Michigan Immigrant Rights Center - Legal Assistant (Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids)

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 9:15am

POSITION: The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC), a statewide division of the Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services (MSAS), is seeking candidates for a full-time legal assistant position based in its Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids office locations to join a dynamic and committed unaccompanied children’s legal services team.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: MIRC is part of the Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services (MSAS), a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to low income and senior persons through several statewide programs. MIRC is the division of MSAS that provides legal assistance to vulnerable and low-income non-citizens across the state through direct representation, pro bono referrals, impact litigation, training, coalition building, advocacy, technical support, and more. 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The legal assistant will assist with all aspects of MIRC’s work for unaccompanied children such as client intake, the development of legal documents, grant and other reporting, communications, scheduling, and more.

QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent communication skills in English and Spanish are required. An associate’s degree or commensurate educational and professional experience is required; a bachelor’s degree is preferred. Candidate must be detail-oriented with strong organizational skills. Candidate must be proficient with major software and web services including Word, Excel, G Suite, etc. Preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice, especially in the area of immigrant rights. No prior legal or immigration experience required, though it is preferred.

BENEFITS: This is a full-time position with a 2020 starting salary at $34,000 and includes excellent health, disability, and fringe benefits. 

APPLY BY:

  1. Completing this form
  2. E-mailing a cover letter that confirms your qualifications, your current resume, and a list of three professional references to jobs@michiganimmigrant.org with “MIRC Administrative Assistant” in the subject line.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but priority is given to those received by December 15, 2019. 

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