Dyersburg Attorney Position
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. has an immediate opening for an attorney in our Victim Assistance and Advocacy Project. The attorney will represent victims of domestic and sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in civil protection order and divorce cases, and provide legal advocacy on behalf of victims in various forums, including assertion of victim rights, and pursuit of benefits and resources. Litigation experience on behalf of domestic violence and/or sexual assault victims, and prior work with specialized client populations and/or ethnic or language distinct communities preferred. Excellent verbal, written, analytical, problem solving, and computer skills are required. The position is based in Dyersburg, Tennessee and requires travel to multiple counties in WTLS’ service area. The successful candidate must be licensed to practice law in Tennessee. Send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to: Hiring Committee, West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc., P.O. Box 2066, Jackson, TN 38302 or email to email@example.com. Applications will be considered upon receipt. West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and handicapped persons are encouraged to apply.
Paralegal/Victim Advocate Position
West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. has an immediate opening in our Jackson office for a Paralegal/Victim Advocate to assist victims of domestic and sexual violence in a non-profit law firm setting. Job duties include interviewing and collection of sensitive case information, in-person advocacy on behalf of victims in various forums, asserting victim rights, pursuit of benefits and resources, written advocacy, and responsibility for case support services, pleadings preparation and case documentation, under the direction of an attorney. Successful candidate must possess good verbal, written, analytical, problem solving and computer skills, as well as demonstrate concern for victim rights, maintain confidentiality, reliability, and work well independently and as part of a team. The position requires some travel with the counties WTLS serves. At least two years of post- secondary education, or the equivalence of relevant work experience and training is required. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus. Salary DOE, consistent with grant salary parameters. Send cover letter explaining your interest in this position, resume, writing sample and references to: Hiring Committee, West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc., P.O. Box 2066, Jackson, TN 38302 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submission is March 9, 2018. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed when received. West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and handicapped persons are encouraged to apply.
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:
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.