Bilingual General Intake Paralegal

ORGANIZATION

Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) is a non-profit legal services program primarily funded by the Legal Services Corporation that serves low income residents of Philadelphia County and farmworkers throughout Pennsylvania. For Philadelphia residents who are low-income, elderly, or disabled, our legal assistance is often crucial to protecting their homes, their children, their safety, and their livelihood. POSITION PLA seeks to immediately hire a bilingual full time paralegal for its General Intake Unit. The unit consists of three paralegals who are currently supervised by the Managing Attorneys. The primary focus of the position is to conduct face to face and telephone interviews with prospective clients during which a determination of financial eligibility and the identification of the legal problem(s) are made. Paralegals complete referrals to pro bono agencies and provide advice and brief services under the supervision of an attorney. The ideal candidate will possess excellent knowledge of PLA practice areas and knowledge of other community resources for appropriate referrals. There is intensive in-house training and close supervision will be provided.

QUALIFICATIONS

• A college degree is preferred.

• Ability to speak, read, and write Spanish is required.

• Strong communication and interviewing skills.

• Ability to interact and communicate calmly with people.

• Ability to analyze complex factual scenarios and, after training, identify the legal problem.

• A commitment to improving the well-being of low-income communities.

• Maturity, self-motivation, and ability to adapt quickly.

• Prior work or volunteer experience at a non-profit serving low-income clients is preferred.

• Strong writing and problem solving skills.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Salary is commensurate with years of experience and is comparable to other public interest paralegal salaries. Full health coverage and generous holiday and leave benefits.

WORK LOCATION

So long as the pandemic continues, the successful candidate may be working from home in this position until further notice. When normal business operations resume, the position will be located at the offices of Philadelphia Legal Assistance. Until the end of the pandemic, all training will be done through video conferencing. Applicants will need to have their own phone with a google voice account, a secure laptop or desktop computer and a robust internet connection.

 

Deadline: 
June 19, 2020
How To Apply: 

Send cover letter and resume, preferably in one PDF document, to work@philalegal.org