Staff Attorney

Location:    Butler County Office

NLS secures justice and resolves fundamental legal problems for those who are low-income and vulnerable in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence Counties by providing high-quality legal services and community legal education.  Founded in 1966, NLS has provided civil legal aid to more than 1.2 million of our low-income neighbors in need of legal assistance.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Staff Attorney provides the highest quality of legal representation and handles all functions related to case work in a high-volume, general law practice. This work involves providing legal representation to crime victims seeking relief under the Sexual Violence or Intimidation Protection Act and the Protection from Abuse Act; in need of representation with custody matters which will improve victim safety and the safety and well-being of the victim’s children; and who may require representation on housing, expungement, and consumer matters.

Legal representation may include providing advice, limited services, referral, and/or extended representation. The Staff Attorney is specially trained in domestic and sexual violence dynamics and trauma and works with attorneys, paralegals, social workers, law students, domestic violence advocates, and others to ensure that the emergency needs of each applicant are being explored and pursued.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Screen clients for eligibility and make referrals, as needed;
  • Conduct preliminary and subse­quent interviews with clients;
  • Conduct factual investigation, analysis, and legal research, as needed;
  • Develop case theory and strategy for the representation;
  • Keep clients informed on an ongoing basis and provide counsel about their options;
  • Prepare pleadings, including but not limited to, complaints, answers, memoranda of law, briefs as may be needed;
  • Prepare cases and represent clients in negotiations, hearings, trials, and appeals;
  • Monitor client files and close files in a timely manner as required by program policy;
  • Enter time in a timely manner pursuant to program policy;
  • Maintain case files in accordance with NLSA standards.
  • Stay current on the law
  • Work collaboratively with the domestic violence and sexual violence programs in each respective county.

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

  • Identify and work with management to address project sustainability;
  • Assist with project evaluation

REQUIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in Pennsylvania;
  • Strong computer knowledge and skills. Strong in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details.
  • Excellent interpersonal and client service skills
  • Must have efficient transportation to locations other than the NLSA office as needed for work;

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in Pennsylvania;
  • Receive specialized training on domestic and sexual violence dynamics and the impact of trauma so as to be able to provide trauma-informed services.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

Pro Bono Manager

NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES SEEKS A PRO BONO MANAGER

Please submit your letter of interest and resume to hr@nlsa.us

PRO BONO MANAGER- Housing Initiatives

NLS is the primary provider of civil legal aid in the four-county region, delivering its services through four local offices and a centralized phone and online helpline system. In addition to a staff of approximately 70, it uses nearly 200 volunteer attorneys from the private bar to provide pro bono legal advice and representation to those in need.

NLS works closely with the local bar associations and other nonprofit organizations in the region to expand access to the courts and to address the most critical civil legal needs of low income and vulnerable residents living within its service area. NLS is a member of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN), and is one of three independent legal aid programs participating in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services Consortium.

The Pro Bono Manager will be fully accountable, (assessment, coordination, evaluation and oversight), for the pro bono efforts on housing within the designated counties.  The Manager will cultivate relationships with key stakeholders and housing advocates to develop the NLS’s strategic vision, infrastructure and support systems for the housing pro bono efforts designed to prevent evictions and prevent homelessness.

SUPERVISORY DUTIES

  • Directly manage and monitor all legal and non-legal staff in the office(s), including all human resource actions and recommendations
  • Consult and coordinate with the Directors regarding hiring, discipline, grievances, and related matters arising from the Collective Bargaining Agreement;
  • Manage employees’ time management requests including leave, compensatory and flex time.
  • Responsible for performance management and employee development.  Monitor timekeeping and approve time sheets of staff under their supervision ;
  • Redeploy office staff and reassign cases as necessary
  • Manage staff’s responses and interactions with clients including response timeliness, courteous behaviors and  appropriate handling of client matters and problems;
  • Contribute and promote a healthy, productive and positive work environment;
  • Provide training to staff on a day-to-day basis;
  • Evaluate and manage the performance and capability of the attorneys, paralegals, and all staff assigned;
  • Attend and contribute to Management Meetings and Trainings;

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES

  • Provide support to the Director of Program Performance and Compliance as required for report        preparation and funding applications;
  • Contribute and assist in development and execution of  presentations, procedures, and policies as    necessary;
  • Review and close client files;
  • Assist in the maintenance of SharePoint and the Eligibility Manual;
  • Collaborate and Implement on personnel directives as required;
  • Collaborate and contribute to training development and with special projects as assigned;

OUTREACH DUTIES

  • Further local Bench/Bar relations by participating in local and state bar committees at the direction of the Executive Director;
  • Spokesperson for NLS to the media and other audiences on relevant substantive legal topics  and participate in community forums as NLS representative;
  • Provide recruitment support for the Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Program;
  • Contribute to the development of legal education activities for the legal services and local bar communities;
  • Coordinate with the local legal and client community in the establishment of office goals and priorities;
  • Participate in fundraising activities at the direction of the Executive Director;

LEGAL REPRESENTATION DUTIES

  • Provide limited legal representation to eligible individuals and groups;
  • Engage in representation on matters that affect the client community and/or which seek to effectuate systematic change in conditions that adversely affect the client community;
  • Where appropriate and/or necessary serve as co-counsel or mentor;
  • Develop and implement systematic approaches to legal problem solving;

ADDITIONAL DUTIES

  • Develop legal education activities in the Legal Services and local Bar communities;
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS:

  • General Responsibilities.  Responsible for review and update of current program including referral processes, recruitment and overall quality control of program.  Act as Program Liaison; participate in trainings and meetings regarding pro bono matters;  contribute to program development including  program materials, webpages, brochures, newsletters, and publicity.
  • Pro Bono Projects. Undertake pro bono projects with a special focus on housing with respect to client need, volunteer engagement, technology usage, community partnerships, fundability, and return on investment.
  • Community Engagement. Cultivate relationships with law firms and corporations, bar associations, the judiciary, and housing advocates and maintain involvement with local, state, and national pro bono networks,  bar associations, and affinity groups with regard to all program development and relationships.
  • Training.  Collaborate with staff, volunteers, and independent contractors to develop and produce curriculum that will be available to attorneys, law firms, businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government entities. Develop and ensure training for all volunteers.
  • Coordinate Pro Bono with Intake.   Integrate pro bono efforts directly into NLS’s intake and case management system for effective assignments and monitoring.
  • Develop Quality Control System. Design  quality control systems for cases assignments that ensure compliance with  grants and all reporting’s.

REQUIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent sales and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong supervisory/leadership skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Graduation from an accredited law school;
  • Minimum of 5 years of legal experience;
  • Admission Pennsylvania Bar Association;
  • Demonstrated supervisory capabilities;
  • Leadership experience is preferred;

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

Assemble Board of Directors

January 2022-December 2024 Term – Board of Directors Position Description

Assemble, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering learning and creativity, is searching for committed and enthusiastic individuals to join its Board of Directors.  As ambassadors of Assemble, our Directors provide leadership in the oversight and execution of Assemble’s strategic plan.  It is important that Directors share Assemble’s vision for arts, STEAM education, the Maker movement, and community outreach.  Director candidates should be ready to work collaboratively as part of a working Board while striving to become a governing Board.  Directors are required to participate in at least one committee, each of which meets on a monthly basis or as needed.

Vision:  Assemble envisions neighborhoods of empowered, diverse people who create, connect, learn, and transform together.

Mission:  We build confidence through making by uniting communities of artists, technologists, makers, and learners.

Assemble’s Directors serve 3-year terms and are eligible for reappointment for 1 additional 3-year term for a total of 6 years.  Board meetings are held 6 times a year in the odd-numbered months.  Directors are required to attend — either in-person or virtually — all 6 of the Board meetings and the Board Retreat in addition to the committee meetings.  Directors are expected to consider Assemble to be a philanthropic priority and to make and solicit annual gifts that reflect that priority.

Special consideration will be given to candidates who possess any of the following qualifications:

  • Dedication towards Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion, and Justice practices
  • Identifying as BIPOC, LGBTIQIA+, or as an intersectional person of oppressed identities
  • Experience or skills in one or more of the following:
    • Legal expertise for nonprofit organizations
    • Human resources management and procedures
    • Non-profit accounting, finance, and experience setting up an endowment fund
    • Operations, policy development, and public health expertise
    • Leadership for strategic planning for growth and succession experience
  • Interest in leading fundraising and friend-raising events to build Assemble’s donor base
  • Interest and ability to build Assemble’s family of supporters, fans, and participants
  • Connections to the Garfield/Friendship/Bloomfield community as a resident or via allied organizations
  • Connections to the Technology, Art, and Creative Industries

If you have questions regarding a position or the commitment involved, please contact Brett Fulesday, Board President, at brett@assemblepgh.org.  If you are interested in joining Assemble’s Board of Directors or a committee, please send an email of interest and a resume to jobs@assemblepgh.org by November 12.  No phone calls, please. If you are interested in learning more about Assemble, please join us for one of our meet and mix events:

Immigration Legal Services Administrator

We are seeking an Administrator to ensure the smooth functioning of the Immigration Legal Services department. This individual will perform administrative tasks associated with grant/program compliance. In addition, this individual will assist with development and maintenance of client and program tracking systems, streamline and optimize operation policies, provide technical assistance to ensure compliance with grant requirements, and serve as site supervisor for interns and AmeriCorps members. This position will provide the opportunity to grow your skills, advance your career, and gain experience in immigration legal services. By joining our diverse and compassionate team, you will be contributing to addressing the global humanitarian crisis and serving refugees and immigrants in the region.

About JFCS

JFCS is known as a local leader in providing innovative and effective social service solutions to problems facing families and individuals of all ages and walks of life.  Support ranges from counseling services, career services, guardianship services, immigration legal services, refugee and immigrant services, scholarship services and we run the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry.  We offer support without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, gender, sexual orientation, familial status, age, handicap or disability.

Qualifications

  • 2-4 years’ work experience in program oversight and administration.
  • Strong organization skills with ability to oversee multiple projects at one time.
  • Competency using IT systems, Excel, Google docs, and creating tracking systems and quality assurance reports.
  • Detail oriented with excellent written and communication skills.
  • Experience with diverse populations; work with refugee and immigrant clients is a plus.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collects and analyzes moderately complex data for the timely preparation of reports and distributes to appropriate individuals within established timelines.
  • Supports the director in creating systems to standardize components of operation, organizes physical and virtual information with the highest regard for confidentiality, organization, and timely retrieval of documents.
  • Supports the director with keeping minutes and other relevant information from internal and external meetings.
  • Assists the director with onboarding and training of new staff, interns, and AmeriCorps.
  • Serves as site supervisor for interns and AmeriCorps members and leads weekly check-ins.
  • Aids the director with audits of current programs and grants by conducting ongoing quality assurance for grant compliance through monitoring of case notes, documentation and files.
  • Identifies improvement opportunities and establishes new processes when required.
  • Assists with coordination of multiple grant-specific programs to ensure outcomes meet or exceed grant requirements.
  • Supports the director coordinating the monitoring and oversight of sub-grantee partners by reviewing, analyzing and documenting contracted provider data entry.
  • Serves as a liaison to the finance department, approves requests for payments, assists with drafts of budgets, processes invoices for subcontracted staff, and manages the disbursement of cash assistance.
  • Takes part in staff development and training opportunities.

Nonprofit Lawyer

Dentons Cohen & Grigsby is seeking a business-minded lawyer with excellent academic credentials to join our sophisticated Nonprofit Industry Team. This is a great opportunity for a lawyer with community interests to join a dynamic, rewarding industry with a flexible schedule. The ideal candidate will be business-minded, hardworking, solution-based, an excellent writer, thoughtful, marketing focused, and personable with a willingness to learn the laws applicable to tax-exempt organizations.  The ideal candidate will have experience with and/or interest in board service and community engagement.  This is a great opportunity to work with dedicated lawyers who are passionate about their work.

Responsibilities and Practice

  • Draft key documents relating to the formation and governance of nonprofit organizations
  • Identify and research unique issues facing tax-exempt organizations
  • Serve as outside general counsel providing ongoing daily advice
  • Review contracts, employment and consulting agreements, grant making policy and agreements and fundraising campaign planning
  • Help manage client relationships regarding a broad array of business and transactional matters
  • Attend Board Meetings and record minutes
  • Follow industry trends and draft articles and white papers
  • Follow local trends within nonprofit community
  • Attend and participate in various marketing programs
  • Utilize social media outlets to raise profile and track client and community activities and opportunities

Technical Skills

  • Familiarity with corporate transactions, bylaws, non-profits, counseling and drafting documents

Staff Attorney

KidsVoice provides a voice of hope, a voice for rights and a voice of experience for abused, neglected and at-risk children who otherwise cannot speak for themselves.  KidsVoice vigilantly guides each child through the court process and ensures that every agency involved meets the full range of the child’s needs.

KidsVoice offers a competitive salary and outstanding benefits including very generous time off, excellent health insurance, 403(b) match, assistance with parking or transportation costs, performance bonus program, casual dress work environment and the ability to schedule partial work from home.

We currently have a Staff Attorney position available:

The Staff Attorney works on a regional multi-disciplinary team to advocate for children of abuse and neglect in their dependency proceedings in Allegheny County.  The attorneys team with Child Advocacy Specialists to advocate for the child in the community and at court.  The Staff Attorney will:

  • Provide legal representation to KidsVoice clients
  • Advocate for the child in the court and other forums
  • Work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Counsel clients regarding the role of KidsVoice, court hearings and services
  • Visit and interview clients in their current living environment
  • Prepare cases and maintain case files in a shared caseload with other staff
  • Participate in on-going training and continuing education necessary for professional development

Required qualifications include:

  • JD degree and license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Prior legal experience, preferably 1-2 years of litigation and courtroom experience
  • Knowledge of child development and/or child welfare issues preferred.

Staff Attorney

Salary $43,000-51,277

The Staff Attorney is responsible for providing holistic and trauma informed legal advice and counsel and brief services to victims of sexual violence. The Staff Attorney is expected to represent clients in court, prepare legal documents, investigate complaints, and prepare cases requiring limited representation for trial or administrative proceedings. The Staff Attorney is expected to use a holistic lens to meet the varied and unique legal needs of victims of sexual violence. Caseloads will include, but are not limited to, Title IX proceedings, sexual violence protection order petitions, sexual violence intimidation order petitions, criminal justice advocacy, landlord tenant matters, and employment discrimination matters. The Staff Attorney will collaborate with members of other internal and external groups addressing the issues of sexual violence in the courtroom and in communities throughout Pennsylvania. The office is based in Harrisburg, PA, however the position can be located in any rural county within the state of Pennsylvania. Availability to travel statewide required. Due to COVID-19, PCAR staff is temporarily working remotely.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Legal Advice and Counsel

Provide information to victims of sexual violence regarding the legal rights and remedies available to them
as victims of crime. Frequently this advice and counsel will take place over the telephone. Additionally the
Staff Attorney will be responsible for providing appropriate referrals to local community resources, including alternative methods of available legal assistance. The Staff attorney will make every effort to connect clients with rape crisis centers for safety planning where safety is an identifiable issue.

Short-term Representation

The Staff Attorney will provide short-term legal services and representation to victims of sexual violence.
The Staff Attorney in conjunction with the administrative staff of the Legal Department will be responsible
for obtaining the required written, informed consent for limited representation. The Staff Attorney must be
committed to a holistic approach to identify and resolve the legal needs of victims of sexual violence and
deliver representation in a trauma informed manner.

Qualifications

Attorneys must be members in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar with a minimum of three years experience in the practice of law, including significant courtroom experience. Exceptional writing and research skills are preferred.

PCAR offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online at pcar.org/employment by September 3, 2021.

Director of Private Attorney Involvement and Pro Bono Services

GENERAL DEFINITION

The DIRECTOR OF PAI AND PRO BONO SERVICES shall be selected by and serve at the will of the Executive Director.   He/she  shall  be  directly responsible to the Executive Director in all respects and shall at all times conduct himself/herself and  execute  his/her duties in  a manner consistent with  overall program policies as established by the LLS Board of Directors and the Executive Director.

The DIRECTOR OF PAI AND PRO BONO SERVICES shall be responsible for development and oversight of a Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) and Pro Bono program; maintain ongoing recruitment strategy and program for both PAI and Pro Bono attorneys (collectively “Private Attorneys”); and coordinate training for current Private Attorneys.

DIRECTOR OF PAI AND PRO BONO SERVICES will also be Responsible for the overall operation of Laurel’s PAI and  Pro Bono programs, including assignment and tracking of cases oversight of legal work and supervision of Private Attorneys; coordination of staff support to  Private Attorneys; development of quality control systems; coordination between staff and Private Attorneys components of program.

This is a supervisory position and therefore is not eligible to be a member of the collective bargaining unit. The position is considered non-exempt.

This position will require approximately 75% travel time.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK

  1. Maintain ongoing Private Attorney recruitment strategy and program; conduct periodic recruitment events; coordinate recruitment activities with local bar organizations; develop and implement plan to maximize long term participation of attorneys. Work directly with Private Attorneys, matching clients and coordinating support for the Private Attorneys on specific cases.
  2. Carefully monitor both the general success of pro bono contributions of lawyers throughout the program area and the success and compliance with Legal Services Corporation requirements in the conducting of the program’s Private Attorney Involvement program, which can include compensating lawyers in certain cases, but which included both compensated and uncompensated representation by the private bar.
  3. Determine need for training of Private Attorneys; develop plan for provision of training through utilization of internal, bar, PLAN, legal services and commercial training events; coordinate training with appropriate staff; implement training as planned.
  4. Work with Director of Intake and Compliance and Intake Staff to assign cases to Private Attorneys consistent with the preferences of the Private Attorneys and needs of the program; track cases to ensure timely processing; maintain comprehensive records of all cases to ensure that proper oversight is maintained, that reports can be made, and that cases and clients can be located when necessary; process all cases within case management system.
  5. Design and implement quality control system for cases assigned to Private Attorneys, in consultation with management. Oversee Private Attorney caseloads to ensure efficient and effective service to clients, compliance with all applicable grant conditions and restrictions, and accurate reporting and accountability to all appropriate authorities.
  6. Work with all Bar Associations in Laurel’s Service Area; participate with Bar Associations’ volunteer encouragement, publicity, support and other activities; maintain frequent contact with bar leaders; determine need for other staff to assist in bar relations; coordinate program relationship with bar with Executive Director and other staff.
  7. Performs related duties as assigned by the Executive Director or their designee.
  8. Travels as required; will be approximately 75% within Laurel’s Service Area.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  1. Must possess or have the ability to obtain knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.
  2. Must have outstanding interpersonal and effective communications skills
  3. Must be able to speak and understand the English language in an understandable manner in order to carry out essential functions of job.
  4. Must possess ability to function independently, have flexibility and the ability to work effectively with co-workers and others.
  5. Must possess initiative and problem solving skills.
  6. Must possess ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  7. Must possess ability to gain knowledge of intake policies, procedures and related regulations.
  8. Ability to engage with clients, co-workers, members of the bench, bar, and public. Demonstrate administrative and legal skills and ability to motivate and work with people.
  9. Knowledge of the law, rules, regulations, instructions, and guidelines of funding sources.
  10. Ability to gain Knowledge of Laurel Legal Services, Inc.’s Personnel Policies and procedures.
  11. Ability to prepare necessary legal documents and papers.
  12. Ability to understand and interpret constitutional provisions, statutes, court decisions and administrative regulations and precedents.
  13. Ability to analyze facts, evidence and precedents and arrive at logical interpretations.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

  1. Receives supervision and instruction from the Executive Director
  2. Receives occasional instruction and some supervision from Managing Attorneys in regard to daily work duties.

SUPERVISION GIVEN

Supervises Pro Bono and Private Attorney Involvement Attorneys

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS/ TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Graduation from a college or university with a B.S. or B.A; Graduation from an American Bar Association accredited law school is not required but strongly preferred –  or a combination of equivalent experience or training. Specialized experience in a legal services program or other skills may substitute for amount of time, as determined by the Executive Director.

OTHER INFORMATION 

Extensive fringe benefits include medical insurance, paid holidays, accrued vacation and sick leave, disability insurance, continuing education training, student loan assistance, personal days, and comp time.

Interviews begin promptly and the application close date will be Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Please send a resume and cover letter to Kimberly Tarbell, Director of Development & Communications at ktarbell@wpalaw.org.

To learn more about our organization and our mission, visit www.laurellegalservices.org.

Laurel Legal Services, Inc is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Legal Administrative Assistant

Salary $31,000 -36,000

To ensure success, the Legal Administrative Assistant should be detail oriented, exercise sound
judgment and must have exceptional written and verbal communication skills with a keen interest
in providing purposeful support to lawyers and the paralegal. Top candidates will be familiar with
key legal principles, give attention to details and possess incredible accuracy and excellent time
management skills. Candidates for this position should possess the following skills and abilities:

  • Welcomes guests and clients by greeting them in person or on the telephone; answering phone calls, taking notes/messages or directing inquiries. Assisting clients in a trauma-informed manner.
  • Maintain and update inventories of contact details.
  • Facilitate the meeting of deadlines by keeping multiple agendas and providing timely reminders.
  • Produces information by transcribing, formatting, inputting, editing, retrieving, copying, and transmitting text, data, and graphics; coordinating case preparation.
  • Conserves attorneys time by reading, reviewing, verifying, and routing correspondence, reports and legal documents; drafting letters and documents; collecting and analyzing information; initiating telecommunications; organizing client conferences, and attorney meetings; scheduling couriers, court reporters, expert witnesses, and other special functions; coordinating preparation of charts, graphs, and other courtroom visuals.
  • Maintains attorney calendar by planning and scheduling conferences, teleconferences, dispositions, and travel; recording and monitoring court appearance dates, pleadings, and filing requirements; monitoring evidence-gathering; anticipating changes in litigation or transaction preparation requirements. Maintains office supplies by checking stocks; placing and expediting orders; evaluating new products.
  • Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations.
  • Enhances department and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Communicates with attorneys to obtain information, follow instructions, following-up on delegated assignments; knowing when to act and when to refer matters to the attorney.

 

Legal Advocacy Manager

As the WC&S Legal Advocacy Manager, your primary role is to oversee the daily operation of the Legal Advocacy Department. You will provide supervision, training, and support to staff working in the Legal Advocacy Department as they provide direct service through legal options counseling, advocacy and court accompaniment, safety planning, emotional support, case management, and information & referrals. You will learn and understand the essential duties of these positions in order to provide support and direct back-up. The successful candidate has a successful track record of effectively managing teams, handling crisis and conflict, making and sustaining systemic improvements, and working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. Currently, this role is primarily remote with up to three partial days spent in court in Downtown Pittsburgh. The goal is to be co-located between the Legal Advocacy Department in Downtown Pittsburgh and home office.

WC&S is a comprehensive domestic violence program annually serving over 8,000 adult and child survivors of domestic violence & facilitating an intervention program to over 500 people who are abusive. We are advocates, grounded in fostering a community of safety, healing, and empowerment for anyone affected by domestic violence. Our Mission is to strengthen our ability to meet the individual and evolving needs of those affected by domestic violence by investing in the growth of our people, deepening community engagement, and amplifying the voices of all survivors. All staff learn about and support the organization’s mission, vision, and values of Safety, Uplifting Others, Compassion, Courage, Equity, Survivor-Centered Advocacy, and Stewardship.

This role provides you with the opportunity to showcase your leadership, supervision, communication, and administration skills. You will work with a diverse group of clients and co-workers, collaborate with the legal community in Pittsburgh, develop your team, and contribute to the organization’s mission in a variety of ways. If you have an understanding of the legal system, care deeply about the issue of intimate partner violence, have strong technology and administrative skills, and are passionate about using your supervision experience to successfully manage a fast-paced and professional department then we are eager to hear from you. WC&S will offer you an environment that provides endless opportunities to advance your knowledge and skills.

Here’s what you will do:

  • Oversee the daily operation of the Legal Advocacy Department.
  • Provide supervision, training, support, performance management, and evaluation to personnel within the Legal Advocacy Department; participate in the employee life cycle.
  • Learn and understand the essential duties of positions supervised and provide direct back-up and support to all Legal Advocacy direct and procedural services to victims, including but not limited to: criminal and civil advocacy accompaniment, notification, and assistance; emotional support, crisis intervention, and safety services; individual advocacy; and information and referral.
  • Monitor data collection for grant reporting and assist in the administration of grants (applications, reports, monitoring) for the Legal Advocacy Department; ensure timely and
    accurate submission of client and other service data.
  • Work with the Chief Legal Officer and all Legal Advocacy Department staff to design, implement, improve, and maintain Legal Advocacy Department programs.
  • Represent WC&S to the public including speaking engagements and internal and external trainings.
  • Work with community systems and Allegheny County legal systems to promote change; work as part of the WC&S Refugee, Immigrant, and Limited English Proficiency (RIL) Team to develop and maintain responsible, relevant, and culturally appropriate services to WC&S clients.
  • Participate in and collaborate with the WC&S Leadership Team; serve as a leader to connect the Legal Advocacy Department with the rest of the agency; actively contribute to agency policy development and implementation.
  • This exempt position requires being available for regular business hours, and as needed. Currently, the position is primarily remote.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social services, criminal justice, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least five years of experience with crisis intervention required.
  • Understanding of the justice system required.
  • At least two years of supervisory experience required.
  • Excellent presentation, written, and interpersonal communication skills in a team environment.
  • Excellent communication and conflict management skills with a demonstrated ability to facilitate healthy, trauma-informed communication in a fast-paced professional environment.
  • Strong command of general technology including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite is required; familiarity and understanding of information technology, including Salesforce, Tableau, and Zoom strongly preferred.
  • A demonstration of the understanding of abusive family dynamics, including intimate partner violence, cycle of abuse, power and control dynamics, cultural diversity issues and child abuse and neglect.
  • Ability to understand and perform confidentiality and safety procedures.
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing demands and priorities.
  • Experience working in organizations with a successful track record in diversity and inclusion cultures preferred.
  • Act 33/34 and FBI Fingerprinting Clearances will be required.

WC&S offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, including: generous paid time off; health, vision, and dental insurance; short-term and long-term disability coverage; group life insurance; retirement plan; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; paid training and professional development opportunities; and is a Public Service (Student) Loan Forgiveness eligible employer.

WC&S is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to ensuring that both applicants and employees are treated without discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity expression, national origin, age, religion, disability status, sexual orientation/identity, citizenship status, veteran status, marital status or any other protected characteristic. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment to all.

TO APPLY:

This position will remain open until we find the best candidate for the position. To ensure consideration for an interview, please send a resume and cover letter to the Director of Administration at careers@wcspittsburgh.org by end of business on Friday August 6, 2021.