Paralegal (Temporary) - Philadelphia Legal Assistance (Save Your Home Philly)

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Paralegal (Temporary)
"Save Your Home Philly"


Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) seeks to immediately hire a full-time paralegal to work with low-income Philadelphia residents in danger of losing their homes. This is a temporary position for one year.

Background

PLA provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in Philadelphia. For Philadelphia residents who are low-income, elderly, or disabled, our legal assistance is often crucial to protecting their homes, their children, their safety, and their livelihood.

PLA operates the “Save Your Home Philly” Hotline, a central point of contact for Philadelphia homeowners at risk of losing their homes. The lawyers and paralegals at PLA work in close collaboration with Community Legal Services, Philadelphia VIP, and a network of housing counselors to assist homeowners in navigating the legal system, understanding and safeguarding their rights, and avoiding homelessness. The Hotline is a critical piece of the network of services available in Philadelphia for low-income homeowners to preserve neighborhood and family stability by remaining in their homes.  Hotline paralegals play a direct role in obtaining affordable housing costs for low-income homeowners.

Responsibilities

A successful candidate will have a variety of responsibilities as part of a team of attorneys and paralegals, including: 

  • Interviewing and advising clients faced with mortgage and tax problems, both in person and over the phone
  • Evaluating a client’s situation and making appropriate referrals
  • Advocating for clients with mortgage companies and taxing authorities in writing as well as over the phone
  • Researching, understanding and utilizing statues, regulations and city ordinances
  • Coordinating and managing case referrals
  • Tracking policy developments and  disseminating new information to other paralegals on the team 
  • Providing litigation support to housing unit attorneys
  • Proposing and supporting loan modification agreements

Qualifications

Working with “Save Your Home Philly” is a hands-on, skill-building experience.  Previous knowledge of consumer and homeownership legal issues is not a requirement for this position. Qualifications include: 

  • Strong communication and interviewing skills
  • Commitment to improving the well-being of low-income communities
  • Compassion, understanding, patience, and a talent for working cooperatively with a broad spectrum of people 
  • Maturity, self-motivation, and ability to adapt quickly
  • Prior work or volunteer experience at a non-profit serving low-income clients is preferred

Salary and benefits

Salary is commensurate with years of experience and is comparable to other public interest paralegal salaries. Benefits include excellent health care coverage and generous vacation and holiday benefits. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

PLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should forward a resume and cover letter via regular mail, email, or fax to: 

Hiring Committee
Philadelphia Legal Assistance
718 Arch Street, Suite 300N
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: 215-981-3800
Fax: 215-981-3860
work@philalegal.org
 

Septemer 7, 2017

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