Immigration Legal Services Director

POSITION TITLE: Immigration Legal Services Director

FLSA STATUS: Exempt

DEPARTMENT: Immigration Legal Services

REPORTS TO: COO

SUPERVISORY: Yes

LOCATION: 7162 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45237

Position Summary:

The Immigration Legal Services Director will perform immigration attorney duties, representing individuals in immigration related cases.  This position will provides legal counsel and advice on immigration-related cases with a focus on humanitarian immigration benefits, such as U- and T-visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum. Represents CCSWO-identified clients in legal proceedings as appropriate to complete their immigration case. Advise CCSWO clients on their rights and responsibilities. The ILS Director will also provide management and ongoing development of ILS staff and administrative practices of the Immigration Legal Services program.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide direct legal representation to clients in immigration-related cases, including but not limited to family-based visas, Consular Processing, naturalization, U- and T-visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum.
  • Keep clients informed of the status of their case and reasonably respond to client questions during the normal course of representation.
  • Maintain case files with current information and documentation in accordance with office policies and procedures.
  • Supervise ILS staff and volunteers on case services in the areas of family-based visas, Consular Processing, naturalization, U- and T-visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and asylum..
  • Supervise the Safe Release Support Program, which assists potential sponsors of unaccompanied immigrant children (UACs) in completing background check requirements for release of UACs from government custody.
  • Supervise the Bilingual Intake Specialist.
  • Develop and implement departmental policies and procedures that promote effective, efficient service delivery.
  • Collaborate with other agency departments and engage with agency leadership on the Admin Team during regular meetings and on special projects.
  • Serve on the Continuous Quality Improvement committee, which promotes effective service delivery agency-wide.
  • Participate in the program funding process, including grant writing, funder reports, and donor relations/development.
  • Participate in regular community outreach, including presentations to client communities, funders, and the wider community as well as assisting at legal workshops hosted by CCSWO.
  • Participate in community coalitions, including but not limited to: Archdiocesan and interfaith immigrant rights groups.
  • Commit approximately 20% of time to travel locally for court hearings, community outreach events, client meetings, etc. Travel to Cleveland, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky for immigration hearings required for removal defense cases.
  • Comply with all federal, state, and local professional ethical rules and regulations.
  • Uphold the agency’s mission statement.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Immigration Attorney, Paralegals, Safe Release Support Supervisor, Safe Release Specialist, Bilingual Intake Specialist, and ILS volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. License to practice law in Ohio, a member of the Ohio Bar, and registered to practice in front of the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
  2. Juris Doctor, required.
  3. Three years of immigration law experience, preferred.
  4. Three years of experience in a supervisor role.
  5. Fluency in Spanish and/or additional languages other than English
  6. Good oral and written communication skills.
  7. Good analytical skills to make decisions in the best interest of the clients and the agency.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work with partners and groups.
  9. Culturally competent.
  10. State Motor Vehicle Operator’s License that meets CCSWOH current carrier guidelines.
  11. Proficient in computer-based case management systems and Microsoft Office Suite.

Organizational Responsibility:

Employees of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio will have knowledge of the Catholic faith, a willingness to work for a Catholic, faith-based agency and adhere to the policies of Catholic Charities. Employees will not publicly oppose the teachings of the Catholic Faith nor publicly advocate for any position in conflict with Catholic teaching, or the specific positions of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati or the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This requirement includes any public speech, demonstration or writing including the use of social media or other digital technologies.

Work Environment:

Typical office environment, with minimal exposure to excessive noise or adverse environmental issues.

Physical Demands:

Must be able to meet the following physical requirements, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  1. Use hands to manipulate, handle, feel, and control items or equipment
  2. Talk to other employees/clients and hear them
  3. See and be able to read, write, and interpret written documents
  4. Occasionally lift and move objects weighing up to 15 pounds

Please submit resume to [email protected]