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Legal Assistant/ Paralegal-- Domestic Violence & Family Law

Posted by
Ayuda
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Silver Spring, MD
New
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Published 27 days ago

Description

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct legal, social and language access services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Since 1973, Ayuda has provided critical services on a wide range of issues, in the process acquiring nationally recognized expertise in several fields including immigration law, language access, domestic violence and human trafficking. Ayuda has office locations in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, MD and Fairfax, VA. 


WHY YOU WANT THIS JOB?

Because, just like everyone at Ayuda, you believe:

  • In seeing communities where all immigrants succeed and thrive in the United States.
  • In the overall success of our organization and all our programs.
  • That families should be healthy and safe from harm.
  • That all people should have access to professional, honest, and ethical services, regardless of ability to pay or status in this country.
  • That diversity and equality make this country better.

Requirements

WHAT WILL THIS JOB ENTAIL?

  • Screen potential clients for eligibility  for Ayuda’s services, under the supervision of attorneys, for both family law  and immigration programs, including providing emergency assessments for  survivors of trauma and, where appropriate, referrals; 
  • Assist attorneys with preparing and  drafting documents, including correspondence and filings, in both family law  and immigration programs;
  • File and serve documents as required in  court cases;
  • Maintain client information and documents  using an internal database;
  • Work with organizational partners to  arrange dates and locations for educational outreach presentations concerning  legal services provided by Ayuda;
  • Coordinate outreach materials and  strategies with input from organizational partners to ensure potential  clients are aware of and able to access Ayuda’s services;
  • Present at educational outreach events  hosted in collaboration with partnering organizations at locations convenient  to our client community on immigration options, domestic violence, sexual  assault and stalking, family law, protection orders, and Ayuda’s legal  services;
  • Assist in recruiting volunteers &  interns to assist Ayuda in providing legal services;
  • Provide front-desk coverage and other  administrative support as needed when Ayuda’s intake specialist is out of the  office;
  • Other duties as assigned.


HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU CAN DO THIS JOB?

Eligibility

  • Must be legally able to work in the United States and maintain proper work authorization throughout employment. Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position presented in a general office environment.

Education/Experience:

  • Experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or human trafficking preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals who speak languages other than English preferred.

Technological Skills: 

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish is required.
  • Detail-oriented and able to comply with deadlines
  • Organized and able to handle multiple  matters simultaneously, as well as able to change direction quickly when  required
  • Able to communicate effectively and  clearly to diverse audiences and able to exercise judgment in communications  with community and coalition groups and client communities
  • Able to work effectively and  compassionately with diverse populations, including survivors of trauma,  including domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  • Strong writing and editing skills 
  • Customer service orientation
  • Ability to work independently and as part  of a diverse multidisciplinary team
  • Calm demeanor under pressure, strong work  ethic, and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Detail-oriented and able to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Strong ethics and sound judgment


Ayuda is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who are unable to be vaccinated for Covid19 due to religious or medical reasons should contact hr@ayuda.com as soon as possible to engage in the interactive process and explore what, if any, reasonable accommodations Ayuda is able to provide.  


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT STATEMENT:

Ayuda is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. 

We believe that a diversity of experiences, opinions, and backgrounds is integral to achieving our mission and vision. We celebrate diversity and seek to leverage the passion, energy, and ideas of a culturally diverse team. Individuals with lived experiences similar to those of the clients whom we serve are particularly encouraged to apply, as are others from traditionally underrepresented groups in the legal profession.

Description

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct legal, social and language access services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Benefits

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The salary is commensurate with experience and comes with a robust benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, long-term disability insurance, life, and AD&D insurance as well as an employer-provided retirement match. For an individual without prior, full-time relevant experience, the starting salary is $45,500. For an individual with two years of relevant experience, the starting salary is $48,000. All federal holidays are observed, and Ayuda offers paid leave for the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day. This position is non-exempt for overtime purposes.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The salary is commensurate with experience and comes with a robust benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, long-term disability…

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish is required.


Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish is required.


Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Silver Spring, MD
Associated Location
Silver Spring, MD, USA

How to Apply

TO APPLY:

Please apply with a resume and cover letter. Writing samples may be requested.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Apply early for full consideration. No phone calls, please.

TO APPLY:

Please apply with a resume and cover letter. Writing samples may be requested.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Apply early…

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