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Deputy Director for Legal Services for Western Offices

Department: Legal Services
Location: San Francisco, CA







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 as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of 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.



Reporting to the Senior Director for Legal Services (Senior Director), the Deputy Director for Legal Services for the Western Offices (Deputy Director) is part of KINDís Legal Services Management Team. The Deputy Director directly supervises the Managing Attorneys for KINDís four Western field offices in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco/Fresno, and Houston. Under the guidance of the Senior Director and Vice President for Legal Services, and together with the other deputies, the Deputy Director ensures excellent and consistent legal services operations nationwide and plays a critical role in KINDís mission of ensuring that unaccompanied children have high quality legal representation in their immigration proceedings. This is a full-time position based in any of the following: Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Houston, and may include a telecommuting component.



A licensed attorney with minimum of 6 - 8 yearsí experience in the immigration and/or child welfare field is required, including experience in the provision of legal services to unaccompanied immigrant children in released and detained contexts. Individual must possess a minimum of 4 to 6 yearsí experience supervising and managing legal staff and teams, preferably including supervision of remote staff. Individual must have significant experience running large, complex programs including experience with contract and grant management and reporting, and tracking and achieving program deliverables. Facility with case database systems a plus. Experience working with law firm and corporate counsel a plus.



  •  Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
  •  Excellent organizational skills, ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment;
  •  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;
  •  A demonstrated commitment to effective leadership, sound management practices, and program excellence;
    •  Spanish speaking preferred but not required.


Commensurate with education and experience.


Senior Director for Legal Services



Four Managing Attorneys - located in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Houston


The Deputy Director for Legal Services for the Western Offices will have a variety of responsibilities to support and enhance KINDís mission which include, but are not limited to:


  • Work closely with the Senior Director for Legal Services and the Deputy Director for Legal Services for the East Coast to develop and implement organizational priorities, policies, and procedures in support of KINDís legal services program nationwide including pro bono facilitation, direct legal services, and social services coordination;
  • Assist in the specific performance management of KINDís Western field offices in collaboration with the Senior Director for Legal Services and the Deputy Director for Program Development and Performance Quality. Work in close collaboration with the Deputy Director for Legal Services for the East Coast to enhance and maintain overall effectiveness of the legal services program nationwide, including tracking and meeting metrics and ensuring consistency in implementation of policies and practices across KINDís field offices;
  • Provide robust supervision and exceptional mentoring to the Managing Attorneys for KINDís Western field offices through creative and thoughtful leadership. Effectively monitor the performance and professional development of direct reports, including individual performance management and communications, and ensuring effective alignment with KIND managementís goals and priorities;
  • Provide specific programmatic support in KINDís work funded through the Vera Institute of Justice, California state, and other diversely-funded programs;
  • Ensure all Legal Services staff in the Western offices are provided with robust supervision and mentoring to equip them to work effectively in providing direct representation or advising pro bono attorneys. Coordinate with other members of the Legal Services management team regarding training and technical assistance needs for staff and pro bono partners;
  •  Support KINDís efforts to maintain and increase funding sources including participating in proposal and reporting processes;
  •  Assist in the opening of any new field offices;
  •  Play leadership role in working collaboratively and effectively intra-component within Legal Services, and inter-component with other components, including Operations, Finance, Development, and Communications; and
  • Serve as a key partner to KINDís leadership in helping to foster a culture of respect and appreciation for the diverse contributions of others within the organization and for the institution and the mission. Model informed and constructive communication; effective and honest partnership wherein feedback is valued and constructively and regularly given and received; and actively contribute to a safe environment where ideas, innovation, and dissent are respected and consistently shared and where productive conflict is valued as an opportunity for strengthening collaboration and advancing the mission.



Work is generally performed within the office environment and includes regular interaction via phone, videoconference and email with KINDís national team.  



Position requires substantial travel throughout the year.



Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online at: Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants selected for interviews will be duly notified. Please no inquiries or phone calls.

KIND is an EOE committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in both its staff and work. The selected applicant will be asked to undergo a background check before acceptance of the final offer.

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