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.

Paralegal

As a WC&S Paralegal, your primary role is to provide general assistance to attorneys in the Civil Law Project (CLP) as they represent clients in cases involving intimate partner violence. This role will principally work on Protection from Abuse (PFA) cases by preparing files, interviewing clients, preparing intake summaries, gathering evidence, and identifying other legal needs. You will help prepare for legal proceedings, assist with case management for the attorneys, sit in on meetings with the Legal Director and CLP attorneys, manage related administrative tasks, and work to enhance systems within the program and agency. The role is currently able to be completely remote, with a goal of being co-located between the CLP Office 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 paralegal and problem-solving skills, work with a diverse group of clients, collaborate with the legal community in Pittsburgh, and contribute to the organization’s mission in a variety of ways. If you are excited to be part of a supportive and fast-paced nonprofit law project, care deeply about the issue of intimate partner violence, and are ready to make a difference in your community 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:

  • Assist CLP attorneys in court preparation and their client representation, including overseeing and conducting PFA case preparation, hearing and trial preparation, and client and witness interviews.
  • Draft correspondence, pleadings, and other legal documents.
  • Organize and manage client case files.
  • Conduct legal/factual research, docket/records searches, and file/deliver court pleadings as needed.
  • Serve as a liaison for CLP with clients, attorneys, court staff, and others.
  • This position requires being available for regular business hours, 40 hours per week. Currently, the position is completely remote.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • Paralegal certificate or equivalent experience working with court system clients, forms and procedures required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Ability to establish healthy boundaries, trust, respect, and rapport with a diverse population of clients and legal professionals.
  • Ability to understand confidentiality and safety procedures.
  • A demonstration of the understanding of abusive family dynamics, including intimate partner violence, cycle of abuse, power and control dynamic, cultural diversity issues and child abuse and neglect.
  • Adept in utilizing general technology including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, Windows, Outlook, and online software platforms.
  • Act 33/34 and FBI 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.

Solicitor

Come join a team that is making a difference in our local communities!

Westmoreland Community Action (WCA) is a non-profit organization that works to eliminate poverty.

WCA is currently seeking a solicitor to represent the legal interests of the agency.

Responsibilities:

  • Providing guidance regarding establishment of a separate entity
  • Completion of articles of incorporation
  • IRS Filing
  • Other related establishing documents
  • Represent the agency on matters regarding potential acquisition of properties

For additional information and to submit letter of application and proposal by July 14, please contact Mandy Zalich, CEO, Westmoreland Community Action, 724-834-1260 Ext 1105; mzalich@westmorelandca.org

VOCA Staff Attorney

Position Summary

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.

Volunteer Board Member

The PGH Equality Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, social service organization whose mission is to serve as a bridge that promotes education, advocacy, and social justice for all LGBTQIA+ people and allies in Western Pennsylvania. We strive for this through our vision to cultivate a more collaborative, diverse, just, and empowered community. PGH Equality Center was established in 1979 under the original name as the Gay and Lesbian Community (GLCC) of Pittsburgh.

The Board of Directors are currently recruiting Volunteer Board Members who possess established professional experience and skill sets in the following areas:

  • Finance and Accounting/Certified Public Accountant
  • Fundraising, Donor Development, and Corporate Giving
  • Grant Writing
  • Marketing/Media and Communications
  • Legal expertise in Non-Profit Boards
  • Community Outreach
  • Program Development and Implementation

 

To express interest, please email Patrick Zbasnik, Chairperson of the Board, at patrick@pghequalitycenter.org with a brief summary introducing yourself, relevant work experience, and resume/CV.

 

PGH Equality Center values a diverse Board and strongly encourages black, indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

Board Directors and Committee Members

Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh sells artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe.  Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

Ten Thousand Villages’ mission is to create opportunities fro artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items.  We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under-or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income.  A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

Ten Thousand Villages has openings for board directors with experience and expertise in the following:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Legal
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Accounting/Finance

The full Board meets on the third Wednesday of every month (except July and December) at 6:30PM at the store located at 5820 Forbes Ave in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Committees meet as needed.  Terms are three years and directors are not required to make financial contributions.

If you are interested in joining Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh’s Board of Directors, please submit your resume to board.pittsburgh@tenthousandvillagfes.com.

Legal Advocate

As a WC&S Legal Advocate, your primary role is to assist clients with legal or justice system issues. You will provide direct service through legal options counseling, advocacy and court accompaniment, safety planning, emotional support, case management, and information & referrals. This role will primarily assist and accompany victims of domestic violence as they file for temporary Protection From Abuse (PFA) Orders. The successful candidate is sensitive to trauma and cultural diversity issues with a passion for ending intimate partner violence. 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 serving over 7,500 adult and child survivors of domestic violence annually & facilitating intervention groups to over 500 men who batter. All staff learn about and support the organization’s mission, guiding principles, and values, as well as the tenets of Women’s Center Business System (WCBS), and are sensitive to cultural and workplace harmony and infusing principles of Sanctuary (a model for providing trauma-informed care) and diversity, equity, and inclusion into their daily interactions with clients and co-workers.

This role provides you with the opportunity to showcase your crisis management and problem-solving skills, work with a diverse group of clients, collaborate with the legal community in Pittsburgh, and contribute to the organization’s mission in a variety of ways. If you are excited to gain legal, client service, and systems advocacy experience, care deeply about the issue of intimate partner violence, and are ready to make a difference in your community 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:

  • Advocate for victims of intimate partner violence within the legal system by providing legal options counseling, advocacy, and court accompaniment, safety planning, emotional support and crisis intervention to clients.
  • Provide referrals to WC&S services and other community services and provide follow-up counseling, as needed.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of Legal Advocacy Department programs and procedures; participate in team and agency meetings.
  • Participate in speaking presentations and community events, as needed; work collaboratively with police, prosecutors, and others in the justice system to improve the response to victims of intimate partner violence.
  • This position requires being available for regular business hours, 40 hours per week. Currently, the position is primarily remote.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, criminal justice, or related field preferred.
  • One year of direct service experience in a human service field required; legal experience preferred.
  • Ability to establish healthy boundaries, trust, respect, and rapport with a diverse population of clients and legal professionals.
  • Ability to understand confidentiality and safety procedures.
  • A demonstration of the understanding of abusive family dynamics, including intimate partner violence, cycle of abuse, power and control dynamic, cultural diversity issues and child abuse and neglect.
  • Proficiency in general technology including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite is required; familiarity and understanding of information technology, including Salesforce, strongly preferred.
  • Act 33/34 and FBI 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 Wednesday May 26, 2021.

Managing Editor, Writers in Residence Program Position

Ms. JD’s Managing Editor, Writers in Residence Program is a part-time, volunteer, and unpaid role within the organization. The Managing Director will coordinate Ms. JD’s Writers in Residence program, which equips law students and attorneys with the platform and training to publish written work amplifying the voices, faces and concerns of women in the legal profession. The Managing Editor will oversee the writers for the eight-month program, convening all writers monthly for a digital content strategy meeting and a one-hour workshop with guest experts.

Responsibilities

  • Plan and manage all operations of Ms. JD’s Writers in Residence Program
  • Collaborate with Writers in Residence to determine content and topics
  • Determine content schedule and coordinate publications in Ms. JD online community/blog
  • Coordinate monthly Writers in Residence program meetings (including booking guest speakers and planning meeting agenda)
  • Plan and approve final drafts for publication
  • Control schedules and enforce deadlines for writers
  • Oversee proofreading procedures, peer-review process and edit copy when necessary
  • Assist in evaluating finalized copy for compliance with policies, style and tone
  • Resolve issues as they arise
  • Availability on confirmed program dates (see program schedule)

The best fit for this part-time, volunteer position would be someone with the following experience and attributes:

  • Proven experience as managing editor or relevant role
  • Exceptional ability in copywriting and editing
  • Proficiency in English
  • Working knowledge of online platforms like WordPress and SEO concepts
  • Abilities in planning and coordinating people and operations
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Outstanding communication and people abilities
  • Reliability and efficiency
  • Attention to detail
  • BS/BA in Journalism, Communications, or relevant field

About Ms. JD

Ms. JD is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) that seeks to support and improve the experiences of women law students and lawyers. Obstacles to equal participation hinder not only women in the law but also their colleagues, clients, children, and communities. Ms. JD consequently strives to give voice to why it matters that women continue to overcome barriers to achieve gender parity in the profession. In doing so, Ms. JD spreads the word: Women’s Victories Are Everyone’s Victories!. For more information regarding Ms. JD, please visit www.ms-jd.org.

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume via email to: Danielle Allison, CEO at dallison@ms-jd.org

No phone calls, please.

Ms. JD is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate in hiring on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Paralegal

As a WC&S Paralegal, your primary role is to provide general assistance to attorneys in the Civil Law Project (CLP) as they represent clients in cases involving intimate partner violence. This role will principally work on Protection From Abuse (PFA) cases by preparing files, interviewing clients, preparing intake summaries, gathering evidence, and identifying other legal needs. You will help prepare for legal proceedings, assist with case management for the attorneys, sit in on meetings with the Legal Director and CLP attorneys, manage related administrative tasks, and work to enhance systems within the program and agency. The role is currently able to be completely remote, with a goal of being co-located between the CLP Office in Downtown Pittsburgh and home office.

WC&S is a comprehensive domestic violence program serving over 7,500 adult and child survivors of domestic violence annually & facilitating intervention groups to over 500 men who batter. All staff learn about and support the organization’s mission, guiding principles, and values, as well as the tenets of Women’s Center Business System (WCBS), and are sensitive to cultural and workplace harmony and infusing principles of Sanctuary (a model for providing trauma-informed care) into their daily interactions with clients and co-workers. Through the Civil Law Project, WC&S clients can receive free legal representation in matters including Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders, custody and child support, and divorce.

This role provides you with the opportunity to showcase your paralegal and problem-solving skills, work with a diverse group of clients, collaborate with the legal community in Pittsburgh, and contribute to the organization’s mission in a variety of ways. If you are excited to be part of a supportive and fast-paced nonprofit law project, care deeply about the issue of intimate partner violence, and are ready to make a difference in your community 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:

  • Assist CLP attorneys in court preparation and their client representation, including overseeing and conducting PFA case preparation, hearing and trial preparation, and client and witness interviews.
  • Draft correspondence, pleadings, and other legal documents.
  • Organize and manage client case files.
  • Conduct legal/factual research, docket/records searches, and file/deliver court pleadings as needed.
  • Serve as a liaison for CLP with clients, attorneys, court staff, and others.
  • This position requires being available for regular business hours, 40 hours per week. Currently, the position is completely remote.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • Paralegal certificate required (or be certification-eligible).
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required.
  • Ability to establish healthy boundaries, trust, respect, and rapport with a diverse population of clients and legal professionals.
  • Ability to understand confidentiality and safety procedures.
  • A demonstration of the understanding of abusive family dynamics, including intimate partner violence, cycle of abuse, power and control dynamic, cultural diversity issues and child abuse and neglect.
  • Adept in utilizing general technology including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, Windows, Outlook, and online software platforms.
  • Act 33/34 and FBI 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.

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 Wednesday May 5, 2021.

Attorney – Fair Housing Law Center

Southwestern PA Legal Aid, a non-profit organization in the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN), seeks client-centered and mission-focused applicants for an Attorney position with its Fair Housing Law Center’s enforcement and education/outreach initiatives.

The position requires a dedication to written and oral advocacy, litigation, public education, and equal access to housing opportunities.  Responsibilities will include:

  • Advising and advocating for victims of housing discrimination;
  • Representing victims of housing discrimination in administrative and federal or state court proceedings;
  • Handling administrative or court complaints based on testing for housing discrimination;
  • Conducting trainings and participating in outreach events throughout western Pennsylvania;
  • Representing the Fair Housing Law Center at collaborative meetings; and
  • Collaborating with staff and partners to further other goals and objectives of the Fair Housing Law Center’s initiatives.

Candidates must have a current license to practice law in Pennsylvania, excellent legal writing and communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Decision making is critical to this position and candidates must be able to demonstrate active listening, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.

The position will be full-time with benefits but with a prohibition against the outside practice of law.  Remote work will be permitted where possible and regular local travel will be expected as circumstances allow.  Salary for this grant-funded position will depend upon experience. SPLA encourages applicants who share and further its values of a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Send resume, a writing sample, and at least two references to:

Brian V. Gorman
Executive Director
brian.gorman@splas.org