Job Title: OLAP Accredited Representative
Classification & FLSA Status: Full time | Non-Exempt
Salary: $21.00 per hour - Partially Accredited |$24.00 per hour - Fully Accredited
Department: Legal Department | Citizenship & Family-Based Immigration Unit
Reports to: Supervising Attorney and Managing Attorney
Location: Telecommute currently offered with transition to in-person services at CARECEN Los Angeles office
Job Summary: The OLAP Accredited Representative will work out of the Los Angeles office and will work under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney and Managing Attorney from the Citizenship & Family-Based Immigration Unit. Must be an OLAP accredited representative (or meet the criteria to submit an approvable application for OLAP accreditation at the time of hiring) and be determined by the Supervising Attorney, Managing Attorney and Legal Director, in their discretion, to have the requisite immigration knowledge and experience to regularly exercise discretion and independent judgment in the performance of the duties described below. Such representative will regularly provide legal consultation and representation services for Family-Based Immigrant Visa applications, Provisional Waivers, Consular Processing, Adjustment of Status cases, Temporary Protected Status, Naturalization and citizenship derivation, and other immigration relief, as well as other duties assigned. The OLAP Accredited Representative will not perform those legal services reserved under state law to members in good standing of the California State Bar.
Job Responsibilities/Essential Functions
- Intake, analyze and prepare various immigration applications with minimal supervision both onsite and offsite;
- Prepare Family-Based Immigrant Visa applications, Provisional Waivers, Consular Processing, Adjustment of Status cases, Temporary Protected Status, Naturalization and citizenship derivation, and green card renewal applications, among other immigration relief,
- Represent applicants before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office
- Represent clients before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (if fully accredited)
- conducting and reviewing client intakes for immigration relief;
- Assign and review casework to legal support staff including legal assistants and administrative assistants;
- Assist with supervising volunteer law students or volunteers;
- Assist with ongoing legal training of support staff;
- Assist with periodic citizenship application clinics, which may require periodic Saturday work;
- Conduct presentations, workshops and other community education activities, including at offsite locations, which may require periodic Saturday work;
- Other duties as assigned by Supervising Attorney and Managing Attorney.
- Must be partially or fully OLAP Accredited Representative or meet the criteria to submit an approvable application for OLAP accreditation at the time of hiring
- Verbal and written fluency in Spanish and English required
- Attention to detail and effective time management skills required
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently on a large volume of casework
- 1-2 years of practical experience in immigration required. Experience in family-based immigration and naturalization preferred
- Excellent legal skills and broad knowledge of immigration law
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work with diverse groups of individuals, including representatives of government, Spanish and English media, grass-roots organizations, foundations, and other stakeholders
- Must possess knowledge and understanding of the political and historical context of immigrant communities and civil rights issues in this country
- Demonstrated commitment to mission and goals of CARECEN
- Commitment to working in a diverse professional environment
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently
- Must be willing to conduct community education, workshops and legal services around Los Angeles County, as needed. The position will involve some evening and weekend work.
Classification & Work Schedule
Office hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday. The work schedule for this position is a 35-hour workweek equaling 7-hour workdays. The position will involve some evening and weekend work. The position is part of the bargaining unit represented by the union.
Work Environment & Physical Demands
This position operates in a professional office environment. The position requires the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary. Telecommute is currently offered, with transition to in person work at the CARECEN Los Angeles office. Work is performed in a variety of work settings, including CARECEN’s offices, workspace provided by other nonprofits, libraries, and government facilities, among others.
Ability to travel to different CARECEN offices and offsite locations. Work may comprise up to 25% of travel time. Mileage reimbursement is available. The ability to drive with a valid CA license and a registered vehicle is preferred.
CARECEN offers a generous health insurance package that has medical, vision, dental, life insurance and Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Supplemental insurance and a 403(b) retirement savings plan are also available. Paid time off is also provided along with 11 paid holidays.
Candidates encouraged to apply immediately.
Please email a cover letter, resume and three references to Miriam Núñez ([email protected]).
Candidates are urged to be specific regarding level of Spanish fluency in the cover letter. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Applicants must apply directly. CARECEN will not consider applications through legal/staffing agencies. Please inform hiring manager if applying to multiple CARECEN job postings. No inquiries or phone calls from applicants or legal/staffing agencies.
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.