Homeless Youth Paralegal
Baltimore City Office
Are you passionate about access to justice for youth experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness? Do you want to join a nationally-recognized program that provides free, accessible, and affirming legal services to youth through community-based legal clinics? Are you excited about recruiting and training volunteer attorneys to ensure that youth experiencing homelessness have access to high-quality representation on a broad range of issues? Would you like to be part of a dynamic team that advocates for systemic change to prevent and end homelessness for youth? If so, Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) is seeking to hire a paralegal to assist its Homeless Youth Initiative based in its Baltimore City Office.
HPRP provides free legal services and advocacy to persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Maryland. HPRP’s services are grounded in the understanding that people without stable housing often struggle to access legal services offered in a traditional manner. The hallmark of HPRP’s legal program is its ability to reach clients where they live, eat, and spend time. HPRP’s staff and volunteers pursue this mission by offering legal services through outreach in shelters, drop-in centers, health clinics, community centers, and on the street.
HPRP seeks a full-time (40 hours per week) paralegal to support its Homeless Youth Initiative (HYI). The HYI serves youth and young adults under age 25 who are experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness by engaging in outreach, education, legal representation, and policy advocacy. HYI recently launched a network of pro bono attorneys dedicated to meeting the full range of civil legal needs of youth experiencing homelessness. The paralegal will assist with all aspects of the HYI, which includes supporting the Director of HYI and the pro bono attorneys.
Reports to: Director of Homeless Youth Initiative
- Engage with youth and young adults seeking legal assistance, including by responding to requests for assistance, screening for civil legal needs, conducting intake interviews, and making referrals to other resources;
- Client outreach, including planning and participating in community-based legal clinics, conducting educational presentations, and preparing outreach materials;
- Assist with all aspects of individual legal cases handled by HYI Director, including reviewing administrative agency or program files, requesting medical records, hearing preparation, entering detailed and accurate information in case management system, drafting letters, communicating updates to clients, and providing other administrative support;
- Assist with all aspects of the pro bono network, including planning volunteer trainings, developing training materials, placing cases with volunteers, monitoring placed cases, tracking volunteer hours and case outcomes, and timely entering information into case management system;
- Assist with grant writing and reporting as needed;
- Participate in ongoing race equity work at both the organizational and HYI levels;
- Contribute to a respectful and affirming environment for persons who are young and persons who identify as LGBTQ+;
- Work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving challenges and/or conflicts; and
- Demonstrate ability to remain calm and patient in a fast-paced environment.
- Support advocacy work of HYI and its coalition partners by representing HPRP at meetings and assisting with special initiatives and projects;
- Prepare informational material for HPRP social media, clients, staff, volunteers, donors, and the public;
- Education: H.S. Diploma/GED with two years of work experience in a non-profit or office environment, or AA in Paralegal Studies, or B.A./B.S.;
- Demonstrated interest in working with a public interest organization and with youth living in poverty or experiencing homelessness;
- Ability to communicate effectively with youth, service providers, pro bono attorneys, legislators, administrative agencies, and other HYI stakeholders;
- Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills;
- Ability to set priorities and multitask;
- Ability to take initiative to identify and troubleshoot challenges;
- Demonstrates initiative and good judgment, diplomacy and professionalism;
- Demonstrates a commitment to diversity by using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences; and
- Proficiency with computer and internet technology, i.e. Microsoft Office for Windows (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.).
- Ability to travel independently by utilizing either personal or public transportation to reach off-site clinic and meeting locations in and around Baltimore City (HPRP reimburses for travel);
- A minimum of two years of paralegal or related experience;
- Experience with legal research or writing;
- Experience with community outreach;
- Experience related to youth-serving public systems, such as the education, child welfare, or juvenile services systems; and
- Fluency, written and oral, in Spanish
Salary and Benefits
$35,000-$40,000 DOE. HPRP provides excellent benefits: vacation (20 days per year), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), and holidays. Employee premiums 100% covered for medical, prescription, dental, vision. Short and Long Term Disability Insurance and Retirement plan with supplemental employer contribution (a 1% contribution is approved for FY 2019) also provided. Some evening hours and occasional weekends required; HPRP provides for a flexible work schedule.
Apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org (please specify HYI Paralegal in the subject line). We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications, work style, and interest in being part of a team working to eliminate homelessness in Maryland. We are looking for applicants who understand how racism and oppression perpetuate barriers to housing and income. Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.
HPRP is an equal opportunity employer. All interested persons encouraged to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status or religious affiliation.