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Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) is seeking an outstanding full-time Legal Receptionist and Assistant to answer calls from clients and others and to support the administrative and legal work of the office. 

Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) is a nonprofit legal services organization founded in 1972 whose mission is to challenge the carceral system through litigation, advocacy, client counseling, partnership with impacted individuals and communities, and outreach to policy makers and the public. The office prioritizes work involving medical and mental health care, assaults by staff, extreme conditions of confinement (including COVID, overcrowding, exorbitant prison phone rates), misuse of solitary confinement and isolation, and race equity through our recently launched Race Equity in Corrections Initiative (REICI).

At PLS we seek for our team to reflect our organizational values of justice, race equity, and community. This includes hiring staff with connection to the communities we serve, where feasible, and a commitment to strive for justice and equity in our hiring practices and in our staff culture. More detailed information is available at www.plsma.org.


 Responsibilities 

This position is full-time and supervised by the Executive Director. 

Responsibilities for this position include: 

● Answering and routing telephone calls; 

● Checking voicemails regularly and routing accordingly;

● Sending releases and other legal materials to clients;

● Providing legal support to attorneys and paralegals including litigation support for preparing for a filing or hearing, assisting with discovery and other support tasks such as scheduling depositions; 

● Preparing mailings as well as receiving and processing mail; 

● Scanning documents and routing them to advocates; 

● Processing payments for case, project or other office related costs; 

● Assist in improving systems and standard operating procedures; 

● Participate in monthly PLS staff meetings and regular supervision meetings;

●Law student clearances and setting law students up with Westlaw accounts; 

● Work cooperatively with prisoner clients and PLS staff; 

● All other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director or supervisors 

Qualifications 

● Strong skills in answering and routing telephone calls; 

● Strong computer literacy including word processing skills, use of client databases, Office Suite, Excel and mail merge; 

● Ability to maintain professional demeanor and interact with a wide variety of people; 

● Demonstrated commitment to the rights of incarcerated individuals including personal experience with incarceration or an incarcerated loved one; 

● Ability to work in fast-paced environment and stay calm under pressure; 

● Ability to work during regular business hours (8-4, 8:30-4:30 or 9-5); 

● Strong organizational and administrative skills; 

● Ability to work cooperatively and shift gears when needed;

● Attention to detail; 

● Ability to speak and write in another commonly used local language such as Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole or Vietnamese; 

● Experience working with and advocating for marginalized populations preferred;

● Experience working in a law office or legal setting preferred; 

Details 

●    This is a full-time position; currently full-time remote but the team anticipates part- or full-time return to the office in Boston at some point in the future.

●    Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Compensation for employees includes comprehensive benefits (health, dental and vision insurance, 401k, vacation and sick time, etc.)

●    Bi-cultural, bilingual, LGBTQIA, people of color, and formerly incarcerated are strongly encouraged to apply. PLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

●    The position reports directly to the Executive Director. 

When you join our team

You can expect to work with a team of amazing people who are committed to getting the work done. Why? Because our work is urgent, impactful, and more important than ever. You can count on doing solutions-oriented and policy-driven work. We ask difficult questions and entertain unconventional answers so we can reckon with the uncomfortable truths of our work.

You will have excellent benefits you can’t turn down and a great work-life balance. Driving meaningful change is hard work. We value the importance of self-care and also know that you have a life, places to go, and people to see.

Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) is seeking an outstanding full-time Legal Receptionist and Assistant to answer calls from clients and others and to support the administrative and legal work of the office. 

Prisoners’ Legal Services (PLS) is a…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    October 8, 2021

Benefits

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Compensation for employees includes comprehensive benefits (health, dental and vision insurance, 401k, vacation and sick time, etc.).

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Compensation for employees includes comprehensive benefits (health, dental and vision insurance, 401k, vacation…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Boston, MA
Associated Location
50 Federal Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02110, United States

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and three references attached to a single email with the subject line “Legal Receptionist and Assistant Position” to lrydzewski@plsma.org. No phone calls or mail inquiries please.

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and three references attached to a single email with the subject line “Legal Receptionist and Assistant Position” to…

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