CSU Supervising Attorney

The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) is seeking to hire a full-time immigration attorney to supervise legal services provided at California State Universities in Southern California.  The position will be housed in CARECEN’s San Bernardino office location, but will require travel to local California State Universities.



CARECEN was founded in 1983 by Salvadoran refugees and other human rights activists who worked to secure legal status for the thousands of Central Americans fleeing civil war. Today, CARECEN’s mission is to promote the human and civil rights of Central Americans and other immigrant communities through legal and educational services, and by advocating and organizing to transform immigration and education policies.


The legal department provides direct legal representation to thousands of clients each year seeking family-based immigration assistance, citizenship, asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, VAWA, T and U visas, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status, NACARA, as well as representation in immigration court. CARECEN seeks an experienced attorney to supervise legal services at California State Universities in the greater Los Angeles area.


JOB DESCRIPTION:  Supervising Attorney


The Supervising Attorney of CARECEN’s California State University Project is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations, personnel, and legal service provision at California State Universities in San Bernardino, Pomona, Fullerton, and Long Beach.  The Supervising Attorney works directly under the Managing Attorney and will assist the Managing Attorney in overseeing the department and other tasks as needed.  The Supervising Attorney is also responsible for outreach and community education activities at universities.


Summary of Duties:

  • Supervise legal staff at the San Bernardino office and California State Universities. Monitor timesheets, caseloads, plan and conduct legal case review, as well as trainings and other professional development activities for staff;
  • Conduct periodic written & performance evaluation for legal staff;
  • Provide individual consultations (at California State Universities and CARECEN’s San Bernardino office), prepare cases, represent applicants before DHS, in Immigration Court and on appeal;
  • Conduct presentations, community education activities and respond to media requests on relevant immigration issues;
  • Participate in policy advocacy on immigration issues relevant to CARECEN’s mission;
  • Develop relationships with California State University staff, local CBOs, law schools, foundations, government and other organizations;
  • Facilitate legal meetings when Managing Attorney or Legal Director is unavailable.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Managing Attorney or Legal Director.


Hours of work:  The normal workweek for this full-time exempt position is 35 hours, but a greater emphasis is placed on meeting the responsibilities assigned to the position.  Exempt employees do not receive overtime compensation, compensatory time off, or additional compensation beyond the salary assigned to the position. 


Work is performed in a variety of work settings, including CARECEN’s offices, work space provided by others (including California State Universities), colleges, libraries and other government facilities, among others.




  • Law degree and active admission to the bar of any state (California preferred);
  • Excellent legal skills and broad knowledge of immigration law. 3-4 years of substantive immigration law experience strongly preferred;
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred;
  • Experience supervising support staff;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of CARECEN;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Commitment to working in a diverse working environment;
  • Ability to develop and implement innovative models of service delivery with limited resources and leverage other community resources;
  • Ability to effectively work and communicate with diverse groups of individuals, including representatives of government, foundations, English/Spanish media, and other grassroots organizations;
  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently;
  • Must have a car and driver license, and must be willing to conduct community education/workshops and travel to various off-site locations. The position will involve some evening and weekend work.



Salary D.O.E., competitive benefits package.




Deadline to apply: Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.




Please email cover letter, resume, at least two references, and brief writing sample (10 page maximum) to: Julie Mitchell, jmitchell@carecen-la.org.


Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Applicants must apply directly. CARECEN will not consider applications through legal recruiting/staffing agencies. No inquiries or phone calls from applicants or legal recruiters please.



CARECEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer


All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, political affiliation, condition of physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation, in accordance with requirements of Federal and State laws.

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