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Overview: The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 10,000 New York City youth each year. Our mission is to empower young adults to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof. By providing participants with our suite of integrated services, we seek to provide any motivated young person with the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to successfully transition to adulthood.

The Door’s Legal Services Center provides civil legal services to young people in matters such as immigration, public benefits, housing and family law. We are a team of over 40 attorneys, paralegals, social workers and other support staff. For more than twenty years, the Center has been at the forefront of representing undocumented children and youth. We represent undocumented youth in a range of immigration matters, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Asylum, and U and T Visas. We represent clients in affirmative applications and also defend clients in removal proceedings.

The Lead Paralegal will provide support for the Center’s immigration practice, in connection with the Center’s work serving detained immigrant youth.

Responsibilities:

  • Under attorney supervision, screen unaccompanied children (UCs) in Office of Refugee Resettlement custody and provide them with legal orientations including Know Your Rights trainings and full screenings for immigration relief
  • Serve as main point of contact with federally contracted Office of Refugee Resettlement shelters, with responsibility for scheduling and managing Know Your Rights trainings, legal screenings and other visit plans, and working with Supervising and Staff Attorneys to equitably distribute workload for other paralegals
  • Under attorney supervision, advocate with shelters as necessary to ensure rights of detained UCs
  • Manage complex government and foundation grants
  • Maintain databases and monitor grant compliance in timely manner, including reviewing complete and accurate data submissions by other paralegals
  • Assist attorneys with immigration applications, including completing forms, drafting affidavits, compiling country conditions research, and assisting with interview and hearing preparation
  • Provide interpretation and translation services to attorneys and other service providers at The Door
  • Assist with systemic advocacy and media outreach by collecting time-sensitive information outside the standard data collected
  • Come up with and implement protocols, templates, and systems for organizing, streamlining, and prioritizing all aspects of work, taking initiative to propose these solutions to emergent and recurring issues
  • Facilitate internal and external referrals to legal services providers in other geographic regions and to local and remote education, health care, and other services
  • Manage volunteers and undergraduate interns
  • Perform additional functions and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of paralegal or comparable experience
  • Experience working with youth and/or detained immigrant populations
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply positive youth development principles to working with young people
  • Experience with Salesforce preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, time management and record keeping skills
  • Strong database and computer skills
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Professional proficiency in Spanish required
  • You are willing to be an advocate for your program, participants and community
  • You have a strong commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion

Work Schedule: Full time, Monday – Friday, 35 hours per week 

Salary: Commensurate based on experience

In order to be considered for this position all applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to: APPLY

COVID -19 POLICY

The Door and Broome Street Academy follow the CDC and NYS recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Door and Broome Street Academy are now requiring all new hires to be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have a qualified exemption.

 We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.   

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