Paralegal

JOB OPENING: APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS 

 

TEMPORARY PARALEGAL – Remote throughout Texas

 

Workers Defense Project (“WDP”) seeks a Temporary Paralegal to to provide critical know your rights information and legal assistance to Austin-area workers impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. This is a full-time, remote, and temporary position funded through December 2020.

 

The ideal candidate should be a people person with the ability to communicate compassionately and professionally in both English and Spanish. Effective task management skills and close attention to detail are a must. Prior experience working in the legal or labor fields is not required, but candidates should be quick to learn and eager to help high-risk workers, low-wage workers who are most likely to be impacted by COVID19, access safe and fair employment conditions.

 

About Workers Defense Project

WDP is a 501(c)3, statewide, membership-based organization devoted to workers’ rights and advocacy, chiefly aiming to build power among Texas construction workers. Its mission – to empower low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships – is accomplished through a network of dedicated staff, volunteers and members. WDP has a membership base of low-wage workers in the construction sector and their families. Through innovative sectoral organizing strategies, WDP has won unprecedented victories for construction workers, low-wage workers, and immigrants in Texas. WDP uses innovative strategies including direct action, legal tactics, policy advocacy and communications to wage and win campaigns, working in coalition with diverse allies. 

 

About WDP’s High Risk Worker Program 

Workers Defense Project is already helping low-wage, high-risk, immigrant/undocumented workers and their families stay safe, healthy and financially stable during the COVID-19 pandemic. The High Risk Worker Program expands the organization’s capacity to provide critical resources, information, legal case management, and direct financial assistance to high-risk workers. The Program will also engage community organizers, member leaders and promotorxs throughout the process to create a robust, comprehensive community system that can holistically support and engage Austin’s low-wage, high-risk, hard-to-reach workers in the months and years to come.

 

Job Responsibilities

The Temporary Paralegal will:

 

  • Work under the supervision of an attorney to investigate and advocate for Austin area workers with COVID19-related employment claims; perform intakes, screen applicants for eligibility, file complaints with appropriate agencies, and provide referrals or follow-up case management support if necessary;
  • Communicate over the phone with high-risk worker populations seeking legal information or legal assistance, assess callers’ needs, and provide callers with accurate and appropriate information based on their assessment and WDP’s protocols and procedures;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with local agencies that serve high-risk worker populations;
  • Collect required data, maintain comprehensive client files, and record accurate case notes in compliance with WDP’s protocols and grant requirements; 
  • Work collaboratively with WDP staff to ensure effective service delivery and strong coordination between WDP’s legal services provision and strategic priorities; and
  • Additional tasks as assigned.

 

Qualifications

We’re looking for candidates who are team players, problem solvers, and share our commitment to providing high quality services during a time of incredible uncertainty and immense community need. 

 

You should also have:

 

  • Strong proficiency speaking, reading, and writing in both English and Spanish;
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively with and be responsive to diverse clients experiencing a problem or crisis;
  • The ability to multi-task and manage multiple responsibilities; strong attention to detail, including the ability to maintain comprehensive client files and comply with grant funders’ data collection and reporting requirements;
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with different people of varying abilities, agendas, and backgrounds;
  • Proficiency in basic computer systems and online case management databases; and
  • Commitment to work at least 40 hours a week through the end of December 2020, including some evenings and weekends, as needed.

 

Compensation:

  • Salary is based on an annual salary of $47,500; and
  • Paid sick leave and paid holidays.

 

How to Apply:

Those interested in applying should send a resume and cover letter to jobs@workersdefense.org with the subject “Temporary Paralegal.”  All attachments submitted should be in .pdf format. Incomplete applications will not be considered. While there is no firm application deadline, it is recommended that candidates submit their materials as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

 

WDP is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, immigrants, female, and LBGTQ individuals to apply.