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Immigration Attorney / Program Director

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Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC) seeks an attorney with immigration law experience to direct its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic (MSLC) in Lexington. The Program Director Attorney will engage in:

Legal representation: a variety of immigration proceedings including family-based petitions, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, citizenship and U and T visa applications.

Program administration: oversight of case intake and our online case management system; program-related fundraising and grant reporting.

Outreach and education: provision of clear, reliable information to practitioners, the public and immigrant community about immigration and immigration law.

The position may also involve occasional policy advocacy around immigration-related matters, primarily at the state level. The position is full time.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Program Director Attorney will:
  • Supervise initial intake interviews of clients
  • Review intake information and determine whether to accept representation
  • Represent clients before federal agencies and occasionally in state court
  • Conduct limited litigation and appellate work
  • Engage in occasional policy advocacy before administrative and legislative bodies
  • Conduct outreach to client communities
  • Provide education to service providers, the legal community and the community at large
  • Provide technical assistance on immigration law matters to attorneys and advocates
  • Participate in program-related grant writing, reporting and fundraising efforts
  • Train, supervise and manage MSLC staff, law school interns and volunteers
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of MSLC, including intake and case management systems, with supervision and direction from KEJC Executive Director and Senior Staff attorney

Education and Experience
Juris Doctor with at least 1 year of immigration law experience preferred, plus active bar membership (preferably in Kentucky).

Additional Qualifications
The successful candidate will demonstrate:
  • Knowledge of issues affecting low-income immigrants
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively verbally and in writing
  • Experience with case management, program and grants management
  • Experience designing and delivering trainings for diverse audiences
  • Experience supervising non-attorneys and volunteers
  • Experience working with diverse constituencies
  • Self-motivation and ability to take initiative
  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish and English
  • Active membership in a state bar and willingness to seek admission to the Kentucky bar (if not a member)

Location
Maxwell Street Legal Clinic is located in Lexington, Kentucky.

Salary and Benefits
$40,800 to $46,200, depending on experience. Generous fringe benefits include health and retirement, dental, life and disability coverage. KEJC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but we provide health and retirement benefits through participation in state employee plans.

Application Instructions
Please email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample and a list of three references to

Richard Seckel, Director
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

References should include mailing and email address and phone number.

Application Deadline
December 20, 2016. Note that we will interview promising candidates on a rolling basis.

For more information
Contact Richard Seckel, Director, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY, 40507. Email: richseckel@kyequaljustice. Phone: 859-233-3057. Fax: 859-233-0007.

About Us

Kentucky Equal Justice Center was formed in 1976 to work with all of Kentucky’s civil legal services programs on statewide issues and projects. Today, we are a flexible and responsive public interest advocacy organization with a wide variety of community partners. We convene periodic statewide task forces in multiple areas of poverty law—Consumer and Housing, Family, Welfare and Health and Workers’ Rights—and provide immigration law services through Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Our work includes litigation and policy advocacy in all these areas.

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic (MSLC) became a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center in January, 2008. Launched in 1999 by community volunteers, the Clinic offers free or low cost advice and assistance with immigration law to low-income people and their families. The program helps people fleeing persecution in their home countries; immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes; youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; and Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens seeking reunification with family members. MSLC also houses a vibrant Citizenship Project which helps eligible permanent residents apply and prepare for the naturalization process.
Kentucky Equal Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Kentucky Equal Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.


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VISTA Equal Justice Outreach Specialist

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a VISTA member to serve as an Equal Justice Outreach Specialist through its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. The member will join our creative outreach and communications teams. With the help of staff and community volunteers, the member will build, create and help recruit volunteers for:
  • Community education and prevention programs and partnerships addressing workers’ rights and family financial stability, with a focus on the Latino community
  • Monthly self-help wage claim clinics for workers faced with wage theft
  • Enhanced communications that engage and empower essential audiences

Audiences for communications include anti-poverty community partners, the media, donors and, most important, low-income working families themselves. The member will also receive training in tax preparation and during tax season will help manage an area site for free low-income tax assistance.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Equal Justice Outreach Specialist will:
  • Network with community partners to find sites and hosts for outreach activities, with a focus on immigrant and Latino communities
  • Gather, adapt and create empowerment-oriented communications including verbal and PowerPoint presentations, fliers and brochures in English and Spanish, on workers’ rights, job entry and family financial issues
  • Conduct community education and outreach, including workshops, presentations and appearances at community events
  • With KEJC’s Employment Law Attorney, develop, market and manage monthly onsite self-help wage claim clinics including volunteer recruitment and training
  • Achieve certification in low-income tax preparation, recruit volunteers and help manage the bilingual free tax assistance program at Parkside Development in Lexington
  • Participate in Maxwell Street case intake by building a written and online referral directory of community resources that can help individuals and families with non-immigration issues
  • Build and operate infrastructure for communications, including a media list and press release template, enhanced list management protocols, quarterly newsletter designs and website improvements
  • Provide ongoing news content for essential audiences—donors, advocacy partners, community service agencies and low income families—including management of social media for Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
  • Participate in project development and management for implementation of website and newsletter improvements • Engage in planning, marketing and logistics for our 40th anniversary celebration, including release of an online annual report and retrospective

Qualifications

The ideal Equal Justice Outreach Specialist will:
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and oral, with a focus on clear communications to public audiences
  • Be proficient speaking and writing in Spanish and English
  • Be comfortable speaking in front of groups • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting, sensitive to language and cultural issues
  • Have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills • Have strong computer skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Be well-versed in social media communications and broadcast email tools
  • Be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities
  • Be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team
  • Have some knowledge of low income issues and a commitment to social justice
  • Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Proficiency in Spanish and English a must. Education, training or experience in journalism, communications, marketing, or community organizing a plus.

Stipend and Benefits

VISTA stipend of $973 a month plus individual health coverage and, if needed, child care. Members who complete 1700 hours during the year are eligible for an educational bonus of $5,730 or a cash bonus of $125 for each month served.

Starting Date

Required VISTA orientation starts November 1.

Application Deadline

September 12, 2016

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to:

Richard Seckel, Director
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

Please put “Equal Justice Outreach Specialist” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a mailing address, phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information

Contact Richard Seckel, Director, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY, 40507. Email: richseckel@kyequaljustice.org. Phone: 859-233-3057.


About Us

Kentucky Equal Justice Center was formed in 1976 to work with all of Kentucky’s civil legal services programs on statewide issues and projects. Today we are a flexible and responsive public interest advocacy organization with a wide variety of community partners. We convene periodic statewide task forces in four areas of poverty law—Consumer and Housing, Family, Welfare and Health and Workers’ Rights—and provide immigration law services through Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Our work includes policy advocacy in all these areas.

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic became a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center in January, 2008. Launched in 1999 by community volunteers, the Clinic offers free or low cost advice and assistance with immigration law to low-income people and their families. The program helps people fleeing persecution in their home countries; immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes; youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; and Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens seeking reunification with family members. MSLC also houses a vibrant Citizenship Project which helps eligible permanent residents apply and prepare for the naturalization process.