Detention in Arizona is growing, family separation continues, and recent changes to case law and policies have made bond and asylum incredibly challenging. The Florence Project is on the frontlines of immigration, fighting back against constant attacks on immigrants’ rights. We are looking for a talented and creative people to join our growing team to provide top notch mentorship, program development, and legal representation. Come join our team and be part of the change, fighting for immigrants’ rights in these challenging times.
The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide services to the approximately 7,500 men, women, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona on any given day. The Florence Project is nationally known for its legal and social services that ensure that detained people are empowered and have access to justice. We provide high quality legal services and support initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: MANAGING ATTORNEY POSITION – DIRECT REPRESENTATION TEAM
The Florence Project is seeking an individual to join its staff as Managing Attorney in our Adult Program – Direct Representation Team. This is an exciting opportunity to manage our talented team providing direct representation to detained adults in Florence and Eloy. Projects include our asylum attorney project representing individuals with cutting edge asylum issues; the PLAN attorney project aimed at providing continuous representation to individuals upon release from detention; the KBI bi-national collaborative asylum initiative; the Direct Representation Team which handles a variety of forms of relief from deportation and bond hearings; and the Mental Health Team which provides direct representation to both detained and released individuals in immigration removal proceedings with serious mental health conditions who have been found incompetent to represent themselves. The position involves working with men and women detained in the Florence and Eloy detention centers. The Managing Attorney will supervise the legal work of staff attorneys and legal assistants in the above-mentioned projects, mentor legal staff, provide legal representation to detained immigrants, and provide legal training to the community. The Managing Attorney will also collaborate on training and professional development initiatives for legal staff and participate with program development and outreach activities, in conjunction with the Adult Program Manager, Deputy Director and Executive Director. This position reports to the Adult Program Manager.
Attorneys and Legal Assistants with the Direct Representation Team, work in all three of the Florence Project offices. This position will have flexibility to work from either the Phoenix or Tucson offices, but will require regular travel, approximately 3-4 days per month, to other office locations in Phoenix/Tucson or Florence, depending on need. Additional travel to the detention centers and courts in Eloy and Florence may be required depending on case load.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
Supervise staff attorneys and legal assistants for specific direct representation projects (estimated 9-10 staff total). This includes overseeing and being responsible for the quality of services provided in Florence and Eloy, conducting case reviews with supervised staff as needed, and providing training, mentorship, and support to the legal staff. The Managing Attorney will work closely with the Legal Director in providing this supervision and oversight.
On a limited basis, provide direct representation to detained men and women in Florence and Eloy, with the opportunity to hand-select a small case load with a focus on cases posing challenging issues or appeals of particular importance. Direct representation may also include second chairing supervised attorneys in a wide variety of deportation defense cases.
Oversee case review meetings with legal staff and interns, hire new staff, coordinate orientation for new hires, and plan training for legal staff.
Participate in program development with the Adult Program Manager, Deputy Director, and the Executive Director, including participating in annual strategic planning retreats with Board and staff. Lead the implementation of any changes to the scope of direct representation legal services provided or the model for delivering those services.
Oversee collection of data by the legal staff for various grant funded positions, complete quarterly reporting for funders, and participate in network calls, meetings, and training.
Communicate with Legal Director about possible advocacy initiatives and legal training for the community.
Support Florence Project outreach and development activities as needed.
Administrative duties as needed.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
This is a full time, salaried exempt position. We offer a competitive annual salary for our network and geographical area. FIRRP strives to create and uphold a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for staff. FIRRP offers excellent benefits, including:
Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, with full premiums paid by the Florence Project.
Mileage reimbursement for travel between offices and places of work.
After one year of employment, employees are eligible for the employer matching retirement plan.
One paid personal day each month
Fifteen paid days of vacation
Twelve paid days of sick/medical leave annually
Six paid weeks of parental leave (up to twelve weeks total, with option to use personal, vacation, and sick paid time off for unpaid portion)
FIRPP observe all federal holidays.
After three years of employment with FIRRP, employees are eligible for an eight week paid sabbatical.
This is an immediate opening. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early. To apply, please click here to complete the application and upload a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, writing sample, and resume with 3 professional references. To learn about other job opportunities go to: https://firrp.org/getinvolved/jobs/. Please include in your email the name of the publication/website where you found out about this job opportunity. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Florence Project values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.
This job announcement is for informational purposes only, and is subject to change and modification without notice. This job announcement includes a non-exhaustive list of responsibilities, qualifications and requirements of the position, but does not necessarily include all the job functions of the position.
J.D. and admission to any state bar.
Prefer 2+ years minimum experience providing direct representation to immigrants in removal proceedings. Extensive knowledge of immigration law, specifically deportation defense, asylum, and criminal-immigration law issues is strongly preferred.
Prefer experience supervising staff or interns and demonstrated ability to inspire confidence in others and play supportive role, be a proactive and engaged supervisor without micromanaging, and be a clear and thoughtful decision maker. If no supervisory experience, must have leadership potential and excellent communication and interpersonal skills, as well as ability to learn a variety of job descriptions and capacity to be trained to be an effective manager.
Demonstrated commitment to advocating for indigent immigrant clients in a respectful and empowering way and zealous support of the Florence Project’s mission.
Highly organized with ability to be an innovative thinker and work in a high volume setting with limited resources.
A hard working team player with a sense of humor who is flexible, patient, respectful, and comfortable in a busy nonprofit setting.
Must be fluent or have advanced proficiency in Spanish.
Prior experience working with trauma survivors or individuals with mental health issues is a plus, and must be comfortable working with people with criminal convictions.
Ability to travel regularly, especially between offices and secondary work locations
Must be able to clear basic background checks and obtain security clearance to enter detention facilities
Internal Number: 045
About Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
Detention in Arizona is growing, family separation continues, and recent changes to case law and policies have made bond and asylum incredibly challenging. The Florence Project is on the frontlines of immigration, fighting back against constant attacks on immigrants’ rights. We are looking for a talented and creative people to join our growing team to provide top notch mentorship, program development, and legal representation. Come join our team and be part of the change, fighting for immigrants’ rights in these challenging times.The Florence Project was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide services to the more than 10,000 men, women, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona on any given day. The Florence Project is nationally known for its legal and social services that ensure that detained people are empowered and have access to justice. The Florence Project provides high quality legal services and supports initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy.