Description:

Position Summary:
KIND seeks a Managing Attorney to provide seasoned, disciplined, and effective management of the KIND field office, including performing independently in the areas of program and performance management, budgeting, employee relations, and development-support functions.

As the head of KIND's local office, the Managing Attorney is a critical member of the management team in KIND's Legal Services division and is the senior representative of the organization at the local level – effectively engaging government, private sector partners, and community stakeholders to advance KIND's mission. Managing Attorneys supervise Senior Attorneys and Supervising Attorneys, as well as other attorney and non-attorney staff as needed. The Managing Attorney will report to the Regional Director, Legal Services.

Essential Functions:
  • Provide mentoring to KIND pro bono attorneys and as needed, limited direct legal representation to KIND clients. In the pro bono mentoring function, provide robust consultation and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted a KIND case. In the direct representation function, perform ordinary functions of legal counsel including legal research and formulating the legal strategy for the case; conducting client interviews; appearing before immigration and/or state court or agencies, and drafting and filing court pleadings and applications for benefits.
  • Mentoring and/or direct representation responsibilities will be determined based on programmatic and institutional priorities in consultation with Legal Programs leadership.
  • Serve as a member of KIND's Legal Programs management team, responsible for the overall management of field office including program quality and deliverables, staff performance, team cohesion and functioning, and integration with the Legal Programs department and organization at large.
  • Monitor and present changes in immigration law to multiple audiences, including legal services and pro bono partners, and other high-level internal and external stakeholders. Consult with and contribute thought leadership and information on local trends to support the work of KIND's Training and Technical Assistance team and other internal stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement effective management strategies to meet ambitious programmatic and funding deliverables and mission-critical priorities, including staff recruitment and development-support functions, employee engagement, and quality control of KIND's legal services delivery.
  • Oversee the provision of top-notch mentoring programs and direct representation services to clients in the released and detained context as relevant.
  • Ensure data integrity and utilize case management databases and other technological tools to assist in creating more efficient processes and identifying training, recruitment, client needs/opportunities, and trends, in collaboration with KIND's Data Strategy Team.
  • Promote volunteer support by actively developing and maintaining KIND's relationships with law firms and corporate counsel with a robust presence in the respective city and/or region, in coordination with KIND's Senior Director for Pro Bono Partnerships.
  • Serve as the field office primary liaison with KIND's headquarters (including Legal Programs leadership, and Policy, Advocacy, Communications, Development, Human Resources, and Operations departments), working under the supervision of KIND's Regional Director.
  • Maintain internal and external stakeholder relations; serve as KIND leader in local coalitions of various stakeholders supporting unaccompanied immigrant children.
  • Work with Legal Programs leadership, Development, and Finance to ensure compliance with all grant and funding requirements.
  • Manage team or field office budget and, with assistance from other team members, track expenditures and identify budgeting priorities.
  • Assist with special projects of local and national scope at the direction of KIND leadership.
  • Participate in local coalitions of various stakeholders supporting unaccompanied immigrant children.
  • Collaborate on social services programming for clients and pro bono attorneys in conjunction with the Social Services Team, including local field office Social Services Coordinator(s).
  • As a member of the management team in the Legal Programs department, the Managing Attorney is expected to uphold the following leadership characteristics:
  • Meaningfully contribute thought leadership and expertise to advance KIND's mission and the strategic goals and objectives of the Legal Programs Team.
  • Offer new insights into challenges and opportunities; evaluate conventional approaches and provide and encourage new ideas and innovations and explore and implement new or cutting-edge programs/processes in collaboration with leadership.
  • Partner with organizational leadership on conflict resolution.
  • Deal effectively with pressure and remain optimistic and persistent, even in an uncertain and challenging environment.
  • Together with other members of the management team, embrace leadership values and a work ethic that exemplifies authenticity, goodwill, transparency, and collaboration.
  • Inspire and foster team commitment, spirit, trust, and employee wellness.
  • Facilitate cooperation and motivate team members to accomplish group goals.

Qualifications and Requirements:
  • J.D. and admitted to a state bar.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers.
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience supervising attorneys and non-attorney staff.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in program management, including experiences such as project management, tracking deliverables, hiring, planning, and development.
  • Experience working in a national or larger management structure is preferred.
  • Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated effective and authentically engaged leadership; ability to critically assess challenges and propose and execute solutions, with appropriate consultation and visibility to leadership; excellent professional judgment.
  • A deep understanding of and ability to work and lead effectively with internal and external stakeholders and participate in local coalition work.
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles.
  • Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life.
  • Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children's wellbeing and rights.
  • Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast paced environment.
  • Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance.
  • Experience working and communicating in a remote environment.

Language requirement:
English: Fluent

Salary Range: $100,000 - $125,003 dependent on experience.

KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions.

Application Instructions:
Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. (Acceptable to request writing sample for certain roles).

KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.