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Benefits Law Center
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Seattle, WA
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Published 14 days ago

Benefits Law Center (BLC) seeks a seasoned paralegal to join our team and our mission, working with people who live with disabilities and are fighting for their economic and medical security. As a champion of BLC’s core values of centering clients, dignity for all, and integrity in community, BLC paralegals work collaboratively to manage maintain and execute BLC intake processes, and support the casework of BLC.

BLC is a specialty civil legal aid organization with a staff of ten people dedicated to economic justice. We further our mission through targeted community lawyering projects that help people obtain and maintain access to Social Security benefits. BLC paralegals co-coordinate BLC’s intake of new clients, including: answering phones, conducting intakes, and identifying community resources and referrals helpful to the client. BLC paralegals also help to support clients and case teams throughout the life of cases, and assist in developing the evidentiary record in Social Security cases.

We are in the final year of our existing strategic plan which is focused on growing the capacity of BLC to deliver on our mission through (1) equity and inclusion, (2) increased stewardship and relationship building, (3) strengthening our communication strategies, and (4) growing our volunteer program.

Duties

  • Co-coordinate BLC’s intake of new clients, including: answering phones, conducting telephone or in-person interviews of prospective clients, entering client information into LegalServer client management database, scheduling client meetings, and tracking potential clients until their case is assigned to an attorney and the client comes into the office for an initial meeting or clinic.
  • Provide community information and referrals to callers as appropriate.
  • Help to maintain BLC case files throughout the life of the case, including assisting attorneys in preparing case files for hearing and preparing physical case file for closing and archiving.
  • Provide ongoing support to BLC staff, including but not limited to: maintaining e-files, creating and posting/faxing formal and informal correspondence, follow up with local Social Security offices, assisting with database management.

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of prior experience as a paralegal, legal assistant, social worker, or case manager is preferred.
  • Self-motivated, and able to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow through on long-term tasks until completed.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of calendaring, word processing and database applications.
  • Experience and/or commitment to serving individuals with physical and mental disabilities as well as members of the community who are low-income or homeless.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including client interview skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive legal and medical information.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with attorneys, volunteers, community members, and public and private entities.
  • Experience with conflict management and providing excellent customer service.
  • Second Language Skills Preferred. In addition to having complete mastery of communicating in English, we encourage applications from candidates who have the ability to communicate fluently in one or more languages that are critical to BLC clients, which include: Spanish, ASL, Russian, Somali, Mandarin, and Vietnamese.

Commitment to Diversity

BLC is an anti-racist organization. Our commitment to inclusion is based in our belief that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. We strongly encourage people who have experienced living on a fixed income, engaging with Social Security, living with a disability, and/or unstable housing.

 Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

 Compensation

This is a full-time position that is typically performed onsite at BLC between 9am-5pm. Due to COVID-19, all employees are primarily working remotely until it is safe to return to the office. Salary: $50-70k annually DOE. BLC offers employees 105 hours of paid vacation and two floating holidays annually, all federal holidays off, paid health-related leave, medical benefits, retirement benefits, a compelling mission, training and professional development support, and fantastic co-workers.

How to apply

To apply please submit the following materials: 1) resume; and 2) a 1-2 page letter of interest that explains how your lived or professional experience has shaped your commitment to economic justice, and why you want to work at BLC. Submit materials to Alex Doolittle at alex@benefitslawcenter.org.  Should you require any accommodations please let Alex know. The position will remain open until filled.

Benefits Law Center (BLC) seeks a seasoned paralegal to join our team and our mission, working with people who live with disabilities and are fighting for their economic and medical security. As a champion of BLC’s core values of centering…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Salary

USD 50,000 - USD 70,000

Benefits

BLC offers employees 105 hours of paid vacation and two floating holidays annually, all federal holidays off, paid health-related leave, medical benefits, retirement benefits, a compelling mission, training and professional development support, and fantastic co-workers.

BLC offers employees 105 hours of paid vacation and two floating holidays annually, all federal holidays off, paid health-related leave, medical benefits, retirement benefits, a…

Location

On-site
Seattle, WA, USA

How to Apply

To apply please submit the following materials: 1) resume; and 2) a 1-2 page letter of interest that explains how your lived or professional experience has shaped your commitment to economic justice, and why you want to work at BLC. Submit materials to Alex Doolittle at alex@benefitslawcenter.org.  Should you require any accommodations please let Alex know. Applications received by May10, 2021 will be considered first, the position will remain open until filled.

To apply please submit the following materials: 1) resume; and 2) a 1-2 page letter of interest that explains how your lived or professional experience has shaped your commitment to…

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