Temporary Administrative Assistant- Community Development Project

Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Public Counsel
Description

ABOUT PUBLIC COUNSEL

Public Counsel is a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to advancing civil rights and racial and economic justice, as well as to amplifying the power of our clients through comprehensive legal advocacy. Founded on and strengthened by a pro bono legal service model, our staff and volunteers seek justice through direct legal services, promote healthy and resilient communities through education and outreach, and support community-led efforts to transform unjust systems through litigation and policy advocacy in and beyond Los Angeles.

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 150. 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 DEPARTMENT

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 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.

Since 2011, CDP has worked directly with low-income street vendors and community based organizations working with street vendors to advance economic inclusion and opportunity. Our work has contributed to groundbreaking policy victories, such as Senate Bills 946 and 972, which decriminalized street vending, established standards for local regulations across California, and updated the state’s retail food code to make it easier for food vendors to obtain health permits, as well as the legalization of street vending in Los Angeles and other cities across L.A. County. We have also provided trainings, seminars, and legal clinics to help vendors understand their rights, navigate permitting procedures, and address citations.

 

JOB SUMMARY

Reporting to the Directing Attorney, the Temporary Administrative Assistant will provide administrative support to all aspects of CDP. Approximately fifty percent of the Administrative Assistant’s time will be spent conducting client intakes and maintaining a case monitoring system for nonprofit and small business clients. Specifically, the Administrative Assistant will:

  • Conduct intakes with nonprofit and small business clients and gather relevant documents and information under the supervision of an attorney;
  • Maintain client case files, complete data entry, manage project’s call and intake log, and monitor acceptance and placement of matters for nonprofit and small business clients;
  • Assist with publicizing trainings, workshops, and events for clients, including drafting workshop flyers, e-blasts, and e-newsletters as well as maintaining email lists of clients, volunteers, and community partners;
  • Schedule meetings for attorneys, as needed;
  • Provide administrative support for litigation, including maintaining case files, proofreading, and creating exhibits;
  • Handle   logistics for seminars and trainings, including creating registration forms, sending materials, coordinating volunteers, and collecting evaluations (approximately 12 events per year) – will require occasional after hour or weekend work;
  • Assist in outreach to potential nonprofit and small business clients and partner organizations;
  • Assist in project evaluation, data collection, and grant reporting;
  • Provide general administrative support to CDP such as maintaining databases, updating filing systems, organizing legal education material and shared office space, sending correspondence, and copying documents;
  • Assist with translation and interpretation, if applicable

Requirements

 

ESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community;
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree preferred;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and telephone skills;
  • Fluency in Spanish, strongly preferred;
  • Attention to detail, outstanding organizational skills, and ability to multitask;
  • Experience working in a public interest or nonprofit setting, preferred;
  • Passionate about helping small businesses and nonprofits;
  • Commitment to gender/racial/social justice and the mission of Public Counsel;
  • Ability to complete work accurately and in a timely fashion with minimal supervision;
  • General computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office;
  • 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 and/or willingness to learn about, basic legal concepts, terminology, principles, and procedures.

JOB TYPE AND BENEFITS

  • Temporary, Non-Exempt position
  • Non-Bargaining
  • Salary Range: The salary range for this position, $52,500-57,500, is commensurate with 0-3 years of experience.
  • 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 a discretionary employer contribution after a year of employment, and
  • Employer-paid life insurance and disability plans
  • Generous paid time off and compensatory time up to 40 hours per calendar year
  • On-site parking or public transportation reimbursement available

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.

 

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, but remote work has been permitted during the pandemic. All employees with Public Counsel are 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.