Position: Legal Services Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Department: Legal Services Department
Reports To: Director of Legal Services
Status: Part-Time $18-$22/hr DOE, 20 hours per week, Non-exempt
Benefits: Paid Sick
Probation: 90 days
JOB SUMMARY: The Legal Services Paralegal/Legal Assistant is responsible for working with legal services department staff, including attorneys, to provide support with legal research and writing, as well as with administrative departmental needs; the Legal Services Paralegal/Legal Assistant will be working primarily with LGBTQ survivors of violence. Essential duties include coordinating the intake department team and intake functions with client inquiries, requests for service, legal research and writing, legal document preparation, consult and coordination with department attorney(s), crisis intervention, and other legal advocacy related to survivor and client empowerment. This position is also responsible for coordinating and supporting the expansion, planning, and execution of the Legal Services Department legal clinics. The Paralegal/Legal Assistant should be highly skilled, including exceptional attention to detail, strong legal research and writing skills, effective time management, managing legal deadlines, and strong organizational skills.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Conducts research on a wide range of legal issues and develop memoranda of understanding, motions and other court filings for review and use by department attorney(s).
- Supports day to day operations of the department, including conducting phone intakes, screenings and assessments, including preliminary aggressor/survivor differentiation and crisis triage as needed.
- Coordinates intake department schedules and provides training and support to intake team for consultation regarding referrals, resources, and scheduling.
- Supports legal representation of LGBTQ survivors, including producing information by transcribing and inputting and retrieving data.
- Schedules clients for legal appointments and provides additional referrals, as needed.
- Assists community help desk and interdepartmental case managers with referring clients internally and externally to appropriate programs and resources.
- Participates in trainings with key governmental and non-profit agencies and stakeholders and supports with training events.
- Coordinates room scheduling, legal clinic scheduling and and/or departments as necessary.
- Documents services in accordance with legal and funder(s) requirements, including creating monthly departmental and programmatic reports and collecting and analyzing client demographic data
- Attends all required funder, agency, and departmental meetings.
- Refers clients as appropriate to internal Center resources and services.
- Manages and keeps filing system current with applicable federal, state, local, agency and funder(s) requirements and protocol.
- Serves as Center representative at resource fairs, stakeholder meetings, and special events throughout the community.
- Other duties as necessary or as assigned.
Desired Qualifications, Experience and Skills:
- A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in legal or social services is preferred.
- Prior document preparation experience and/or paralegal and Legal Studies degree/certification preferred.
- 65-hour California Sexual Assault Counselor Certification is a plus.
- 40-hour California Domestic Violence Counselor Certification a plus.
- Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
- Knowledge of anti-violence legal issues, survivor crisis counseling, and case management is a plus.
- Demonstrated history and strong knowledge of batterer/survivor differentiation techniques and methods a plus.
- Demonstrated history and experience working with survivors of sexual assault a plus.
- At least two years’ experience working on issues of anti-violence in the LGBTQ community preferred.
- Knowledge of LGBTQ communities preferred.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills with an eye for detail required.
- Ability to lead groups and trainings.
- Strong computer skills including the entire Microsoft Office suite.
- Demonstrated success working with diverse populations, exceptional work ethic, and self-initiative required.
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills required.
- Outgoing personality with high level of comfort meeting new people and engaging in social situations.
- Evening and weekend availability required.
The LGBTQ Center Long Beach is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are encouraged from anyone regardless of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, marital status, religious creed, sexual orientation, or age.