The Rural Capacity Building (RCB) Supervising Attorney will work with the Rural Capacity Building program team, the ILC team, community members, and a wide variety of community partners to carry out the objectives of the program. Key program areas include providing direct immigration legal services to low-income immigrant community members in rural Nebraska; working with rural communities in identifying their local needs for capacity-building; and providing education, advocacy and representation support to facilitate growth toward community identified goals for rural community inclusion.
There are two full-time positions. The West-Central Nebraska Supervising Attorney will be based in Lexington, Nebraska and will oversee staff attorneys working out of Lexington, Scottsbluff and Grand Island. The Eastern Nebraska Supervising Attorney will be based in Omaha and will oversee staff attorneys working out of South Sioux City, Columbus, Nebraska City and Crete.
Regular travel to ILC sites within the RCB area and periodic travel throughout the state of Nebraska is required.
In coordination with the RCB Managing Attorney provide oversight, guidance, and strategic direction of the Rural Capacity Building program.
Lead, manage, team of staff attorneys and administrative staff in ILC RCB offices.
In coordination with other ILC staff, hire, train, manage and evaluate RCB staff attorneys, paralegals, Department of Justice accredited representatives, and administrative assistants for ILC offices.
Recruit, train and supervise volunteers, interns and/or clerks to support ILC offices.
Develop work plan and service priorities for immigrants living in targeted rural communities.
Oversee ILC’s caseload involving the legal needs of clients within the geographic areas of the Rural Capacity Building program.
Provide legal counsel and advice to ILC clients and provide direct representation to clients before the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Work in collaboration with Nebraska Appleseed, Heartland Workers Center, Centro Hispano, Center for Rural Affairs, and Multicultural Coalition to build capacity and promote inclusion of immigrant communities.
Take leading role in RCB workgroups and collaborative efforts to empower immigrant community members throughout Nebraska.
Compile and analyze programmatic statistical information for program reports.
Contribute and steer outreach and education programs.
Manage mileage and other expense reimbursement requests within budgetary guidelines.
Other duties as assigned.
Must have a J.D. and be admitted, or willing to be admitted to practice in Nebraska.
Must have 3 – 5 years of immigration legal experience, experience working in the non-profit sector is preferred.
Experience in the oversight, growth and evaluation of programming, preferred but not required
Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
Experience working and/or living in a rural community preferred, but not required.
Ability to effectively communicate in Spanish is preferred.
Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.
Excellent oral, written and analytic skills.
Ability to work sensitively with clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, and faiths.
Strong commitment to public interest legal services.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include: Employee medical and dental insurance, 403(b) match
Internal Number: 4028842349
About Immigrant Legal Center
The Immigrant Legal Center (ILC)—a metro Omaha-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit—is the new name for Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska (JFON-NE), operating in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa since 1999. Under the new name, we remain an affiliate of Justice For Our Neighbors, a network of 15 state chapters offering more than 40 legal clinics for immigration services.
The mission of the Immigrant Legal Center (ILC) is to welcome immigrants into our communities by providing high-quality legal services, education, and advocacy.