About the Role

We are looking for a Spanish-speaking, detail-oriented professional to join a growing team of paralegals who work collaboratively to assist attorneys in Safe Passage Project’s immigration legal practice. Attorneys are directly responsible for representing children in family court, immigration court, and at the asylum office. As a paralegal, you will support attorneys with clerical and administrative tasks, and communication with clients, all while learning more about immigration law and advocacy. This is a very exciting opportunity for someone passionate about supporting vulnerable youth and someone interested in exploring immigration law as a career.

Responsibilities

  • Supporting the work of attorneys providing direct representation to clients;
  • Translating documents and interpreting for meetings and agency interviews;
  • Assisting attorneys with immigration and family court litigation;
  • Managing and maintaining case and client management systems and our physical and electronic casefiles to track case activity;
  • Communicating with volunteer attorneys and interpreters;
  • Participating in screening prospective clients;
  • Drafting client communications and completing immigration-related application forms;
  • Providing clerical and administrative support to the organization;
  • Supervising volunteers and undergraduate interns;
  • Participate in legal and organizational meetings;
  • Support the organization’s hiring and recruitment of staff, interns, and volunteers;
  • Provide support to Safe Passage Project’s colleagues, team and support the organization's mission.

Qualifications

Education/Licenses: High school diploma required; AA or BA preferred.

Experience: Paralegal experience is preferred but not required.

Skills/Knowledge- The strongest candidates for this position will have most, though likely not all, of the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • Excellent written, analytical, oral, organizational, and time management skills;
  • Written and verbal Spanish language fluency required;
  • Experience working with diverse communities, preferably with immigrant youth;
  • An understanding of how to work with vulnerable populations using trauma-centered practices or willingness to learn and incorporate such practices in your work;
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively on an interdisciplinary team in a fast-paced environment;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel, and G Suite; and
  • A commitment to the work of Safe Passage Project and readiness to grow and learn with the Safe Passage Project team.

Compensation and Benefits

Safe Passage Project offers a competitive salary in the range of $53,300 - $65,622 annually and offers the following benefits:

  • In a hybrid work environment, staff currently work from our office 1 day a week.
  • Open Paid Time Off
  • Medical plans (which includes one 100% premium coverage medical plan), Dental plans, Vision plans, and telehealth services.
  • Employer-sponsored retirement savings plan, we provide 6% employer matching of your 401(k) contributions
  • 12 weeks of Paid Family Leave along with Unpaid Leave of Absence
  • Short-term disability (STD) and long-term disability (LTD) Coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA) and Health savings accounts (HSA)
  • Commuter benefits (Transit & Parking)
  • Voluntary Life Insurance plans
  • Yearly Professional Development Stipend
  • Time off from December 24th to January 1st.
  • Home Office Stipend
  • Paid Holidays
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Additional work-from-home options
  • Access to free CLEs or CEs through PLI

The team works on a beautiful campus at a terrific office location in Tribeca and in our Long Island office in Hicksville, NY. Safe Passage Project is proud to have a top-down, bottom-up commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Safe Passage Project is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.