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Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), is a statewide legal services organization located in Newark, NJ that provides access to free civil legal services to low-income families in New Jersey. To carry out its mission, VLJ operates 9 distinct pro bono programs, 20 staff members, and a panel of more than 1,500 volunteers.  More information about VLJ can be found at www.vljnj.org


VLJ seeks a fulltime Legal Assistant who will work closely with VLJ attorneys, directors, and volunteers.  The Legal Assistant will support 2-3 legal programs and report to VLJ’s Director of Administration and Community Engagement. Duties include:

•       Substantial client work, by phone, by email, and in-person (currently limited)

•       Conducting intake interviews and assessing client eligibility 

•       Analyzing the legal needs of applicants and making recommendations to VLJ attorneys 

•       Managing client data and files through case-review and case-placement 

•       Drafting correspondence and legal documents 

•       Scheduling, preparing, and staffing legal clinics (temporarily virtual) with clients and volunteers 

•       Performing general administrative tasks 

•       Attending periodic team, program, and administrative meetings 

•       Providing back-up assistance to the other members of the support staff team 


WHO SHOULD APPLY: 

VLJ seeks a highly motivated candidate with a demonstrated commitment to public interest work. Ideal candidates will have: 

·         Demonstrated interest in supporting nonprofit organizations and legal justice work

·         Insight into issues affecting our clients that will bring a new perspective to VLJ, which may be based on prior work experience, volunteer experience, or personal experience as a member of a historically marginalized group

·         Sensitivity to the needs and issues faced by low-income people is required

·         Bachelor’s degree or 2 years of relevant work experience is required 

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (written and verbal), with the ability to work independently and as a member of a team

·         Fluency or strong proficiency in Spanish is preferred

·         High level organization skills, with a keen ability to multi-task and adhere to deadlines

·         Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

·         Some travel throughout New Jersey may be required 

·         Availability to attend occasional events and meetings, before 9am and/or after 5pm

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), is a statewide legal services organization located in Newark, NJ that provides access to free civil legal services to low-income families in New Jersey. To carry out its mission, VLJ operates 9 distinct pro…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Temporary
  • Start Date
    November 1, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Compensation

See below
Position is 40 hours per week, $19.23 per hour

Benefits

Generous benefits

Generous benefits

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency or strong proficiency in Spanish is preferred.

Fluency or strong proficiency in Spanish is preferred.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Newark, NJ
Associated Location
Newark, NJ, USA

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY 

To be considered for this position, send a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and a resume to vljpersonnel@gmail.com.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled.  Please write "Legal Assistant (temporary)” in the subject line of you email.  Position is 40 hours per week, at the rate of $19.23 per hour, with generous benefits.  This is a temporary position.


Volunteer Lawyers for Justice is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  People of color, women, LGBTI+ people, people with disabilities, and other persons in underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY 

To be considered for this position, send a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and a resume to vljpersonnel@gmail.com.  Applications will be reviewed on a…

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