Managing Attorney for Immigration Assistance Program - Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark

07 Apr 2016 6:50 PM | Melinda Cox (Administrator)

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark is a religious entity identified and inspired by the social teachings and faith of the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic Charities is the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Newark, a ministry of the Church. Catholic Charities empowers and strengthens individuals and families of all faiths by providing social and educational services throughout Essex, Union, Hudson, and Bergen Counties. We believe in strengthening the lives of all in need by providing help that empowers and creating hope that lasts. We are looking for exceptional people who share our mission, values, and ethics.

Catholic Charities is currently seeking a Managing Attorney for its Immigration Assistance Program. The Managing Attorney manages and oversees the agency's Immigration Assistance Program. He or she tracks budgetary issues; ensures compliance with professional practice standards; addresses funding issues; coordinates with other departments; expands volunteer resources; supervises, evaluates, and recruits all attorneys and program staff; and expands connections with other legal and community organizations. The Managing Attorney handles legal cases and assists the department with providing legal representation for immigration cases, including analyzing individuals' cases, preparing applications, going to immigration court, preparing appeals, and completing related projects and duties as assigned. The Managing Attorney's case load also includes any legal matters related to immigration assistance such as related family and juvenile cases. The Managing Attorney creates and manages the program for quality control, volunteer recruitment, and managing interns. In consultation with the Division Director, he or she also sets the direction of the Immigration Assistance Program.

Duties associated with the position include:

  • Preparing asset, liability, and capital account entries by compiling and analyzing account information
  • Holding staff meetings
  • Arranging for updates to staff on legal developments
  • Participating in immigration discussions in the region
  • Assisting with grant proposals and grant management
  • Increasing the national visibility of the program through discussions, presentations, and coordination with national immigration organizations
  • Conducting consultations along with help staff with difficult consultations, including periodic follow-up as necessary
  • Reviewing immigration developments, as well as any legal developments affecting immigrants, including legal changes and changes in procedure, which includes reading immigration law updates, attending trainings, attending government meetings, conferring with co-workers, and conferring with people outside of the agency
  • Addressing difficult supervisory issues such as problems with case files after staff depart and ensuring coverage of cases after staff are laid off or transferred to other departments
  • Conducting outreach efforts by discussing issues with other organizations or communities along with making presentations to groups
  • Upholding Catholic Charities’ mission, values, and ethics
  • Performing related functions necessary to support Catholic Charities’ mission, values, and ethics
  • Performing any other duties requested by the supervisor

The ideal candidate should also possess the following abilities and skills:

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects and complete them on time
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Excellent understanding of Catholic Charities’ mission, values, and ethics
  • Excellent understanding of Catholic social teachings

This position requires all of the following:

  • Juris Doctorate (law degree) from an ABA accredited U.S. law school
  • 2 years to 3 years of experience in the area of immigration law
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey
  • Qualified to practice immigration law in New Jersey or obtain admission promptly after starting employment

If you are a qualified candidate, please submit a cover letter, with desired salary, and a resume online ( Applications submitted without indicating a desired salary will not be reviewed.

Catholic Charities offers a competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package.

Catholic Charities is an equal opportunity employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin/ancestry, citizenship, disability, age, marital or family status, and military or veteran status.

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