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Position Title: Legal Support Coordinator
Core Hours: 40 hours per week, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with flexibility in scheduled hours to meet department needs
Supervisor: Director of Legal Services
FLSA Status: Exempt FLSA
Exemption Test: Professional Exemption
Starting Salary/Hourly Rate: $45,000-$48,000
Last Updated: 10/06/2021
The Legal Support Coordinator provides support for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual violence in Temporary and Final Protection from Abuse (PFA) and Sexual Violence Protection Orders (SVPO) matters and provides information regarding and referrals to MidPenn Legal Services (MPLS) in Family and Housing matters and Community Justice Project (CJP) for Immigration matters.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities (includes but is not limited to the following):
- Coordinate legal services with other Safe Berks attorneys, Safe Berks legal advocates, MPLS, CJP or other providers, as well as coordinate services with other Safe Berks programs.
- Provide accompaniment to survivors at scheduled hearings, including PFA/SVPO, Family Law, and Housing and Immigration matters, as requested.
- Provide education, information, and referrals regarding MPLS and CJP processes and the rights of crime victims.
- Perform paralegal work for and under the supervision of Safe Berks attorneys.
- Attend quarterly STOP meetings and directly convene with the Berks County District Attorney’s Office, local police departments, probation and parole, and numerous other community agencies.
- Attend Domestic Violence Attorney Network meetings through PCADV.
- Attend Monthly Civil Legal Representation meetings with project partners MPLS and CJP.
- Maintain daily and weekly statistics of all legal advocacy services in the department.
- All other duties as determined by departmental supervisor.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the essential duties. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or physical or other abilities required.
Educational & Experience Requirements:
- Bilingual Spanish/English speaking skills are required
- Ability to reveal systemic issues and advocate for more progressive policies and protocols to serving survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Understanding of the civil and criminal court processes
Employment Experience (amount and kind)
- 3 – 5 years’ experience working in legal systems as a paralegal strongly preferred
- Experience working with criminal and civil laws affecting both domestic violence and sexual violence victims preferred
Education (general level required or specific courses)
- Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field preferred; education can be substituted for equivalent direct experience
- Paralegal Certificate required
- High school diploma or equivalent required
Essential Physical Requirements:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds and may infrequently lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds. Specific vision abilities required of this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and peripheral vision.
- Completion of a background check request, FBI, State Police, and Child Abuse Clearances obtained prior to employment through agency vendor
- Completion of 66-hour Sexual and Domestic Violence Training provided by agency
- Valid driver’s license and insurance are required to travel to client sites
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