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Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Now Hiring: Legal Assistant/Paralegal

About Jewish Family and Community Services (JFCS) Pittsburgh

The professional staff at JFCS is dedicated to helping people successfully cope with life’s changes and challenges.

Why you should apply

Every month immigrant children arrive in Pittsburgh after coming to our country without legal guardians. These children are placed in shelters where a plan can be made for either legally remaining in the United States or returning back to their country of origin. The paralegal is key in helping the children achieve these goals and is a face of compassion and hope in the chaos of their environment.

Position Summary:

Works directly with detained unaccompanied children brought to this region from the southern border to provide Know Your Rights presentations and preliminary legal intake screenings to help attorneys determine relief options for the children. Works with attorneys to determine relief and communicate with the children. The position requires travel to the facilities in Western Pennsylvania and other locations within a few hours driving time.

Qualifications:

Bilingual in Spanish and English required.  Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Be alert to cross-cultural interference in dealing with clients and be culturally sensitive. Two years’ experience working in the legal field is helpful.   Experience working with children and sensitivity to the needs of victims of trauma is essential.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Travel to detention facilities to provide Know Your Rights presentations to unaccompanied children.
  • Provide initial legal screening to unaccompanied children and review with attorneys to help determine appropriate relief options.
  • Act as a point of contact with the shelter staff to arrange for scheduling and obtaining requisite information.
  • Be responsible for timely reporting and managing data in the database as required under the contract.
  • Work under attorney direction to assist unaccompanied children to complete forms, draft affidavits and prepare for court.
  • Maintain client immigration files, both paper and electronic files to ensure they are complete and up-to-date.
  • Clear, professional and appropriate communication with clients, staff and U.S. government officials.
  • Participate in staff development and training opportunities provided by JFCS in order to stay abreast of changes and best practices.
  • Enter and submit timesheets in a timely manner (weekly).
  • Attend all department meetings, attend other meetings and trainings as required.
  • Assume other responsibilities as assigned.

Application: 

Please apply for Legal Assistant/Paralegal by clicking here.