Nashville School of Law

Website Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition

Position Description

TIRRC seeks a Legal Services Director to lead its immigration legal services and community legal education work during a period of dynamic growth. The Legal Services Director will train and supervise legal staff, provide direct client counsel and representation, and collaborate with organizational leadership to develop and implement initiatives to advance immigrant justice and support TIRRC’s organizing, policy advocacy, and power-building work. They will be responsible for ensuring clients and community members receive high quality, effective legal representation and legal education and sustain and build relationships with external partners.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Legal Services Supervision and Oversight

Train and supervise legal staff to ensure the provision of high-quality representation and advice and counsel to community members and clients in compliance with all relevant professional and ethical obligations;

Maintain comprehensive knowledge of and keep abreast of changes in U.S. immigration law, regulations, and practices, especially in regard to issues affecting low-income immigrant community members that are TIRRC’s primary constituents;

Ensure that legal staff maintain accurate and complete case files regarding client and agency communications, records, and deadlines;

Ensure that legal staff develop and maintain accurate and up-to-date legal content for TIRRC’s community legal education materials and legal information resources, and oversee the planning and implementation of community legal education sessions;

Oversee TIRRC’s community resource line to ensure the provision of high-quality resources and referrals, as well as the provision of effective, tailored legal information and advice on select matters.

Client Representation and Counseling

Provide extended representation to clients in affirmative immigration applications, primarily in DACA renewal and naturalization cases;

Provide advice and counsel to immigrant community members, including being available for referrals from resource line staff.

External Relationships

Expand and deepen collaborative relationships with other stakeholders within the legal community, including immigration legal services providers, private attorneys, and pro bono attorneys;

Participate in professional networks for immigration practitioners at local, state, and national levels.

Organizational Support and Responsibilities:

Provide technical assistance, including legal research and analysis, on state and federal topics affecting immigrant communities to TIRRC’s organizing and policy teams;

Facilitate legal support for TIRRC organizing and policy campaigns around issues impacting immigrants such as workers’ rights, access to public benefits, and local law enforcement entanglement;

Assist with identifying and pursuing funding opportunities to support legal services work as needed;

Oversee tracking and gathering data and records for funders as needed;

All TIRRC staff are expected to participate in and help support certain organization-wide trainings and events, such as Day on the Hill and the Membership Convention.

Skills and Qualifications

Active attorney license in Tennessee or the ability to gain admission to the Tennessee Bar within 6 months;

Minimum of three years of post-graduate immigration practice experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting, is required;

Experience with the intersection between immigration law and other civil justice issues (eg, family, public benefits, employment) and/or the intersection between immigration law and the criminal legal system is preferred;

SALARY AND BENEFITS PACKAGE:

Salary Range: $80,000-87,000

Benefits: Full-time TIRRC employees are eligible to receive medical, dental, and vision insurance with 100% of the medical employee premium covered by TIRRC, participate in a 401K retirement plan, and receive 24/7 access to an Employee Assistance Program. In addition, TIRRC provides paid leave including up to 15 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, and 3 weeks paid sick leave in an employee’s first year and 6 weeks of paid parental leave.

Health Benefits? Yes

NSL Alumni at organization: No

 

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@tnimmigrant.org