Poverty Law Attorney – Avery/Madison/Mitchell/Yancey

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302 W US HWY 19E Bypass
Burnsville, NC 28714
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Pisgah Legal Services
Street address: 
P.O. Box 2276
North Carolina
Job type: 
Position Description: 

Poverty Law Attorney – Avery/Madison/Mitchell/Yancey
Hybrid remote work schedule: 3 days in office/field and 2 days remote
Base office in Burnsville, NC
Position Status: Full-Time
FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Posting
Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) is a community-based non-profit legal aid agency governed by a local Board of Directors. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Pisgah Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in WNC. The organization currently has offices in Asheville, Brevard, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Highlands-Cashiers, Marshall, Newland, and Rutherfordton. With over 120 dedicated staff, including over 30 attorneys plus program staff, and an active group of 200 volunteer attorneys, the program provides free services to over 20,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in the poverty law areas of housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, immigration, and consumer law.
Pisgah Legal Services seeks a full-time N.C. licensed Attorney to handle poverty law cases in Avery, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey counties. Legal aid experience preferred.
Passion for promoting justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, being a creative and zealous staff member and a team-player, and a demonstrated commitment to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities are all important. By ensuring that the lowest-income people in Western North Carolina have access to holistic services we will increase opportunities for positive outcomes at the individual and community levels.

Commitment to PLS’ mission, values, and vision.
Represent and advise clients in judicial and administrative hearings in landlord/tenant, consumer, public benefits, domestic violence, community economic development and other poverty law areas as needed.
Availability to work in rural locations and attend court in Avery, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey counties.
Conduct client interviews with trauma-informed approach; advise and represent clients in Small Claims, District and Superior courts or administrative proceedings as appropriate. (This may include representation, preparation for self-representation, obtaining continuances for assessment, and referring cases to other PLS staff attorneys.)
Document all work in Legal Server case management software.
Organize and conduct outreach and educational presentations.
Establish branch office(s) within service area.
Develop and maintain relationships with communities and other non-profit agencies, government officials, government employees, community leaders and others.
Travel within our service area and also to meetings or conferences in other parts of NC.
Adhere to program priorities and case handling policies, procedures and standards of practice, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards.
Keep abreast of developments in the law and disseminate information to staff, volunteer attorneys and the public.
Work with volunteers and Development Team as needed.

Passion for and commitment to PLS’ mission, values, and vision.
Possess a valid driver’s license.
N.C. licensed attorney
Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people and communities.
Demonstrated skills at socio-economic and cultural sensitivity and the realization and sensitivity to work with someone who is angry, upset, or ill persons.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams and independently.
Fluency in Spanish would be an asset.

Salary/ Benefits
Salary ranges from $60,000 - $108,000 depending on experience. Additional bilingual language skills that are applicable to this role may qualify for up to an additional $3k upon completing a language assessment test.
Our salary scale is predetermined based on the years of relative professional work experience that qualify for this position to ensure equity in pay. Pisgah Legal Services is a Living Wage Certified Employer.
Employees are eligible for medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage the 1st of the month following the start date. Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) pays 100% of the Employee and 50% of the Dependent Cost for BCBS Medical and Dental coverage. PLS pays 50% of the Employee Coverage Cost for BCBS Vision coverage. PLS pays 100% of Long-Term & Short-Term Disability Coverage, Life Insurance Coverage of 5x base salary + an additional $15,000 Life & AD&D Coverage. 401k Retirement Plan after 6 months of employment. Additional Fringe Benefits includes Pet Insurance, Paid Parental Leave, Paid Bereavement Leave, 13.5 Company Holidays, 22 Paid Leave Days, Paid Sabbatical Leave for eligible staff, Employee Assistance Program for entire household and a great working environment with work life balance! Click here to view our 2024 Benefits Guide.

To Apply
Submit your online application with resume and cover letter through our Career Center located at https://www.pisgahlegal.org/jobs.
PLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.
Pisgah Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with our Human Resources department.


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Submission deadline: 
Friday, June 21, 2024