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Immigration Attorney in New York City, NY

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Company name

International Rescue Committee

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area


Years of Experience

6-8 yrs required


USA New York City, NY

Date Last Verified

Mar 13,2018

Posted on

Nov 15,2017

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Director, Immigration Duties: Develop and implement agency-wide policy, protocols, and practices on immigration law, practices, and procedures for the immigration network that are consistent with existing policies and procedures; engage actively with immigration network staff, Executive Directors, Regional Directors, and US Programs senior management to facilitate and resolve immigration program issues and strengthen IRC’s immigration work; communicate regularly with Sr. Director, Program Quality & Innovation, and report regularly to US Programs Senior Management on operational, programmatic, and statistical issues such as personnel, monthly immigration statistical field and HQ reports, law enforcement issues, legal matters, etc. Supervise USP immigration technical unit staff and recruit, oversee, evaluate and develop staff, volunteers and interns; support oversight of immigration field staff in coordination with Executive Directors in each site, and assist with recruitment and evaluation of key program staff in the field offices. Set strategy for overall program development and quality assurance; provide day-to-day and ongoing oversight to programs, including service delivery, quality control, new initiatives, and ensuring appropriate outcomes (both qualitatively and quantitatively), through legal, technical, and administrative support. Ensure unit conducts quality assurance site visits to review and evaluate immigration legal services and BIA accredited representatives in local offices. Develop and coordinate the delivery of new immigration legal services depending on changes in immigration law. Develop and implement alternative methods of service delivery (i.e., incorporating technology to deliver remote services, online application assistance, workshops/clinics for naturalization applications and other types of applications). Work with external evaluators to assess the effectiveness of programming and make changes accordingly. Work with new IRC local offices to commence provision of immigration legal services. Ensure attains and maintains recognition and accreditation for all appropriate sites and staff. Supervise in-house mentoring program for individuals seeking DoJ accreditation or for improved performance; supervise the submission of recognition applications for new offices seeking to provide immigration legal services; work collaboratively with the DoJ for the approval of these applications and seek to expand Recognition and Accreditation. Promote innovative learning environment through knowledge management mechanisms that facilitate systematic exchange of information, good practices, and lessons learned, including intranets, communities of practice, national conferences, webinars, etc. Work with other partner in the delivery of immigration legal trainings as needed. Maintain oversight and input into annual budgets for Immigration technical unit; ensure monthly review of budget-to-actuals to monitor burn rates and to support the sustainability and expansion of immigration legal services. Provide oversight and administration of budgets as it relates to the national grants and funding. Oversee development of budgets to support proposals to fund the Immigration technical unit. Work with office and immigration staff to review and revise as needed the immigration service fees as a key component to sustainability of each office’s immigration program.

Qualification and Experience

REQUIREMENTS: JD Degree and Bar Admission required. 6-8 years’ work experience in Immigration legal services. 3+ years’ program management experience, including staff supervision and budget oversight. Extensive knowledge of immigration law, applications and petitions in relevant areas such as family-based reunification, naturalization, and refugee adjustment, and domestic and overseas refugee processing required. Familiarity with U.S. Refugee Admissions Program desired. Prior experience and/or collaboration with DHS, DoS and UNHCR preferred. Strong analytical, training, organizational, oral, and written communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and partners in a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary environment; excellent interpersonal, diplomatic and networking skills, ability to manage a variety of internal and external relationships, to multi-task and prioritize tasks. Proven leadership and management skills to lead staff and promote productivity, and ability to be flexible and to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Spanish language skills a plus.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
International Rescue Committee
122 East
42nd Street
New York City, NY 10168-1289