The Florence Project
was founded in 1989 to respond to a representation crisis for indigent non-citizens detained at the rural Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center in Florence, Arizona. Through our programs today, we provide services to the more than 10,000 men, women, and children that are detained in Arizona on any given day. The Florence Project is nationally known for its legal service delivery systems which ensure that detained people are empowered and have access to justice. The Florence Project provides high quality legal services and supports initiatives for national changes in immigration law and policy.
Detention in Arizona is growing, family separation continues, and recent changes to case law and policies have made bond and asylum incredibly challenging. The Florence Project is on the frontlines of immigration, fighting back against constant attacks on immigrants’ rights. We are looking for a creative attorney to join our growing team to provide top notch legal representation and mentorship. Come join our team and be part of the change, fighting for immigrants’ rights in these challenging times.
SENIOR STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION SUMMARY
The Florence Project has an opening for a Senior Staff Attorney, serving detained adults in several facilities in Florence and Eloy, Arizona. The Senior Staff Attorney will work within the Adult Detention Program, providing direct legal representation to individuals detained at the detention centers in four different facilities in the towns of Florence and Eloy, AZ. They will also serve as a trainer and mentor to Staff Attorneys and Legal Assistants on this team. This includes co-chairing legal representation with staff attorneys before the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. The Senior Staff Attorney will work with the Managing Attorney to develop systems associated with intakes, case distribution, and allocation of resources to cases.
On a limited basis the Senior Staff Attorney will provide group “Know Your Rights” presentations, individual intakes, group and individual court counseling and prep sessions, and pro se services to immigrants facing removal proceedings before the Immigration Court. The Senior Staff Attorney may also mentor law student interns and other volunteers, and participate in related advocacy and outreach projects.
The Florence Project has three offices: in Phoenix, Tucson, and Florence. The Florence office is headquartered approximately one hour southeast of Phoenix and one to one and a half hours north of Tucson. Our Florence office allows for staff to have quick access to clients detained in Florence and Eloy facilities. The position may work from any three of the offices, to be discussed during the interviewing stage, depending on which location is best for the applicant and the program.
Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish is required. The applicant must be licensed to practice law in any state. Preferred 2-3 years of experience in immigration law, removal defense, and/or any relevant legal work related. We seek applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to immigration issues and public interest law, who enjoy working in a collaborative, high volume, and energetic work environment. Must be a flexible team player. Prior advocacy work in immigrant rights, human rights, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice, mental health advocacy, or experience working with trauma survivors is a plus. Travel is required for this position, therefore candidates must have access to reliable transportation. Candidates must be able to clear a basic background check, and obtain security clearance to enter detention facilities.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time, salaried-exempt position. Salary is based on experience, and salaries are competitive for our non-profit network and public interest legal jobs in Arizona. Cost of living in Arizona is very reasonable. The Florence Project strives to create and uphold a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for staff. We offer excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, with full premiums paid by the Florence Project. We also provide mileage reimbursement for travel between offices and places of work. After one year of employment, staff members are eligible for the employer matching retirement plan. Paid time off includes one personal day each month in addition to fifteen days of vacation and twelve days of sick/medical leave annually, six weeks parental leave (up to twelve weeks total, with option to use personal, vacation, and sick paid time off for unpaid portion), and bereavement leave. In addition, the Florence Project observes all federal holidays. After three consecutive years of employment with the Florence project, staff members are eligible for an eight week paid sabbatical.
This is an immediate opening. Please apply soon to join our exciting team! We will accept applications on a rolling basis. To apply, please complete the application below; upload a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, your resume with three professional references, and writing sample. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. The Florence Project values diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQ individuals, individuals with disabilities, and members of underrepresented communities.
This job announcement is for informational purposes only, and is subject to change and modification without notice. This job announcement includes a non-exhaustive list of responsibilities, qualifications and requirements of the position, but does not include the essential job functions of the position.