Paralegal

 

SALARY
$35,000-$38,000 per year
Full time, non-exempt position

BENEFITS
Health (partial payment), dental, and vision
Generous Vacation and Holiday Allowances

LOCATION
Pasadena Site (West San Gabriel Valley)

SUMMARY

Peace Over Violence Legal Advocacy Program is seeking a paralegal that has a demonstrated interest in working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The ideal candidate will work well in a team environment with other attorneys, legal case managers and advocate staff, who employ a holistic approach to legal services: one which values client empowerment, non-judgmental, trauma informed care and a coordinated response to client needs. The ideal candidate must have a sincere interest in public interest law. The paralegal will primarily focus on immigration and civil legal issues, but the service rendered will extend to public benefits, advocacy with law enforcement, training and community engagement. This position requires someone who is comfortable in public speaking, by providing presentations workshops to local community groups and organizations.

DUTIES

Coordination and Advocacy:

  • Devise and implement policy to ensure efficient and successful management of legal services
  • Preparation of legal and other documents as need by staff attorney (VAWA, U-VISA, DACA, Restraining orders, etc.)
  • Conduct legal intakes, initial screening and assessment and safety planning for clients
  • Maintain individual case load under the supervision of the Staff Attorney and handle high call volume of both existing clients and past clients
  • Assist POV staff Attorney and Volunteer Attorney with research and legal analysis of client cases
  • Assist clients, volunteer attorneys and legal service staff in drafting and filing court documents
  • Provide assistance to clients in understanding the legal system and preparation for court
  • Provide advocacy and follow up with law enforcement, housing, CalWORKs, schools, etc.
  • Prepare clients for hearing, CIS appointments or consular appointments
  • Comply with all confidentiality requirements

Administrative: 

  • Adhere to necessary grant requirements for statistical tracking
  • Prepare and maintain monthly progress reports of program activities
  • Assist with preparing grant reports and tracking grant objectives

Community Outreach:

  • Assist in developing a plan for outreach and education to the underserved populations of Peace Over Violence's service area in coordination with other staff
  • Provide speaking engagements, trainings and information tables as requested on Sexual assault, domestic violence and/or POV services
  • Attend multidisciplinary meetings with community service providers, law enforcement agencies, etc.
  • Represent Peace over Violence to the public and media, when necessary:
    • Provide legal clinics to clients on selected topics
    • Develop and facilitate trainings to social services agencies, law enforcement, medical/forensic personnel, and community partners

Other Responsibilities:

  • Ensure completion of client record data-entry forms & other client-related file upkeep in a timely manner
  • Attend scheduled meetings
  • Attend in-services, agency staff meeting, annual agency functions, and other agency meetings as needed
  • Maintain accurate time sheets and agency paperwork
  • Provide statistical analysis and narrative regarding program activities for agency reports

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Has worked as a partial BIA Accredited representative or is willing to work as BIA Accredited representative and possess required qualifications

  • Completed or intend to complete Peace Over Violence’s 82-hour counselor/advocate training or its equivalent
  • Demonstrated knowledge of crisis intervention, domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, stalking   
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with U Visa and VAWA petitions preferred
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with criminal justice and social service agencies members
  • Ability to work with clients, volunteers and staff in a non-judgmental manner
  • Ability to relate in a empathetic, supportive, non-judgmental manner to victims and their families
  • Demonstrate initiative and professionalism; ability to work independently & maintain work load
  • Strong and effective oral and written communication skills; public speaking, facilitating group discussions
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of people; comfortable  with L.A. & Pasadena communities
  • Capacity to balance and provide self-care while meeting the demands of a crisis center
  • Computer Literacy required:  email, word documents, internet basics
  • Flexible Schedule to fit varying shifts; capacity to work some weekends and/or evenings
  • Automobile needed with a valid driver's license and insurance
  • Bilingual skills (English/Spanish) preferred

 

Peace Over Violence encourages applicants from a diverse pool of candidates including candidates of color, candidates with disabilities, candidates who identify with the LGBTQ community and others.

Applicants may submit a resume and cover letter to:
Peace Over Violence
Attn: Payal Sinha
Peace Over Violence, 892 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Suite D Pasadena, CA 91103

Email: payal@peaceoverviolence.org

No phone calls, please

Peace Over Violence is a equal employment opportunity employer.