South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), a non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elder residents, is hiring a full time Paralegal for the Seniors Law Project in its New Bedford office. The Paralegal will help promote the financial stability, health, and well being of low income and vulnerable elders through intake, advocacy, and community education in a variety of civil law matters. This is a long-term (one year) temporary position through a grant from the Association for the Relief of Aged Women in New Bedford.
The Organization: SCCLS is the principal provider of free, civil legal aid to low-income families, individuals and elders in Southeastern Massachusetts. SCCLS’ core mission is to achieve justice for eligible clients through community-based advocacy. SCCLS and its subsidiary support four law offices located in Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford and Hyannis. SCCLS provides legal assistance in over 4,000 cases each year, sponsors numerous community legal education and outreach events, and nurtures strong relationships with community groups and human service organizations.
Duties Include: The Paralegal will help to address the most critical problems facing older persons, including housing preservation, financial security and access to health care. This will involve intake and outreach in housing, public benefits and health law matters, supporting litigation on a variety of legal issues and advocacy in administrative proceedings. The Paralegal will conduct outreach and educational presentations in the Greater New Bedford area, and create written materials on key legal issues. Paralegals will often be the initial point of contact for individuals with critical needs.
1. Paralegal Certificate/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; commitment to working with older adults (60+) who may have experienced poverty, trauma or discrimination required;
2. Prior experience advocating or serving the needs of older adults desirable; experience with case management, knowledge of public or private housing, Social Security or other public benefits programs, or experience providing community education desirable;
3. Ability to work independently and as a team member; goal and detail oriented with ability to prioritize;
4. Ability to work effectively with people from diverse cultures, with diverse opinions and values, including with staff, volunteers, students, community members and funders;
5. Fluency in a second language which reflects our client communities (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole) strongly preferred;
6. Ability to be flexible and multitask; willingness to become familiar with a variety of substantive law matters; ability to establish remote client and colleague relationships;
7. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, social media or graphic design; familiarity with other technology platforms desirable. Willingness to become effective and efficient in use of case management system required.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: SCCLS offers competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries and commensurate with experience. Multi-lingual annual increment to base salary may be added for demonstrated language skills (written, oral, or both). Generous benefits and leave offered.
APPLY: For full consideration, submit resume and cover letter by April 20, 2021 to: Lissl Thelin at email@example.com with subject line: SLP Paralegal
SCCLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. We strive to foster a healthy, inclusive environment where all staff, clients, and community members are valued, empowered and recognized, especially individuals who come from marginalized communities that are often under resourced, underserved, and underrepresented.