Bilingual Paralegal Advocate


Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Published:

04/10/2018

Address

White Plains
New York
United States

Description

My Sisters’ Place (MSP) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been providing support to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking throughout Westchester County, NY since 1978. MSP has evolved from a small, grassroots organization into a holistic agency touching the lives of more than 10,000 individuals each year. We provide a continuum of free services including: a 24-hour hotline, emergency residential shelter, adult counseling, legal services, children’s services, and an extensive community education and training outreach program. MSP’s Center for Legal Services directly represents survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking in family law and immigration matters, and increases our capacity to serve survivors by supervising pro bono attorneys from area law firms and corporations.


Description and Responsibilities:

The Bilingual Legal Advocate provides critical services to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. The Bilingual Legal Advocate’s responsibilities include:


Duties

·        Under the supervision of an attorney, conduct legal consultations for potential clients seeking legal assistance on orders of protection, custody, visitation, and child support. 

·        Handle routine communications and transactions with clients of MSP’s Center for Legal Services. 

·        Interpret for Spanish-speaking clients during attorney meetings, phone calls, and court appearances.

·        Translate legal documents and letters for attorneys.

·        Accompany clients to family court, assist them with filing family court petitions, and provide other supportive services to victims involved in the legal system.

·        Advocate on behalf of clients in matters involving the criminal justice system, public benefits, housing, and other systems.

·        Maintain statistics and complete monthly and quarterly grant reports for funders.

·        Maintain client records, both hard copy and in database, close case files, send files to storage. 

·        Perform paralegal and administrative tasks for attorneys in the Legal Center.

·        Assist the Managing Director of the Legal Center with administrative support and special projects, including research, assistance developing presentations, advocacy initiatives, and other projects.

·        Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.


MSP general requirements:

  • Support our philosophy and guiding principles.
  • Participate in agency-wide and community events, initiatives and committees to help strengthen our organizational goals.
  • Work collaboratively across departments.
  • Participate in on-going education and training opportunities.
  • Collaborate with people and synthesize diverse sets of institutional perspectives
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in all situations and be able to withhold confidential agency information.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish oral and written communication required.
  • Non-profit domestic violence and/or social service work experience preferred.
  • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficiency with word processing, Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Outlook and database programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and to interact with management and program staff.

Level of Language Proficiency

English and Spanish

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

http://mspny.org/

Application Instructions:

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position, resume, writing sample and the names and contact information of three references via email to jfriedman@mspny.org. Please indicate in the subject line “Bilingual Legal Advocate.”


Application Deadline:

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible and offers will be made on a rolling basis as position must be filled as soon as possible.


MSP values you, your growth and your contributions. MSP believes that an effective, broad-based movement for social transformation must be rooted in anti-racist principles as we work towards a more just and equitable society.


My Sisters’ Place policy prohibits discrimination due to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and national origin in employment and delivery of services. 


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