Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

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Job location
1331 H Street, NW
Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
Street address: 
1331 H Street, NW, Suite 350
District of Columbia
Job type: 
Position Description: 

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks an energetic, detail-oriented individual for the position of Administrative Assistant of a fast-paced, poverty law office. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, domestic violence/family, public benefits, and consumer law. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation.

Tasks and Duties

The Administrative Assistant’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as office receptionist at our community office in Southeast D.C. and in Northwest D.C.; answering phones and greeting members of the community; processing all payables and preparing deposits; reconciling petty cash; ordering and maintaining supplies for all offices; ensuring all work rooms, pantries and employee break rooms are stocked and clean; assisting in the maintenance of office equipment and coordinating service as required; serving as backup legal assistant to our lawyers, including filing, copying, and maintaining legal files; office related errands; and working collaboratively and effectively with co-workers to ensure coverage of administrative needs throughout the office.


This position is essential to the functioning of critical programs at Legal Aid. Therefore, commitment to Legal Aid’s mission – making justice real for persons living in poverty in D.C. – is a must. Likewise, we are looking for a cheerful, can-do, customer-service attitude who can thrive in a fast-paced, high-quality environment.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

• Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail;
• Honesty and integrity a must;
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments;
• Effective communication skills;
• Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others;
• Proficiency or fluency in Spanish a plus;
• Commitment to Legal Aid’s client community;
• Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, QuickBooks and Google Apps.

To apply: 

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons from diverse backgrounds of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Please submit a letter of interest and resume here:

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position will remain open until filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Salary beginning at $30,905. Generous benefits package.
Expiration date: 
Friday, February 3, 2017