Immigration Staff Attorney

Posted: April 2022
Reports to: Executive Director
Position: Full Time, exempt
Location: Morgan Hill, CA & San Jose, CA (Currently Remote)

Organization Overview

Step Forward Foundation is a non-profit organization providing specialized legal services to low-income communities in Santa Clara, San Benito, and Monterey Counties. We are a small close-knit group of social justice minded professionals serving primarily victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. We currently provide immigration, family law, and limited-scope employment law representation. We promote work-life balance and mental health wellness within our organization. Come join our vibrant, fun, and warm team!

Step Forward staff is currently working remotely due to the COVID pandemic and engages in virtual meetings, communication, and case work. The Staff Attorney will be expected to be in the office (part-time to full-time) in the future depending on safety guidelines.

Position Overview

We are looking for an attorney to join our team as an immigration attorney to provide one-on-one consultations and to represent individuals with their immigration needs, primarily clients in removal proceedings.

Roles and Responsibilites

  • Conduct client-centered intakes and legal consultations with prospective clients and other group legal clinics as required.
  • Direct legal representation of immigrants in both defensive and affirmative cases before the EOIR, BIA, USCIS, and/or AAO. Cases includes, but not limited to: Asylum; Humanitarian Visas (U-Visa, T-Visa, and VAWA); Family Petitions; Adjustment of Status; Consular Processing; DACA; and Naturalization). Stay informed regarding changes and updates in applicable law, rules, procedures, policies, and practices relating to the functions assigned.
  • Provide training and guidance for DOJ Accredited Representatives, interns, and/or volunteers with SFF.
  • Compiling sample and template motions and other technical assistance documents necessary to assist staff.
  • Developing relationships with nonprofits and clinics who work with Step Forward’s clients.
  • Developing relationships with prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, domestic and sexual violence nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders in the criminal and civil justice systems who work for the benefit of immigrants.
  • Engage in community activities, such as Know Your Rights presentations, media interviews, and tabling at events
  • Drafting and reviewing community education materials
  • May perform other similar or related duties, which may not be specifically included within this position description, but which are consistent within the general level of the job and the responsibilities described.

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate
  • Some immigration law experience preferred
  • Spanish proficiency required (will be tested at interview)
  • Strong interest in providing representation to low-income communities and survivors of crimes
  • Strong case management, legal research, and legal writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure
  • California driver license and have access to a registered vehicle
  • Must be COVID-19 vaccinated

Compensation Package

Salary

  • Depends on Experience

Generous Benefits

  • 100% employer-covered medical insurance (includes, health, dental, and vision for staff)
  • Accrued paid time off includes: 2 Weeks (80-hours) Paid-Time Off (PTO); 7 Days (56-hours) Personal/Floating Holidays; and 5 Days (40-hours) Paid Sick Days
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • CalSavers Retirement Fund
  • Paid Bar Dues
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Position qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

Instructions to Apply

Please submit the following material to email apply@stepfwd.org with the subject line: Staff Attorney Application

Please submit all material in PDF format and name the document with the Last Name_First Name_File name_ Year-Month Date (e.g. Last Name_First Name_Resume_Date)

  • Cover Letter that demonstrates Spanish proficiency
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample
  • Salary history, including desired salary
  • List of three (3) references





Immigration DOJ Representative

Posted: April 2022
Reports to: Executive Director
Position: Full Time, exempt
Location: Morgan Hill, CA & San Jose, CA (Currently Remote)

Organization Overview

Step Forward Foundation is a non-profit organization providing specialized legal services to low-income communities in Santa Clara, San Benito, and Monterey Counties. We are a small close-knit group of social justice minded professionals serving primarily victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. We currently provide immigration, family law, and limited-scope employment law representation. We promote work-life balance and mental health wellness within our organization. Come join our vibrant, fun, and warm team!

Step Forward staff is currently working remotely due to the COVID pandemic and engages in virtual meetings, communication, and case work. The Staff Attorney will be expected to be in the office (part-time to full-time) in the future depending on safety guidelines.

Position Overview

We are looking for a compassionate and ethical DOJ Representative to join our immigration team to provide one-on-one consultations and to represent individuals with USCIS.

Roles and Responsibilites

Before receiving DOJ Accreditation

  • Screen calls, set up and confirm client appointments, assist with mail and filing; perform administrative and clerical duties, as needed.
  • Shadow and support attorneys and DOJ representative on cases to learn and understand immigration processes.
  • Assist in preparation of application under the supervision of an attorney. Refrain from unauthorized practice of immigration law.

Before receiving DOJ Accreditation

  • Conduct client-centered intakes and legal consultations with prospective clients and other group legal clinics as required.
  • Direct legal representation and case preparation for immigrants on affirmative cases before USCIS and AAO. Cases may include: Asylum; Humanitarian Visas (U-Visa, T-Visa, and VAWA); Family Petitions; Adjustment of Status; Consular Processing; DACA; and Naturalization.
  • Compile and gather documents to prepare applications, petitions, and forms for clients.
  • Stay informed regarding changes and updates in applicable law, rules, procedures, policies, and practices relating to the functions assigned.
  • Maintains accurate, complete, and recordkeeping of confidential case files.
  • May perform other similar or related duties, which may not be specifically included within this position description, but which are consistent within the general level of the job and the responsibilities described.

Qualifications

  • Associates degree or higher and 2 years of relevant experience; or a combination of education and relevant experience
  • Some immigration law experience preferred
  • Spanish proficiency required (will be tested at interview)
  • Strong interest in providing representation to low-income communities and survivors of crimes
  • Knowledge and familiarity with culture and community of immigrant/refugee population(s)
  • Ability to understand, analyze, and interpret immigration laws and regulations
  • Ability to prioritize across multiple types of work and coordinate the work of others
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure
  • California driver license and have access to a registered vehicle
  • Must be COVID-19 vaccinated

Compensation Package

Salary

  • Depends on Experience

Generous Benefits

  • 100% employer-covered medical insurance (includes, health, dental, and vision for staff)
  • Accrued paid time off includes: 2 Weeks (80-hours) Paid-Time Off (PTO); 7 Days (56-hours) Personal/Floating Holidays; and 5 Days (40-hours) Paid Sick Days
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • CalSavers Retirement Fund
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Position qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

Instructions to Apply

Please submit the following material to email apply@stepfwd.org with the subject line: Staff Attorney Application

Please submit all material in PDF format and name the document with the Last Name_First Name_File name_ Year-Month Date (e.g. Last Name_First Name_Resume_Date)

  • Cover Letter that demonstrates Spanish proficiency
  • Resume
  • Salary history, including desired salary
  • List of three (3) references





*Step Forward is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds, especially individuals from immigrant and refugee communities. People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ persons, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to seek employment at Step Forward.