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Current Job Postings

Please check back soon for more positions available at The Legal Project.  For more information, or to apply for a position with our organization, please contact The Legal Project at (518) 435-1770.


 The Legal Project Overview:

The Legal Project believes that all people, regardless of income, gender, disability, race, religion, age, sexual orientation or ethnicity should have access to legal services. This belief reflects a deep commitment to fairness and equal justice under the law.

 

POSITION STATEMENT 4/16/19

 

TITLE:  Paralegal/Office Assistant – Immigration

RESPONSIBLE TO:    Program Director

OBJECTIVE:  To assist the immigration program to address the urgent legal needs of immigrants and support their families through communication with clients, case management and office support.

The Legal Project is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Albany, NY, that has grown from a small pro bono volunteer program in 1995 into an innovative staff-based and pro bono program that leverages community resources and experience in providing free and low cost civil legal services to domestic violence victims and the working poor.  Our many programs include family court and divorce representation in domestic violence cases; legal advocacy and assistance to college students who are victims of sexual assault or interpersonal violence; immigration services; foreclosure prevention; wills and end of life planning; bankruptcy; veteran’s legal clinics; small business legal assistance; and community legal clinics on general civil legal issues.  The Legal Project also provides community education and professional training. 

The Legal Project provides access to the protections of the law to advance the safety, stability and independence of the people we serve and strengthen our communities.  We do this by advising, advocating for and representing people who have traditionally had difficulty obtaining civil legal assistance.

Based upon these beliefs, the mission of The Legal Project is to make the law more accessible to those in need, to increase the legal community's involvement in pro bono work; and to serve as a resource on legal issues. We feel a special commitment to women and others who may have difficulty in obtaining legal assistance.

PRINICPAL RESPONSIBILITES:

  1. Conduct telephonic and in-person in-takes, data entry, schedule consults, prepare files, client follow-up.
  2. Provide support to program staff with case research, file management, interpretation and translation, office and case management.
  3. Assist program staff in preparing and providing community sessions and outreach on immigration topics.
  4. Work as part of a team with program staff and community partners to ensure that clients receive appropriate legal services and support.  
  5. Make referrals to community resources as appropriate.
  6. Participate in team problem solving with Legal Project staff to ensure the smooth and effective functioning of programs. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Commitment to providing high quality services to clients from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. 
  2. College degree or higher.
    1. Have two or more years of experience working in an office management position or as staff support.
    2. Spanish speaking strongly preferred.
    3. Other qualities:
      1. Thoroughness, organization and attention to detail.
      2. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
      3. Ability to relate to clients, community partners and staff. 
      4. Ability to plan, take responsibility, set priorities and delegate effectively.        
      5. Bilingual strongly preferred.

SALARY RANGE: ,000 to ,000 based on experience

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Send cover letter, resume and list of references to Natalie Birch-Higgins, Director of Immigration Services, at 24 Aviation Road, Suite 101, Albany NY  12205 or nbirch@legalproject.org

The Capital District Women’s Bar Association Legal Project, Inc.  is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.