Bilingual Housing Legal Assistant
Bilingual Housing Legal Assistant
San Rafael and West Marin, California
Legal Aid of Marin provides no-cost, holistic, civil legal services and resources to Marin County residents experiencing poverty and individuals who are currently, or have historically been, marginalized. Legal Aid of Marin’s mission is to create an equitable Marin by empowering the community through legal representation, advocacy, and education. We envision an inclusive Marin with equal justice and opportunity for all.
Legal Aid of Marin (LAM) is a growing, collaborative, civil legal services organization based in San Rafael, California. Each year, LAM Staff provide thousands of Marin residents with access to direct civil legal services and resources. Our priorities include: recovering wages for immigrant workers; advocating on behalf of tenants and enforcing renter protections; providing legal services aimed at homelessness prevention and housing preservation; representing individuals in consumer protection matters, connecting seniors with estate planning services; restoring driver’s licenses and eliminating fines through the Marin Community Court program; increasing access to pro bono legal services in partnership with the private bar; and connecting Marin residents to local community-based organizations providing access to social services. Our Staff works collaboratively to bring services to the community we serve by engaging in regular outreach in partnership with community-based organizations across Marin. We practice holistic and trauma-informed lawyering, working tirelessly to increase Marin County residents’ access to the civil justice system.
Duties and responsibilities
This position supports LAM’s legal services by assisting LAM’s housing attorneys in providing homelessness prevention legal services to low-income tenants living in Marin County. Also, the legal assistant will screen community members for LAM’s other in-house services, including employment (workers’ rights and anti-discrimination), consumer protection, Community Court, and estate planning. This position will also provide extensive support in active litigation representing ranch tenants living in rural West Marin.
- Duties Include:
• Collaborate with attorneys on client communications, drafting letters, drafting client outreach information, and preparing legal documents
• Conduct client intakes at LAM’s office, by telephone, and at off-site outreach locations
• Maintain complete and accurate client files in case management database and other systems
• Address client needs holistically through effective referrals
• Provide interpretation as needed
• Provide administrative support, such as creation and maintenance of informational flyers, client files and data entry
• Make presentations, attend workshops, and engage in community outreach
• Make connections with community partners to facilitate clients’ access to these resources
• Maintain complete and accurate client data for tracking and reporting
• Record and provide data to support organizational reporting requirements from the Programs Officer and Executive Director
- • Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, both spoken and written
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to build consensus and contribute to collaborative environment
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
• Willingness to receive feedback and address areas for improvement
• Ability to follow instructions and complete tasks in a timely and effective manner
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with clients, attorneys, coworkers, and community partners
• Strong organizational skills and ability to perform detailed work in a fast-paced environment
• Ability to multi-task, be proactive, and work independently as well as on a team
• Excellent computer skills, including data entry and reports, as well as Microsoft Office Suite
• Strong interest in providing legal services to marginalized & underserved people in Marin
• Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and insurance
• Knowledge of Marin County’s resources and organizations
This position is full-time and non-exempt with an hourly rate of $31. Overtime hours (beyond 40) are permitted at the discretion of LAM’s Executive Director. Benefits include paid holidays, vacation leave, sick leave, health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement plan participation, and employer contribution to retirement after six months.
How to ApplyPlease send a cover letter and resume via email to Josh Sullivan, Managing Attorney at: email@example.com. No phone calls please. Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered. Our review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Due to the number of candidates, we will only contact candidates moving forward in the interviewing process.
Legal Aid of Marin is committed to promoting a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, BIPOC individuals, LGBTQ community members, veterans, people with disabilities, and individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and refrain from discrimination based on race, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.