Legal Assistant for Immigrant Children
POSITION: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is seeking a Legal Assistant for Immigrant Children in our Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, or Ypsilanti offices, with preferences for candidates who would work in Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo. The successful candidate will have an emphasis on working with unaccompanied immigrant children, will collaborate with local community programs, conduct outreach and legal screenings, and represent immigrant children in removal proceedings. This is a chance to join a talented grant-funded team doing important and challenging work at a critical time. This position will be remote until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and then employees will be expected to work from their assigned office.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: MIRC is a legal resource center for immigrant communities. The three pillars of our work are: 1) direct legal services; 2) systemic advocacy; and 3) community education and engagement. MIRC is part of Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services (MSAS), a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to low income and senior persons through several statewide programs. MSAS is administered by the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), which provides access to the justice system for those who need it the most through civil legal aid offices and statewide advocacy programs. MAP’s mission is to advance the safety, independence, and economic stability of those most affected by poverty, racism, and other structurally oppressive systems by increasing access to justice and working for systemic solutions.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The legal assistant will assist with all aspects of MIRC’s work for unaccompanied children such as client intake, the development of legal documents, grant and other reporting, communications, scheduling, interpreting, and more.
QUALIFICATIONS:. An associate’s degree or commensurate educational and professional experience is required; a bachelor’s degree is preferred. Applicants must possess excellent communication, collaboration, analytical and problem‐solving skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to protecting the rights of immigrants or other persons in poverty. Candidate must be detail-oriented with strong organizational skills. Candidate must be proficient with major software and web services including Word, Excel, G Suite, and have access to a reliable internet connection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants who have experience, especially related to immigration and poverty, will receive priority. No prior legal experience required. Spanish language proficiency required.
BENEFITS: This is a full-time position with a 2021 salary starting at $34,000 depending on experience and includes excellent health, disability, and fringe benefits.
- Completing this application form: https://forms.gle/ofNNNiawes2DvU8UA
- Emailing a cover letter that confirms your qualifications, your current resume, and a list of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org with “MIRC Legal Assistant for Immigrant Children” in the subject line.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but priority is given to those received by June 13, 2021.
MSAS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.