Full time, non-exempt position
Health (partial payment), dental, and vision
Generous Vacation and Holiday Allowances
Pasadena Site (West San Gabriel Valley)
Peace Over Violence 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 attorney, paralegal and advocate staff, who employ a holistic approach to legal services that values client empowerment, trauma-informed care, and a coordinated response to client needs.
Paralegal will work under the direction of the Managing Attorney, assisting clients in immigration relief and benefits, duties include direct client contact, preparing and filing non-immigrant visa petitions and green card applications and would work on other related legal matters. This position requires consistent communication with clients and the monitoring of caseloads and expiration dates from inception to completion.
The ideal candidate must have a sincere interest in public interest law. The paralegal must have some case management experience and provide advocacy with law enforcement and other community partners.
Coordination and Advocacy:
Conduct initial screening, legal intakes, and assessment of clients’ legal needs
Maintain individual caseload under the supervision of an attorney
Handle high call volume of both existing clients and past clients
Under the supervision of the Managing Attorney
Prepare legal clinics for survivors on selected topics of immigration and family law
Assist clients in understanding the legal system and preparation for court
Prepare paperwork and other legal documents
Assist clients, volunteer attorneys, and other legal services staff in drafting and filing court forms
Provide advocacy and follow up with law enforcement, housing, Cal works, schools, etc.
Help clients with safety planning, resources and referrals when appropriate
Prepare clients for hearings, CIS appointments, or consular appointments
Comply with all confidentiality requirements
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
Assist in developing a plan for outreach and education to the underserved populations of Peace Over Violence’s service area in coordination with other agency 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
Ensure completion of client record data-entry forms & other client-related file upkeep in timely manner
Attend scheduled meetings
Attend in-services, agency staff meeting, annual agency functions
Maintain accurate time sheets and agency paperwork
Provide statistical analysis and narrative regarding program activities for agency reports
Demonstrated knowledge of crisis intervention, sexual and domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, stalking, elder abuse intervention
Experience in crisis counseling
Completed or intend to complete Peace Over Violence’s 72-hour counselor/advocate training or its equivalent
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 an empathetic, supportive, non-judgmental manner to victims and their families
Demonstrate initiative and professionalism; ability to work independently and maintain work load
Strong and effective oral and written communication skills; public speaking, facilitation of group discussions
Ability to work well with a diverse group of people; comfortable with L.A. and 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) required
Very organized and high level to attention to detail
Great attitude and team work mentality
Minimum of 2 years of experience with Immigration petitions preferred.
Has worked as a partial BIA Accredited representative in the previous positions or is willing to work as BIA Accredited representative and possess required qualifications
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, Managing Attorney
Peace Over Violence, 892 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Suite D Pasadena, CA 91103
No phone calls, please
Peace Over Violence is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Peace Over Violence is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Peace Over Violence are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Peace Over Violence will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.