Website Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
Paralegal B | Opioid Use Disorder Legal Support Project
$40840 – $54230 / year
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) seeks a paralegal to work with our Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Legal Support Project in San Antonio. The OUD Legal Support Project paralegal will work with the Team to provide outreach, collaboration, and legal service delivery to individuals affected by OUD in TRLA’s 68-county service area. Through collaboration with community organizations throughout our service area, the paralegal will work directly on the ground with providers who serve people affected by OUD.
This project is funded through August 2024, and this position may be limited to that timeframe.
The primary duties and activities of this position may include the following:
· Work with a team to develop models for legal service delivery using TRLA resources and exploring new organizational partnerships;
· Build relationships with organizations focused on treating people with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD);
· Traveling and visiting in-person with providers and staff through specific regions of TRLA’s service area to deliver services (includes Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, or El Paso primarily);
· On occasion, work on location at a partner organization’s location, resource hub or mobile unit;
· Maintain a client caseload, exercising the independent professional judgment required of an advocate on all aspects of each individual case;
· Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone, which interviews will at times take place outside the regular office setting;
· Provide basic information and referrals to applicants;
· Interview clients and witnesses;
· Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;
· Serve process and subpoenas;
· Prepare legal documents;
· Notarize legal documents;
· Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and make community legal education presentations, which will at times take place outside of the regular office setting;
· Assist in preparing legal educational materials;
· Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements, such as timekeeping;
· Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA and
· Perform other related duties and activities as assigned by the Special Project Director and Attorneys.
· Fluency in English and Spanish, both written and oral;
· Willingness and ability to travel;
· Flexibility and comfort with operating in environments such as drug treatment centers, homeless resource centers, and other direct services organizations;
· Knowledge or experience with issues faced by people with addictions, particularly people with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD);
· Knowledge or experience with legal issues impacting people with OUD;
· Experience in community outreach and organizing partnerships with direct service providers;
· Ability to engage compassionately and non-judgmentally with people struggling with OUD;
· Verbal, reading, and writing skills sufficient to comprehend administrative law manuals and to adequately advocate on behalf of clients and
· Familiarity with the Peer Support model or willingness to learn.
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 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.
Candidates should include in the application materials reference to all prior work experience relevant to the position that they are seeking to aid with the placement on TRLA’s salary scale.
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 www.trla.org.