Support Staff Openings

To be considered for any of the positions listed below, please email a cover letter, resume and references to employment@trla.org. For more information, please contact S. Monica Bustamante, Recruitment Coordinator (915) 585-5105.


DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST - AUSTIN

(September 17, 2019) Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is seeking a Digital Communications Specialist to develop and oversee its online communication strategy and social media calendar. The Digital Communications Specialist will be responsible for the design and management of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s website. The Digital Communications Specialist will work with the communications and development teams to develop content and conceptualize, create, and produce visually appealing designs for TRLA. They will also develop and build an email newsletter to ensure deliverability and high open rates.

 The Digital Communications Specialist will be responsible for implementing brand consistency across communication collateral, including elements for the organization as a whole, as well as for specific initiatives and programs. They will be responsible for the design and content development needs for TRLA lawyers and administrative staff, including, but not limited to, graphics, infographics, newsletters, event invitations, and other promotional materials.

 Qualifications and preferences:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Graphic Design or related field, or three years’ related experience.

  • Proficiency in graphic design, web development, and social media management.

  • Experience in managing analytics, growing online audiences, and overseeing content strategy for social media and email lists.

  • Ability to design using Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, InDesign).

  • Strong knowledge of Squarespace.

  • Solid understanding of user interface, visual design, site architecture, and web page optimization techniques as well as a strong understanding and appreciation of Web Standards and Web Accessibility principles.

  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS or other web development software a plus.

  • Ability and willingness to travel to TRLA offices to capture events and document activities.

  • Commitment to justice for low-income people in Southwest Texas.

Paralegal II – Dilley Team Dilley or San Antonio

(September 10, 2019) TRLA seeks a paralegal for its Family Detention Project who will support TRLA’s efforts to provide free civil legal services to asylum-seeking women and children who are detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center (“STFRC”) in Dilley, Texas.

 STFRC is the nation’s largest immigration detention facility. It is located 70 miles southwest of San Antonio and houses up to 2,400 women and children, including children who are only one year old. The Dilley Pro Bono Project – a non-profit collective comprised of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the American Immigration Council, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and CLINIC - maintains a small team of on-site lawyers and paralegals who facilitate a non-traditional model of legal services with the goal of providing every woman and child meaningful legal representation.

The Dilley Pro Bono Project (“DPBP”) recruits teams of volunteers nationally who commit to arriving in Dilley on a Sunday, attending a mandatory orientation, and providing legal services to families throughout the week. After an exhilarating and exhausting week, the volunteer team leaves the following Saturday, and a new team arrives to take over their caseload and carry the work forward. DPBP’s radical model of providing services to refugees in the United States has received national attention and support. You can learn more about DPBP’s incredible work and origin at How to Crowdsource a Refugee Rights Strategy

Duties:

All candidates should possess a sense of urgency to end family detention and protect asylum-seekers from deportation, empathy, and the ability to stay calm and collected in the midst of crisis. The paralegal’s work with detained families inside STFRC will include, but not be limited to, the following duties:

  • Complete intakes with new clients;

  • Develop specialized knowledge of asylum law and expedited removal;

  • Prepare individuals for an interview with a USCIS Asylum Officer;

  • Prepare individuals who seek Immigration Judge review of a negative decision by an Asylum Officer;

  • Support clients who request release on bond after a positive credible or reasonable fear determination;

  • Draft declarations;

  • Gather evidence, including country conditions, that supports an individual’s eligibility for asylum;

  • Prepare filings for court;

  • Communicate with stakeholders, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services;

  • Communicate with clients and their loved ones;

  • Collaborate with current community partners and form new partnerships;

  • Create legal educational materials;

  • Support and collaborate with local and national volunteers;

  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including timely entry of new clients and client appointments into client database systems;

  • Prepare administrative reports;

  • Provide translation and interpretation;

  • Provide legal information and referrals;

  • Schedule, 0rganize and facilitate client meetings;

  • Ensure client meetings begin on time, and clients reserve timely and appropriate legal services;

  • Provide prompt response to walk-in client inquiries and prioritize based on scope of need;

  • Facilitate volunteer task management;

  • Provide volunteer training; 

  • Keep accurate records of all data collection; and

  • Perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fluency in English and Spanish

  • College degree

  • Excellent oral and writing skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends and accommodate an irregular work schedule

  • A proven commitment to supporting vulnerable immigrant populations

    Preferred:

  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations

  • Experience working with survivors of trauma

  • Experience coordinating or participating in volunteer-based projects


    How to Apply and Related Timelines:

For consideration, applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and three references with “Paralegal Position – Family Detention Project” in the subject line, to the following individuals:
To: Monica Bustamante, Recruitment Manager, at employment@trla.org
“cc”: Shalyn Fluharty, Director – Family Detention Project, at shay@caraprobono.org

The consideration of candidates is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. The position is available immediately, although the start date is somewhat negotiable.

 

Volunteer Coordinator – Dilley Team Dilley or San Antonio

(September 10, 2019) TRLA seeks a Volunteer Coordinator for its Family Detention Project who will support TRLA’s efforts to provide free civil legal services to asylum-seeking women and children who are detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center (“STFRC”) in Dilley, Texas.

 STFRC is the nation’s largest immigration detention facility. It is located 70 miles southwest of San Antonio and houses up to 2,400 women and children, including children who are only one year old. The Dilley Pro Bono Project – a non-profit collective comprised of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the American Immigration Council, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and CLINIC - maintains a small team of on-site lawyers and paralegals who facilitate a non-traditional model of legal services with the goal of providing every woman and child meaningful legal representation.

The Dilley Pro Bono Project (“DPBP”) recruits teams of volunteers nationally who commit to arriving in Dilley on a Sunday, attending a mandatory orientation, and providing legal services to families throughout the week. After an exhilarating and exhausting week, the volunteer team leaves the following Saturday, and a new team arrives to take over their caseload and carry the work forward. DPBP’s radical model of providing services to refugees in the United States has received national attention and support. You can learn more about DPBP’s incredible work and origin at How to Crowdsource a Refugee Rights Strategy

Duties:

All candidates should possess a sense of urgency to end family detention and protect asylum-seekers from deportation, empathy, and the ability to stay calm and collected in the midst of crisis. The Volunteer Coordinator’s work with detained families inside STFRC will include, but not be limited to, the following duties:

  • Coordinate volunteer orientation and logistics;

  • Lead volunteer orientation, when appropriate;

  • Ensure volunteers have access to their Law Lab account upon arrival and answer questions specific to Law Lab data entry;

  • Facilitate volunteer engagement to ensure appropriate and timely data entry and database integrity;

  • Review post-Dilley volunteer surveys and provide critical information to Family Detention Project management;

  • Develop and maintain project systems for tracking volunteer concerns on behalf of the Family Detention Project so they may be effectively shared with DPBP project partners;

  • Work with non-Spanish speaking volunteers to ensure their access to volunteer interpretation assistance while they are in Dilley;

  • Lead Big Tables, when appropriate;

  • Provide logistical assistance to long-term volunteers, including students who participate in the Family Detention Project’s summer internship program;

  • Meet regularly with the Family Detention Project’s management team and staff, formally and informally, to assess volunteer needs and challenges;

  • Provide assistance with San Antonio volunteer recruitment;

  • Serve as primary liaison between OTG and volunteers upon conclusion of their week in Dilley; and

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Fluency in English and Spanish

  • College degree

  • Excellent oral and writing skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends and accommodate an irregular work schedule

  • A proven commitment to supporting vulnerable immigrant populations

Preferred:

  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations

  • Experience working with survivors of trauma

  • Experience coordinating or participating in volunteer-based projects

How to Apply and Related Timelines:

For consideration, applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and three references with “Paralegal Position – Family Detention Project” in the subject line, to the following individuals:
To: Monica Bustamante, Recruitment Manager, at employment@trla.org
“cc”: Shalyn Fluharty, Director – Family Detention Project, at shay@caraprobono.org

The consideration of candidates is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. The position is available immediately, although the start date is somewhat negotiable.

 

Paralegal III - Austin

(August 23, 2019) TRLA-Austin has an opening for a Paralegal III. The primary duties and activities of a Paralegal III may include the following:

  • Provide direct representation of clients in administrative or judicial proceedings as Person-in-Charge of individual cases

  • Maintain a client caseload, exercising the independent professional judgment required of an advocate on all aspects of each individual case

  • Operate under the supervision of a Team Manager or Branch Manager

  • Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone, which interviews may at times take place outside the regular office setting;

  • Provide basic information and referrals to applicants, including those ineligible for services;

  • Interview clients and witnesses;

  • Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;

  • Serve process and subpoenas;

  • Prepare legal documents;

  • Notarize legal documents;

  • Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and make community legal education presentations;

  • Prepare legal educational materials;

  • Translate;

  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements, such as timekeeping;

  • Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA;

  • Any other duties required by the Branch or Team Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

  • Possess verbal, reading and writing skills sufficient to comprehend administrative law manuals and to adequately advocate on behalf of clients.

LEGAL SECRETARY - MERCEDES

(August 22, 2019) TRLA-Mercedes is looking to hire a Legal Secretary. The candidate should be detailed-oriented, punctual, self-driven, able to work on multiple assignments at once, and sympathetic towards low-income persons. Work schedule is Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus additional hours if occasionally requested to meet deadlines.

Responsibilities:

  • Type, file, and handle clerical office matters for the several paralegals and attorneys to whom the secretary is assigned;

  • Manage incoming and outgoing mail, faxes, and telephone calls;

  • Assist in overflow work to ensure smooth office operations;

  • Translate documents and/or act as interpreter when needed;

  • Maintain client files and applications and complete assigned work on case files within the required time frame;

  • Coordinate schedules and maintain case requirements calendar of casehandlers, including contacting existing clients, schedule interview, and convey messages;

  • Drafting, editing, formatting and printing legal documents, correspondence, and reports in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Publisher, including preparing standard pleadings for review by attorneys;

  • Managing and purchasing supplies, office equipment and furnishings; and,

  • Miscellaneous administrative duties, including time sheets for payroll, travel reimbursement requests, and docket maintenance.


Minimum qualifications:

  1. Proficiency in the Windows operating system, Microsoft Word and Excel applications, and computer data entry;

  2. Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and spoken;

  3. Minimum of two years secretary experience;

  4. Type minimum of 45 words per minute;

  5. Licensed to notarize documents or willing to become licensed;

  6. Preferred experience in a law office or an Associate’s degree as a paralegal;

Pay: Commensurate with experience, plus an excellent benefits package.

Application deadline and process: For consideration, submit a cover letter, resume and list of two professional references to employment@trla.org or fax (915) 544-3789. The position is currently open; applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are submitted until the position is filled.


PARALEGAL iii/disaster ASSISTANCE TEAM - rio grande valley

(August 21, 2019) Texas RioGrande Legal Aid seeks a full-time paralegal in its Rio Grande Valley offices for its Disaster Assistance Team. The Disaster Assistance team provides disaster-related legal services to clients through TRLA’s service area. The paralegal will work closely with the Disaster Assistance Team Manager.

The primary duties and activities of the paralegal may include the following and any other case-related activities and duties consistent with assisting attorneys in the practice of law:

  • Help organize outreach activities in communities affected by a disaster;

  • Participate in local outreach activities and legal clinics;

  • Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone, which interviews may at times take place outside the regular office setting;

  • Provide basic information and referrals to applicants, including those ineligible for services;

  • Interview clients and witnesses;

  • Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;

  • Serve process and subpoenas;

  • Prepare legal documents;

  • Notarize legal documents;

  • Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and make community legal education presentations;

  • Prepare legal educational materials;

  • Translate;

  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements;

  • Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA; and

  • Any other duties required by the branch or team manager.

Qualifications:

1. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

2. Possess verbal, reading and writing skills

3. Word processing, Internet, and office skills required

4. Have valid driver’s license, available transportation, and be able and willing to travel locally and out of town.

ChiEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

(August 15, 2019) Texas RioGrande Legal Aid is seeking a Chief Financial Officer with proven expertise in accounting and finance who will oversee budgeting, cost analysis, cost management, financial reporting, and revenue forecasting for the organization. The Chief Financial Officer will oversee the TRLA’s accounting and payroll staff and produce timely and accurate financial reports to the Executive Director, management staff, and Board of Directors.

Founded in 1970, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides free civil legal services to residents in 68 Southwest Texas counties, serving approximately 23,000 clients each year with a $40+ million budget. TRLA represents migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout Texas and six other southern states. In addition, TRLA operates a public defender program in 10 rural Texas counties.

TRLA is the largest legal aid provider in Texas and is nationally recognized for high quality, zealous advocacy for its clients. TRLA has offices in Alpine, Austin, Beeville, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Edinburg, El Paso, Hallettsville, Harlingen, Mercedes, Rio Grande City, San Antonio, Sinton, Victoria, and Nashville, Tennessee.

TRLA receives funding from federal, state and local agencies, foundations, donations and corporations for its operations.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide oversight for and manage all budgets, forecasts, internal financial plans, and processes.

  • Participate in internal planning to ensure alignment of program priorities with financial projections.

  • Generate weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as needed to monitor and evaluate cash flow and liquidity.

  • Supervise finance department staff and set department goals.

  • Support accounting, general ledger, and operations functions to ensure that systems are in place to guarantee timeliness and accuracy.

  • Develop and lead financial strategy, goals and objectives for the organization.

  • Lead and manage cash flow planning to ensure availability of funds.

  • Produce rolling forecast reports, 3-year cash flow projections, and performance indicators on cash.

  • Develop, implement and maintain finance department policies, procedures, and internal controls to ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions.

  • Establish formal and structured budgeting process to develop, implement, evaluate, and manage all aspects of the annual budget.

  • Oversee financial compliance and reporting with funding regulations set out by TRLA’s primary funders.

  • Serve as a key point of contact for auditors, tax filings, and financial reports.

  • Manage the preparation of all audits.

  • Establish, maintain and monitor all banking and financing relationships.

  • Develop short, medium, and long-term financial plans and projections.

  • Engage with management on finance, audit, investments, challenges, recommendations, trends, and changes in operating model.

  • Partner with leadership on all operational issues as they arise; provide recommendations based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense.

  • Assist grant and development staff with financial reporting and analysis.

Qualifications and preferences:

  • Formal education in finance or accounting required; preferred CPA or MBA.

  • Five or more years of experience in a senior financial management.

  • Demonstrated excellence in managing finance, accounting, budgeting, internal control, and cash management.

  • Knowledge of computer systems, including experience with system selection, new system implementation and project management.

  • Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills.

  • Experience working with external auditors.

  • Willingness to travel throughout TRLA service area to attend management meetings, strategic planning meetings, board meetings, etc.

  • Knowledge of Office365 and Excel and familiarity with software such as QuickBooks, Abila and Salesforce.

  • Excellent analytical, communication and presentation skills.

  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

  • Preferred candidates have experience working in nonprofit, public interest organizations.

  • Commitment to justice for low-income people.

Salary Range:

$90,000 - $110,000, commensurate with experience

Location:

Mercedes, Texas or Austin, Texas preferred.

Email cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Executive Director Robert Doggett at rdoggett@trla.org.

 

OFFICE MANAGER - EdinburG

(August 2, 2019) The Office Manager supports TRLA’s delivery of legal services by maintaining office systems and supervising support staff in a TRLA branch office.  An Office Manager’s duties are ancillary to helping TRLA’s clients in whatever capacity is appropriate to their skill set.  While the duties of an Office Manager may involve significant time on particular days, an Office Manager is expected to provide services to clients most days as appropriate.  The Office Manager ensures   effective operations of the branch office on a day-to-day basis.  The Office Manager reports to the Director of Administration. The duties of the Office Manager include:

  •  Assists clients appropriate to their skill set (e.g., as a secretary, legal assistant, paralegal, or attorney).

  • Establishes and maintains the office's records and data management systems, including case-related files and materials, agency forms, and other office records.

  • Oversees office equipment, furniture and the telephone system.  Working with the Facilities Director and IT Director, the Office Manager ensures periodic maintenance and, when necessary, arranges for prompt service or repair for office systems.

  • Handles all local office space maintenance needs (ordering replacement lights, heating/air conditioning adjustments, etc.).  Coordinates the scheduling of any furniture moving, computer cabling, and other office labor needs.

  • Manages the office's stock of consumable supplies, including the ordering, stocking, and distribution of such supplies.

  • Directs the handling of office mail; maintains stamps and postage meter as required.

  • Coordinates with the Branch Manager, Digital Team, and Client Resources Manager on all office printing of client materials, including ordering, proofing, stocking, and distribution.

  • May handle petty cash and client trust accounts including record keeping.

  • Schedules use of conference and deposition rooms.

  • Coordinates with the IT department on all electronic office equipment needs, including copiers, phones, and computers.

  • Provides assistance to clients by answering questions, providing information, making referrals, and ensuring appropriate follow-through and/or resolution.  The Office Manager should consult with and can request the assistance of the Branch Manager or Deputy Branch Manager, as needed.

  • The Office Manager responds initially to client inquiries and complaints with support from the Branch Manager. 

  • The Office Manager responds initially to staff complaints about administrative matters with support from the Branch Manager. 

  • Assists attorneys and administrative staff with special projects as requested.

  • Directly supervises legal secretaries and other support staff, as assigned.

  • Coordinates appropriately with administration, managers, co-workers, and clients, and maintains confidentiality.

  • Maintains the order and professional appearance of the office. 

  • Monitors and regulates the quality and efficiency of the reception function.  Maintains reception backup arrangements and schedules.

  • Handles backup secretarial needs through the use of current office personnel, temporary services and, occasionally, volunteers.

  • Ensures that the training, development, and recognition needs of the office's secretarial and support staff are met.

  • Is primarily responsible for responding to office emergencies, and remains on call to handle such emergencies (e.g., emergency weather, client emergencies, break-ins).

  • In coordination with the Facilities Director, schedules major service calls including cleaning of windows, carpets, and floors, pest control, elevator inspection, security system, and other special building repairs and maintenance, and maintains relationships with vendors.

  • In coordination with the Department of Human Resources, handles routine paperwork for new and exiting employees, secures office access cards, and notary supplies.

  • Keeps Branch Manager informed of the office’s personnel, equipment, or service needs.

  • Other duties assigned by the Director of Administration.

Qualifications:

  1.  Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.

  2.  Computer skills, including Word and Excel.

  3. Minimum five years’ experience in an office, preferably a law office.

  4. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

 

Paralegal II – Dilley or San Antonio

(May 2, 2019) TRLA seeks a paralegal for its Family Detention Project who will support TRLA’s efforts to provide free civil legal services to asylum-seeking women and children who are detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center (“STFRC”) in Dilley, Texas.

STFRC is the nation’s largest immigration detention facility. It is located 70 miles southwest of San Antonio and houses up to 2,400 women and children, including children who are only one year old. The Dilley Pro Bono Project – a non-profit collective comprised of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the American Immigration Council, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and CLINIC - has maintains a small team of on-site lawyers and paralegals who facilitate a non-traditional model of legal services with the goal of providing every woman and child meaningful legal representation.

The Dilley Pro Bono Project (“DPBP”) recruits teams of volunteers nationally who commit to arriving in Dilley on a Sunday, attending a mandatory orientation, and providing legal services to families throughout the week. After an exhilarating and exhausting week, the volunteer team leaves the following Saturday, and a new team arrives to take over their caseload and carry the work forward. DPBP’s radical model of providing services to refugees in the United States has received national attention and support. You can learn more about DPBP’s incredible work and origin at http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/How-to-crowdsource-a-refugee-ri.

Duties:

All candidates should possess a sense of urgency to end family detention and protect asylum-seekers from deportation, empathy, and the ability to stay calm and collected in the midst of crisis. The paralegal’s work with detained families inside STFRC will include, but not be limited to, the following duties:

• Complete intakes with new clients;

• Develop specialized knowledge of asylum law and expedited removal;

• Prepare individuals for an interview with a USCIS Asylum Officer;

• Prepare individuals who seek Immigration Judge review of a negative decision by an Asylum Officer;

• Support clients who request release on bond after a positive credible or reasonable fear determination;

• Draft declarations;

• Gather evidence, including country conditions, that supports an individual’s eligibility for asylum;

• Prepare filings for court;

• Communicate with stakeholders, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services;

• Communicate with clients and their loved ones;

• Collaborate with current community partners and form new partnerships;

• Create legal educational materials;

• Support and collaborate with local and national volunteers;

• Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records;

• Prepare administrative reports;

• Provide translation and interpretation; and

• Provide legal information and referrals.

Required Qualifications:

• Fluency in English and Spanish

• College degree

• Excellent oral and writing skills

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team

• Flexibility to work evenings and weekends and accommodate an irregular work schedule

• A proven commitment to supporting vulnerable immigrant populations

Preferred:

• Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations

• Experience working with survivors of trauma

• Experience coordinating or participating in volunteer-based projects

How to Apply and Related Timelines:

For consideration, applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and three references with “Paralegal Position – Family Detention Project” in the subject line, to the following individuals:

To: Monica Bustamante, Recruitment Manager, at employment@trla.org

“cc”: Shalyn Fluharty, Director – Family Detention Project, at shay@caraprobono.org

The consideration of candidates is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. The position is available immediately, although the start date is somewhat negotiable.


ADMINISTRATOR I - fAMILY SEPARATION cOORDINATOR - SAN ANTONIO

(Apr. 24, 2019) The Administrator I classification is related to the specific projects normally funded by special sources. Specific job descriptions include the following:

Family Separation Coordinator

The Family Separation Coordinator, whose primary supervisor is the Special Project Director, is responsible for providing services that preserve family unity for clients that have been separated from their family members by the Department of Homeland Security.

Duties:

  1. Identify and track family separation issues on behalf of the Dilley Pro Bono Project;

  2. Locate separated family members;

  3. Make efforts to facilitate prompt communication and information –sharing between family members detained in Dilley and detained in another ICE or ORR facility;

  4. Provide assistance to mothers who seek reunification with separated children who are in the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement;

  5. Make legal services referrals on behalf of separated family members;

  6. Provide rapid response pro se assistance to separated family members at-risk of immediate removal, under the direct supervision of an attorney;

  7. Any other duties required by the Special Projects Director.

Qualifications and preferences:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred;

  • Possess strong written & oral communication skills;

  • Bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English;

  • Have transportation available, including a valid Texas driver’s license and automobile insurance; some travel may be required;

  • A proven commitment to supporting vulnerable immigrant populations

  • Legal work experience preferred;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel; experience in Microsoft Access preferred.

  • Strong organizational skills; Ability to multi-task;

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Creative problem-solver.

  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.

  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations, survivors of trauma.

  • Experience working on behalf of detained families strongly preferred.


Administrator I - post-release Services Coordinator - San Antonio

(Apr. 24, 2019) The Administrator I classification is related to the specific projects normally funded by special sources. Specific job descriptions include the following:

Post-Release Services Coordinator

The Post-Release Services Coordinator, whose primary supervisor is the Special Project Director, is responsible for providing post-release services and referrals for former clients of the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP) upon their release from detention.

Duties:

  1. Make referrals for housing, legal services, medical care, mental health support, and transportation on behalf of vulnerable DPBP clients;

  2. Receive, document, and respond to phone calls and emails from former clients and their attorneys on behalf of DPBP;

  3. Provide pro se assistance to families who must file a change of address or motion to change venue with the Executive Office of Immigration Review or the Department of Homeland Security;

  4. Assist clients in requesting medical records, education records, legal documents, and other items from the South Texas Family Residential Center after release;

  5. Track and document issues faced by clients released from the South Texas Family Residential Center to facilitate larger advocacy and litigation on behalf of the Project;

  6. Serve as DPBP liaison with allies who assist released families, including: the Interfaith Welcome Committee, RAICES, Innovation Law, and the Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project (ASAP);

  7. Any other duties required by the Special Projects Director.

Qualifications and preferences:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred;

  • Possess strong written & oral communication skills;

  • Bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English;

  • Have transportation available, including a valid Texas driver’s license and automobile insurance; some travel may be required;

  • A proven commitment to supporting vulnerable immigrant populations

  • Legal work experience preferred;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel; experience in Microsoft Access preferred.

  • Strong organizational skills; Ability to multi-task;

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Creative problem-solver.

  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.

  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations, survivors of trauma.

  • Experience working with detained asylum-seeking families highly preferred.


Mental Health program Paralegal - Brownsville

(Apr. 23, 2019) TRLA seeks a paralegal to work with clients with serious mental illness to advocate for their civil rights in the psychiatric commitment process and within psychiatric institutions. The paralegal will also advocate for clients to receive the supports and services they need and want in order to live in the way they choose, integrated into their community.

All candidates should possess a commitment to self-determination for people with serious mental illness. The mental health programs paralegal will work in the Brownsville office under the supervision of a lawyer in the mental health programs, performing the following duties:

  • Conduct intake interviews with clients with serious mental illness to identify the issues TRLA’s legal teams may be able to address. Clients may require advocacy for appropriate mental health and medical care, housing, public benefits, family law issues, education, and employment.

  • Develop trusting relationships with clients with serious mental illness to enable comprehensive advocacy based on the client’s wants and needs.

  • Assist in the development and creation of self-determination documents such as psychiatric advance directives, supported decision-making agreements, medical powers of attorney and powers of attorney as appropriate and desired by the client.

  • Assist the lawyers in clients’ various legal cases, over time developing specialized knowledge in psychiatric hospitalization, mental health services, housing and public benefits.

  • Interview and advocate for clients in psychiatric hospitals.

  • Assist in psychiatric advance directive workshops and supported decision-making clinics for clients with serious mental illness and clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Manage, with supervision, a case load.

  • Develop relationships with mental health consumers and community stakeholders.

Preferred qualifications:

• Experience with self-determination based advocacy for people with serious mental illness.

• Commitment to structural change, integration, and the elimination of civil rights violations, discrimination and systemic inequity.

Accountant I - Mercedes

Accountant I works under the direct supervision of the Accounting Operations Manager and the general supervision of the Chief Financial Officer. The primary responsibilities are:

  • Assists in preparing necessary schedules required for annual audit.

  • Codes vouchers, invoices and claims for payment.

  • Has primary responsibility for preparing and entering data to the general ledger.

  • Verifies computer printouts for accuracy.

  • Pays travel, mileage, travel advance and out of pocket expenses.

  • Prepares bank deposit slips.

  • Responsible for all the accounting functions for TRLA pension plan including loans.

  • Performs any other duties as required by the Chief Financial Officer.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree in Accounting or Finance, or equivalent work experience.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel); strong computer skills.

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and references to employment@trla.org.  


ParalegalS III – Laredo

(Dec. 21, 2018) TRLA-Laredo has an opening for two Paralegals III.  The primary duties and activities of a Paralegal III may include the following:

  • Provide direct representation of clients in administrative or judicial proceedings as Person-in-Charge of individual cases

  • Maintain a client caseload, exercising the independent professional judgment required of an advocate on all aspects of each individual case

  • Operate under the supervision of a Team Manager or Branch Manager

  • Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone (interviews may at times take place outside the regular office setting);

  • Provide basic information and referrals to applicants, including those ineligible for services;

  • Interview clients and witnesses;

  • Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;

  • Serve process and subpoenas;

  • Prepare legal documents;

  • Notarize legal documents;

  • Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and make community legal education presentations;

  • Prepare legal educational materials;

  • Translate;

  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements such as timekeeping;

  • Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA;

  • Any other duties required by the Branch or Team Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

  • Possess verbal, reading and writing skills sufficient to comprehend administrative law manuals and to adequately advocate on behalf of clients.