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Legal Assistant

Legal | Fairfax, VA | Full Time

Job Description

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing direct legal and social services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Through its offices in Washington, DC and Fairfax, VA, Ayuda has a 45-year history of providing critical services on a wide range of issues, and in the process, has acquired nationally recognized expertise in immigration law, domestic violence, and human trafficking, among other fields.

WHY YOU WANT THIS JOB?

Because, just like everyone at Ayuda, you believe:

In seeing communities where all immigrants overcome obstacles in order to succeed and thrive in the United States. That families should be healthy and safe from harm. That all people should have access to professional, honest and ethical services, regardless of ability to pay or status in this country. That diversity and equality make this country better. In the overall success of our organization and all our programs.

WHAT WILL THIS JOB ENTAIL?

  • Support Ayuda attorneys as they carry out legal and administrative responsibilities;
  • Conduct initial screenings and intakes with clients, and assist with follow up as necessary;
  • Conduct conflicts checks for potential clients;
  • Create and maintain client records using Legal Server, Ayuda’s case management software, and ensure integration of paper documents into electronic case files;
  • Communicate with clients by phone and in writing, including to confirm appointments with Ayuda attorneys, USCIS, and courts; 
  • Work with clients and attorneys to gather and organize information, fill out forms, assemble evidentiary packets, and reply to requests for additional information in support of applications for immigration benefits;
  • Prepare declarations with clients about prior crime victimization and about personal hardship;
  • Provide Spanish-language interpretation for meetings with staff and agency interviews;
  • Draft correspondence to USCIS, ICE, courts, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations;
  • Translate documents from Spanish to English;
  • Assist with preparation and attend trainings and presentations;
  • Prepare and mail documentary submissions for DHS, EOIR, and state courts;
  • Obtain documents from courts and law enforcement agencies as necessary;
  • Provide other administrative and paralegal support as assigned.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU CAN DO THIS JOB?

  • Must be detail oriented and able to comply with deadlines
  • Must be organized and able to handle multiple matters simultaneously, as well as able to change direction quickly when required
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and clearly to diverse audiences and able to exercise judgment in communications with media and client communities
  • Must have strong writing and editing skills 
  • Must have a customer service orientation
  • Spanish language fluency required (must be able to speak, understand, read and write)

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Commensurate with experience, plus a benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, as well as an employer-provided retirement match. All federal holidays and closures observed and paid leave for the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day. This position is non-exempt for overtime purposes.

TO APPLY:

Please apply with resume and cover letter.  Writing samples may be requested.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Apply early for full consideration. No phone calls, please.

Ayuda is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. It is Ayuda’s policy to be fair and impartial in all relations with employees and applicants for employment and to make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation, or any other categories protected by federal, state, or local law. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented communities. 

Ayuda’s dedication to social justice means that all positions will be committed to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational, and vocational backgrounds.