TEMPORARY (6 MONTHS) PARALEGAL OR DOJ-PARTIALLY ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVE—IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

$64000-75000
Paralegal/Legal Assistant
East Bay Community Law Center
Description

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

TEMPORARY (6 MONTHS) PARALEGAL OR DOJ-PARTIALLY ACCREDITED REPRESENTATIVE—IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is a non-profit legal services organization, the community-based clinical program for U.C. Berkeley Law School, and one of the Bay Area’s largest and most effective systems disrupters. With a dual service and teaching mission, EBCLC is a racial justice organization committed to building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on equity. With about 75 staff, 100 law students a year, and a nearly $10 million annual budget, EBCLC is the largest provider of free legal services in Alameda County, providing multimodal, collaborative, and holistic legal services to over 4,000 clients annually and engaging in legislative and policy advocacy at the state and local level.

The Opportunity

EBCLC seeks a Temporary Immigration Paralegal/DOJ-Partially Accredited Representative to support the application process for a wide variety of immigration remedies and provide administrative support to staff attorneys for a period of 6 months. The Temporary Immigration Paralegal/DOJ-Partially Accredited Representative enjoys substantial responsibilities in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment with competing priorities and deadlines, enjoys both working with a team and independently, excels at time management, has strong interpersonal skills, and performs detail-oriented research and writing.

 

EBCLC’s Immigration 14-member team includes 2 Co-Directors, 6 staff attorneys, 4 paralegals/DOJ Accredited Representatives, 1 program coordinator, and 1 social worker. The team provides a full range of legal and social work services to immigrants with limited income with a focus on the most underserved populations—people with disabilities and chronic illness, members of the LGBTQ community, youth, and existing EBCLC clients with other legal issues. Attorneys and advocates counsel and represent individuals in matters including Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Adjustment of Status, deportation defense, DACA, immigration effects of criminal convictions, Naturalization, Asylum, public benefits eligibility, waivers, T visas, and U visas. The practice represents clients before the asylum office, the United States Citizenship, and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Immigration Court.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work on a holistic-oriented legal team providing direct representation, screening, informational workshops, office hours, and outreach in the East Bay and students at UC Berkeley, local community colleges, and La Clínica de la Raza’s school-based health centers
  • Provide administrative support to attorneys and law students with the preparation, serving, and filing of legal pleadings (including preparation of exhibits and materials) in immigration, and state courts
  • Screen individuals – over the phone, through email, in the office, and at off-site locations – for eligibility for immigration services, assess legal issues, and provide or coordinate appropriate follow-up for assistance
  • Enter data into the client database to ensure accurate accounting of information and services disseminated to people seeking assistance as required for grant or project reporting
  • Manage client documents and files, including reading, analyzing, and organizing case-related, time-sensitive records, and assessing conflicts
  • Provide translation assistance by translating legal documents from Spanish into English, drafting correspondence (including records requests) in both English and Spanish and interpreting for client meetings and USCIS interviews as needed
  • Collaborate with internal and external service providers to link clients with housing, education, public benefits, and other social service resources
  • If eligible to become a DOJ-Partially Accredited Legal Representative, work with clients as a primary legal advocate on a caseload comprised of, but not limited to, Naturalization, DACA, Adjustment of Status, USCIS interviews, document renewals (employment authorization documents, lawful permanent resident cards, etc.), and preliminary investigation matters (FOIA requests, criminal record requests, etc.)
  • Additional tasks as assigned by the Supervisor

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Meets education, training, or work experience to be qualified as a paralegal under CA Business and Professions Code section 6450(c), which can include a certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the ABA or a high school diploma/GED with a minimum of three years law-related experience
  • 1 year of experience as an immigration paralegal
  • Fluency in Spanish with demonstrated ability to accurately and professionally translate legal documents and interpret between English and Spanish
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, case management, and legal forms software and databases. Able to pick up new computer skills quickly
  • Ability to work under pressure and in an empathetic and professional manner
  • Passion for the principles of racial justice, equity and for advancing the mission and work of EBCLC to increase justice through education and advocacy
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to be detail-oriented, multi-task, set priorities, and work independently, but in close coordination with other Immigration staff
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including people of color, people experiencing homelessness, immigrants, non-English speakers, people with mental disabilities, people experiencing domestic violence, law students, service providers, government employees, community partners, elected officials, and law school faculty.

 

Workplace Expectations

EBCLC is a hybrid workplace. The Temporary Immigration Paralegal/DOJ-Partially Accredited Representative will need to attend in-person client appointments, court proceedings, interviews, and/or engage in in-person fieldwork to support our clients and should expect to be in-office about 3 days/week. Your supervisor will review EBCLC’s Office Use Protocol with you, which outlines the safety protocols employees are expected to follow when using the office.

 

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for this non-exempt position is $64,000-$75,000 based on years of relevant experience as dictated by the EBCLC salary scale.

Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents, life and disability insurance, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, and holidays); EBCLC also offers flexible spending accounts for qualified health, dependent care, and commute expenditures; and retirement options.

 

Working at EBCLC

EBCLC is a unionized workplace and members of the bargaining unit are represented by the Engineers and Scientists of California Local 20, IFPTE. This temporary position is not part of the bargaining unit.

EBCLC is strongly committed to advancing justice through education and advocacy, and the need to transform legal services and legal education. Please take time to review EBCLC’s mission, vision, programs, and website, and ensure that your cover letter reflects how your background, experience, and expertise have prepared you to be successful in performing the responsibilities of the position.

 

Additionally, EBCLC is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace centered on equity and providing an inclusive, welcoming, and culturally responsive environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

 

To achieve this goal, EBCLC works actively to improve our office climate, systems and structures, communications, and community engagement to create an inclusive and respectful workplace where differences are acknowledged and valued.  In your cover letter, please address how your personal background and experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural responsiveness and diversity amongst our staff.

 

We strongly encourage individuals from traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. EBCLC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior contact with the criminal legal system, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit an application by visiting https://eastbaycommunitylawcenter.easyapply.co/ until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 2024.

A complete application must include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and names/contact information for two professional references. Please submit your complete application as one single PDF file by uploading it under “Upload Your Resume.”

*If you need technical assistance to submit your application, please message us or email hr@ebclc.org.