Employment Opportunities

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to CIC@ImprovingNJ.org.

Job Description – DIRE Legal Services Paralegal/Legal Assistant

DIRE Legal Services, a program of non-profit community development corporation, Churches Improving Communities (ImprovingNJ.org), serves clients with immigration issues including New Jersey residents who are now detained, asylees, SIJVs, VAWA cases, and T and U visa cases in central New Jersey.

DIRE seeks a paralegal/legal assistant to support attorneys who provide legal representation for detained and non-detained immigrants.

This is a part-time position located in Highland Park, NJ. 

Responsibilities Include

  • Prepare court and immigration applications and pleadings under attorney supervision.
  • Assist with client intake.
  • Draft and prepare legal documents and petitions.
  • Interface heavily with clients, courts and government agencies. 
  • Spanish translation.
  • Coordinate with in-house caseworkers/programs to ensure effective case management. 
  • Maintain case files and other data management tools/software.
  • Correspond with clients to ensure timely receipt of case documents and other materials.
  • Assist with office management and other administrative duties as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Must have 2 to 4 years’ experience as a paralegal. Experience in immigration law preferred. Bilingual English/Spanish speaker required. Demonstrated commitment to providing legal assistance to immigrants and vulnerable populations. Experience with family law desirable. Must be comfortable working in a multicultural and diverse setting. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly organized. Must have the ability to meet deadlines.

Compensation
This position is for 20 hours/week at $ $22,500.

Job Description – Staff Attorney for DIRE Legal Services – Deportation and Immigration Response Equipo (DIRE)
A program of Churches Improving Communities (CIC)

DIRE Legal Services, a program of non-profit community development corporation, Churches Improving Communities (ImprovingNJ.org), serves clients with immigration issues including New Jersey residents who are now detained, asylees, SIJVs, VAWA cases, and T and U visa cases in central New Jersey.

DIRE seeks a junior-level attorney to provide legal representation for detained and non-detained immigrants.

This is a full-time position located in Highland Park, NJ. 

Responsibilities Include

  • Conducting client intake interviews.
  • Researching legal issues.
  • Completing applications for immigration benefits.
  • Appearing in family and immigration courts.
  • Appearing for USCIS interviews.
  • Draft court documents including motions, briefs and other applications.
  • Refer cases to other legal service providers.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

The attorney will work with a legal team under the supervision of a senior attorney. The legal team includes accredited Department of Justice representatives and other committed volunteers.

Qualifications

Must be admitted to practice law in New Jersey and be bilingual in Spanish. Demonstrated commitment to providing legal assistance to immigrants and vulnerable populations. Must be comfortable working in a multicultural and diverse setting. Must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly organized. Must have the ability to meet deadlines.

Compensation
This position is for 40 hours/week at $65,000.

 



Churches Improving Communities (CIC) CIC is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity is a core value at CIC and in its program, DIRE. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working and service environment for all clients, staff, and volunteers. We believe every member on our team and in our community enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or other protected or unprotected categories. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.