Bilingual Legal Assistant

  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington
  • Alexandria, VA, USA
  • Aug 15, 2019
Full time Legal

Job Description

The Legal Assistant will be responsible for assisting in the preparation of cases for submission to USCIS, EOIR, and the National Visa Center.  The position will assist legal caseworkers by processing incoming case-related correspondence and by contacting clients to follow up on case matters and returning applicable phone calls to clients on behalf of caseworkers.  The Legal Assistant will enter all preliminary client information in online case management software at each appointment. The Legal Assistant will also create client intake folders on consultation days and give to each caseworker before each appointment.  The Legal Assistant will be in charge of file maintenance and will maintain record-keeping per agency policies.  The position will be in charge of coordinating the volunteer translation process, managing volunteer translators, and completing translations as needed.  The Legal Assistant will also be in charge of overseeing the daily work of administrative volunteers.  The position will be in charge of closing out all client files per file closing procedures and drafting client closing letters, as needed.  The position will also assist the Receptionist with answering phone calls and will assist with filing and taking payments, as needed.  The Legal Assistant will also assist caseworkers by photocopying files and paperwork and making daily trips to the post office, as well as by completing other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Bilingual (fluent in English and Spanish—both written and oral) required
  • Two or more years’ experience working in a law firm or non-profit preferred
  • Cultural competency and prior experience working with the immigrant community preferred
  • Demonstrated computer literacy, database entry, and knowledge of Microsoft Office 2007 or later
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task required
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

This position is non-exempt and reports to the Program Director of Hogar Immigrant Service


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