Staff Attorney CCIS Program, Contra Costa

Title: Staff Attorney – Contra Costa CCIS Program
Reports to: East Bay Regional Directing Attorney
Full-time, Exempt Position
Location: Brentwood (and Community Colleges in surrounding areas)

The Immigration Institute of the Bay Area was founded in 1918, and its mission is to welcome,
educate and serve immigrants, refugees and their families as they join and contribute to the
community. Our core work is the provision of high quality, low cost immigration legal services that
we provide throughout the Bay Area, as well as through collaborative efforts with local and regional
service providers. IIBA offers a team-oriented, collegial and collaborative work environment. We
pride ourselves on providing excellent service to our clients, and we know our organization runs on
the hard work and dedication of our passionate employees.
At IIBA, we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come,
to stay, and to do their best work. IIBA’s dedication to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and
inclusion is reflected in the work that we do. We are committed to equity and believe deeply in the
value of diversity of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all
the other wonderful characteristics that make us human.

Job Summary:
The Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) is seeking a Staff Attorney who will provide access
to immigration legal services to students, staff and faculty on Los Medanos College and Diablo Valley
College campuses and other community colleges in the area as needed, as part of our Community
College Immigration Services (CCIS) program. This position supports IIBA’s mission by providing
quality immigration-specific legal service, advice, and representation in support of low income
individuals; supervising legal work of employees and/or volunteer workers at sites; developing
effective outreach strategies to engage students and meet program needs; representing IIBA at events
for clients, partner organizations, and the media; and maintaining high standards for legal protocols
and record keeping. 

Job Responsibilities:
 Case Management: Provide eligibility and risk assessment, full representation, brief service,
and/ or legal advice to students, staff and faculty of Los Medanos College, Diablo Valley
College, and other Community Colleges filing applications, including DACA, naturalization,
family-based and humanitarian immigration petitions.
 Outreach and Group Processing: Develop community college relationships. Identify and create
opportunities to inform immigrant students about immigration legal services and options.
Responsible for workshops, clinics, outreach activities and information sessions for immigrant
students, community college staff and faculty. Outreach and workshops requires evening and
weekend events.
 Maintain Legal Best Practices: Comply with IIBA’s policies, procedures, protocols, and best
practices for non-profit immigration law practice, including legal ramifications, maintenance
of client files and data for reporting requirements. Participate in regular peer review meetings
and legal trainings.

Serving immigrants
since 1918

 Ensure grant compliance:  Ensure grant requirements are met. Track client services,
case progress and outcomes as required by grant guidelines.
 Supervise Legal Work: Train and help supervise administrative support staff, paralegals,
outreach workers, legal interns and other volunteers.
 Community Leadership:  Participate in meetings and webinars on behalf of IIBA and its
partner organizations and collaborators.
 All other duties: Perform all other duties as needed and/or as directed by supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
 Education & Certification: J.D. from ABA certified law school or international equivalent. A
current Bar Membership in good standing preferred. Will consider candidates pending State
Bar Exam results.
DOJ Accredited Representative: Minimum of 1 years of experience in immigration law,
Previous DOJ Accreditation preferred.
 Work Experience: Minimum of 1 year experience in immigration law assisting immigrants
with consultations, eligibility assessments, U-Visas, VAWA self-petitions, family visa
petitions, waivers, DACA, naturalization.
 Demonstrated legal research and writing skills.
 Dedicated to providing high quality legal assistance and capable of handling complex legal
issues on behalf of low-income immigrant populations.
 Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
 Outstanding public speaking skills in English and Spanish, with ability and experience to
conduct outreach and education events to large groups and be interviewed on television, radio,
and video.
 Experience in developing and providing services to the target population preferred.
 Very strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
 Exceptional time management skills – ability to meet deadlines.
 Ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment.
 Commitment to serving immigrants and sensitivity to the needs of the low-income, culturally
diverse newcomer community.
 Familiarity with the region and knowledge of community colleges and local resources
 Proficiency in a Windows/PC environment, and able to quickly become proficient in the use
of IIBA’s immigration law software and database.
 Ability to travel to community college campuses on a regular weekly basis. Available for
evening and weekend services as needed.
 Bi- Lingual – English and Spanish fluency REQUIRED

Salary/Benefits: Pay is commensurate with experience.

IIBA offers a generous cafeteria-style benefits package, elements of which include, but are not limited to:

  • Employer matching 403(B) retirement plan: up to 5% employer contribution
  • Insurance: Health, dental, life, vision, chiropractic & acupuncture. Medical and dependent care pre-
    tax reimbursement accounts.
  • Transportation reimbursement account.
  • Vacation: two (2) weeks of accrued vacation per year with an increase each year.
  • Sick Leave including paid family sick time

Serving immigrants
since 1918

  • Holidays: 15 paid Holidays per year
  • Paid Parental Leave

For more information on IIBA, see our website: Position open until filled.
This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by
people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in
which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant. Because of a need to remain responsive
to the needs of our clients and our Agency’s operations, responsibilities may be modified at any time.
IIBA is a non-profit, non-discriminatory service organization and employer. We do not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. Persons receiving
services in our programs are entitled to freedom from harassment and retaliation and reasonable
accommodation for qualified disabilities.

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