Workforce Program Paralegal

Homeless Persons Representation Project

Location

Baltimore, MD

Category

Paralegal

Posted

January 6, 2022

Type

Full-Time

Description/Duties

The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) works to end homelessness in Maryland by providing free legal services, including advice, counsel, education, representation, and advocacy, to people who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. HPRP’s staff and volunteers pursue this mission by offering legal services in shelters, soup kitchens, welfare offices, community centers, and on the street. HPRP’s direct representation informs broader-based systemic advocacy and impact litigation to address the root causes of homelessness.

The Workforce Program provides civil legal services to participants in three workforce development training program partners in Baltimore City. The YO! Westside and YO! Eastside locations specifically target assistance to homeless youth, while the location operated by Associated Catholic Charities is broader. HPRP assists participants in three training programs with removing legal barriers while they attend the Workforce training courses.

Since its founding in 1987, HPRP has pursued impact litigation to achieve significant victories and settlements for its clients, including cases to remedy delays in government processing of subsistence benefits, and long-standing housing discrimination and residential segregation. It has also led or co-led landmark state and local policy initiatives such as the HOME Act, the Ending Youth Homelessness Act, and legislation to reform Maryland’s expungement and public benefit programs. Driven by the belief in the power of people to determine their own solutions to systemic issues affecting their lives, HPRP actively engages persons with lived experience in advocacy efforts to improve tenant rights, end housing discrimination, end youth homelessness, and decriminalize homelessness. Learn more at www.hprplaw.org.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate/organize the regularly scheduled legal clinics at the existing three workforce development sites, maintain relationships with site staff on behalf of HPRP
  • Coordinate and conduct intake for expungement and public benefits matters with the support of HPRP attorneys
  • In addition to conducting intake, administer referrals to both in-house programs and other programs
  • Serve as the primary point of contact and advocate for clients retained by HPRP through the program
  • Organize and maintain case files, including entering information into HPRP’s case management database
  • Assist with preparation and filing of expungement petitions, and monitoring of a large expungement caseload
  • Provide administrative support to Workforce Program attorneys
  • Conduct community information presentations
  • Assist with grant reporting on the Workforce Program
  • Participate in HPRP’s ongoing race equity work
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.

Skills/Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum Education: BA or BS
  • Proficiency with computer and internet technology, i.e. Microsoft Office for Windows (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.), and database entry
  • At least one (1) year experience providing administrative assistance in a legal, social work and/or public interest environment
  • Prior experience with people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness
  • Initiative identifying and troubleshooting problems and challenges
  • Compassion and familiarity with the problems faced by people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness
  • Detail oriented, highly organized, and able to produce accurate work product
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to set priorities and handle multiple tasks
  • Ability to remain calm and patient in a fast-paced environment

Although the following experiences and skills are not required, they are valued for this position:

  • Fluency in Spanish

Compensation

$37,683 – $47,344, depending on experience, for a full-time, 40 hour workweek. Benefits include full health coverage (medical, prescription, dental) for employee plus contribution toward family coverage; long-term disability; life; ability to contribute to HPRP’s 403(b) plan (employer supplemental salary contribution determined annually); vacation (20 days), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), holidays. HPRP offers a generous benefits package for part-time employees as well. During the COVID-19 pandemic, HPRP has created special family/dependent care leave and is primarily teleworking, with limited use of office space as determined by the position and the organization’s current COVID re-opening phase.

How To Apply

Email a resume and cover letter addressed to Michael Stone (he/him), Director of Pro Bono Programs. These items should be sent (preferably as PDF attachments) to jobs@hprplaw.org. Specify “Workforce Paralegal” in the subject line. We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications, work style, and interest in being part of a team working to eliminate homelessness in Maryland. We are looking for applicants who have a comprehensive understanding of oppression and structural racism, including how structural racism perpetuates barriers to housing and income. We also value those with lived experience of homelessness, poverty, and racism. Resume reviews begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until position is filled.

HPRP is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a staff, board, and volunteers with diverse personal and professional backgrounds and lived experience enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from Black people, Indigenous peoples, people of color, immigrants, persons with disabilities, members of the TLGBQIA community, people with lived experience of poverty and/or homelessness, and people from other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.