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Supervising Attorney, International Programs at KIND Inc
14 Sep → 14 Oct
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country.
KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services.
To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.
KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.KIND seeks a Supervising Attorney, International Programs to assist in the management of delivery of legal services to separated families in Central America and Mexico who are seeking to return to the U.S. under the Biden Administration’s Family Reunification Task Force humanitarian parole program. The Supervising Attorney will provide direct representation, pro bono mentoring, and strategic legal counsel and program planning and implementation in a cutting-edge area of humanitarian immigration work on behalf of highly vulnerable children and families.
This position is 100% remote and funded for one-year with the possibility of extension.
Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role.
KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Provide both mentoring to KIND pro bono attorneys and direct legal representation to KIND clients:
- In the pro bono mentoring function, provide robust consultation and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted a KIND case.
- In the direct representation function, perform ordinary functions of legal counsel including legal research and formulating the legal strategy for the case; conducting client interviews; appearing before immigration agencies; and drafting and filing applications for relief and benefits.
- Supervise and lead program staff in relevant jurisdiction(s), in consultation with the Director, Legal Protection, including:
- Program oversight, supervising casework, managing caseloads and other assignments, promoting, and advising supervisees on professional growth, conducting employee performance evaluations, meeting regularly with each supervisee, and providing consistent and effective supervision to ensure high-quality legal work and achievement of deliverables.
- Provide legal skills trainings and technical case assistance to in-house staff, pro bono attorneys, or other stakeholders, in coordination with field office colleagues and KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team.
- Support the Director, Legal Protection to develop and implement management strategies to meet ambitious programmatic and funding deliverables, including staff recruitment and development-support functions, employee engagement, and quality control of KIND’s legal services delivery.
- Partner with the Director, Legal Protection to ensure mid-level supervisors are equipped and trained to effectively supervise and coach their direct reports.
- Oversee data management, ensuring data integrity through regular case audits, technical fluency with KIND’s case management systems, and oversight of data upkeep and accuracy by supervisees.
- In coordination with KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team as well as the Senior Director, Pro Bono Partnerships, as needed, develop pro bono training resources and local training curriculum, including sample filings and guidance packets. Assist with development and conducting of local and national KIND trainings for both staff and external partners and stakeholders.
- In collaboration with the Director, Legal Protection, lead and manage large and complex programs, including oversight and drafting of grant reports, metrics oversight, and assisting in drafting of funding proposals as needed.
- Maintain internal and external stakeholder relations; participate in coalitions of various stakeholders supporting separated families.
- Collaborate with the Director, Legal Protection to determine in-house and volunteer pro bono case placements.
- Develop and implement effective recruitment, mentoring, and case placement strategies to increase pro bono representation of separated families with support from the Senior Director, Pro Bono Partnerships.
- Collaborate with other KIND departments on specific projects and initiatives as needed, including KIND’s Policy, Advocacy, Communications, and Special Programs departments.
- Participate in and lead local and national KIND meetings, committees, retreats, and events.
Requirements / Qualifications
J.D. and admitted to local state bar.
At least 6 years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients both in and outside the United States in humanitarian immigration claims such as humanitarian parole or other parole programs such as CAM, asylum or refugee proceedings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas.
At least 4 years of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma.
Experience with adult claims, including crimmigration, bars to admissibility and waivers, is strongly preferred.
Experience working with law firm attorneys and or other legal volunteers.
At 3 years of experience supervising attorneys and non-attorney staff; and 2 years of experience in program management, including experience such as project management, tracking deliverables, hiring, planning and development.
Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing.
Demonstrated collaboration, deep engagement, and contributor to overall team; ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently.
Advanced fluency in Spanish language required.
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