Bilingual Employment Paralegal, Community Legal Services

Posted by Community Legal Services on November 3, 2014

This is a full-time position that includes providing legal assistance on employment issues to individual clients and community education on employment issues. The position is challenging and stimulating, and the work is varied.

Under supervision of an attorney, the Employment Paralegal will manage a heavy client caseload, provide advice and limited representation to clients (particularly ex-offenders), secure criminal, child abuse and medical records, package cases to go for referral and provide community education training involving employment matters.

Tasks, to be performed under supervision of an attorney, will include: analyzing legal claims, interviewing and counseling clients, writing demand letters, negotiating legal claims, and preparing legal documents, such as pardon petitions. In occasion, the paralegal may represent clients in administrative hearings, write briefs, and work up administrative hearings for the attorneys in the unit.

Fluency in writing and speaking a language other than English, preferably Spanish, is required.

Required Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED. Strong writing skills, computer literacy, the ability to learn complex material quickly, initiative, strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact well in a multi-cultural environment.

Preferred Qualifications: Four year college degree. Experience in legislative or administrative advocacy, or experience with a social services agency or a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of the poor.

Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.

This is a full-time position covered by the collective bargaining agreement between Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) and the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, AFL-CIO and its affiliate District 1199C. The current minimum starting salary is $31,700, and is subject to change according to the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement. Raises and benefits are also governed by that agreement.

Community Legal Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. CLS, Inc. does not discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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