Purpose of Job
To provide high quality professional advocacy for low-income clients on matters that do not require an attorney. As the Veterans Paralegal, you will be working with Community Action Partnership agencies throughout southern West Virginia, serving veterans at risk of homelessness, under the federal Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF) grant. This attorney will be a member of a dynamic team and will regularly engage in new challenges with opportunities for creative problem solving. You will have direct responsibility for interacting with clients and with other attorneys and community partners. Frequent travel throughout the Southern area of West Virginia is required. Attention to detail is necessary.
Scope of Responsibility
Work performed in the office setting, in administrative law proceedings, and in the community.
Essential Job Functions
- Provide legal representation consistent with professional and LAWV organizational standards for the delivery of civil legal services to the poor, and consistent with any requirement of the Legal Services Corporation, LAWV policies in conjunction with the Personnel Manual and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and all other funding sources. Such representation may include social security disability cases, Medicaid cases, welfare cases, food stamps cases, and other public benefits matters, as well as assistance with domestic violence protective order proceedings, and other matters on which clients need assistance in accordance to the paralegal’s grant funding source.
- The professional responsibility of paralegals is substantially the same as that of lawyers.
- Maintain accurate and complete files or records.
- Interact with clients and staff and service providers professionally and appropriately.
- Within the constraints of the job, attend and participate in statewide planning meetings, trainings, and task forces, as well as office meetings.
- Make an effort to involve private attorneys in the provision of legal services to eligible clients.
- Must have an Associate’s Degree/Paralegal Certificate and a minimum of 2 years of experience or 4 years of experience.
- Must have demonstrable commitment to understanding and addressing issues of low-income constituents.
- Must have skills to use office technologies, including learning LAWV case management software.
- Must be able to balance administrative and client advocacy responsibilities.
- Good communication skills, both written and oral, are required.
- Ability to organize, prioritize, and work independently.
Salary and Benefits
The Paralegal position is a salaried position with an annual starting salary range of $27,299 – 33,221. LAWV offers a generous benefits package, a 37.5-hour workweek, paid vacation leave and sick leave and health plan, as well as dental, vision, and life benefits. Staff also have the option to participate in a 403(b)-retirement plan and dependent and health flex savings accounts (FSA). LAWV is an eligible nonprofit employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.
Beckley, WV is a small town nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of southern West Virginia. Because of its location, Beckley is rich in natural beauty; sweeping mountain views and cool, rushing mountain streams are all around the area. But visitors to Beckley will find more than just scenery in the area. Lovers of mountain hiking, biking, kayaking and other outdoor activities will find ample opportunities for outdoor fun. The wonders of the New River Gorge (with some of the best whitewater rapids in the world and the newest National Park in the US) are a reasonable drive away, along with the fabulous Greenbrier resort, the Greenbrier Valley itself, Glade Springs, Little Beaver State Park, and much more.
If you are passionate about serving others and want to do rewarding work, please send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
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