Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation and promoting positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve protections for unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also engages in programming in Central America and Mexico to promote the best interests and protection of migrant children throughout the region. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.
KIND seeks a full-time Supervising Attorney to join its Special Programs team within the organization’s Legal Services component. The Supervising Attorney will be part of KIND’s robust legal strategy, technical assistance and training arm within the Legal Services component. The Supervising Attorney is strongly preferred to be based in KIND’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C. However, there is a possibility of working from a remote location and/or a KIND field office location in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Falls Church, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, San Francisco, or Seattle.
The Supervising Attorney will report to the Deputy Director for Special Programs (“Deputy Director”) within KIND’s Legal Services component. In collaboration with the Deputy Director and the rest of the Special Programs team, the Supervising Attorney will help manage the delivery of legal services to children and families impacted by family separation and other emerging legal and policy changes affecting migrant children seeking safe haven in the U.S. The Supervising Attorney will provide direct representation, pro bono mentoring, and strategic legal counsel and program planning and implementation in a cutting-edge area of humanitarian immigration work on behalf of highly vulnerable children.
The Supervising Attorney will have a variety of responsibilities to support and enhance KIND’s mission including the following:
- Work closely with Deputy Director for Special Programs and other members of the Special Programs team to ensure program delivery excellence for clients and stakeholders, including pro bono attorneys;
- Directly represent separated and unaccompanied children in immigration proceedings, including seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), asylum, or other forms of humanitarian immigration relief;
- Recruit, train, and provide hands-on mentorship to pro bono attorneys providing separated children and reunified family units full scope immigration representation and representation in related family law matters as needed;
- In coordination with the Deputy Director, assist in the management of key team functions, such as supervising casework, overseeing the management of caseloads and case placements, managing the team’s repository of technical assistance materials and guidance documents, assisting in data management and oversight, and coordinating pilot projects with external partner organizations;
- Review work product of supervisees, conduct employee performance evaluations, and meet regularly with each supervisee;
- Assist the Deputy Director in managing collaboration and coordination between the Special Programs Team and Field Office teams;
- Assist in developing technology, policies, and procedures to meet the challenges of managing a remote team spread throughout multiple geographical locations;
- Foster KIND’s relationships with law firms and corporate counsel in coordination with other legal services team members;
- Collaborate with KIND management in support of KIND’s mission;
- Participate in conferences, meetings, media engagements, and trainings as needed;
- Assist with oversight of overall effectiveness of Special Programs operations, including meeting qualitative and quantitative metrics, and case data and outcome tracking;
- Work collaboratively with the Legal Services leadership team to assess substantive training needs and plan and implement trainings for legal services staff and pro bono partners. Prepare written guidance materials and sample filings.
- Contribute to funding proposals and reporting, and work to identify compelling case examples;
- Assist with strategic service delivery efforts, including use of technology-based legal services models, as well as crisis response and remote mentoring initiatives.
- Serve as a strategic advisor to the Deputy Director in oversight of the Special Programs team, and work collaboratively with other members of the Legal Services Team including leadership and field staff;
- Work with Deputy Director and other members of the Legal Services component to support litigation and other advocacy efforts where needed;
- Support KIND’s cross-border work with migrant children as needed;
- Support KIND’s contribution to, and robust inclusion in, key partnerships and collaborations in coordination with the Deputy Director.
- Admission to practice law in any state;
- Five or more years of experience practicing immigration law in a professional capacity, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas and T visas;
- Spanish fluency or advanced proficiency;
- Experience supervising attorneys and legal staff;
- Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma;
- A strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills;
- An understanding of the private law firm and corporate pro bono culture and the ability to be a well-respected and effective representative of the program to all stakeholders;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Excellent organizational skills; ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment;
- Experience with funding applications, metrics and deliverable development and tracking;
- Excellent professional judgment;
- Ability to hit the ground working, multi-task, and work independently; and
- Ability to work collaboratively;
- Passion for the plight of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children, and the enthusiasm and skills to communicate that passion to potential partners and other organizations.
Commensurate with education and experience.
Deputy Director for Special Programs
Work is generally performed within the office environment and includes regular interaction via phone, video, and email.
Position requires occasional travel.
To apply, go here.