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VOCA 3 Paralegal/Victim Advocate Announcement

West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. has an immediate opening in our Jackson office for a Paralegal/Victim Advocate to assist victims of violent crime and victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes in a non-profit law firm setting. Job duties include interviewing and collecting sensitive case information, in-person advocacy on behalf of victims in various forums, asserting victim rights, pursuit of benefits and resources, written advocacy, and responsibility for case support services, pleadings preparation, and case documentation, under the direction of an attorney. Successful candidate must possess good verbal, written, analytical, problem-solving and computer skills, demonstrate concern for victim rights, maintain confidentiality, reliability, and work well independently and as part of a team. The position requires travel with the 17-county WTLS service area. At least two years of post-secondary education, or the equivalence of relevant work experience and training, is required. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus. Salary DOE, consistent with grant salary parameters.  Send cover letter explaining your interest in this position, resume, writing sample and references to:  Hiring Committee, West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc., P.O. Box 2066, Jackson, TN  38302 or email to Emma@wtls.org. Deadline for submission is June 11, 2021. Due to the expected number of applications, no inquiries will be accepted. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and handicapped persons are encouraged to apply.

Housing Counselor Job Announcement

West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. has an immediate opening in our Jackson office for a Paralegal/Housing Counselor to assist clients with a wide variety of housing-related needs in a non-profit law firm setting. Areas of assistance include but are not limited to: Rental rights and responsibilities; Pre- and post-purchase education; Foreclosure education; and Loss assistance. Job duties include interviewing and collecting sensitive case information; in-person advocacy on behalf of clients in various forums; asserting clients’ rights; pursuit of benefits and resources; written advocacy and responsibility for case support services such as pleadings preparation and case documentation under the direction of an attorney.

Successful candidates must possess good verbal, written, analytical, problem-solving and computer skills; demonstrate concern for clients’ rights; and maintain confidentiality, reliability, and work well independently and as part of a team. The position requires travel within the 17-county WTLS service area. Bachelor’s Degree preferred. Minimum of High School Diploma/GED combined with 1-2 years’ experience in working with renters or potential homebuyers or prior work in a law office.  Candidates will be required to pass the standardized HUD Housing Counseling Certification Exam by August 1, 2021, training will be available for this purpose. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus.

Due to anticipated number of applicants, only applicants selected for interview will be notified.  Salary DOE, consistent with grant salary parameters. Excellent benefits, including health insurance, are provided.  Interested candidates should submit letter of interest, writing sample and resume to emma@wtls.org

West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and handicapped persons are encouraged to apply. 

 

Assistant Controller

West Tennessee Legal Services (WTLS), a nonprofit law firm, seeks an Assistant Controller.Successful candidate must have capacity to train and have the following qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university, preferably in finance, accounting, business, or a related field.
  2. High school diploma or general education degree (GED), plus two years of related experience.
  3. Associates degree (A.A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school, plus six months to a year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  4. Ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.
  5. Sufficient computer skills to maintain records, prepare documents, record time, etc. as required.
    • Ability to competently use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe professional
    • Ability to competently use company software packages, including nonprofit accounting software.
  1. Flexibility and the ability to work in a small and friendly office environment where each employee assumes multiple responsibilities.
  2. Ability to communicate and work effectively with other managers, funders, and auditors.

This position is based in Jackson, Tennessee. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Chief Financial Officer, and will be responsible for accounts payable, payroll, benefit administration, and assisting the CFO with budgets and financial reports. The Assistant Controller will also work closely with the CFO in assuring that WTLS fulfills its mission of providing access to justice for families and individuals who otherwise could not afford civil legal help in 17 West Tennessee counties. Salary DOE.  Position will remain open until filled.  Send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to:  Hiring Committee, West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc., P.O. Box 2066, Jackson, TN 38302 or email to sandy@wtls.org.

West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and handicapped persons are encouraged to apply.