Who We Are:
The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is the only non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. area focused exclusively on providing free legal assistance to child and adult immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region.
A Managing Legal Assistant in the Detained Adult Program helps manage the program and legal assistants within the program, including (i) oversight of visits to detention centers for the purpose of conducting know your rights presentations and intakes with detained adults, (ii) working with clients and detained people representing themselves throughout the course of removal proceedings, including assisting with paperwork and case preparation, (iii) supporting the program’s provision of services as a whole, and (iv) supervision of junior staff with a focus on professional development.
General Duties and Responsibilities:
What Else You Should Know
Commensurate with experience working in legal services.
This is a full-time in-person position. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CAIR Coalition staff are currently working remotely. It is anticipated that staff will work from their respective offices on November 1, 2021. This date is subject to change.
The managing legal assistant position may require some travel to the Washington D.C. and/or Baltimore MD office, and/or court during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff will be expected to enter ORR facilities and state, or immigration courts should client-needs demand them before November 1, 2021. CAIR Coalition will provide its employees with personal protective equipment (PPE) per our COVID-19 policies.
CAIR Coalition’s benefits package includes (a) subsidized health, dental insurance, and vision insurance (CAIR Coalition pays a very high rate of the insurance package, for which we can provide additional information); (b) life insurance valued at $50,000, as well as long and short term disability; (d) the option to set up a Flexible Spending Account (beginning January 1, 2021); and (d) the option to set up a 403(b) account (the equivalent of a 401(k) account for nonprofits) which the organization has the option, for all employees on an annual basis, to match at a certain percentage after one year of continuous employment.
Paid Time Off
The Managing Legal Assistant (LA) will demonstrate firm understanding of relief eligibility to allow for meaningful contribution to client intake and thought leadership in discussion during intake review, follow-up, and casework with limited supervision. The Managing LA plays an active role in client relationships and can independently advance work on cases with attorney approval. The Managing LA demonstrates a mastery of understanding legal information versus advice and educate others on this distinction. The Managing LA is familiar with preparing client filings and can do so with limited attorney input.
Client and Programmatic Proficiency
The Managing LA will skillfully and clearly present legal and proceeding concepts to detained people and clients with limited or no supervision, including working with clients and their families/support community throughout the course of a case. The Managing LA provides educational presentations to clients efficiently and effectively. The Managing LA adequately prioritizes time and resources.
The Managing LA ensures that all administrative aspects of their position, attendant to the provision of services to clients and jail visits, are carried out without managerial intervention, including jail visit preparation and breakdown, file upkeep, database upkeep, etc. The Managing LA independently leads projects to improve administrative systems to support intake, know your rights and direct representation work. The Managing LA identifies programmatic administrative needs and ideas to meet them.
Written and oral Spanish proficiency required.
Prior experience working in the immigration field strongly preferred
Driver’s license required