Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

123 job(s) at Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Los Angeles, CA
Oct 14, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND seeks a Paralegal who will be responsible for supporting KIND’s delivery of legal services through a range of case support tasks in coordination with our attorneys. Paralegals are responsible for conducting client intakes, legal research, preparation of immigration forms, drafting affidavits, maintaining files and data, hearing preparation, social services referrals, and other related duties. Essential Functions: Provide support to attorneys, including conducting legal research; filling out immigration benefit and other standard forms; drafting affidavits and basic motions; assisting with hearing and interview preparation; maintaining case files and data entry in case management database; and other tasks as needed. Conduct client phone screenings and intake interviews and draft intake memoranda. Provide support to pro bono attorneys during case placement and assist with administrative and planning tasks related to pro bono attorney training and mentoring. Serve as point of contact for clients, proactively ensuring that case files and case management system reflect current contact information and status updates on case developments and child’s wellbeing. Conduct regular check-ins with the child for direct representation cases, particularly in cases in which case adjudication is delayed; update attorney and Senior Paralegal regarding new developments, as needed. Assist in case audit efforts for pro bono cases, ensuring that updates from pro bono attorneys regarding case status and child’s wellbeing are timely and accurately recorded. Conduct initial assessment of case referrals received against case acceptance criteria and program priorities. Ensure appropriate processing and data entry for referrals and intakes. Liaise with Social Services Coordinators regarding social services needs and referrals; assist with social services projects depending on office needs; work collaboratively to achieve programmatic goals where legal services/social services intersect. Qualifications and Requirements High School Diploma At least 1 year of experience working with at-risk youth, immigrants, refugees, and/or vulnerable populations. Advanced fluency in Spanish language. Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail. Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys and non-attorney colleagues. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing. Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities. Experience conducting legal intakes or interviewing children preferred. Experience working in an office setting preferred. Ability to travel as assigned. Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team.  Salary range:  $41,616 - $52,020 dependent on experience. KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Seattle, WA
Oct 14, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. Position Summary: KIND seeks a Program Coordinator to provide support for legal services programming in the provision of legal services to detained unaccompanied children facing removal proceedings. Essential Functions: Serve as case database expert for the team, including running weekly and monthly reports, and coordinating program's accurate, timely, and fulsome data maintenance. Serve as central point of contact on the team for legal data management, data systems, and data integrity. Prepare docket lists for upcoming court dockets and notify children who are still waiting for attorney placement of hearing date. Conduct Know Your Rights (KYR) presentations and intakes with detained children, and track detained child arrivals to ensure all detained children receive KYR and intake within required timeframe. Draft case summaries for cases accepted by the program. Manage client referral systems for detained and released children; coordinate and maintain released child intake waitlist; assign released intakes to be completed by other staff; and conduct KYRs and intakes of eligible released children. Maintain regular contact with clients who have not yet been placed with direct representation or pro bono counsel. For direct representation cases, update clients’ contact information in case file, case management database, and with required courts and agencies in coordination with attorney. Maintain file and case management database with updates on case status and child well-being. Refer detained children who are released to sponsors in other jurisdictions to legal service providers in said jurisdictions. Prepare case file and a comprehensive set of referral documents and assist with duties relating to pro bono placement, support, and mentoring. Assist with case preparation for direct representation of clients. Oversee case file closing procedures and assist with case closures. Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to administrative duties of the office, mail, supplies, and related tasks. Qualifications and Requirements: Advanced fluency in Spanish language. Minimum 1 year experience working with at-risk youth, immigrants, and/or vulnerable populations. Minimum 1 year experience working with legal databases, managing dockets, and leading projects. Demonstrated commitment to issues affecting immigrants. Excellent organizational and time management skills, and attention to detail. Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing. Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities. Experience conducting legal intakes or interviewing children preferred. Experience working in an office setting preferred. Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM and email with KIND's team. KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions. Salary Range:   $39,920 to $49,900 dependent on experience. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Atlanta, GA
Oct 06, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND seeks a Supervising Attorney to provide senior-level expertise and program management in the provision of legal services by KIND attorneys and pro bono partners to unaccompanied children in Office of Refugee Resettlement custody in Atlanta, Georgia. As needed, the Supervising Attorney will supervise Staff Attorneys, Senior Paralegals, Paralegals, and program staff. Essential Duties May be responsible for one or more of the following: Provide both mentoring to KIND pro bono attorneys and direct legal representation to KIND clients: In the pro bono mentoring function, provide robust consultation and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted a KIND case. In the direct representation function, perform ordinary functions of legal counsel including legal research and formulating the legal strategy for the case; conducting client interviews; appearing before immigration and/or state courts or agencies; and drafting and filing court pleadings and applications for benefits. Supervise and lead Detained Program staff in relevant jurisdiction(s), in consultation with the Managing Attorney, including: Program oversight, supervising casework, managing caseloads and other assignments, promoting, and advising supervisees on professional growth, conducting employee performance evaluations, meeting regularly with each supervisee, and providing consistent and effective supervision to ensure high-quality legal work and achievement of deliverables. Serve as an organizational leader, advisor, and resident expert on the special needs of detained children, and the tailored provision of services in the detained context. Liaise with shelter staff and other stakeholders as needed to maximize efficient and effective services to detained children. Maintain ORR and other stakeholder relations. Participate in local coalitions of various stakeholders supporting unaccompanied immigrant children. Monitor daily arrivals, transfers, and discharges of immigrant children housed in local ORR facilities. Oversee the timely and high-quality provision of legal orientation presentations and intakes of children upon arrival at ORR shelters. Review intakes by detained team and make determination regarding eligibility for immigration relief. Provide referrals for children to be transferred out of state for long term foster care placement. Oversee the preparation and organization of the monthly detained juvenile docket in Immigration Court. Collaborate with Managing Attorney to determine in-house and volunteer pro bono case placements. Develop and implement effective recruitment, mentoring, and case placement strategies to increase pro bono representation of unaccompanied immigrant children with support from the Senior Director for Pro Bono Partnerships and local field office staff. Provide legal skills trainings and technical case assistance to in-house staff, pro bono attorneys, or other stakeholders, in coordination with field office colleagues and KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team. In coordination with local field office staff responsible for pro bono training and mentoring, assist with development of resources, local training curriculum, sample filings, and guidance packets. Assist with development and conducting of local and national KIND trainings for both staff and external partners and stakeholders. Represent KIND at local coalitions, courts, and agencies. Participate in and lead local and national KIND meetings, committees, retreats, and events. Support the Managing Attorney to develop and implement management strategies to meet ambitious programmatic and funding deliverables, including staff recruitment and development-support functions, employee engagement, and quality control of KIND’s legal services delivery. Oversee data management, ensuring data integrity through regular case audits, technical fluency with KIND’s case management systems, and oversight of data upkeep and accuracy by supervisees. In collaboration with the Managing Attorney, lead and manage large and complex programs, including oversight and drafting of grant reports, metrics oversight, and assisting in drafting of funding proposals as needed. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to GA state bar or an ability to become barred within a year of employment. 6-8 years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas. 4-6 years of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. Experience working with law firm attorneys and or other legal volunteers. 3+ years of experience supervising attorneys and non-attorney staff. 2+ years of experience in program management, including experience such as project management, tracking deliverables, hiring, planning and development. 2+ years of experience working in a detained setting Strong record of cultural sensitivity and cross-cultural communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. Demonstrated collaboration, deep engagement, and contributor to overall team; ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently. Advanced fluency in Spanish language required. KIND requires all staff be vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions. Salary Range:   $93,040 -  $116,300 dependent on experience. Application Instructions:   Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Remote
Sep 30, 2021
Full time
About KIND : Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND seeks four (4) Staff Attorneys to provide large-scale, highly time-sensitive registration and legal counseling services through a remote Helpdesk children and families in Central America and Mexico impacted by family separation who are seeking information about their eligibility and options to return to the United States under the Biden Administration’s Family Reunification Task Force humanitarian parole program. These positions are 100% remote. These positions are fully funded for one year with strong possibility of extension. Benefits are associated with this position. Essential Functions: Provide Helpdesk callers with essential information and Know-Your-Rights presentations. Conduct individual legal screenings and/or case analysis for families with complex questions about the process or their legal cases in the United States or for those with heightened vulnerabilities in cases identified as in need of urgent assessment, Screen for and identify protection needs and make appropriate referrals dependent on case needs. In coordination with team members, develop and implement effective program procedures including scheduling, case flow, and data tracking systems to ensure consistent delivery of services to a high volume of families on a condensed timeline. Help develop and implement programming with project partners and stakeholders. Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into KIND’s case management systems. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to state bar. At least 1 year of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients both in and outside the United States in humanitarian immigration claims such as humanitarian parole or other parole programs such as CAM, asylum or refugee proceedings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas. Experience working with children or adolescents, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with vulnerable populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma; experience working with detained individuals desired. Experience with adult claims, including crimmigration, bars to admissibility and waivers, is strongly preferred. Advanced fluency in the Spanish language. Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume, cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Remote
Sep 30, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND seeks a Senior Attorney to provide senior-level expertise and leadership in the provision of legal counseling services to separated families seeking information about their eligibility and options to return to the United States under the Biden Administration’s Family Reunification Task Force humanitarian parole program, and assistance with registration in the program. Serve as thought-leader and expert advisor on complex and novel legal issues that may affect families’ decisions to register and seek return to the U.S. As needed, supervise Staff Attorneys and other non-attorney staff. This position is 100% remote. This position is fully funded for one year with strong possibility of extension. Benefits are associated with this position. Essential Functions: Provide Helpdesk callers with essential information and Know-Your-Rights presentations about the reunification process and assistance with the remote registration process. Conduct individual legal screenings and/or case analysis for families with complex questions about the process or their legal cases in the United States or for those with heightened vulnerabilities in cases identified as in need of urgent assessment, Screen for and identify protection needs and make appropriate referrals dependent on case needs. Provide guidance and technical support to supervisees to ensure high-quality, child- and family-centered and trauma-informed service delivery, support professional growth and achievement of program deliverables; conduct regular check ins with supervisees.  In collaboration with team members, support the Supervising Attorney in implementing and overseeing programming including scheduling, case flow, and data tracking systems to ensure consistent delivery of services to a high volume of families on a condensed timeline.  Help develop and implement programming with project partners and stakeholders, including content, FAQs and other materials. Provide positive leadership, cultivate strong and collaborative team culture, and promote team and individual wellness amid high-volume, high-stress environment. Oversee data management, technical fluency with KIND’s case management systems, and oversight of data upkeep and accuracy by supervisees. Support the  Supervising Attorney and Director, Legal Protection, in oversight and drafting of grant reports, metrics oversight, and assisting in drafting of funding proposals as needed. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to local state bar. At least 4 years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients both in and outside of the U.S. in humanitarian immigration claims such humanitarian parole or other parole programs such as CAM, asylum or refugee proceedings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas.  At least 3 years of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. Experience with adult claims, including crimmigration, bars to  admissibility  and waivers, is strongly preferred. At least 2 of experience supervising attorneys and/or legal staff. Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing Demonstrated collaboration and contributor to overall team; ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently. Advanced fluency in Spanish language required where majority of caseload is working directly with clients; otherwise, Spanish-speaking preferred. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter in order to be considered. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Seattle, WA
Sep 23, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND seeks an Interim Senior Attorney to provide senior-level expertise and leadership in the provision of legal services by KIND attorneys and pro bono partners to unaccompanied children facing removal proceedings.  Serve as thoughtful leader and expert advisor on complex and novel legal issues for internal and external stakeholders. As needed, supervise Staff Attorneys, Senior Paralegals, and other non-attorney staff. Essential Functions: Provide both mentoring to KIND pro bono attorneys and direct legal representation to KIND clients: In the pro bono mentoring function, provide robust consultation and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted a KIND case. In the direct representation function, perform ordinary functions of legal counsel including legal research and formulating the legal strategy for the case; conducting client interviews; appearing before immigration and/or state courts or agencies; and drafting and filing court pleadings and applications for benefits. Supervise staff attorneys, fellows, supervising paralegals, senior paralegals or other non-attorney staff as needed, including: Onboarding, legal skills training and case technical assistance, daily support, and coaching, conducting regular check-ins and performance evaluations, reviewing work product, case audits, and providing consistent and effective feedback and oversight to ensure high-quality legal work. Place cases with pro bono attorneys, and provide ongoing expert mentoring, training, and technical assistance in individual and group settings. Engage in outreach to foster and expand relationships with community stakeholders and pro bono partners including law firm and in-house corporate counsel; provide expert contribution and oversight in development of guidance materials and samples. Contribute to overall office functioning, including actively participating in field office and KIND-wide calls and meetings, field office and KIND-wide committees, and providing leadership in office events. Oversee data management, ensuring data integrity through regular case audits, technical fluency with KIND’s case management systems, and oversight of data upkeep and accuracy by supervisees. In coordination with KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team as well as the Senior Director for Pro Bono Partnerships, as needed, develop local training curriculum, including sample filings and guidance packets. Assist with development and conducting of local and national KIND trainings for both staff and external partners and stakeholders. In collaboration with Legal Programs Management, and in coordination with other organizational departments such as Development and Finance, assist in developing and implementing grant and contract-funded programming, including monitoring performance against grant and contract commitments. Collaborate with other KIND departments on specific projects and initiatives as needed, including KIND’s Policy, Advocacy, Communications, and Regional departments. Represent KIND at local stakeholder meetings, trainings, conferences, and events. Participate in and lead local and national KIND meetings, committees, retreats, and events. Provide leadership and oversight in ensuring overall field office functioning and developing KIND’s legal services program at large. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to local state bar. Advanced fluency in Spanish language if majority of caseload is working directly with clients; otherwise, Spanish-speaking preferred. 4-6 years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas. 3-5 years of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. Experience working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers. 2+ years of experience supervising attorneys and/or legal staff if the position requires supervision. For non-supervisory senior attorney, 2+ years demonstrating proven legal expertise or exemplary skills in managing complex legal projects. Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. Demonstrated collaboration and contributor to overall team; ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Mexico
Sep 02, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided over 19,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: The Talent and HR Assistant supports KIND’s global HR team with various logistical and administrative HR tasks and projects in the areas of recruitment, onboarding/offboarding, data entry, employee recordkeeping, performance management and learnings. The successful candidate is a highly motivated team player, critical thinker, with excellent writing and communications skills, willing learner, multi-tasker able to time manage effectively with our team. This position is 100% remote from any location in Mexico. Essential Functions: Assists in execution of organization-wide HR initiatives and programs. Supports HR team with drafting and translating job descriptions, employee change letters, offer letters, etc. Provides support posting positions on internal and external job boards. Organizes, maintains, and updates recruitment and employee files; ensures files are maintained according to applicable legal and organizational standards; helps to collect, track and maintain recruitment files including interview feedback forms, reference checks, hiring tests, etc. Provides administrative assistance to talent team and HR team as needed. Supports employee administration: processes employee changes, enters employee data in HR systems, ensures employee/administrative changes have been properly completed in various systems and that the data is accurate. Responds to hiring manager and candidate email inquiries and requests. Assists in scheduling initial phone screenings and presenting shortlist to hiring managers as needed. Coordinates and schedules interviews with hiring team in a timely manner. Maintains applicant tracking system (ATS). Coordinates and conducts new hire orientations. Other duties as assigned. Qualifications and Requirements: Fluency in English and Spanish required. At least 1 year of experience in human resources or an administrative role, ideally in the nonprofit sector. Excellent organizational and communication skills; strong cross cultural and interpersonal skills; ability to build rapport with staff at all levels. Proven experience working with diverse or historically underserved communities. Ability to manage multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment with a keen orientation for details, and work both independently as well as a contributing member of a team. Excellent discretion and ability to handle sensitive information with tact and diplomacy. Strong technological skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Applicant tracking and HR information systems, preferably Clear Company, ADP and/or similar systems. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter in order to be considered for the desired role. Apply here:  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1738276&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025 KIND has an organization wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Remote
Sep 02, 2021
Full time
About KIND Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has accepted the referrals of over 20,000 children who require high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by welcoming 41,000 attendees at trainings for attorneys, other legal staff, and community partners as well as cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND seeks in close coordination with the Director, Talent and Culture and Talent Acquisition Manager, the Talent Acquisition Specialist is responsible for acquiring talent, building a strong candidate pipeline, building a powerful employer brand and managing, designing, and implementing the overall recruitment strategy with equity and inclusion in mind.  The Talent Acquisition Specialist defines and executes sourcing strategies necessary to build a qualified and diverse candidate pool for each position.  This position is 100% remote. Essential Functions:   Lead full recruitment lifecycle to include sourcing candidates through active and passive means, evaluating candidate resumes for submission consideration to the hiring team, managing the interview process (from pre-screen calls to coordinating candidate interview schedules, to gathering hiring team feedback), and participating in the decision-making process. Manage the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and act as the point-of-contact for internal users. Collaborate with hiring managers on a regular basis and proactively identify hiring needs of the organization and align these goals with the hiring strategy. Utilize all sourcing strategies including, sourcing potential candidates by using databases, social media, job fairs, college recruitment events, etc., to build a strong talent pipeline and to identify candidates, both active and passive. Conduct initial assessment of applicant qualifications by screening resumes. Organize and conduct interviews using various reliable recruiting and selection tools/methods to filter candidates within schedule. Coach and train hiring managers to ensure recruitment processes and activities are consistent across KIND and reflect adherence to industry best practices, current legislation and overall KIND values. Act as a point-of-contact and build influential candidate relationships during the selection process to keep candidates engaged throughout the hiring process. Develop and drive the interview process to ensure effective timeline by hiring team. Create and manage a talent pool and promote and administer the Employee Referral Program to existing KIND staff. Streamline and ensure process and data accuracy and efficiency. Provide well-documented weekly recruiting reports. Qualifications and Requirements: Undergraduate degree in business, communication or another relevant field. At least 3 years of full cycle recruiting experience, including talent sourcing and attracting candidates for interviews preferred. Experience in behavioral interviewing and nonprofit or legal environment required. Must have an entrepreneurial approach and ability to manage a high-volume of requisitions. Strong technical skills and experience using HR databases, ATS and Candidate Management Systems (CMS), preferably Clear Company, ADP and/or similar systems. Solid ability to conduct different types of interviews (structured, competency-based, etc.). Hands-on experience with various selection processes (phone interviewing, reference checking, etc.). Familiarity with employment laws, regulations, and best practices applicable to hiring and recruitment. Customer-centric mindset with strong organizational and time management skills. Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. Strong ability to work within a remote work environment and with a dispersed workforce. To Apply: Applications should be submitted online at:  https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/ with resume and cover letter.   KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Atlanta, Giorgia
Aug 27, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided nearly 18,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and legal staff and cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND seeks an Interim Social Services Coordinator to work with KIND’s child clients and their families to identify needs and gaps in services, assist families in accessing services related to education, health, mental health, housing, mediation, and child care and provide leadership in establishing and sustaining relationships with local and state social services partners. This is a temporary position, with the possibility of an extension. Essential Functions: Develop and maintain a knowledge base of social services available to clients in assigned work areas. Develop relationships with community coalitions in areas of high client concentration. Establish working relationships and partnerships with local service providers and administrators in each service area to enhance the referral process. Conduct assessments of referred clients, including the larger context in which the child is living, identifying needs, barriers, and safety concerns. Maintain documentation regarding attempts to access services and service delivery. Track and report client data, outreach actions and outcomes, and general information for program evaluation, performance quality, and development purposes. Complete referrals to services, assist families in completing intake requirements for these services, and follow up as necessary. Assist KIND legal staff on working with families in crisis and transition. Work with other KIND Social Services Coordinators nationally to develop best practices, protocols, and provide training and support on relevant topics for KIND staff. Conduct trainings to support pro bono attorneys and for community social providers. Working closely with other legal services providers, law firms, corporations, and law schools in relevant jurisdiction(s) to identify and support resource-sharing amongst these partner agencies. Supervise interns and volunteers. Other duties as assigned. Qualifications and Requirements: Undergraduate degree in Social Work or related field, preferably in counseling, or related specialty. 2+ years of experience working with immigrant populations; experience working with unaccompanied minors preferred. Advanced fluency in English and Spanish, spoken and written, required. 2-3 years of experience working with children, preferably unaccompanied minors, immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. Ability to work collaboratively, and preferably, prior experience working with attorneys, law firms, or other legal service providers. A strong record of intercultural responsiveness, sensitivity and awareness, and cross-cultural communication skills. Experience working with a diverse team of social service providers and advocating on behalf of clients. Ability to verbalize and implement therapeutic-focused strategies for children/families. Ability to effectively conduct trainings to diverse audiences in person and virtually, including attorney trainings and diverse presentations for child clients. Familiarity or ability to work with adult immigrant caretakers, or training in trauma-informed parenting. Ability to manage, create and oversee various events that aim towards bringing resources and services to child clients. Ability to network with local coalitions to establish strong relationships to allow for cross referrals. Ability to travel as assigned. Ability to work within an office environment, have regular interaction via telephone, teleconference, IM and email with KIND’s team and have in-person meetings with clients. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please apply directly on our site at this link:  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1618765&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) New York City, NY
Aug 27, 2021
Full time
About KIND:  Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit.  KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs.  Position Summary: KIND seeks an Temporary Paralegal, who will be responsible for supporting KIND’s delivery of legal services through a range of case support tasks in coordination with our attorneys. Paralegals are responsible for conducting client intakes, legal research, preparation of immigration forms, drafting affidavits, maintaining files and data, hearing preparation, social services referrals, and other related duties. This is a temporary position with an anticipated end date of December 31, 2021, with the possibility of an extension. Essential Functions: Provide support to attorneys, including conducting legal research; filling out immigration benefit and other standard forms; drafting affidavits and basic motions; assisting with hearing and interview preparation; maintaining case files and data entry in case management database; and other tasks as needed. Conduct client phone screenings and intake interviews and draft intake memoranda. Provide support to pro bono attorneys during case placement and assist with administrative and planning tasks related to pro bono attorney training and mentoring. Serve as point of contact for clients, proactively ensuring that case files and case management system reflect current contact information and status updates on case developments and child’s wellbeing. Conduct regular check-ins with the child for direct representation cases, particularly in cases in which case adjudication is delayed; update attorney and Senior Paralegal regarding new developments, as needed. Assist in case audit efforts for pro bono cases, ensuring that updates from pro bono attorneys regarding case status and child’s wellbeing are timely and accurately recorded. Conduct initial assessment of case referrals received against case acceptance criteria and program priorities. Ensure appropriate processing and data entry for referrals and intakes. Liaise with Social Services Coordinators regarding social services needs and referrals; assist with social services projects depending on office needs; work collaboratively to achieve programmatic goals where legal services/social services intersect. Qualifications and Requirements Undergraduate degree preferred. Advanced fluency in Spanish language. 1+ years’ experience working with at-risk youth, immigrants, refugees, and/or vulnerable populations. Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail. Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys and non-attorney colleagues. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing. Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities. Experience conducting legal intakes or interviewing children preferred. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please apply directly on our site at this link:  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1722546&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) New York City, NY
Aug 27, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND seeks a Staff Attorney to provide expert legal services to unaccompanied children facing removal proceedings through zealous direct representation as well as pro bono facilitation, including robust consultation, training, and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted KIND cases. As needed, supervise Senior Paralegals, Paralegals, interns, and/or other non-attorney staff. Essential Functions: Provide both mentoring to KIND pro bono attorneys and direct legal representation to KIND clients. In the pro bono mentoring function, provide robust consultation and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted a KIND case.  In the direct representation function, perform ordinary functions of legal counsel including legal research and formulating the legal strategy for the case; conducting client interviews; appearing before immigration and/or state courts or agencies; and drafting and filing court pleadings and applications for benefits.  Supervise interns and/or other non-attorney staff as needed including: Onboarding, skills training, daily support and coaching, review and quality assurance of filings, regular check-ins and performance evaluations, and provision of consistent and effective supervision and oversight.  Place cases with pro bono attorneys and actively build relationships between KIND and the pro bono community. In coordination with KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team and the local field office Senior Attorney/s, as needed, help develop pro bono training resources and local training curriculum, including sample filings and guidance packets. With supervision, present trainings to pro bono attorneys and community groups. Contribute to overall office functioning, including actively participating in field office and KIND-wide calls and meetings, field office and KIND-wide committees, and assisting with office events. Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into KIND’s case management systems. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to local state bar. Advanced fluency in Spanish language if majority of caseload is working directly with clients; otherwise, Spanish-speaking preferred. 1-3 years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas. 1-3 years of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with vulnerable populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. Experience working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers if majority of caseload is working directly with pro bono attorneys. Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please apply directly on our site with this link: https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1721075&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025 
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Remote
Aug 27, 2021
Full time
ABOUT KIND :  Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has provided over 19,000 children with high quality representation in their immigration proceedings by training more than 41,000 attorneys and cultivating partnerships with over 600 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. POSITION PURPOSE: KIND seeks a Talent Acquisition Manager to support the Director, Human Resources with developing and managing the organization’s recruitment process through establishing guidelines and procedures; and building relationships with hiring managers to ensure the organization attracts and acquires top talent. They will develop long-term talent management strategies and foster relationships with potential hires to secure a pipeline of talent for future positions. In addition, working closely with the DEI Specialist and Chief HR Officer, the Talent Acquisition Manager will play an active role in developing talent strategies to enhance and advance KIND’s workplace culture through the implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives related to attracting, hiring and maintaining a diverse workforce. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Talent Acquisition Partners with Director, Human Resources to understand and execute the organization’s talent acquisition strategy, particularly as it relates to current and future talent needs, recruiting, retention and succession planning.  Develops a requisition process to ensure cross-collaboration between HR, Finance and Office Operations and secures proper approvals; collaborates with hiring managers to identify and draft detailed and accurate job descriptions and determine hiring criteria.  Identifies and implements efficient and effective recruiting methods and strategies based on the available role, industry standards and the needs of the organization. Uses talent strategies to determine most suitable places for ad positioning to secure diverse top talent.    Designs and manages recruitment and selection processes, which include but are not limited to establishing hiring guidelines, policies and templates that will allow the organization to create robust employer branding activities; coordinating with hiring managers to determine recruitment needs and developing recruitment plans; and facilitating the recruitment process by conducting initial phone screening with candidates and presenting a shortlist to hiring managers for review.  Oversees preparation of interview questions and other hiring and selection materials; assists with the interview process; participates in interviews with hiring teams; and ensures candidates evaluations are collected and maintained in accordance with applicable laws.   Collaborates with the hiring managers, CHRO and Director, HR during the offer process for new hires, promotions and staff transitions; coordinates and communicates pertinent information with Office Operations team to ensure seamless onboarding handover to HR Coordinator. Facilitates recruitment trainings for hiring managers in collaboration with other HR staff. Supervises recruitment team.   Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)  Drafts and supports the implementation of recruitment and hiring strategies to attract talent from diverse backgrounds.  Develops and/or acquires training and development to aid organization-wide DEI initiatives.  Serves as the DEI point-of-contact for staff on diversity, equity and inclusion matters.   Maintains knowledge of DEI related issues, legislation and best practices.  MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:  Undergraduate degree in psychology, communication or business management required. Graduate degree in human resources or communication preferred. At least 5 years’ human resources experience with an emphasis in recruitment and at least 2 years' supervisory experience.  Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport with staff at all levels.  Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills and ability to influence; interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.   Excellent organizational skills with ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment with a keen orientation for details. Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate as appropriate. Ability to act with integrity, professionalism, and confidentiality.   Ability to work both independently as well as a contributing member of a team.  Demonstrated independent judgment and decision-making abilities. Excellent discretion and ability to handle sensitive information with tact and diplomacy.  Strong technological skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office and applicant tracking and HR information systems, preferably Clear Company, Paylocity and/or similar systems.  Ability to travel as needed.  Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations and ability to keep abreast of changes in legislation.  Ability to work within an office environment and with a dispersed workforce.  TO APPLY:   Applications, including a cover letter and resume should be submitted online at:  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1254901&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Washington, DC
Aug 27, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND’s International Programs team seeks an Interim Paralegal who will be responsible for supporting KIND’s delivery of legal services to separated families seeking return to the United States through a range of case support tasks in coordination with our attorneys. Paralegals are responsible for conducting client intakes, legal research, preparation of immigration forms, drafting affidavits, maintaining files and data, travel preparation, social services referrals, and other related duties. This is a six-month position, with potential for renewal. Essential Functions: Provide support to attorneys, including conducting legal research; filling out immigration benefit and other standard forms, specifically for humanitarian parole and employee authorization documents; drafting affidavits; assisting with documentation and logistics in preparation for travel to the U.S.; maintaining case files and data entry in case management database; and other tasks as needed. Conduct client phone screenings and intake interviews and draft intake memoranda. Provide support to pro bono attorneys during case placement and assist with administrative and planning tasks related to pro bono attorney training and mentoring. Serve as point of contact for clients, proactively ensuring that case files and case management system reflect current contact information and status updates on case developments and child’s wellbeing. Conduct regular check-ins with the family for direct representation cases, particularly in cases in which case adjudication is delayed; update team members regarding new developments, as needed. Assist in case audit efforts for pro bono cases, ensuring that updates from pro bono attorneys regarding case status and child’s wellbeing are timely and accurately recorded. Conduct initial assessment of case referrals received against case acceptance criteria and program priorities. Ensure appropriate processing and data entry for referrals and intakes. Liaise with partners in Central America prior to families’ travel and with LPT and other U.S. providers to ensure coordinated reception and referrals to services post-arrival. Qualifications and Requirements: Undergraduate degree. Advanced fluency in Spanish language. 1+ years’ experience working with at-risk youth, immigrants, refugees, and/or vulnerable populations. Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail. Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys and non-attorney colleagues. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing. Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities. Experience conducting legal intakes or interviewing children preferred. Experience working in an office setting preferred. Ability to travel as assigned. Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please apply directly on our site at this link:  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1640675&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) San Francisco, CA
Aug 27, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND’s International Programs team seeks a Paralegal who will be responsible for supporting KIND’s delivery of legal services to separated families seeking return to the United States through a range of case support tasks in coordination with our attorneys. Paralegals are responsible for conducting client intakes, legal research, preparation of immigration forms, drafting affidavits, maintaining files and data, travel preparation, social services referrals, and other related duties. Essential Functions: Provide support to attorneys, including conducting legal research; filling out immigration benefit and other standard forms, specifically for humanitarian parole and employee authorization documents; drafting affidavits; assisting with documentation and logistics in preparation for travel to the U.S.; maintaining case files and data entry in case management database; and other tasks as needed. Conduct client phone screenings and intake interviews and draft intake memoranda. Provide support to pro bono attorneys during case placement and assist with administrative and planning tasks related to pro bono attorney training and mentoring. Serve as point of contact for clients, proactively ensuring that case files and case management system reflect current contact information and status updates on case developments and child’s wellbeing. Conduct regular check-ins with the family for direct representation cases, particularly in cases in which case adjudication is delayed; update team members regarding new developments, as needed. Assist in case audit efforts for pro bono cases, ensuring that updates from pro bono attorneys regarding case status and child’s wellbeing are timely and accurately recorded. Conduct initial assessment of case referrals received against case acceptance criteria and program priorities. Ensure appropriate processing and data entry for referrals and intakes. Liaise with  partners in Central America prior to families’ travel and with LPT and other U.S. providers to ensure coordinated reception and referrals to services post-arrival. Qualifications and Requirements: Undergraduate degree. 1+ years’ experience working with at-risk youth, immigrants, refugees, and/or vulnerable populations. Advanced fluency in Spanish language. Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail. Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys and non-attorney colleagues. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing. Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities. Experience conducting legal intakes or interviewing children preferred. Experience working in an office setting preferred. Ability to travel as assigned. Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please apply directly on our site with this link: https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1705027&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Newark, NJ
Aug 27, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND’s International Programs team seeks a Paralegal who will be responsible for supporting KIND’s delivery of legal services to separated families seeking return to the United States through a range of case support tasks in coordination with our attorneys. Paralegals are responsible for conducting client intakes, legal research, preparation of immigration forms, drafting affidavits, maintaining files and data, travel preparation, social services referrals, and other related duties. Essential Functions: Provide support to attorneys, including conducting legal research; filling out immigration benefit and other standard forms, specifically for humanitarian parole and employee authorization documents; drafting affidavits; assisting with documentation and logistics in preparation for travel to the U.S.; maintaining case files and data entry in case management database; and other tasks as needed. Conduct client phone screenings and intake interviews and draft intake memoranda. Provide support to pro bono attorneys during case placement and assist with administrative and planning tasks related to pro bono attorney training and mentoring. Serve as point of contact for clients, proactively ensuring that case files and case management system reflect current contact information and status updates on case developments and child’s wellbeing. Conduct regular check-ins with the family for direct representation cases, particularly in cases in which case adjudication is delayed; update team members regarding new developments, as needed. Assist in case audit efforts for pro bono cases, ensuring that updates from pro bono attorneys regarding case status and child’s wellbeing are timely and accurately recorded. Conduct initial assessment of case referrals received against case acceptance criteria and program priorities. Ensure appropriate processing and data entry for referrals and intakes. Liaise with  partners in Central America prior to families’ travel and with LPT and other U.S. providers to ensure coordinated reception and referrals to services post-arrival. Qualifications and Requirements: Undergraduate degree. 1+ years’ experience working with at-risk youth, immigrants, refugees, and/or vulnerable populations. Advanced fluency in Spanish language. Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail. Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys and non-attorney colleagues. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing. Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities. Experience conducting legal intakes or interviewing children preferred. Experience working in an office setting preferred. Ability to travel as assigned. Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please apply directly on our site with this link:   https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1701471&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) El Paso, TX
Aug 27, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND’s International Programs team seeks a Paralegal who will be responsible for supporting KIND’s delivery of legal services to separated families seeking return to the United States through a range of case support tasks in coordination with our attorneys. Paralegals are responsible for conducting client intakes, legal research, preparation of immigration forms, drafting affidavits, maintaining files and data, travel preparation, social services referrals, and other related duties. Essential Functions: Provide support to attorneys, including conducting legal research; filling out immigration benefit and other standard forms, specifically for humanitarian parole and employee authorization documents; drafting affidavits; assisting with documentation and logistics in preparation for travel to the U.S.; maintaining case files and data entry in case management database; and other tasks as needed. Conduct client phone screenings and intake interviews and draft intake memoranda. Provide support to pro bono attorneys during case placement and assist with administrative and planning tasks related to pro bono attorney training and mentoring. Serve as point of contact for clients, proactively ensuring that case files and case management system reflect current contact information and status updates on case developments and child’s wellbeing. Conduct regular check-ins with the family for direct representation cases, particularly in cases in which case adjudication is delayed; update team members regarding new developments, as needed. Assist in case audit efforts for pro bono cases, ensuring that updates from pro bono attorneys regarding case status and child’s wellbeing are timely and accurately recorded. Conduct initial assessment of case referrals received against case acceptance criteria and program priorities. Ensure appropriate processing and data entry for referrals and intakes. Liaise with  partners in Central America prior to families’ travel and with LPT and other U.S. providers to ensure coordinated reception and referrals to services post-arrival. Qualifications and Requirements: Undergraduate degree. 1+ years’ experience working with at-risk youth, immigrants, refugees, and/or vulnerable populations. Advanced fluency in Spanish language. Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail. Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys and non-attorney colleagues. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing. Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities. Experience conducting legal intakes or interviewing children preferred. Experience working in an office setting preferred. Ability to travel as assigned. Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please apply directly on our site with this link: https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1721849&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Houston, TX
Aug 27, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND’s International Programs team seeks a Paralegal who will be responsible for supporting KIND’s delivery of legal services to separated families seeking return to the United States through a range of case support tasks in coordination with our attorneys. Paralegals are responsible for conducting client intakes, legal research, preparation of immigration forms, drafting affidavits, maintaining files and data, travel preparation, social services referrals, and other related duties. Essential Functions: Provide support to attorneys, including conducting legal research; filling out immigration benefit and other standard forms, specifically for humanitarian parole and employee authorization documents; drafting affidavits; assisting with documentation and logistics in preparation for travel to the U.S.; maintaining case files and data entry in case management database; and other tasks as needed. Conduct client phone screenings and intake interviews and draft intake memoranda. Provide support to pro bono attorneys during case placement and assist with administrative and planning tasks related to pro bono attorney training and mentoring. Serve as point of contact for clients, proactively ensuring that case files and case management system reflect current contact information and status updates on case developments and child’s wellbeing. Conduct regular check-ins with the family for direct representation cases, particularly in cases in which case adjudication is delayed; update team members regarding new developments, as needed. Assist in case audit efforts for pro bono cases, ensuring that updates from pro bono attorneys regarding case status and child’s wellbeing are timely and accurately recorded. Conduct initial assessment of case referrals received against case acceptance criteria and program priorities. Ensure appropriate processing and data entry for referrals and intakes. Liaise with  partners in Central America prior to families’ travel and with LPT and other U.S. providers to ensure coordinated reception and referrals to services post-arrival. Qualifications and Requirements: Undergraduate degree. 1+ years’ experience working with at-risk youth, immigrants, refugees, and/or vulnerable populations. Advanced fluency in Spanish language. Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail. Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple attorneys and non-attorney colleagues. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing. Ability to adapt to a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities. Experience conducting legal intakes or interviewing children preferred. Experience working in an office setting preferred. Ability to travel as assigned. Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please apply directly on our site with this link: https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1582705&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) El Paso, TX
Aug 27, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND seeks a Staff Attorney to provide expert legal services to unaccompanied children facing removal proceedings through zealous direct representation as well as pro bono facilitation, including robust consultation, training, and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted KIND cases. As needed, supervise fellows, senior paralegals, paralegals, other non-attorney staff, and/or interns. Essential Functions: Provide both mentoring to KIND pro bono attorneys and direct legal representation to KIND clients. In the pro bono mentoring function, provide robust consultation and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted a KIND case.  In the direct representation function, perform ordinary functions of legal counsel including legal research and formulating the legal strategy for the case; conducting client interviews; appearing before immigration and/or state courts or agencies; and drafting and filing court pleadings and applications for benefits. Supervise fellows, senior paralegals, paralegals, other non-attorney staff, and/or interns as needed including: Onboarding, skills training, daily support and coaching, review and quality assurance of filings, regular check-ins and performance evaluations, and provision of consistent and effective supervision and oversight.  Place cases with pro bono attorneys and actively build relationships between KIND and the pro bono community. In coordination with KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team and the local field office Senior Attorney/s, as needed, help develop pro bono training resources and local training curriculum, including sample filings and guidance packets. With supervision, present trainings to pro bono attorneys and community groups. Contribute to overall office functioning, including actively participating in field office and KIND-wide calls and meetings, field office and KIND-wide committees, and assisting with office events. Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into KIND’s case management systems. In coordination with KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team provide guidance and legal analysis within the office and engage actively as a mentor for more junior attorneys. May also be required to attend local, state and community convenings and collaborative meetings on behalf of KIND LAJF attorney attends convenings and meetings of grantees with city and county officials and private philanthropic groups that fund LAJF. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to local bar 3-5 years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas. 2-4 years of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with vulnerable populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. Experience working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers if majority of caseload is working directly with pro bono attorneys. Advanced fluency in Spanish language if majority of caseload is working directly with clients; otherwise, Spanish-speaking preferred. Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently. Application Instructions: Applications, including a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, writing sample and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online using the link below:  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1719741&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025  
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Los Angeles, CA
Aug 27, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND seeks a Staff Attorney to provide expert legal services to unaccompanied children facing removal proceedings through zealous direct representation as well as pro bono facilitation, including robust consultation, training, and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted KIND cases. As needed, supervise fellows, senior paralegals, paralegals, other non-attorney staff, and/or interns. Essential Functions: Provide both mentoring to KIND pro bono attorneys and direct legal representation to KIND clients. In the pro bono mentoring function, provide robust consultation and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted a KIND case.  In the direct representation function, perform ordinary functions of legal counsel including legal research and formulating the legal strategy for the case; conducting client interviews; appearing before immigration and/or state courts or agencies; and drafting and filing court pleadings and applications for benefits. Supervise fellows, senior paralegals, paralegals, other non-attorney staff, and/or interns as needed including: Onboarding, skills training, daily support and coaching, review and quality assurance of filings, regular check-ins and performance evaluations, and provision of consistent and effective supervision and oversight.  Place cases with pro bono attorneys and actively build relationships between KIND and the pro bono community. In coordination with KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team and the local field office Senior Attorney/s, as needed, help develop pro bono training resources and local training curriculum, including sample filings and guidance packets. With supervision, present trainings to pro bono attorneys and community groups. Contribute to overall office functioning, including actively participating in field office and KIND-wide calls and meetings, field office and KIND-wide committees, and assisting with office events. Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into KIND’s case management systems. In coordination with KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team provide guidance and legal analysis within the office and engage actively as a mentor for more junior attorneys. May also be required to attend local, state and community convenings and collaborative meetings on behalf of KIND LAJF attorney attends convenings and meetings of grantees with city and county officials and private philanthropic groups that fund LAJF. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to local bar 3-5 years of experience practicing immigration law, which should include representation of clients in humanitarian immigration claims such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, and T visas. 2-4 years of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with vulnerable populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. Experience working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers if majority of caseload is working directly with pro bono attorneys. Advanced fluency in Spanish language if majority of caseload is working directly with clients; otherwise, Spanish-speaking preferred. Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently. Application Instructions: Applications, including a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, writing sample and contact information for three professional references, should be submitted online using the link below:  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1670600&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Baltimore, MD
Aug 27, 2021
Full time
About KIND: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is a global leader in the protection of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Launched in 2008, KIND champions a world in which every child’s rights and well-being are protected throughout their journey to safety. Since 2008, KIND has accepted over 23,000 referrals of children seeking legal representation in their immigration proceedings. KIND has welcomed more than 41,000 attendees to trainings since its founding, cultivating partnerships with over 670 law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and bar associations across the country. KIND’s social services program ensures that migrant and refugee children – who have often endured trauma – receive counseling, educational support, medical care and other comprehensive services. To address the root causes of child migration from Central America and strengthen protection of unaccompanied children, KIND advocates for policy changes and educates lawmakers, the media, and the broader public on the conditions that drive these children to flee their home countries. KIND supports children returning to their home countries by connecting them to essential support services and sponsors gender-based violence prevention programs in Central America to protect children in countries of origin and transit. KIND is also building upon its expertise in the protection of unaccompanied children to encourage the development of pro bono initiatives across Europe in partnership with European NGOs. Position Summary: KIND seeks a Senior Social Services Coordinator in Baltimore, MD to serve alongside the Social Services Management team. Senior Social Services Coordinators provide therapeutic support to high risk cases, clinical consultations, and contribute to the design and implementation of trauma informed outreach and training within KIND and to external partners. Essential Functions: Support the development of programmatic framework for Social Services including metrics, logic models, and narratives, for grant applications and reports. Support fundraising and development efforts, as well as grant reporting for the Social Services team. Provide consultation on high risk and vulnerable cases across KIND offices. Create, update, and implement ethical policies, procedures, and guidelines to be implemented across all field offices and compiled in an updated Social Services Handbook. Create, update, and implement guidelines for the Social Services team in an interdisciplinary model pertaining to attorney-client and work-product privilege, federal and state confidentiality, and mandatory reporting laws. Create and implement guidelines on working with unaccompanied children working with pro bono volunteer attorneys with a focus on trauma informed care. Create guidelines and lead Social Services team on self-care, wellness, prevention of vicarious trauma and burnout, as well as appropriate professionalism in client relations. Maintain working partnership with local graduate program and provide supervision to graduate level interns from social work/mental health programs. Monitor and evaluate case activities, including client referrals, intakes, case strategy, and case closure through case rounds and regular check-ins of social service interns. Consult and work regularly with KIND staff to integrate holistic, trauma-informed, and client-centered services that consider both legal strategy and social service needs. Evaluate and provide expert consultation to the Social Services team and KIND attorneys on services referral, needs assessments, advocacy strategy, safety planning, and crisis management. Direct client work, technical assistance, therapeutic supports, training, and outreach. Work with small caseload of high-needs clients utilizing a range of therapeutic interventions with an emphasis on screening for trauma, establishing safety, building trust, increasing coping strategies, and providing in-depth support during legal proceedings. Conduct needs assessment with KIND’s U.S./Mexico Special Programs team to design and implement quarterly trainings for staff and PBAs. Trainings will include such topics as Trauma Informed Interviewing Skills and Culturally Responsive Practices with Indigenous Populations. Provide technical assistance and expertise to KIND staff and community partners with an emphasis on Trauma Informed interventions when working with UAC and refugee populations. Work with community partners to coordinate services and collaborate in efforts; with emphasis on include language access, mental health supports and avoiding re-traumatization. Assist with trainings and presentations. Represent KIND at local coalitions, courts, and agencies. Qualifications and Requirements: Graduate degree in social work or related field or 6 years of work experience, combined with Undergraduate degree in social work or related field, in lieu of advanced degree. Depending on location- at least 2 years of experience working with Tender Age children, foster care, at risk youth. 3-5 years of experience in social services or non-profit organizations; community organizing, or grassroots and partnership development experience preferred. Advanced skills in Microsoft Suite including Outlook, Excel (including formula function), and Teams; competence with technology-related items including audio-video set-up and execution. Demonstrated commitment to improving and/or understanding issues impacting immigrants in the U.S.; preferred experience working with trauma survivors. Experience working with immigrant and refugee children and youth, LGBTQA communities.     Ability to work independently, anticipate needs, and take initiative in a high volume, fast-paced environment. Experience supervising interns and volunteers; highly skilled at conducting outreach and managing external partnerships. Experience in data entry and/or data management; experience in case and document database navigation such as ShareFile and Legal Server, including running and interpreting reports. Ability to handle tech related responsibilities including management of digital calendars and video conferencing. Strong record of intercultural responsiveness, sensitivity and awareness, and cross-cultural communication skills, responsive practices, and a racial equity lens. Ability to effectively conduct trainings to diverse audiences in person and virtually. Experience working with multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary teams. Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail; ability to work collaboratively; excellent writing an oral communication skill. Ability to thrive in a high-volume workload with fast-changing deadlines and priorities. Advanced fluency in English and Spanish, spoken and written, required. Ability to travel as assigned. Ability to work within an office environment, have regular interaction via telephone, teleconference, IM and email with KIND’s team and have in-person meetings with clients. Application Instructions: Please be advised that an employment application will need to be submitted along with your resume and cover letter, in order to be considered for the desired role. KIND has an organization-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to create a work environment where everyone has a sense of belonging. Individuals from historically underrepresented or underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please apply directly on our site with this link: https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1702593&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025