Paralegal
Job Type
Full-time
Description


About the Organization


Canal Alliance exists to break the generational cycle of poverty for Latino immigrants and their families by lifting barriers to their success. Canal Alliance is a nonprofit champion of immigrants who are challenged by a lack of resources and an unfamiliar environment. Every day, we educate, empower, support, and partner with motivated immigrants to best meet all their unique needs—from putting food on the table, to becoming American citizens, to learning English, to graduating from college.

Canal Alliance strives for a trauma-informed collaborative and inclusive culture. We invest in high quality services, professional development and work-life balance. 


 Position Summary 


Canal Alliance seeks a full-time bilingual Immigration Paralegal to join its Immigration Legal Services Team. Canal Alliance is the leading service provider and community advocate for Marin’s low-income, Spanish speaking immigrants. The bilingual Immigration Paralegal works closely with and reports to the Supervising Attorney.  


 Essential Functions  


Client communication: conduct client intake and screening; monitor voicemail messages and return client calls; confirm client appointments; keep accurate notes of client communications in LawLogix. Filing and data entry: keep file room in order; input information about received mail into client database; file incoming mail in client files; Case Preparation: prepare forms, letters, and applications to obtain work permits, legal permanent residence, and other USCIS humanitarian programs under the supervision of the staff attorney. Translate documents from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish. Interpret (Spanish/English) for clients at interviews with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Attend Canal Alliance staff meetings and ILS departmental meetings. Other tasks assigned by the staff attorney.  

 
Compensation 


Starting at $54,000. This is a full-time position with benefits. We offer a competitive salary with a benefits package that includes 3 weeks paid vacation a year, 12 days of sick leave a year and 100% paid employee medical & dental insurance. In addition there are 12 paid holidays annually, a 403(b) retirement plan and a Flex cafeteria plan. Canal Alliance is an equal opportunity employer that hires and promotes staff, recruits volunteers and provides services to individuals without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age or physical ability. Application Process 

Requirements

 Required Qualifications 


-Bachelor's degree with a focus on legal studies or humanities. 

-Minimum of 1 years of experience working in immigration law under the supervision of an attorney licensed in California or a certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association. 

 -Bilingual/bicultural - Spanish and English

-Experience working with low-income immigrants - 

-Experience working with Salesforce and/or LawLogix preferred 


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


- Knowledge and Experience with Family Based Immigration; DACA; TPS; U Visas; VAWA and SIJS.

- Must be organized, detail oriented, responsive and have excellent follow through skills.

- Must be able to multi-task and work independently.

- Analytical and problem-solving skills. 

- Previous DOJ accreditation preferred but not required 

- Must be willing to seek accreditation within 3 months after starting employment with Canal Alliance.