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Legal Assistant

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Ayuda
|
Silver Spring, MD

Description

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct legal, social and language access services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Since 1973, Ayuda has provided critical services on a wide range of issues, in the process acquiring nationally recognized expertise in several fields including immigration law, language access, domestic violence and human trafficking. Ayuda has office locations in Washington, DC, Silver Spring, MD and Falls Church, VA. 


WHY YOU WANT THIS JOB?

Because, just like everyone at Ayuda, you believe:

  • In seeing communities where all immigrants succeed and thrive in the United States.
  • In the overall success of our organization and all our programs.
  • That families should be healthy and safe from harm.
  • That all people should have access to professional, honest, and ethical services, regardless of ability to pay or status in this country.
  • That diversity and equality make this country better.


Requirements

WHAT WILL THIS JOB ENTAIL?

  • Screen potential clients for eligibility for Ayuda’s services, under the supervision of attorneys, for both family law and immigration programs, including providing emergency assessments for survivors of trauma and, where appropriate, referrals; 
  • Assist attorneys with preparing and drafting documents, including correspondence and filings, in both family law and immigration programs;
  • File and serve documents as required in court cases;
  • Maintain client information and documents using internal database;
  • Work with organizational partners to arrange dates and locations for educational outreach presentations concerning legal services provided by Ayuda;
  • Coordinate outreach materials and strategies with input from organizational partners to ensure potential clients are aware of and able to access Ayuda’s services;
  • Present at educational outreach events hosted in collaboration with partnering organizations at locations convenient to our client community on immigration options, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, family law, protection orders and Ayuda’s legal services;
  • Assist in recruiting volunteers & interns to assist Ayuda in providing legal services;
  • Provide front-desk coverage and other administrative support as needed when Ayuda’s intake specialist is out of the office;
  • Other duties as assigned.


HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU CAN DO THIS JOB?

Eligibility: 

  • Must be legally able to work in the United States and maintain proper work authorization throughout employment. Must be able to meet the physical requirements of the position presented in a general office environment.

Education/Experience:

  • Experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or human trafficking preferred.
  • Experience working with individuals who speak languages other than English preferred.


Technological Skills: 

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office


Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Spanish required.
  • Detail oriented and able to comply with deadlines
  • Organized and able to handle multiple matters simultaneously, as well as able to change direction quickly when required
  • Able to communicate effectively and clearly to diverse audiences and able to exercise judgment in communications with community and coalition groups and client communities
  • Able to work effectively and compassionately with diverse populations, including survivors of trauma, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking
  • Strong writing and editing skills 
  • Customer service orientation
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a diverse multidisciplinary team
  • Calm demeanor under pressure, strong work ethic, and ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Detail-oriented and able to manage multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Strong ethics and sound judgment

Description

ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

Ayuda is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing direct legal, social and language access services, education, and outreach to low-income immigrants in the Washington, DC metropolitan…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The salary is commensurate with experience and comes with a robust benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, long-term disability insurance, life and AD&D insurance as well as an employer-provided retirement match. All federal holidays are observed, and Ayuda offers paid leave for the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day. 

TO APPLY:

Please apply with resume and cover letter. Writing samples may be requested.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Apply early for full consideration. No phone calls, please.

Ayuda is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

We value a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented communities.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

The salary is commensurate with experience and comes with a robust benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, long-term disability…

Location

Silver Spring, MD

How to Apply

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