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Public Counsel is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the country. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law. Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 120. We seek to have a racially inclusive staff.
Public Counsel’s Homelessness Prevention Law Project (HPLP) serves individuals who are homeless or at high risk of becoming homeless. HPLP provides pro bono representation to homeless individuals and families to secure food, shelter, clothing and other vital benefits. In addition, HPLP assists unrepresented low-income litigants in eviction actions, and helps address tickets and warrants that present barriers to an individual’s housing and stability.
The Administrative Assistant will be a part of a team participating in a new program that will focus on delivering comprehensive, trauma-informed, wrap-around legal services designed to remove barriers to housing. This program, launching in spring 2018, will serve youth, families and single adults in the communities within Los Angeles County’s Service Planning Area (SPA) 6, encompassing South Los Angeles, Compton, Florence, Rosewood, Willowbrook, Crenshaw, West Adams, Lynwood, Paramount and Windsor Hills, in partnership with regional Coordinated Entry System (CES) health and social service partners. This innovative program is designed to remove barriers to housing that require legal intervention, including but not limited to: eviction prevention, landlord dispute resolution, government benefits, worker compensation/unemployment benefits, clearing financial debt, professional licenses and identification, and expungement of criminal records.
HPLP seeks an efficient, motivated and detail oriented Administrative Assistant for this new program. The Administrative Assistant works under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney and has the following responsibilities:
- Primarily responsible for administrative office support to project and day-to-day operations;
- Maintains case monitoring system, including creating and managing client files and maintaining computerized database of clients and cases;
- Maintains case files and assists with other casework as needed;
- Conducts client intake and screening through telephonic interviews or in person;
- Assists in outreach to clients and partner organizations;
- Handles logistics for seminars and trainings;
- Assists with maintaining program policies and procedures;
- Assists in project evaluation, data collection, and grant reporting; and
- Other duties as assigned.
ESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
Candidate must be a team player who possesses the following:
- Strong writing and editing skills;
- Strong computer skills (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and case management software);
- Experience maintaining legal case files;
- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks;
- Ability to work well under pressure and in teams;
- Ability to complete work accurately and in a timely fashion with minimal supervision;
- Attention to detail, outstanding organizational skills, ability to multitask; and
- Competence in and dedication to working with others of diverse cultural, geographic, and economic backgrounds including individuals with a history of trauma or criminal records.
In addition, as required by funding and our service partners, upon hire candidate must:
- Obtain certification that candidate is free of active tuberculosis prior to contact with clients; and
- Participate in other health and security clearances.
The following skills or abilities are strongly preferred:
- Bachelor’s degree with at least one year of relevant experience;
- Prior experience in nonprofit legal setting; and
- Ability to read, write and speak fluently in Spanish.
This is a full-time position that will involve off-site work in South Los Angeles communities.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Email a cover letter and résumé in PDF format to:
Directing Attorney – HPLP
Please include “Administrative Assistant” in subject line. No phone calls please.
Public Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants shall receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ethnic group identification, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, political affiliation, condition of physical or mental disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, in accordance with requirements of Federal and State laws.
All qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.