Aug 29, 2019

Paralegal Coordinator, Los Angeles Nonprofit

  • Immigrant Defenders Law Center
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Legal Immigration Support and Advocacy Services Legal Aid and Advocacy

Job Description

In order to increase access to justice for people facing immigration court, ImmDef is currently hiring additional legal and administrative staff.

The Immigrant Defenders Law Center (“ImmDef”) is a next-generation, social justice law firm that provides high-quality representation and legal services to immigrants in Southern California. ImmDef was founded with the belief that no immigrant should be forced to go into court alone and our universal representation programs for children and adults are a first step towards that goal. Learn more about us at www.immdef.org.

Reporting to the Support Services Manager , the Paralegal Coordinator supervises a team of paralegals supporting a variety of ImmDef programs while also maintaining a reduced workload providing direct paralegal assistance. 

Essential Functions

Coordinator Duties

1.     Provide direct supervision to team of paralegals with duties including, but not limited to, assuring quality work product, mentoring, managing workflows, providing backup support and coverage and identifying and addressing personnel and/or performance issues.

2.     Collaborate with managers and attorneys to further develop legal support skills within the paralegal team, including technical skills, research, writing, administrative duties, preparing and assembling USCIS, EOIR, and CA Superior Court filings, and other skills necessary to advance the organization’s legal practice;

3.     Create materials, memos, templates and manuals to further develop the quality of legal support provided by ImmDef paralegals;

4.     Participate in recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training and onboarding of new Paralegals;

5.     Review and approve timesheets, monitor attendance and review time-off requests;

6.      Monitor staffing of paralegals to ensure coverage at all times and even distribution of workloads;

7.     Conduct regular one-on-one meetings with all direct reports staff and conduct annual performance reviews;

8.      Provide direct paralegal support as needed.

Competencies

  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with staff and colleagues;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem solving;
  • Highly resourceful team player, with the ability to also excel independently and efficiently manage time;
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of client service and response.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Preferred 2+ years of supervisory experience;
  • Preferred 2+ years of Legal Assistant or Paralegal experience;
  • Paralegal Certificate or at least one year working under the close supervision of an attorney required;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure;
  • Enthusiasm for working at a fast-paced, dynamic organization;
  • Passion for social justice for immigrants required
  • DACA Recipients encouraged to apply!

Preferred Education and Experience

None required for this position

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

None required for this position. 

Supervisory Responsibility

This position supervises a team of 4-6 paralegals.

Classification and Work Schedule

This is a full-time, exempt position. Work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with flexibility required based on the needs of the organization.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

This job operates in a professional office environment. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary. 

Travel

No travel is expected for this position.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

 

Salary

$49,000 - $53,000

 

 

Title / Level of Responsibility

Coordinator

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