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Supervising Attorney

International Refugee Assistance Project

International Refugee Assistance Project

Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2024
The US Legal Services - Supervising Attorney role is focused on supervising senior staff and staff attorneys and non-attorney staff to ensure that U.S. Legal provides our clients with excellent legal representation and our staff with a rewarding and supportive work environment. The Supervising Attorney also provides direct representation of refugees and other displaced people seeking admission or parole into the United States and/or securing status for clients in the United States who do not yet have long-lasting, secure status. The Supervising Attorney is also responsible for mentoring pro bono attorneys and law students in representing refugees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, and other individuals experiencing forced displacement. The Supervising Attorney also contributes to IRAP’s cross-departmental work to further our mission.


  • Supervise U.S. Legal Services staff, including by providing oversight of docket management for case-handling staff, reviewing draft correspondence, forms, and legal arguments for staff who are new to IRAP and/or who are new to certain case types, ensuring IRAP’s representation meets standards of excellence, supports staff in developing and/or sustaining coping mechanisms for vicarious trauma and otherwise supports staff members’ professional development at IRAP.
  • Attend weekly U.S. Legal supervisors’ meetings, including providing input into the monthly intake schedule, addressing challenges facing the U.S. Legal department as a whole, and allocating staff capacity and other resources to best serve our clients.
  • Provide substantive leadership by sharing expertise in team meetings (especially intake and U.S. Legal meetings) and via email and chat as appropriate.
  • Work closely with the deputy director and director of U.S. Legal Services to develop and revise department policies in support of our work, including assisting with revisiting, as needed, the U.S. Legal scope of work, client emergency assistance policies, etc.
  • Communicate decisions to direct reports as needed, including providing clarifying and supporting information once policies or procedures are announced department-wide.
  • Provide advice and counsel and direct representation to a diverse caseload of clients, including refugees seeking resettlement or parole, U.S. wartime allies seeking Special Immigrant Visas, family members of refugees seeking family reunification in the U.S., refugees seeking relief from removal, and asylum-seekers seeking asylum, withholding or CAT protection.
  • Assist with managing and mentoring pro bono attorneys, including monitoring case progress, providing expert legal advice, reviewing legal submissions, and conducting training, to ensure high-quality representation by our pro bono teams.
  • Collaborate with the IRAP Litigation Department on any current and future high impact litigation efforts.
  • Collaborate with the IRAP Policy Department to reform and improve government systems and policies.
  • Assist with the management of legal interns, intake volunteers, and fellows.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BA and JD required; must be admitted to practice law and in good standing in any jurisdiction in the United States.
  • At least four years of relevant experience serving immigrants and refugees seeking admission to the United States and/or long-term status in the United States required.
  • Strong preference for at least one year of supervisory experience of full-time staff or interns in a legal setting.
  • Prior employment with a non-profit and/or in immigration law preferred.
  • Prior experience supervising teams remotely preferred.
  • Prior experience living and/or working in countries other than the United States preferred.
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced and high-pressure work environment; highly organized and motivated, able to multi-task and manage a high-volume workload.
  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Sensitivity to client empowerment and to working with clients of all backgrounds, including LGBTI clients, survivors of trauma, and other vulnerable populations.
  • Fluency in oral and written English.
  • Fluency in oral and written Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, Spanish, Haitian Creole, or other languages spoken by IRAP’s client communities is a plus.
Location: The candidate will work in one of IRAP’s offices in New York City or Washington, DC but remote work candidates will be considered provided that the working hours are Eastern Standard Time working hours. This position benefits from periodic travel to IRAP’s New York office and episodic international travel.
The annual full-time equivalent salary range for this position is $83,917 - $213,462 commensurate with experience and office location.
IRAP’s benefits vary across office locations, and IRAP seeks to offer equitable and generous benefits to all employees. IRAP’s U.S. benefits include:
Fully paid family health insurance
Retirement options
Extensive PTO (20 or more vacation days & 19 org-wide holidays)
Comprehensive leave time for sickness
Disability and parenting (4 months of parental leave)
Reimbursement for work from home equipment
Generous opportunities for professional development
To Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references. A successful cover letter will include:
Your interest in working at IRAP specifically;
Specific references to the job description and why you will excel in this job;
Any languages you speak (if not clear from your resume);
Any US jurisdictions where you are licensed to practice law (if not clear from your resume.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on February 7th. Apply early for full consideration.
IRAP is an equal-opportunity employer; people of color and individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. IRAP does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or any other protected class. We consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of all local, state, and federal laws related to the Fair Chance Act.