Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

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

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Remote
Aug 09, 2022
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 700 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 the 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: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is seeking a Content Manager writer/editor to play a crucial role in its communications team to further KIND’s mission to protect unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children wherever they are in their journey to seek safety. The writer/editor will engage with a wide variety of written materials including blogs, op-eds backgrounders, talking points, reports, policy briefs, stories, speeches, and press releases to ensure high-quality, compelling, accurate, and consistent language, while maintaining KIND’s voice and messaging. The writer/editor will help conceptualize and maintain KIND’s editorial calendar to promote the sharing of dynamic and timely content. The writer/editor will also support KIND’s storytelling work by capturing stakeholder’s stories as needed. The position reports to KIND’s Senior Director of Public Engagement - Communications. This position is remote and can be based in any of the following KIND registered locations: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. Essential Functions: Write, edit, and gather information to create clear, concise, and compelling written materials to engage key stakeholders and audiences. Materials include press releases, speeches, blogs, op-eds, backgrounders, talking points, scripts, reports, stories, and website copy. Copyedit and proof reports, policy briefs, articles, press releases, and website and other content as needed to ensure accuracy, consistency, and appropriate style. Help develop editorial content and maintain KIND’s editorial calendar . Manage and maintain KIND’s style guide and train staff as needed. Support KIND’s storytelling work. Perform other related duties to support KIND Communications as assigned Qualifications and Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field (e.g., English, Communications, or Journalism) or the equivalent combination of education and/or experience. Fluency in English and Spanish is required. At least 5 years’ experience working as a reporter, writer, or communications team staff member in a fast-paced environment. Ability to produce compelling, clear writing on a tight deadline, often translating complex legal concepts and issues into accessible prose for a general audience. Excellent writing, editing, and proofing skills. Knowledge of digital media and how to tell stories and shape narratives. Ability to adjust content based on feedback. Understanding of media, politics, and advocacy. Familiarity with migration issues a plus. Passion for immigration/justice. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (such as Teams, Excel, etc.). Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Ability to be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. 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. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Experience working and communicating in a remote environment. Ability to build and maintain relationships with people at a variety of levels. Ability to work in a team and establish collegial relationships with staff, faculty, and peers. KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions. Salary Range:  $65,000-$85,000 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 in here . 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. Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website:  https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/kind-employment-practices/ .
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Baltimore
Aug 09, 2022
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 the 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 assist in the management of the delivery of legal services to children and families impacted by family separation and other emerging legal and policy changes affecting migrant children seeking safe haven in the U.S., provide direct representation, pro bono mentoring, and strategic legal counsel and program planning and implementation in a cutting-edge area of humanitarian immigration work on behalf of highly vulnerable children. As needed, the Supervising Attorney will supervise Staff Attorneys, Senior Paralegals, Paralegals, and program staff. The Supervising Attorney will report to the Managing Attorney. 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 and lead program staff in the 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. Provide legal skills training 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. 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. Partner with the Managing Attorney to ensure mid-level supervisors in the field office are equipped and trained to effectively supervise and coach their direct reports. 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 pro bono training resources and local training curriculum, including sample filings and guidance packets. Assist with development and conducting of a local and national KIND training for both staff and external partners and stakeholders. 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 the drafting of funding proposals as needed. Maintain internal and external stakeholder relations; participate in local coalitions of various stakeholders supporting unaccompanied immigrant children. 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. Collaborate with other KIND departments on specific projects and initiatives as needed, including KIND’s Policy, Advocacy, Communications, and International departments. Participate in and lead local and national KIND meetings, committees, retreats, and events. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to the local state bar (If not admitted to local state bar, must sit for bar exam or start waiver to be admitted within 6 months and be able to be admitted within one year of employment). Fluent in English and Spanish. Minimum of 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. Minimum of 4 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. Minimum of 3 years of experience supervising attorneys and non-attorney staff. Minimum of 2 years of experience in program management, including experience such as project management, tracking deliverables, hiring, planning and development. Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a detained setting, if the position is over a detained program. Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast paced environment. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Experience working and communicating in a remote environment. Salary range:  $93,040 - $116,300 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=2127231&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025   . (Acceptable to request writing sample for certain roles). 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. Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website:  https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/kind-employment-practices/ .
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Seattle
Aug 08, 2022
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 Washington State.  As needed, the Supervising Attorney will supervise Staff Attorneys, Senior Paralegals, Paralegals, and program 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 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. Liaison 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 ORR facilities in Washington State. 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. Oversee or conduct drafting of eligibility letters for children to be transferred outside of Washington State for long term foster care determinations. Review documents and write eligibility letters for children detained outside of Washington state for long term foster care determinations in Washington State. 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 WA state bar or an ability to become barred within a year of employment. At least 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 and at least 4 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. At least 3 years of experience supervising attorneys and non-attorney staff. At least 2 years of experience in program management, including experience such as project management, tracking deliverables, hiring, planning and development; and 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 COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions. Salary Range:  $93,040-$116,300 dependent on experience This position may be eligible for relocation assistance. 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=2157337&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. Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website:  https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/kind-employment-practices/ .
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Washington, DC
Aug 08, 2022
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 the 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 services by KIND attorneys and pro bono partners to unaccompanied children facing removal proceedings. Serve as a 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. The Senior Attorney will report to the Supervising Attorney. 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 products, 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 the development of guidance materials and samples. Contribute to overall office functioning, including actively participating in the 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 training 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 the local state bar (If not admitted to local state bar, must sit for bar exam or start waiver to be admitted within 6 months and be able to be admitted within one year of employment). Fluent in English and Spanish. Minimum of 4 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. Minimum of 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 working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers. Minimum of 2 years of experience supervising attorneys and/or legal staff if the position requires supervision. For non-supervisory senior attorneys, a minimum of 2 years demonstrating proven legal expertise or exemplary skills in managing complex legal projects. Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast paced environment. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Experience working and communicating in a remote environment. Salary range:   $86,880 – $108,600 dependent on experience This position may be eligible for relocation assistance 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=2102305&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025  . (Acceptable to request writing sample for certain roles). 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. Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website:  https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/kind-employment-practices/ .  
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) New York
Aug 08, 2022
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 the 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 services by KIND attorneys and pro bono partners to detained unaccompanied children facing removal proceedings. This role will serve as a 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. The Senior Attorney will report to the Supervising Attorney. Essential Functions: Oversee a team of attorneys and paralegals to ensure the provision of high-quality intakes and legal orientations for unaccompanied children residing in immigration detention facilities. Review intakes by the detained team and make determinations regarding eligibility for immigration relief. Liaison with shelter staff and other stakeholders as needed to maximize efficient and effective services to detained children. Once children are released locally from detention, based on caseloads and experience, funding streams, and institutional priorities, perform hybrid mentoring and direct legal representation functions, including providing zealous legal advocacy to KIND’s clients in direct representation cases, as well as providing robust consultation and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys who have accepted a KIND case. Percentage of mentoring and direct representation caseloads will be determined by management in the Legal Services component. As needed, represent a smaller docket of children in their applications for relief who do not have reunification options and must remain longer in detention. Perform ordinary functions of legal counsel providing direct representation, including legal research and formulating the legal strategy for the case; conducting client interviews; appearing before immigration and/or state court or agencies, and drafting and filing court pleadings and applications for benefits. Assist the Supervising Attorney to monitor daily arrivals, transfers, and discharges of immigrant children housed in ORR facilities in relevant jurisdiction(s). Oversee or conduct drafting of eligibility letters for children to be transferred outside of relevant jurisdiction(s) for long term foster care determinations. Oversee or conduct assembly of court packages as needed, dependent on Immigration Court practices in local jurisdiction. Assist the Supervising Attorney in the completion of program reports, as needed, for partners and other stakeholders. Assist Supervising Attorney in overseeing data management, ensuring data integrity through regular case audits and technical fluency with KIND’s case management systems. Under the direction of the Supervising Attorney, coordinate in-house and volunteer pro bono case placements. In coordination with KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance Team and the local office Senior Attorneys, 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. Represent KIND at local coalitions, courts, and agencies. Supervise attorneys, support staff, law student interns, and volunteers. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to local state bar (New York).  If candidate is not admitted to local state bar, must sit for bar exam or start waiver to be admitted within 6 months and be able to be admitted within one year of employment. Must be fully bilingual in both English and Spanish. Minimum of 4 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. Minimum of 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 working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers. Minimum of 2 years of experience supervising attorneys and/or legal staff if the position requires supervision. For non-supervisory senior attorneys, a minimum of 2 years demonstrating proven legal expertise or exemplary skills in managing complex legal projects. Minimum of 1-year experience working in a detained setting Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Experience working and communicating in a remote environment. Salary range:  $86,880 – $108,600 dependent on experience This position may be eligible for relocation assistance. 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1962981&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025   . (Acceptable to request writing sample for certain roles). 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. Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website:  https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/kind-employment-practices/ .
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) New York
Aug 02, 2022
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 Paralegal to support KIND’s delivery of legal services through a range of case preparation, legal research, and related tasks in support of the legal strategy for the client. The Senior Paralegal also provides supervision to Paralegal(s) and other non-attorney staff and interns as needed and oversee training and development of paralegal staff in collaboration with Staff Attorneys, Senior Attorneys and Managing Attorneys.   This position will report to the Senior Attorney. Essential Functions: Oversee the overall programmatic function of the field office detained team’s paralegal program, in coordination with the office’s senior management team. Serve as the team lead to ensure consistent, accurate, and timely file maintenance and data entry into case management system, including work with KIND’s data strategy team to improve data management systems across the office. Track and ensure referral and intake metrics achievement under grants and contracts in consultation with attorneys, and Program Coordinator where relevant. Onboard, train and supervise paralegals, including conducting initial and ongoing trainings for paralegal staff; troubleshooting, reviewing, and providing quality assurance of referrals, filings, and pleadings; providing daily support and coaching, and conducting regular check-ins and performance evaluations; and providing consistent and effective supervision to ensure the provision of consistent, high-quality paralegal support to the legal team. Conduct legal research, complete immigration benefit forms, and draft affidavits and motions for immigration and state court proceedings in consultation with attorneys. In coordination with attorneys, assist in clients’ preparation for hearings and adjudicatory interviews. Supervise undergraduate interns and other paralegals, as needed, and assist with training of legal interns and other paralegals, as needed. Assist with the professional development of paralegals and other staff in collaboration with attorneys, and in consultation with KIND’s National Training and Technical Assistance Team. 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 the required timeframe. Supervise other paralegals in the consistent and quality provision of "Know Your Rights" presentations, intake interviews, phone screenings, intake memos, and presentation of cases to attorneys; conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations, intakes, and phone screenings as needed. Refer detained children who are released to sponsors in other jurisdictions to legal service providers in said jurisdictions. Assist with pro bono training, including non-attorney pro bono team members, through the preparation of training materials, provision of discrete training on topics such as translation, and other related tasks. Assess cases for social service needs and assist with social services referrals; liaise with Social Services Coordinators to achieve programmatic goals where legal services/social services intersect. For direct representation cases, communicate with clients, proactively ensuring that case files and case management system reflect current contact information, hearing dates, case developments, and updates on child’s wellbeing and service needs; ensure regular check-ins with the child are conducted in consultation with an attorney, particularly in cases in which case adjudication is delayed due to retrogression or otherwise; and keep counsel apprised of updates and issues needing follow-up. For pro bono cases, assist in case audit efforts, and ensure that updates from pro bono team regarding legal case and child’s wellbeing are timely recorded in case management system; assist in targeted pro bono team support including provision of relevant samples, and guidance and training resources. Qualifications and Requirements: High school degree required. Must be fluent in English and Spanish. Minimum of 4 years experience in humanitarian-based immigration work, including conducting intakes, assessing legal claims, and assisting attorneys on legal applications to obtain immigration benefits. Minimum of 4 years experience working with children, preferably at-risk youth, immigrants, or refugee children, and/or working with vulnerable populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. Minimum of 3 years experience working independently on projects and/or programs, demonstrating initiative and willingness to learn and contribute thought leadership and innovative strategies to the work. Minimum of 1-year experience preparing and delivering presentations on legal and know-your-rights information to immigrant audiences, preferably families and children. Demonstrated leadership in working on office organization, including data entry, management, quality assurance, and reporting, particularly in a legal service setting. Proven ability to supervise or coach and guide others on programs and/or projects. Excellent organizational and time management skills, and attention to detail. Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suites (such as Teams, Excel, etc.) Ability to work collaboratively, multi-task, and pay attention to detail in a dynamic and busy environment, managing numerous priorities and emerging opportunities. Ability to work effectively with people of different backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. 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. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Salary Range:  $23.38/hr – $29.23/hr 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=2023826&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. Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website:  https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/kind-employment-practices/ .
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Seattle
Aug 01, 2022
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 the 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 Social Services Coordinator in our Seattle office, 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 childcare and provide leadership in establishing and sustaining relationships with local and state social services partners. 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. Track and report client data, outreach actions and outcomes, and general information for program evaluation, performance quality, and development purposes. Assist KIND legal staff in 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 training to support pro bono attorneys and 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. Must be fully bilingual/fluent in English and Spanish. Minimum of 2-3 years of experience working with immigrant populations; experience working with unaccompanied minors preferred. Minimum of 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 training to diverse audiences in person and virtually, including attorney training 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. Salary Range:  $46,320 - $57,900 depending 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1980229&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. Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website:  https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/kind-employment-practices/ .
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Sacramento
Jul 28, 2022
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. The Staff Attorney is a remote position (preferably based in the Sacramento CA area) reporting to the Senior Attorney in the Fresno field office. Essential Functions: Oversee paralegals ensuring the provision of high-quality intakes and legal orientations for unaccompanied children. Review legal screenings conducted by paralegals to determine children's preliminary eligibility for immigration relief. Make "friend-of-the-court" appearances on the juvenile detained docket in Immigration Court on behalf of detained children. Enter representation in certain cases. Provide zealous direct legal representation to children in their removal proceedings and in their applications for immigration relief. In certain cases, depending on experience, caseload, and organizational priorities, place those cases with pro bono attorneys and provide robust consultation and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys. The percentage of mentoring and direct representation caseloads will be determined by management in the Legal Programs component. Perform ordinary functions of legal counsel providing direct representation, including legal research, and formulating the legal strategy for the case; conducting client interviews; appearing before immigration and/or state court or agencies, and drafting and filing court pleadings and applications for benefits. Place cases with pro bono attorneys and 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 training to pro bono attorneys and community groups. Ensure entry of timely, accurate, and detailed case data into KIND’s case management systems. Contribute to overall office functioning, including joining field office and KIND-wide calls and meetings, participating in the field office and KIND-wide committees, and assisting with office events. As needed, supervise Senior Paralegals, Paralegals, interns, and/or other non-legal staff 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. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to the local state bar   (If not admitted to local state bar, must sit for bar exam, or start waiver to be admitted within six months and be able to be admitted within one year of employment). Fluent in English and Spanish. Minimum one (1) year 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. Minimum one (1) year of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, or experience working with vulnerable populations, survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. 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. Experience working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers preferred. Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team. Regular/weekly travel to local immigration detention facility required. Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast paced environment. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suites (such as Teams, Excel, etc.). Ability to work collaboratively and multi-task in our KIND environment, managing numerous priorities and emerging opportunities. Excellent organizational skills with ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment. Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate as appropriate. Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast paced environment. Experience working and communicating in a remote environment. Salary range:  $67,440 - $84,300 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=2126195&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. Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website:  https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/kind-employment-practices/ .
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Washington, DC
Jul 28, 2022
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 Regional Office Coordinator located in our D.C. Metropolitan office location. This position  will require  traveling to all three locations in the DMV (DC, Baltimore, VA). This position collaborates with KIND’s Office Operations department. The Office Coordinator will ensure the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of KIND office(s), through management of key administrative priorities through collaboration across organizational functions and components including Operations, Finance, and Human Resources. The Office Coordinator reports to the Regional Director. Essential Functions: Ensure the smooth operation of the office(s) by overseeing and coordinating local facilities-related matters; managing meeting spaces; receiving and sorting mail and packages; maintaining supplies, inventory, equipment, and overall tidiness of the office. Liaise with and oversee contractors and vendors to enable facilities maintenance and repairs. Assist with onboarding and off boarding staff and interns, ensuring the setup of accounts, equipment, and workstations. Ensure safety, operational and institutional policies and protocols are kept current and successfully implemented locally. Develop proficiency and clear understanding in the use and maintenance of office systems, equipment, and technology, and assist staff as needed. Provide day-to-day support to staff, ensuring their technological, operational, and office-wide systems needs are met. Manage the field office general email inbox, triaging to applicable parties as needed. Assist with the planning of office-wide events, such as staff appreciation lunches and staff retreats. Provide support to the Office Operations team with ongoing projects and operational initiatives, executing the goals and objectives of the function. Aid with budget reconciliation, in collaboration with the Senior Director of Office Operations, Managing Attorney, and Finance. Liaise with other organizational components and functions, and perform other duties as assigned. Traveling to all three KIND locations in the DMV -D.C., Baltimore, VA. Qualifications and Requirement: Bachelor’s degree required. Fully bilingual in both English & Spanish preferred  Minimum 3 years’ experience performing administrative office duties. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suites (such as Teams, Excel, etc.) Ability to work collaboratively and multi-task in an office environment, managing numerous priorities and emerging opportunities. Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Experience working and communicating in a remote environment. Salary Range:    $25.43/hr - $27.40/hr  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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1946674&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. Disclaimer: KIND is committed to an ethical recruitment and hiring process and maintains a firm “no fees” recruitment policy. We will never charge a fee or ask for money as part of the application process. KIND also conducts all interviews via telephone or video conference, and at no time will KIND engage in a text or mobile app-based application or interview process. For more information, please visit the following website:  https://supportkind.org/join-the-team/kind-employment-practices/ .
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Atlanta
Jul 26, 2022
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 local state bar.  (If candidate is not admitted to local state bar, must sit for bar exam or start waiver to be admitted within 6 months and be able to be admitted within one year of employment.) At least 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. At least 4 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. At least 3 years of experience supervising attorneys and non-attorney staff. At least 2 years of experience in program management, including experience such as project management, tracking deliverables, hiring, planning and development. At least 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. This position may be eligible for relocation assistance. 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) Baltimore
Jul 26, 2022
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 the 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 assist in the management of the delivery of legal services to children and families impacted by family separation and other emerging legal and policy changes affecting migrant children seeking safe haven in the U.S., provide direct representation, pro bono mentoring, and strategic legal counsel and program planning and implementation in a cutting-edge area of humanitarian immigration work on behalf of highly vulnerable children. As needed, the Supervising Attorney will supervise Staff Attorneys, Senior Paralegals, Paralegals, and program staff. The Supervising Attorney will report to the Managing Attorney. 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 and lead program staff in the 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. Provide legal skills training 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. 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. Partner with the Managing Attorney to ensure mid-level supervisors in the field office are equipped and trained to effectively supervise and coach their direct reports. 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 pro bono training resources and local training curriculum, including sample filings and guidance packets. Assist with development and conducting of a local and national KIND training for both staff and external partners and stakeholders. 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 the drafting of funding proposals as needed. Maintain internal and external stakeholder relations; participate in local coalitions of various stakeholders supporting unaccompanied immigrant children. 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. Collaborate with other KIND departments on specific projects and initiatives as needed, including KIND’s Policy, Advocacy, Communications, and International departments. Participate in and lead local and national KIND meetings, committees, retreats, and events. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to the local state bar (If not admitted to local state bar, must sit for bar exam or start waiver to be admitted within 6 months and be able to be admitted within one year of employment). Fluent in English and Spanish. Minimum of 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. Minimum of 4 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. Minimum of 3 years of experience supervising attorneys and non-attorney staff. Minimum of 2 years of experience in program management, including experience such as project management, tracking deliverables, hiring, planning and development. Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a detained setting, if the position is over a detained program. Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast paced environment. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Experience working and communicating in a remote environment. Salary range:  $93,040 - $116,300 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=2127231&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025   . (Acceptable to request writing sample for certain roles). 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)
Jul 25, 2022
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: The Development Coordinator, Institutional Development will work under the direction of the Senior Director, Institutional Development and in close collaboration with other staff in the Development department to drive a robust institutional fundraising program, centered around KIND’s organizational priorities, designed to increase the amount of support from KIND’s constituency over the next several years. This individual will research prospects, stay abreast of the philanthropic landscape, help develop institutional development briefings, compile and copy edit proposal and report materials, help track donor outreach and submission of proposals and reports, and update KIND’s Salesforce database on an ongoing basis, among other activities. This position is ideal for a deadline-driven, detail-oriented, and well-organized development professional who is committed to a protecting and defending unaccompanied and separated immigrant children. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who is able to effectively manage multiple priority projects in a fast-paced environment. This a headquarters position based remotely from any location in the U.S. Essential Functions: Institutional Development Support (40%) Manage prospect research for the Development department by monitoring the philanthropic landscape; identifying and profiling prospective donors and new funding streams centered around KIND’s crosscutting institutional priorities; help track prospect outreach and measure outcomes in Salesforce. Help prepare briefings for program staff and leadership in advance of meetings and telephone calls with prospects and/or donors. Regularly draft donor correspondence and institutional language for proposals and reports. Work with Senior Director on departmental initiatives, including process improvements, updating tools, drafting standard operating procedures, and developing trainings. Coordinate with Finance staff to track grant spending and identify potential issues that could affect reporting or projected renewals. Identify opportunities for and support the development of strategic communications (e.g., blog posts, social media, articles, webinars, etc.) to increase the profile and visibility of KIND programs and partnerships. Proposal Coordination (40%) Maintain library of KIND institutional language for use in funding proposals and reports and liaise with internal contacts—including staff from the Legal, Finance, and Human Resources teams—to update these materials. Compile attachments to letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports as required by funder guidelines, and when appropriate, work with the Legal and Finance teams to obtain necessary signatures for submission. Issue reporting prompts containing the necessary information for relevant staff to develop grant reports. Provide initial review of grant reports for consistency with KIND style guides, grant expectations, and donor intent. Draft and oversee writing project schedules, prepare writing project kickoff agendas, and track progress on projects through submission. Liaise with sub-recipients to collect any required inputs from partners. Development Administration (20%) Enter application and reporting materials into foundation portals as needed. Manage internal grant announcements and related administrative correspondence as well as external donor acknowledgement and disclosure materials. Coordinate with the Senior Manager of Operations and Reporting to use Salesforce to track performance metrics on a monthly and quarterly basis and report out to the Development department. Maintain accurate and complete Salesforce database records using report dashboards, in coordination with the Senior Director and Senior Manager. Manage a monthly data integrity audit for the team and assist with resolving audits as needed. Manage and maintain agenda and meeting minutes for internal weekly institutional team meetings and joint meetings with other departments. Contribute to weekly development digests for Executive Office. Qualifications and Requirements: Undergraduate degree required. Must be fully fluent in English. Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience including donor engagement, proposal coordination, project management, and/or managing CRM databases (such as Salesforce). Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suites (such as Teams, Excel, etc.). Ability to work collaboratively and multi-task in our KIND environment, managing numerous priorities and emerging opportunities. Excellent organizational skills with ability to work on multiple projects in a deadline-oriented environment. Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate as appropriate. Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast paced environment. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Experience working and communicating in a remote environment. 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=2139282&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) Washington, DC
Jul 25, 2022
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 the 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 services by KIND attorneys and pro bono partners to unaccompanied children facing removal proceedings. Serve as a 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. The Senior Attorney will report to the Supervising Attorney. 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 products, 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 the development of guidance materials and samples. Contribute to overall office functioning, including actively participating in the 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 training 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 the local state bar (If not admitted to local state bar, must sit for bar exam or start waiver to be admitted within 6 months and be able to be admitted within one year of employment). Fluent in English and Spanish. Minimum of 4 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. Minimum of 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 working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers. Minimum of 2 years of experience supervising attorneys and/or legal staff if the position requires supervision. For non-supervisory senior attorneys, a minimum of 2 years demonstrating proven legal expertise or exemplary skills in managing complex legal projects. Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast paced environment. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Experience working and communicating in a remote environment. 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. (Acceptable to request writing sample for certain roles). 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) Fresno, CA
Jul 21, 2022
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 the 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 at our Fresno Office location, to provide expert legal services to unaccompanied children needing legal representation 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. The Staff Attorney will report to the Supervising Attorney. 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 the 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. Represent KIND at local coalitions, courts, and agencies. 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. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to local state bar. (If candidate is not admitted to local state bar, must sit for bar exam or start waiver to be admitted within 6 months and be able to be admitted within one year of employment.) Must be fully bilingual in both English and Spanish. Minimum of 1 year 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. Minimum of 1 year 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 the majority of the 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 work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Experience working and communicating in a remote environment. Salary range:   $67,440 - $84,300 dependent on experience This position may be eligible for relocation assistance 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. (Acceptable to request writing sample for certain roles). 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) Falls Church, North Virginia
Jul 11, 2022
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 the 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 services by KIND attorneys and pro bono partners to unaccompanied children facing removal proceedings. Serve as a 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. The Senior Attorney will report to the Supervising Attorney. 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 products, 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 the development of guidance materials and samples. Contribute to overall office functioning, including actively participating in the 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 training 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.  (If candidate is not admitted to local state bar, must sit for bar exam or start waiver to be admitted within 6 months and be able to be admitted within one year of employment.) Must be fully bilingual in both English and Spanish.  Minimum of 4 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. Minimum of 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 working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers. Minimum of 2 years of experience supervising attorneys and/or legal staff if the position requires supervision. For non-supervisory senior attorneys, a minimum of 2 years demonstrating proven legal expertise or exemplary skills in managing complex legal projects. Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast paced environment. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Experience working and communicating in a remote environment. Salary range:  $86,880 – 108,600 dependent on experience This position may be eligible for relocation assistance. 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1985066&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025    (Acceptable to request writing sample for certain roles). 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) Fresno
Jul 11, 2022
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 the 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 assist in the management of the delivery of legal services to children and families impacted by family separation and other emerging legal and policy changes affecting migrant children seeking safe haven in the U.S., provide direct representation, pro bono mentoring, and strategic legal counsel and program planning and implementation in a cutting-edge area of humanitarian immigration work on behalf of highly vulnerable children. 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 and lead program staff in the 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. Provide legal skills training 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. 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. Partner with the Managing Attorney to ensure mid-level supervisors in the field office are equipped and trained to effectively supervise and coach their direct reports. 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 pro bono training resources and local training curriculum, including sample filings and guidance packets. Assist with development and conducting of a local and national KIND training for both staff and external partners and stakeholders. 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 the drafting of funding proposals as needed. Maintain internal and external stakeholder relations; participate in local coalitions of various stakeholders supporting unaccompanied immigrant children. 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. Collaborate with other KIND departments on specific projects and initiatives as needed, including KIND’s Policy, Advocacy, Communications, and International departments. Participate in and lead local and national KIND meetings, committees, retreats, and events. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to local state bar.  (If candidate is not admitted to local state bar, must sit for bar exam or start waiver to be admitted within 6 months and be able to be admitted within one year of employment.) Minimum of 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. Minimum of 4 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. Minimum of 3 years of experience supervising attorneys and non-attorney staff. Minimum of 2 years of experience in program management, including experiences such as project management, tracking deliverables, hiring, planning, and development. Minimum of 2 years of experience working in a detained setting if the position is over a detained program. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish. Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. Demonstrated collaboration, deep engagement, and contributor to the overall team; ability to take initiative, multi-task, and work independently. Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Salary Range :   $93,040 - $116,300 depending on experience.  This position may be eligible for relocation assistance. 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=1940369&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) Los Angeles
Jul 11, 2022
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 the 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 Managing Attorney to provide seasoned, disciplined, and effective management of the KIND field office, including performing independently in the areas of program and performance management, budgeting, employee relations, and development-support functions. As the head of KIND’s local office, the Managing Attorney is a critical member of the management team in KIND’s Legal Services division and is the senior representative of the organization at the local level – effectively engaging government, private sector partners, and community stakeholders to advance KIND’s mission. Managing Attorneys supervise Senior Attorneys and Supervising Attorneys, as well as other attorney and non-attorney staff as needed. The Managing Attorney will report to the Regional Director, Legal Services. Essential Functions: Provide mentoring to KIND pro bono attorneys and as needed, limited 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 court or agencies, and drafting and filing court pleadings and applications for benefits. Mentoring and/or direct representation responsibilities will be determined based on programmatic and institutional priorities in consultation with Legal Programs leadership. Serve as a member of KIND's Legal Programs management team, responsible for the overall management of field office including program quality and deliverables, staff performance, team cohesion and functioning, and integration with the Legal Programs department and organization at large. Monitor and present changes in immigration law to multiple audiences, including legal services and pro bono partners, and other high-level internal and external stakeholders. Consult with and contribute thought leadership and information on local trends to support the work of KIND’s Training and Technical Assistance team and other internal stakeholders. Develop and implement effective management strategies to meet ambitious programmatic and funding deliverables and mission-critical priorities, including staff recruitment and development-support functions, employee engagement, and quality control of KIND’s legal services delivery. Oversee the provision of top-notch mentoring programs and direct representation services to clients in the released and detained context as relevant. Ensure data integrity and utilize case management databases and other technological tools to assist in creating more efficient processes and identifying training, recruitment, client needs/opportunities, and trends, in collaboration with KIND’s Data Strategy Team. Promote volunteer support by actively developing and maintaining KIND’s relationships with law firms and corporate counsel with a robust presence in the respective city and/or region, in coordination with KIND's Senior Director for Pro Bono Partnerships. Serve as the field office primary liaison with KIND’s headquarters (including Legal Programs leadership, and Policy, Advocacy, Communications, Development, Human Resources, and Operations departments), working under the supervision of KIND’s Regional Director. Maintain internal and external stakeholder relations; serve as KIND leader in local coalitions of various stakeholders supporting unaccompanied immigrant children. Work with Legal Programs leadership, Development, and Finance to ensure compliance with all grant and funding requirements. Manage team or field office budget and, with assistance from other team members, track expenditures and identify budgeting priorities. Assist with special projects of local and national scope at the direction of KIND leadership. Participate in local coalitions of various stakeholders supporting unaccompanied immigrant children. Collaborate on social services programming for clients and pro bono attorneys in conjunction with the Social Services Team, including local field office Social Services Coordinator(s). As a member of the management team in the Legal Programs department, the Managing Attorney is expected to uphold the following leadership characteristics: Meaningfully contribute thought leadership and expertise to advance KIND’s mission and the strategic goals and objectives of the Legal Programs Team. Offer new insights into challenges and opportunities; evaluate conventional approaches and provide and encourage new ideas and innovations and explore and implement new or cutting-edge programs/processes in collaboration with leadership. Partner with organizational leadership on conflict resolution. Deal effectively with pressure and remain optimistic and persistent, even in an uncertain and challenging environment. Together with other members of the management team, embrace leadership values and a work ethic that exemplifies authenticity, goodwill, transparency, and collaboration. Inspire and foster team commitment, spirit, trust, and employee wellness. Facilitate cooperation and motivate team members to accomplish group goals. Qualifications and Requirements: J.D. and admitted to a state bar. Minimum of 7 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. Minimum of 5 years of experience working with children, preferably immigrant and refugee children, and/or working with survivors of abuse, human trafficking, or other trauma. Minimum of 2 years of experience working with law firm attorneys and/or other legal volunteers. Minimum of 4 years of experience supervising attorneys and non-attorney staff. Minimum of 3 years of experience in program management, including experiences such as project management, tracking deliverables, hiring, planning, and development. Experience working in a national or larger management structure is preferred. Strong record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both orally and in writing. Demonstrated effective and authentically engaged leadership; ability to critically assess challenges and propose and execute solutions, with appropriate consultation and visibility to leadership; excellent professional judgment. A deep understanding of and ability to work and lead effectively with internal and external stakeholders and participate in local coalition work. Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. Showing the ability to multi-task and work with a sense of urgency in a dynamic, fast paced environment. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Experience working and communicating in a remote environment. Language requirement: English: Fluent Salary range:  $100,000 - $125,003 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=2124807&cust_sort1=100304&&jbsrc=1025 . (Acceptable to request writing sample for certain roles). 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
Jul 11, 2022
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: The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer will work closely with KIND’s International Team program staff and local partner organizations, and in collaboration with KIND’s Development staff, to do the following: Assess the impact of KIND’s programming to date, including strengths and areas for growth. Develop monitoring, evaluation, and learning frameworks, tools, and systems to meaningfully measure and communicate the impact of KIND’s international work. Work closely with program staff and partner organizations to implement M&E systems. Provide guidance, training, technical assistance, and strategic oversight to KIND staff and partner organizations for the effective implementation of all M&E activities. The M&E Officer will also contribute to developing and carrying out plans for the expansion and scalability of KIND’s international programming. The M&E Officer will primarily focus on KIND’s programming in Central America, including its Child Migrant Return and Reintegration Program, Gender and Migration Initiatives, and new programming focused on livelihoods and economic opportunities for youth and their families in high migration areas. The M&E Officer will also provide guidance and support to KIND’s International Team programming in Mexico, including its training and technical assistance to government officials and civil society organizations on migrant children’s rights and its legal and psychosocial services for migrant children. This position can be based in the United States or Mexico. Essential Functions: Work with program staff and partner organizations to support program design and develop program-specific and cross-program monitoring and evaluation frameworks and plan for KIND’s International Team programs in Central America and Mexico. Develop appropriate strategies and tools for monitoring and evaluating specific programs and activities. Assess and refine as necessary. Participate in the development of program-level and cross-program theories of change, ensure that all M&E activities align with those theories, and work with program staff and partners to adapt and refine those theories as necessary. Work with program staff and Data Team to identify, recommend and implement tools and technologies needed tools needed to collect monitoring and evaluation data, consistent with monitoring strategies and program capacity. Work with program staff and partner organizations to develop and implement strategies for substantively engaging program participants (children, youth, family members, teachers, etc.) in program evaluation. Work with program staff to track the performance of program activities against expected results using qualitative and quantitative methods. Work with program staff to analyze the outcomes and impact of programs. Make recommendations for program growth and improvement and work with program staff and partner organizations to ensure that outcomes and lessons learned are integrated into program design. Identify capacity building needs and provide training, technical assistance, and coaching to KIND program staff and partner organizations to effectively carry out monitoring and evaluation. Work with program staff and Development team to ensure collection of necessary data for all donors and timely and accurate reporting of M&E results following donor requirements. Work with program staff as well as Development, Communications, and Policy teams as appropriate to use M&E results to craft compelling narratives for the importance and impact of KIND programming and the need for government, private sector, and philanthropic actors to prioritize and invest in the rights and protection of migrant children. Produce high-quality reports on program results and impact for internal and external audiences in a timely manner. Provide support for proposal development, including developing M&E components of grant proposals, concept notes, or other applications for funding. Stay up to date on current practices in monitoring and evaluation and participate relevant external forums. Regular travel within Central America and some travel to the U.S. for candidates based in Central America required. Qualifications and Requirements: Fully bilingual in Spanish and English and able to communicate clearly and effectively, including written communication, in both languages. Advanced degree in social sciences, international development, economics, statistics, demographics, public policy, data management, or related field. Significant professional experience in monitoring and evaluation may substitute for advanced degree. At least seven years of professional experience, including at least five years of experience in a monitoring and evaluation role responsible for designing and implementing M&E activities. Experience ideally should be in child migration, children’s rights, gender, or livelihoods/economic development. Proven success in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from program/project design to closeout stages. Experience developing monitoring and evaluation strategies and tools using a gender and child focused lens. Experience in monitoring and evaluation of projects with diverse funding streams including foundations and USG sources. Knowledge of evaluation methodologies and experience with qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, including basic statistical analysis. Experience with or interest in participatory evaluation methods. Experience with training or capacity building related to monitoring and evaluation highly preferred. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with culturally diverse grass roots organizations outside of the U.S. Commitment to children’s rights and gender equity. KIND requires all staff be COVID vaccinated with the exception of those who have medical or religious beliefs exemptions. Application Instructions: Please submit a resume, cover letter, sample of professional work related to program monitoring and evaluation, and three references in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=2068866&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) Washington, DC
Jul 06, 2022
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 the 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 temporary paralegal in our Washington, DC Office,  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, social services referrals, and other related duties. The Paralegal reports to the Senior Paralegal.  Essential Functions: Provide support to attorneys, including conducting legal research; filling out immigration benefit and other standard forms, specifically for humanitarian parole and employment authorization documents; drafting affidavits; assisting with documentation and logistics in preparation for travel to the U.S.; maintaining case files and data entry in the 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: High school diploma required. Must be fully bilingual in both English & Spanish.  Minimum 1 year of experience working with at-risk youth, immigrants, refugees, and/or vulnerable populations. Excellent organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail. Ability to travel (locally) as assigned. Ability to work within an office environment and have regular interaction via telephone, videoconference, IM, and email with KIND's team. Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights. 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. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. 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 in   https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php req=2119546&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) Baltimore, MD
Jul 05, 2022
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 the 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 Paralegal. This position collaborates with KIND's Legal Strategy department to support the delivery of legal services through a range of case preparation, legal research, and related tasks in support of the legal strategy for the client. The Senior Paralegal also provides supervision to Paralegal(s) and other non-attorney staff and interns as needed and oversees training and development of paralegal staff in collaboration with Staff Attorneys, Senior Attorneys, Supervising Attorneys, and Managing Attorneys. This position will report to the Senior Attorney. Essential Functions: Oversee the overall programmatic function of the KIND office paralegal program. Onboard, train, and supervise paralegals, including conducting initial and ongoing training for paralegal staff; troubleshooting, reviewing, and providing quality assurance of referrals, filings, and pleadings; providing daily support and coaching, and conducting regular check-ins and performance evaluations; and providing consistent and effective supervision to ensure the provision of consistent, high-quality paralegal support to the legal team. Conduct legal research, complete immigration benefit forms, and draft affidavits and motions for immigration and state court proceedings in consultation with attorneys. Ensure consistent, accurate, and timely file maintenance and data entry into our case management system. In coordination with attorneys, assist in clients’ preparation for hearings and adjudicatory interviews. Supervise undergraduate interns, as needed, and assist with training of legal interns, as needed. Assist with the professional development of paralegals and other staff in collaboration with attorneys, and in consultation with KIND’s National Training and Technical Assistance Team. Track and ensure referral and intake metrics achievement under grants and contracts in consultation with attorneys. Supervise paralegals in the consistent and quality provision of intake interviews, phone screenings, intake memos, and presentation of cases to attorneys; conduct intakes and phone screenings as needed. Assist with pro bono training, including non-attorney pro bono team members, through the preparation of training materials, provision of discrete training on topics such as translation, and other related tasks. Assess cases for social service needs and assist with social services referrals; liaise with Social Services Coordinators to achieve programmatic goals where legal services/social services intersect. For direct representation cases, serve as a point of contact for clients, proactively ensuring that case files and case management system reflect current contact information, case developments, and updates on child’s wellbeing and service needs; ensure regular check-ins with the child are conducted in consultation with an attorney, particularly in cases in which case adjudication is delayed due to retrogression or otherwise; and keep counsel apprised of updates and issues needing follow-up. For pro bono cases, assist in case audit efforts, and ensure that updates from pro bono team regarding legal case and child’s wellbeing are timely recorded in case management system; assist in targeted pro bono team support including provision of relevant samples, and guidance and training resources. Qualifications and Requirements: High School degree is required. Must be fully bilingual in both English & Spanish.  Minimum of four years experience in humanitarian-based immigration work, including conducting intakes, assessing legal claims, and assisting attorneys on legal applications to obtain immigration benefits. Minimum of two years experience in working independently on projects and/or programs, demonstrating initiative and willingness to learn and contribute thought leadership and innovative strategies to the work. Minimum of two years experience with interviewing children, preferably in the humanitarian immigration or refugee context. Minimum of two years experience with preparing and delivering presentations on legal and know-your-rights information to immigrant audiences, preferably families and children. Proven ability to supervise or coach and guide others on programs and/or projects. Excellent organizational and time management skills, and attention to detail. Strong cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suites (such as Teams, Excel, etc.) Ability to work collaboratively, multi-task, and pay attention to detail in a dynamic and busy environment, managing numerous priorities and emerging opportunities. Ability to work effectively with people of different backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life Be disciplined and nimble to ensure delivery on our core mission of access to justice and protection of children’s wellbeing and rights Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles. Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as embracing transparency and authenticity in daily work life. 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. Committed to practicing and supporting wellbeing and a work-home life balance. Salary Range:  $48,640 – 60,800 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 in  https://supportkind.hrmdirect.com/employment/job-opening.php?req=2032271&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.