Director of Legal Services

Company
Restoration Immigration Legal Aid
City
Arlington
State
VA

Position: Director of Legal Services

Job Type: Full-time

Location: Arlington, VA

Supervisor: Natalie Foote, President/CEO

About Restoration Immigration Legal Aid (RILA):

RILA holistically supports immigrants in Northern Virginia by providing excellent, pro bono immigration legal assistance to those who are most vulnerable and who have the fewest resources. RILA’s areas of focus include asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). RILA further assists clients who may be eligible for other humanitarian-based immigration benefits, such as those who have been victims of domestic violence or human trafficking. Most recently, we have taken cases to help reunify Central American minors with their families (under a recently reopened federal program) and to assist Afghan refugees. RILA began as a program of Restoration Anglican Church in 2015 and held its first legal aid clinic in March 2016. We employ four full-time and eight part-time staff, including four attorneys and four persons who are U.S. Department of Justice Accredited Representatives, which qualifies them to practice immigration law as non-attorneys. Our more than 250 volunteers, including pro bono attorneys and interpreters, are essential to our work. In February 2019, RILA incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and in January 2020, we received our IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter. RILA is committed to collaborating with partner and peer organizations in order to sustain and build a strong network of services that support immigrant families in our neighborhoods. Our partner organizations include schools, churches and social service organizations. We maintain strong relationships with our peer organizations in order to share information, legal developments, and to give and receive referrals. RILA also aspires to be an advocate and educator on immigration issues in the community and makes its staff available to speak on the complexities of immigration law.

About the Position:

The Director of Legal Services oversees RILA’s immigration legal services to ensure the delivery of high-quality, client-centered legal assistance to our clients. This includes: supervising, training and developing legal staff; supervising and developing volunteer attorneys and law students; reviewing court submissions; and overseeing and monitoring RILA’s caseload. The Legal Services Director will also provide individual representation for clients before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) and for clients who are eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts in Northern Virginia. The Legal Services Director will continue to develop RILA’s relationships with private law firms and with other non-profit immigration legal aid service providers in our area. Additionally, the Legal Services Director will speak at community education events at local schools, churches and/or other community organizations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Mentor and directly supervise legal staff, including attorneys, interns and volunteers.
  • Prepare and review case referrals to volunteer attorneys.
  • Manage the RILA court appearances calendar and assign court appearances to legal staff.
  • Maintain a small caseload of clients; provide ongoing legal representation to draft documents, correspondence and client petitions or applications, and represent clients at EOIR and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts in Northern Virginia.
  • Cultivate, develop, and maintain RILA’s relationships with community organizations, local law firms, law schools and other immigration legal non-profit organizations.
  • Stay informed about developments in immigration law and communicate their significance to RILA’s staff and clients.
  • Serve as a member of RILA’s leadership team, which sets organizational priorities for all programmatic work and provides stewardship of organizational resources.
  • In collaboration with RILA leadership, develop strategic goals, including annual planning and identifying priorities for both individual representation and projects that further RILA’s growth, development, and impact in the community.
  • Assist with development and fundraising efforts as needed. Required Qualifications
  • Minimum 5 years’ membership in any state bar; if not admitted in Virginia, must be eligible to waive in or to sit for the Virginia Bar.
  • Litigation experience (or a willingness to learn)
  • Experience in immigration law, specifically asylum, SIJS and/or other humanitarian-based immigration benefits.
  • Mission-aligned experience (work or lived).
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong oral advocacy, research and writing skills.
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule that may include evening events.
  • Prior supervisory experience (in official capacity as supervisor or substantially similar work without official title)
  • In good standing in the jurisdiction where they are barred to practice law.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in family law.
  • Flexibility and adaptive approach
  • Excellent judgment and strong work ethic
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment and to initiate and follow through on work independently
  • Ability to multi-task and effectively manage different projects simultaneously.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to mel@restorationimmigration.org.

Job posted 10/17/2022