Jobs at TASSC

Do you want to get involved by working at TASSC? While we are an extremely small staff, we occasionally have openings. See our open jobs below and apply for a rewarding position at TASSC!

Staff Attorney

TASSC is looking for a Staff Attorney to work with the Legal Services Program (LSP) on a full-time schedule to prepare and successfully complete asylum claims for survivors of torture. This is a one-year contract position with a salary of $50,000, during which the Staff Attorney will be expected to work 40 hours per week, with the potential of continuing into a second year pending receipt of additional funding.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Ensure that legal interns, fellows, and pro bono attorneys receive prompt and complete legal and procedural support on all legal matters handled by the LSP. This includes reviewing of draft legal submissions, strategizing on individual cases, and review of application evidence packets;
  • Collaborate with other service providers to determine how to best meet the needs of survivors of torture and improve access to legal representation;
  • Work with TASSC’s social services, and health and wellness services teams to provide trauma-informed legal assistance to all survivors throughout the entirety of the asylum process;
  • Identify, analyze, and respond to legal and/or procedural changes that affect survivors of torture and other asylum seekers, including statutory changes, executive orders, proposed regulations, and decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals or the federal courts;
  • Identify survivors who are eligible for legal services through TASSC’s LSP by conducting individual interviews with survivors referred by TASSC’s clinical case managers and social work interns;
  • Ensure all eligible survivors receive high-quality legal representation by exercising due diligence and strongly advocating for each survivor;
  • In collaboration with TASSC Campaign and Advocacy Program Manager, engage in advocacy on behalf of survivors of torture by meeting with members of Congress, legislative aids, and other local officials at the Department of Homeland Security, its various agencies, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review;
  • Conduct outreach efforts to nonprofits, schools, and/or places of worship working with survivors of torture and other asylum seekers;
  • Attend regular TASSC staff meetings and other events;
  • Represent TASSC at meetings of other legal service providers in the DC Metro Area;
  • Prepare and submit periodic reports documenting compliance with requirements under the various grants that fund LSP

JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • Law degree (JD or LLM) from an ABA-accredited US institution and admission to any state bar;
  • Prior experience preferred in direct representation of asylum applicants, preferably survivors of torture or other serious trauma, before USCIS Asylum Offices, the EOIR’s Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the federal courts, or local courts;
  • Commitment to working with survivors of torture, and commitment to the campaign to rid the world of the scourge of torture;
  • Desire to work effectively with all TASSC staff, including the Legal Services Program Manager, legal interns, fellows, pro bono attorneys, psychologists, clinical case managers, advocacy consultants, job counselors, and social work interns;
  • Ability to communicate patiently, respectfully, and empathetically with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including survivors of torture coming 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;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively, including with volunteers;
  • A team-building, collegial approach to interacting with coworkers;
  • A commitment to learning about the effects of torture on survivors, their families, and their communities.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • 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 analysis skills
  • Trauma-informed and sensitive listening and communication skills
  • Fluency in a second language a plus (particularly Amharic, French, or Arabic)

BENEFITS

This is a full-time position with the expectation that you will be working 40 hours per week. TASSC offers health and dental benefits to full-time employees. TASSC offers a PPO plan through Blue Cross/Blue Shield and pays 80% of the premium cost. We also offer dental under Dominion National and pay 80% of the premium costs, and you have the option of enrolling in the PPO or EPPO. 

TASSC offers a generous paid-time off package for full-time employees. As a full-time employee, you will have the following benefits:

  • Vacation – 15 days of paid vacation during the first year of employment. Vacation is accrued at a rate of 1.25 days each month of service. A maximum of 10 unused days can be rolled over to the following year.
  • Sick/Personal Time – 12 days to be used for sick or personal time each year. Sick/personal time is accrued at a rate of 1 day per month and cannot be rolled over.
  • Winter Closure – The office is closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day each year. TASSC offers full-pay for this week.
  • Federal Holidays – TASSC offers paid days off for all federal holidays, which comes out to 10 paid holidays each year. 

LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

While not required, fluency in a second language is a plus (particularly Amharic, French or Arabic)

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

J.D.

HOW TO APPLY

joshua@tassc.org

https://www.tassc.org/

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and unofficial law school transcript (if you have been out of school for less than 5 years), and 2 references with contact information to Joshua@tassc.org by November 14, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.