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Immigration Attorney Program Director

 

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 5, 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 

 

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.

Legal Assistant

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a part-time bilingual Legal Assistant for its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington.  The Legal Assistant will help with client intake, file management, translations/interpreting, and general administrative tasks. 

 

Duties and responsibilities

The Legal Assistant will:

 

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

  • Meet daily with program attorney to discuss client eligibility for Clinic’s services

  • Schedule appointments with clients; refer clients to other service providers

  • Translate various documents between English and Spanish

  • Provide interpretation between English and Spanish during client consultations

  • Create files for clients and input data into legal case management software

  • Perform various administrative tasks, e.g., answering calls, mailing closing letters, assisting with planning for fundraising events

 

Qualifications

The Legal Assistant should:

 

  • Be fluent in Spanish and English

  • 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.

 

Salary and benefits 

$15.50 to $17.35 an hour DOE.  Part-time, 16 to 20 hours a week, depending on funding.  Health and other fringe benefits not included.   

Application Instructions

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

Michelle Haubner, DOJ Accredited Rep

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic

michelleh@kyequaljustice.org

 

Please put “MSLC Legal Assistant” in the subject line of your email.  For each reference, include phone number, email address, job title, relationship to applicant.  Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  No phone calls please.

 

Application Deadline and Starting Date

Open until filled.  Starting date as soon as possible.

 

For more information 

Contact Michelle Haubner at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, 315 Lexington Avenue, Lexington, KY, 40508.  Email:  michelleh@kyequaljustice.org

 

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.

Housing Outreach Worker  position filled

 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks an energetic Housing Outreach Worker to help low-income Lexington-area residents who are behind in rent or facing eviction apply for rental assistance and get legal help with eviction. 

 

The Housing Outreach Worker will join our versatile outreach and advocacy team in a collaborative effort with Legal Aid of the Bluegrass and our own immigration law program at Maxell Street Legal Clinic. 

 

We seek to serve all people facing eviction.  We have a strong preference for candidates who are proficient in spoken and written English and Spanish.  The goal:  to keep Kentuckians safe and housed during the pandemic and beyond.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Housing Outreach Worker will:

 

  • Develop detailed, up-to-date knowledge of rental assistance programs available in the Blue Grass region including eligibility rules and where and how to apply

  • Conduct community outreach through pandemic-safe channels, including presentations, tabling at community events, distribution of flyers and potential radio appearances

  • Provide limited directed outreach to tenants identified by Legal Aid of the Bluegrass who are facing imminent eviction but have not yet started a rental assistance application

  • Promote and make referrals to periodic Legal Aid of the Bluegrass rental assistance application clinics and other resources

  • Ensure that telephone intake staff at Maxwell Street have up-to-date information for effective referrals when callers have concerns about rent and eviction

  • Meet with people who are being evicted or who are in danger of eviction to assess their needs and provide them with information about housing resources

  • Address barriers that interfere with clients’ ability to effectively participate in saving their housing and conduct activities to connect clients to wrap-around community services

  • Provide hands-on application assistance for a limited number of cases; help identify what works and what doesn’t; and advocate for continuous improvement in application and approval processes

  • Prepare a variety of housing-oriented outreach materials in consultation with our Senior Counsel and Outreach Coordinator, including flyers, webinars, presentations, and blogs

  • Work with our Communications Coordinator to develop and target social media messages that encourage and empower people to get rental assistance and legal help

  • Develop ongoing collaborative relationships with community partners, including the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, with a focus on coordinating outreach

  • Work closely with our Senior Counsel to understand and improve the functionality of our online apps to connect people with rental protections, assistance, and legal help

  • Coordinate and collaborate with KEJC and Legal Aid of the Bluegrass staff through Zoom calls and meetings, including development of a language access plan

  • Enter data in our case management system, keep time records, and assist Kentucky Equal Justice Center’s Director and Resource Organizer in reporting on project cases, activities and outcomes

 

Qualifications

Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish and English is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will also demonstrate:

  • Two years or more relevant education or experience (college graduation preferred)

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral, with a focus on clear communication to public audiences

  • Comfort speaking in front of groups

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

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to use office and computer technology, including case management, spreadsheet and word processing software

  • Facility with social media and web-based communications tools

  • Ability to work within a team but also to be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities

  • Knowledge of low-income issues

  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion

Location

KEJC’s headquarters is in downtown Lexington. Our immigration law clinic is a few blocks away on Maxwell Street near the University of Kentucky. This position will focus on outreach in Lexington. Remote work currently permitted.

Salary and Benefits

Salary of $34,800 and up 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.

Grant Funded Position with Potential Renewal

The Housing Outreach Worker position is funded through a subgrant from Legal Aid of the Bluegrass of federal funds allocated to the city of Lexington for eviction relief.  Over time, sustainability may depend on new sources of support.

Starting Date

September 15, 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 “Housing Outreach Worker” 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

September 1, 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 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  position filled

 

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, evidence gathering, translations and interpretation, timekeeping, and grant reporting.  The VOCA Legal Assistant will work primarily to assist victims of crime who are eligible for immigration benefits based on their victimization.

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

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

  • Assist 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

  • Help with 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 (required).  The successful candidate will also:

 

  • Be comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting, sensitive to language and cultural issues

  • Be able to demonstrate high levels of sensitivity toward vulnerable individuals who have been victims of crimes

  • Have strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace platforms

  • Have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills

  • Have excellent attention to detail

  • Have strong knowledge of internet communications tools

  • Be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities

  • Have strong communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Have excellent interpersonal skills

  • 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 $32,770 and up 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

July 28, 2021, or as soon as possible.

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.

Application Deadline:  July 28, 2021, or open until filled. Qualified candidates may be interviewed before the deadline.

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 Staff Attorney or DOJ Accredited Rep --- position filled

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.

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.