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OPEN: Immigration Counseling Service Unaccompanied Minor Attorney Position

DATE POSTED:  January 25,  2018
OPEN:  Immigration Counseling Service Unaccompanied Minor Attorney Position
Immigration Counseling Service (ICS) provides affordable immigration legal services and free
public educational forums in Oregon.
JOB TITLE (UAC Project Attorney)
JOB PURPOSE: Manage contract funded program to provide legal services and support to unaccompanied children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement and maintain an appropriate caseload. 
·         Oversee UAC project staff including pro se workshops, observing KYR presentations and legal screening periodically to ensure information is up to date and presented in an accessible manner, and to ensure compliance with Vera monitoring and reporting policies.
·         Participate in regular calls with funder and disseminate project updates to the UAC team. Ensure implementation as well as supervising development of new materials and/or documents and submit any proposed materials to funder. 
·         Facilitate the weekly UAC staff meeting where we assess eligibility for relief, how to best match the child with representation, and to identify victims of trafficking.
·         Liaise with UAC stakeholders which includes quarterly meetings, facilitating continued assurance that KYRs and screenings will meet contract deadlines, and maintaining positive relationships with all stakeholders.
·         Provide direct representation for UCs without reunification options, UCs who have been released locally (continued representation), and UCs who wish to request voluntary departure at immigration court.
·         Recruit and coordinate pro bono attorneys for the project.
·         Prepare and finalize a monthly narrative for the funder and submit monthly invoices.
·         Graduate of U.S. ABA-accredited law school
·         Licensed by a state bar, preferably Oregon
·         Must have at least one year’s experience practicing immigration law or juvenile law.
·         Extensive experience working with diverse cultures and underserved and underrepresented communities
·         Experience working with children
·         Experience working with survivors of trauma
·         Fluency in written and spoken Spanish (a written and oral exam may be required)
·         Strong client communication skills
·         Excellent oral and written advocacy skills
·         Proficient legal research skills
·         Ability to work independently
·         Highly organized
·         Basic computer skills (Word processing, email, and ability to write using proper grammar and spelling
·         Ability to conduct public legal presentations
·         Familiarity with VERA-funded programs
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:  The position may require occasional driving of a motor vehicle.  A valid Oregon driver’s license is required. 
WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  May require evening or weekend work, working with challenging clients; driving to centers where clients are located; may spend up to 7 hours per day using a computer (sit or stand), including keyboard and mouse, and using telephone; occasional lifting boxes of files or packages weighing up to 25 pounds/
REPORTS TO:  Executive Director
SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Salary commensurate with experience.  ICS offers an excellent benefit package.
ICS is an equal opportunity employer: ICS does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, family relationship, marital status, veteran status, military service, or any other classification protected by local, state, or federal law. 
Any employee who needs accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job should communicate with the Executive Director.  We will work with an employee to evaluate whether there is a reasonable accommodation that does not pose an undue hardship on the organization.  Any proposed accommodation that creates an undue hardship on the organization, that does not allow the employee to perform the essential functions of the job, or that poses a serious safety risk to others that cannot be mitigated, is not a reasonable accommodation.
HOW TO APPLY:   Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send to a cover letter including your level of Spanish language ability, a current resume, contact information for 3 references, and a writing sample addressed to:
ICS Hiring Committee
Immigration Counseling Service (ICS)
519 SW Park Avenue, Suite 610
Portland, OR 97205

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