Director of Legal Services

7 days left

Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Posted
May 24, 2021
Closes
Jun 23, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
JD
Experience Level
Professional

Title: Director of Legal Services
Experience Level: Management
Job Function: Direct Service / Senior Management
Salary: Commensurate with experiences
Location: Atlanta, GA
Type: Full-Time Position/Exempt


Job Description
The Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN) is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organization that provides free immigration legal services to
victims of crime and persecution. For 15 years, GAIN has been a
nonprofit leader in immigration legal services, providing critical legal
and social service support to thousands of men, women, and children
from over 118 countries around the world.

GAIN is seeking a Director of Legal Services who will demonstrate a
commitment to the organization’s mission, expert understanding of legal
protections available to GAIN clients, exemplary skills in internal and
external collaboration, and a strong vision for furthering the
organization’s impact on the community.


General Duties and Responsibilities
● Oversee the development and success of GAIN's programs, including
direct immigration legal representation, pro bono placements, social
service referrals, and any other future expansion of services;
● Direct and support GAIN’s legal team, including staff attorneys, pro
bono attorneys, paralegals, interns, navigators, program
coordinators, and other staff as assigned, through regular
engagement, creation of opportunities for professional development,
mentorship, etc.
● Manage GAIN’s caseload of in-house and pro bono cases, providing
direction on case acceptance, placement, client confidentiality, and
troubleshooting of issues that may arise during the pendency of the
case;
● Actively monitor and evaluate the legal team’s workflow – identifying
gaps in service, streamlining intake/consultation procedures, and
ensuring effective and efficient, trauma-informed representation of
cases;
● Responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of
GAIN’s programs including the development of goals and objectives,
planning, and evaluation;
● Aid in the recruitment, training and mentorship of GAIN's volunteer
attorneys;
● Hires, orient and evaluate staff performance and provide training as
needed;

● Participates in the planning, preparation, development, and
reporting of grant applications, progress reports, contracts and other
necessary work to ensure sustainability of GAIN’s programs.
● Perform additional duties as assigned by the Executive Director

Senior Leadership Responsibilities:
● Work with GAIN’s senior leadership team to prepare the
organization’s annual budget for Board approval. This includes,
providing guidance and recommendations on program goals,
salaries, and other line items essential to the successful operation of
GAIN’s programs.
● Collaborate with GAIN’s senior leadership team to inform
development initiatives as they relate to GAIN’s programs;
● Work closely with GAIN’s Executive Director to guide organizational
growth from a programmatic perspective;
● Serve as a representative of the organization in the community.

Advocacy, Outreach, & Community Partnerships
● Advocate for the rights of vulnerable immigrant populations, with
particular attention to the needs of asylum seekers and immigrant
victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault;
● Participate in local taskforces/committees/coalitions to address
issues affecting GAIN’s client population;
● Present, participate, and represent GAIN at local, state, and national
trainings, panel presentations, community forums, etc
● Aid in cultivating partnerships with local, state, and federal law
enforcement to the extent needed to protect and further the rights of
GAIN’s clients;
● Build and maintain relationships with the pro bono community to
secure ongoing support and a steady stream of volunteers for GAIN
cases;
● Continuously evaluate emerging needs in the community and
develop programs and policies to aid GAIN’s client population.


KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
● J.D. required;
● At least 5 years of relevant work experience;
● Ability to work collaboratively with various stakeholders,
communities, and governmental organizations;
● Ability to motivate, develop, and direct others;
● Cultural Competency to work with individuals of diverse
backgrounds;
● Proven experience in program design and evaluation;

● Proven leadership in developing and maintaining solid community
collaborations;
● Ability to credibly and authentically represent GAIN in the
community.


How to Apply:
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:
jobs@georgiaasylum.org 

GAIN is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage and seek
applications from people of color, including bilingual and bi-cultural, and
LGBTQIA+ individuals. We are dedicated to providing a work
environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where
employees are treated with respect and dignity.

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