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Executive Assistant - Jackson Office

West Tennessee Legal Services (WTLS) seeks a full-time Executive Assistant for our Jackson Office with a demonstrated commitment to high-quality legal work and equal access to justice.   WTLS receives funding from multiple state and federal sources to provide civil legal assistance to low-income Tennesseans in 17 West Tennessee counties. 

The successful candidate will provide administrative support to the Executive Director, Controller, and other administrative and management staff as directed.  Job duties include assisting with grants management and other duties as assigned.  The Executive Assistant also will serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors and senior management teams; and will organize and coordinate executive outreach and external relations efforts.

The ideal candidate will be creative and enjoy working within an environment that is mission driven, results-focused, and client and community oriented.  He or she will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities.  The Executive Assistant will have the ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion.  An associate degree or equivalent combination of work experience in an administrative setting is required, and experience working in a fast-paced law firm or non-profit setting is preferred.  Candidates also should be highly proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point), Adobe Acrobat, and Social Media web platforms, and capable of utilizing new technology to organize, report, and visualize data. 

Limited travel may be required.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and three references by email or mail to:

Sandra Bingham
sandy@wtls.org
210 West Main Street
Jackson, Tennessee   38301

WTLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minorities and Women are urged to apply. This is a non-exempt position. 

ElderTrust Paralegal Position

ABOUT ELDERTRUST:   West Tennessee Legal Services (WTLS), along with the three other major legal aid programs throughout the state and Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, have joined forces to launch an innovative, sustainable, and critically needed statewide network of attorneys and other legal professionals who will work together to meet the legal needs of Tennessee’s most vulnerable senior citizens, creating lasting local impact across all 95 Tennessee counties. This first-of-its-kind network, known as the Tennessee Senior Legal Services Consortium (Consortium), will partner with other organizations serving seniors to strengthen and expand services to reach even the most rural and underserved areas of the state. The result will be a long-term solution to a pressing and growing problem; namely, how to sustain and improve the quality of life of our seniors. The Consortium will achieve this goal by helping seniors address legal core issues such as accessing benefits and healthcare; consumer protection; obtaining and maintaining safe and secure housing; avoiding or escaping abuse and exploitation; and engaging in important estate planning activities such as creating simple wills, advance directives, and powers of attorney. The Consortium and its partners will work together to ensure that Tennessee’s senior citizens can live their lives safely, securely, and with dignity.  A critical component of the Consortium’s work will be to educate and provide access to critical legal services to low-income and vulnerable seniors, particularly in rural and underserved areas in Tennessee.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The ElderTrust paralegal will work closely with and support lawyers within WTLS’ Senior Citizens Law Project, with 80% of his/her time working to support legal work under ElderTrust.  He/she will perform intake on prospective clients and assist attorneys in all aspects of advocacy and litigation.  The paralegal will be responsible for maintaining electronic and paper files, and will assist with grant reporting responsibilities.  The paralegal will also work closely with the ElderTrust Outreach Coordinator in providing outreach to seniors, community providers, courts, and other social service agencies to educate about available assistance to seniors through the ElderTrust Consortium and to ensure that WTLS’ services are available to the senior community within WTLS’ 17 West Tennessee County service area.

The paralegal will also devote the remaining 20% of his/her time to more general intake for senior citizens under WTLS’ Senior Citizen  Law Project as well as general intake responsibilities as needed.

MINUMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or certification.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and strong technology skills to quickly learn case management and other applicable software.
  • Experience working with seniors or the capacity to develop such expertise.
  • Demonstrated interest in public interest work and the problems of the senior community.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, perform multiple tasks, and maintain attention to detail.
  • Experience working in nonprofits and with attorneys preferred.

REPORTING LINES AND WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Report to WTLS’ Senior Citizen Law Project’s Managing Attorney or an Elder Trust lawyer as her designee.
  • Work closely at WTLS with others providing services to Senior Citizens, including 2 ElderTrust lawyers, 1 Outreach Coordinator, other attorneys within WTLS’ Senior Citizen Law Project, and intake paralegals.
     

SALARY:   DOE.  Excellent benefits.

HOW TO APPLY:  Send applications via email in Word or PDF format to Sandy@wtls.org . Applicants must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references (with phone numbers).  Applications will be accepted and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

WTLS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.

ElderTrust Outreach Coordinator Position 
(part-time – 24 hrs per week)

ABOUT ELDERTRUST:   West Tennessee Legal Services (WTLS), along with the three other major legal aid programs throughout the state and Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services have joined forces to launch an innovative, sustainable, and critically needed statewide network of attorneys and other legal professionals who will work together to meet the legal needs of Tennessee’s most vulnerable senior citizens, creating lasting local impact across all 95 Tennessee counties. This first-of-its-kind network, known as the Tennessee Senior Legal Services Consortium (Consortium), will partner with other organizations serving seniors to strengthen and expand services to reach even the most rural and underserved areas of the state. The result will be a long-term solution to a pressing and growing problem; namely, how to sustain and improve the quality of life of our seniors. The Consortium will achieve this goal by helping seniors address legal core issues such as accessing benefits and healthcare; consumer protection; obtaining and maintaining safe and secure housing; avoiding or escaping abuse and exploitation; and engaging in important estate planning activities such as creating simple wills, advance directives, and powers of attorney. The Consortium and its partners will work together to ensure that Tennessee’s senior citizens can live their lives safely, securely, and with dignity.  A critical component of the Consortium’s work will be to educate and provide access to critical legal services to low-income and vulnerable seniors, particularly in rural and underserved areas in Tennessee.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The ElderTrust Outreach Coordinator provides outreach to seniors, community providers, courts, and other social service agencies to educate about available assistance to seniors through the ElderTrust Consortium and to ensure that WTLS’ services are available to the senior community within WTLS’ 17 West Tennessee County service area.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Work closely with Outreach Coordinators in each Consortium partner organizations to achieve best practices in outreach support.
  • Educate and reach out to the communities in WTLS’ service area through speaking engagements and community involvement as a part of both informing and maintaining excellent public relations.
  • Participate in the Consortium training events.
  • Provide necessary data and information for reporting requirements.
  • Promote the ElderTrust Consortium.
  • Engage in proactive outreach to develop, maintain, and enhance positive relations with the senior community and to groups that support them and impact on them.
  • Assist WTLS staff in identifying issues of concern to the senior community.
  • Coordinate with staff to integrate elder issues with overall WTLS work, initiatives and strategies.
  • Promote WTLS and the ElderTrust Consortium within the senior community.
  • Cooperate fully and proactively with WTLS staff in capturing stories of the work of WTLS in the senior community and marketing the importance of program sustainability.

MINUMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or certification.
  • Experience working with seniors or the capacity to develop such expertise.
  • Demonstrated interest in public interest work and the problems of the senior community.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, perform multiple tasks, and maintain attention to detail.

REPORTING LINES AND WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Report to WTLS’ Senior Citizen Law Project’s Managing Attorney.
  • Work closely at WTLS with others providing services to Senior Citizens, including 2 ElderTrust Lawyers, 1 paralegal, and other attorneys within WTLS’ Senior Citizen Law Project
     

SALARY:   $20.00/hr.

HOW TO APPLY:  Send applications via email in Word or PDF format to Sandy@wtls.org . Applicants must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references (with phone numbers).  Applications will be accepted and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

WTLS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.

Elder Trust Staff Attorney (2 positions available)

ABOUT ELDERTRUST:   West Tennessee Legal Services (WTLS), along with the three other major legal aid programs throughout the state and Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services have joined forces to launch an innovative, sustainable, and critically needed statewide network of attorneys and other legal professionals who will work together to meet the legal needs of Tennessee’s most vulnerable senior citizens, creating lasting local impact across all 95 Tennessee counties. This first-of-its-kind network, known as the Tennessee Senior Legal Services Consortium (Consortium), will partner with other organizations serving seniors to strengthen and expand services to reach even the most rural and underserved areas of the state. The result will be a long-term solution to a pressing and growing problem; namely, how to sustain and improve the quality of life of our seniors. The Consortium will achieve this goal by helping seniors address legal core issues such as accessing benefits and healthcare; consumer protection; obtaining and maintaining safe and secure housing; avoiding or escaping abuse and exploitation; and engaging in important estate planning activities such as creating simple wills, advance directives, and powers of attorney. The Consortium and its partners will work together to ensure that Tennessee’s senior citizens can live their lives safely, securely, and with dignity.  A critical component of the Consortium’s work will be to educate and provide access to critical legal services to low-income and vulnerable seniors, particularly in rural and underserved areas in Tennessee.

JOB DESCRIPTION:  The Elder Trust Staff Attorneys will provide high quality, comprehensive legal services in civil matters to seniors in accordance with program mission, priorities, guidelines, government regulations, LSC restrictions, grant requirements, and the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct.   These positions will be based in WTLS’ Jackson, Tennessee office and will serve seniors in 17 West Tennessee counties.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Provide high quality, comprehensive legal services in civil matters to seniors.
  • Interview and advise clients in person and over the telephone, establishing rapport and good working relationships.
  • Research and analyze the law in applicable areas using electronic research resources as well as relevant print materials.
  • Provide a full range of legal services to clients, including advice, negotiation, representation in court, and administrative advocacy.
  • Develop specialized knowledge of legal issues of concern to older adults and act as a resource to other staff.
  • Collaborate with other staff as needed.
  • Develop a working knowledge of community needs and resources for seniors.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with community agencies, community groups and organizations involved with seniors.
  • Give presentations to community agencies, groups, and organizations that serve seniors.
  • Participate in outreach events for seniors, such as health fairs and community information fairs.
  • Establish contacts with courts and local and state Bar Associations
  • Participate in statewide ElderTrust Consortium projects.
  • Prepare appropriate reports as needed
  • Participate in other WTLS programmatic projects, such as strategic planning, staff training, committees, and other functions.
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the WTLS case management system and timely enter all information as required, including contemporaneous entry of time records.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Admitted to practice in Tennessee. 
  • Eligible for admission to all federal and appellate courts as necessary.
  • Substantive experience as required for work under grants requiring legal assistance to seniors or the capacity to develop such experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in public interest law and the problems of disadvantaged communities.

REPORTING LINES AND WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Report to Managing Attorney.
  • Work with the Senior Citizens Law Project Managing attorney and Executive Director to ensure that grant requirements are met.

SALARY:   DOE.  Excellent Benefits.

HOW TO APPLY:  Send applications via email in Word or PDF format to Sandy@wtls.org . Applicants must include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references (with phone numbers).  Applications will be accepted and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

WTLS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.