Bilingual Staff Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

 

NWIRP is a nationally recognized immigration legal services organization with four offices in Washington State. NWIRP’s mission is to promote justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education. NWIRP provides direct legal representation and assistance in immigration matters to over 20,000 people with low incomes from over 170 countries, speaking over 60 different languages. NWIRP challenges unjust policies through high-impact lawsuits and advocates for laws and policies that respect the rights of immigrants.

Positions:
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking attorney, or law graduate who took the July 2019—or will take the Winter 2020—bar examination, to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to individuals seeking legal assistance in a variety of immigration matters.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct intakes, by phone and in person, and interview clients to gather or clarify information
  • Establish, organize, and maintain files
  • Provide direct representation to persons submitting affirmative applications with USCIS and the Department of State
  • Provide direct representation to persons in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals or before the federal courts, and before the Department of Homeland Security
  • Provide direct representation to persons in state custody proceedings, as needed
  • Provide direct representation and other forms of legal assistance to individuals in a wide range of immigration matters
  • Conduct presentations, workshops, legal clinics and individual consultations in Spanish and English
  • Perform administrative tasks related to grant reporting and other requirements
  • Participate in NWIRP’s outreach, community education and development efforts
  • Perform other tasks as required and directed by supervisory staff


Qualifications:

  • Law degree, or commitment to taking the Winter 2020 bar examination
  • Admission to the bar of any state in the U.S. (will consider a law graduate planning on taking the next bar examination)
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing and defending immigrant rights and willingness to support NWIRP’s mission, vision and values
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to working in a diverse working environment
  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently
  • Proficiency in use of web-based software, MS Word and MS Excel
  • The applicant must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle as the position involves some travel


Benefits:
Beginning annual salary is $62,017 for a licensed attorney with no experience and is higher for attorneys with specific types of experience. For example, for someone with 10 years of non-profit immigration attorney experience the annual salary would be $84,644; 20 years = $100,355. NWIRP is proud to be a unionized employer and this full time position is covered by NWIRP’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. NWIRP offers a generous benefits package including:

  • 100% of premiums for excellent health, vision and  dental plans
  • 3% employer retirement contributions; disability/life/AD&D coverage
  • annual leave of 16 paid vacation days, 13 paid holidays, 12 paid health-related days
  • 12 weeks of paid parenthood leave after 6 months of employment
  • Partially paid sabbatical after 6 years of employment


How to Apply:
To apply, send a cover letter, resume and references to: grangerattorneyposition@nwirp.org with the subject “Staff Attorney Application - NAME”. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by October 31, 2019, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.