Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Company/Agency: Homeless Persons Representation Project

Position: Homeless Youth Initiative Paralegal

Description: Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is seeking to hire a paralegal to assist its Homeless Youth Initiative based in its Baltimore City Office. HPRP seeks a full-time (40 hours per week) paralegal to support its Homeless Youth Initiative (HYI). The HYI serves youth and young adults under age 25 who are experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness by engaging in outreach, education, legal representation, and policy advocacy. HYI recently launched a network of pro bono attorneys dedicated to meeting the full range of civil legal needs of youth experiencing homelessness. The paralegal will assist with all aspects of the HYI, which includes supporting the Director of HYI and the pro bono attorneys. More information about the position can be found at http://www.hprplaw.org/who_we_are/employment/homeless youth initiative_paralegal.

Responsibilities/Duties: Engage with youth and young adults seeking legal assistance, including by responding to requests for assistance, screening for civil legal needs, conducting intake interviews, and making referrals to other resources. Client outreach, including planning and participating in community-based legal clinics, conducting educational presentations, and preparing outreach materials. Assist with all aspects of individual legal cases handled by HYI Director, including reviewing administrative agency or program files, requesting medical records, hearing preparation, entering detailed and accurate information in case management system, drafting letters, communicating updates to clients, and providing other administrative support. Assist with all aspects of the pro bono network, including planning volunteer trainings, developing training materials, placing cases with volunteers, monitoring placed cases, tracking volunteer hours and case outcomes, and timely entering information into case management system. Support advocacy work of HYI and its coalition partners by representing HPRP at meetings and assisting with special initiatives and projects. Prepare informational material for HPRP social media, clients, staff, volunteers, donors, and the public. Assist with grant writing and reporting as needed. Participate in ongoing race equity work at both the organizational and HYI levels. Contribute to a respectful and affirming environment for persons who are young and persons who identify as LGBTQ+. Work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving challenges and/or conflicts. Demonstrate ability to remain calm and patient in a fast-paced environment.

Qualifications/Skills: Education: H.S. Diploma/GED with two years of work experience in a non-profit or office environment, or AA in Paralegal Studies, or B.A./B.S. Demonstrated interest in working with a public interest organization and with youth living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. Ability to communicate effectively with youth, service providers, pro bono attorneys, legislators, administrative agencies, and other HYI stakeholders. Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills. Ability to set priorities and multitask. Ability to take initiative to identify and troubleshoot challenges. Demonstrates initiative and good judgment, diplomacy and professionalism. Ability to travel independently by utilizing either personal or public transportation to reach off-site clinic and meeting locations in and around Baltimore City (HPRP reimburses for travel). Demonstrates a commitment to diversity by using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences. Proficiency with computer and internet technology, i.e. Microsoft Office for Windows (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).

Salary/Benefits: Salary $35,000-$40,000 DOE. HPRP provides excellent benefits: vacation (20 days per year), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), and holidays. Employee premiums 100% covered for medical, prescription, dental, vision. Short and Long Term Disability Insurance and Retirement plan with supplemental employer contribution (a 1% contribution is approved for FY 2019) also provided. Some evening hours and occasional weekends required; HPRP provides for a flexible work schedule.

To Apply: Apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to jobs@hprplaw.org (please specify HYI Paralegal in the subject line.)

Posted: 1/4/19