mostly remote due to COVID-19 with some essential in-office work)
Salary: commensurate with experience
Benefits (during and post-COVID): Medical/Dental Coverage, Personal Time, Vacation Time, Comp Time, Transit Benefits, Invitations to Trainings, Conferences, and Other Career-Building Opportunities Occasional Staff Meals and After-Work Activities, Occasional Work Travel
Employment Type: Full-Time
ORGANIZATION HISTORY AND MISSION
The MinKwon Center for Community Action is a dynamic, mission-driven, and people-powered nonprofit organization that serves, educates, and organizes the Korean American, Asian Pacific American (APA), and immigrant communities in New York and around the country. The MinKwon Center offers free assistance for immigration and public benefits, provides free legal representation for immigration and housing, promotes civic participation with voter and census registration and outreach, and organizes campaigns with other local, state, and federal coalitions. By prioritizing the needs and voices of low-income, undocumented, youth, senior, and limited English proficient residents, we are building a multilingual, multi-generational base of engaged community members to achieve social and economic justice for all.
We are seeking a dedicated and talented individual to serve as a Staff Attorney. The Staff Attorney will have the opportunity to will provide free legal consultations and direct representation on immigration cases to primarily low-income Korean American, APA and immigrant communities in New York City.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
• Conduct intakes, screenings, and case assessments;
• Provide legal counsel and direct representation to clients seeking assistance with affirmative applications, naturalization, and removal proceedings;
• Work with MinKwon community organizers to conduct outreach, trainings, and workshops for individuals and community partners on immigration issues;
• Represent MinKwon during district stakeholder meetings with Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and in other immigration-related coalition meetings;
• Supervise and oversee legal volunteers and interns;
• Maintain detailed client records in case management (CM) system
The minimum required qualifications for this position include the following:
• Spoken and written fluency or proficiency in the Korean language
• J.D. or other equivalent law degree
• License to practice law in the U.S. (Preferably in NY due to representing children in family court proceedings)
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to manage a diverse and high-quantity caseload and deadlines efficiently with minimal supervision
• Flexibility in working nights, weekends, and outside normal office hours
The ideal candidate will also have the following preferred qualifications:
• Experience and expertise in U.S. immigration law
• Experience and interest in nonprofit and public service organizations
• Spoken and written fluency or proficiency in the following languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, other Chinese dialects, and/or Spanish
• Knowledge, interest, and commitment towards concepts and issues of social, political, and economic justice and positive social change in the U.S., especially in the context of Korean American, APA, and/or immigrant communities
• Ability to to work well both independently and in teams, and take initiative on projects with a sense of ownership
• Proficiency in using Google Suite, Microsoft Office, and various CM systems
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a detailed cover letter and resume to:
Michael Oh, Esq.
Please write 'Staff Attorney' in the email subject line, and please specify in your email how you found out about this position. (website, LinkedIn, Indeed, Facebook, etc.) Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled and this posting is removed. Due to the high volume of applications, the MinKwon Center will only contact applicants who have been selected for an interview. No phone calls, please.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The MinKwon Center for Community Action welcomes people of all races, ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, and experiences to consider working with us. We encourage Black, Indigenous, and people of color, immigrants, women and gender nonbinary people, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities to apply.
The MinKwon Center for Community Action does not discriminate against current or prospective employees based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, martial status, family or dependent status, criminal record, disability, mental illness, sexual orientation, genetics, active military, credit score and history, or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
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