Bilingual Spanish-English Legal Assistant
This full-time position will be based in the Falls Church office and has been created as part of a reorganization. It will combine responsibility for (i) managing the front desk (answering phones, greeting walk-in clients, scheduling appointments, maintaining the lobby area); (ii) helping the Office Manager/Paralegal with client intake interviews and office management functions (when appropriate conducting intake interviews, updating databases, receiving and distributing mail, creating and helping upkeep of case files); and (iii) providing support to LAJC’s lawyers, organizers and development staff (when appropriate preparing and collecting supporting documentation, case tracking, interpreting and translating documents, drafting general flyers or communications, helping with court filings, assisting with events). Most of our clients are more comfortable speaking and writing in Spanish, so the person who fills this position must be fully bilingual (Spanish/English).
Among other preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice and have direct experience working with immigrant, low- income, and/or communities of color.
- Advanced Bilingual Proficiency in English and Spanish (written and spoken)
- Strong professional and interpersonal skills
- Strong attention to detail and organization
- Ability to work and communicate effectively across lines of identity
- Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively
- Proficiency with standard office technology, including Microsoft office products
- Reliable transportation
- Mission-aligned experience (personal or professional) working with immigrant, low- income and/or communities of color
- At least one year experience working in an office setting
- Ability to prioritize tasks
- Initiative to learn new tasks
Email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Danna Chavez Calvi, Office Manager- Paralegal, at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line “Legal Assistant Position”. The cover letter should highlight any relevant experience in professional working environments, social justice, or immigrants’ rights experience (whether personal or professional), Spanish- language ability, and any specialized skills, such as technology skills.
Open until filled. Applications will start being reviewed immediately and on a rolling basis. Questions? Contact Danna Chavez Calvi, Office Manager-Paralegal, at email@example.com.
The Legal Aid Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. The Legal Aid Justice Center is committed to strengthening the voices of our low-income clients, working in collaboration with community partners, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input.
Recognizing the particular impact of racism on our clients and staff, we devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe. In reviewing applications, we look for evidence that applicants have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized populations.