Paralegal - Education & Outreach (Fair Housing)

· Rochester, New York
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT (May 2022)

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

FULL-TIME EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PARALEGAL


Organization Information and Mission Statement

 

LawNY® provides free civil legal help to individuals and families struggling with poverty in a nearly 10,000 square mile 14 county area with an urban center in Rochester and rural counties in western New York, the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier. We provide services through seven fully staffed offices located in Bath, Elmira, Geneva, Ithaca, Jamestown, Olean and Rochester and we maintain satellite offices in Lakeville and Lyons and a business office in Rochester. Including AmeriCorps paralegals, we presently have approximately 170 staff members, including approximately 85 attorneys.

 

In 2020, LawNY® closed 4,881 cases benefitting 10,532 people. The breakdown of the cases was as follows: housing (27%), income maintenance (26%), family (22%), health (13%), consumer (3%), employment (3%) and other (6%).

 

LawNY® has a revenue side budget of over $15.2 million, with approximately 90 contracts with various federal, state, county and city agencies, as well as area United Ways, foundations and private donations.

 

LawNY® is committed to equitable inclusion across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, sex, religion, economic circumstances, ethnicity, national origin, and culture. We are increasingly committed to creating a law firm where race equity, diversity and cultural competency are integral components of our work, from client advocacy to internal operations. We are actively seeking applicants whose work incorporates this perspective and whose lived and professional experience contributes to sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe.


Position Description:

 

The Rochester office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) has an immediate opening for a Education and Outreach Paralegal in our Fair Housing Enforcement Project.  LawNY is a not-for-profit law firm that works to eliminate barriers to justice by providing civil legal services to low-income clients in a fourteen-county region in the Finger Lakes and western New York State and provides representation primarily in the areas of housing, family law, government benefits, elder law, civil rights and consumer law. We work to achieve individual and systemic change through litigation, administrative advocacy, and partnership with community organizations.


Responsibilities: These are the most significant responsibilities and primary functions of the position


  • Coordinates and implements community education for the general public and the staff of community organizations that work with those protected by the Fair Housing Laws;
  • Builds and maintains relationships with organizations and community groups working on housing issues;
  • Promotes awareness of the Fair Housing Enforcement Project and Fair Housing Law through the creation of social media campaigns, know-your-rights materials and public service announcements.
  • Stays abreast of current developments in Fair Housing Law, as well as issues affecting our community through attendance at training sessions, seminars, conferences and individual study.


Due to COVID-19, LawNY staff are working remotely all or part of the week, depending on unit needs and other considerations. LawNY maintains an extensive safe operations plan and seeks to ensure the safety of both our staff and our clients. All staff are still required to fulfill their professional obligations, which requires some direct in-person contact with clients, community members and the staff of other human services agencies.

 

LawNY is committed to equitable inclusion across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, sex, religion, economic circumstances, ethnicity, national origin, and culture. We are striving to transcend the construct of race and be an anti-racist law firm. We encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work each day and pledge to celebrate every aspect of who they are.

 


Requirements:  

  • At least one year of experience that is directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • A demonstrated commitment of service to the community is required.

 

Desired Skills: 

  • Prior experience with low-income and other oppressed communities and clients.
  • Lived experience with our client communities is highly desired.
  • Strong problem-solving abilities, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under deadlines and manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to empathize and sensitively respond to people in crisis situations.
  • Experience with the use of trauma informed care practices is highly preferred.  
  • Excellent use of Google Drive/GSuite, Word, Canva (or similar program), Power Point and social media;
  • Proficiency in Spanish is an advantage but is not required.
  • Passion for social justice and commitment to the mission of LawNY.

 

Salary and Benefits:  Salary is dependent on experience and based on a pay scale with annual increments.  The salary for a Paralegal who is credited with five years of experience is $36,820. The initial salary will increase annually based upon LawNY’s salary scale. LawNY® provides an excellent health insurance, disability and employee benefits package:


  1. 94% employer paid health insurance (with significant HSA contributions to offset high deduction)
  2. 100% employer paid dental and disability insurance                                                         
  3. $50,000 automatic life insurance             

                                                                                   

Leave:  We also provide a very generous leave package including, in the first year of employment, four weeks of vacation,12 sick days and 5 personal days. New parents receive 20 days of paid new parent leave.


HOW TO APPLY:  To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, and three references through LawNY’s BambooHR platform. Please include the [last name] [firstname] [position sought] in the name of your documents.


To promote social justice and achieve our mission, LawNY® is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace. In your cover letter, please explain how you think your lived and/or professional experience or background has prepared you to contribute to a work environment with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

 

LawNY encourages applications from diverse candidates. LawNY welcomes applications regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or any other consideration protected by law. 

 

This position is considered non-exempt pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

 

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY) is an equal opportunity employer.


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  • Location
    Rochester, New York
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level