We are hiring a Staff Attorney to join our dynamic immigration team. The attorney will fully integrate into our team's immigration practice and work on a broad range of cases. MRNY staff are currently working both remotely and in-person, but this position will be based from our Westchester office in White Plains full-time when our offices fully reopen later this year.
Job responsibilities will include:
- Providing individualized assistance to clients currently in removal proceedings or eligible for immigration relief, in a broad range of categories including SIJ, Asylum, U/T Nonimmigrant Status, and Cancellation of Removal, including representing individuals in immigration, family and federal district court
- Assisting in community education efforts, including through the creation of written materials, KYR presentations, and popular education workshops
- Supporting MRNY members and organizing campaigns through strategic litigation, legislative advocacy, research, media work, and action support
- Participating in team and department meetings and assisting with grant reporting
- Continuous learning and application of movement lawyering principles as well as other critical concepts that underscore our organizational approach to building power, such as racialized capitalism
- Eligible to work in the U.S
- Required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to first date of employment
- At least 2 years of immigration legal practice experience, which may include clinic and/or legal internships.
- Admission (or eligibility for admission) to practice law in New York State or the possibility of waiving into the state
- Spanish language proficiency
- Interpersonal and organizational skills of the highest caliber
- Experience with populations that make up major portions of Make the Road's membership – such as documented and undocumented immigrants, individuals facing domestic violence, members of TGNCIQ communities, those who have experienced the criminal legal system, and youth
- Interest in supporting community organizing, campaigns, and policy and advocacy initiatives
- Desire to work collaboratively
- Relevant lived experience, including, but not limited to, having been a member of a low-income, immigrant community
- Experience with community organizing
- Expertise in a specific area of value to our collaborative team, including, but not limited to, the Department of Homeland Security's use of tech, the intersections between workers and immigration issues, and the intersections between education/youth and immigration issues
- Excellent writing skills
- Spanish language fluency
Salary and benefits:
Starting salary is calculated on a step scale based on years of experience. Generous package of vacation, personal and sick days. Excellent health and dental coverage and family leave policies.
Please apply with a cover letter, resume, and writing sample in Make the Road New York's Career Center
Applications accepted until the position is filled.