Posted in Legal 10 days ago.
Paralegal Opportunity at Allegheny County Department of Human Services
We areseeking a Paralegal to work within the Adoption Legal Unit of the division ofChildren, Youth and Families (CYF) and be responsible for paralegal functionsand support duties, as well as maintaining extensive client and staff contact.Additional responsibilities will include:
? Maintainingcontact with permanency caseworkers and LSI paralegals to gather pertinentinformation and/or documentation for termination of parental rights andadoption proceedings.
? Draftingand reviewing petitions for involuntary termination of parental rights, as wellas confirmations of consents.
? Servingas a liaison with the agency to ensure that all relevant information anddocumentation has been provided to the assigned attorney.
? Proofreadingand revising pleadings for quality, correctness, and accuracy.
? Collectingnecessary signatures for termination of parental rights and adoption petitionsand court filings.
? Assistingthe assigned attorneys with case preparation, including but not limited tomotion preparation and e-discovery.
? Assistingthe attorneys in providing opposing parties proper notice of termination ofparental rights hearings through communication with process servers andtermination caseworkers.
? Draftingand reviewing motions related to termination of parental rights and adoptionproceedings.
? Utilizingonline filing system (PACFile) for electronic filing of termination of parentalrights and adoption documentation.
? Organizingcase files and documentation for court hearings and other proceedings.
? Draftingand reviewing adoption petitions, while serving as a liaison with the agency toensure that all relevant information and documentation has been provided to theassigned attorney.
? Engagingin extensive contact with adoption caseworkers to prepare cases for adoption.
Knowledge, Skillsand Abilities
? Proficiency with computers, specificallyPC-based Windows operating system, including Microsoft programs (ie. Outlook, Word, Excel, Access), Adobe Acrobat, OneDrive, SharePoint,as well as web-based and legal research applications (ie. Westlaw).
? Knowledgeof legal issues, with a concentration in child welfare, termination of parentalrights, and adoption.
? Strongcommunication skills, both written and verbal, and interpersonal skills.
? Abilityto interact with agency personnel, opposing counsel, and court staff in aprofessional manner.
? Abilityto prepare all legal documents.
? Exceptionallywell-organized and strong attention to detail.
? Abilityto develop effective methods for proof-reading and quality-review of workproduct to ensure all aspects of work are completed appropriately.
? Abilityto effectively set priorities and manage deadlines.
? Ability to manage multiple projects formultiple attorneys; must be flexible and adaptable.
Associate?s degree and formal paralegaleducation is preferred, plus a minimum of two years? paralegal work or related litigationexperience.
Any equivalent combination of educationand experience that meets the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Writing samples arerequired and may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org after applying for this position.
Salary: $40,000- $42,000 per year plus comprehensive benefits package
Ifhired for a position, candidates would work for Allegheny County, Department ofHuman Services and be employed by Diversified Care Management.
AboutAllegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS)
In AlleghenyCounty, we appreciate people who think big, act boldly, and care about making adifference. You don?t have to be from here to feel at home, or to make yourmark. With only 1.3 million people in the County, it?s small enough formotivated people to get things done. Allegheny County?s Department of HumanServices (DHS) is a perfect place to get things done that directly affectpeople in need in a positive and lasting way. We help children grow up saferand healthier, older adults remain able to live independently, andneighborhoods to thrive. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being ofpeople in Allegheny County.
DHS is thelargest agency in Allegheny County government, with a budget of nearly $1billion. DHS serves over 200,000 people a year through services that include:Protecting children and youth from abuse and neglect and preventing futureoccurrences of maltreatment; improving child wellness through family support,home visiting, early intervention and in-home services; providing treatment forbehavioral health issues such as substance use disorders and mental illness;managing the care of adults with intellectual disabilities; preventingunnecessary nursing home stays; and services that prevent homelessness andprovide shelter and housing for families and individuals.
You can makea big impact here. We stand out as one of the best human services organizationsin the country. But we need problem-solvers, innovators, and terrific leadersto make sure we are smart in how we use our funding so that we reach the peoplewho most need our help to make their lives better.
?AtDHS we have a clear vision: to be the place where a diverse mix of talentedpeople want to come, to grow and do their best work.?
-From theorganization?s statement on Equity and Inclusion
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - M/F/V/D