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Paralegal, Legal Education & Advocacy Program (LEAP)

NYC

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Urban Resource Institute (URI), a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization established in 1980, operates shelter, legal and job training programs for domestic violence victims, residential and vocational programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, and residential programs for homeless families. With a $50-55 million annual budget with over 600 staff, URI promotes safety, justice, health, and independence for vulnerable individuals and families residing in New York City.  Reporting to LEAP’s Program Director, the Paralegal provides administrative support to the legal program, organizes and tracks client data and outcomes, and assists clients by providing information, education and advocacy services.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS, EDUCATION & ESSENTIAL SKILLS

  • Conduct client interviews.
  • Translate/Interpret for attorneys and law student interns. This includes participating in client meetings with attorneys to interpret, and translating court orders, letters and other documents/materials for clients, staff and the public.
  • Provide information and advocacy services to clients regarding the criminal justice system, family court, immigration, housing, shelters, and other relevant issues.
  • Refer clients to appropriate legal and social services. 
  • Maintaining case records and statistics as required.
  • Track and input client information and outcomes into the statistical database and other spreadsheets. 
  • Arrange in coordinating special events and meetings, preparing agendas, and taking minutes.
  • Order and monitor office supplies and materials.
  • Manage and maintain the Shared Drive and generic email boxes.
  • Manage filing/copying and other general administrative and clerical tasks.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of educational workshops and trainings for staff and shelter residents alike.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant federal, state and local regulations and requirements, as well as agency and program policies.
  • Develop reports, draft correspondence, compile documents, and manage deadlines.
  • Other duties as requested based on department, program and/or organizational needs.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND EXPERIENCE:

  • BA/BS required
  • Experience working on poverty, homelessness and/or victimization issues. 
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to public interest law and an understanding of trauma-informed services.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity and experience with and/or knowledge of domestic violence within and against disenfranchised communities including individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or HIV-affected, the elderly and individuals with mental health issues.
  • Strong analytical, administrative, and written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse team, maintaining a healthy work environment for staff that encourages professionalism, respect, equality, diversity and continuous improvement. 
  • Ability to work independently, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with people of diverse educational, cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Must be a responsible individual with a reputable character, known to exercise sound judgment, maintain confidentiality, and cope with stress and crises in a calm manner.
  • Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions.
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to follow directions and apply proper policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Ability to learn, update and edit existing proprietary applications and quickly learn and use various computer systems.
  • Strong attention to detail and high concern for data accuracy.
  • Ability to create and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency.
  • Must be willing to travel locally.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English is required.

To apply for this position, please forward your cover letter and resume to careers@urinyc.org