Job Details

Legal Assistant

Catholic Charities, Portland, OR, USA 97202

Job - Law

Close Date: 11/14/2024

Legal Assistant

Immigration Legal Services

Full-Time; (40 hrs/wk) Non-Exempt

Reports to: Assistant Director, Immigration Legal Services


The mission of Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services (CCILS) is to provide high quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees, and to engage in public education, training and community outreach. CCILS promotes justice for all newcomers and conditions that will result in their full participation in American society. Founded in 1996, CCILS focuses on family reunification and assistance to the most vulnerable immigrants, including domestic violence victims, crime victims, refugees, and certain persons needing deportation and removal defense.


Assist Program Attorneys in preparing client applications and monitoring all open cases.
Extensive written and oral correspondence with clients, including: answering phones, greeting clients, scheduling client appointments, assisting Attorneys during appointments, providing information and referral, closing cases.
Communicate with and screen all former clients who are eligible for U Visa adjustments, collect documentation, and distribute cases to attorneys and representatives.
Translate for client appointments at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Train and manage administrative and translation volunteers.
Assist Attorneys with various projects such as grant applications and reports.
Maintain and update monthly office reports and miscellaneous reports as assigned.
Receive client fees and process accordingly.
Additional duties as assigned.

Must be bilingual (Spanish/English) and bi-culturally competent.
Ability to communicate concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing in Spanish and English.
At least two years of previous legal assistance experience in the immigration law field preferred.
Demonstrate judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential matters.
Skills and experience in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) or other database software (legal software preferred).
Must be able to organize and prioritize work, be proactive, take initiative, resolve problems, follow through, and simultaneously manage multiple priorities to ensure goals are met in a timely manner.
Strong analytical and strategic problem-solving skills with high attention to detail.
Ability to work well in team setting, as well as independently; be flexible and adapt well to different dynamics in a fast paced and high-pressure environment.
Cultural competency with low-income immigrant groups and a strong desire to work with this population.
Ability to lift 40 pounds.
Successful completion of civil, criminal and/or motor vehicle background checks.
Ability to support organizational and program specific mission and goals.
Commitment to Catholic Charities mission to work in partnership with vulnerable populations to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.
Satisfactory results from criminal, civil and/or motor vehicle background check required.
COMPENSATION: Compensation is commensurate with skills and experience. Competitive benefits package, including: 100% employer paid health insurance (employee portion), disability, life insurance, paid time off, 12 paid holidays, retirement plan, free parking and more.

TO APPLY: Submit your application, resume and cover letter at


For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

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