JOB TITLE Administrative Assistant
JOB TYPE
Non-Exempt/Bargaining
DEPARTMENT Consumer Rights & Economic Justice Project
REPORTING TO Supervising Staff Attorney
About Public Counsel

Public Counsel is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the country. Founded in 1970, it is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law and addressing economic, racial, social, and other inequities by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights & Economic Justice, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law.

Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 130. We are committed to building a diverse staff and encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities.

About Consumer Rights & Economic Justice Project

Public Counsel’s Consumer Rights & Economic Justice (“CREJ”) Project is one of the oldest projects within Public Counsel. Our mission is to advance economic justice by providing legal counsel for, and advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals and their families, addressing inequalities in bargaining power, opposing those who take advantage of the vulnerable, and holding wrongdoers accountable.

JOB SUMMARY

Reporting to the Supervising Staff Attorney, the new Administrative Assistant will;

  1. Conduct client intakes and gather relevant information and case documents from client under the supervision of an attorney;
  2. Maintain client case files;
  3. Schedule clients to attend foreclosure prevention clinics;
  4. Provide support to Staff Attorneys and Supervising Attorney;
  5. Coordinate grant reporting, data entry, and outcome tracking for case work as directed by the Supervising Attorney;
  6. Perform various clerical duties such as record-keeping, document copying, e-Filing, etc.; and,
  7. Complete other duties as assigned
ESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university and either: paralegal certificate/degree in paralegal studies from an ABA-approved institution OR at least 1 year of experience in legal services or a law office
  • Comfort with trauma-informed advocacy: empathy, responsive listening, restraint from judgment, and demonstration of authentic care and concern;
  • Work well as part of a team, but also be able to work independently;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Detail-oriented and superior organizational skills;
  • Ability to commute throughout Los Angeles County; and
  • Ability to read, write, and speak fluently in Spanish is required.
Job Type and Benefits

    • Full-time, Non-Exempt position funded until December 2024
    • Bargaining
    • Starting Salary Range: $50,000-$55,000
    • Public Counsel offers a competitive benefits package including:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage with both HMO and PPO options,
  • The option to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account,
  • A 403(b) retirement plan with elective contribution and an employer contribution after a year of employment, and
  • Employer-paid life insurance and disability plans.
  • Generous paid time off
  • Parking and transit benefits
HOW TO APPLY

We value lived experiences and experiences working with clients across a range of settings. Please consider discussing such experiences in your cover letter, especially if they are not reflected in your resume.

Please click on this link to apply:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/1054252/Public-Counsel/Administrative-Assistant—Consumer-Rights-Economic-Justice-CREJ

PUBLIC COUNSEL VACCINATION POLICY AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Public Counsel requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees, including new hires. Pursuant to federal and state laws, Public Counsel will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.

 

Public Counsel is generally office-based and will be an effective hybrid-workspace as of June 6, 2022. As such, employees with Public Counsel will be required to work in the office at least one day per week, at the discretion of the head of department. This policy is subject to redesign by leadership. Public Counsel will work in a manner consistent with public health and local and state emergency orders.

 

PUBLIC COUNSEL EEO POLICY

Public Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate against employees or prospective employees on the basis of union membership or activity, race, religious creed, religious observance, ethnicity, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or predisposition, military service, military and veteran status, pregnancy, child birth and related medical conditions, marital and family status, national origin, ancestry, age, medical conditions as defined by state or federal law, or disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.

All qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Our leadership team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities discipline, discharge and general treatment during employment.

 

Administrative Assistant, Consumer Rights & Economic Justice Project
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