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Immigration Attorney or DOJ Accredited Rep

Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC) seeks an attorney or DOJ-accredited representative with immigration law experience to join its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic (MSLC) in Lexington. The Immigration Staff Attorney or DOJ-Accredited Rep will engage in:

  • Immigration application assistance:  a variety of immigration applications including citizenship, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and U visas

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

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will:

  • Provide legal counsel and representation for clients in a variety of immigration matters

  • Prepare cases for submission to the federal agency issuing immigration benefits

  • Occasionally represent juveniles before family and probate court for matters ancillary to immigration legal work (when licensed to practice law in Kentucky)

  • Conduct public education and outreach on immigration law and forms of relief available

  • Collaborate with local community organizations and partners

  • Competently manage cases, including use of our immigration law case management system

  • Maintain accurate, complete, and confidential case files

  • Keep up-to-date records needed for reporting

  • Participate in grant compliance, reporting, and fundraising

Education and Experience

Preferred qualification:

  • Juris Doctor with bar membership in the in Kentucky

 

Additional options include:

 

  • Juris Doctor with potential to become licensed in Kentucky within 6 months of hire

  • Other relevant degree and experience, eligible to become accredited with Department of Justice within 6 months of hire

 

Additional Qualifications

The ideal candidate also will demonstrate:

 

  • A high level of proficiency in English and Spanish (required)

  • Knowledge of, and experience in, working with people who are foreign-born representing different cultures and economic backgrounds

  • Strong public speaking skills in Spanish

  • Ability to manage a client caseload for immigration legal benefits

  • Ability to work well independently and in a small team of immigration attorneys, legal assistants, students, and volunteers

 

Location

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic is located in Lexington, KY, near the University of Kentucky campus.

Salary and Benefits 

Attorney salary $43,200 or higher DOE.  Non-attorney salary $36,000 or higher DOE.  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.

 

Starting Date  

February 1, 2022, or as soon as possible afterward.

 

Application Instructions

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

 

Allison Hight, Interim Program Director

ahight@kyequaljustice.org

 

References should include email address and phone number. 

 

Application Deadline 

Open until filled.

For more information 

Contact Allison Hight, Interim Director, Maxwell Street Legal Clinic.  Email:  ahight@kyequaljustice.org.  Phone:  859-233-3840. 

 

Diversity Statement

KEJC welcomes your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

Immigration Attorney Program Director  deadline extended!

 

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; staff training and supervision; 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 one year of immigration law experience preferred, plus active bar membership (preferably in Kentucky).  Additional Qualifications:

  • 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, diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • 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, near the University of Kentucky.

Salary and Benefits 

$43,326 to $49,866, 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 Deadline  

November 30, 2021.  Note that we will interview promising candidates on a rolling basis.

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 an email address and phone number. 

Starting Date  

November 15, 2021, or as soon as possible. 

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. 

Diversity Statement

KEJC encourages your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

Communications Coordinator  postion filled 

 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center (KEJC) seeks a versatile, full-time communications specialist to enhance the impact of our advocacy, outreach and fundraising.  KEJC embraces abundance and believes every Kentuckian has the right to health care, housing, fair pay, food, education, and safety.  KEJC’s Communications Coordinator will work alongside staff and a diverse array of allied advocacy organizations and directly-impacted people to generate, gather and distribute information and tell stories that:

 

  • Communicate the benefits and outcomes of health reform in Kentucky and demonstrate the value of a robust public assistance safety net;

  • Inform debate and engage a growing social media audience in issues affecting low-income Kentuckians and working families;

  • Advocate for a justice system that treats people fairly and adopts processes that give all Kentuckians a fair chance at justice;

  • Build power with directly impacted people; and

  • Support our fundraising and development

 

Duties and responsibilities

The Communications Coordinator will work with our director, staff and partner organizations to:

 

  • Establish and implement a communications calendar identifying audiences, topics, stories and distribution channels including social media, earned media, email newsletters, podcasts, and videos

  • Develop down-to-earth, non-partisan stories and messages that share concrete and accurate information about the implementation and impact of health reform in Kentucky

  • Help develop messaging themes and campaigns around advocacy topics from housing to hunger to immigration

  • Find low-income Kentuckians and other stakeholders willing to tell their story; obtain consent; meet deadlines for posting; and manage the resulting story bank

  • Create, schedule and post content  for KEJC’s social media channels, website, and email lists consistent with the communications plan 

  • Collaborate with KEJC staff to identify processes for using content they are already creating 

  • Create Action Network campaigns to connect Kentuckians with their elected officials; develop strategies to engage Action Network audiences in additional activity 

  • Work with KEJC staff to ensure data flows and processes that allow KEJC to build relationships with Kentuckians who use our legal apps and Action Network campaigns 

  • Participate in national social media campaigns consistent with KEJC advocacy 

  • Ensure reliability, consistency, clarity and relevance in the use of data, including use of info-graphics to illustrate concepts and trends

  • Coordinate media outreach including press releases, press events and editorial board contacts

  • Monitor print, broadcast and social media for project-relevant articles and postings to share

  • Track relevant metrics to see whether messages reach intended audiences

  • Keep up to date on state and federal programs and proposals that affect low-income Kentuckians

  • Assist in reporting to funders and our board

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

 

  • Outstanding communications skills, both written and oral, including ability to craft messages for diverse public audiences

  • Organizational skills sufficient to manage a project with multiple contributors, tasks and deadlines

  • Comfort and experience reaching out to both affected Kentuckians and professionals in multiple and diverse community settings

  • Experience and skill in creating, scheduling and maximizing distribution of content for web-based and social media, including websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and broadcast email

  • Knowledge of print and broadcast media outlets in Kentucky, especially through internships or past employment

  • Skills in gathering, managing and posting audio and video content on social media  

  • Successful experience with a communications, marketing or other short-term informational campaign

  • Ability to work with a high level of independence while part of a team 

  • Knowledge of low-income issues and a commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion

  • A valid drivers’ license and reliable transportation

 

The ideal candidate will have completed undergraduate studies in journalism, communications, marketing, graphic design or similar field of study and participated in at least one prior relevant project or campaign.  Spanish proficiency and substantive knowledge of low-income policy issues are a plus, especially health, hunger, housing, consumer and public benefits. Much of our messaging is relevant to Spanish-speaking audiences.

    

Location

KEJC has offices in Lexington and Louisville, but we seek to hire the most outstanding candidate for this position regardless of where they are located. Remote work currently permitted.

Salary and benefits 

Salary of $34,800 to $39,904 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. 

 

Note that we will consider proposals from candidates who operate as and meet the criteria for independent contractors, as well as candidates available for part-time work up to 20 hours a week.  $16 to $19 an hour DOE for part-time employment (benefits not included).

Grant Funded Position 

The Communications Coordinator position is made possible by a diverse set of grants.  We anticipate the position will remain full-time for several years, but continuation is contingent on successful renewal of grants and our annual budget process.

Starting Date  

November 1, 2021, or as soon as possible. 

Application Instructions 

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

Richard Seckel, Director 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center 

richseckel@kyequaljustice.org 

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

 

Application Deadline

October 22, 2021

 

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.


Diversity Statement
KEJC encourages your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

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; Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens seeking reunification with family members; and Lawful Permanent Residents seeking citizenship.