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Staff Attorney, Pro Bono & Partnerships

Department: Pro Bono & Partnerships
Location: Silver Spring, MD

POSITION SUMMARY: 

HIAS seeks a Staff Attorney, Pro Bono & Partnerships to provide support to the Pro Bono & Partnerships team to help build out a strategic vision in maintaining and cultivating pro bono partnerships and engagement with law firms and corporate stakeholders. Under the supervision of the Director, Pro Bono & Partnerships and in partnership with the Associate Director, Pro Bono & Partnerships, this position will help implement a strategy for pro bono representation and engagement to build capacity and expand programming.   

This role can be based in New York, New York or Silver Spring, Maryland and will require regular travel between the two cities. We will also consider remote applicants. The role requires occasional travel to affiliate offices across the U.S. Some evenings and weekends required. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  • Works closely with the Pro Bono & Partnerships team to help strengthen and build relationships with pro bono law firms, solo practitioners and corporate legal departments. 

  • Helps manage recruiting and onboarding of new pro bono attorneys, with the goal of expanding our local and national pro bono networks.  

  • Provides ongoing mentoring, oversight, supervision and support to pro bono attorneys who are engaged on HIAS cases and projects through our New York and Silver Spring offices.  

  • Supports the Pro Bono & Partnerships team by helping design and provide substantive legal trainings on topics related to the representation of refugees, asylum seekers and other forcibly displaced persons. 

  • Works with the Pro Bono & Partnerships team to develop mentoring materials and resources for pro bono attorneys, including pro bono toolkits, one-pagers and Coffee Talk sessions.   

  • Works with HIAS legal staff to conduct intakes and help identify cases most appropriate for pro bono placement. 

  • Manages in-person and remote legal clinics, including organizing and running Adjustment of Status legal clinics for refugees in partnership with law firms and corporations.   

  • Assists with the development and implementation of national and/or remote pro bono projects to support HIAS’ partners, affiliates and country offices, including new projects to support Afghan arrivals. 

  • Attends conferences, lectures and government agency stakeholder meetings, and otherwise stays informed of current developments in immigration law and procedure. 

  • Assists with the preparation of proposals and reports for funders and HIAS’ Board of Directors. 

  • Assists the Pro Bono & Partnerships team with the maintenance of administrative tools and project management databases  

  • Maintains a small caseload of cases. 

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Juris Doctor and state bar admission in any state. 

  • 4-6 years of work experience, with 2-3 years of experience with immigration law and practice; additional expertise in asylum and other humanitarian forms of immigration relief preferred. 

  • Fluency in Spanish, Russian, Dari or Pashto preferred. 

  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law.  

  • Excellent public speaking and project management experience. 

  • Ability to work with attorneys and clients from a wide range of backgrounds with sensitivity to culture, trauma history, age and other vulnerabilities. 

  • Some knowledge of Judaism and/or the Jewish community, culture and issues is a plus. 

  • Ability to work directly with and mentor pro bono attorneys. 

  • Must be innovative, self-directed and able to work under pressure to meet deadlines. 

SAMPLE HIRING PROCESS: 

We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process: 

Step 1: Submit your application! 

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter. 

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager. 

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees. 

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey. 

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening. 

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS! 

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step. 

ABOUT US: 

Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts, and history of the Jewish people – a history of oppression, displacement, and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history, and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.  

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency, and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community, and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission, and values. 

VISION: 

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. 

MISSION: 

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. 

VALUES: 

Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim

We Welcome the Stranger 

Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek

We Pursue Justice 

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed

We Approach our Clients with Empathy 

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership 

Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World 

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach 

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience 

DIVERSITY: 

HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation, or other legally protected status. 

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