AYUDA – Attorney opening (VA)

July 28, 2016

Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing direct legal and social services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Through its offices in Takoma, DC and Falls Church, VA, Ayuda has amassed a 40-year history of providing critical services on a wide range of issues, and in the process has acquired nationally recognized expertise in immigration law, domestic violence and human trafficking, among other fields.

We are seeking a full-time, bilingual Immigration Managing Attorney, who can lead our Virginia office’s immigration department and represent Ayuda before the public on immigration issues.  The position is based in our Falls Church, Virginia office.


Because, just like everyone at Ayuda, you believe:

  • In seeing communities where all immigrants overcome obstacles in order to succeed and thrive in the United States.
  • In the overall success of our organization and all our programs
  • That families should be healthy, united, and safe from harm.
  • That all people should have access to professional, honest, and ethical services, regardless of ability to pay or status in this country.
  • That diversity and equality make this country better.


  • Oversee management of all aspects of Ayuda’s Virginia Immigration department;
  • Provide training, mentorship, and supervision to legal staff and administrative support staff;
  • Prepare and submit grant reports and ensure the department’s compliance with grant requirements and outcomes;
  • Lead or draft grant proposals and reports;
  • Work with staff accountant to ensure proper program and grant financial management, including management of client fee-based legal services;
  • Represent Ayuda at meetings and collaborations with other agencies;
  • Conduct trainings and community outreach on immigration issues;
  • Collaborate with Ayuda’s Social Services staff to ensure the provision of holistic services;
  • Collaborate with and support the organization’s leadership and participate in Ayuda’s leadership team;
  • Provide direct legal representation for a small caseload consisting of a variety of immigration matters including representation of: clients in administrative and judicial proceedings; asylum-seekers; victims of trafficking seeking a T-visa; victims of crimes seeking a U-visa; victims of domestic violence seeking relief under VAWA; minors seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; and those seeking other forms of immigration relief and representation in immigration matters;
  • Collaborate with Ayuda’s Program Initiatives Department for fundraising initiatives, media requests and publicity opportunities. Provide client stories and client speakers for Ayuda’s fundraising events;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • J.D. or LL.M from accredited law school;
  • At least 4 years of immigration legal practice experience;
  • Experience supervising legal staff or interns;
  • Current bar membership in good standing to practice law in any of the United States;
  • Experience working with low-income immigrant populations and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or other survivors of trauma;
  • Good communication skills, flexibility and good humor highly desirable;
  • Fluent in Spanish


Commensurate with experience plus a benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance. All federal holidays and closures observed and paid leave for the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day. This position is considered to be exempt for overtime purposes.


Send an email with the subject line “Managing Attorney” and the following documents to Executive Director, Paula Fitzgerald at VALegal@ayuda.com:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (10 pages double-spaced maximum)
  • 3 References

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