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Senior Staff Attorney

United States of America

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: United States of America
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date:

Requisition ID: req49495

Job Title: Senior Staff Attorney

Sector: Legal

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Compensation: USD 80,000.00 - 97,000.00 Annually

Location: Dallas, TX USA

Work Arrangement: Hybrid

Job Description

IRC seeks a Senior Staff Attorney to join the IRC in the Dallas office.  The Senior Staff Attorney is an experienced removal defense lawyer who will oversee the removal program in the Dallas office, coordinate with key stakeholders on community  and maintain a caseload of clients in removal proceedings. The Senior Staff Attorney will bring several years’ experience representing asylum seekers, superb legal judgment and legal ethics, an ability to work independently while recognizing the value of collaboration and cross-referencing with other experts, and a passion for this area of work. The position will work in collaboration with community partners and will be part of the Asylum and Removal Defense Community of Practice, led by IRC’s Legal Services Technical Unit (TU) at IRC’s headquarters, which supports IRC’s 25 legal service programs across the US. 
Direct Legal Representation
  • Conduct legal screenings and consultations with IRC clients and community members 
  • Lead and provide legal supervision and support at workshops and clinics as approved by the Legal service director  
  • Provide direct legal representation on removal defense cases before USCIS and/or EOIR respectively, including on various forms of immigration relief such as asylum, cancellation of removal, VAWA, U-visa, T-visa, etc. 
  • Provide direct representation on cases currently or to be filed with the Board of Immigration Appeals 
  • Coordinate closely within IRC’s multidisciplinary teams to identify client legal needs and facilitate referrals to services offered in-house and through partnerships with external providers
  • Ensure client and program data is collected consistently, managed appropriately, and reported accurately in accordance with program reporting requirements set by IRC 
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge and expertise of changing asylum and immigration policies through independent research and analysis, regular trainings, local coalitions/listservs of legal advocates, and peer-to-peer consultation 
  • Conduct trainings for IRC staff and/or externally as needed
  • Work collaboratively as part of the local Dallas team and participate in appropriate meetings  
  • Participate in community-based coalitions related to immigrant rights
  • Serve as a strong advocate for humanitarian immigrants
  • Maintain strict client confidentiality and observe all ethical practices/obligations as outlined in IRC’s Immigration Program Policies Manual
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Actively co-facilitate and support grant deliverables, grant review, and grant closing meetings
  • Support Legal Service director on Funding opportunities to continue removal defense work 
  • Supervise a Legal Assistant supporting the removal program in the Dallas Office.  
Position Reports to: Managing Attorney or Legal Program Director
Position Directly Supervises: Legal Services Navigator, Legal Assistant  
  • Law degree (JD or LLM) from an ABA-accredited U.S. institution and member in good standing of any state bar;
  • At least 3 years’ experience providing direct representation in immigration court and/or before USCIS to asylum applicants and other immigrants seeking humanitarian relief; 
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical, and organizational skills and excellent legal judgment;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally in a courtroom setting and in writing; 
  • Bilingual in Spanish; 
  • Evidence of capacity to be a strong team member in a highly collaborative multidisciplinary environment;
  • Deep commitment to immigrant rights and working with humanitarian immigrants;
  • Trauma-informed and sensitive listening and communication skills;
  • Personal integrity in handling ethically complex and confidential situations;
  • Strong computer literacy, research and analysis skills; and
  • Ability to travel frequently in and around the service area to engage with clients and community partners.
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.
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. 
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: The IRC offers a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. All US employees are eligible for sick time, a 403b retirement savings plans: up to 4.5% immediately vested matching contribution, plus an 3-7% additional IRC contribution, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support in times of crisis and mental health struggles.
In addition, full-time employees are eligible for 10 US paid holidays, 20-25 paid time off days, disability & life insurance, medical, dental, and vision insurance (employee contribution starting at $135, $7, and $5 per month respectively) and FSA for healthcare, childcare, and commuter costs. Part-time employees are eligible for a proportionate amount of paid time off. These additional benefits apply to employees who work at least 6 months within a 12-month time period. 


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