Iowa Legal Aid is recruiting a paralegal for the Disaster Project in the Southwest Regional Office. This paralegal position will focus primarily on outreach and intake but may include other responsibilities based on needs and capabilities.
Responsibilities: A paralegal hired for this position will provide support and assistance to staff in the Southwest Regional Office as they offer free legal advice, brief service, and referrals to low-income people. The specific duties of this job may include, but are not limited to:
• Conducting regular onsite outreach to affected counties in Western Iowa • Conducting initial client screening and/or intake including entry of Pika intake information, assessment of financial eligibility and conflict status, and formulating the nature of the client’s legal problem(s). • Serving as a point person for disaster relief efforts, including attending regular disaster-related meetings throughout the community • Maintaining information about disaster relief resources • Performing tasks related to the provision of legal services to clients under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney. • Assisting the managing attorney in overseeing and ensuring compliance with LSC regulations and grant requirements, including reporting. • Monitoring and developing outreach materials. • Assisting in the orientation and training of new Disaster Project staff and volunteers. • Working with other agencies to help clients with referrals to Iowa Legal Aid and partner agencies for appropriate legal services. • Providing support to staff and volunteer attorneys, including helping with clerical work (scanning, copying, typing, filing, processing incoming and outgoing mail, etc.). • Assisting in the management of our case management systems. • Performing other tasks as assigned by supervisor.
Qualifications: Candidates must have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or equivalent paralegal experience. A paralegal degree, equivalent coursework, or recent work experience as a paralegal is preferred but not required.
Additional Salary Information: Entry level salary is $31,107. Non-entry level salaries are dependent on experience. Excellent fringe benefits.
Internal Number: DIS-PAR-CB
About Iowa Legal Aid
Iowa Legal Aid provides free legal assistance with civil legal problems involving basic necessities for low-income individuals who meet income and asset guidelines, based on the size of the household. Some Iowans in need of assistance, including those who are 60 and older, may be exempt from financial guidelines. The assistance provided ranges from counsel and advice to representation before various agencies and courts. Iowa Legal Aid protects victims of domestic violence; protects elderly Iowans from consumer fraud, elder abuse and financial exploitation; prevents homelessness; secures health care, SSI and other public benefits for low-income households; and helps Iowans understand their legal rights and responsibilities. Iowa Legal Aid helps ensure fairness for all in the justice system, regardless of how much money a person has. Offices are located in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo.