Administrative Coordinator (Eviction Defense Center)
Are you interested in joining an organization dedicated to increasing access to justice while addressing systemic inequities among the most vulnerable members of the greater Los Angeles area? If yes, LAFLA is the place for you!
The Organization: LAFLA is a nonprofit law firm that protects and advances the rights of the most underserved—leveling the playing field and ensuring that everyone can have access to the justice system. With more than 90 years of service, LAFLA is the first and most experienced legal aid organization in greater Los Angeles. LAFLA has more than 200 employees, including more than 100 attorneys, who provide free services and resources on a broad range of civil legal issues that impact health, safety, and self-sufficiency. Every year, LAFLA helps more than 100,000 people find their voice, regain control of their lives, and build a brighter future. Our unique combination of neighborhood offices, self-help centers at courthouses, and domestic violence clinics put LAFLA on the frontlines in communities at the forefront of change. LAFLA also engages in impact litigation to help enact long-term systemic change—actively collaborating with a network of public and private partners to expand access to justice, identify needs in the communities we serve, and change laws and policies that adversely affect the underserved. For more information, please visit www.lafla.org.
Eviction Defense Center: The Eviction Defense Center, created in 1983, is the first large-scale eviction defense program. Right to Counsel is a new project that brings much-needed eviction defense resources to tenants in Los Angeles County communities through the program Stay Housed Los Angeles, in coordination with other legal service providers and tenant organizers. The EDC team fights to preserve, defend, and protect tenancies, and advocates for a Right to Counsel for all tenants.
LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Administrative Coordinator.
NOTE – This position is part of a special program created using designated funds. There is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond March 2024.
*Assigned location is subject to change during the course of employment.Examples of Duties:
- Participates in community outreach and education projects in person and online;
- Working with staff & volunteers in workshop & clinic settings in order increase legal services to the tenant community;
- Coordinates logistic and administrative aspects of various projects, such as creating and maintaining outreach schedules; collecting documents from clients, updating/translating various forms, brochures, handouts and Power Point presentations; and preparing/sending out materials to staff/volunteers;
- Prepares drafts of routine correspondence and other legal documents, such as unlawful detainer pleadings, discovery and other court forms, and prepares final drafts for attorney review;
- Conducts intake and answers a variety of inquiries on the status of legal procedure, and on the procedural aspects of processing legal actions by the office, under attorney supervision;
- Performs a variety of responsible administrative duties, such as maintaining electronic and hardcopy filing systems and appointment calendars, answering inquiries via email, over the phone or in person, case management system data entry (i.e., case opening and closing), and managing administrative details with minimum direction;
- Answer hotline and clients’ online application; screen clients for eligibility and appropriate legal assistance;
- Opening and closing intakes in real time;
- Collecting and organizing client files and document collection; client resources (brochures & government or other organizations’ information and resources); and administrative manuals and forms;
- Assists attorneys or legal staff with interpreting for limited-English proficient clients in attorney-client meetings, administrative hearings, and translating correspondence;
- Provides support in case preparation, such as drafting advocacy letter, compile information needed for trial, and making calls to appropriate parties; and
- Ensure appropriate retention/collection of required documents, data, outcome information required for proper closing of case files pursuant to funder demands.
- Must be computer proficient; has experience with Outlook, Word, Power Point, and Excel;
- Experience with housing law preferred;
- Understanding of and commitment to social justice;
- Good written and oral communications skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently;
- Ability to work collaboratively with all LAFLA staff, clients, and community organizations; and
- Spanish language skills strongly preferred.
Please submit a cover letter and resume online to email@example.com. Include “Administrative Coordinator – EDC” in the subject line.
INTRODUCTORY PERIOD – A six-month introductory period will be required.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER – Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, marital or registered domestic partners status, or any other legally protected status.
VACCINATION POLICY AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
LAFLA requires all staff, including new hires, to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with the exception of staff who are entitled to a reasonable accommodation due to a medical disability or sincerely held religious belief under the law, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship. Staff will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated upon hire.