Job Announcement – Legal Intake Specialist

Job Title: Legal Intake Specialist
Reports to: Intake Coordinator
Application Deadline: July 13, 2020

 ABOUT US

GJP is a 34-year-old non-profit located in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.  Our work spans three areas: Holistic Criminal Defense, Advocacy and Education, and Reentry Lawyering.  You can read more about our work at www.GJP.org. GJP is funded primarily through private donations and currently has 22 staff members including lawyers, social workers, legal assistants, and development and administrative staff.

We are urgently hiring for a Legal Intake Specialist to begin as soon as possible.  Applications will be processed as they are submitted.  *As an essential service provider, GJP remains open; however, intake procedures are currently modified to ensure the safety of staff and clients.

ROLE OVERVIEW

The Legal Intake Specialist will support two Legal Service areas:

  • Criminal Defense. GJP provides zealous and client-centered representation of the highest quality, combined with holistic social service support. Each of our clients is assigned a social worker and the attorney and social worker work together closely to support the client and obtain the best outcome in the case.  GJP primarily represents individuals with pending cases in Fulton and DeKalb counties.  We accept clients who can benefit from and fully utilize our holistic representation model. If our clients are convicted we visit them while they are in prison and help them develop a reentry plan when they are released. 
  • Reentry. We represent hundreds of individuals each year with record restriction (expungement), sealing, corrections, pardons and other matters related to their criminal history. We are considered to be the state expert on criminal records.  Our criminal records team frequently makes presentations to volunteers and stakeholders around the state and over the last few years GJP has helped plan and provide technical assistance for record restriction summits throughout Georgia. Our reentry work has expanded to include child support advocacy, housing discrimination, occupational licensing issues, driver’s license suspensions, and other civil legal work related to barriers to reentry.   The ideal candidate will have a minimum of two years of office experience; be well-organized; have experience communicating with diverse partners such as potential/current clients and their families, attorneys, volunteers, and community partners; have an interest in learning about diverse areas of the law related to barriers to reentry and criminal defense; and be excited about bringing record clearing events and education to underserved communities around the state; have experience working collaboratively; be committed to finding the best resolution for our clients; and have a deep commitment to engaging with clients. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Communicate with potential clients via phone, email, and in person (reception desk).
  • Provide assistance with intake applications and the screening process (under attorney supervision).
  • Enter and update intake and client data in Salesforce client database; run regular and ad hoc reports.
  • Provide administrative assistance for Legal Services (case file copies, fee collection, file creation, record requests, etc.)
  • Inventory, track and replenish intake materials (applications, referral sheets, etc.)
  • Support Trainings and Outreach engagements (registration, event management, refreshment, av support, materials, etc.)
  • Assist with the intake process by doing initial interviews in local jails and the Metro Reentry Facility, a prison located in Atlanta.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in a professional office setting.
  • Associates degree, Bachelor’s preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with databases, Salesforce preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities in a complex environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and attentive to detail.
  • Ability to communicate with current and potential clients in an empathetic and thoughtful manner. Comfortable interacting with individuals from all backgrounds.
  • Motivated individual who can work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Able to take direction and comfortable asking clarifying questions.
  • Committed to following legal team guidelines – especially not providing legal information/advice as this is a non-attorney role.
  • An understanding of the Atlanta legal community is helpful
  • An interest in supporting social justice issues

NOTES

  • Full-time position (Monday – Friday) with some evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Minimum commitment of TWO (2) years two-year position with an option to extend.
  • Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Benefits include health insurance, paid time off, and professional development.

TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Jyotsna Vanapalli at careers@gjp.org by Monday, July 13.  In the cover letter, please answer the following question: “How has your previous experience prepared you to work with individuals involved in the criminal justice system?” Include “Legal Intake Specialist” in the subject line of the email.  No calls, please.

Georgia Justice Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse staff and an inclusive organization. We welcome qualified applicants of all races, colors, religions, national origins, sexes, gender identities, sexual orientations, and disability statuses.  GJP encourages people who are formerly incarcerated or justice-involved to apply.