Website Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
Team Manager | DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & FAMILY LAW
TRLA SERVICE AREA
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) seeks an attorney to serve as a Domestic Violence & Family Law Team Manager. The Team Manager is responsible for supervising and mentoring the staff assigned. Team Managers make personnel and legal decisions on a regular basis.
Primary duties and responsibilities of this position include:
Supervises the legal work of the staff assigned by the Group Coordinator, including biannual case reviews, regular spot checks of closed cases, and regular check-ins to ensure that staff provide high-quality, trauma-informed, and holistic services.
Ensures staff supervised accept cases in line with Group priorities and that the attorney has a balanced and appropriate caseload in line with Group expectations for an attorney of their experience level.
Assists Group Coordinator in setting expectations for staff supervision and clearly communicates expectations with staff.
Reviews intake disposition decisions regularly for staff supervised to assure that equitable treatment is extended to all clients and that disposition decisions are made in a manner consistent with TRLA policies and priorities.
Encourage and support a healthy work culture and recognize and support employees with vicarious trauma and burnout, including ensuring that staff can take advantage of breaks and time off from work.
Identify staff for mentorship and co-counseling opportunities and recognize staff strengths and how best to utilize them.
Reviews and approves Litigation Tier Approval submitted by team members for new litigation consistent with TRLA policies and priorities;
Approves litigation expenses of up to $500 per case;
Reviews all Significant cases on a regular basis to ensure that the quality and timeliness of legal work by team members is maintained;
Enforces compliance with relevant grants, funding regulations, and program policies;
Maintains coordinated communications among team members on case developments, co-counsel assignments, and developments in the law in the practice area through regular meetings and/or conference calls and email or other written materials;
Encourage staff development and promote continuing legal education activities for staff to ensure that they have access to relevant training opportunities;
Coordinates and supervises community legal education and outreach activities for staff;
Identifies cases and clients in the Practice Area that do not readily access the intake system and assures that all clients have equal access to program resources;
Prepares routine forms and default legal advice, developing procedures, and making recommendations for other improvements that enhance the efficiency of program operations;
Monitors and reviews changes in laws and coordinates forums to review such changes;
Analyzes case trends and issues affecting clients;
Implements policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Directors or promulgated by the Executive Director;
Approves leave requests of team members in coordination with branch managers;
Participates in the recruitment and hiring of attorneys and other team members;
Disciplines and terminates employee team members when case-related;
Responds originally to client grievances when a grievance arises over the quality of service of staff supervised;
Responds originally to team member’s substantive complaints;
Approves case-related training and travel requests of team members;
Has a public relations role with the bar, community, and client organizations, representing TRLA in appropriate matters.
Takes all actions necessary or appropriate to bring team resources to bear on the legal problems of clients in a manner that is consistent with program rules and policies.
Qualifications and Preferences:
Licensed to practice law in Texas.
Experience in family law and working with survivors of violence.
Excellent and independently driven case development, legal research, and writing skills.
Demonstrated team player with strong interpersonal skills in collaborating and communicating with others.
Preference for candidates with experience in project management or other supervisory roles
Strong office management organizational skills, including implementing systems to ensure the team complies with various requirements and meets case deadlines.
Preference is given to persons bilingual in English and Spanish
Experience working with diverse populations, including non-English-speaking and migrant communities.
Demonstrated commitment to social justice; preferred knowledge of the TRLA service delivery area.
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent fringe benefits package, including law school loan repayment, generous paid leave, healthcare insurance, a retirement plan, and training & travel stipends.
Step One – Submit a completed online application.
Step Two – Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview (videoconference, telephone, or in-person).
Step Three – Depending on the circumstances, selected applicants will be invited to visit some specific TRLA offices and meet with staff, and tour the local community. TRLA will provide travel, accommodations, and meals throughout the visit.
Step Four – Selected applicants will be offered a position.
TRLA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
At TRLA, we are committed to offering fair and equal employment opportunities to all job applicants and employees. We strictly prohibit any form of discrimination and harassment of any type based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
This position requires, consistent with TRLA’s policy and subject to applicable law, a candidate to provide proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment.
To apply for this job please visit trla.wufoo.com.