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