Michigan Immigrant Rights Center - Community Resource Legal Assistant for Immigrant Children

POSITION: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is seeking a Community Resource Legal Assistant for Immigrant Children in our Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, or Ypsilanti offices. The successful candidate will have an emphasis on working with unaccompanied immigrant children, building connections with community resources across the state, and facilitating MIRC’s client referrals to the appropriate community resource. This is a chance to join a talented grant-funded team doing important and challenging work at a critical time. This position will be remote until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and then employees will be expected to work from their assigned office.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: MIRC is a legal resource center for immigrant communities. The three pillars of our work are: 1) direct legal services; 2) systemic advocacy; and 3) community education and engagement. MIRC is part of Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services (MSAS), a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to low income and senior persons through several statewide programs. MSAS is administered by the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), which provides access to the justice system for those who need it the most through civil legal aid offices and statewide advocacy programs. MAP’s mission is to advance the safety, independence, and economic stability of those most affected by poverty, racism, and other structurally oppressive systems by increasing access to justice and working for systemic solutions.

Visit michiganimmigrant.org and miadvocacy.org for more information.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The community resource assistant will be trained to work on developing connections to community resources for immigrant children across the state and will work with MIRC's unaccompanied children's team of attorneys and non-attorneys to assess the client needs and connect them with the appropriate community resource.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified candidates are able to speak, read, and write fluently in Spanish and English and are proficient with major software and web services including Word, Excel, G Suite. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to protecting the rights of immigrants or other persons in poverty through lived or learned experience. Candidate must be detail-oriented with strong organizational skills. Candidate must have access to a reliable internet connection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants who have experience, especially related to immigration and poverty, will receive priority. No prior legal experience required. Work authorization is a requirement of employment at MAP.

BENEFITS: This is a full-time position with a salary starting at $34,000 depending on experience and includes excellent health, disability, and fringe benefits. On the job training is provided.

Apply by:

  1. Completing this application form
  2. Emailing a cover letter that confirms your qualifications, your current resume, and a list of three professional references to jobs@michiganimmigrant.org with “MIRC Community Resource Legal Assistant for Immigrant Children” in the subject

Applications received by September 14, 2021 will receive priority.

MSAS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, August 10, 2021