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Posted by: Emilia Sicilia - 4/17/2019
Job Expires: 6/15/2019
Paralegal (Intake Specialist)

Paralegal (Intake Specialist)

            The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center (MHP) seeks a full-time Paralegal to help represent clients with mental illness in their claims for Social Security disability benefits.  MHP is a team of attorneys, social workers and advocates dedicated to enforcing the rights of low-income New Yorkers with mental health concerns. 

 Responsibilities include: 

  • Assisting with all aspects of case development and hearing preparation, including requests for medical evidence, correspondence with the Social Security Administration and other agencies, and case closings;
  • Scheduling and conducting new client intake, including off-site clinics and outreach;
  • Interviewing clients;
  • Providing legal information, advocacy and referrals to clients;
  • Organizing and maintaining case notes and other client information in our case management system;
  • Assisting with grant reporting; and
  • Additional tasks as necessary.

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor?s Degree;
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills, including the ability to track information about a high volume of cases;
  • Efficient and meticulous attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with a diverse client population in a sensitive and professional manner;
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to compose, edit and proof correspondence;
  • Excellent critical thinking skills;
  • Ability to work independently, manage a high workload, meet deadlines, and be flexible;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in the public interest or advocating for persons with mental health concerns; and
  • Advocacy skills, and the ability to navigate bureaucratic systems.

Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred and knowledge of the Social Security benefits system is a plus.

Salary DOE, and includes excellent benefits. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to mhpjobs@urbanjustice.org.  Please write "Paralegal" in the email subject line.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Due to high volume, we are unable to respond to all inquiries and will contact only those candidates selected for further consideration. 

This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.

The Urban Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, victim of domestic violence status or marital status.

 
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