Staff Attorney, SOAR Immigration Legal Services

TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter by 5 p.m. on March 8, 2021, by email to emo@emoregon.org, fax to (503) 223-7007, or mail to EMO, 245 S Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, 97239.

PURPOSE: To provide direct legal services to low income and culturally diverse immigrants.

ACCOUNTABILITY: To the mission and goals of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) as determined by the Board of Directors, and as administered by the Executive Director and his/her delegates.

REPORTS TO: Director of Immigration Legal Services

DIRECT REPORTS: None.

LOCATION: EMO’s SOAR Immigration Legal Services Portland or Hillsboro program site and other sites as needed.

CLASSIFICATION: Exempt

BENEFITS: Salary range starts at $45,760 annually. All regular employees (does not include on-call or temporary) are eligible for vacation, holidays, sick leave, 401(k) retirement plan, employee assistance program and employee trainings. Employees in exempt positions or non-exempt positions that are 20 hours per week or more, also receive medical, dental, disability and life insurance, per eligibility requirements.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. Provide direct legal representation to low income clients with USCIS administrative applications and selected cases in immigration court on a broad range of immigration cases including: family based petitions, asylum, adjustment of status, naturalization, consular processing, deferred action for childhood arrivals, U visas, and other immigration remedies.
    2. Plan and coordinate SOAR Virtual and In-person Citizenship Day Clinics in Hood River, Washington County and Salem.
    3. Hold community presentations on immigration topics.
    4. Recruit, coordinate training, and provide support for volunteer attorneys, law students, and legal assistants.
    5. Submit monthly reports on services rendered.
    6. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ability to work within the mission, vision and ethics of EMO, and maintain an understanding of the services provided by the programs and projects of EMO.

KNOWLEDGE: Must be a lawyer in good standing with the Bar of any state, and meet the requirements of ORS 9.280 and the Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct; Prefer Attorney with at least two years of experience in immigration law; Prefer ability to communicate fluently in Spanish and English; Proven proficiency using software programs for data and word processing; Must possess valid driver’s license and evidence of insurability.

SKILLS: Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills with the ability to listen to and affirm people from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances; especially to treat all individuals with respect and dignity; Excellent time management and attention to deadlines.

EFFORT: Proven organizational skills and ability to maintain calm, professional manner.

RESPONSIBILITY: Ability to be self-directed and work as a member of a team; Ability to handle highly sensitive matters with confidentiality, diplomacy, and professionalism.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Ability to work in a respectful manner with people of diverse ethnicity, socio-economic circumstances, religion, culture and sexual orientation; High tolerance for ambiguity and change.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, considers individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people living with HIV are encouraged to apply.

Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law. All employment requirements mandated by state and federal regulations will be observed.