Manager, Legal Program (Full Time)

Reports to: Director, Community Programs

Womankind works with survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma and build a path to healing. We bring critical resources and deep cultural competency to help Asian communities find refuge, recovery and renewal.

Womankind’s Community Programs provides comprehensive direct services that support the recovery of survivors and their children from domestic violence (DV), human trafficking (HT), and sexual violence (SV). We engage communities and raise awareness on DV, HT, and SV, provide support via our 24-hour multilingual helpline, ensure all clients receive prompt and professional services, and provide therapeutic support that encourages self- sufficiency and empowerment.

Womankind’s Legal Program, launched in 2011, is an integral component of our work in helping survivors gain independence and self-sufficiency, thus reducing their vulnerability to abuse and exploitation. Combining survivor-centered and culturally responsive legal work with our holistic approach to client empowerment and advocacy, Womankind’s Legal Program has represented clients in various forms of immigration relief, including VAWA, BSW, U Visas, and T Visas. Since our expansion of the Legal Program in January 2018, we now also provide legal support with orders of protection, custody, visitation, child support, and uncontested divorces. We seek a compassionate, dedicated, team-oriented, and goal-oriented manager to take a lead role in supporting our legal team as well as development of our legal program.

Position Summary:

The Manager will have oversight of legal staff, legal services, program development, pro bono project, grants management/reporting, and outreach efforts. The Manager reports to the Director of Community Programs and is responsible for implementing Womankind’s mission through legal services.

The Manager will work closely with all programs in the Community Programs department, including 5 remote sites to ensure holistic legal services and programmatic excellence. In addition, they will coordinate with other agency departments such as Development, Finance, Operations and Volunteer Engagement. The manager will serve as Womankind’s spokesperson in external meetings, training, conferences, and panels when needed.

Primary Responsibilities:

Program Management:

  • Supervise and support 2 full time staff attorneys and 1 full time paralegal. Provide and/or coordinate training in areas of immigration and family law
  • Monitor and conduct case assignments for the legal team
  • Manage data and various reports to better understand and keep track of needs, trends, and service performance
  • Develop structures and establish written protocol for various processes within the legal team
  • Hold a team meeting that is both focused on cases as well as the program as a whole
  • Develop pro bono and law student fellowship opportunities

Internal Training and Facilitation:

  • Provide and/or coordinate ongoing training to advocates to increase capacity and understanding in working with GBV survivors with immigration and family law needs
  • Collect and provide best practice technical assistance to advocates and supervisors on areas that are most needed through partnerships with other Womankind programs

Outreach and Advocacy:

  • Work closely with our policy and advocacy manager to dissect legal-heavy documents such as state and federal policies
  • Draft easily digestible policies that could impact our clients and work with advocates in delivering information. As needed, draft statements and responses to current events related to immigration and family law and the Asian/immigrant community
  • Represent Womankind throughout the city at the different coalitions and taskforces to ensure that the voices of our survivors are well represented in order to ensure their needs are met
  • Work closely with the community education and outreach manager to ensure that workshops and training are up-to-date and consistent with Womankind’s practice and approach

Qualifications:

  • Law Degree with admission to State Bar (New York)
  • Ability to speak an Asian language
  • At least five years of experience providing direct representation on family law matters and/or immigration
  • At least 3 years of experience in a supervisory role
  • Experience and/or knowledge of non-profit social services and in working with survivors of violence
  • Excellent organizational skills, including ability to effectively complete multiple tasks, priorities, and responsibilities while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and handle confidential matters
  • Strong and effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and within a team structure, as well as develop and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and volunteers

How to apply:

Email resume and cover letter, outlining your suitability for the role to: hr@iamwk.org. Please include your name and the position you are applying for in the subject line. Womankind is an Equal Opportunity Empower. We are unable to provide visa sponsorships at this time. No phone calls.