Do you have a strong background in Law and a passion for social justice and helping underserved communities? Are you interested in making an impact at a fast paced, recognized 501(c)(3) public interest law firm that provides pro bono services to victims of human and civil rights violations? If your answer is yes, please read on.
We are looking for a Director of Legal Support and Strategy to join our Leadership Team and help move our organization forward through strategic program planning, program management, and legal casework. Our ideal candidate is someone who has the technical background in Immigration Law and experience leading and collaborating with a team. We seek someone who is passionate about serving indigent communities, strengthening community engagement, and expanding our legal services and programs to their full potential.
Keep Reading If You Are:
A Strategic Thought Leader who knows how to create, design, and implement strategic programs and communication plans in close partnership with team members and leadership team, being attentive to priorities, projects and people.
A Charismatic Relationship Builder who is a natural at developing and fostering relationships and building collaboration. You are personable, friendly, calm, and patient. You have true passion and empathy for clients.
An Excellent Communicator who successfully navigates relationships with internal and external stakeholders, facilitating and building consensus. Your strong communication and writing skills establishes open channels of communication and consistently engage peers, clients, and colleagues.
Extremely Detail-Oriented with the ability to focus on big picture and minor details for extended periods of time and identify discrepancies in case reports, program plans, and strategic communication pieces.
An Energetic Multi-Tasker who has the ability to effectively prioritize, organize resources, and manage multiple tasks, be flexible, and meet deadlines with a high level of quality and creativity.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Within the first 30-60 days and ongoing:
- Learns Casa Cornelia’s processes, procedures, programs, legal services, law practices, and responsibilities.
- Meets and builds rapport with the Pro Bono Program Managing Attorney, Volunteer Interpreter and Translator Program/ Information Systems Manager, Support Services Coordinator, and the Communications Coordinator.
- Becomes familiar with Casa Cornelia’s Electronic Case Management System and learns how to document important information and data for cases, projects, audits, and reports.
Within the first 3-6 months and ongoing:
- Oversees the Pro Bono Program, Internship Program, Volunteer and Translator Program, and Client Support and Communication Team. Provides daily and on-going support, direction, and collaborates with team members and volunteers on various projects.
- Partners with Executive Director to develop strategic program plans with identified timelines, budgets, and stakeholders; and begins implementing program improvements where needed.
- Is involved in at least 1-2 legal cases, providing direct representation and assistance for clients within Litigation, Children, or Victim of Crime programs.
- Meets with Leadership Team weekly and shares program audits and reports with impactful data. Details what is working well and any inefficiencies and presents plans for improvement. Provides input and ideas for other recommendations for program and process improvements.
Within 12 months and ongoing:
- Open and clear channels of communication have been established, allowing for everyone’s voice and opinions to be heard, inspiring innovation and organizational improvement.
- Performance reviews are conducted annually for all team members, acknowledging team members accomplishments, areas of development and thoughtful plans created.
- Community engagement is encouraged and human rights awareness consistently being promoted through all strategic communication platforms.
- Has directly participated in 5-10 cases, assisting with the preparation of casework and representation of clients.
- Has overseen, participated in, and contributed to the success of at least 5-8 grant proposals and 3-5 communications pieces.
EDUCATION, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE:
- Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from an ABA accredited law school required
- License to practice law in a state or jurisdiction of the United States and being in good standing with the relevant licensing authority required; CA Bar license strongly preferred
- 5+ years practicing law, ideally in immigration, and 3+ years supervising and coaching legal staff and mid-level managers required
- A Master of Social Work degree from an accredited university with history of legal or social services program development preferred
- Working experience with a case management system as well as G-Suite and Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint required
- Fluency in a foreign language regularly spoken by the firm’s clients preferred (Spanish, French and/or Arabic)
- Proven ability to interface and work with a Board of Directors and supporting development operations for a not-for-profit required
- Demonstrated scholastic aptitude or history of publication preferred
WHO WE ARE:
Casa Cornelia Law Center is a 501(c)(3) public interest law firm providing quality pro bono legal services to victims of human and civil rights violations. The Center has a primary commitment to the indigent persons within the immigrant community in Southern California. Casa Cornelia strives to educate others regarding the impact of immigration law and policy on society and the public good.
We strive to foster a spirit of simplicity, honesty, kindness, and cheerfulness among colleagues and with those we serve. Through meaningful collaboration, humility, and a driven and innovative team, we are able to provide exceptional support and services to our clients with compassion.
BENEFITS INCLUDE: Medical, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance. Additionally, the candidate will qualify for paid and sick time off, twelve paid holidays, retirement plan, bar dues, trainings, and a rewarding and professional work environment.
TO APPLY: Email your (1) Cover Letter of Interest, (2) Resume and (3) References to: Applications@CasaCornelia.org.
Please see our website located at www.CasaCornelia.org to learn more about CCLC’s work.
Casa Cornelia Law Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.