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Legal Advocate Position -Northwest Immigrant Rights Project - Wenatchee, WA

03/09/2021 11:19 AM | WSPA Bevins (Administrator)

TEMPORARY LEGAL ADVOCATE POSITION

Wenatchee, WA

Full time, non-exempt

NWIRP Careers

SUMMARY:

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a full time Temporary Spanish-speaking legal advocate to join NWIRP’s Wenatchee office for a period of nine (9) months, with a potential of a three (3) months extension. The applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish. Due to COVID, the majority of this role is remote, however occasionally you will be needed to go into the office.

NWIRP’s Wenatchee offices provide humanitarian based immigration legal services to immigrant communities in North Central and Eastern Washington, in a fast-paced environment while working with clients on both affirmative and defensive immigration matters.

BENEFITS AND COMPENSATION

In 2020, the beginning annual salary for candidates with no experience is $47,447 and is higher depending on years of directly relevant experience. For example, for someone with 10 years of directly relevant experience the annual salary would be $60,882; 20 years = $73,787.
Because this full-time position is temporary, it is not covered by 
NWIRP’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. However, 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

COMMITMENT TO INCLUSIVITY, EQUITY AND REPRESENTATION:

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse staff, board, and volunteer base reflective of the communities we serve and that enhances our ability to create a vibrant environment where all members of the NWIRP community thrive. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants (including people who were formerly detained, undocumented, or who have navigated the immigration legal system), women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds and language abilities.

It is the policy of NWIRP to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. NWIRP is committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment. NWIRP does not discriminate on the basis of class, race, color, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability. Excepting any undue hardship, NWIRP will provide reasonable accommodations upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under the supervision of attorneys, prepare immigration forms, applications, and supporting documents;

  • Conduct intakes and prescreening, by phone, and interview potential clients to gather or clarify information;

  • Answer and return calls to the office main line and refer to appropriate staff or external agencies as needed;

  • Provide administrative support including processing mail, cash receipts, and office supply orders, as needed;

  • Provide support to the respective Unit staff attorneys, accredited representatives, and other staff members, as needed;

  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant policies, laws, practices, and trends in immigration law;

  • Establish, organize, and maintain files;

  • Translate documents;

  • Perform administrative tasks related to grant reporting and other requirements;

  • Participate in NWIRP’s outreach, community education, and development efforts;

  • Other tasks as assigned by supervisory staff.
  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear; utilize a phone, computer, keyboard, pen and paper.
  • Emotional demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to discuss topics including, but not limited, to discrimination; child abuse, neglect, abandonment; domestic abuse; and other violence.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing and defending the rights of immigrants and willingness to support NWIRP’s mission, vision, and values;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to organize information in a clear and concise manner;

  • Commitment to working in a diverse working environment;

  • Fluent in English and Spanish;

  • Previous exposure to immigration law experience preferred;

  • Previous work experience with children and youth preferred;

  • Previous work with survivors of violence preferred;

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently; and

  • Proficiency in use of web-based software, MS Word and MS Excel

REPORTS TO:

Supervising Attorney

TO APPLY:

Please visit our careers page to apply. Click Here to submit your Resume and Cover Letter. Please note that you must submit your Resume and Cover Letter as a single file. For your cover letter please indicate how your lived/ work experiences make you a good fit for this role. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by March 9th 2021, but applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

ABOUT NORTHWEST IMMIGRANT RIGHTS PROJECT:

Founded in 1984, NWIRP is a nationally-recognized legal services organization on the front lines of defending and advancing the rights of immigrants. Each year, NWIRP provides direct legal representation and assistance in immigration matters to thousands of people with low incomes who come from over 160 countries and speak over 60 different languages. NWIRP challenges unjust policies through high-impact lawsuits and advocates for laws and policies that respect the rights of immigrants. NWIRP is also a trusted provider of immigration-related community education for immigrant communities and social service providers. NWIRP has a staff of over 120 and an annual budget of over $13 million. NWIRP serves the community through four offices in Washington State (Granger, Seattle, Tacoma and Wenatchee), but the impact of our work is felt nationwide.

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