Supervising Attorney

The Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) is seeking to hire a full-time immigration attorney to supervise legal services at local community colleges, schools, and other locations as needed. The position will be based in Los Angeles County. Flexibility is required as to exact office location.



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.


JOB DESCRIPTION: Supervising Attorney


The Supervising Attorney will be responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations, personnel, and legal service provision at local community colleges, schools, and other locations. 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.


Summary of Duties:

· Supervise and direct legal staff, including assigning work, monitoring timesheets, caseloads, plan and conduct legal case review, as well as trainings and other professional development activities for staff, and handling the process of discipline and grievance adjustment;

· Conduct periodic written & performance evaluation for legal staff;

· Provide individual consultations, 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;

· Facilitate legal meetings when Managing Attorney or Legal Director is unavailable;

· Other duties as assigned by the Managing Attorney or Legal Director.




· 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 three references, and brief writing sample (10 page maximum) to: Julie Mitchell,


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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