Paralegal
Church World Service - Miami, FL

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Primary Purpose:
Assist the Lead Paralegal, Managing Attorney and/or the Staff Attorneys in the preparation of the case files including compiling application packets in an accurate fashion by completing required accompanying documents and providing interpretation/translation for attorney(s) and/or clients when necessary. Perform outreach in the community.

Essential Duties:
Analyze each applicant to determine eligibility for desired immigration benefit.

Spot potential problems and issues in each instance that may prevent applicant from receiving desired benefit.

Identify potential solutions for identified issues and problems.

Conduct intake and/or exit interviews and determine client eligibility for services.

Assist clients in completing their immigration applications, including, but limited to employment authorization (I-765); permanent residence (I-485); asylum (I-589); parole renewal (I-94); citizenship (N-400).

Compile application packets in an accurate fashion by completing required accompanying documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, photographs, translations, etc.

Develop and maintain accurate Case List and manage case files.

Stay abreast of developments in immigration laws and changes in procedures.

Act as interpreter or translator as needed.

Review and clip relevant newspaper articles and file for later reference.

Performs outreach during evening and weekends when necessary.

Work from community partners locations as assigned.

Perform other related duties as requested.

Qualifications:
Education:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience

Experience:
Previous work experience with asylum seekers, refugees, asylees, and immigrant entrants.

Competencies:
Communications: Able to communicate thoroughly and with self-confidence specific information relating to program or department. Communicate a positive, professional image of CWS, demonstrating respect, empathy and integrity. Ask appropriate questions in seeking explanations needed to perform job. Support “transparency of information” by sharing information and ideas with others to support effective performance.. Understand staff roles and procedures and prepare standard reports to track job progress or activities. Promote sharing of relevant information among staff and with stakeholders. Recognize the particular needs of partners and use established channels to respond to those needs. Understand and is able to use appropriate technology to communicate with others inside and outside CWS. Respect and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information within parameters defined by supervisor and/or CWS policy.

Constituent Relationships: Understand who stakeholders are and be responsive to their needs. Facilitate interactions and serve as a resource in relations with stakeholders. Recognize and be sensitive to issues of concern to stakeholders. Recognize and be sensitive to cultural, ethnic and religious issues.

Job Knowledge: Know the history of CWS and its place among non-governmental organizations (faith-based, ecumenical, secular, relief and development). Communicates an understanding of the faith-based nature of CWS’s work to stakeholders. Know a broad range of information regarding specific program or department and use that knowledge to perform effectively and independently. Understand how to work multiculturally with sensitivity and integrity. Able to use and willing to expand learning of applications or technology to perform job duties. Maintain and improve the skills and knowledge needed to be effective in performing job responsibilities. Follow CWS policies and procedures in carrying out work activities. Interpret CWS’s policies and procedures for staff and stakeholders, keeping the “human” side in sight.

Leadership: Accept accountability for assigned activities and adapt work style to perform independently or within a team. Model behaviors that are consonant with the mission and values of CWS in work activities and relationships. Demonstrate sound judgment in performing all duties. Facilitate the use of skills and resources within CWS. Contribute ideas for implementing CWS’s vision and strategic plan.

Problem Solving: Identify problems in procedures that affect program work. Recommend changes in systems or procedures to address them, then implement approved changes. Understand and apply knowledge of the context in which CWS works, including global trends, issues, and the ecumenical movement. Share results of problem solving experiences with others. Remain flexible in responding to CWS priorities.

Program Planning and Management: Anticipate work flow and take proactive steps to balance work priorities. Understand the desired outcome of assigned work and how it supports CWS’s work. Gather, analyze and make use of information and resources necessary to produce work. Successfully balance multiple activities, in support of program or departmental goals. Manage contacts with internal and external stakeholders to ensure flow of information and coordination of efforts. Contribute ideas to effective implement program plans and activities. Keep others informed of work progress and any problems encountered. Take initiative and complete independent work projects. Understand organizational priorities and respect time sensitivity of work performance. Assist others to complete priority work, or step in to handle work in their absence.

Resource Building and Stewardship: Recognize resource building potential in all interactions and be responsive and professional in providing information. Promote CWS’s mission, programs and services with donors and stakeholders to assure continued support. Use financial and material resources provided by CWS to their best advantage, including business equipment and supplies. Demonstrate concern for natural resources in carrying out work activities. Make the most of own time and resources to maximize stewardship to CWS. Demonstrate respect for one another in relationships with staff, supervisors and managers. Prepare reports on program status relative to budget and finances.

Teamwork: Understand what a team is and what it does. Demonstrate a willingness to work on a team. Understand own role on the team and how it fits in to the overall results to be produced. Contribute skills, knowledge and ideas to team discussion and work. Accept accountability for assignments made within the team and for producing results on time. Participate in identifying and establishing work needs and time lines for completion. Network with other teams to discuss activities. Demonstrate awareness of what other teams do and how their work affects own team. Recognize and respect the importance of work performed by colleagues. Understand organizational priorities and is willing to set aside own tasks to assist others to complete high priority tasks. Prepare reports about team activities and progress in achieving results.

Other Skills:
Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet, database and Web-based applications. Fluency in Spanish, with strong writing skills in English required.

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