HIAS seeks a Paralegal to support its immigration legal service programs benefiting asylum seekers, including child migrants fleeing violence and other vulnerable immigrants in the United States. Under the supervision of the Managing Attorney, and with guidance and support from the Director, Border & Asylum Network, the Paralegal will support the legal work and administrative needs of HIAS’ immigration legal services programs and Border & Asylum Network. They will gather client information following established procedures. In addition to working on individual cases, the Paralegal may become involved in special projects related to broad legal issues.
Temple Micah, a congregation located in Washington D.C. that is committed to assisting refugees and asylum seekers, is sponsoring this position.
• Prepares legal documents with clients (forms, affidavits, etc.).
• Conducts preliminary intake screenings.
• Schedules appointments, meetings, trainings and events.
• Serves as the main point of contact for some clients.
• Provides data input and case management.
• Manages calendar and supports document management.
• Provides document translation and live language interpretation.
• Assists with data analysis and report writing.
• Coordinates volunteers for border-related projects.
• Provides an annual report to Temple Micah.
• Conducts a minimum of one speaking engagement at Temple Micah, along with a senior HIAS staff member.
• Provides brief informal updates for Temple Micah’s newsletter.
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
• Undergraduate degree.
• 3-5 years of relevant work experience.
• Spanish fluency required; additional language fluency preferred.
• Strong grammatical, editing, proofreading and writing skills.
• Personality that enjoys interacting with many clients each day.
• Strong commitment to social justice for low-income communities.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
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.
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.
HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity.
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.
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
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.