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Company: Church World Service, Inc.
Location: Texas City
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

Position Title: ParalegalReports To: Staff AttorneyDivision:US ProgramsLocation:US Remote in TexasGrade Level: 5Salary Range: $46,750 to $55,000FLSA & Union Status: Non-Exempt, Non-BargainingDuration:Temporary 3-month term (with option for continuation and/or permanency with funding availability)


Founded in 1946, Church World Service (CWS) is a non-profit and faith-based global humanitarian organization that provides sustainable self-help, development, disaster relief, and refugee and immigrant assistance around the world and in the United States (U.S.). CWS has assisted over 865,000 refugees and immigrants from across all faiths and backgrounds to start new lives in the U.S. and to integrate into their communities. Join us in this life-changing work.

Primary Purpose:

Assist the Managing Attorney, Staff Attorneys and/or Senior/Lead Paralegal in the preparation of the case files including compiling application packets in an accurate fashion by completing the required accompanying documents and providing interpretation/translation for attorney(s) and/or clients when necessary. Perform outreach in the community. This position reports to the Staff Attorney.

Essential Duties:

  • Assist attorneys and Lead/Senior Paralegal with trial preparation by preparing immigration court case files, exhibits, relief applications, waiver applications, and motions. Assemble case materials by collecting, organizing, and summarizing information, documents, reports, and evidence. Maintain calendar with hearing dates and important court deadlines.
  • Conduct intake interviews with clients and assist Lead Paralegal/Lead Accredited Representative and attorneys with client consultations. Analyze each applicant to determine eligibility for desired immigration benefit and services. Prepare clients for USCIS interviews and court hearings. Conduct legal orientations for clients in removal proceedings, including explanation of immigration court proceedings and potential relief available from deportation.
  • Assist clients in completing their immigration applications, including, but not limited to employment authorization (I-765); permanent residence (I-485); asylum (I-589); parole renewal (I-94); citizenship (N-400); and court motion, including motions to terminate, change venue, continue and notice of filings. Spot potential problems and issues in each instance that may prevent applicant from receiving desired benefit. Identify potential solutions for identified issues and problems.
  • Properly managing client appointments and professional duties to ensure thorough and professional representation of client interests. Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills to ensure proper communication with clients, court personnel, and other parties. Demonstrate strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Develop and maintain accurate case list and manage case files. Conduct appropriate file review to ensure that all case files are maintained appropriately as it pertains to professional service delivery.
  • Update job knowledge by participating in continuing educational opportunities. Participate in trainings and courses as needed to obtain partial or full DOJ accreditation. Represents clients at USCIS and/or immigration court as an Accredited Representative.
  • Represent CWS/IRP at community-based organization meetings related to immigration issues. Coordinate and plan outreach activities to achieve program goals.
  • Perform other related duties and special projects, as requested by the Lead/Senior Paralegal and attorneys. Qualifications:

    Bachelor's degree or associate degree with equivalent professional experience.

    Previous work experience with asylum seekers, refugees, asylees, and immigrant entrants.

    Other Skills:
    • Strong computer literacy with knowledge of word processing and database applications.
    • Strong attention to detail with communication and follow-up skills.
    • Ability to use standard office equipment in performing varied activities.
    • Attention to detail.
    • Respect of confidentiality.
    • Strong English writing skills. Special Requirements:
      • Proof of COVID vaccination is required as a condition for employment
      • The successful candidate must have a car, a valid driver's license, and an insurable driving record
      • This is a hybrid position, involving in-person and remote work
      • Works varied hours

        CWS' U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires all new staff to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as soon as reasonable, no longer than 60 days of employment. Any employee who is pregnant, who is nursing, who has a disability, or who has a medical condition that prevents them from safe vaccination, or who rejects vaccination because of sincerely held religious beliefs, may contact the CWS Benefits Administrator to request reasonable accommodation as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Keywords: Church World Service, Inc., Texas City , Paralegal, Legal , Texas City, Texas

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