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Do you want to join a dedicated team of staff, volunteers and interns working to support survivors on their journey to healing?

Then, we would like to hear from you! Check out our available job openings and apply if one fits your interests and experience!


To apply, please follow the steps below.

  1. Review Employment Openings - Check out our available job openings to see if any meet your interests and experience.

  2. Apply - Email your resume, cover letter and contact information for a minimum of two references to info@tassc.org. Please note that we will reach out to only those candidates we plan to schedule a phone interview with.

  3. Phone Call - If your experience is aligned with our needs, we will reach out to you via email to schedule a brief preliminary phone call, where we will review our hiring process.

  4. In-person Interview - If the phone call goes well, we’ll invite you in for an interview with members of our team.

  5. Offer - If you are our top candidate, we will reach out to your references. Assuming these go well, we’ll send you an offer!

Staff Attorney

TASSC is looking for a Staff Attorney for our Legal Services Program.  The Staff Attorney will provide direct legal representation to asylum-seeking torture survivors in both the affirmative and defensive context.  While most of the legal issues encountered will focus on asylum, the Staff Attorney will also assist clientele with a smaller number of family reunification applications.

The Staff Attorney will have a full-time Monday through Friday employment schedule at 37.5 hours per week.  The Staff Attorney will report to the Legal Services Program Manager.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensure all eligible survivors receive high-quality legal representation by exercising due diligence, demonstrating an exemplary standard of professionalism, and strongly advocating for each survivor;

  • Identify survivors who are eligible for legal services through TASSC’s LSP by conducting individual consultations with survivors referred by TASSC’s clinical Social Services Program case managers and interns;

  • Work with TASSC’s Social Services Program and Health & Wellness Program to provide trauma-informed direct legal representation to all survivors throughout the entirety of each survivor LSP client’s asylum process;

  • Identify, analyze, and respond to legal and/or procedural changes that affect our asylum-seeking survivors of torture, including statutory changes, executive orders, proposed regulations, and decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals, the federal circuit courts and SCOTUS;

  • Mentor pro bono attorneys, interns, and fellows through their direct legal representation of, or supporting role apropos of, asylum-seeking survivors;

  • Develop and conduct monthly Legal Orientations a.k.a. “Know Your Rights” presentations;

  • Present for direct legal representation at hearings before the EOIR Baltimore and Arlington immigration courts in connection with survivors of torture asylum cases for relief from removal;

  • Attend regular TASSC staff meetings, interdisciplinary meetings, LSP meetings, clinical meetings (as necessary), Community of Healing events, and other TASSC workshops and events;

  • Play an active, professional role in TASSC’s annual June Survivors Week;

  • Represent TASSC at meetings of other legal service providers in the DC Metro Area;

  • Accurately and professionally communicate case updates to the Legal Services Program Manager.

JOB CREDENTIAL SOUGHT FOR THIS POSITION

  • Law degree (JD) from an ABA-accredited US institution, admission to any state bar and “good standing” status with such bar admission;

  • Prior experience preferred in direct legal representation of asylum applicants, preferably survivors of torture or survivors of other serious trauma, before USCIS Asylum Offices, the EOIR’s Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the federal courts, and/or local state courts;

  • Commitment to working with survivors of torture, and dedication to the campaign to eradicate the world of the scourge of torture;

  • Desire to work harmoniously and effectively with all TASSC staff in the interdisciplinary context, including the Legal Services Program Manager, legal interns, fellows, pro bono attorneys, psychologists, clinical Social Services Program case managers, advocacy consultants, job counselors, and social work interns;

  • Ability to communicate patiently, respectfully, and empathetically with individuals from diverse global backgrounds, particularly survivors of torture arriving from many different countries;

  • Ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under pressure, and identify and properly analyze legal issues, all while meeting deadlines;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills characterized by clarity and accuracy;

  • Strong interpersonal skills;

  • Bilingual preferred (particularly Amharic, French, or Arabic);

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, including with volunteers;

  • A team-building, collegial approach to interacting with coworkers;

  • A true interest and commitment to learning about the effects of torture on survivors, their families, and their communities.

 ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Commitment to TASSC’s overall mission

  • Sincere desire to be an integral team player

  • Humility and willingness to learn as well as share knowledge

  • Flexibility

  • Sense of humor

  • Resourcefulness

  • Personal integrity in handling ethically complex and confidential situations

  • Self-motivated and comfortable working in stressful situations

  • Strong research and analytical skills

SALARY AND BENEFITS OFFERED

·         Salary level $55,000 - $65,000 depending on experience;

·         Excellent health and dental insurance benefits;

·         Extremely generous vacation, personal time, religious holiday and family leave package;

·         Paid annual bar admission dues;

·         On-site, free parking;

·         Walking distance from Brookland NE DC Metro station;

·         As full-time TASSC employee, potentially eligible to apply for DC Bar Foundation LRAP loan repayment assistance program; and

·         Collegial, supportive atmosphere and work family.

Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to the Legal Services Program Manager, Cynthia Vanderpool Garcia, at cindy@tassc.org.  The cover letter should be no more than 1 page in length and should directly address 1.)  Why you are interested in working for TASSC, 2.)  How your background and experience fulfill the job position requirements, and 3.)  How you will benefit TASSC as an interdisciplinary organization seeking to provide holistic services to survivors of torture and how TASSC will benefit your career goals and professional development.  Additionally, application materials will be considered on a rolling basis until a candidate is chosen for the position.  Start date for this position is January 1, 2020 with the potential to start sooner.