VISTA Federal Court Help Desk Coordinator

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Job location
120 S. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60603
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
LAF
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

For more than 50 years, LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation) has provided free civil legal aid to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year LAF’s attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions. In addition to representing individuals in court and administrative hearings, we run community legal clinics, provide know-your-rights workshops, and work with community-based organizations to address emerging issues as well as persistent problems that affect low-income families. Our work impacts more than 40,000 people each year.
Position: A VISTA serving as LAF’s Federal Court Help Desk Coordinator will assist efforts to increase the organization’s capacity to offer legal services to individuals seeking assistance with bankruptcy and employment matters.

Responsibilities: Support volunteers, staff, and administration of two federal court help desks, the Bankruptcy Court Help Desk and the Hibbler Federal Court Help Desk, located in the courthouse of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.

Requirements: 

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree
• Exceptional interpersonal skills
• Highly developed organizational skills
• Ability to work independently and in a team environment
Term of Service: Term of Service: July 29, 2017 to July 28, 2018.
Program Benefits: Living allowance ($1,026/month), choice of Education Award ($5,815) or End of Service Stipend ($1,500) and Non-Competitive Eligibility status upon successful completion of service, housing supplement ($200/month), transit pass ($100/month), healthcare allowance, life insurance, relocation payment if eligible ($550), and professional development opportunities.
Other Considerations: VISTAs may have outside employment and pursue an education, as long as it does not interfere with service responsibilities and is approved by a supervisor.

To apply: 

To Apply: Submit a VISTA application by May 28, 2017 through the MyAmeriCorps website, found at the following address: my.americorps.gov/mp/recruit/registration.do
*To qualify for AmeriCorps VISTA, you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident.

LAF IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Expiration date: 
Sunday, May 28, 2017