About Tahirih: The Tahirih Justice Center is a national, nonprofit organization that serves women, girls, and other immigrant survivors fleeing gender-based violence. Our interdisciplinary, trauma-informed model of service combines free legal and social services with bridge-building policy advocacy and research-based training and education. Our programs efficiently and effectively leverage donated professional services from a vast network of attorneys, medical professionals, and other experts to serve as many immigrant survivors as possible. By amplifying the experiences of survivors in communities, courts, and Congress, Tahirih’s mission is to create a world in which all people share equal rights and live in safety and with dignity. [Learn more about Tahirih’s Values, including our Commitment to Anti-Racism.]
Tahirih is seeking to hire a full-time Immigration Staff Attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area office. The Managing Attorney ensures the overall quality of the legal representation by both in-house and pro bono attorneys of immigrant survivors for our San Francisco Bay Area interdisciplinary client services team. The Managing Attorney co-leads an interdisciplinary client services team with the Social Services Program Manager. Together, the Managing Attorney and Social Service Program Manager are responsible for monitoring grant metrics and appropriately addressing successful compliance with grant metrics within the team. As a key leader for ensuring a well-functioning interdisciplinary client services team, the Managing Attorney is responsible for ensuring that all members of the legal team are equitably treated and center the immigrant survivor client in service provision. This position works closely with the Social Services Program Manager, as well as the Co-Director of Client Advocacy to provide holistic trauma-informed support to our clients receiving interdisciplinary representation. The Managing Attorney will supervise a team of two to four immigration attorneys, DOJ accredited representatives, and paralegals; retain a caseload in compliance with grant metrics; ensure grant metrics compliance of the team; coordinate the pro bono attorney program in the Bay Area; oversee the intake and case acceptance processes; and oversee the team’s legal training, outreach, and education initiatives.
Ensure high quality, client-centered (trauma-informed and culturally humble) legal representation of clients through direct supervision and management of legal representatives on Tahirih’s interdisciplinary client services team.
Oversee the development, management, and execution of processes and systems within the local office to enable the interdisciplinary client services team to represent clients effectively and efficiently, maximizing internal resources to serve the greatest number of survivors.
Oversee the local pro bono program, and maintain at least 60% of cases with co-counsel who are trained and mentored by the interdisciplinary client services team.
Contribute to organization-wide meetings, resources and materials.
Ensure quality control of the client database and files; maintain accurate data entry; ensure appropriate metrics tracking systems; and follow risk management procedures.
Responsible for staff members’ professional development and mentorship; identify and coordinate supplemental trainings to support the team’s professional development, as needed.
As a co-manager and in collaboration with the Social Services Program Manager, develop systems and approaches to engage in regular, mutually respectful interdisciplinary client services team communication and work to ensure delivery of high-quality, holistic, client-centered, trauma-informed interdisciplinary services.
Oversee, develop, manage, and execute effective and efficient intake, case acceptance, and legal representation processes and systems within the interdisciplinary client services team.
Work collaboratively with the Co-Directors of Client Advocacy, the Chief of Programs, and other interdisciplinary managers to ensure organizational alignment and ensure local office compliance with organizational policies.
Support government grants management through effective management of the delivery of grant metrics and reports.
Build and maintain relationships with local nonprofits, funders, and government agencies; and work collaboratively to innovatively meet gender-based survivor needs.
Maintain small caseload of 5 – 15 cases with at least 75% of those cases placed pro bono.
Effectively delegate projects and clearly articulate the purpose and objectives of projects.
Regularly engage in professional development to hone supervisory skillset and immigration law substantive knowledge.
This Job Description is not designed to cover a comprehensive listing of activities that are required of the employee. The precise duties and responsibilities of the job may change over time.
JD or equivalent
Current bar membership in good standing in any state in the US or District of Columbia or US territory
At least 5 years of experience representing immigrant survivors of gender-based violence in asylum, VAWA, T visa, and/or U visa cases before the DHS, Immigration Courts and BIA
At least 3 years of experience directly supervising legal staff (attorneys, paralegals and interns) who work with trauma survivors, and/or managing projects.
Experience providing training, mentoring and support to pro bono and low bono attorneys representing clients.
Experience working on and leading interdisciplinary teams.
Ability to manage casework independently.
Excellent legal analysis, written and oral advocacy and presentation skills.
Ability to manage competing priorities and to delegate as necessary.
Strong interpersonal skills and record of cultural humility and cross-cultural communication skills
Commitment to Tahirih’s foundational values and mission, and demonstrated commitment to legal services, public interest law, and/or social justice.
Experience designing trainings and presenting to legal and non-legal audiences
Experience litigating appeals, preferably in the immigration context, or superb legal research and writing skills and a desire to gain expertise in cutting edge immigration appellate work
Understanding of the law firm and pro bono culture and previous work experience with recruiting volunteer attorneys
Able to attend functions from time to time outside regular business hours
The qualifications and responsibilities listed above are comprehensive, and we understand there are great candidates who possess only a subset of those qualifications listed, or who have other important skills and would meaningfully contribute to Tahirih’s mission. If you match some of these qualifications, please do not hesitate to apply.
Annual salary and benefits: The salary range for this role is expected to be $73,000-$81,000 per year, with actual salary commensurate with experience. Additionally, candidates located in the SF Bay receive an annual $6000 geographic differential. Generous benefits include employee and dependent health, vision and dental insurance (Tahirih contributes 80% of the premium for employees and 60% for dependents); a 401(k) defined contribution retirement plan; flexible work schedules; professional development including in-house training programs, staff enrichment retreats and other growth opportunities. Employees have a generous self-managed leave benefit inclusive of vacation, sick and holidays, including office closure the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
Submissions: Please include a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references.
Please note: Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. (2) Occasional travel to Tahirih’s five offices nationwide will be required.
Tahirih Justice Center is committed to equal opportunity and promotes equity and transparency as core values. Tahirih practices inclusiveness in decision making through the use of consultation with employees throughout the organization. Tahirih does not discriminate against any person on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, ability, gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Applicants committed to equity from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities, and in particular those from underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.
About Tahirih Justice Center
The Tahirih Justice Center is a national, nonprofit organization that serves women, girls, and other immigrant survivors fleeing gender-based violence. Our interdisciplinary, trauma-informed model of service combines free legal and social services with bridge-building policy advocacy and research-based training and education. Our programs efficiently and effectively leverage donated professional services from a vast network of attorneys, medical professionals, and other experts to serve as many immigrant survivors as possible. By amplifying the experiences of survivors in communities, courts, and Congress, Tahirih’s mission is to create a world in which all people share equal rights and live in safety and with dignity.