Staff Paralegal - Health Law unit

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

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

FULL-TIME STAFF PARALEGAL

 

The Rochester office of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) has an immediate openings for a Staff Paralegal to work in the Health Law Unit. The Health Law Team provides direct legal services to community members through LawNY’s fourteen county service area. Our Health Law Team assists in the following areas:

 

- Medicare and Medicaid Questions Regarding Long-Term Care

- Managed Care Options

- Health Plan or Provider Problems

- Medical Billing Disputes

- Prescription Drug Assistance Programs

- Medical Services & Equipment Needs

- Complaints and Appeals Rights

 

LawNY is a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals and families in a fourteen-county area of western New York. LawNY values and promotes a collaborative environment and a healthy work life balance.  Staff are offered a hybrid workplace and flexible schedules are possible. 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 strive to transcend the construct of race and be an anti-racist law firm. Staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work each day and to celebrate every aspect of who they are.

 

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 will require direct in-person contact with clients as needed to perform the functions of their role.

 

Core responsibilities include:

  • Under the supervision of an attorney, maintain a caseload assisting eligible clients facing health related legal issues in securing access to health insurance and health care, defending patient rights, and helping individuals navigating the health care system.
  • Provide information, advice, brief services and advocacy in administrative law hearings.
  • Provide training and assistance to community-based organizations.
  • Collaborate with other LawNY advocates, human services providers, non-profit organizations and community, client or other advocacy groups to address the issues facing directly-impacted community members, including providing community legal education.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop, implement, and maintain a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.
  • Maintain a high level of professional competence through attendance at training sessions, seminars and conferences and individual efforts to keep abreast of current developments in the area of poverty law, the application of a race equity lens to client service, as well as issues in the community affecting low-income people.

 

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: the ideal candidate will have many of the following qualifications:

  • Experience with nonprofit agencies in our service area, and the capability to successfully build relationships with directly impacted community members, and staff of community agencies.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills for a wide variety of audiences, including a commitment to providing trauma-informed services.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with staff, clients and community members.
  • Prior legal experience, particularly with low-income and other oppressed communities and clients.
  • Understanding of the principles of race equity analysis and the intersection of racism and poverty and their application to LawNY’s organizational life and to our work.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills for a wide variety of audiences.
  • Strong fact-gathering and interview skills
  • Strong problem-solving, 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.
  • Excellent use of Google Workspace, Word, and Excel; database programs a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish or another language spoken by our clients is an advantage but is not required.
  • Lived experience with our client communities 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 $39,420 The initial salary will increase annually based upon LawNY’s salary scale. We provide a superlative package of fringe benefits including:

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


We also provide a very generous leave package including, in the first year of employment, four weeks of vacation, 12 sick days, 5 personal days, and 2 floating holidays. New parents receive 20 day of paid new parent leave provided by LawNY.

 

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

 

To Apply: To apply, submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references through LawNY’s BambooHR platform by September 15, 2022, to ensure full consideration. Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled. The letter of interest should highlight the applicant's commitment to advocating for justice for people who experience marginalization because of their race or social or economic status.

 

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY) is an equal opportunity employer, 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. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe. In reviewing applications, we look for applicants who have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.

 

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

 

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