Legal Assistant (Southern Tier)

Legal Assistant Job Description

Agency Description

 Journey’s End is a §501(c)(3) not-for-profit refugee resettlement agency in Buffalo, New York. We are a community-based organization with the mission of providing refugees and immigrants with the resources and support they need to become successful, active and contributing members of our shared community. The Immigration Legal Services (ILS) Program offers immigration legal services to immigrant New Yorkers in need, including representation on matters before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and Buffalo Immigration Court.

Job Description 

Reporting to the Supervising Attorney, the Legal Assistant will carry out specific grant objectives and will work to advance the mission of Journey’s End Refugee Services. The Legal Assistant will provide outreach, referrals, case management services, and assistance with direct immigration legal services, and will assist attorneys in the organization of legal clinics, legal consultation days, and community information sessions to the immigrant population of the Southern Tier. The Southern Tier region includes Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties. This position will primarily operate out of Binghamton, NY.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist attorneys in providing direct immigration legal representation to the immigrant populations of the Southern Tier.
  • Assist attorneys in the organization and facilitation of legal consultation days, legal clinics, community information sessions, and Know Your Rights trainings across the Southern Tier.
  • Assist attorneys in developing, sustaining, and growing meaningful partnerships with local community groups to organize and host events.
  • Assist attorneys in fielding and confirming receipt of immigration law questions from partner agencies, other immigrant service providers, and individuals in need of immigration assistance in the region.
  • Provide referrals to appropriate internal agency programs or partner agencies to meet law-related and other needs to family members of deported individuals or those in removal proceedings.
  • Assist with outreach and the development/distribution of a list of resources for referrals on programs and services available to new Americans.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Applicants must:

  • Have previous relevant office experience (including filing, letter-drafting, data entry, completion of organizational tasks in a timely manner, etc.)
  • Possess enthusiasm to work on a dynamic and fast-paced Rapid Response Project
  • Be able and willing to travel extensively to counties throughout the Southern Tier
  • Be able and willing to travel to Journey’s End’s office in Buffalo, NY for mandatory staff training and events
  • Possess ability to be part of a dedicated team of talented individuals
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills

This is a full time and hourly position. Benefits are included in the total compensation package. Candidates with the ability to communicate in a language other than English are preferred.

Journey's End Refugee Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ the best-qualified personnel without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, gender, gender identity, marital status, or any other reason prohibited by law.

 

To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter, and three references to jobs@jersbuffalo.org
Please include job title and location in subject of email.
***Incomplete applications will not be considered. ***

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2495 Main Street - Suite 530 - Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: (716) 882-4963 | Fax: (716) 882-4977