Immigration Services Directing Attorney, CAB Immigration Services
The Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (SCCIP) is one of the service programs offered by the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB). CAB’s mission is to partner with the community to eliminate
poverty and create social change through advocacy and essential services. SCCIP’s mission is to promote the wellbeing of the immigrant community in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. We accomplish this by helping immigrants acquire legal status, reuniting immigrant families, and making U.S. citizenship more accessible to eligible immigrants. We provide competent and professional legal services, advocacy, and community education and information. The Immigration Project has been providing immigration legal services for over 30 years to re-unite families and promote family stability and economic opportunity. Due to its emphasis on high quality and culturally sensitive services and advocacy on behalf of the immigrant community, SCCIP has been recognized as the leading non-profit provider of immigration legal services in Santa Cruz County and the Central Coast region. Currently, legal services include family-based immigration services (family petitions, adjustment of status, and consular processing), citizenship/naturalization, DACA, VAWA, U Visa, SIJS services to youth in the foster care system, TPS, and limited non-immigrant visa services. Due to resource limitations, SCCIP does not presently provide removal defense or other immigration court representation, asylum services, non-foster care SIJS, I-601 or I-601A waivers, or most non-immigrant visa services. Community education is one of the most important functions of our immigration services, including immigration forums for the community, in-service trainings for social service providers and educators, application workshops, and all forms of media appearances.
Under the direction of CAB’s Executive Director and in partnership with the SCCIP Program Director and the Thriving Immigrants (TIC) Project Director, the Directing Attorney will supervise and review all legal immigration services, the DOJ partially accredited team; work with the staff attorney and agency volunteer attorneys, and work with leadership to help support program development and growth. This position is also responsible for promoting the agency vision and values, contributing to agency and program development and planning, representing CAB in the community, participating in collaborations and networks, and leading community efforts to support immigration legal services in our region.
- Lead CAB’s provision of legal services and response to clients’ legal immigration needs including possible remedies within the jurisdiction of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), Department of Justice (DOJ) and US Department of State. Provide direct legal services and representation especially in cases that present complex issues or significant impact on the immigrant community.
- Work with CAB Leadership to provide organizational leadership and operational vision aligned with the organization’s strategy and evolving community needs.
- Provide strategic input to evaluate potential alliances and expansion of services.
- Provide leadership to program staff by reviewing and approving immigration legal output, and work with agency attorneys (staff or volunteers) to process Adjustment of Status Applications, U-VISAS, T-VISAS, VAWA, Petitions, Naturalization Applications, and other remedies.
- Act as spokesperson on immigration law and policy matters; conduct media interviews in Spanish and English on breaking immigration developments and events; and develop communications strategy in coordination with senior management team and staff.
- Provide Education, Information and Outreach for clients, staff, agency and community partners, including but not limited to online workshops, clinics, and panels. Organize and conduct presentations and community education forums on immigration law and policy and developments for community members and other stakeholders, including social service providers, CBO’s, government agencies, funders, and elected officials.
- Research and respond to Request for Proposals that will help support program growth, augment services that are aligned to program vision, and strengthen services to the immigrant community.
- Prepare and/or assist with any program or grant reports as needed and work with Program Director to ensure program outcomes are met and reports are submitted on a timely manner.
- Provide leadership with agency advocacy efforts and work with TIC Project Director to promote policy development to support immigrants. Help guide CAB’s immigration policy advocacy efforts; review and comment on proposed legislation and rulemaking at local, state, and federal levels that affect the immigrant community.
- Participate in regular staff and agency meetings along with Leadership/Director meetings when appropriate.
- Assist Program Director with implementation of Program Evaluation and Assessment component as needed.
- Review and modify as needed office procedures and structures, and implement best practices, to maintain and improve the quality, efficiency, and client and staff satisfaction of legal service delivery.
- Responsible for convening legal partner meetings and keeping partners informed of program inputs/outputs to ensure grant expectations are met.
- Evening and weekend work as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Law Degree/J.D. and active membership in the California State Bar or the bar of the highest court of any state with a minimum of 5 years prior experience in immigration law required. CA Bar membership strongly preferred.
- Communicate effectively with a variety of people; Bilingual/Biliterate (English and Spanish) required.
- Experience with directing or supervising/coordinating staff or volunteers and administering program budgets and contracts/grants.
- Possess a valid California driver’s license with an excellent driving record and insured vehicle;
- Excellent legal writing and public speaking skills and broad knowledge of immigration law.
- Ability to effectively work, communicate, and build alliances with diverse groups of individuals, including community groups, government representatives, foundations, English/Spanish media, and other grassroots organizations.
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to equity and cultural competence related to the under-resourced community in Santa Cruz County.
- Maintain a variety of records and prepare reports related to assignment.
- Demonstrate excellent legal writing and public speaking skills and a broad knowledge of immigration law; English language skills including experience with grant writing, grant reporting, and grant/budget administration.
- Computer and internet programs including MS Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and Outlook.
How to Apply:
To apply for this position, email a resume and cover letter to Rubenp@cabinc.org or fax to Ruben Prieto at (831) 724-3447 or apply on Indeed.com.