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Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham seeks to hire a Woodlawn Legal Coordinator who has proven project management, organizational, and administrative skills with a passion and a capacity for service to improve opportunities for those with the greatest need.

Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham (VLB) is a corps of attorney volunteers coordinated by a professional staff driven to improve access to justice. VLB is the only non-profit in the state of Alabama that provides immediate access to free high-quality attorneys so low-income families can obtain critically needed legal services.

The Woodlawn Legal Coordinator will perform a number of critical duties by:

  • Recruiting clients by reaching out and establishing relationships with community- based groups, schools, neighborhood associations, and businesses in and around the Woodlawn area.
  • Representing the VLB at various community events, meetings, and media functions.
  • Creating and maintaining a quarterly report for funders that will track among other things,
  • The number of families serviced through the Woodlawn Help Desk
  • The types of cases seen at the Woodlawn Help Desk
  • The demographics of the families served
  • Other social services received
  • Outcomes of cases
  • Being a super user of VLB’s client management system to facilitate efficient check-in of clients and obtaining necessary eligibility, case, and reporting information.
  • Leveraging VLB’s client management system  to monitor cases and identify potential volunteer attorneys for pro bono assistance of clients.
  • Writing accurate and compelling case summaries to market cases to potential attorney volunteers for acceptance.
  • Developing and facilitating a referral network of social service agencies where clients can obtain wrap-around services in addition to legal assistance.
  • Monitoring and proactively contact attorneys who have accepted extended representation cases on a regular basis to provide assistance and support.
  • Leveraging the client management system to facilitate successful outcomes.
  • Continually seeking ways to improve by benchmarking to other programs and building relationships with other nonprofits with similar goals.

Highly Qualified Candidates Will:

  • Believe authentically in VLB’s work of providing access to free high-quality attorneys.
  • Have social work, paralegal, or other experience working with underserved populations.
  • Work proactively and thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Operate with a mindset of learning, listening, and achieving goals.

Key Competencies & Skills

  • Stellar writing skills and keen sense of newsworthiness.
  • Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners to coordinate and oversee the collection of compelling case summaries.
  • Ability to work independently and make appropriate decisions with limited direction.
  • Strategic thinking, planning and problem-solving.
  • Self-motivation, innovation, creativity, and patience.
  • Sense of adventure and ability to adapt to dynamic situations.
  • Planning and organizational skills, including project and time management.
  • Strong attention to detail, with the ability to delegate assignments.

Education, Job Knowledge & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, be a paralegal, or a related field.
  • At least three years’ full-time, professional work experience with significant responsibilities preferred.
  • Team orientation, ambition, and a strong work ethic.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Suites (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Comfort in juggling multiple projects, with minimal supervision, and under tight timelines.
  • Access to a car, possession of a valid driver’s license, and proof of current automobile insurance.
  • Complete and pass all background checks and security clearances.

Compensation

  • $30K – $50K – based on qualifications, experience, and ongoing superior performance
  • Health and dental insurance provided by the organization; matching retirement contributions and vision coverage also available
  • Vacation, sick time, and generous paid holiday schedule

Expression of Interest

 To apply, submit your cover letter, salary expectations, and resume to HR@VLBHAM.ORG with “Woodlawn” in the subject line. 
   To ensure your resume is considered, PLEASE follow the submission process.  And PLEASE – no direct emails or phone calls to Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham staff.

We are focused on the mission –  to provide immediate access to high-quality attorneys so low-income families can obtain critically needed legal services!! Thank you.

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