Paralegal, Eastern Pennsylvania
JOB TITLE: Paralegal, Eastern Pennsylvania STATUS: Non-Exempt SUPERVISED BY: Supervising Attorney ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Justice at Work is a nonprofit legal aid provider based in Pennsylvania. Our mission is to support low-wage workers as they pursue economic and social justice.
We advance our mission through the provision of legal services, education, and advocacy. We employ a client-centered model of service: we seek to address clients challenges based on the unique circumstances of each individual, with a focus on their viewpoint and goals; we recognize that justice is a process; we believe that the experience we create for our clients as we guide them through the legal process is as important as the ultimate legal outcomes we seek to bring about. We have offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and provide legal services throughout Pennsylvania.
We focus much of our work on Spanish-speaking immigrant and migrant communities living in small cities, towns and agricultural communities across the state. We strive to center marginalized community voices and are working toward prioritizing racial justice in our advocacy and among our staff, board, clients and volunteers. JOB SUMMARY: The person in this position will be responsible for conducting intakes and investigating client issues, undertaking research, drafting documents, compiling immigration applications, and/or acting as an advocate as permitted by law, all under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
They will also provide community education services to low-wage immigrant and migrant workers across eastern Pennsylvania. This job will be based out of Philadelphia. The position will involve significant travel.
The anticipated start date is August 15, 2020. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION: Minimum High School diploma or equivalent; Previous experience providing immigration-related legal services preferred; Excellent spoken and written Spanish and English language skills are required, other language skills are helpful and welcomed; Good interpersonal skills and ability to work well with a wide range of people; Excellent organization and time management skills; Self-motivated, and able to work both collaboratively and independently; Previous experience with farmworker and/or immigrant and migrant communities preferred; Ability to work appropriately with clients who have experienced trauma; Must have a valid driver s license and a car for work-related travel.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Interview clients; As permitted by law where no license is required, provide assistance on behalf of clients in appropriate areas of expertise, including advice and informal advocacy; In substantive areas where a license is required and as directed or reviewed by a supervising or other licensed attorney, relay advice or other assistance to clients or facilitate the referral of clients to other legal services programs or other resources, including acting as liaison; Prepare legal documents, including immigration forms, and other correspondence as needed; Demonstrate knowledge of the law and the immigration legal system; Attend training in relevant substantive and procedural law areas; Comply with all applicable regulations, policies and grant requirements; Develop and maintain good relationships with the client community, state and local bar and other community groups; Ensure that all applicable client files, data and reports are accurate, complete, and timely; Accurately track all time and data as required; Demonstrate dependability through good attendance, adherence to timelines and schedules, and regular communication with supervisor; Embrace and support our overall mission, standards, policies and procedures, and confidentiality guidelines. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both Spanish and English; Strong interpersonal skills: able to work well with a wide range of people, including members of migrant or immigrant communities; Strong organizational and time management skills; Demonstrated dependability and adherence to timelines and schedules; Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; Demonstrated resourcefulness and ability to take initiative in development and completion of projects; Extremely efficient, organized, and able to follow through on long-term tasks until completed; Intermediate to advanced knowledge of calendaring, word processing and database applications. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This work requires the following physical activities: Sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending, squatting, kneeling, stooping; good finger dexterity and feeling; frequent repetitive motions; ability to speak and hear; or the ability to perform essential job functions with reasonable accommodation.
Lifting (up to 25 pounds of files, supplies or minor office equipment). Requires substantial time spent typing. Requires driving for significant periods of time across Pennsylvania.
Salary & Benefits: The hourly wage rate for this position begins at $17 per hour. Overtime hours (hours beyond 40 hours in a workweek) will be paid at one and a half times the regular rate. Salary for this position will be commensurate with qualifications.
We also offer up to $7,500 per year in student loan repayment assistance. Employment at Justice at Work includes excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short and long-term disability coverage, retirement plan, plus generous sick, vacation and personal paid leave.
Application Process: Accepted on a rolling basis but priority will be given to applicants who submit their cover letter and resume by July 15, 2020. Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Tshay Williams at . Non - Discrimination: JaW is committed to fostering opportunities for all, particularly those from underrepresented and marginalized communities.
We follow an equal opportunity employment policy and employ personnel without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability status, veteran status, military obligations and marital status. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position.
These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position.
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