Immigration Services Directing Attorney, CAB Immigration Services
Company: Immigratin Advocatres Network
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: May 11, 2022
Immigration Services Directing Attorney, CAB Immigration
Services The Santa Cruz County Immigration Project (SCCIP) is one
of the service programs offered by the Community Action Board of
Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB). CAB's mission is to partner with the
community to eliminate
poverty and create social change through advocacy and essential
services. SCCIP's mission is to promote the wellbeing of the
immigrant community in Santa Cruz County and the Pajaro Valley. We
accomplish this by helping immigrants acquire legal status,
reuniting immigrant families, and making U.S. citizenship more
accessible to eligible immigrants. We provide competent and
professional legal services, advocacy, and community education and
information. The Immigration Project has been providing immigration
legal services for over 30 years to re-unite families and promote
family stability and economic opportunity. Due to its emphasis on
high quality and culturally sensitive services and advocacy on
behalf of the immigrant community, SCCIP has been recognized as the
leading non-profit provider of immigration legal services in Santa
Cruz County and the Central Coast region. Currently, legal services
include family-based immigration services (family petitions,
adjustment of status, and consular processing),
citizenship/naturalization, DACA, VAWA, U Visa, SIJS services to
youth in the foster care system, TPS, and limited non-immigrant
visa services. Due to resource limitations, SCCIP does not
presently provide removal defense or other immigration court
representation, asylum services, non-foster care SIJS, I-601 or
I-601A waivers, or most non-immigrant visa services. Community
education is one of the most important functions of our immigration
services, including immigration forums for the community,
in-service trainings for social service providers and educators,
application workshops, and all forms of media appearances.
Under the direction of CAB's Executive Director and in partnership
with the SCCIP Program Director and the Thriving Immigrants (TIC)
Project Director, the Directing Attorney will supervise and review
all legal immigration services, the DOJ partially accredited team;
work with the staff attorney and agency volunteer attorneys, and
work with leadership to help support program development and
growth. This position is also responsible for promoting the agency
vision and values, contributing to agency and program development
and planning, representing CAB in the community, participating in
collaborations and networks, and leading community efforts to
support immigration legal services in our region.
- Lead CAB's provision of legal services and response to clients'
legal immigration needs including possible remedies within the
jurisdiction of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS),
Department of Justice (DOJ) and US Department of State. Provide
direct legal services and representation especially in cases that
present complex issues or significant impact on the immigrant
- Work with CAB Leadership to provide organizational leadership
and operational vision aligned with the organization's strategy and
evolving community needs.
- Provide strategic input to evaluate potential alliances and
expansion of services.
- Provide leadership to program staff by reviewing and approving
immigration legal output, and work with agency attorneys (staff or
volunteers) to process Adjustment of Status Applications, U-VISAS,
T-VISAS, VAWA, Petitions, Naturalization Applications, and other
- Act as spokesperson on immigration law and policy matters;
conduct media interviews in Spanish and English on breaking
immigration developments and events; and develop communications
strategy in coordination with senior management team and
- Provide Education, Information and Outreach for clients, staff,
agency and community partners, including but not limited to online
workshops, clinics, and panels. Organize and conduct presentations
and community education forums on immigration law and policy and
developments for community members and other stakeholders,
including social service providers, CBO's, government agencies,
funders, and elected officials.
- Research and respond to Request for Proposals that will help
support program growth, augment services that are aligned to
program vision, and strengthen services to the immigrant
- Prepare and/or assist with any program or grant reports as
needed and work with Program Director to ensure program outcomes
are met and reports are submitted on a timely manner.
- Provide leadership with agency advocacy efforts and work with
TIC Project Director to promote policy development to support
immigrants. Help guide CAB's immigration policy advocacy efforts;
review and comment on proposed legislation and rulemaking at local,
state, and federal levels that affect the immigrant community.
- Participate in regular staff and agency meetings along with
Leadership/Director meetings when appropriate.
- Assist Program Director with implementation of Program
Evaluation and Assessment component as needed.
- Review and modify as needed office procedures and structures,
and implement best practices, to maintain and improve the quality,
efficiency, and client and staff satisfaction of legal service
- Responsible for convening legal partner meetings and keeping
partners informed of program inputs/outputs to ensure grant
expectations are met.
- Evening and weekend work as needed.
- Other duties as assigned. Qualifications:
- Law Degree/J.D. and active membership in the California State
Bar or the bar of the highest court of any state with a minimum of
5 years prior experience in immigration law required. CA Bar
membership strongly preferred.
- Communicate effectively with a variety of people;
Bilingual/Biliterate (English and Spanish) required.
- Experience with directing or supervising/coordinating staff or
volunteers and administering program budgets and
- Possess a valid California driver's license with an excellent
driving record and insured vehicle;
- Excellent legal writing and public speaking skills and broad
knowledge of immigration law.
- Ability to effectively work, communicate, and build alliances
with diverse groups of individuals, including community groups,
government representatives, foundations, English/Spanish media, and
other grassroots organizations.
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to equity and cultural
competence related to the under-resourced community in Santa Cruz
- Maintain a variety of records and prepare reports related to
- Demonstrate excellent legal writing and public speaking skills
and a broad knowledge of immigration law; English language skills
including experience with grant writing, grant reporting, and
- Computer and internet programs including MS Office Suite (MS
Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and Outlook. How to Apply:
To apply for this position, email a resume and cover letter to
Rubenp@cabinc.org or fax to Ruben Prieto at (831) 724-3447 or apply
on Indeed.com. -
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