Legal Assistant/Somali Interpreter

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Job location
415 SW 7th Street
P.O. Box 1866
Willmar, MN 56201
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
Street address: 
415 SW 7th Street, P.O. Box 1866
City: 
Willmar
State: 
Minnesota
ZIP: 
56201
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s Willmar office (Legal Aid) is seeking a half-time Legal Assistant/Interpreter with fluency in English and Somali languages. The Legal Assistant will complete intake, assist with immigration files, and provide interpretation assistance to clients and other staff at our organization. Currently, the position will be a 50% FTE with the potential to become full-time pending office needs.

As an equal opportunity employer, Legal Aid is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. We welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. Applicants are encouraged to share in their cover letter how they can further our goal of equal justice for all. We are committed to a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Apply the principles of Legal Aid’s Racial Justice Values Statement in all interactions
• Screen clients for eligibility for legal assistance
• Provide Somali interpreting services for co-workers and clients
• Assist with filing and completing immigration forms for clients
• Answer incoming phone calls as needed
• Other duties as needed

SALARY: $18.13 to $18.52 per hour, depending on experience, plus benefits. Salary increase upon completion of language fluency testing. Benefits are pro-rated based on hours worked and include vacation, sick leave, family medical, life, and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

Requirements: 

• Must be able to travel to outreach sites within the 10-county service area of Willmar
• Advanced proficiency and knowledge in Somali language and culture required
• Demonstrated interest in and commitment to the needs and rights of people with low incomes and victims of domestic violence
• Ability to work positively within a law office, supporting co-workers while focusing on providing high-quality service to clients
• Proficiency using Microsoft Office required
• Diverse economic, social, or cultural experiences preferred

To apply: 

Submit a resume and cover letter explaining interest in this position online at http://www.mylegalaid.org/employment by December 17th, 2021, or until position is filled.

Notes: 
If you require a reasonable accommodation for completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in our employee selection process, please contact Jolene Chestnut at [email protected] Please direct all other inquiries to [email protected] Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Salary range: 
$18.13 to $18.52 per hour, depending on experience, plus benefits
Submission deadline: 
Friday, December 17, 2021