Legal Assistant for Children’s Legal Services

IRC - International Rescue Committee

Requisition ID: req51564

Job Title: Legal Assistant for Children’s Legal Services

Sector: Legal

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Compensation: USD 20.20 – 22.50 Hourly

Location: Atlanta, GA USA

Work Arrangement: Hybrid

Job Description

Job Overview: The IRC Atlanta seeks a bilingual Legal Assistant to join a new legal services program that will provide legal services to unaccompanied children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) as well as the local community. The Legal Assistant will support Staff Attorneys and the Supervising Attorney to conduct intakes that identify options for asylum, special immigrant juvenile status, or other forms of humanitarian relief; conduct Know Your Rights presentations; and assist with preparing and filing immigration applications and petitions. The bilingual Legal Assistant will have stellar interpersonal and trauma-informed listening skills, be highly organized and have excellent attention to detail, and be able to work both in a collaborative team environment and independently on assignments.
Major Responsibilities:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 
  • Assist in conducting intakes or follow-up meetings with unaccompanied child clients, gathering supporting documents, and preparing translations.
  • Provide Know Your Rights presentations for detained unaccompanied minors.
  • Facilitate referrals to other legal services providers.
  • Assist in preparing filings for the immigration court, Asylum Office, and USCIS.
  • Provide interpretation for clients at USCIS interviews, as needed.
  • Open cases, create paper and electronic case files, and input data in relevant case management systems to ensure accurate and timely tracking of cases.
  • Coordinate with other IRC program staff to provide wrap-around services, where appropriate, and prepare referral packages for children who move out of local jurisdiction. 
  • Support development of partnerships that have potential to bring valuable supports to clients. 
  • Communicate with clients to provide case status updates, request documents and other information, schedule appointments, and manage other communication as needed.
  • Prepare declarations, legal correspondence, and other documents for the Staff Attorney, Supervising Attorney, and other Children’s legal staff;
  • Translate documents from Spanish to English.
  • Track deadlines for the Children’s Legal Services team and prepare monthly reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Job Requirements:
Education: Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Work Experience:
  • Relevant professional experience in legal field in lieu or bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience in a legal setting highly desirable.
  • Experience working with children highly desirable.
Demonstrated Skills & Competencies:
  • Excellent attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and comfort working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, solve problems and exercise sound judgement.
  • Evidence of capacity to be a strong team member in a highly collaborative social service environment.
  • Deep commitment to working with immigrants, children, asylum seekers.
  • Trauma-informed and sensitive listening and communication skills.
  • Personal integrity in handling ethically complex and confidential situations. 
  • Commitment to anti-racism and ongoing learning. 
  • Fluent in English & Spanish, both spoken and written.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook); ability to use the internet and other digital tools for data entry, research, and problem-solving purposes.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a personal, insured vehicle.
  • Must be willing to submit to an extensive background check, including FBI, state child welfare and sex offender registry checks.
  • Ability and willingness to travel locally.
Working Environment: 
  • A combination of standard office environment, remote work, and ‘field’ time within the service delivery area to perform the above outlined responsibilities.
  • Occasional domestic (non-local) travel required.
  • May require occasional weekend and/or evening work.
Posted pay ranges apply to US-based candidates. Ranges are based on various factors including the labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget.  Exact offers are calibrated by work location, individual candidate experience and skills relative to the defined job requirements.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal. 
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. 
Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
US Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days (depending on role and tenure), medical insurance starting at $145 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus a 3-7% base IRC contribution (3 year vesting), disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles. 


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