ABOUT PUBLIC COUNSEL
Public Counsel is a nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to advancing civil rights and racial and economic justice, as well as to amplifying the power of our clients through comprehensive legal advocacy. Founded on and strengthened by a pro bono legal service model, our staff and volunteers seek justice through direct legal services, promote healthy and resilient communities through education and outreach, and support community-led efforts to transform unjust systems through litigation and policy advocacy in and beyond Los Angeles.
Public Counsel operates eight legal projects: Children’s Rights, Community Development, Consumer Rights & Economic Justice, Homelessness Prevention, Immigrants’ Rights, Veterans’ Rights, the Audrey Irmas Project for Women & Girls’ Rights, and our impact litigation project, Opportunity Under Law.
Public Counsel has a full-time staff of over 150. We are committed to building a diverse staff and encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexualities.
ABOUT CONSUMER RIGHTS & ECONOMIC JUSTICE PROJECT
Public Counsel’s Consumer Rights & Economic Justice (“CREJ”) Project is one of the oldest projects within Public Counsel. Our mission is to advance racial and economic justice by representing and advocating for individuals who are low-income and their families to improve their financial futures, safeguard intergenerational wealth, address systemic inequalities, and oppose the institutions and companies that take advantage of the communities we serve.
Reporting to the Senior Supervising Staff Attorney, the new Administrative Assistant will:
- Conduct client intakes and gather relevant information and case documents from clients related to debt collection defense under the supervision of an attorney;
- Maintain client case files;
- Schedule clients to attend debt collection defense clinics;
- Provide support to Staff Attorneys and Senior Supervising Staff Attorney;
- Coordinate grant reporting, data entry, and outcome tracking for case work as directed by the Senior Supervising Staff Attorney;
- Perform various clerical duties such as record-keeping, document copying, e-Filing, service of pleadings and other documents, etc.; and, Complete other duties as assigned
ESSENTIAL JOB SKILLS AND ABILITIES
o Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
and at least 1 year of experience in legal services or a
o Associate Degree from an accredited community college,
college or university, or vocational/trade school and at least
two years’ of experience in legal services or a law office
- Comfort with trauma-informed advocacy: empathy, responsive listening, restraint from judgment, and demonstration of authentic care and concern;
- Work well as part of a team, but also be able to work independently;
- Strong written and oral communication skills;
- Detail-oriented and superior organizational skills;
- Ability to commute throughout Los Angeles County; and
- Ability to read, write, and speak fluently in Spanish is preferred.
JOB TYPE AND BENEFITS
- Full-time, Non-Exempt position funded until December 2025
- Starting Salary Range: $52,500-$57,500.
- Public Counsel offers a competitive benefits package including:
- Medical, dental, and vision coverage with both HMO and PPO options,
- The option to enroll in a Flexible Spending Account,
- A 403(b) retirement plan with elective contribution and an employer contribution after a year of employment, and
- Employer-paid life insurance and disability plans.
- Second language supplemental stipend for those who qualify
- Generous paid time off
- Parking and transit benefits
HOW TO APPLY
We value lived experiences and experiences working with clients across a range of settings. In your cover letter, please discuss lived experiences that are not reflected in your resume and any experience you have working with or in communities different from your own.
PUBLIC COUNSEL VACCINATION POLICY AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Public Counsel requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees, including new hires. Pursuant to federal and state laws, Public Counsel will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities or sincerely held religious beliefs, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.
Public Counsel is generally office-based and will be an effective hybrid-workspace as of June 6, 2022. As such, employees with Public Counsel will be required to work in the office at least one day per week, at the discretion of the head of department. This policy is subject to redesign by leadership. Public Counsel will work in a manner consistent with public health and local and state emergency orders.
PUBLIC COUNSEL EEO POLICY
Public Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate against employees or prospective employees on the basis of union membership or activity, race, religious creed, religious observance, ethnicity, color, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or predisposition, military service, military and veteran status, pregnancy, child birth and related medical conditions, marital and family status, national origin, ancestry, age, medical conditions as defined by state or federal law, or disability, or any other basis prohibited by law.
All qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.
Our leadership team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities discipline, discharge and general treatment during employment.