Section 1: Overview and Purpose of Position

The JVS Immigration Attorney 

 

Each year refugees and immigrants come to the United States to seek a better life and/or protection from persecution in their home country. To help them build their lives in the United States, JVS offers pro-bono and low-bono legal services for these refugees and immigrants by providing competent and comprehensive immigration legal services. The Staff Attorney will contribute to the activities of the Immigration Services Program and provide direct representation for refugees and immigrants in the immigration process.

Section 2: Qualifications (skills, education, experience)

  • J.D. with a valid license to practice law and at least 1-3 years of immigration legal experience;
  • Minimum 1-3 years of work experience working with immigrants and/or low-income populations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong writing and demonstrated intercultural communication ability;
  • Previous experience with refugees/immigrants strongly desired
  • Valid driver license with classification appropriate to operate JVS vehicles, valid auto insurance, clean driving record with no moving violations within the past three years.

 

Section 3: Responsibilities/Duties

  • Conducting intakes and providing legal consultations to determine eligibility for legal relief;
  • Preparing and submitting immigration applications for the following:
    • Family reunification petitions;
    • Consular processing;
    • Temporary Protected Status;
    • DACA;
    • Adjustment of Status;
    • Asylum;
    • Special Immigrant Status for Afghans and Iraqis;
    • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status;
    • VAWA, U and T Visas
    • Waivers of inadmissibility; and
    • Additional benefits such as employment authorization documents, travel documents, renewal of permanent resident cards, Certificates of Citizenship, and FOIAs;
  • Making appropriate referrals to other service providers and relevant community partners;
  • Representing clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Board of Immigration Appeals, including attending immigration interviews, immigration court hearings, and Infopass appointments;
  • Conducting outreach and participating in networking activities; 
  • Maintaining bar membership through continuing legal education; and
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Section 4: Skills Needed

  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with a proven ability to meet deadlines; able to effectively prioritize, delegate, and execute multiple tasks.
  • Ability to be self-directed and highly flexible in daily work. 
  • Ability to work effectively in an environment that is multicultural and multilingual.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to develop positive working relationships with both internal and external collaborators.
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in Word, Excel, Google Docs and internet-based communication.
  • Must have a valid Missouri or Kansas Driver’s License and a verified safe driving record and reliable means of transportation for local travel. Must provide a copy of license

 

Section 5: Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Position requires some flexibility in schedule, with some weekends and/or evenings required. 
  • This position will primarily be a coordinator of services; approximately 80% of the job will be completed in office. 
  • Occasional travel to community events, public service providers, and other service locations will be necessary. Use of personal vehicle is necessary with mileage reimbursement.
  • Much of the work is typically performed in an interior temperature-controlled office work environment. Position requires prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Some work may be performed at community sites such as other agency offices, schools, libraries, and other public meeting places. Employees may experience exposure to temperature extremes when in training situations, in a car, and while traveling to contacts outside of the agency facility.
  • Position requires frequent bending, squatting, sitting, standing, pulling, pushing, lifting, and moving items that may weigh up to 50 lbs. 
  • Use of cell phone is also required with partial reimbursement by agency. 

Salary range: $50,000-65,000