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UFWF Removal Defense Director, Bakersfield, CA

FARM WORKER MOVEMENT JOB DESCRIPTION

Title: Removal Defense Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Entity: UFW Foundation
Department: Member Services-Bakersfield
Reports to: Director of Operations

About UFW Foundation: The UFW Foundation is a dynamic nonprofit organization created in 1974, by the late labor and civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez, and relaunched in 2006. Our mission is to open the doors of opportunity to working people and their communities. We envision a clear path to social integration and civic participation for immigrants and their children. We reach Spanish speaking and indigenous communities and serve as essential resource hubs in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salinas, and Bakersfield. Our Service Centers are safe havens that provide critical resources and services–such as credible immigration legal advice–and act as hubs for educational outreach. The Civic Participation Program engages farmworkers and Latinos in the democratic process by telling their story and advocating for more equitable policies. The “Si Se Puede® Network,” aligns farm worker-serving organizations and provides a national infrastructure to maximize our collective impact. We serve over 60,000 immigrants annually through a holistic approach; not only do we provide critical services but we engage our constituents in systemic change to break the cycle of poverty.

SUMMARY:

The Removal Defense Director is a staff attorney position that will lead and oversee the implementation of the UFW Foundation’s removal defense project serving immigrant communities. This position will be based in Bakersfield, CA and is a full-time exempt position. The UFW Foundation seeks an individual with removal defense experience that can help the organization, in collaboration with partners, develop a service delivery model that will maximize the limited resources in rural communities and leverage relationships from urban centers.  Efforts will be focused on supporting and providing legal support for individuals detained at the Mesa Verde Immigration Detention Center located in Bakersfield.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING: (This is not an exhaustive list)

  • Development and implementation of organizational removal defense program;
  • Development of community education materials regarding removal defense resources and Know Your Rights;
  • Prepare and submit applications, legal briefs, and supporting documentation for immigration relief, including but not limited to:  asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, U visa, VAWA, and adjustment of status with applicable waivers, refugee waivers, and SIJS;
  • Conduct Know Your Rights presentations to individuals in detention or immigration court;
  • Representation and assistance of detained and non-detained individuals in removal proceedings, including but not limited to bond hearings, and full removal defense representation;
  • Provide trainings and technical assistance to UFW Foundation staff, volunteers and partner organizations;
  • Recruitment and coordination of pro bono and low bono attorney support;
  • Preparing and submitting reports to program funders; and
  • Other tasks as needed.

SUPERVISING RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • May include supervision of support staff members, fellows, and interns as the project grows;
  • Coordinating attorneys, including pro bono volunteers and non-attorney advocates.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual, Spanish language;
  • Licensed attorney in good standing;
  • 3+ years of removal defense experience and strong knowledge of immigration remedies required;
  • Detail oriented and strong writing skills;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including good communication skills, listening skills and attitude;
  • Ability to work both independently and under supervision;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends;
  • Ability to keep track of projects and deadlines, and communicate progress in real-time.
  • Problem solving/analysis and results driven;
  • Dedication to mission. A genuine interest in immigrant and farm worker rights.
  • Si Se Puede (It Can Be Done) attitude. The embodiment of a personal spirit that promotes confidence, courage and risk-taking.
  • Valid driver’s license, access to an automobile, insurance, and willingness to drive to off-site locations.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write legal briefs, reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Requires ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

  • MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

  • REASONING ABILITY:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:

Previous experience working with the Latino community.

ADDITIONAL AND/OR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS:

None.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

Juris Doctor and three years or more of related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) experience.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Licensed attorney in good standing.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear.  The employee must regularly lift, move, carry, push, or pull up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift, move, carry, push, or pull up to 25 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.