Paralegal / Administrative Assistant Position – Albany, New York

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary will be commensurate with experience.



Application Deadline:



41 State Street
Suite M112
New York
United States


Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS) is seeking the immediate hire of a Spanish-speaking Paralegal / Administrative Assistant for our Immigration Unit office in Albany, NY. The Paralegal / Administrative Assistant will provide support to the Immigration Unit’s team of immigration attorneys, who provide free legal representation to non-citizens in removal proceedings in Immigration Court.


PLS is a non-profit legal services organization providing civil legal services to indigent inmates in New York State correctional facilities in cases where no other counsel is available. Founded in 1976, PLS has regional offices in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca and Plattsburgh.

As part of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), PLS provides free legal representation to non-citizens incarcerated in New York State prison who are in immigration removal proceedings under the IHP. These proceedings take place at the Bedford Hills, Downstate, and Ulster Immigration Courts, located inside New York State correctional facilities in upstate New York. PLS also represents women in immigration detention at the Albany County Jail in Albany, NY, whose removal proceedings are calendared at the Batavia Immigration Court in Batavia, NY. 

Job Description:

The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 2 years’ combined experience in the paralegal and administrative / secretarial fields and must be fluent in Spanish.  The position requires an individual who can perform legal secretarial, administrative and paralegal duties, and who has extremely strong research and writing skills. The applicant should be detail-oriented, organized, a team player, and passionate about immigration. This position calls for flexibility, excellent interpersonal skills, project coordination experience, and the ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as with clients, agencies and vendors.  


PLS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan.

Level of Language Proficiency

Must be fluent in Spanish

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Submission by March 15, 2018 is highly encouraged, but applications will be processed immediately in an effort to fill this position as soon as possible. 

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and at least three (3) references by mail or email to: Patricia Kane, Prisoners’ Legal Services of NY, 41 State St., Suite M112, Albany, NY 12207 or to Include “PLS Paralegal / Administrative Assistant” in the subject line. Please note all language skills and level of proficiency in your application. No phone calls please.