Dolores Street Community Services
  • SF, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance and optional retirement, flexible spending account, and commuter benefits for full time staff. Generous paid time off.

Program: Deportation Defense and Legal Advocacy Program

Compensation: Competitive within the field. Full time, exempt position. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance and optional retirement, flexible spending account, and commuter benefits. Generous paid vacation, sick leave, Summer and Winter Recess, and holidays.

Schedule: M-F 9:30-5:30PM (flexible), Non-Exempt Position

To apply: Please visit and submit cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample.

Deadline: Immediately interviewing on a rolling basis until position is filled.

About the Organization:

Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS) nurtures individual wellness and cultivates collective power among low-income and immigrant communities to create a more just society. As a multi-issue, multi-strategy organization, we work to improve lives on an individual level as well as affect broader social change by engaging in advocacy and community organizing. We work together across programs to address homelessness, lack of affordable housing, and to support immigrant rights in order to meet the complex needs of our communities and collectively address the root causes of suffering and injustice. To learn more about our organization's model and impact, we encourage you to watch the following video.

Since 2008, Dolores Street's Deportation Defense & Legal Advocacy Program has been a local leader in providing pro bono legal defense for individuals and families facing deportation. We use creative legal and advocacy strategies to challenge prolonged detention, constitutional violations, and other injustices in the immigration legal system. We represent individuals threatened with deportation through challenges to the charges of removability, as well as through applications for relief, including asylum, withholding of removal, relief under the Convention Against Torture, waivers of inadmissibility and deportability, and applications for U-visa, T-Visa, and VAWA relief.

Position Summary:

Dolores Street seeks a full-time, experienced legal assistant/paralegal to support attorneys in representing and providing legal assistance to low-income community members in removal proceedings.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist attorneys in providing full-scope representation to individuals facing removal before the Immigration Court, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit of Appeals, which includes, but is not limited to:
    • Preparing applications, motions, declarations, and other forms and filings;
    • Conducting intakes and assisting potential clients with appropriate referrals;
  • Participate in agency meetings, community activities, and trainings;
  • Engage in outreach, education, and advocacy in the area of immigrant rights on the local and state level;
  • Maintain and establish relationships with community partners and immigration service providers.

Other Organizational Duties

  • Conduct business in accordance with the DSCS Employee Handbook, exercising sound judgment and serving the best interests of the agency and the community;
  • Work within the framework of the agency's mission, vision, values, theory of change, and organization's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, restorative justice, trauma-informed work, and language justice;
  • Commit yourself to treating each community member with respect and dignity;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Ability to communicate effectively with monolingual Spanish-speakers (i.e., advanced Spanish skills);
  • Ability to work effectively and compassionately with survivors of trauma and clients with mental illness;
  • Demonstrated commitment to immigrant rights and community empowerment;
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently to manage priorities, and prioritize workflow;
  • Bachelor's degree or international equivalent preferred;
  • Experience working in immigration law office preferred;
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently to manage priorities and prioritize workflow.
  • Strong computer knowledge, ability to use Windows and Microsoft Office.
  • Commitment to providing services with cultural humility.

Dolores Street Community Services is an equal-opportunity employer that values lived experience and seeks applicants of the greatest diversity possible. We encourage people of color, women, older people, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities, including HIV and community members who grew up in the Mission District, to apply. Pursuant to the SF Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.

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