The Outreach Paralegal will perform extensive outreach to current and prospective clients and community organizations; conduct field investigations and advocacy; provide case management and support; conduct research; organize documents and information; and assist with community mobilization when appropriate. Substantial overnight travel is required.
• Work with a team of attorneys and outreach paralegals on multi-strategy legal cases and campaigns;
• Manage and maintain routine client communication (by phone, letter, and in person);
• Assist with organization, management and support of cases and campaigns, including administrative tasks, review of documents/discovery information, and trial preparation;
• Draft and /or assist with preparation of legal documents for filing and service;
• Assist with case/campaign investigation and development;
• Maintain case files and manage case documents in paper files as well as in internal systems and databases;
• Research, investigate, and document facts of case including conducting detailed intake interviews;
• Develop and execute outreach strategies to current and prospective clients, community partners and stakeholders;
• Support community partners/stakeholders and coalitions to advocate for policy changes affecting their community;
• Conduct community outreach and education including but not limited to Know Your Rights presentations, door-to-door canvassing and community meetings;
• Assist with client management and litigation support during trials;
• Settlement administration;
• Willingness to travel and work long hours, including weekends, as needed,
• Monitor court, government or legislative proceedings.
Education and Related Work Experience:
• College degree or relevant work experience;
• One to two years of experience with advocacy on behalf of immigrants is preferred.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
• Initiative and ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced work environment;
• Strong organizational skills, follow-through and flexibility around changing priorities and deadlines;
• Ability to work effectively as part of a team to develop new campaigns and legal initiatives;
• Ability to work on several campaigns at once and take direction from several attorneys;
• Strong communication and writing skills;
• Strong public speaking skills and ability to conduct presentations;
• Ability to conduct data analysis;
• Commitment and passion for social justice;
• Understanding and sensitivity to issues client populations face; commitment to a client-oriented approach to advocacy and ability to work on delicate issues in a compassionate and sensitive manner;
• Ability to work with diverse groups of partners; and
• Willingness to learn and use internal computer systems and databases.
• Fluent in Spanish and English. Consideration given to candidates fluent in languages, other than Spanish, commonly spoken in the Southeastern United States, e.g., Vietnamese and Arabic.
Other Special Considerations:
This job is performed under general office conditions, and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.
The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.