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In-House Trauma Advocate

The Victims’ Rights Enforcement In-House Trauma Advocate will work with victims of crime to avoid re- traumatizing clients that have already gone through terrible events. Instead, s/he aims to offer a safe, trustworthy environment in which clients can heal. This is based on collaboration between the patient and the social worker and aims to empower clients instead of victimizing them. Trauma Advocates aim to give choices to the clients because they were robbed of decision-making abilities during their traumatic events. The Trauma Advocate will collaborate with Staff Attorneys with the goal to heal clients mentally, and inform them of the resources that the community has to help them.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct client intake interviews and assessments
  • Complete a safety plan with each client and children, as needed
  • Navigate clients through criminal court and community social service networks
  • Answer client related phone calls, keep detailed notes, keep court calendar updated
  • Provide reminders to clients and conduct post-service follow-up calls
  • Supervise paralegal, assign and review all work, and monitor workload
  • Communicate case progress, status, issues and outcomes to RISE Program attorney(s)
  • Oversee status of cases through case management system
  • Engage in trainings and technical support provided by the NCVLI
  • Preparation of grant reports

Requirements/Abilities:

  • LSCW or LMSW
  • 2 years of experience, with a working knowledge of criminal procedure and the civil rights of victims in criminal proceedings
  • Highly motivated and committed to the principle of equal justice with a clear passion for the law and advocacy for victims of crime
  • Set and adhere to strict timelines and deadlines
  • Work effectively in a collaborative/shared decision making environment
  • Take initiative, self-motivate, be resourceful
  • Work graciously under pressure
  • Display professionalism and cultural sensitivity
  • Deliver the highest possible degree of quality services

Submissions: Submit Resume to jevans@legalaid.org.
(Date posted: 04-16-2021)

Grants Administrator

Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida seek a full time grant administrator to strategically sustain and maximize grant and foundational support opportunities. Position is exempt. Salary based on experience. Benefits package included. Equal Opportunity Employer. Major function and purpose:

The Grant Administrator will examine, manage and execute all aspects of grant and foundational support efforts and activities to:

  1. Identify key funding sources available
  2. Determine feasibility of developing/sustaining programs to supplement annual budgetary allocations
  3. Write and submit proposals and applications
  4. Oversee compliance with grant requirements and preparation for monitoring of grants.

This position will encompass work on behalf of the two Legal Aid programs in Broward County that share the office campus in Plantation. The position will be located in Plantation, with occasional outlying and in-area travel as needed.

Submissions: Submit cover letter along with CV/Resume to the attention of Janina Evans, Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida at jevans@legalaid.org
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(Date posted: 03-15-2021)

Executive Director

Legal Aid Service of Broward County (LAS) is seeking an executive director to lead this nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide high quality free civil legal advice, representation and education to the disadvantaged of Broward County and Collier County so as to improve the lifestyle and living conditions of the low income community and encourage self-sufficiency. Its offices are located in Plantation, Naples and Immokalee, Florida. LAS is funded by federal, state and county grants, as well as generous donations from charitable foundations, organizations and private individuals. LAS is not funded by the Legal Services Corporation. High priority roles and responsibilities for the next executive director will include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as the public face of LAS, and strengthening its collaborations with local and state legal advocacy, community and governmental organizations
  • Providing policy and advocacy leadership to LAS staff
  • Leading efforts to develop new and expanded financial support for the program’s mission
  • Managing LAS with transparency, open communication and team work
  • Supporting LAS staff members in delivering high quality client-centered legal services for clients through professional development opportunities and up-to-date equipment
  • Leading strategic planning and priority setting initiatives
  • Assessing the impact of COVID-19 and developing plans to meet client needs and staff needs
  • Enhancing the capacity to address current and emerging client needs, including adopting technology tools to expand client services and increase staff efficiency
  • Improving salaries, retirement benefits, and other benefits of staff
  • Upgrading office space, equipment and technology
  • Cultivating a productive and effective working relationship with the board of directors
  • Leading a program and staff that is recognized for providing effective client-centered advocacy utilizing both service and impact strategies

Preferred qualifications of the next executive director include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrated passion for the mission of LAS and offering a vision for LAS’ future
  • Attorney in good standing, licensed in Florida or willing to become licensed in Florida
  • Successful leadership in a multi-million dollar organization, preferably a legal aid organization
  • Ten years of legal practice
  • Seven years of management experience involving staff supervision, financial oversight and reporting, budget development and compliance with grant and contract requirements
  • Demonstrated success in resource development, including private fundraising and grant writing
  • Demonstrated experience working successfully with organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives
  • Personal qualities will include professionalism, open-mindedness, flexibility; the ability to make tough decisions; a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; a non-hierarchical management style

Application

In order to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials by March 31, 2021. Applications may be accepted until the position is filled. Please include a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position; your qualifications and what you hope to contribute to the organization’s future; a current resume; and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Materials should be submitted electronically to ppap@mielegalaid.org in Microsoft Word or pdf format. LAS is assisted in the search by Patricia Pap, Executive Director, Management Information Exchange, 105 Chauncy St., Fl 6, Ste 3, Boston, MA 02111, 508-737-4010, ppap@mielegalaid.org. Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact her. LAS intends to complete the hiring process in May 2021.

Salary is commensurate with experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Benefits include major medical, dental, short and long term disability, and the ability to contribute to a 403(b) retirement plan. LAS is an equal opportunity employer and provider of services. In accordance with local, state and federal law and U.S. Department of Justice policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability.

Submissions: Materials should be submitted via email to ppap@mielegalaid.org.
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(Date posted: 02-15-2021)

Staff Attorney, Victims Rights Enforcement (Temp)

Legal Aid Service of Broward County is seeking a Temporary Victims Rights Enforcement Staff Attorney to work until at least August 31, 2021. This position is currently remote, but if the remote situation changes the applicant must be willing to relocate to Plantation, FL for the duration of the employment. The attorney will assist victims of crime in advocating for their civil rights in criminal cases, at both the trial and appellate levels. The attorney will be responsible for all phases of case work, representing clients in court, interviewing clients and witnesses, discovery, investigations, negotiations and legal research and will also be responsible for educating the community and victims as to the civil legal rights of victims in criminal court proceedings. The Attorney will comply with all program requirements, including efficient case management, completion of timely reports, professional development, and CLE credited and other mandated trainings.

A J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school and Florida bar membership are required. 1-3 years experience in criminal law with a working knowledge of criminal procedure and the civil rights of victims in criminal proceedings, is preferred. Salary is commensurate with experience and pursuant to grant funding. Excellent benefit package. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submissions: Resumes should be sent to Rochelle Rolle at rrolle@legalaid.org
(Last posted: 03-26-2021)

Paralegal, Immigration (Detention)

The Immigration Unit of Legal Aid Service of Broward County in Plantation, Florida seeks a paralegal to assist the detention attorney. Immigration paralegal experience is preferred, particularly assisting attorneys with immigration bond requests. Willing to train the right candidate with interest in assisting detained immigrants. The paralegal will assist the attorney by communicating and working with the families of detained immigrants to collect materials for bond requests. Other duties include answering the phone and returning messages, gathering criminal records, case file preparation, case management, drafting of letters and forms for attorney review, scheduling appointments and handling electronic calendaring, limited data entry, and translations. Spanish speaking candidates are strongly preferred. Position open immediately. Salary DOE, benefits include health and dental insurance and vacation and sick leave. Good work-life balance. Legal Aid has been recognized as a Top Workplace in South Florida by the Sun Sentinel for the past five years in a row. Provide resume, list of 3 references, and salary requirements/expectations to be considered for the position.

Submissions: Please send resumes to amontavon@legalaid.org
(Last posted 03-30-2021)

Secretary / Administrative Assistant

Secretary/Administrative Assistant needed for busy children’s legal advocacy unit. Associate Degree with at least 2 years experience. Must have strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite, the ability to work in web-based applications, and ability to learn new applications. Knowledge of SAMIS a plus. Must have good organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and be detailed oriented. Must have the ability to multitask and work independently. Must be able to maintain data and generate reports. Must be able to draft letters, complete drafted legal documents and perform basic online research. Duties will also include filing, scheduling, and working with unit attorneys. Also, provide assistance as needed for grant reports & for various operations of the project. Experience working with children and child welfare preferred. Background check and Level II security clearance required.

Submissions: Please send resumes to Meredith at mrojas@legalaid.org and Walter whonaman@legalaid.org
(Last posted: 04-26-2021)

Paralegal, Immigration (Crime Victims)

The Immigration Unit of Legal Aid Service of Broward County in Plantation, Florida seeks a paralegal to assist the legal team with immigration cases for victims of crime. Immigration paralegal experience preferred, but willing to train the right candidate. Duties include answering the Unit’s phone and returning messages, client interviews, case file preparation, case management, drafting of letters and forms for attorney review, scheduling appointments and handling electronic calendaring, phone intakes, and translations. Spanish speaking candidates are strongly preferred. Position open immediately. Salary DOE, benefits include health and dental insurance and vacation and sick leave. Good work-life balance. Legal Aid has been recognized as a Top Workplace in South Florida by the Sun Sentinel for the past five years in a row. Please provide resume, list of 3 references, and salary requirements/expectations to be considered for the position.

Submissions: Please forward resumes to amontavon@legalaid.org
(Last posted: 03-30-2021)

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