Why You Want This Managing Attorney Job?
Because, just like everyone at Ayuda, you believe:
  • In seeing communities where all immigrants succeed and thrive in the United States.
  • In the overall success of our organization and all our programs.
  • That families should be healthy and safe from harm.
  • That all people should have access to professional, honest, and ethical services, regardless of ability to pay or status in this country.
  • That diversity and equality make this country better.

What Will the Managing Attorney Job Entail?
  • Lead Ayuda's immigration legal program that focuses primarily on representing immigrant children, with a heavy focus on detained children
  • Manage Ayuda's obligations under the Vera contract to represent unaccompanied immigrant children detained or released from the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). This includes attending meetings, making decisions, and ensuring compliance.
  • Direct Reports: Supervising Attorney, Staff Attorneys, Accredited Representatives, Paralegals and Legal Assistants, and Legal Program Associate.
  • Provide training, mentorship, and supervision to legal staff and administrative support staff.
  • Prepare and submit grant proposals and reports and ensure the department's compliance with grant requirements and outcomes.
  • Work with Finance Director to ensure proper program and grant financial management, including management of client fee-based legal services.
  • Represent Ayuda at meetings and collaborations with other agencies.
  • Conduct trainings and community outreach on immigration issues.
  • Collaborate with Ayuda's social services staff to ensure the provision of holistic services.
  • Collaborate with and support the organization's legal team leadership.
  • Provide direct legal representation for a moderate caseload consisting of a variety of immigration matters including representation of: clients in administrative and judicial proceedings; asylum-seekers; victims of trafficking seeking a T-visa; victims of crimes seeking a U-visa; victims of domestic violence seeking relief under VAWA; minors seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; and those seeking other forms of immigration relief and representation in immigration matters.
  • Collaborate with Ayuda's Development Department for fundraising initiatives, media requests and publicity opportunities.
  • Support Ayuda's fundraising efforts through attendance and providing client stories and client speakers for events.

[Note: This job may require travel to and from ORR shelters in Virginia. Travel will be compensated by Ayuda.]

How Do You Know if You Can Do This Job?
Eligibility: Must be legally able to work in the United States and maintain proper work authorization throughout employment. Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position presented in a general office environment.

  • J.D. or L.L.M. degree from an accredited law school 4+ years of immigration legal practice experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Current bar membership in good standing to practice law in any state of the United States. (Licensed in or eligible to become licensed in Virginia.)
  • Experience working with low-income immigrant populations and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or other survivors of trauma.

Language Skills:
  • Preferred Fluency in Spanish

Required Knowledge and Skills:
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, flexibility and good humor highly desirable.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and customer relationship management skills.
  • Professionalism with both internal and external customers.
  • Professional demeanor, strong work ethic, discrete, resources, and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of people, both internal and external.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to initiate and follow through on work independently.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Ability to meet assigned deadlines.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities.
  • Strong ethics and sound judgment.
  • Decisive, with ability to exercise independent judgment.
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain and positive team environment.
  • Ability to mentor, train and provide career path guidance to staff.

Technological Skills:
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Experience working with case management software.

To Apply:
Please apply with resume and cover letter. Writing samples may be requested.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Apply early for full consideration. No phone calls, please.