Careers with MLSA

Careers with MLSA


Job Title:        Program Assistant

Location:        Billings, Montana

The Program Assistant will coordinate and provide support for client service activities across the program. Specifically, the Program Assistant will coordinate pro bono referrals, follow up on pro bono cases after referral, assist with the family law clinic, provide support to one of MLSA’s substantive law units, provide support to attorneys in the office, and assist with the processing of applications for assistance. This position is also an Office Manager and is responsible for management of the office, including supervision of a part-time Office Assistant.

This is a full-time, 40-hour per week position located in MLSA’s Billings office.

Specific Duties

  • Administer assigned pro bono programs and clinics: includes scheduling clinics, working with pro bono attorneys, and ensuring that program documents and files are orderly and complete
  • Coordinate the communication among the applicants, clients, intake specialists and pro bono and staff attorneys regarding case and referral status
  • Run referral reports on case management system and enter notes from weekly staffing meetings
  • Timely communicate with applicants and clients to obtain more information as needed
  • Greet and assist walk-in applicants
  • Perform conflict screening, assist applicants with forms and coordinate with intake staff in the gathering of relevant information
  • Supervise Office Assistant and AmeriCorps member
  • Provide administrative support for recruiting and training of staff, volunteers and AmeriCorps members
  • Provide support to attorneys in office and throughout MLSA
  • Draft correspondence and simple pleadings or use appropriate MLSA form letter
  • Calendar in the system all case related dates and events
  • File pleadings at local courts; examine and retrieve relevant court documents from the courthouse file and other documents as needed or requested
  • Open and distribute mail, enter mail in the internal case management system
  • Assist with case file management: including organizing and maintaining electronic and paper files; enter notations with each newly filed information; entry of other notations as appropriate; and destruction of closed cases pursuant to organization policy
  • Participate in community outreach and program initiatives as appropriate
  • Office management: including maintaining office calendar, coordinating meetings, coordinate with main office to maintain office supplies and furniture, filing, photocopying, bringing needed repairs to attention of building management, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned by Managing Attorney and MLSA management

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferred, or paralegal or associates degree with 2 years of experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability and willingness to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, the public, judges, court personnel and the bar
  • Ability to travel, occasionally overnight
  • A commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to diverse population of eligible clientele in Montana
  • Ability and willingness to work cooperatively and collegially within a decentralized statewide law firm
  • Proficient at the use of technology, including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, internet-based programs and computer-based legal research.
  • Willingness to learn and further develop technology skills and abilities
  • Ability to interact well with the public

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary:  $29,120 and up, DOE. MLSA offers an attractive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement and educational loan repayment assistance.

To Apply:  Send a letter of interest, three professional references, and resume to hiring@mtlsa.org.

Submission Deadline:  Screening of applicants will begin on July 31, 2017, and will continue until the time of selection.


Job Title:          Accounting Technician – Payroll

Location:          Helena, Montana

This position is primarily responsible for MLSA’s payroll processing, invoicing and accounts receivable.  Duties also include assisting with accounts payable functions and providing support for grant compliance and reporting.

Specific Duties:

  • Processing bi-weekly payroll, including preparing all documentation for payroll withholding.
  • Processing payroll quarterly reports and year-end W-2s and 1099s.
  • Maintaining annual, personal and sick leave records for all employees.
  • Maintaining all files associated with human resources.
  • Reconciling cash log with cash deposits and inputting into accounting program.
  • Preparing invoices and grant reports for funders.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Director of Finance and Administration

Accounts Payable Support:

  • Processing and coding invoices as chargeable to expense, fund, location & program.
  • Processing check requests and performing data entry using appropriate accounting software, printing checks, attaching supporting documentation and organizing for appropriate signers.
  • Reviewing and analyzing credit card account, including verifying and collecting supporting documentation and entry into AP system.
  • Maintaining vendor files.              

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate of accredited high school or equivalent
  • Minimum of three years general work experience requiring a high degree of responsibility, preferably in office administration
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Good judgment and analytical skills
  • Capacity to learn and adapt to change
  • Demonstrates dependability and initiative
  • Demonstrates concern for the interests of MLSA’s clients
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks
  • Proficient at computer word processing and use of spreadsheet software

Salary:  $35,000 and up DOE. MLSA offers an attractive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement and educational loan repayment assistance.

To Apply:   Send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to hiring@mtlsa.org.   

Submission Deadline:  Screening of applications will begin on July 28, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.


Position Title:  Staff Attorney, Victim Rights Practice Group

Location:  Billings, Helena, or Missoula

The Victim Rights Staff Attorney will provide direct emergency legal services including legal advice and brief services for crime victims throughout the state of Montana.

Specific Duties

  • Interviewing, meeting with, and advising victims of crime with civil legal matters.
  • Developing and maintaining specialized knowledge of the legal needs of crime victims.
  • Providing services ranging from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation on core legal issues affecting victims of crime.
  • Composing correspondence, pleadings and other documents.
  • Researching the law and preparing memoranda.
  • Participating in MLSA’s statewide initiatives and impact work, and implementing grant and contract requirements through casework.
  • Develop legal resources for use by victims of crime, advocates and pro bono attorneys.
  • Provide training on legal matters affecting victims of crime.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorney.

Requirements

  • Law Degree and current license to practice law in Montana.
  • Prior legal services experience preferred, particularly experience working with crime victims.
  • A willingness to assume a varied case load.
  • An understanding of the civil legal needs of crime victims, including the unique needs of populations that experience particular barriers to access to justice systems.
  • Knowledge of substantive legal areas affecting crime victims.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, to motivate others, and to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people with varying perspectives, and experience and expertise.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and integrate new technologies and methodologies to efficiently perform responsibilities.
  • A willingness to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, the public, judges, court personnel and the bar.
  • Ability and willingness to work cooperatively and collegially within a decentralized statewide law firm.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • A “can do” attitude and a willingness to pitch in where needed.
  • Strong commitment to insuring equal access to justice.
  • Proficient at the use of technology, including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, internet-based programs and computer-based legal research.
  • Ability to travel within the state of Montana, occasionally overnight.

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary: $53,000.  MLSA offers an attractive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement and educational loan repayment assistance.

To Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume, three professional references, and writing sample to hiring@mtlsa.org.

Submission Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin no later than July 20, 2017, and will continue until the time of selection.


Position Title: Staff Attorney

Location: Billings preferred, but flexible

This Staff Attorney position will provide services to domestic violence victims in Billings and the Bakken Region of Eastern Montana, including the counties of Roosevelt, Valley, Phillips, Sheridan, Daniels, Blaine, Petroleum, Fergus, Musselshell, and Fallon.   Services to clients will be provided remotely by video and telephone, as well as in person.  Travel throughout the region is required.  The position is based in MLSA’s Billings office, but other locations in Central and Eastern Montana may be considered depending on the circumstances.

Specific Duties

  • Interviewing, meeting with, advising, and representing eligible clients on civil matters.
  • Developing and maintaining specialized knowledge of the legal needs of domestic violence victims, and of general poverty law issues.
  • Providing services ranging from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation on core legal issues affecting MLSA clients.
  • Composing correspondence, pleadings and other documents.
  • Researching the law and preparing memoranda.
  • Working with other MLSA staff to recruit, train and support pro bono attorneys when appropriate.
  • Participating in MLSA’s statewide initiatives and impact work, and implementing grant and contract requirements through casework.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorney.

Requirements

  • Law Degree and current license to practice law in Montana.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience, preferred.
  • Prior legal services experience preferred, particularly experience working with domestic violence victims.
  • A willingness to assume a varied case load.
  • An understanding of the civil legal needs of low-income people, including the unique needs of populations that experience particular barriers to access to justice systems.
  • Knowledge of substantive legal areas affecting low income people.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, to motivate others, and to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people with varying perspectives, and experience and expertise.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and integrate new technologies and methodologies to efficiently perform responsibilities.
  • A willingness to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, the public, judges, court personnel and the bar.
  • Ability and willingness to work cooperatively and collegially within a decentralized statewide law firm.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently in a deadline-oriented environment.
  • A “can do” attitude and a willingness to pitch in where needed.
  • Strong commitment to insuring equal access to justice.
  • Proficient at the use of technology, including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, internet-based programs and computer-based legal research.
  • Ability to travel within the state of Montana, occasionally overnight.

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary: $52,000.  MLSA offers an attractive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement and educational loan repayment assistance.

To Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume, three professional references, and writing sample to hiring@mtlsa.org.

Submission Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin no later than July 8, 2017, and will continue until the time of selection.


Position Title:  Tribal Advocate

Location: Harlem, MT

The Tribal Advocate position will provide civil legal services to tribal member clients located on or near the Fort Belknap Reservations in the area of domestic violence and related civil legal issues. Services provided will range from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation. Requires travel within Montana. MLSA will provide legal training, and Tribal Advocate will be required to pass the Fort Belknap Tribal Bar Exam to be licensed to practice at the Tribal Court. Under attorney supervision, this position will handle all aspects of legal representation of domestic violence survivors including client contact, pleading preparation, research, file maintenance, and hearing and trial work. The Tribal Advocate will also participate in MLSA’s tribal domestic violence initiatives, and implement grant and contract requirements through casework and training. The Tribal Advocate will conduct training, outreach or education services on the Fort Belknap Reservation.

Specific Duties

  • Interview, meet with, advise and represent eligible clients on civil matters.
  • Refer clients to MLSA intake specialists.
  • Coordinate with Tribal Survivor’s Legal Project Supervising Attorney on all cases.
  • Compose correspondence, pleadings and other documents.
  • Identify training needs and emerging issues and provide training as needed.
  • Develop law related educational programs and materials directed to the tribal client community or tribal agencies regarding legal rights and responsibilities.
  • Research the law and prepare memoranda.
  • Handle all aspects of a client’s legal matter, including preparing pleadings, negotiation, mediation and trial work.
  • Work with other MLSA staff to recruit, train and support pro bono attorneys when appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain specialized knowledge of domestic violence and of general poverty law issues.
  • Participate in MLSA tribal domestic violence initiatives and impact work.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Tribal Survivor’s Legal Project Supervising Attorney.

Requirements

  • Willingness to take and pass relevant Tribal Bar Exam
  • Interest in tribal law.
  • Prior experience working with domestic violence survivors or legal services experience preferred.
  • A willingness to assume a varied case load.
  • An understanding of the civil equal justice legal needs of tribal members, including the unique needs of domestic violence survivors.
  • Knowledge of substantive legal areas affecting domestic violence survivors and low income people preferred.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, to motivate others, and to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people with varying perspectives, experience and expertise.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and integrate new technologies and methodologies to efficiently perform responsibilities.
  • A willingness to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, the public, judges, court personnel, project partners and tribal governments.
  • Ability and willingness to work cooperatively and collegially within a decentralized statewide law firm.
  • Associates degree.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently in a deadline-oriented environment
  • A “can do” attitude and a willingness to pitch in where needed
  • Strong commitment to insuring equal access to justice
  • Proficient at the use of technology, including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, internet-based programs and computer-based legal research.
  • Ability to travel, occasionally overnight

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary:  $32,000 per year. MLSA offers an attractive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement and educational loan repayment assistance.

To Apply:  Send a letter of interest, resume, three professional references, and writing sample to hiring@mtlsa.org.

Submission Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin on June 9, 2017. The position will remain open until filled.

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