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Immigration Staff Attorney or DOJ Accredited Rep --- deadline extended!

 

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 Staff Attorney 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 government 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.

 

Salary and Benefits 

Attorney salary $40,800 or higher DOE. Non-attorney salary $34,200 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 

December 16, 2020, or as soon as possible.

Application Instructions

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

 

Leah Engle, Program Director

leahengle@kyequaljustice.org

 

References should include email address and phone number. 

 

Application Deadline  

Target date December 1, but open until filled.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as received.  

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.

VOCA Legal Assistant  --- deadline extended!

 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a full-time bilingual Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Legal Assistant for its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. The VOCA Legal Assistant will assist case handlers serving immigration victims of crime with client intake, appointment scheduling, case file set up and management, translations and interpretation, timekeeping, and grant reporting.

Duties and responsibilities

To help us serve immigrant victims of crime, the VOCA Legal Assistant will:

  • Conduct client intake via telephone or in-person interviews in English and Spanish, as well as other languages through use of telephonic interpretation service

  • Meet daily with VOCA case handlers to discuss client eligibility for grant-funded services and next steps in cases

  • Assisting case handlers with cases, including working with community partners, gathering records, and communicating with clients

  • Schedule appointments for clients with their case handlers

  • Refer clients to other service providers for support services for victims of crime

  • Translate documents between English and Spanish

  • Provide interpretation between English and Spanish during client consultations, including consultations with volunteer attorneys

  • Create and maintain case files for clients and input data related to legal cases into case management software

  • Monitor pending cases for U nonimmigrant status, including annual case updates for clients and change of address

  • General office and administrative work

  • Complete required time and attendance sheets, programmatic documentation, reports and statistics

Qualifications

The VOCA Legal Assistant must be fluent in English and Spanish.  The successful candidate will also:

 

  • Have strong communication skills, both written and verbal

  • 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

  • Have some knowledge of internet communications 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, particularly immigrants’ rights

Additional language skills, as well as prior experience with immigration law, the immigrant community, and/or case management software are also strongly preferred.

 

Location 

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic is located in Lexington, KY.

Salary and benefits
Full time position.  Salary $31,200 to $35,600 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 or county employee plans.

Starting Date

November 16, 2020, or as soon as possible.

Application Deadline: Target date November 30, 2020. Open until filled. Qualified candidates may be interviewed before the deadline.

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

 

Leah Engle, Program Director Attorney
Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
leahengle@kyequaljustice.org


Please put “VOCA Legal Assistant” 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. No phone calls please.

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.

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Resource Organizer -- position filled

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a collaborative, resourceful person with excellent communication and project management skills to help drive our resource development. The Resource Organizer will work with the Director and engage with teams of staff to implement a fundraising plan, achieve sustainability of current projects and help launch new ones. Key elements of the position include:

 

  • Donor and funder engagement:  Developing and carrying out a plan for outreach to, contact with and communication geared to the interests of donors and other funders

  • Grant seeking, writing and reporting:  Managing and communicating deadlines, tasks and progress with a goal of generating timely, creative, successful proposals and reports

  • Building brand recognition, including public events and public profile:  Helping conceive, design, target periodic communications and events geared to diverse supporters

 

Deliverables include growth in donors and achievement of diverse funding portfolios for general support and key projects.  The ideal candidate is highly organized, collaborates effectively with both the Director and project staff, and has impeccable attention to detail.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Resource Organizer will:

 

  • Provide central coordination for development activities including internal and external scheduling, fundraising work plans, grant reporting, and donor communications

  • Function as an information clearinghouse for all development activities

  • Provide direct support to principals on all fundraising activities

  • Track and maintain donor and prospect records, including outreach and contributions

  • Schedule donor meetings, phone calls, and travel for fundraising principals

  • Manage donor acknowledgement and maintain related records

  • Coordinate the assembly and submission of foundation proposals and reports 

  • Produce materials for development meetings and follow-up

  • Research foundation and individual prospects; compile background information as needed

  • Manage and execute creative donor engagement projects and activities

  • Coordinate logistics for fundraising events including event details (venue, food, entertainment) and fundraising details (invitation, guest lists, RSVPs)

  • Manage donor communications and ensure timely schedule of activity

  • Create regular fundraising reports as needed 

  • Assist the Director with planning and tracking communications with stakeholders and funders

  • Support the best use of Director’s time by helping schedule meetings and maintain calendar

  • Compile materials for the Director’s meetings and speaking engagements including background information and “leave behind” materials

  • Assist the Director with administrative tasks including maintaining resources, contacts and files geared to fundraising

  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have or demonstrate:

 

  • A Bachelor's degree or commensurate experience in nonprofit management, public administration, public interest advocacy or a related field

  • Strong interest in development, fundraising and communications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, collaborative personality and willingness to pitch in where needed 

  • A minimum of one to two years' experience in an administrative position, preferably in a not-for-profit development office

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and G Suite  

  • Experience with Salesforce or other donor management software a plus

  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, including demonstrated public-facing communications

  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet deadlines 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Impeccable attention to detail

  • Comfort working in a multi-cultural setting, with sensitivity to language and cultural issues

  • Ability to work on deadline, adapt to changing situations, handle confidential information, and switch between different projects and tasks on short notice

  • Knowledge of low income issues and a commitment to social justice

 

Experience with major gifts and with grant writing, budgeting and allocation helpful.  Proficiency in a second language, especially Spanish, is a plus.

 

Location

Kentucky Equal Justice Center has offices in Lexington and Louisville. Preferred location for the position is Lexington.

Salary and Benefits 

Starting salary $35,000 to $39,900, 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.

Two-Year Grant Funded Position

The Fellowship is funded by a two-year grant from Public Welfare Foundation.  Sustainability will depend on finding new sources of support. 

Starting Date  

August 1, 2020 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 “Resource Organizer” 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.

 

Application Deadline 

July 6, 2020

 

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 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.

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.

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