Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Prairie State Legal Services

Job Opportunity Announcement
Legal Secretary
Peoria, IL
August 21, 2018
The Organization
Prairie State Legal Services is a not-for-profit legal aid organization that provides civil legal aid services to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities. Prairie State has 12 offices serving 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. Prairie State focuses services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their basic human needs, including physical safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, and similar needs. It is the only legal aid organization in the majority of its service area. Annually, PSLS handles over 22,000 applications for legal help and serves over 16,000 clients.  We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. More information is available on our website at www.pslegal.org

Job Description
This is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week). The Secretary will participate in a full range of office duties in a fast-paced environment including, but not limited to:
·         Daily typing, photocopying, and filing
·         Greeting clients and answering the phone
·         Conducting initial interviews with applicants
·         Entering client information and data into case management software
·         Generating case reports as needed
·         Drafting legal pleadings and supporting the attorneys in their legal work
·         Assisting the Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator with various tasks
·         Working with IT to maintain office computers
·         Assisting with medical and other records requests
·         Assisting with grant management
·         Assisting with outreach and staffing the Peoria County Courthouse Self Help Center

Qualifications
The ideal candidate will be highly organized, dependable, and self-motivated. Applicants should have:
·         Interest in and commitment to assisting low-income individuals in the resolution of their legal problems
·         Strong computer skills
·         General office experience, legal experience preferred
·         Spanish language proficiency is preferred
Salary and Benefits
Salary starts at $29,250, higher depending on experience. Excellent comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, retirement, training and education, and generous leave time.



Application Details
Please indicate “Legal Secretary-Peoria” in the subject line and e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:
·         Human Resources Director Jessica Hodierne at jkhodierne@pslegal.org
·         Program Administrator Connie Peterson at cpeterson@pslegal.org

Resumes accepted until position is filled

Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We will recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.

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