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 approximately 7,500 men, women, and children detained in Eloy, Florence, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona on any given day. The Florence Project has become known nationally for its legal service delivery systems which ensure detained people empowered access to justice. The Florence Project provides high quality legal advice or representation 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 manager to join our growing team to provide top notch mentorship, program development, and legal representation. Come join our team and be part of the change, fighting for immigrants’ rights in these challenging times
The Professional Development Manager position is a new position and will play a key role in designing and implementing training and professional development opportunities for Florence Project staff and interns. This position will report to the Deputy Director, and work closely with the Executive Director, Director of Operations, Legal Director, and HR Manager. The main duties of the position are creating comprehensive training and recruiting strategies for attorney positions, organizing leadership development initiatives and opportunities for staff, spearheading diversity and inclusive initiatives, especially tied to professional development and recruitment, create an in-house training program for accredited representatives, oversee and develop the legal intern program, and field legal conflicts and ethics questions, and be a resource for staff on these issues. This position may be based in any one of the Florence Project’s three offices, with regular travel between the offices as need be.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Create and implement comprehensive training strategy for attorneys, in coordination with HR.
- Create and ensure training initiatives and a core legal curriculum for attorneys, including regular CLEs.
- Create and implement a new, cutting edge leadership initiative for Florence Project staff, which includes in house trainings.
- Create and implement a supportive training program for legal assistants who wish to become accredited representatives.
- Spearhead diversity and inclusion initiatives, in coordination with HR, regarding professional development, recruitment, and supporting our diverse, talented staff.
- Spearhead the organization’s trainings for managers, including partnership with The Management Center, in coordination with HR.
- Spearhead the organization’s self-care initiatives, in coordination with HR and other departments.
- Strengthen our intern program for legal interns, including summer and academic year interns, short term legal interns, and long term volunteers, in coordination with the Special Projects Attorney.
- Be the point person on staff for legal conflicts cases and ethics questions. Create a framework for conflicts checks and be the go to person for conflicts/ethics questions and develop a framework for how to manage those cases, and teach staff about such frameworks.
- Coordinate legal memberships and resources for staff.
- Present to staff members and to outside community and professional organizations on a regular basis regarding different topics, participate in recruitment events at local and national law schools.
- Supervise 1-5 individuals, depending on the growth of the program and restructuring, which may include the Volunteer Coordinator and other positions.
- J.D. and admission to any state bar.
- Must be fluent or have advanced proficiency in Spanish.
- Preferred at least two years of experience providing legal services to immigrants in removal proceedings. In depth knowledge of immigration law, specifically deportation defense and criminal-immigration law issues.
- Must have proven experience supervising staff or interns, and demonstrated ability to inspire confidence in others and play a supportive role. Must have a commitment to diversity and inclusion.
- Demonstrated commitment to advocating for indigent immigrant clients in a respectful and empowering way and zealous support of the Florence Project’s mission.
- Must be a hard working team player with a sense of humor who is flexible, patient, respectful, and comfortable (and have necessary organizational skills to thrive) in a busy nonprofit setting.
- Must have excellent written and oral advocacy skills, problem solving, research, and analytical skills, and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with diverse populations.
- Must be able to both work independently and also as part of a team, and be adaptable and reliable in the face of conflict, pressure, crises, or changing priorities.
- Prior experience working with trauma survivors or individuals with mental health issues is a plus, and must be comfortable working with people with criminal convictions.
- Travel is required for this position; therefore, candidates must have access to reliable transportation.
- Candidates must be able to clear basic background checks, and obtain security clearance to enter detention facilities.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time, salaried exempt position. Salaries are competitive for our non-profit network and public interest legal jobs in Arizona. Cost of living in Arizona is very reasonable. We strive to create and uphold a positive, supportive, and inclusive work environment for all staff. We offer excellent benefits, including:
- Medical, dental, vision, short term disability and life insurance premiums fully paid through FIRRP and 50% of spouse and dependent coverage
- After one year of employment, employees are eligible for an employer matching retirement plan.
- One personal day paid each month
- Twenty five days of paid vacation
- Five days of sick/medical leave annually
- Six weeks of parental leave (up to twelve weeks total, with option to use short term disability, vacations, and sick paid time off for unpaid portion)
- Mileage reimbursement for travel between offices and places of work.
- Bereavement leave
- All federal holidays are observed plus Christmas Eve and Friday after Thanksgiving.
- After three years of employment, employees are eligible for an eight-week paid sabbatical.
- Relocation assistance available for out-of-state hires
This is an immediate opening. To apply, please complete the application below and upload a cover letter detailing your interest in the position, and resume with three professional references. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Only 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.