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Senior Program Officer

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Public Interest

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Date Last Verified

Sep 27, 2021

Valid Through

Jan 10, 2022

Posted on

Sep 04, 2021

Years of Experience

3-5 yrs required


Sacramento, CA, United States

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Practice Area
Immigration >> Immigration
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Senior Program Officer
The candidate (Immigration Legal Services, Afghan Placement, and Assistance (APA) Program) will provide virtual and on-site support, guidance, and mentoring to the field offices across the United States to ensure sites are well poised to provide essential immigration legal services to recent arrivals from Afghanistan, including parolees. Will manage capacity Building and Technical Assistance and Training. Work with the immigration legal staff at various field offices to develop and implement tailored legal response efforts in support of Afghan parolee clients, including services related to Special Immigrant Visas, employment authorization, adjustment of status, family-sponsored petitions, in addition to humanitarian parole and other humanitarian-based forms of legal relief such as asylum. Train and mentor immigration field staff, including DOJ-accredited representatives and attorneys, on legal pathways and eligibility for relief for Afghan parolee clients. Develop materials, such as staff-facing practice advisories and client-facing legal orientations and Know Your Rights presentations for use across the national network of immigration legal services. Respond to inquiries from immigration legal staff regarding specific Afghan parolee cases, and provide technical legal assistance to immigration field staff on complex client cases. Provide remote and on-site monitoring of Afghan Placement and Assistance (APA) Program such as management of legal cases, client referrals, and tracking client data/outcomes where appropriate. Attend relevant training and stay current on immigration law and policy, especially as it relates to the Afghan parolee situation. Provide direct Legal Assistance. Conduct legal intakes and provide legal consultations with Afghan parolee clients and community members. Provide direct legal representation to Afghan clients, including assistance with employment authorization documents, adjustment of status, family reunification, and humanitarian parole. Make eligibility determinations for relief from removal, including asylum. Conduct legal orientation/Know Your Rights presentations for Afghan communities. Cross Collaboration with internal programs and external stakeholders. Coordinate closely within the multidisciplinary wrap-around services teams, including the Safety and Wellness Unit, to identify need for legal services and facilitate referrals to services offered in-house and through partnerships with external providers. Work closely with Caseworker(s) and/or other organizations providing high-quality, comprehensive case management to Afghan families and individuals, who are seeking asylum or another form of permanent status in the US. Build and collaborate with a network of pro bono attorneys on conducting asylum clinics and remote humanitarian parole applications.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate must have a Juris Doctor degree (with Bar membership in good standing in any U.S. state) or Department of Justice accreditation and 3-5 years’ experience of immigration legal services work, preferably with refugees and other vulnerable migrants. Should have familiarity with the US Refugee Admissions Program and US immigration law, including the US asylum system. Should preferably have 1-2 years of experience working on affirmative and/or defensive asylum cases. Prior legal supervision experience ideal. Should have the ability to work independently and as a team member in a diverse, fast-paced environment. Strong critical thinking, research, and analytical skills; Solid training, presentation, and team-building skills are required. Must have experience organizing and facilitating immigration workshops and immigration information sessions; working with and/or building pro bono networks. Evidence of capacity to be a strong team member in a highly collaborative social service environment is required. Trauma-informed and sensitive listening and communication skills are required. Personal integrity in handling ethically complex and confidential situations is needed. Should have strong computer literacy, research, and analysis skills. Should preferably be bilingual in one or more languages of the Afghan parolee population (e.g., Dari, Pashto); The ability to travel within the U.S. up to 60-75% (estimated) is required.

Additional info

Requisition ID: req19900.

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International Rescue Committee
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New York City, NY 10168-1289

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