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 13 attorneys, two social workers, two paralegals and an administrator. 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 Paralegal will provide support for a new staff attorney position focused on the representation of unaccompanied children in long term foster care placements with the Office of Refugee Resettlement. This is an exciting opportunity to work with detained minors. The paralegal will assist the attorney in liaising with clients and preparing applications for immigration benefits, including conducting intakes, drafting affidavits, and compiling supporting documentation and research. The paralegal will also work closely with the Managing Attorney and Director of Legal Services on grant management and compliance.


  • Manage complex government and foundation grants
  • Maintain databases and monitor grant compliance
  • Report to funders on grant progress
  • Screen clients for eligibility for immigration relief
  • Assist attorneys with immigration applications, including drafting affidavits and compiling country conditions research
  • Provide interpretation services to attorneys and other service providers at The Door
  • Manage volunteers and undergraduate interns
  • Perform additional functions and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 1 year of paralegal or advocacy experience
  • Experience working with youth and/or immigrant populations preferred
  • 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
  • Proficiency in Spanish required

Hours: 35 hours per week

Salary; High 40s to mid 50s, plus generous benefits