The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) seeks to hire a Director for the Litigation Unit. The Unit Director manages, supervises and oversees all legal work of the unit. The Unit Director directly supervises all Supervising Attorneys within the Litigation unit, indirectly supervises all Managing Attorneys working within their assigned unit, and regularly convenes all Supervising Attorneys, Managing Attorneys and other team members working within their assigned unit.
The Unit Director sets the direction for the unit by ensuring that best practices and sound strategy are standard across all RAICES offices. The Unit Director fosters a culture within which quality services are delivered efficiently and in a way that both respects and empowers our clients. The Unit Director will be supervised by the Chief Legal Services Officer of the Legal Department and will work closely with the Vice President of the Legal Department in regards to daily unit operations.
The RAICES Litigation Unit pursues individual and classwide cases in federal and international courts with the dual goals of protecting the rights of immigrants and creating systemic change. RAICES has been involved in major cases challenging numerous efforts by the current administration to curtail asylum access, and to criminalize and dehumanize immigrants. RAICES also regularly pursues individual cases seeking adequate medical and mental health care for detainees, and challenging the government's failure to respect due process in the immigration system.
RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost mmigration legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees. With legal services, social programs, bond assistance, and an advocacy team focused on changing the narrative around immigration in this country, RAICES is operating on the national front lines of the fight for immigrant rights.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Lead the Litigation Unit in accordance with the mission, vision and goals of the organization;
- Manage, supervise and oversee all litigation efforts through all phases of litigation, including motions practice, discovery, trial, brief writing, and oral argument (as appropriate);
- Provide legal representation and/or lead or participate in litigation efforts through all phases of litigation, including motions practice, discovery, trial, brief writing, and oral argument (as appropriate);
- Identify trends and emerging issues, conduct legal research, draft pleadings and briefs, identify litigation issues and develop legal strategies;
- Collaborate with community-based organizations to identify cases/plaintiffs, work effectively with pro bono partners and communicate via the media regarding legal advocacy and policy efforts;
- Strategize with the RAICES departmental leadership to develop organizational goals and priorities;
- Participate in organization-wide strategic planning meetings and workshops as a member of the Legal Department leadership;
- Contribute positively to a dynamic community of Unit Directors across the legal department;
- In coordination with the CLO, Supervising Attorneys and community members serve as owner of the responsibility to create, maintain, communicate, and modify strategies within the relevant unit of operations in response to systemic and circumstantial changes;
- Directly supervise all Supervising Attorneys within their assigned unit, indirectly supervise all Managing Attorneys working within their assigned unit, and regularly convene all Supervising Attorneys, Managing Attorneys and other team members working within their assigned unit;
- Ensure the quality of legal services and monitor for professional excellence within the assigned unit of operations through direct supervision, onsite visits, and other necessary actions;
- Work with the Chief Legal Services Officer to measure and track unit’s success and quality of work;
- Accountability to the Chief Legal Services Officer for oversight and assurance that unit activities operate within the policies and procedures of the organization;
- Within the parameters and guidelines established by the CLO, contribute to and help to maintain an effective universal agency legal intake that screens for multiple immigration benefits and forms of relief and a workflow plan governing the acceptance of cases and the delivery of legal services within their assigned unit;
- Organizes and convennes the topical expertise within the Unit;
- Works closely with the Managing Attorneys and Supervising Attorneys to create a comprehensive training schedule for all new staff and veteran staff;
- Provide internal training and organize external training within the assigned unit of operations;
- Works collaboratively with RAICES’ Social Services and Advocacy departments to promote seamless, wraparound service models for individuals and communities served;
- Works collaboratively to identify and share the stories of our clients;
- Jointly responsible with the Vice President of the Legal Department for the creation and maintenance of the unit’s annual budget in collaboration with Managing Attorneys and Supervising Attorneys;
- Works with the Vice President of the Legal Department to ensure accurate data by monitoring the unit activities on a quarterly and annual evaluation;
- Works with the Vice President of the Legal Department to produce reports for grant funded work and provide necessary information for fundraising efforts;
- Within the parameters and guidelines established by the Vice President of the Legal Department, contribute both qualitative and quantitative data to and coordinate with the Development Department to ensure the sustainability of unit services;
- Represents RAICES at official functions and media appearances, including television, internet, and radio;
- Participates in stakeholder meetings on a local and national scale;
- Engages and maintains relationships with the local community, state-wide, and national stakeholders to keep a working knowledge of concerns, impacts, and realities of immigration enforcement at the ground level;
- Handles a small caseload to maintain legal practice and expertise; and
- Handles other duties, general administrative activities, and responsibilities, as assigned.
- License in good standing to practice law;
- Minimum of five years of federal litigation experience;
- Ability to represent individuals in complex cases and to formulate and implement sophisticated legal strategies;
- Significant experience and comprehensive legal understanding of immigration law and practice;
- Ability to speak fluently Spanish preferred;
- Demonstrated passion for and dedication to RAICES’ vision and mission. Demonstrated ability to support, implement and elevate the mission of RAICES as a Human Rights or Social Justice Agency;
- Demonstrated experience leading and inspiring a high-performing and passionate professional team to produce excellent work product in a challenging environment;
- Demonstrated ability or willingness to inspire, create and foster workplace atmosphere that promotes lifelong learning, a commitment to excellence and the ability to thrive;
- Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts and manage competing interests to achieve an equitable outcome for all involved;
- Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process;
- Demonstrated ability to foster and grow positive external relationships in the community;
- Willingness and desire to help share the narrative of immigration change and policy;
- Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities; and
- An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
Terms & Conditions:
- Competitive Salary
- Medical Benefits;
- Paid Leave;
- Bar Dues; and
- Elevated budget for training and employee advancement.
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