Legal Services Coordinator (must be fluent in Spanish)

Legal Services Coordinator (must be fluent in Spanish)

Job Description:               Legal Services Coordinator

Status:                                    Full Time/Exempt

Reports To:                          Self-Sufficiency Program Manager

 

Position Summary

The ­­­Legal Services Coordinator oversees and coordinates legal services for the clients of The Julian Center. The Legal Services Coordinator serves as the liaison between clients and attorneys/staff at the partner agencies and also as a representative of The Julian Center with partner agencies. This position must be fluent in Spanish and requires availability to work every Thursday evening.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate legal intakes with legal partners for all clients referred by The Julian Center advocates
  • Research and obtain all necessary paperwork related to legal cases (i.e. client release forms, Protective Orders and police reports)
  • Transmit completed case assessment and appropriate documentation to program attorneys for review
  • Assist program attorneys in correspondence with the client and maintaining contact with the client throughout the duration of the case
  • Establish and maintain quality communication, meetings and collaboration with partner agencies; Facilitate monthly meeting of grant partners; Facilitate community education events as requested
  • Serve as agency representative during community wide pro-bono committee and electronic protective order filing committee meetings
  • Manage and ensure grant compliance, data entry and reporting; participate in drafting grant applications
  • Coordinate and facilitate the Protective Order Clinic every Thursday evening (including management of legal services volunteers)
  • Provide support to legal services clients by attending hearings and assisting court documentation and filings
  • Arrange and assist in the facilitation of quarterly partner trainings
  • Attend weekly team meetings to ensure proper communication among advocate teams
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Knowledge, Skills & Ability

  • Abilities in developing interpersonal relations, communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution
  • Awareness and adherence to confidentiality and boundaries
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Attention to detail in record keeping, partner coordination and documentation
  • Excellent organizational skills; Ability to prioritize projects and tasks; Ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Punctuality and dependability; Ability to work both independently and with a multidisciplinary team
  • Basic working knowledge of legal system and terms

 

Required Qualifications

  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, psychology or related field (experience may be substituted for degree in certain circumstances)
  • Three or more years human/social services experience (preferably within domestic violence or criminal justice field)
  • Must be willing to become a DOJ Accredited Representative by the end of the 2019 calendar year and maintain active standing
  • Desire to work with clients using a strength-based, empowerment approach
  • Strong cultural competence, including ability to interact successfully with a diverse population
  • Understanding, experience and sensitivity in working with survivors who have experienced trauma, homelessness and the related psychosocial issues Commitment to quality and equitable treatment and service provision to all colleagues and clients regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, religion, age or sexual orientation
  • Commitment to non-violent and cooperative work environment
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Grant Writing/Reporting Experience
  • Experience with Efforts To Outcomes or comparable data tracking system
  • Paralegal certification