Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

SUMMARY:

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a bilingual attorney to provide direct representation, community outreach and education to adults facing removal (deportation) proceedings and people detained by ICE. This role is currently mostly remote due to COVID-19, but will resume to work out of NWIRP’s Tacoma office once operations return to in office.    

The attorney will provide legal representation to individuals in removal proceedings held at the Northwest Detention Center, a regional immigration center where community members are detained by ICE. The attorney will provide direct representation to detained persons in removal proceedings, including representation at the Tacoma or Seattle Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The attorney will be managing a high-volume workload with complex legal issues in immigration and criminal law.

Candidate must be able to start the position by August 2021, with a preference for a sooner start. 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

NWIRP is proud to be a unionized employer and this full-time position is covered by NWIRP’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Annual salary is $67,883 for a licensed attorney with no experience and is higher for attorneys with specific types of experience. For example, for someone with 10 years of non-profit immigration attorney experience the annual salary would be $89,460; 20 years = $105,084. NWIRP also is proud to offer a generous benefits package, including:

  • 100% of premiums for excellent health plans (option of two plans with employer funded HRA or HAS); Employer paid vision and dental plans;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • 3% employer retirement contributions; 
  • Disability/life/AD&D coverage; 
  • Annual leave of 16 paid vacation days, with incremental accruals based on seniority, 13 paid holidays, 12 paid healthrelated days;
  • 12 weeks of employee paid parenthood leave after 6 months of employment;
  • 4 weeks of paid sabbatical after 5 years of employment;
  • Employer paid Employee Assistance Program;
  • Compensatory time; and
  • Ability to float 5 holidays.

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.

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. Please reach out to guadalupe@nwirp.org if you need assistance with an accommodation request.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide direct representation to clients in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, on appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals or before the federal courts, and before the Department of Homeland Security;
  • Provide direct representation to persons submitting affirmative applications with USCIS and the Department of State;
  • Conduct intakes, case analysis to determine clients’ options for protections/status under the immigration laws;  
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant policies, laws, trends and practices in immigration law, particularly as it impacts low-income immigrants and those impacted by the criminal justice system;
  • Perform administrative tasks related to grant reporting and other requirements;  
  • Establish, organize, and maintain files;
  • Participate in NWIRP’s outreach, community education and development efforts;
  • Perform other tasks and responsibilities may be assigned by supervisory staff depending upon NWIRP’s needs.

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, domestic abuse, violence, and psychological trauma. This position requires making visits to a detention center environment.

 

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES:

  • Law degree; 
  • Admission to the bar of any state in the U.S. (will consider a law graduate planning on taking the Summer 2021 bar examination);
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing and defending immigrant rights and willingness to support NWIRP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Bilingual in English and another language;
  • Demonstrated interest in advocating for incarcerated or detained people;
  • Commitment to working in a diverse working environment; 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to organize information in a clear and concise manner, including strong problem solving, research, and analytical skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment;
  • Ability to provide trauma-informed and culturally competent legal representation;
  • Ability to take on an existing caseload; and
  • Proficiency in use of web-based software and Microsoft Office applications, including Word and Excel, and web peer-to-peer communication platforms.

 

REPORTS TO:

Supervising Attorney, Tacoma

TO APPLY:

You will need to upload a single file document including your Cover letter and Resume via our careers page: https://secure3.entertimeonline.com/ta/90199.careers?CareersSearch. For your cover letter, please describe: 1) how your lived or work experience make you a good fit for this role; and 2) what are some challenges you are aware of that pose barriers to provide legal advocacy to incarcerated or detained people. Full consideration will be given to those who apply by May 20, 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 free direct legal representation and assistance in immigration matters to thousands of people with low or no 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 115 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.