Supervising Attorney

Organization Overview: SIREN has evolved to become one of the premier immigrant rights organization in Northern California and has strengthened its infrastructure to become an anchor organization for immigrant rights in the Bay Area. SIREN is rare among immigrant rights organizations because it combines community organizing, policy advocacy, and immigration legal services. The combination of these three strategies contributes to SIREN's ability to provide strong leadership in immigrant integration. These three program areas serve as a model to improve the living conditions of immigrants:

(1) Immigration Legal Services: to provide immigration legal application assistance, information, and education to immigrant and refugee communities in order that they may become full participants in society;

(2) Community Organizing: to assist communities in tapping their potential for leadership and to allow empowerment, education, and communication among all communities; and

(3) Policy Advocacy: to promote policies that protect immigrant rights and empower immigrants to make an impact on the political decisions that affect their lives. The mission of SIREN is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in the Silicon Valley and Central Coast through direct services, community education and organizing, leadership development, and policy
advocacy. We believe that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.

Position Available: The Supervising Attorney must be passionate about SIREN’s mission. The Supervising Attorney is part of a team of immigration specialists and is responsible for leading all legal elements of the immigration program. A portion of his/her time includes providing client consultations with greater attention to complex cases, USCIS and EOIR representation, research, and analysis.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
 Supervise legal staff and assist immigration specialists with complex cases, representation,
research, and analysis.
 Support the recruitment of, lead the training of, and co-supervise staff, contractors, and interns.
 Lead and coordinate peer review; guide staff on cases; assign cases based on staff’s skill
capacity or for cross training purposes.
 Supervise legal program activities, this includes but not limited to: intake, screening and
consultations, workshops, case management/caseloads, representations at USCIS, etc.
 Participate in legal planning and legal supervision of program activities, including events
coordinated with allies.
 Participate in the development or revisions of program materials, such as educational materials
for orientations, flyers with legal info for the community, guides used in workshops, and forms
used for intake, etc.


 Support the coordination of non-legal program activities such as educational orientations,
workshops, and Citizenship Day. Build structure for legal interns and legal volunteers, and supervise their involvement in legal program activities. Participate in staff meetings designed to collect progress reports, assess community needs, and to update staff on pertinent program procedures and advocacy initiatives. Participate in intake, consultations, and provide case management services. Produce letters, edits correspondence, and other general material related to program services. Handle revenues for own caseloads and enter revenues into internal database. Assist with the accurate projection of program revenues based on staff capacity and skill.


Staff Development:
 Assist with staff evaluations and in acknowledging staff for excellent work, as well as with
supervising correction action plans. Develop training plans and provide staff with training, technical assistance and guidance. Provide analysis in peer setting and train staff on legal issue updates, new laws, regulations, and legal proceedings for current and future case references. Maintain law library and train staff on how to use legal resources (i.e. AILA link, CLINIC and ILRC attorney of the day, Immigrant Advocates guides, etc.) Prepare and process SIREN’s staff BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals) accreditation.


Organizational Development:
 Develop effective and efficient internal legal systems (case management, software and other
products, forms, filing system, etc.) to ensure proper implementation.
 Evaluate and advise the Director of Immigration Legal Services on office procedures and
policies, materials development, and ex/internal communications as they are relevant to
immigration laws and regulations, or immigration advocacy efforts.
 Provide legal structure to program activities, this may include the development of procedures or materials, or revision of program manual
 Assist with the development implementation of program measurement tools.
 Network to obtain external organizational support, to build collaborations that support legal
program activities, and/or to refer clients to partners on issues outside our expertise.
Community Education & Advocacy:
 Develop curriculum and other community-education materials.
 With staff, conduct presentations on various immigration and citizenship topics.
 Provide mock presentations in peer setting to ensure staff are trained and prepared.
 With partners, assist with drafting and reviewing event materials.
 Act as an advocate and network with other service providers, organizations, and government
agencies.
 Provide legal technical assistance to the non-profit community, when needed, and assist with
research and advocacy, as community issues on immigration/trends require.
 Assist staff in organizing and preparing clients for program advocacy or immigrant initiatives.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Immigration Legal Services Director.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Have a U.S. law degree (J.D.) and active bar membership. Must have at least three years experience immigration law, including family based immigration, naturalization, and DACA. Be computer literate in a Windows/PC environment. Have knowledge of supervision techniques, different learning styles, and experience setting a teamwork environment. Must have strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES
 Advanced understanding and ability to interpret immigration laws and regulations.
 Advanced knowledge in client advising and customer service.
 Advanced knowledge of case management structures in a legal setting.
 Committed to the needs of the immigrant community and passionate about immigrant and
human rights
 Bilingual/ Bi-literate in Spanish or an Asian language (Vietnamese preferred)
 Knowledge of general office operations and must have strong legal office organizational skills.
 Knowledge of equipment operations and various software programs including word processing,
database management, and spreadsheet applications.
 Have the ability to learn immigration law software.
 Adept at public speaking and teaching in large groups.
 Ability to work under pressure and exercise flexibility as needed.
 Ability to exercise sound judgment
 Ability to maintain confidentiality in all matters related to the program.
 Ability to identify problems and develop creative solutions both independently and in cooperation with others.
 Effective oral and written communication skills
 Ability to maintain a good working relationship with culturally diverse staff and clients.
 Able, upon hire, to provide own transportation; with adequate insurance and a CA driver's
license, when needed.
 Willing to work flexible hours as required by program.


LICENSE AND CERTIFICATE
Must be in good standing with a State bar.


OTHER REQUIREMENTS
 Available to work weekends and evenings and travel.
 Must have a valid CA Driver’s License, car insurance, and daily access to a car.


COMPENSATION
Salary & Benefits: DOE. Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision plans, sick leave
and paid vacation benefits.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references. Cover letter should include
a detailed description of the candidate’s legal career and experience. Please send materials to:  

SIREN Supervising Attorney
1415 Koll Circle,
Suite 108,
San Jose, CA 95112
OR by email to: SIREN Human Resources at HR@siren-bayarea.org.  
For more information, visit our website at www.siren-bayarea.org.
SIREN is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds, especially individuals from immigrant and refugee communities. People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ persons, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to seek employment at SIREN.

Legal Program Associate (Temporary)

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Temporary Position—Legal Program Associate
Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) is looking for a part-time temporary employee
(20-25 hrs. /week). The temporary employee will be responsible for managing our Vietnamese Immigrant
Information Hotline, providing naturalization application assistance to eligible immigrants, and providing
community education presentations on issues related to immigration law and benefits.
Agency Description – Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) is a leading immigrant
rights organization in the South Bay dedicated to providing immigrant rights advocacy, community
education and organizing, and immigration legal assistance to Silicon Valley’s diverse immigrant
communities. The mission of SIREN is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in the Silicon
Valley through direct services, community education and organizing, leadership development and policy
advocacy. We believe that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services,
human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.
Requirements:
Must be fluent in Vietnamese and English
Must be able to read and write in Vietnamese and English
Must have good telephone etiquette
Must have knowledge of and be familiar with the Vietnamese community residing in Silicon Valley
Must be available on Thursdays from 9 am-6 pm
Preferred:
Bachelor’s Degree
Immigration legal experience (strong plus)
Paralegal experience
Public speaking experience
Spanish speaking abilities a plus
Duties:
Check phone messages and return phone calls in Vietnamese and English
Provide naturalization application assistance to eligible immigrants
Conduct education and outreach to Vietnamese community
Serve as a Vietnamese interpreter on Thursdays (for walk-in clinics)
Provide language translation in Vietnamese for SIREN documents and outreach materials
Salary & benefits: Based on experience.
Starting date: Interviews will begin immediately
TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, references and a 1 page writing sample in Vietnamese to:
Legal Program Associate, SIREN, 1415 Koll Circle, Suite 108, San Jose, CA 95112 OR by email to:
SIREN Human Resources at HR@siren-bayarea.org. For more information, visit our website at
www.siren-bayarea.org.

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Electoral Leaders (Temporary)

 

 

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

Electoral Leaders (Temporary)

Reports To:         Community Organizer

Location:             San Jose, CA

Position:              SIREN invites applications from candidates for this temporary position.

ELECTORAL LEADERS (Temporary)

Organization Overview: SIREN has evolved to become one of the premier immigrant rights organization in Northern California and has strengthened its infrastructure to become an anchor organization for immigrant rights in the Bay Area. SIREN is rare among immigrant rights organizations because it combines community organizing,     education and outreach, policy advocacy, and immigration legal services.  The combination of these four strategies contributes to SIREN's ability to provide strong leadership in immigrant integration.  These four program areas serve as a model to improve the living conditions of immigrants: (1) Immigration Legal Services: to provide immigration legal application assistance, information and education to immigrant and refugee communities in order that they may become full participants in society; (2) Community Organizing: to assist communities in tapping their potential for leadership and to allow empowerment, education, and communication among all communities; and (3) Policy Advocacy: to promote policies that protect immigrant rights and empower immigrants to make an impact on the political decisions that affect their lives. (4) Community Education and Outreach: to assist communities in becoming aware of the policies that protect and empower immigrants and overall knowledge of services offered at SIREN.

The mission of SIREN is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in Silicon Valley through direct services, community education and organizing, leadership development, and policy advocacy. We believe that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.

Position Available: Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) is seeking four applicants for our Electoral Leader positions to support the organization’s “Vote Today for Change Tomorrow/Votar Hoy Para Cambiar El Mañana” campaign. The ideal candidate is committed to growing the electorate through voter registration and grassroots voter education of immigrants and millennials in Santa Clara County. These individuals will be highly organized, detail-oriented self-starters who thrive on person-to-person contact and work independently as well with staff and volunteers.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Reach potential voters at events, sites (including but not limited to local community centers, schools, colleges, universities, and naturalization ceremonies) and through individual door-to-door engagement in immigrant neighborhoods to build their commitment to registration and voting

  • Ensure potential voters’ success in completing the voter registration process

  • Provide potential voters with information about the voting process (including deadlines and locations)

  • Ensure accurate and complete data on all of the above submitted in a timely fashion

  • Participate in mandatory trainings on voter registration, voter outreach, voter rights, and other electoral issues

  • Assist the Community Organizer in meeting program goals

  • Other duties as assigned, as related to the success of voter registration and get out the vote campaigns

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Experience conducting presentations to immigrant and limited English proficient communities

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Excellent public speaking and communication skills

  • Excellent problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated willingness and ability to follow guidelines to complete required tasks

  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.

  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation preferred

  • Bilingual in Spanish/English or Vietnamese/English preferred

  • Previous electoral experience a plus

COMPENSATION

$15 per hour (approx. 20-30 hours per week)

DURATION

September 2016  through November 2016 (Temporary Position)

HOURS

  • Saturday and Sunday; 11:00am-3:00pm

  • Monday - Wednesday; 3:00pm-7:00pm

TO APPLY: Please send resume to SIREN Human Resources at hr@siren-bayarea.org. For more information, visit our website at www.siren-bayarea.org. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

WHO WE ARE

SIREN’s mission is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees through community education and organizing, leadership development, policy advocacy and naturalization services.  We believe that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.

To learn more about SIREN and the services we provide, please visit www.siren-bayarea.org.

SIREN is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds, especially individuals from immigrant and refugee communities. People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ persons, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to seek employment at SIREN.

Director of Community Organizing


Reports To:           Executive Director

Location:               San Jose, CA.

Position:                SIREN invites application from candidates seeking a full time position


Organization Overview: SIREN has evolved to become one of the premiere immigrant rights organization in Northern California and has strengthened its infrastructure to become an anchor organization for immigrant rights in the Bay Area. SIREN is rare among immigrant rights organizations because it combines community organizing, policy advocacy and immigration legal services.  The combination of these three strategies contributes to SIREN's ability to provide strong leadership in immigrant integration.  These three program areas serve as a model to improve the living conditions of immigrants: (1) Immigration Legal Services: to provide immigration legal application assistance, information and education to immigrant and refugee communities in order that they may become full participants in society; (2) Community Organizing: to assist communities in tapping their potential for leadership and to allow empowerment, education, and communication among all communities; and (3) Policy Advocacy: to promote policies that protect immigrant rights and empower immigrants to make an impact on the political decisions that affect their lives.

The mission of SIREN is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in Silicon Valley through direct services, community education and organizing, leadership development, and policy advocacy. We believe that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.

Position Available: The Director of Community Organizing is responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating SIREN’s immigrant rights organizing and outreach campaigns through community education, coalition-building, civic engagement, leadership development, base-building, and technical assistance.  The Director of Community Organizing will also be responsible for coordinating local collaboratives and coalitions. This position will work closely with SIREN’s Executive Director and Policy department to create processes that will facilitate the engagement of community members in SIREN’s advocacy efforts and with SIREN’s Immigration Legal Services Department to promote outreach for immigration legal services and the integration of clients into SIREN’s organizing and advocacy efforts.  

The Director of Community Organizing serves as a member of the leadership team and is a key part of organizational-wide activities including fundraising, communication, and planning.  The Director of Community Organizing reports to the Executive Director.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Design and Lead Innovative Organizing Programs and Campaigns

  • Design and create effective programs for immigrant mobilization, social justice leadership development, and nonpartisan civic engagement/electoral participation that further the organizational mission.
  • Take a lead role in designing, monitoring and evaluating SIREN’s organizing model and championing community-led campaigns as well as policy issues that build immigrant community power;
  • Design and implement the launch of a new membership model program for SIREN;

Build Strategic Partnerships and Represent the Organization

  • Establish, build, facilitate and participate local, statewide and national coalitions among diverse interests, needs, and audiences;
  • Represent SIREN at statewide and national coalitions focused in community organizing;
  • Strategically coordinate and conduct community education presentations on diverse issues;
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with immigrant rights groups, community agencies, and stakeholders and build coalitions among local and statewide partners;
  • Educate and work with public and elected officials around community issues;
  • Give public testimony to city agencies, civic committees, and neighborhood groups as needed;
  • Serve on task forces, speak to the media, and otherwise serve as SIREN’s representative;

Cultivate and Manage an Effective Organizing Team

  • Assist with the hiring, training and supervision of the organizing staff and the staff assigned to organizing project, including goal-setting, tracking of progress toward goals, evaluation and other functions as necessary;
  • Develop and oversee the Community Organizing Department's annual work plan, budget, and programs;
  • Monitor the leadership of existing and new immigrant adult and youth leaders;
  • Ensure accurate and proper documentation and reporting which highlights the program’s successes and challenges;

Serve as an Overall Organizational Leader

  • Fundraise for the organization, including grant writing, grant management, and government and foundation relations;
  • Serve on the leadership team to coordinate with other department directors, ensure organizational integration and team building efforts, and support the implementation of the organization-wide strategic plan;
  • Coordinate and facilitate interdepartmental efforts and the involvement of other SIREN staff around important community issues;
  • Inform and advise SIREN’s Executive Director about key community efforts where the organization could or should take a formal position;
  • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director.

 

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least three years of experience working with low income immigrant communities or minimum five years of experience working in social justice movements;
  • Minimum of three years of experience working in grassroots organizing, base-building, or direct organizing; 
  • Proven organizational leadership experience, including capacity to guide strategic planning and ability to link long-term goals with day-to-day program implementation decisions and needs;
  • Strong non-profit program planning and personnel management skills;
  • Effective skills and experience with fund development and grants management (2 years);
  • Three years’ experience in multi-racial grassroots, movement-building, transformative organizing and online organizing;
  • A strong commitment to working with immigrants and working class people to achieve policy changes;
  • Excellent community building, public speaking and political negotiation skills;
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in building and maintaining coalitions;
  • Experience working with membership-based organizations;
  • Strong analytical, written, and facilitation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, multi-task, possess good judgment, and work independently and as part of a team;
  • Experience recruiting, training and managing organizers;
  • Ability to establish close relationships with people from different cultural and economic backgrounds;
  • Flexible and team-oriented approach to problem solving;
  • Commitment to cultural proficiency and sensitivity;

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) or 5-10 years of Community Organizing experience (including, but not limited to immigrant organizing, labor/union organizing, health rights organizing, faith-based organizing); Master’s degree a plus.
  • Minimum of three years’ management, supervisory, and program development experience working in human services or advocacy programs.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in campaign development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Experience working with media a plus.

 

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bilingual and Bi-literate in English and at least one of the following languages: Spanish, Mandarin/Cantonese, Vietnamese, or Tagalog.
  • Two years of experience in program development, implementation and evaluation.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Occasional work on weekends/evenings and travel.
  • Must have a valid CA Driver’s License, car insurance, and daily access to a car.

Salary & Benefits: $60,000 – $70,000 DOE. Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision benefits.

 

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample and three references. Cover letter should include a detailed description of the candidate’s career as an organizer, and more specifically, as a manager of organizers. This should include a list and description of 1) organizing campaign experience, 2) tools used to build a common vision, 3) civic engagement work, and 4) the applicant’s work recruiting, training, and supervising organizers (clearly describing the nature of the applicant's role in each). Please send materials to:  Dir of Org Search, SIREN, 1425 Koll Circle, Suite 109, San Jose, CA 95112 OR by email to: SIREN Human Resources at HR@siren-bayarea.org.   For more information, visit our website at www.siren-bayarea.org.

 

SIREN is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds, especially individuals from immigrant and refugee communities. People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ persons, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to seek employment at SIREN.

Immigrant Rights Organizer Internship

The mission of Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in Santa Clara County through direct services, community education, leadership development, and policy advocacy. We believe that all people, regardless of legal status or nationality, are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.

SIREN is proud to be a leader of the immigrant rights movement in the Silicon Valley and to promote and implement policies and strategies that support equitable participation in, and access to, society's resources and opportunities for immigrant communities.

INTERNSHIP: SIREN is offering an Immigrant Rights Organizer Internship within its Community Organizing Program. SIREN will provide the Immigrant Rights Organizer Intern an opportunity to acquire grassroots community organizing and issue organizing skills while directly impacting policies for immigrants. The Intern will be equipped with organizing skills they can apply to their future job or bring back to their community for change. 

The Immigrant Rights Organizer Internship is an 8 week commitment for a minimum of 15 hours per week.

DUTIES:  The Intern will help coordinate community education, outreach and advocacy on SIREN issue campaigns.  The Intern will:

  • Assist in coordination of community education presentations throughout Silicon Valley
  • Assist in campaign strategy, planning, assessment and implementation, and help to coordinate and organize community mobilizations when needed.
  • Assist with coordination of SIREN’s Leadership Development program
  • Engage community in SIREN campaigns and support community leaders in mobilizing their base
  • Assist in establishing relationships with organizers and activists from allied organizations and communities
  •  Monitor and represent SIREN as an organization, and actively participate in relevant community meetings related to Immigrant Rights campaigns or other campaigns as needed
  • Assist with development and distribution of community education materials
  • Database information gathering by the Organizing Department;
  • Work collaboratively with Policy and Organizing department staff and other SIREN staff; and
  • Perform other tasks as needed

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Committed and passionate about immigrant rights 
  • Ability to follow projects through to completion
  • Motivated and independent
  • Must be responsible and have the ability to multitask
  • Must have capacity to analyze multi-faceted issues 
  • Must have transportation
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills in English and Spanish
  • Available to work on nights and/or weekends, as needed
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher
  • Prior experience or courses in community organizing or civic engagement a plus

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:   Please email a cover letter describing how the internship meets your long-term goals and resume to the attention of: Jeremy Barousse, Community Organizer, Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN), 1425 Koll Circle,  Suite 109, San Jose, CA 95112, or via email at jeremy@siren-bayarea.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of September 25, 2015.





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