Social Worker

TO APPLY: Submit a resume and cover letter to or apply below. Position open until filled.

PURPOSE: To assist with developing an interdisciplinary approach that would integrate social work into the legal services provided to SOAR Legal’s clients and implement best practices to support meaningful access to justice.

ACCOUNTABILITY: To the mission and goals of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) as determined by the Board of Directors, and as administered by the President and their delegates.

REPORTS TO: Director of Immigration Legal Services


LOCATION: EMO’s SOAR Immigration Legal Services Washington County program site and other sites as needed.

CLASSIFICATION: 0.8 FTE (32 hours/week), non-exempt.

BENEFITS: Salary range starts at $21.85 per hour, with increases available for language and education skills. 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 insurance, dental insurance, disability insurance and life insurance, per eligibility requirements.


  1. Develop and manage SOAR’s pro bono mental health network, in coordination with the Director. Recruit psychiatrists, psychologists, and LCSWs to provide free Psych Evaluations to SOAR’s clients, to support asylum applications and extreme hardship determinations. Set regular meetings, provide and coordinate training, and other duties associated with this work.
  2. Organize Wellness Groups for the Afghan Community. Create curriculum for wellness groups, engage in outreach, and lead the implementation of these groups.
  3. Maintain case files, and database, to ensure confidentiality and compliance with monitoring and documentation standards.
  4. Assist attorneys and staff members to identify clients in need of specialized case management.
  5. Conduct culturally competent assessments to inform service planning, referrals, and advocacy.
  6. Develop individual service plans with attention to culture, language and special circumstances. Assist clients with resource navigation.
  7. Provide and develop training for SOAR Legal Staff in the areas of trauma informed care, self care, secondary trauma, and other relevant topics.
  8. Provide support to SOAR Legal Staff members on matters related to social work approaches and interventions, including trauma informed care.
  9. Provide interpretation and translation for SOAR Legal clients, as needed.
  10. Other duties as assigned.


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: Social work-related experience; Proficient computer skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products.

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; Ability to multi-task efficiently.

EFFORT: Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to maintain calm, professional manner; Ability to work independently and on own initiative, making informed and sensible judgments, as well as working as part of a broader team.

RESPONSIBILITY: Puts forth a courteous, friendly, helpful attitude with staff and clients. Ability to be self-directed and work as a member of a team. Maintain a high standard of professional communication when communicating with clients and external partners.

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.


Ability to communicate fluently in English and Spanish, Dari, and Pashto.

Bachelor’s or master’s degree in Social Work.

Experience working with immigrants or refugees.

Familiarity with US immigration and legal systems.


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.

Job Type: Part Time
Job Location: SOAR Immigration Legal Services

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