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Senior Development Associate

 

 

 

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: SENIOR DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE 

Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”) is hiring a Senior Development Associate to work with our Development team. CMS, an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, provides high quality free legal services, community education, and advocacy for low-income immigrants regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. CMS assists individuals with their immigration, housing, and employment legal needs. CMS is committed to “welcoming the stranger in our midst” by serving and working alongside underserved immigrant communities to advance equality and social justice in an ever-changing landscape.
The Senior Development Associate will be responsible for implementing Catholic Migration Services’ individual, corporate and foundation fundraising strategies under the supervision and guidance of the Director of Development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Conduct outreach to individual and corporate donors through targeted mailings, e-blasts and newsletters, and assisting with CMS’ website;
• Research new corporate, foundation and government funding sources and evaluate Requests for Proposals;
• Coordinate CMS fundraising events and other donor engagement activities;
• Maintain updated and organized grant files and records including tracking donations;
• Assist the Development Director with document compilation and submission for grant applications and contract registrations; and
• Assist in other development related functions that may further the mission of CMS.

Qualifications:
• Undergraduate degree;
• At least 4 years of experience in frontline fundraising, non-profit donor relationship management, and/or sales;
• A compelling passion for Catholic Migration’s mission and programs;
• Exceptional persuasive writing, proofreading, and editing skills;
• Strong and flexible time management and organizational skills; and
• Ability to plan and balance multiple projects and priorities in a dynamic environment, with both long- and short-term deadlines.

Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy:
Catholic Migration Services values workplace diversity and welcomes applicants and employees of all backgrounds. CMS strives to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. CMS makes all employment decisions without regard to any applicant’s or employee’s protected characteristics, including their race, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest conviction record, or marital status.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is on a union scale based on years of experience. The salary range for a Senior Development Associate with four to seven years of experience is $58,442-$62,019. CMS offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, transit benefits, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a 403(b) retirement plan including employer contribution.  We offer generous leave policies, including four weeks paid vacation, four paid personal days, fourteen paid holidays and the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Days, inclusive.

Union Representation:
This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW, Local 2325.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, a list of two professional references and a writing sample to: Kim Robinson, Director of Development at krobinson@catholicmigration.org.


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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: PARALEGAL, PRO SE PLUS PROJECT

 

 

 

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: PARALEGAL, PRO SE PLUS PROJECT

Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”), an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, provides high quality free legal services, community education, and advocacy for low- income immigrants residing in Brooklyn and Queens, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. CMS assists individuals with their immigration, housing, and employment legal needs. CMS is committed to “welcoming the stranger in our midst” by serving and working alongside underserved immigrant communities to advance equality and social justice in an ever-changing landscape.

The Paralegal will work in the Brooklyn office with our new Pro Se Plus Project (PSPP), a collaborative initiative of several non-profit legal service providers that was developed to respond to the needs of newly arrived migrants from the southern border. PSPP will provide community legal orientations, trainings for advocates, legal screenings, and pro se assistance with various immigration applications, both on a rolling basis and through scalable clinics and workshops. This is a unique opportunity for someone passionate about immigrant rights, energized to empower immigrant communities, and eager to participate in the development of an innovative project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in planning, developing and coordinating community legal orientations, volunteer trainings, and clinics;
  • Conduct screenings, intake, and information collection regarding eligibility for immigration benefits;
  • Prepare a variety of immigration applications and motions, on a pro se basis, including changes of address, motions to change venue, applications for asylum and work permits, etc.; file such motions and applications with the immigration court, ICE and USCIS;
  • Assist with Spanish/English translation of documents and oral interpretation;
  • Assist in training, onboarding, tracking and maintaining communication with PSPP volunteers;
  • Maintain physical and electronic files for program participants; assist with internal and external reporting;
  • Participate in PSPP meetings with other members of the collaborative (Central American Legal Assistance, UnLocal, New York Legal Assistance Group, MASA, and Venezuelan Immigrant Aid);
  • Participate in on-site and virtual PSPP events, including on evenings and weekends, such as legal clinics, educational events, or workshops held throughout the five boroughs; and
  • Provide additional support as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Required
    • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree;
    • Fluency in written and oral Spanish;
    • Experience working with immigrant communities of color, including those who have experienced trauma;
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently or as part of a team;
    • Strong, clear, and effective communication skills;
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
    • Meticulous attention to detail;
    • Excellent computer skills;
    • Availability to travel throughout the five boroughs.
  • Preferred, but not required:
    • Prior or related immigration experience;
    • Demonstrated interest in public interest work and social justice for underserved populations.

Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy:
Catholic Migration Services values workplace diversity and welcomes applicants and employees of all backgrounds. CMS strives to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. CMS makes all employment decisions without regard to any applicant’s or employee’s protected characteristics, including their race, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest conviction record, or marital status.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is on a union scale based on years of experience. The salary range for an immigration paralegal with two to six years of experience is $49,725 to $55,080. CMS offers a very competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, transit benefits, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a 403(b) retirement plan including employer contribution. We offer generous leave policies, including four weeks paid vacation, four paid personal days, fourteen paid holidays and the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Days, inclusive.

Union Representation:
This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the
Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW, Local 2325.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of two professional references and a writing sample to: Raluca Oncioiu, Managing Attorney at roncioiu@catholicmigration.org. Please include “PSPP Paralegal” in the subject line.


 

Staff Attorney, Pro Se Plus Project

 

 

 

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: STAFF ATTORNEY, PRO SE PLUS PROJECT

Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”), an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, provides high quality free legal services, community education, and advocacy for low- income immigrants residing in Brooklyn and Queens, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. CMS assists individuals with their immigration, housing, and employment legal needs. CMS is committed to “welcoming the stranger in our midst” by serving and working alongside underserved immigrant communities to advance equality and social justice in an ever-changing landscape.

The Attorney will work in our downtown Brooklyn office with our new Pro Se Plus Project (PSPP), a collaborative initiative of several non-profit legal service providers that was developed to respond to the needs of newly arrived migrants from the southern border. PSPP will provide community legal orientations, trainings for advocates, legal screenings, and pro se assistance with various immigration applications, both on a rolling basis and through scalable clinics and workshops. This is a unique opportunity for someone passionate about immigrant rights, energized to empower immigrant communities, and eager to participate in the development of an innovative project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in developing and implementing the PSPP initiative in collaboration with our partners, Central American Legal Assistance, UnLocal, New York Legal Assistance Group, MASA, and Venezuelan Immigrant Aid;
  • Plan, develop, and conduct community legal orientations, volunteer trainings, and clinics;
  • Conduct screenings for eligibility for immigration benefits;
  • Prepare a variety of immigration applications and motions, on a pro se basis, including changes of address, motions to change venue, applications for asylum and work permits, etc.;
  • Train, onboard, and supervise PSPP volunteers to conduct screenings and provide pro se application assistance;
  • Participate in PSPP meetings with other members of the collaborative;
  • Participate in on-site and virtual PSPP events, including on evenings and weekends, such as legal clinics, educational events, or workshops; and
  • Maintain a small caseload, including:
    • representation of clients in removal proceedings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review seeking all types of relief, including but not limited to: Asylum, Cancellation of Removal, 212(c), and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status;
    • representation of clients on affirmative applications before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and in guardianship and custody hearings in New York State Family Court;
    • representation of clients before federal appellate bodies and district courts with supervisor approval;
  • Maintain client files and regularly update case information in CMS’ case management database;
  • Provide required information for internal and external reporting;
  • Assume other .duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Required
    • JD;
    • Admission to the bar of any state (NYS preferred);
    • Fluency in written and oral Spanish;
    • One to five years’ experience practicing Immigration Law as an attorney or equivalent experience;
    • Experience working with immigrants from diverse backgrounds and communities, including those who have experienced trauma;
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently or as part of a team;
    • Strong, clear, and effective communication skills;
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
    • Commitment to advocating for immigrant clients in an empowering way;
    • Basic computer skills;
    • Ability to travel throughout the five boroughs.

Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy:
Catholic Migration Services values workplace diversity and welcomes applicants and employees of all backgrounds. CMS strives to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. CMS makes all employment decisions without regard to any applicant’s or employee’s protected characteristics, including their race, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest conviction record, or marital status.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is on a union scale based on years of experience. The salary range for an immigration attorney with two to six years of experience is $72,864.72 to $82,212. CMS offers a very competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, transit benefits, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a 403(b) retirement plan including employer contribution. We offer generous leave policies, including four weeks paid vacation, four paid personal days, fourteen paid holidays and the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Days, inclusive.

Union Representation:
This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the
Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW, Local 2325.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of two professional references and a writing sample to: Raluca Oncioiu, Managing Attorney at roncioiu@catholicmigration.org. Please include “PSPP Attorney” in the subject line.

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: PARALEGAL, REMOVAL DEFENSE TEAM

 

 

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: PARALEGAL, REMOVAL DEFENSE TEAM

Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”), an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, provides high quality free legal services, community education, and advocacy for low- income immigrants residing in Brooklyn and Queens, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. CMS assists individuals with their immigration, housing, and employment legal needs. CMS is committed to “welcoming the stranger in our midst” by serving and working alongside underserved immigrant communities to advance equality and social justice in an ever-changing landscape.

The Paralegal will work in the Brooklyn office with our agency’s Removal Defense team in our Immigration unit to provide direct services and to support the work of the team. Our Removal Defense team provides legal assistance and representation to non-detained individuals in removal proceedings. This is a unique opportunity for someone passionate about immigrant rights and energized to empower immigrant communities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct screenings, intake, and information collection regarding eligibility for immigration benefits;
  • Prepare a variety of immigration applications, affidavits and supporting documents for cases including Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Violence Against Women Act, U and T visas, and Cancellation of Removal;
  • Retrieve records for clients such as birth certificates, criminal histories, tax records, medical records, etc.;
  • Submit Immigration, Family Court, and USCIS filings;
  • Conduct country condition and other factual research;
  • Manage caseload and maintain client files in good working order. Maintain and update client and case information in case management database;
  • Help with Spanish/English translation of documents, including birth and marriage certificates and oral interpretation, including during psychological evaluations;
  • Help clients access social services through referrals and by enrollment assistance;
  • Assist in training and onboarding volunteers;
  • Communicate regularly and in a timely manner with assigned clients, keeping them informed of case status, answering general questions, and scheduling meetings as needed;
  • Participate in CMS staff meetings and case review;
  • Participate in Catholic Migration Services functions on evenings and weekends, such as legal clinics, educational events, or workshops held at parishes or community based organizations;
  • Copy, scan and otherwise assist in the preparation of client application packages for relief from removal and other immigration benefits; and
  • Provide additional support as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Required
    • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree;
    • Strong, clear, and effective communication skills;
    • Fluency in written and oral Spanish;
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently or as part of a team;
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
    • Meticulous attention to detail;
    • Basic computer skills
  • Preferred, but not required:
    • Prior or related immigration experience;
    • Demonstrated interest in public interest work and social justice for underserved populations;
    • Demonstrated ability and experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and who have experienced trauma.

Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy:
Catholic Migration Services values workplace diversity and welcomes applicants and employees of all backgrounds. CMS strives to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. CMS makes all employment decisions without regard to any applicant’s or employee’s protected characteristics, including their race, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest conviction record, or marital status.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is on a union scale based on years of experience. The salary range for an immigration paralegal with two to six years of experience is $49,725 to $55,080. CMS offers a very competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, transit benefits, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a 403(b) retirement plan including employer contribution. We offer generous leave policies, including four weeks paid vacation, four paid personal days, fourteen paid holidays and the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Days, inclusive.

Union Representation:
This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW, Local 2325.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of two professional references and a writing sample to: Raluca Oncioiu, Managing Attorney at roncioiu@catholicmigration.org. Please include “Removal Defense, Paralegal” in the subject line.


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: PARALEGAL, AFFIRMATIVE TEAM

 

 

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: PARALEGAL, AFFIRMATIVE TEAM

Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”), an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, provides high quality free legal services, community education, and advocacy for low- income immigrants residing in Brooklyn and Queens, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status. CMS assists individuals with their immigration, housing, and employment legal needs. CMS is committed to “welcoming the stranger in our midst” by serving and working alongside underserved immigrant communities to advance equality and social justice in an ever-changing landscape.

The Paralegal will work in the Queens office with our agency’s Affirmative team to provide direct services including pre-screenings, intake and application assistance to immigrants seeking to obtain immigration benefits. Our Affirmative team provides legal assistance and representation for immigration relief, including but not limited to green card renewals, adjustment of status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), family reunification, employment authorization, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), visas for victims of crime and trafficking, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), etc. This is a unique opportunity for someone passionate about immigrant rights and energized to empower immigrant communities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct pre-screenings, intake, and information collection regarding eligibility for immigration benefits;
  • Prepare a variety of immigration applications, affidavits and supporting documents for cases including adjustment of status, green card renewals, work authorization, TPS, DACA, VAWA self-petitions, etc.;
  • Copy, scan and otherwise assist in the preparation of client application packages for immigration benefits;
  • Retrieve records for clients such as birth certificates, criminal histories, tax records, medical records, etc.;
  • Provide staff of the immigration department with translation and interpretation assistance;
  • Manage caseload and maintain client files in good working order. Maintain and update case list and client and case information in case management database;
  • Assist clients with access and enrollment in social services benefits;
  • Communicate regularly and in a timely manner with assigned clients, keeping them informed of case status, answering general questions, and scheduling meetings as needed;
  • Participate in CMS staff meetings and case review;
  • Participate in Catholic Migration Services functions on evenings and weekends, such as legal clinics, educational events, or workshops held at parishes or community based organizations; and
  • Provide additional support as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Required
    • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree;
    • Strong, clear, and effective communication skills;
    • Fluency in written and oral second language; Spanish and Haitian-Creole preferred;
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently or as part of a team;
    • Excellent organizational and time management skills;
    • Meticulous attention to detail;
    • Basic computer skills.
  • Preferred, but not required:
    • a. Prior or related immigration experience;
    • b. Demonstrated interest in public interest work and social justice for underserved populations;
    • c. Demonstrated ability and experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and who have experienced trauma.

Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policy:
Catholic Migration Services values workplace diversity and welcomes applicants and employees of all backgrounds. CMS strives to create a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. CMS makes all employment decisions without regard to any applicant’s or employee’s protected characteristics, including their race, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest conviction record, or marital status.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is on a union scale based on years of experience. The salary range for an immigration counselor with two to six years of experience is $49,725 to $55,080. CMS offers a very competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance coverage, transit benefits, Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and a 403(b) retirement plan including employer contribution. We offer generous leave policies, including four weeks paid vacation, four paid personal days, fourteen paid holidays and the week off between Christmas and New Year’s Days, inclusive.

Union Representation:
This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW, Local 2325.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted immediately and will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, list of two professional references and a writing sample to: Raluca Oncioiu, Managing Attorney at roncioiu@catholicmigration.org. Please include “Affirmative Team, Paralegal” in the subject line.


2023 Summer Legal Internships

 

 

 

2023 SPRING AND SUMMER LEGAL INTERNSHIPS

Catholic Migration Services (“CMS”) is currently accepting 2023 summer legal internship applications for our Tenant Advocacy, Immigration, and Workers Rights’ Programs. CMS is a nonprofit provider of legal services primarily serving low-income residents of Brooklyn and Queens and is an affiliated agency of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens.

Interns will be responsible for legal research, drafting legal memoranda and other documents, factual investigation, assisting in hearing/trial preparation, development of educational and outreach materials, client interviewing, and a host of other needs that arise in CMS litigation and advocacy efforts. Interns also may have opportunities to observe CMS attorneys in court or administrative agency proceedings.

The Tenant Advocacy Program (“TAP”) at CMS assists tenants – primarily residents of Queens – with a wide array of housing-related legal services ranging from brief advice to full representation in court proceedings. TAP assists tenants with matters such as eviction defense, obtaining needed repairs, combatting landlord harassment and rent overcharges, obtaining renewal leases, and obtaining rent increase exemptions for seniors and persons with disabilities. We typically litigate cases in Queens Housing Court and at administrative agencies, and also periodically represent clients in Queens Supreme Court and the Second Department. Because TAP also has tenant organizers, our legal team and organizers collaborate to lead community education events and bring group cases.

The Immigration Program at CMS is comprised of three units: Removal Defense, Affirmative Filings, and Naturalization. Removal Defense represents immigrants who are before Immigration Court seeking forms of relief such as defensive asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, cancellation of removal for lawful permanent residents and non-lawful permanent residents, motions to reopen, and 212(C) waivers. The Removal Defense team also files affirmative asylum petitions, U visas, T visas and I-130 family based petitions associated with a removal case before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). The affirmative filings team files R visas, religious worker petitions, consular processing family petitions, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions, I-130 family petitions, inadmissibility waivers, I-90 green card renewals, and adjustment of status applications. The Naturalization team submits naturalization applications and N-600 (application for certificate of citizenship for people who derived or acquired US citizenship through their parents) applications before USCIS. We are seeking summer interns to assist with our removal defense and affirmative work.

The Workers’ Rights Program at CMS works towards strengthening the enforcement of workers’ rights through affirmative litigation, policy reform, individual representation, and community education. In collaboration with workers’ centers and community-based organizations citywide, the Workers’ Rights Program provides advice and representation to hundreds of low-income and immigrant workers each year facing a range of problems, including wage theft, entitlement to paid and unpaid leave (family leave, sick leave, etc…), discrimination, unemployment insurance, and other basic workplace rights. The Workers’ Rights Program represents clients at various city, state and federal enforcement agencies, as well as in state and federal courts.

General Information
Applicants should be currently enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. The internship is unpaid, however CMS will support the applicant’s effort to obtain funding from outside sources (e.g., their law school, Equal Justice America, etc.).

Application Instructions
Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references directly to the program to which they are applying:

For Immigration Internships (Please direct your application materials to the intended unit):
Lynn Neugebauer
Supervising Attorney, Removal Defense Project
Email: lneugebauer@catholicmigration.org

Christopher Holtz
Supervising Attorney, Affirmative Filings Unit
Email: choltz@catholicmigration.org

For Tenant Advocacy Internships:
Jonathan Cohen
Managing Attorney, Tenant Advocacy Program
Email: jcohen@catholicmigration.org

For Workers’ Rights Internships:
Alice Davis
Supervising Attorney, Workers’ Rights Program
Email: adavis@catholicmigration.org