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Supervising Attorney

POSITION OPENING: SUPERVISING ATTORNEY

We are looking for an experienced attorney to lead a team of passionate advocates advancing the rights of immigrants in New York City. Our team takes pride in being diverse, collaborative, and fearless. The supervising attorney would help craft the operations and focus of the legal program at African Services Committee, supported by a funding model that enables the team to respond to emergent needs and support the individual development of our staff. This position is ideal for candidates with a proven track-record of leading teams who consistently perform beyond the sum of their parts.

African Services Committee (ASC) is a Harlem-based community service organization whose mission is to promote the self-sufficiency of the African and immigrant community by providing direct legal, health, housing, and social services. For 38 years ASC has provided legal assistance and referrals to the immigrant community, as well as health, housing, case management, and social services for individuals and families impacted by HIV. By integrating a variety of funding sources, including grant-funded performance and fee-based models, we are able to address the needs of the community and invest time and energy into particularly important cases. This flexibility has allowed us to respond to emerging challenges and develop an aggressive post-order practice, with the assistance of a network of sister organizations. 

Supervising Attorney Responsibilities

  • Supervise a team of attorneys, paralegals, accredited representatives, fellows, and student-interns.
  • Represent ASC’s legal department before the wider community of legal services providers and advocacy partners.
  • Maintain a nominal docket of affirmative and defensive immigration matters. 
  • Oversee portfolio of legal initiatives and assist management in the preparation of grant applications to seek ongoing and sustainable funding for the legal department programs.
  • Manage compliance with various program reporting requirements, such as maintaining monthly statistics and case reports, and reporting to funders and stakeholders.
  • Oversee the Immigrant Community Law Center, a low-bono clinic, including practice development and financial performance tracking. 
  • In collaboration with the Pro Bono Coordinator, oversee ASC’s pro bono and volunteer program development.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Advocacy on policy and advocacy initiatives.

 

Desired Qualifications

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and admission to the New York State Bar;
  • Minimum of six years of relevant post-J.D. experience in immigration law, including removal defense and asylum. Experience in the substantive areas of family, public benefits, and/or housing is a plus–but not expected;
  • Minimum of three years of supervisory experience, and, in particular, developing staff and working from an empowerment model of representation;
  • Excellent communication skills, spoken and written;
  • Demonstrated commitment, understanding, and sensitivity to cultural issues and social problems of African, Caribbean, and other refugees and immigrants;
  • Experience in managing cloud-based client management solutions;
  • Fluency in French is preferred but not required, fluency in Spanish is a plus.

 

Projected Start Date

  • We seek to fill this position by June 15, 2019.

 

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and list of at least three references to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please put “Supervising Attorney” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

African Services Committee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration. African Services Committee 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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