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Paralegal, Elder, Health & Disability Unit (Temporary Position) – GBLS

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Accessible Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

GBLS seeks a full-time paralegal to join the Elder Health and Disability Unit’s (EHDU) Elder Project within our Elder Health and Disability Unit for a one (1) year position. This paralegal will support the Elder Project team with the following: aid elder tenants in staying housed, aiding Elders with basic MassHealth and other benefit matters, and social security issues for Elders. This position is a hybrid position, and the paralegal is expected to be in the office a minimum of 2 days per week.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Organizing the active case list of elder cases (including new referrals/intakes)
  • Explain intake and related procedures to potential and current clients and ensure compliance with standard procedures.
  • Completing the grant reports (with supervision)
  • Brief advice and counsel to clients with supervision
  • Completing Answer & Discovery requests for housing clients
  • Enter all relevant information into the agency client database.
  • Provide relevant phone translation services for clients directly or via use of a language line.
  • Translate, or arrange for translations of, letters, documents, etc. as needed.
  • Attend and participate in project team meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with others on the project team to promote effective communication, coordination and teamwork.
  • Perform other duties as needed consistent with the provision of quality client services.
  • Possibility of appealing denials of benefits
  • Generally interviewing clients to advise attorneys regarding representation

BACKGROUND AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Good communication skills, writing, organizational, and oral presentation skills;
  • Ability to read, analyze, and synthesize documents
  • Ability to conduct intakes and provide referrals/advice over the phone.
  • Capacity to identify and analyze legal and other problems.
  • Ability to do word processing and to track information using spreadsheets and our online client data base.
  • Demonstrated concern for and commitment to the goals of legal services and to working for low-income people.
  • Experience working with interpreters, or fluency in language(s) in addition to English strongly preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • The salary for this position is based on a union scale. The salary range for an applicant with 4 -6 years of experience is $48,500 to $50,500. Starting salary determined by work experience and related education. There is an additional payment of $950 annually for a second language ability if applicable. GBLS offers a generous benefits package including low cost health insurance, retirement contribution, paid time off, and ongoing professional development opportunities.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume including a description of any prior public interest legal work or other advocacy on behalf of low-income communities and individuals.
  • Applications should be submitted to the Personnel Team via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EHDU-PARA-LTT when applying for this position. Deadline for application is January 7, 2024 or until this position is filled, with applications to be reviewed on a rolling basis.

GBLS values diversity and encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.