NW1, London
NW8, London
£50,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description


Asylum Aid has long been a leader in the Immigration and NGO sector: providing high-level legal casework to ensure the protection of vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and using its expert knowledge to drive forward system change. Now, in its 30th year of providing high quality legal support in asylum, immigration and public law work, these services are needed more than ever. Asylum Aid also has specific funded projects on statelessness casework and welfare benefits.

The Helen Bamber Foundation is a pioneering Human Rights charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers who are the survivors of trafficking and torture, including gender-based and ‘honour-based’ violence. Recognising the complexity of each client’s suffering and needs, the Foundation offers specialist services within a Model of Integrated Care encompassing: therapy; medical advice; legal protection; counter-trafficking support; housing & welfare advice; and community and integration.

The Helen Bamber Foundation and Asylum Aid are proud to announce that since August 2020, we have combined our efforts to support the vulnerable asylum seekers and refugees who need us the most. We specialise in representing those with complex cases that often cannot access representation elsewhere, including survivors of trafficking and torture, children and stateless persons.


The ideal candidate will have extensive experience across the field of immigration law and human rights.  You will be able to provide practical and strategic leadership, to re-establish a well-respected organisation, to deliver trauma-informed legal casework, and to deliver policy and influence within the sector. You will have recent in-practice experience as a barrister/solicitor/CIFLEX or senior immigration caseworker with IAAS Level 2 and supervisory accreditation and significant experience in publicly funded immigration work under a Legal Aid Agency Contract.

As the Director of Asylum Aid, you will be responsible for supporting and managing a growing team, and providing strategic oversight for the organisation in collaboration with the CEO for the Helen Bamber Foundation Group.  This will include: the application of sound governance practices and office management; supporting the maintenance of relationships with the Board of Trustees, and other external and internal communications; and supporting the financial and driving the regulatory management of Asylum Aid.

We expect the post holder to spend up to 0.4FTE of the role on legal casework, holding a small caseload of Legal Aid and/or statelessness casework, and delivering high quality legal services on the full range of immigration and welfare issues that affect migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Experience of running judicial review cases, particularly in respect of strategic litigation, and working with vulnerable clients including victims of trafficking and UASCs, is highly desirable.


As is the nature of this sector, the role will be exposed to a high volume of traumatic and distressing material and, whilst they will be supported by senior management and the CEO, they should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of good self-care principles in an intense work environment and dissemination of those principles to the supervisors and junior members of the team.

Equal Opportunities

The Helen Bamber Foundation and Asylum Aid is an equal opportunities and Living Wage employer. We are committed to attracting and recruiting diverse candidates as we are keen to make sure that our staff, trustees, volunteers and ambassadors reflect the communities we serve and the wider community we work in at every level within the organisation.  We particularly welcome applications from Minority Ethnicities.

Please note that the successful candidate will be offered the job subject to suitable references and a DBS check. This role will require disclosure of both the adult and child barring lists. If appointed, you will be required to give your consent to Asylum Aid to receive regular updates on your criminal records status throughout your employment. 

In order to apply please submit an up to date CV and a covering letter by 9am Monday 21st June 2021 by outlining your relevant skills and experience, as well as how your previous experience that matches the listed responsibilities and person specification. Please state in your covering letter when you would be available to start the role. In setting the salary regard has been had to average sector pay and the NCJ and NICVA payscales. We particularly welcome applications from Minority Ethnicities.

Interviews are scheduled to be held during the week commencing 5th July 2021 and will be conducted via Zoom. For any queries, please call our numbers and ask to speak to Kerry Smith (CEO).  

We regret that we can only respond to applicants who make it to the interview stage. No agencies.

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Posted on: 25 May 2021
Closing date: 21 June 2021
Tags: Management, Legal
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