Homeless Youth Initiative Paralegal

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Job location
201 North Charles Street
Suite 1104
Baltimore, MD 21201
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Homeless Persons Representation Project
Street address: 
201 North Charles Street, Suite 1104
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
ZIP: 
21201
Job type: 
Administrative/Financial
Position Description: 

Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is seeking a full-time (40 hours per week) paralegal to support its Homeless Youth Initiative (HYI). The HYI Paralegal will begin work on September 11, 2017. The HYI serves youth and young adults under age 25 who are homeless, unstably housed, or at risk of homelessness by providing outreach, legal representation, and policy advocacy. In the fall of 2017, HYI will launch the Homeless Youth Legal Network (HYLN), a network of pro bono attorneys and volunteers dedicated to meeting the full range of civil legal needs of youth experiencing homelessness. The paralegal will support the work of the HYI, which includes the Director of HYI and the HYLN. More information on HPRP can be found at www.hprplaw.org.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Assist HYI Director with all aspects of case development and hearing preparation, including reviewing administrative agency or program files and requesting medical records
• Schedule and coordinate new client intake, including off-site clinics and outreach
• Advocate for clients, including providing legal information at direction of HYI director
• Conduct legal research, including identifying relevant administrative, appellate, and local court rules that govern the form, filing, and service of briefs, motions, and other pleadings
• Engage with youth and young adults seeking civil legal aid, including answering calls, responding to requests for assistance, screening for civil legal needs, conducting intake interviews, and referring to community resources
• Work with volunteers regarding case placement, monitoring, and updating assigned cases, as well as tracking case outcomes with volunteers and clients
• Maintain up-to-date database of HYLN volunteers and community-based resources and contacts
• Maintain effective communication with clients and manage client expectations throughout case
• Organize and maintain meticulous case notes and other client information in case management system
• Provide administrative support to HYI Director and HYLN pro bono attorneys and volunteers
• Conduct community information presentations
• Prepare informational material for HPRP social media, clients, staff, volunteers, donors, and the public
• Assist with grant reporting
• Demonstrate a commitment to diversity by using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance
• Work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
• Demonstrate ability to remain calm and patient in a fast-paced environment

HPRP provides excellent benefits: vacation (20 days per year), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), and holidays. Employee premiums 100% covered for medical, prescription, dental, vision. Short and Long Term Disability Insurance and Retirement plan with supplemental employer contribution (a 1% contribution is approved for FY 2018) also provided. Some evening hours and occasional weekends required; HPRP provides for a flexible work schedule.

Requirements: 

SKILLS & REQUIRED EXPERIENCE
• Education: AA in Paralegal Studies, or BA or BS
• Excellent writing skills, including the ability to compose, edit, and proof correspondence
• Strong research skills, including internet research
• Proficiency with computer and internet technology, i.e. Microsoft Office for Windows (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
• Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
• Administrative experience in a legal, social work and/or public interest environment, including through an internship or volunteer program
• Experience with youth living in poverty, experiencing homelessness, or engaged in the child welfare system
• Ability to communicate effectively with youth, service providers, pro bono attorneys, legislators, administrative agencies, and other HYI stakeholders
• Self-starter with ability to take initiative identifying and troubleshooting problems and challenges
• Ability to work independently with excellent judgment, diplomacy, and professionalism
• Detail-oriented with ability to prioritize requests, track and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines
• Ability to utilize either personal or public transportation to reach off-site clinic and meeting locations in and around Baltimore City

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE
• Experience with community outreach
• A minimum of two years of paralegal or related experience
• Fluency, written and oral, in Spanish

To apply: 

Apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to [email protected] (please specify HYI Paralegal in the subject line). We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications, work style and interest in being part of a team working to eliminate youth homelessness in Maryland. We are looking for applicants who have a comprehensive understanding of oppression and structural racism, including how structural racism perpetuates barriers to housing and income for youth. Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Notes: 
HPRP is an equal opportunity employer. All interested persons encouraged to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status or religious affiliation.
Salary range: 
Salary $35,000-$40,000 DOE.
Submission deadline: 
Monday, September 11, 2017
Expiration date: 
Monday, September 11, 2017