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Legal Director

 

Social Justice

POSITION TITLE: Legal Director

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

WORKSITE: Nashville, TN

Salary range: $62,000 - $68,000 with benefits (retirement + health)

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION:

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors is a non-profit organization that provides high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy. TNJFON is part of the national TNJFON network.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION:

The Legal Director will be responsible for the direct representation of vulnerable immigrant clients seeking humanitarian immigration legal services such as but not limited to Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and defense in immigration removal proceedings. Services will be provided in the office by appointment only and may need to be provided in person at USCIS offices and Memphis Immigration Court. The Legal Director will also be responsible for the supervision and training of volunteers who will assist in pro bono representation as needed. S/he will provide direct representation in the offices at Casa Azafran, 2195 Nolensville Pike, by appointment only and every third Saturday of the month at the legal clinic hosted at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 5112 Raywood Lane.

The Legal Director is responsible for ensuring the continued success of the humanitarian immigration legal services program. The position will be located in Nashville and the successful applicant will work in coordination with established community partners to promote community education and advocacy of immigrants’ rights.

MAJOR DUTIES:

The position is organized around three major areas of work - direct representation, awareness, and strategic guidance.

  • Direct representation - The Legal Director will carry her/his own caseload developed through legal clinics and individual appointments and consisting of representation before the Immigration Court, USCIS, and related appeals with a focus on individuals seeking humanitarian forms of relief. Additionally, s/he will supervise legal work carried out by staff attorney(s), legal advocate, law student interns and volunteer attorneys.

  • Awareness - The Legal Director will provide information including but not limited to removal proceedings, changes in federal immigration law and policies, and changes in state and local laws exclusively for the Tennessee immigrant community. S/he will present seminars to the Tennessee professional legal community to recruit pro bono involvement and strengthen relationships within the Tennessee bar.

  • Strategic guidance – The Legal Director will provide organizational leadership on the status of ongoing legal work, changes in law and policy that impact the immigrant community, and adjudication trends. S/he will work with the organization’s leaders to define and execute strategic goals, including identifying and securing funding for work that is consistent with the strategic goals of the organization.

  • Other duties - Interface with executive director and Board to carry out TNJFON’s mission and goals;  Advise executive director on all aspects of legal programmatic delivery; Assist executive director in preparation of reports necessary for grant requirements or grant proposals; Ensure INSZOOM is used properly; interface with INSZOOM when problems arise or delegate as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must have a J.D. and be admitted to practice in Tennessee, or willingness to pursue Tennessee bar admission

  • Must have at least 3-5 years of experience in immigration law and experience supervising legal staff

  • Oral and written spanish language fluency

  • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines

  • Excellent research and oral and written communications skills, must comfortable speaking in public in both English and Spanish

  • Strong supervisory skills, including experience supervising legal staff

  • Willingness to travel to Memphis Immigration Court as required

  • Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths

  • Demonstrated strong commitment to immigrant justice and public interest legal services.

Please send a resume and cover letter to neighbors@tnjfon.org, Attention: Legal Director Search Committee. Expected hire date: December 1, 2018.


Undergraduate and graduate students interested in social justice, law, and nonprofit management are encouraged to apply to help us build capacity and infrastructure that will enable us to protect more immigrants living in Middle Tennessee. Email Wade (wade@tnjfon.org) if you are interested.


Social Media

Undergraduate students who are gifted story-tellers and social media savvy are encouraged to apply and help us communicate the incredible stories of survival from our clients. Email Wade (wade@tnjfon.org) if you are interested.


Legal

Bilingual undergraduate students interested in a legal career are encouraged to apply for an internships assisting our attorneys with legal filing, translation, and interpretation. Email Alvaro (alvaro@tnjfon.org) if you are interested.