Legal Services Paralegal

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $38,000
Maximum: $40,000

Published

08/31/2018

Address

2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia
PA
19103
United States

Description

This position is contingent on grant funding. Applications will be received on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The successful applicant must be ready to start ASAP. 


Overview


HIAS Pennsylvania’s Mission: Driven by the Jewish value of welcoming the stranger, HIAS (the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) PA provides legal, resettlement and supportive services to immigrants and refugees from all backgrounds in order to assure their fair treatment and full integration into American society.


HIAS Pennsylvania is one of the largest non-profit immigration legal service providers in Pennsylvania. With a current staff of 14 attorneys and 7 accredited representatives, the organization assists low income immigrants with adjustment of status, removal defense, family unification, citizenship, and asylum applications. HIAS Pennsylvania prioritizes providing services to vulnerable populations including survivors of interpersonal violence and unaccompanied and abused youth.


Interested Applicant


We seek a paralegal to help support the legal services programming of the agency. The paralegal will provide direct case support to our senior staff attorney and to our immigrant victims of crime act initiative staff. 


 General Position Description


The candidate should have a college degree. Prior experience working in a legal services agency is preferred. Spanish language fluency is preferred. The ideal candidate will also have had prior experience working with immigrants.


Primary Responsibilities:


The paralegal will provide support to the staff attorneys and accredited representatives in their direct legal representation responsibilities. Services will include communicating with clients to ensure timely and effective information sharing regarding upcoming appointments, deadlines and other individual aspects of client cases. The paralegal will also assist in drafting client statements and completing certain forms under the direct supervision of the designated attorney or accredited representative including work authorization renewals, etc. Responsibilities will include administrative support and court filing, where appropriate.

 

Qualifications:


The candidate should be passionate about HIAS PA’s mission, understand the organization’s roots in and relationship to the Jewish community, and have a demonstrated ability to work with diverse collaborators and stakeholders. In addition, the candidate should possess:


  •      Bachelor’s degree (strongly preferred).
  •     Bi-lingual English and a second language such as Spanish, French, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese or Russian required with Spanish strongly preferred.
  •      Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Please provide a writing sample.
  •     Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, database management and internet.
  •      Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  •     Ability to work independently and in a team and work with diverse professionals and human service workers.
  •      Ability to pay close attention to detail.
  •     High degree of skill in doing detailed reporting.
  •     Sensitivity to working with diverse populations.


HIAS Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bi-lingual English and a second language such as Spanish, French, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese or Russian required with Spanish strongly preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

yleung@hiaspa.org

Please send cover letter and resume to Yvonne Leung, Executive Assistant at yleung@hiaspa.org. No phone calls please.


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