International Rescue Committee Immigration Assistant in Seattle, Washington
IRC Background: The mission of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933, the IRC has a presence in over 40 countries and 27 offices in the United States; the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC opened an office in Seattle in 1976 and provides immediate resettlement assistance, employment assistance, intensive case management, immigration services, health and wellness programs through our New Roots community garden, and a program for anti-human trafficking.
Job Overview: Under the direction of the Accredited Representative, the Immigration Assistant provides support in three key areas: 1) Client intake; 2) Form preparation, and 3) Casework. Additional services include community outreach, citizenship workshops, coordinating and managing the naturalization tutors’ pool and volunteer management
Support in department administrative duties, including tracking data and fees, coordination of schedules, and utilizing computer software to prepare immigration forms. Compile data, supporting in trainings, and supporting the Accredited Representative in drafting reports Provide client intake and determine eligibility for services. Computerized completion of the N-400 “Application for Naturalization” and other related applications including, but not limited to: Replacement of lost documents, Travel Documents, Work Authorization forms, Removal of Conditions, I-485 Adjustment of Status Applications; Fiancé and Family Petitions, FOIA requests. Provide follow-up to clients to monitor progress and to identify additional immigration needs. Assist clients to inquire and advocate for their immigration applications with the USCIS. Provide outreach to the various refugee/immigrant ethnic communities to promote IRC naturalization and immigration services. Attend ongoing trainings both in-person and on-line. Other related duties as assigned
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Resettlement Program Manager/Immigration Specialist in Seattle Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Resettlement Team, Immigration Team, Anti-Trafficking Team, Volunteer Assistant, Immigration interns
External: Immigration service providers including law firms and non-profits, Dept. of Homeland Security, Federal and State Offices,
Education: Bachelor’s Degree is preferred.
Work Experience: At least two years working with a non-profit or non-governmental organization; preferably in a casework or social services setting. Experience serving immigration clients strongly preferred.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
Have at least one year of experience working with basic immigration procedures Possess excellent communication skills both oral and written Have the ability to work with clients who speak limited English Be creative and have the ability to work independently without close supervision
Excellent interpersonal skills: the ability to work effectively with partners and colleagues in a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary environment Solid organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time, and meet deadlines The ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced team environment
Language Skills: Fluent in English, both spoken and written; bilingual ability in one of the predominant languages of the local client base is desired (Swahili and/or Russian, etc.).
Working Environment: Standard office work
Location: US - WA -Seattle
Employee Type: Regular
Employee Category: Part Time