The Director of Family Immigration Services supports the mission and purpose of the Family Immigration Services Department (FIS) as a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized agency in providing low cost immigration services to immigrants and refugees. The Director manages the operations of FIS serving immigrants and their families across a 10-county service area. Supervises and trains DOJ-accredited staff and other program staff. Provides guidance and assistance on cases and ensures compliance with all legal and ethical standards. Assists immigrants and refugees seeking counsel or legal representation on cases for federal immigration benefits through legal representation, community information sessions, and related immigration activities.
- Juris doctor degree and admission to the bar of any state, or previous U.S. DOJ full accreditation required.
- Three or more years’ experience as a practicing attorney or accredited legal immigration counseling, to include experience representing individual clients in a variety of family-based and other processes before USCIS is desired.
- One to three years managing/supervising a diverse workforce providing immigration legal services, or other similar human services delivery.
- Advanced proficiency in Spanish and fluency in English (verbal and written).
- Frequent travel using own transportation and working outside of normal business hours are required. Ability to work some weekends and evenings.
- Strong commitment to supporting immigrants and refugees.
- Advanced understanding of immigration and citizenship law and procedure, including but not limited to family based immigration, waivers of grounds of inadmissibility, U visa and VAWA, T visa, asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, naturalization, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival.
- Demonstrated responsiveness and sensitivity to cultural differences. Ability to apply culturally appropriate skills in interactions with clients, co-workers, volunteers, partner agencies, and other community members.
- Ability to establish, foster, interact persuasively, and maintain effective working relations with a broad variety of groups, within and outside the organization. Ability to bring diverse community groups together, to establish rapport and to build on contact to enhance programs and populations served by the program.
- Excellent public-speaking communication skills and the ability and willingness to represent Catholic Charities in a positive and proactive manner within agency guidelines.
- Understanding of how the work of Catholic Charities upholds Catholic social teaching.