Oversees the development and operations of various programs with budgets totaling in excess of $1M (Fee Based Immigration Services, Citizenship, Victims of Crime, Legal Orientation Program, Juvenile Legal Services and National Qualified Representative Program and Pro Bono Asylum Project). Recruits, trains and supports assigned staff. Provides liaison to Program Committee and advisory board.
Develops, implements, and manages operating plans to promote assigned programs and/or growth for the YMCA. Executes strategies to ensure that program participants and staff connect with one another and connect with the YMCA.
Develops and controls department budgets related to the division.
Hires, trains, and supervises staff and volunteers in assigned areas. Facilitates communication and provides leadership.
Provides direct representation and mentoring of staff attorneys in complex immigration cases.
Provides leadership and support to the annual fundraising campaign and committees/boards as assigned. Develops and maintains effective working relationships within the community.
Assures compliance with state and local regulations. Ensures that program standards are met and safety procedures are followed.
Prepares and submits grant applications, renewals, and financial reports as per contract.
Ensures high quality programs through innovative program development, evaluations and on going training of staff.
Coordinates special events and activities.
Provides data and reports as required for assigned programs.
Supports and adheres to the policies and procedures as set forth by YMCA of Greater Houston.
Bachelor's degree in human services, social services, and/or business.
Juris Doctorate and hold a Texas law license.
Four or more years of program management experience, preferably in not-for-profit agency.
Five or more years of immigration law experience, preferably in a not-for-profit. Immigration law experience should include all areas with an emphasis on asylum, refugee issues, removal and appeals.
Ability to direct programs through supervision of volunteers, pro bono attorneys and staff, development and monitoring of budgets, marketing and public relations, program development and fund-raising.
Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations.
Ability to establish and maintain collaborations with community organizations including legal service providers.
YMCA Team Leader or Multi-team/Branch Leader certification (required within one year after hire).
As a unique branch of the YMCA, the YMCA of Greater Houston was established in 1978 in response to a large influx of refugees from Southeast Asia. The mission statement of the YMCA is “To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.” YMCA International Services was created to address the immediate resettlement needs of those indi...viduals and families fleeing political persecution regardless of their nation of origin. Since that time, the International Services branch has developed into a multi-service agency that provides holistic services to Houston’s refugee and immigrant communities, with a special focus on facilitating and fostering self-sufficiency in our clients.
The International Services Branch is a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) accredited agency offering the following legal immigration services:
•Citizenship and Adjustment of Status
•Family Based Petitions
•Pro Bono Asylum representation
•Violence Against Women Act Petitions (VAWA)
•Crime Victims Civil Legal Services (CVCLS)