Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Orange County Community Advocate

Position Summary:  
The Community Advocate is a part-time or full-time position, working in the Advancing Justice - OC office under the supervision of the Orange County Immigration & Citizenship Project Director. The Community Advocate must be fluent in Vietnamese or Mandarin, and English, and will be responsible for legal intake, screening, and client contact duties for low-income immigrants primarily in the Orange County region. The Community Advocate will also assist in a wide array of administrative and logistical tasks related to outreach and education of various ethnic communities in Orange County regarding citizenship. This may include developing partnerships with community-based organization, government entities and working on social media postings. The Community Advocate will also provide application support at naturalization clinics and administrative support in the areas of: clinic administration and organization, data entry, case management and document preparations.
 
Responsibilities and Duties:
  • Answer helpline calls from low-income, Vietnamese or Mandarin language- speaking individuals;
  • Assess legal matters, consult with Advancing Justice - OC attorneys and provide in-language assistance;
  • Provide brief services to callers with the support of the OC Supervising Attorney, OC Staff Attorney, or the Citizenship Coordinator;
  • Provide naturalization application assistance to lawful permanent residents under the supervision of an attorney within the OC Immigration & Citizenship Unit;
  • Assisting at on-site, remotely held, and offsite legal clinics, ensuring proper work flow at events;
  • Work closely with the OC Supervising Attorney, Citizenship Coordinator, and the OC Regional Director to provide any additional logistical and coordination support as directed
  • Conduct outreach and education to local communities;
  • Coordinate efforts with external partners, volunteers, and staff;
  • Update internal and external event calendars regularly;
  • Assist in the development and translation of written community outreach and education materials;
  • Provide language support such as interpretation and translation to OC Unit; 
  • Attend trainings on legal areas covered by the helpline; 
  • Perform administrative duties including but not limited to inputting intakes into centralized database and filing closed intakes;
  • All other duties as assigned. 
Qualifications:
Education and Experience 
  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent experience (relevant degree a plus);
  • Experience or familiarity with AANHPI and/or Orange County immigrant community with a preference for strong ties to the local Vietnamese or Mandarin Speaking communities;
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
  • Bilingual fluency in Vietnamese or Mandarin, and English (fluency in written AANHPI language a strong plus);
  • Dedication to serving immigrant communities and a sincere commitment to working on behalf of low-income immigrants;
  • Strong preference for applicants with some knowledge and experience in immigration or citizenship legal services;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Must be self-directed, organized, comfortable working independently and have the ability to initiate and coordinate projects in a timely manner;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, with prior notice; and
  • Valid driver's license and/or access to alternative means of transportation.
Compensation:  
$18.13 - $22.12 per hour DOE
 
Status
Full Time, Non-Exempt
 
Union Status
Yes 
 
Application Process:
Position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.  
Agency Description: 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice-LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI community while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice. Advancing Justice–LA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation. 

Office Location: 

Advancing Justice - LA only accepts resumes as PDF or Microsoft Word files with no macros enabled.

FOR LEGAL HELP

Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, public benefits, employement, housing, and civil rights. 

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583

For any questions about DRAI, please visit: https://advancingjustice-la.org/drai.

Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.