Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.

  • Paralegal

    Job ID
    2018-2277
    # Positions
    2
    Department
    Alaska Native Justice Center
    Type
    Full-Time, Regular
  • Overview

    ALASKA NATIVE JUSTICE CENTER

    JOB DESCRIPTION

     

    Job Title:

    Paralegal

    Department:

    ANJC

    Reports To:

    ICWA Lead Attorney

    Supervises:

    None

    FLSA Status:

    Exempt

    Pay Grade:

    C3

    Job Type:

    Regular, Full-Time

     

    General Functions:

    The Paralegal shall provide support to the Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC) Attorneys and legal staff. The Paralegal supports and is responsible for maintaining communication and coordination of legal services with the tribes and tribal entities in Indian Child Welfare cases.

     

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Interviewing/screening applicants for service and prospective clients.
    • Acquiring significant expertise in areas of Indian Child Welfare.  
    • Drafting documents, pleadings, and correspondence.
    • Performing legal and factual research, at and beyond basic levels.
    • Providing litigation support for attorneys.
    • Handling caseload with minimum attorney supervision.
    • Community education, including independent presentations, providing assistance with legal clinics, and development of educational materials.
    • Developing substantial administrative advocacy capability.
    • Maintain vendor files in accordance with applicable procedures, regulations, and/or statutes to ensure completeness of documentation and the ability to locate the appropriate information.
    • Other duties as may be assigned by the Supervising Attorney.

    Job Specifications:

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including excellent phone and interviewing skills.
    • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
    • Openness to technical direction and willingness to contribute to planning processes.
    • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure.
    • Strong commitment to the goals of the overall program and organization.
    • Must have strong accuracy skills with attention to detail and fact reporting.
    • Strong understanding and sensitivity to diverse cultures and lifestyles, with demonstrated experience working effectively with Alaska Native populations.
    • Patience and tact in dealing with people under stress and/or from different cultures.
    • Ability to travel to rural areas of Alaska.
    • Strong computer literacy with experience in providing program support.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
    • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work and work-related responsibilities.
    • Maintain confidentiality according to regulations, policies, and procedures.

     

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • High school diploma or GED.
    • Five (5) years’ experience as a paralegal or legal advocate or;
    • Associates Degree, preferably in Paralegal Studies or related curriculum;
    • Valid Alaska driver’s license and insurable under CITC’s automotive insurance, which requires a driver to be at least 21 years of age; have reliable transportation and be willing/able to travel.
    • Continued employment is contingent upon a receipt of a satisfactory state and federal background check. 

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Associates Degree, preferably in Paralegal Studies or related curriculum;
    • Experience working in a non-profit environment

     

    Additional Information:

    Hiring preference shall be given to eligible and qualified Alaska Native/American Indian applicants pursuant to P.L. 93-638 Indian Self Determination Act.

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