WHO WE ARE
For over 50 years, CCLS has been representing and advocating for low-income individuals in Merced, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Fresno, Tulare, and Kings Counties—a region where intense poverty exists side by side with unparalleled wealth and abundance. Our mission is to provide high quality, no-cost civil legal services to low income individuals, families, and communities—improving the wellbeing of our Valley through systems-changing advocacy, client education, and legal work that meets individual clients’ immediate needs. We also work closely with agencies and community organizations that share our commitment to support our clients in being their own agents of change.
CCLS seeks a full-time paralegal to work with the Homelessness Prevention Project. The ideal candidate will have experience with project management, working on a team, implementing outreach efforts, exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills. The Homelessness Prevention Project Paralegal will assist the Managing Attorney in team coordination and implementation of the Project.? This position will ensure proper communication and action between CCLS attorneys, advocates, outreach workers and navigators.? In cooperation with the Housing Team Leader, the paralegal will ensure that the work performed by the Project complies with all CCLS grant requirements.
HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION PROJECT: CCLS’s Homelessness Prevention Project is an interdisciplinary, whole-person project within our Housing Team that will address both the legal and social needs of housing clients.? The goals of the Project are to promote housing stability, empower clients to effectively participate in their legal cases, and end the cycles of poverty that cause their legal issues. The Project will integrate the provision of legal services across substantive teams at CCLS (e.g., Housing and Health Teams), as well as the provision of non-legal services, such as assisting clients with accessing benefits and other social services. In addition to providing more impactful direct services to our housing clients, the Project will deepen CCLS’s understanding of our client community and help us to more effectively respond to their needs.
Experience: Minimum 3 years in a community benefit organization or non-profit
Location: Fresno/Merced/Visalia Office as needed
Term of Employment: Regular, Full Time
Other: FLSA Non-Exempt, Union Position
Salary Range: DOE $17.83 to 29.80 per hour
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled
Applications should be received by TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2022 to be considered for the first round of interviews.
CCLS is an equal opportunity employer: we value equity, inclusion, and diversity, across all races, cultures, classes, ages, religions, gender identities and presentations, sexual orientations, body sizes, family structures, abilities, and all categories protected by law. We encourage all interested individuals to apply. CCLS is subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
2. Cover Letter addressing the following questions:
- a. Please tell us briefly about your experience, if any, doing advocacy work with a low-income community. What skills and qualities did you bring that were important to the effort? What did you learn?
- b. Please describe your leadership experience, if any.
- c. Tell us about your connection to the Central Valley: how well do you know it? Do you have ties here? What draws you here?
- d. Do you have particular interest in being a Legal Aid employee? If so, please tell us about that.
3. Three Professional References
- Coordinate CCLS’s Homelessness Prevention team in their respective duties, assist in those duties as needed, and coordinate with other substantive legal programs within CCLS;
- Conduct intake of new clients both in person and remotely;??
- Work with other CCLS advocates to ensure the delivery of high-quality legal services based on a whole-person model;
- Attend weekly Homelessness Prevention Project case review meetings;
- Communicate with other CCLS and California advocates on issues of mutual interest;
- Participate with client groups and community-based service providers;
- Participate in community outreach and education events;
- Carry out CCLS policies and procedures;
- Attend training and keep abreast of changes in the law;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Superior interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to manage numerous projects and tasks simultaneously, including the coordination of several team members;
- Must be self-motivated individual capable of developing and successfully implementing whole-person advocacy plans for CCLS’s clients;
- Demonstrate a genuine interest in the needs and legal rights of low-income people and elderly or disabled persons;
- Ability to follow CCLS policies and procedures;
- Knowledge of or ability to learn housing law;
- Ability to conduct client interviews, investigations, analytical reasoning ability, and problem solving;
- Demonstrated ability to work closely with others in a small unit setting;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations including ability to provide leadership within a culturally diverse environment; must maintain effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels and with the public;
- Competency/experience with PC systems and standard software (Microsoft Office, Access, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other relevant databases);
- Reliable transportation, a valid CA Drivers’ License with appropriate car insurance.
CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Education, training and experience sufficient to meet the requirements of Business & Professions Code § 6450, including documentation of at least one of the following:?
- A certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association;
- A certificate of completion of a paralegal program, or a degree from a postsecondary institution that requires the successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester (or equivalent) units in law-related courses and that has been accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization or approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education;
- A baccalaureate degree or an advanced degree in any subject, a minimum of one year of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks;
- A high school diploma or general equivalency diploma, a minimum of three years of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks.?
CCLS MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY
Please note that CCLS currently requires all staff to be fully vaccinated and to have at least one booster (if eligible). Medical and religious exemptions to this requirement are also available.