Paralegal II - Houston
Church World Service, Inc.

Houston, Texas

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Overview

Founded in 1946, Church World Service (CWS) is a non-profit and faith-based global humanitarian organization that provides sustainable self-help, development, disaster relief, and refugee and immigrant assistance around the world and in the United States (U.S.). CWS has assisted over 865,000 refugees and immigrants from across all faiths and backgrounds to start new lives in the U.S. and to integrate into their communities. Join us in this life-changing work.

About CWS

Imagine waking up every morning with the chance to change someone's life. Imagine knowing your efforts will benefit both your career and our neighbors around the world. At CWS, our team knows they are making a difference every day. Whether you're in our U.S.-based offices supporting refugees, asylees or unaccompanied children ... implementing hygiene initiatives in Cambodia or rebuilding projects in Central America ... or even connecting remotely from your home on fundraising campaigns, grant reports, or critical communications - you have the opportunity to work towards a world where everyone has food, a voice and a safe place to call home.

Purpose

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

Responsibilities

  • Assist attorneys and Lead/Senior Paralegal with trial preparation by preparing immigration court case files, exhibits, relief applications, waiver applications, and motions. Assemble case materials by collecting, organizing, and summarizing information, documents, reports, and evidence. Maintain calendar with hearing dates and important court deadlines.
  • Conduct intake interviews with clients and assist Lead Paralegal/Lead Accredited Representative and attorneys with client consultations. Analyze each applicant to determine eligibility for desired immigration benefit and services. Prepare clients for USCIS interviews and court hearings. Conduct legal orientations for clients in removal proceedings, including explanation of immigration court proceedings and potential relief available from deportation.
  • Assist clients in completing their immigration applications, including employment authorization (I-765); permanent residence (I-485); asylum (I-589); parole renewal (I-94); citizenship (N-400); and court motions, including motions to terminate, change venue, continue and notice of filings. Spot potential problems and issues in each instance that may prevent applicant from receiving desired benefit. Identify potential solutions for identified issues and problems.
  • Properly managing client appointments and professional duties to ensure thorough and professional representation of client interests. Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills to ensure proper communication with clients, court personnel, and other parties. Demonstrate strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Develop and maintain accurate case list and manage case files. Conduct appropriate file review to ensure that all case files are maintained appropriately as it pertains to professional service delivery.
  • Update job knowledge by participating in continuing educational opportunities. Participate in trainings and courses as needed to obtain partial or full DOJ accreditation. Represents clients at USCIS and/or immigration court as an Accredited Representative.
  • Represent CWS/IRP at community-based organization meetings related to immigration issues. Coordinate and plan outreach activities to achieve program goals.
  • Perform other related duties and special projects, as requested by the Lead/Senior Paralegal and attorneys.

Qualifications

Education:
Bachelor's degree or associate degree with equivalent professional experience.

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

Language:

Spanish verbal and written fluency.

Other Skills:
  • Strong computer literacy with knowledge of word processing and database applications.
  • Strong attention to detail with communication and follow-up skills.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment in performing varied activities.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Respect of confidentiality.
  • Strong English writing skills.

Special Requirements

  • The successful candidate must have a car, a valid driver's license, and an insurable driving record.
  • This is a hybrid position, involving in-person and remote work.
  • Works varied hours.

Benefits

CWS offers a competitive benefits package that includes:
- 403 (b) Retirement Plan
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
- Generous Paid TimeOff (21 Paid Days Off;27 Days after 2Years)
- 14OfficialHolidays
- Sick Time Off (12 Accrued monthly)
- Life Insurance and AD&D
- Long Term and Short-Term Disability
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Health Savings Account
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Commuter Benefits


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