POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

LEGAL DIRECTOR

UnLocal, Inc. is a grassroots non-profit organization located in Manhattan that, through various community-based partnerships, provides direct immigration legal services and immigration-related education to immigrant communities including youth, families, and LGBTQ+ immigrants in New York City.

SUMMARY

The position of Legal Director at UnLocal is an exciting new position at an innovative immigration legal services provider working in all five boroughs of New York City. The Legal Director will provide direct immigration legal representation, coordinate and lead our growing legal team and liaison with our community-based, city/state, and school-based partners. The role will also include some program development, advocacy, internal and external reporting, teaching/speaking engagements and organizational visioning.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervise UnLocal attorneys, OLAP representatives, legal interns, and on a more limited basis, pro bono;
  • Provide legal support and review to Community Education staff;
  • Liaison with city-wide legal services providers and represent UnLocal at a variety of stakeholder meetings;
  • Provide individual legal representation and advocacy in affirmative and defensive immigration matters, including SIJS, Asylum, U and T Visas, and general removal defense, with a specific focus on families, youth and LGBTQ+ youth of color populations;
  • Conduct and/or participate in outreach events for directly impacted community members, allies, community partner organizations, education institutions, and other legal service providers;
  • Assist with internal and external reporting, including to foundations, city/state funders and UnLocal Board of Directors.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • J.D. degree and admission to a bar of any state and/or the District of Columbia;
  • 6+ years of relevant post-JD immigration law experience, including extensive removal defense, asylum, SIJS, cancellation of removal, family-based applications, DACA, TPS, naturalization and crimm-imm;
  • 2-3+ years of supervisory experience minimum;
  • Fluency in Spanish is REQUIRED (other languages, particularly French and French Creole, are a plus);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, manage multiple tasks and problem solve;
  • Experience working with LGBTQ+ community members, youth communities, and survivors of violence preferred;
  • Experience in public speaking and/or teaching;
  • Passion for addressing the unmet legal needs for LGBTQ+, immigrant, and youth of color communities;
  • Commitment to public interest work and social justice;
  • Desire to practice community and trauma informed lawyering.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • Salary is dependent on experience and benefits include health, dental, vision, commuter, and 401K benefits;
  • Vacation, sick, and personal days;
  • AILA membership and CLE reimbursement.

PROJECTED START DATE

  • We are seeking to fill this position by March 15, 2019

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in applying for this position and believe you would be a good fit, please send a cover letter, resume and a list of three references in one pdf (in that order) to Michele Lampach, Executive Director of UnLocal, Inc. at Michele@unlocal.org with “Legal Director” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

UnLocal, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and, as such, all qualified applicants will receive consideration. UnLocal, Inc. is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and we strongly encourage applications from immigrants, LGBTQ+ community members, community members of color, veterans, women, and individuals with disabilities.

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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT:

COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Job Title: Community Outreach Coordinator

Reports To: Education and Outreach Director

Status: Part-Time

Salaried Starting Wage: $30,000

POSITION BACKGROUND:

UnLocal staff, interns and collaborators currently hold 4-5 monthly month events on immigration law topics. In 2019, we are planning to expand our outreach and build our impact.

The Community Outreach Coordinator will be an important addition to the Education and Outreach team. This individual will be responsible for maintaining relationships with our core and extended partners. In addition, they will be expected to create new relationships with immigrant groups, community-based organizations, workplaces, schools and allies; create original content for the access to higher education program, and create and conduct Know Your Rights presentations related to immigration and education. This is a unique opportunity for someone passionate about immigrant rights and energized to empower immigrant communities.

This is a part-time, 24-28 hours/3 days per week position with some weekend and evening hours expected, with a desired start date of no later than February 1st, 2019.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist Education and Outreach Director in maintaining and developing relationships with new institutions;
  • Create and update presentations on current immigration topics;
  • Create and update presentations on current education topics related to immigrant students in both English and Spanish and/or French;
  • Conduct online outreach and education on immigration policies and laws;
  • Plan trainings to inform community-based partner staff and volunteers about legal remedies and resources for their members;
  • Grow access to higher education department.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Associates Degree;
  • Organized and excellent time management;
  • Experienced at working in a variety of community-based settings;
  • Public speaking and/or teaching experience;
  • Strong, clear and effective communication;
  • Creative thinker and excellent at problem-solving;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Adobe Suite;
  • Fluency/professional working proficiency in Spanish or French is highly preferred (fluency/professional working proficiency in other languages in addition to, or aside from, Spanish or French is a plus);
  • Knowledge of U.S. immigration policies is required;
  • Interest and sensitivity in working with youth, survivors of violence and other vulnerable populations;
  • Detail oriented, hard-working, empathetic, committed to community-centered and trauma-informed community engagement.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

  • Salary is $30,000 and includes health insurance, commuter and gym benefits;
  • Vacation, sick, and personal days;
  • Reimbursement for up to $300 in yearly relevant trainings.

HOW TO APPLY:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and a list of two references to Tania Mattos at tania@unlocal.org with Community Outreach Coordinator Application in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. UnLocal, Inc. values workplace diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and members of under-represented or disadvantaged communities. We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military status, marital status, familial status, caregiver status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran or active military service member status, pregnancy, arrest or conviction record, unemployment status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. UnLocal, Inc. values diverse experiences. People with criminal justice records are encouraged to apply.

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IMMIGRATION LAW INTERN SUMMER 2019

UnLocal, Inc. is a vibrant, grassroots non-profit organization providing direct immigration legal representation and immigration-related education to immigrant communities and our partner community-based organizations in and around New York City.

We are recruiting for an Immigration Law Intern to join our team for a Summer 2019 internship to work on a variety of immigration cases on our immigrant youth and families docket and LGBTQ+ Immigrant Youth Justice docket. We are looking for someone who is dedicated, creative, and passionate about learning immigration law.

The position will begin late May/early June 2019, upon mutual agreement. This is a 10-week internship. It is unpaid but we are happy to support applying to and documentary requirements for summer fellowships, work-study or school credit.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Work with clients and witnesses to prepare and build evidentiary records;
    • Research and write briefs and legal memoranda to support immigration cases;
    • Assistance with client intake, screening, and the development of case strategy;
    • Preparation of immigration and family court materials;
      • Filing of court documents;
    • Building of organizational tools to track national and local adjudication trends;
    • Opportunity to make limited appearances in Immigration Court.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS

    • Rising 2nd and 3rd year law student or recent graduates;
    • Excellent ability in legal research/writing;
    • Fluency/professional working proficiency in Spanish or French is highly preferred (fluency/professional working proficiency in other languages in addition to, or aside from, Spanish or French is a plus);
      • Ideally, some knowledge of U.S. immigration law (although not a requirement);
    • Interest and sensitivity in working with youth, survivors of violence and other vulnerable populations;
    • Detail oriented, hard-working, empathetic, committed to community-centered and trauma-informed lawyering.

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter, writing sample, resume, and a list of two references to michele@unlocal.org with Summer 2019 Intern Application in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. We will begin accepting applications on October 20th, 2018 with a deadline of January 15, 2019 but we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. UnLocal, Inc. values workplace diversity and strongly encourages applications from women, immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, individuals with disabilities, veterans and members of under-represented or disadvantaged communities.

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POST GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

Background on UnLocal, Inc.

UnLocal, Inc. is a vibrant, grassroots non-profit organization providing direct immigration legal representation and immigration-related education to immigrant communities and our partner community-based organizations in and around New York City.

Fall 2020 Sponsorship

UnLocal, Inc. staff provides immigration representation and legal education and presentations on immigration law and related topics at workplaces, schools, community-based organizations, places of worship, etc. through the five boroughs of New York City. UnLocal, Inc. is looking to sponsor someone for one of the public interest fellowships, including Skadden and Equal Justice Works beginning in the Fall of 2020. We would like to collaboratively build a project proposal with a prospective fellow.

This is a very unique opportunity for a dedicated, creative and passionate individual who thrives in a challenging and collaborative work environment and who has an interest in organizing. We are looking for someone who is interested in community-based lawyering and who will be a good fit in terms of experience, vision, quality of work and energy. UnLocal, Inc. offers new lawyers a unique opportunity to advocate for social justice, develop outstanding legal skills, and devise ways to increase capacity in the non-profit and private sectors.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide individual legal representation, consultations and advocacy in immigration matters, including SIJS, Asylum), post-deportation relief, general removal defense, etc. in both administrative and court proceedings;
  • Assist with holistic advocacy by assessing the additional needs of our clients and connecting them with support in areas including education, health care, housing, etc.;
  • Present on immigration topics in a wide-variety of settings, including public schools, community-based organizations, religious institutions, etc.;
  • Document and report service delivery, administer client surveys, and implement recommendations to ensure compliance with funding requirements;

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • D. Degree and or expected by spring 2019;
  • Deep commitment to social justice lawyering and expanding access to immigration legal services;
  • At least some coursework and/or relevant immigration law experience, including but not limited to SIJS, Asylum, deportation defense and family law experience;
  • Fluency in Spanish is REQUIRED (other languages are a plus);
  • Ability to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, manage multiple tasks and problem solve;
  • Experience in public speaking and/or teaching;
  • Passion for addressing the legal needs of undocumented individuals;
  • Desire to assist in UnLocal’s growth.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • Salary will be dependent upon which Fellowship is secured;
  • UnLocal, Inc. will provide comprehensive health benefits, costs for membership to bar and other professional affiliations, and access to professional development training.

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in applying for this position and believe you would be a good fit, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a list of two references in one pdf to Michele Lampach, UnLocal’s Executive Director to michele@unlocal.org with “Fellowship” in the subject line. No phone calls please. The application is rolling with a deadline of May 1, 2019 at 5pm.

UnLocal is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of under-represented and/or disadvantaged communities.