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Legal Supervisor-Goshen

Req ID: 5623
Location: Indiana
# of Openings: 1
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
Salary Schedule: Grade 111
Job Notes:


Summary:  The Legal Supervisor is a member of the NIJC supervision team and provides legal services and oversight of the immigrant services staff to ensure quality legal representation to immigrants seeking relief under immigration law.  The supervisor will directly supervise one or more NIJC staff members and will oversee the day-to-day operations as well as the ongoing training and professional development of supervisees.  As a member of the supervisory team, the legal supervisor will be responsible for knowledge regarding other areas of legal services provided by NIJC and provide supervisory support.  The supervisor will be expected to liaise with other NIJC projects and develop and integrate strategic collaborations between projects.  The supervisor will also be responsible for internal and external reports and periodic evaluations.  Individual accountabilities and work volume will be established through the development of annual Success Objectives, within the framework outlined below.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises legal services and oversees paralegals, attorneys, and interns providing legal services.

  • Ensures accurate data entry by paralegals and attorneys.

  • Identifies trends and emerging issues and develops strategies to respond where appropriate

  • Oversees and coordinates legal services schedule to ensure intake coverage.

  • Maintains and develops strategic partnerships with key stakeholders.

  • Conducts factual and legal research. Trains lawyers and non-lawyers in the field of immigration law.

  • As appropriate, trains pro bono attorneys on immigration matters and oversees applicable pro bono projects.

  • Provides legal representation to immigrants in immigration proceedings, including before an immigration officer, an immigration judge, and in state and federal court, as appropriate.

  • Collaborates with NIJC’s policy, communications, and litigation teams

  • Drafts correspondence and documents, including applications, briefs and reports.

  • Strategizes methods to improve the delivery of legal services and increase efficiency

  • Conducts legal presentations to NIJC staff and members of the immigrant community.

  • Maintains accurate, thorough and timely records.

  • Maintains current knowledge regarding immigration law and policies and procedures.

  • Reacts to change productively and handles other essentials duties as assigned.


Qualifications:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:  A law degree (JD), license to practice law and at least 2 years’ experience in the legal field, preferably in the field of immigration law; or a bachelor’s degree with at least 7 years’ experience as a Board of Immigration Appeals’ accredited representative.

Language Skills:  Bilingual in English and Spanish and other languages, as needed.  Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Demonstrated competency in public speaking and strong interpersonal skills required.

Computer Skills:  Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies

  • Knowledge of immigration law, policies and procedures

  • Ability to analyze facts in light of the law

  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written

  • Competency in Microsoft office

  • Knowledge of database and ability to complete timely data entry

  • Strong organizational skills;

  • Proficiency in a second language

  • Excellent interpersonal and writing skills

  • Detailed orientated with the ability to handle many different tasks simultaneously and complete them in a timely manner.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position requires the ability to perform precise or skilled physical activities (e.g. typing or operating a computer).

  • This position requires the ability to generate audible communication (e.g., conversing on a telephone or participating in a meeting) in a manner that should be readily recognized and understood by the audient.

  • This position requires the ability to successfully engage in non-technical work activities (e.g. read mail, file documents). This position requires the ability to successfully identify and understand audible communications. This position requires regular, full-time attendance and the ability to work flexible hours and days of the week, including Saturdays.


Work Environment:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office.

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