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Paralegal or Senior Paralegal (Full-Time)

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Youth Represent
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New York, NY

Youth Represent


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Published 9 days ago

April 14, 2021
$45,900 - $54,791Commensurate with experience

Youth Represent is seeking a full-time Paralegal or Senior Paralegal to join our team, with a start date in mid-April 2021. We are a youth defense and advocacy non-profit organization looking for a bright and energetic individual with an interest in youth and the law to provide legal and administrative support that aligns with our commitment to social and racial justice. To live true to our values, we provide comprehensive legal representation, community support, education, and policy advocacy to our clients and broader community network throughout NYC. 


As a small team of community lawyers, our work is different than what you would expect at a traditional legal services organization. Our work is innovative, collaborative, and shifts with the ever-changing and expanding needs of our youth. As a result, this position requires someone who is self-motivated and driven to problem-solve issues as they arise with great independence. This is an exciting position for someone who wants to do legal work, but also has a passion for working directly with young people, playing an instrumental role in cultivating trust and building authentic relationships with them.  

The person who will best succeed in this role:

  • Truly enjoys collaboration – Which means working alongside the team and assisting in many facets of a legal case. Formal paralegal experience is not necessary; though a background in working with system impacted youth, specifically helping youth navigate and access community resources, is ideal.
  • Feels a real sense of ownership to get things done as a partner to the team – This person sees it as their responsibility to meet the immediate needs of our clients with great responsiveness and flexibility. They view their role as integral to the overall success in meeting our clients’ goals.
  • Thrives in handling multiple projects and tasks simultaneously - The day-to-day tasks are not routine and this person will find themselves doing various tasks - from data entry to managing client communications to helping an attorney navigate a novel area of law.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Highly detail-oriented, organized, and able to problem solve independently.
  • Commitment to Diversity Equity, Inclusion (DEI)- Applies an introspective DEI lens when considering one’s actions and biases when working with Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), including clients, colleagues, and other stakeholders. 
  • Centers and values a client’s agency and individual capacity to determine what is best for them

General Paralegal Responsibilities:

  • Conduct client intake meetings, facilitate legal workshops, and retrieve records of arrest and prosecution (RAP Sheets) at Youth Represent offices, community-based organizations, schools, and agencies across New York
  • Coordinate and conduct new client intakes through various outreach platforms--including phone hotline, online chat service, and email referrals
  • Independently research and navigate complex social service systems including administrative agencies that provide housing, benefits, education, and employment services
  • Obtain, review, and summarize court records and obtain clients’ criminal histories and summarize them in our client database
  • Conduct searches on clients’ criminal court cases through OCA (Office of Court Administration) database for open warrants, next court appearances, and case dispositions
  • Correct errors on criminal history records with local and state entities
  • Perform research and draft legal memorandums
  • Assist youth in obtaining Certificates of Relief, Certificates of Good Conduct and Certificate of Dispositions from criminal courts throughout NYC
  • Support attorneys on Name Change petitions for Transgender and GNC clients, and update identification documents (Social Security Card, Benefits Cards) post-name change
  • Draft, edit, serve and file documents, including motions, and complaints/petitions
  • Other duties and administrative tasks as needed and determined by senior staff

Senior Paralegal Additional Responsibilities: (Please indicate in your cover letter if you have interest in this role)

  • Coordinate partnerships identified in collaboration with Senior Management, including reporting, invoicing, data collection, contract renewal, and communicating with partner staff to ensure effective program implementation
  • Conduct outreach activities and cultivate new relationships with potential partners
  •  Serve as liaison between the Paralegal Team and Senior Management Team and support special projects identified in collaboration with Senior Management
  • Assist with training new paralegals and other support staff, including creating and maintaining training materials
  • Support Legal Director to ensure paralegal processes and workflow procedures are efficient, supportive, and impactful
  • Support Chief Operating Officer with ensuring data integrity and timely and accurate reporting to internal and external stakeholders

NOTE: Current COVID-19 Protocols

  • All interviews will be conducted remotely.
  • While our Manhattan headquarters is temporarily closed due to Covid-19, all YR staff members are working remotely until further notice. Occasional in-person work (e.g. in-court document pick up, post office visit) is expected depending on client needs and in consultation with your supervisor.

Youth Represent is seeking a full-time Paralegal or Senior Paralegal to join our team, with a start date in mid-April 2021. We are a youth defense and advocacy non-profit organization looking for a bright and energetic individual with an…

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Benefits

Salary Range & Benefits Package

  • Salary for this position is $45,900 - $54,791, commensurate with experience
  • Benefits include health insurance, vision and dental coverage, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, and parental leave policy. We also offer four weeks of paid vacation and nine holidays, and we close the office the week between Christmas and New Years.

Union:

  • This position is a member of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys-UAW Local 2325.

Salary Range & Benefits Package

  • Salary for this position is $45,900 - $54,791, commensurate with experience
  • Benefits include health insurance, vision and dental coverage, short-…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
11 Park Place, Suite 1512, New York, NY 10007

How to Apply

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to the YR Hiring Committee at resumes@youthrepresent.org with the subject line “Paralegal – [your last name]”. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of February 26, 2021. Applications without cover letters that directly address the candidate’s fit with the key qualifications will not be considered.


Youth Represent is an equal opportunity employer and is cultivating a truly equitable and anti-oppressive workplace that embraces staff with a diversity of backgrounds, identities and experiences. We particularly encourage applicants from marginalized communities, including those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, queer, transgender, gender non-conforming, disabled, and those directly impacted by the differing legal systems. We value lived as well as professional experience. We acknowledge the ways in which systemic oppression and injustice can undermine access to professional opportunities and are committed to conducting a hiring process that is equitable and accessible to all. 

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to the YR Hiring Committee at resumes@youthrepresent.org with the subject line “Paralegal – [your last…

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