Naturalization Project Accredited Representative

Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice (Iowa MMJ)
2024 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311
$38,000 - $48,000 a year - Full-time

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Pay

  • $38,000 - $48,000 a year

Job type

  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • 8 hour shift
  • Weekends as needed
  • Evenings as needed

Location

2024 Forest Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) 2% match
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • On-the-job training

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Position Description

Title: Accredited Representative

Status: Full-Time (40 hours/week)

Compensation: Salary based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include generous time-off and holiday package, health, life and dental insurance, 401k with 2% employer match.

Supervisor: Legal Program Co-Director

Supervising: N/A

Location: Des Moines, IA (travel within and outside of the state)

How to apply: Email resume and cover letter by July 17th, 2024, to anaffier@iowammj.org

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Organization Summary

Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice (Iowa MMJ) is a statewide membership-based legal service and advocacy organization driven and led by immigrant and refugee voices and united with allies. Iowa MMJ’s mission is to build a movement for justice led by immigrants and refugees in Iowa by providing high-quality legal services and community empowerment through organizing. We envision an Iowa that is welcoming and inclusive, where the rights of immigrants and refugees are ensured through access to legal services, their voices are heard and the issues that impact them are addressed.

Summary of Position

The Accredited Representative, after successfully achieving Accreditation, will provide direct legal services, including legal advice and completion of documents and applications to immigrants and their families in Iowa. Before obtaining Accreditation, this employee will train and work as a legal assistant, directly under the supervision of a current Iowa MMJ attorney or Accredited Representative.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

The key responsibilities of the Accredited Representative include the following:

● Maintaining a diverse caseload of immigration cases, with an area of specialization in naturalization and citizenship cases.

○ Represent clients, most in naturalization and citizenship cases, before USCIS.

○ Organize and schedule client appointments, including in-house clinics

○ Maintain client files and cases in the case management system.

○ Provide legal representation as needed at regional clinic site(s).

● Collaborating with grant partners to coordinate services to clients and to meet reporting requirements

● Overseeing/training volunteers for naturalization application assistance

● Work with other staff to represent the organization publicly to the media and with public education and participation in coalition efforts.

● Participate in regular meetings and trainings with other Iowa MMJ staff and networks.

● Provide regular written reports, including statistics, on work.

● Other duties as assigned. Collaborate with other staff on projects related to fundraising, communications and other projects as assigned.

● Promote justice within our United States system of immigration laws, policies and social practices.

Qualifications: Basic Qualifications:

● Strong commitment to Iowa MMJ’s mission, vision and values.

● Passionate about migrant justice with a familiarity with both the complexities and injustices of the U.S. immigration system.

● Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with diverse groups of people (including people of diverse faiths and ethical/spiritual traditions, races, ethnicities, people with disabilities and LGBTQI people).

● Ability to be flexible and self-directed while working in a high-volume, fast moving work environment.

● Ability to work some evenings and weekends.

● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

● Proven computer skills (Microsoft office platforms, Google Drive) and ability to learn new platforms.

● Must achieve and maintain Department of Justice accreditation as a condition of employment.

● Ability to maintain appropriate role boundaries and to maintain appropriate professional standards of confidentiality and conduct.

● Demonstrated organizational and problem solving skills, ability to maintain accurate records.

● Commitment to client confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications:

● Ability to effectively communicate in reading and writing in languages in addition to English.

● Access to reliable transportation and ability to travel statewide and/or to out-of-state events.

● Demonstrated experience working with immigrant and refugee populations and/or people who are victims of crime, domestic violence and sexual assault.

● Demonstrated commitment to working in public interest in immigration or related areas.

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job operates in a professional office environment, occasionally may be in a communal setting and may require some travel. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers and filing cabinets. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some travel may be required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $38,000.00 - $48,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • On-the-job training
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance

Experience level:

  • No experience needed

Shift:

  • 8 hour shift

Weekly day range:

  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed

Work setting:

  • In-person
  • Office

Work Location: In person

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