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Paralegal

Department: Legal Services
Location: Roseland, NJ

KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE 

PARALEGAL 

Newark, NJ 

April 2019 

 

 

About KIND 

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.

 

Position Description  

KIND seeks a full-time Paralegal for its Newark office (located in Roseland NJ) to support Pro Bono Coordinating Attorneys and Fellows in ongoing casework; conduct comprehensive know your rights presentations, legal screenings and outreach to child clients; prepare U.S. Citizenship and Immigration forms and legal documents; manage data entry; supervise undergraduate interns and oversee the work of volunteer interpreters; assistant in office management and help manage other administrative duties of the program. 

 

Educational Requirements 

The Paralegal position requires an Associates Degree, plus two years of related experience or Bachelor of Arts degree. A paralegal certification or training is preferred. 

 

Preferred Experience  

  1. Experience working with individual attorneys, law firms, or legal services organizations that provide direct legal service;
  2. Experience working in immigration and/or family law;
  3. Experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children; 
  4. Experience with language interpretation, especially in the legal context and/or legal document translation  
  5. Experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma; and 
  6. Experience managing office operations and data management.

 

Required Skills 

  1. Fluency in Spanish;
  2. Experience conducting legal intakes or interviewing children; 
  3. Excellent organizational and time management skills, and attention to detail;
  4. Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills;
  5. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys;
  6. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing; and
  7. Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities.

 

 

Salary Range 

Commensurate with education and experience. 

 

Reports to 

Managing Attorney - Newark

 

Supervisory Responsibilities 

Overseeing intern and volunteer work

 

Primary Responsibilities  

The staff member will have, but not be limited to, the following responsibilities:

  1. Draft routine legal documents and applications, conduct research, file documents in court, communicate with court staff, and translate documents;
  2. Manage client case data and update client management software, including upcoming hearing dates, client communications, and filing deadlines;
  3. Maintain an asylum brief and SIJS brief bank for pro bono attorneys and community partners;
  4. Interview, screen and conduct a comprehensive intake with potential new child clients and their families;
  5. Prepare a case summary and comprehensive memorandum for each intake;
  6. Schedule and manage all logistics to ensure that an intake interview or client meetings are timely scheduled;
  7. Liaise with pro bono attorneys and firms as needed;
  8. Assist with office administration and operations;
  9. Supervise undergraduate interns;
  10. Oversee the office’s interpreter list through recruitment, training, and providing resources to volunteers;
  11. Conduct KIND’s outreach, Know-Your-Rights presentations, or community education events as needed;
  12. Other duties as needed for this role

 

To Apply 

Applications, including a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references, should be submitted online at: https://supportkind.org/jobs/ 

Applications that do not contain all of the above-listed required materials will not be considered.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, and 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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