Careers

Please be advised that all applicants for permanent staff positions must be willing to undergo a Live Scan background check to be considered for a position.  This process can be lengthy and, if offered a position, duties may be modified until background results have cleared.

Operations Compliance and Project Specialist

POSITION: Operations Compliance and Project Specialist

SUPERVISOR: Director of Operations                                 

WAGE RANGE: $51,454.13 – $63,260.66 (Depending on Experience)                                   

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, hourly               

LOCATION: Santa Ana (physical office is currently closed due to Covid-19, but are expected to reopen)                                    

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled         

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. CLA SoCal has a staff of more than 100 employees and two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate individual who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. CLA SoCal strongly prefers that the applicant have experience working with non-profits and/or law firms.

The Operations Compliance and Project Specialist reports to the Director of Operations and is responsible for implementing and upholding procedures and policies that meet regulatory, funder and CLA SoCal standards.  This position also coordinates project management for the department and organization.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Helps design, develop, implement, and analyze compliance programs and processes.
  • Trains employees on compliance guidelines, requirements, and standards.
  • Collects and coordinates internal data with other departments to support departments and the organization.
  • Interfaces with administrative department, program units and organization databases to support departments and meet reporting and compliance requirements.
  • Coordinates, prepares, and submits grant invoices and reports meeting deadlines and ensuring funding compliance.
  • Implements policies, procedures, and systems to provide administrative support to departments
  • Assists in Policy updating and maintenance for all functions.
  • Manages Policy and Procedures process ensuring approvals, formatting and distribution including SharePoint.
  • Organizes and ensures CLA SoCal document management system is understood and followed.
  • Monitors insurance deadlines and ensures funder compliance for required insurance certificates.
  • Monitors and tracks charitable and business license registrations and deadlines and prepares required paperwork.
  • Supports IT migration of CLA So Cal documents.
  • Documents and tracks department and CLA SoCal projects and project management using organizational forms and/or project management software.
  • Measures project performance to identify areas for improvement.
  • Monitors progress and adjusts as needed.
  • Ensures that project/department milestones/goals are met and adhering to approved budgets.
  • Coordinates with HR and Facilities to support enforcement of safety standards.
  • Helps monitor existing and new legislation, ensures compliance to policies, and support necessary actions to make sure CLA SoCal complies with local, state, and federal legal requirements
  • Stays current on standards by reading publications, talking with peers, and joining professional groups.
  • Works with a multicultural perspective of inclusion and diversity.
  • Other duties as required to meet the needs of the business.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business or related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience in related field; 1-3 years of experience as supervisor
  • Knowledgeable regarding federal and state grants’ compliance, reimbursement systems and reporting, including HIPAA, and performance improvement helpful.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and administrative abilities; able to manage several projects at once.
  • Familiarity with project management software tools, methodologies, and best practices.
  • Experience seeing projects through the full life cycle.
  • Proven leadership skills and ability to work collaboratively.
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Working knowledge of compliance issues.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication abilities.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Proven understanding of risk assessment and mitigation.
  • Excellent statistical, analytical, research and reporting skills.
  • High ethical standards, ability to maintain confidentiality and a professional demeanor.
  • Highly proficient with MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook and experience with SharePoint.
  • Ability to model the organization’s values (compassion, collaboration, trust, accountability, and excellence) in personal behavior and throughout administration processes.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred.

Our staff members work a 35-hour week. We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Upon successfully completing the six-month probation period, compensation increases may be available within the first initial year of employment. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.

 

HOW TO APPLY

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Human Resources at humanresources@clsocal.org.

Position is open until filled.

 

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Staff Attorney - Seniors

POSITION:  Staff Attorney – Seniors

SUPERVISOR:  Seniors Supervising Attorney

WAGE RANGE:  $63,000 to $91,866.11 per annum (Depending on experience)

JOB CLASSIFICATION:  Full-time, Exempt

LOCATION:  Santa Ana (physical office is currently closed due to Covid-19, but is expected to reopen)

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. CLA SoCal has a staff of more than 100 employees and two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate Staff Attorney who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. CLA SoCal strongly prefers that the applicant have experience working with non-profits and/or law firms.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Staff Attorney in the Seniors Unit will work with the seniors team to provide legal services to the elderly in Orange County by representing elderly clients and preparing pleadings and related court documents in various court matters in addition to administrative law matters such as elder abuse restraining orders; conservatorship/guardianship hearings; and consumer/civil litigation; housing appeals and Social Security Administration appeals. In addition, the Staff Attorney will propound and respond to discovery; take and defend depositions; negotiate and prepare settlement agreements; travel to multiple senior centers on a monthly basis to conduct in person intake and interviews of the client and dependent on grant, assists with grant reporting and tracking grant deliverables.

The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge, interest and desire to work with the elderly population in various areas of the law including but not limited to: elder abuse; consumer debt issues; housing issues, government benefits issues such as Social Security law; and conservatorships and guardianship issues; consumer law; and estate planning.  The Staff Attorney will have proven interest in social justice issues, and a commitment to CLA SoCal’s mission and values (compassion, collaboration, trust, accountability, and excellence).

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Represent clients, counsel, and advise clients in legal matter.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate case notes and timekeeping in case management system (LegalServer).
  • Interview clients. Effectively and efficiently communicate with clients.
  • Engage in case investigation, witness interviews, factual and legal research.
  • Research and write pleadings, memoranda, correspondence, and other legal documents.
  • Work with community groups, conduct outreach, and provide community education presentations and materials.
  • Engage in policy advocacy, coordinate, and collaborate in policy campaigns with partner community-based organizations to improve systemic issues.
  • Work with community groups, conduct outreach, and provide community education presentations and materials.
  • Direct and supervise the legal work of paralegal and law students, interns, and volunteers.
  • Perform other duties as required to meet the needs of the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Juris Doctor degree and an active member in good-standing of the California Bar or member to another state bar and ability to register as a legal services provider.
  • Articulate, creative, and passionate advocate with excellent written and oral communication skills, computer skills, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong personal work ethic, initiative, and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to spot legal issues and comfort with providing real-time counsel & advice.
  • Strong interpersonal skill, client communication skills and comfort working with indigent clients
  • Strong technical skills; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams) and document preparation software.
  • Great organizational skills with keen attention to detail.
  • Reliable team player. Empathetic and energetic attitude while working with others.
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of clients utilizing client-centered lawyering and trauma-informed frameworks.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, active insurance policy and ability to travel frequently in and around the service area for representation and to engage with clients and community partners.
  • Bilingual proficiency – Preferred

Our staff members work a 35-hour week. We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Upon successfully completing the six-month probation period, compensation increases may be available within the first initial year of employment. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.

 

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to humanresources@clsocal.org.

Visit www.communitylegalsocal.org for more information about CLA SoCal.

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

Operations Administrative Assistant

POSITION: Operations Administrative Assistant

SUPERVISOR: Director of Operations                                 

WAGE RANGE: $34,112.36 – $41, 939.70 (Depending on Experience)                                  

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, Hourly 

LOCATION: Santa Ana (physical office is currently closed due to Covid-19, but is expected to reopen)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled         

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. CLA SoCal has a staff of more than 100 employees and two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate individual who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. CLA SoCal strongly prefers that the applicant have experience working with non-profits and/or law firms.

The Operations Administrative Assistant reports to the Director of Operations and will also work closely with the Director of Legal Services and other members of the operations team. The Operations Administrative Assistant provides administrative support for CLA SoCal operations and the Director of Legal Services including day-to-day clerical, administration, and support services.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepares letters, memos, forms, and reports according to written or verbal instructions.
  • Coordinates travel arrangements including hotel and arranges conferences.
  • Coordinates and supports purchase order process, orders, and maintains office and building supplies including postage.
  • Assists in agenda management, calendaring, and appointment scheduling using Doodle Poll and Outlook for the Director of Operations and Director of Legal Services.
  • Coordinates and manages videoconference meetings and events.
  • Responsible for organizing and maintaining files (hard copy and electronic) for all Operations i.e. IT, Facilities, and general Operations.
  • Supports operations functions and projects such as employee onboarding and inventory management.
  • Documents and supports the maintenance of all facilities processes and offers general support as needed.
  • Provides general HR support such as facilitate training and the integration and implementation of HRIS.
  • Supports HR by maintaining the Phone Directory and Organizational Charts.
  • Coordinates and supports department communications and upload using SharePoint.
  • Provides set-up assistance for the Board of Directors meetings by ensuring the conference room is ready for meetings, ordering meals, setting up food and drinks, etc.
  • Coordinates events such as all staff meetings, board meetings, and other catered meetings; duties include reserving the room (or coordinating with facilities onsite), ordering food, drinks, plates, etc.
  • Supports the advancement of special projects by coordinating and/or assisting with designated teams.
  • Creates and/or updates Excel spreadsheets as required.
  • Supports operations team members to meet milestones and goals on time and within approved budgets.
  • Manages the volunteer process for Operations.
  • Works with a multicultural perspective of inclusion and diversity.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned to meet the needs of the business.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Degree in business administration, communications, or related field and/or a combination of education and experience.
  • 5+ years of experience as an Operations Administrative Assistant or in a similar capacity.
  • Information gathering and monitoring.
  • Planning, calendaring, and organizing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Detail oriented and highly organized with ability to manage several projects at once.
  • Ability to take initiative and prioritize tasks.
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook and SharePoint.
  • Ability to model the organization’s values (compassion, collaboration, trust, accountability, and excellence) in personal behavior and throughout administration processes.

Our staff members work a 35-hour week. We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Upon successfully completing the six-month probation period, compensation increases may be available within the first initial year of employment. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.

 

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Human Resources at humanresources@clsocal.org.

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

Paralegal – Family Law Unit (Bilingual Spanish)

POSITION:  Paralegal – Family Law Unit (Bilingual Spanish Required)

SUPERVISOR:  Supervising Attorney Family Law Unit

WAGE RANGE:  $20.59 – $31.13 (Depending on Experience)

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time, Hourly

LOCATION: Compton and San Pedro (Individual is required to split time between both locations)

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. CLA SoCal has a staff of more than 100 employees and two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate individual who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. CLA SoCal strongly prefers that the applicant have experience working with non-profits and/or law firms.

The Family Law Unit Staff Paralegal will work as a member of the Family Law Unit and our partner Agency located in San Pedro to assist low-income clients in family law and immigration cases including dissolution of marriage, paternity cases, requests for domestic violence restraining orders, requests for orders, ex parte requests, responses, declarations, trial briefs, motions, discovery, child support, child custody, and other related pleadings. The ideal candidate will have the ability to interact with a wide range of clients utilizing client-centered lawyering and trauma-informed frameworks while modeling CLA SoCal’s values (compassion, collaboration, trust, accountability and excellence) with a commitment to CLA SoCal’s mission.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain caseload for both CLA SoCal and partner Agency of proper family law cases, under attorney supervision.
  • Maintain contact with client, opposing party, and opposing counsel.
  • Dependent on grant, assist with grant reporting and tracking grant deliverables.
  • Prepare legal work under the supervision of an attorney.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate case notes and timekeeping in case management system (LegalServer).
  • Assist attorney with intake and initial client appointments.
  • Prepare and maintain client files, electronic and/or physical.
  • Interview clients. Effectively and efficiently communicate with clients including accurately relaying legal advice provided by the attorney.
  • Prepare legal forms, pleadings, memoranda, correspondence, and other legal documents. Assist with citation checking. Assist attorney’s with discovery process including propounding and responding to discovery requests.
  • Assist attorneys with case investigation, witness interviews, factual and legal research.
  • Split time between our Compton Office and our partner Agency located in San Pedro. The individual is required to carry a caseload at both agencies. 
  • Perform other duties required to meet the needs of the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bilingual Spanish proficiency – Required.
  • Paralegal certificate, paralegal degree or
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks
  • Strong technical skills; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams).
  • Strong communication (oral and written), excellent analytical and listening skills.
  • Ability to work well under pressure an several activities at once.
  • Self-motivated, ability to learn quickly, initiative to problem-solve.
  • Capacity to meet strict deadlines.
  • Great organizational skills with keen attention to detail.
  • Empathetic and energetic attitude while working with others.
  • Familiarity with immigration cases preferred but not required

Our staff members work a 35-hour week. We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Upon successfully completing the six-month probation period, compensation increases may be available within the first initial year of employment. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.

 

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Human Resources at humanresources@clsocal.org.

Visit www.communitylegalsocal.org for more information about CLA SoCal.

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Paralegal – Intake and Assessment Unit (Bilingual Vietnamese)

POSITION: Paralegal – Intake and Assessment Unit (Bilingual Vietnamese)

SUPERVISOR: Supervising Attorney       

WAGE RANGE: $20.59 – $31.13 (Depending on Experience)                                    

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, Hourly 

LOCATION: Santa Ana (physical office is currently closed due to Covid-19, but is expected to reopen)                              

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. CLA SoCal has a staff of more than 100 employees and two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate individual who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. CLA SoCal strongly prefers that the applicant have experience working with non-profits and/or law firms.

The Paralegal in the Intake and Assessment Unit reports to the Supervising Attorney and is responsible for screening clients for eligibility and obtaining demographic information; completing client intakes over the telephone and entering the appropriate data into legal database; determining and documenting legal problems and relaying advice and counsel given by attorney to eligible clients over the phone. The ideal candidate has the ability to interact with a wide range of clients utilizing client-centered lawyering and trauma-informed frameworks while modeling CLA SoCal’s values (compassion, collaboration, trust, accountability, and excellence) with a commitment to CLA SoCal’s mission.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct in-person intake at the office or off-site clinics or outreach events.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate case notes and timekeeping in case management system (LegalServer).
  • Prepare and maintain client files, electronic and/or physical.
  • Assist attorneys with intake and initial client appointments.
  • Interview clients. Effectively and efficiently communicate with clients.
  • Prepare legal forms, pleadings, memoranda, correspondence, and other legal documents. Assist with citation checking.
  • Assist attorneys with case investigation, witness interviews, factual and legal research.
  • Work with community groups, conduct outreach, and provide community education presentations and materials.
  • Perform other duties as required to meet the needs of the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Paralegal certificate, paralegal degree or Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks.
  • Experience working in a call center and utilizing a computer.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, active insurance policy and ability to travel frequently in and around the service area for representation and to engage with clients and community partners.
  • Ability to learn data entry techniques and use technology to communicate with our staff and/or clients.
  • Ability to handle difficult and stressful client situations.
  • Strong technical skills; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams).
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and listening skills.
  • Reliable team player and multitasker.
  • Ability to work well under pressure an several activities at once.
  • Self-motivated, ability to learn quickly, initiative to problem-solve.
  • Capacity to meet strict deadlines.
  • Great organizational skills with keen attention to detail.
  • Bilingual Vietnamese – Required.

Our staff members work a 35-hour week. We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Upon successfully completing the six-month probation period, compensation increases may be available within the first initial year of employment. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.

 

HOW TO APPLY

TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Human Resources at humanresources@clsocal.org.

Position is open until filled.

Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.

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