ACT is Hiring a Legal Director

Job Announcement

Legal Director (Washington, DC metro area)

African Communities Together is an organization of African immigrants with chapters in New York City and Washington, DC. ACT empowers African immigrants to integrate socially, get ahead economically, and engage civically. ACT connects African immigrants to services, develops our members as grassroots leaders, and takes action to make social change. ACT’s African immigrant membership comes from a diverse range of nationalities, cultures, and languages, is religiously diverse, and is predominantly working-class and low-income.

Position Description

ACT is hiring a Legal Director based in the Washington, DC metro area to organize and deliver immigration legal services to ACT members and African immigrant communities. The Legal Director will report to the Executive Director (an attorney) and work closely with the Community Organizer and other program staff.

The Legal Director will:

  • Liaise and develop partnerships with other immigration legal service providers, including nonprofits, law schools, law firms, and private attorneys.
  • Organize legal service provision, including recruiting and supervising volunteer attorneys, managing clinics, and overseeing intake and referral.
  • Provide direct immigration legal services and representation to clients.
  • Develop and implement case management systems, ensuring timeliness and compliance with legal and ethical requirements.
  • Track and report case statuses and outcomes.
  • Work with the Executive Director to develop funding proposals and reports for legal services.
  • Working with the Executive Director and outside counsel, manage nonprofit corporate legal compliance and transactions for ACT.

The position is full-time and salaried. Salary range is $55,000-$65,000, dependent on experience. Benefits include employer-paid health care, pension contribution, and transportation benefits.

Essential Qualifications

  • Licensed attorney, currently admitted in the U.S. and in good standing.
  • At least 2 years of experience with immigration legal practice, preferably with low-income clients. Experience with affirmative and defensive applications for humanitarian relief (particularly asylum), family-based applications, and naturalization applications highly desirable.
  • Experience and cultural competence with African immigrant communities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Organized and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to succeed in a “startup” community organization environment, including accountability to goals, ability to work independently, take on multiple roles, and prioritize. Ability to work evenings, weekends, and irregular hours when the work requires it.
  •  Alignment with ACT’s mission and values.

Desired Qualifications

  • Fluency in either French or a widely spoken African language.
  • Experience training, supporting, and supervising volunteers.
  • Experience with grant writing, reporting, or impact measurement.

Application Process

To apply, please email a resume or CV along with a short cover letter describing your interest in the position to hiring@africans.us. Please include information on attorney license and language fluency with your application. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by March 17, 2017; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.