COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
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 inclusive culture and encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities.
Public Counsel’s Community Development Project (CDP) strives to build healthy, inclusive, economically stable communities through the delivery of pro bono legal services to community-based coalitions, nonprofits and small businesses in Los Angeles County. CDP provides transactional legal services to nonprofits that assist lower income people and neighborhoods and to qualifying entrepreneurs that meet our income requirements. CDP also supports community led advocacy groups and community based organizations in their efforts to advance racial and economic justice and build power in low-income communities and communities of color.
CDP seeks an efficient, motivated and detail-oriented Placement Assistant with a genuine desire, interest, and passion for strengthening Los Angeles’ nonprofit and small business infrastructure. The Placement Assistant will support our nonprofit and small business programs, works under the supervision of the Small Business Program Manager, and will have the following responsibilities, among others:
- Primarily responsible for monitoring client-volunteer relationships, tracking and timely closing matters placed with volunteer attorneys, as well as providing administrative office support to project
- Assists in recruitment and monitoring of client-volunteer relationships
- Maintains case monitoring system, including creating and managing client transactional and litigation files and maintaining computerized database of clients and cases
- Conducts client intake and screening through telephonic interviews
- Assists with outreach to clients and partner organizations
- Assists with distribution of project e-newsletters and publicizing trainings, workshops, and events for clients
- Maintains and organizes the project’s document management system (Net Docs)
- Assists with project evaluation, data collection, and grant reporting
- Occasional evening and weekend work required
PREFERRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university OR a paralegal certificate/degree in paralegal studies from an ABA-approved institution;
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and general computer skills;
- Experience with data collection and creating reports;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community;
- Comfortable with practicing trauma-informed legal advocacy: including displaying empathy, responsive listening, restraint from judgment, and demonstration of authentic care and concern;
- An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities;
- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and complete work accurately and independently;
- An understanding of, and willingness to learn about, basic legal concepts, terminology, principles, and procedures;
- Willingness to learn and develop expertise as needed to assist team;
- Demonstrated ability to function effectively and efficiently within a highly stressful, fast paced environment;
- A collaborative team player that identifies gaps and takes initiative to fill them;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
- Ability to read, write and speak fluently in an Asian language representative of underserved clients is preferred, including but not limited to Mandarin, Tagalog, Korean, or Thai.
START DATE AND COMPENSATION
This position is available immediately and is a full-time, non-exempt position. Salary is commensurate with abilities and experience.
Public Counsel offers a competitive benefits package including: (1) medical, dental, and vision coverage with both HMO and PPO options, (2) the option to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account, (3) a 403(b) retirement plan with elective contribution and an employer contribution after a year of employment, and (4) employer-paid life insurance and disability plans.
Public Counsel follows all emergency state and local orders arising from the current COVID-19 crisis. Though generally this position is office based, currently all staff must work remotely from their homes. Public Counsel will assess when the physical office will reopen in a manner consistent with public health and local and state emergency orders.
Continuous until position is filled.
We value lived experiences, cultural competency, and experiences working with traditionally underrepresented communities across a range of settings. Please mention such experiences in your cover letter, particularly if they are not reflected in your resume. Click on this link to apply: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/854674/Public-Counsel/PLACEMENT-ASSISTANT—COMMUNITY-DEVELOPMENT-PROJECT
No phone calls please.
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 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.