Paralegal

Catholic Guardian Services - Bronx, NY3.3

Full-timeEstimated: $42,000 - $59,000 a year
EducationSkillsBenefits
CATHOLIC GUARDIAN SERVICES

JOB DESCRIPTION

Title: Paralegal

Department: Child Welfare Services, Legal Unit

Reports to: Assistant Executive Director for Child Welfare Services

Overview of Position:
The Paralegal will function as the program’s in-house liaison with the agency attorneys, FCLS attorneys, the Family Court, and other legal entities. The Paralegal will provide consultation to casework staff, prepare appropriate legal documents, and arrange for service and publications.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:
Serves as liaison with the agency attorneys and assigns cases to their firms.

Reviews the “CW1” form submitted by Case Planners for completion and accuracy.

Prepares petitions for termination of parental rights (TPR) cases and files them in Family Court.

Responds to orders to show cause.

Arranges for service and publication on cases as needed.

Conducts diligent searches for court.

Tracks all cases to ensure appropriate follow-up and timeliness of reports.

Provides ongoing training and support to staff and foster parents in navigating the legal aspects of child welfare.

Assists Social Service staff to identify cases for goal changes.

Maintains database to track the legal status of all youth in care.

Develops and maintains monthly management plans and reports.

Prepares a comprehensive annual report on the performance of the agency’s Legal Services, achievement of its goals and responsibilities, mandated requirements, and relationship to

partners.

Participates in legal and child welfare forums to keep apprised of changes in the law, the Family Court system, and the impact on the child welfare agencies.

Complies with requirements for professional development and maintenance of certification.

Attends agency legal conferences, quarterly management meetings, and other program meetings as required.

Supervises the department’s administrative assistant.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
BA degree + NYS certification as a Paralegal.
3 – 5 years of legal experience required.
Experience in the child welfare system.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Computer literate.
Knowledge of the operation of the Family Court system in New York City.
Understanding of the needs of youth and families in the child welfare system.
Strong team player.
Excellent organizational skills and initiative.
Ability to travel to New York City communities.
Ability to work a flexible schedule.
Ability to work effectively with the agency’s management team.
Proven management abilities, including working in a high volume work
environment, meeting deadlines, ensuring compliance with agency policy and procedures,

and overseeing complete and timely maintenance of agency records, in accordance with

contractual requirements.

Response Requirements:
1) Applicants must furnish a written response to the following questions:

2) Why is the applicant interested in this position?

3) How has the applicant’s prior experience prepared her/him to effectively perform the requirements of this position?

What special skills and qualities does the applicant bring to this position, and how will they be manifested in the position?

Instructions for Applicant:
The applicant must submit a copy of her/his resume, along with a written response to each of the above questions. All applications are to be submitted to Director of Human Resources, Catholic Guardian Services, 1011 First Avenue, New York, New York 10022. A copy of the application is to be furnished by the applicant to her/his direct supervisor.