Health & Benefits Project Paralegal
Public Justice Center
January 17, 2023
Be a critical member in a growing team of social justice advocates! The Public Justice Center in Baltimore is seeking a paralegal for the Health and Benefits Equity Project.
The Public Justice Center (“PJC”) and the Health and Benefits Equity Team
The Public Justice Center pursues systemic change to build a just society. Founded in Maryland in 1985, the PJC uses legal advocacy tools to pursue social justice, economic and racial equity, and fundamental human rights for people who are struggling to provide for their basic needs. The PJC is a civil legal aid office that provides advice and representation to low-income clients, advocates before legislatures and government agencies, and collaborates with community and advocacy organizations. Our website is www.publicjustice.org.
The Health and Benefits Equity Project advocates to expand and protect safety net services and access to affordable, effective and culturally competent healthcare. We support policies and practices that promote the overall health of Marylanders struggling to make ends meet, with the explicit goal of promoting strategies that work to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes.
COVID-19 Info: This position is partly remote and partly in the office. Our current policy provides that staff will be required to come to the office, the courts, or other public meetings as necessary, but policies concerning COVID-19 may change as the situation changes. The PJC is providing PPE for employees and guests and maintaining other risk reduction measures in the office.
Primary job responsibilities include:
- Assists lead attorney in coalition building and administrative and legislative advocacy, including research and development of advocacy priorities, organizing and facilitating coalition meetings and educating policy and lawmakers on advocacy priorities.
- Collaborates with community-based organizations and directly impacted community members on outreach, health and benefits education and grassroots organizing.
- Assists lead attorney with litigation support including case investigation, researching public records, filing legal pleadings, drafting documents, assisting in document review and document management, and data entry and reporting.
- Conducts telephone and in-person intake, interviews clients, opens and maintains electronic and paper case files, participates in fact gathering and appropriate referral, brief service, or advocacy.
- Provides general administrative and office support for nonprofit law office on a limited basis.
- Assists with special advocacy and research projects on prioritized subjects.
- Other duties as assigned.
The following attributes are highly valued for this position. Applicants should also identify other skills and experiences that may benefit the PJC.
- Bachelor’s Degree or a combination of Associate’s Degree, Paralegal Certificate, and/or demonstrated skills in writing, research, analysis, and communications.
- Spanish/English bilingual (or proficiency) in writing and speaking is desired.
- Passion for social justice and commitment to the mission of the Public Justice Center.
- Understanding the principles of race equity analysis and applying them to the PJC’s organizational life and to our work.
- Experience with low-income, oppressed, or exploited communities or people.
- Ability to sensitively respond to people seeking services in crisis situations.
- Experience in law office/ litigation support and case management.
- Excellent use of MS Word; Excel or similar programs a plus.
- Ability and interest in learning new programs.
- Strong problem-solving abilities, time management, and organizational skills: the ability to manage complex assignments and work collegially with staff.
- Attention to detail.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others both in and outside of the PJC, including clients, other advocacy organizations, coalition members, governmental officials, and attorneys.
The salary range for a paralegal begins at $40,000 and increases with experience. For example, a candidate with 5 years of relevant experience would be offered $50,000.
A language bonus of $1,000/year is given to Spanish/English proficient staff. An excellent cafeteria benefit package is included offering health, dental, disability and life insurance, and retirement options. Cafeteria benefits packages give employees flexibility to choose how to direct their benefits. For example, this package can cover 100% of employee healthcare premiums, but an employee can choose to direct those funds towards retirement if they already have health insurance.
PJC employees receive at least 20 days of paid leave, with increases based on length of tenure, 10 paid holidays, and 15 days of sick leave annually.
How To Apply
This position is open and available as of Tuesday, January 17, 2023. We will accept applications until the position is filled, but for priority consideration please apply by Tuesday, February 21, 2023. To apply, please submit – by email only – a cover letter explaining your interest, a resume, a short writing sample, and the names and telephone numbers of three references. Please send applications to: Ashley Black at firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Paralegal Applications from [your name]” in the subject line.
Physical/Mental Demands and Office Environment: The physical/mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Public Justice Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage Black, Latine, Indigenous, and other applicants of color, people with disabilities, and other people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply