Paralegal Advocate, Project on Predatory Student Lending
April 17, 2018
USA - MA - Jamaica Plain
The Project on Predatory Student Lending seeks outstanding applicants for a Paralegal Advocate to join the Project to start August 2018. The Project is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and an inclusive environment, and seeks to increase the diversity of people engaged in consumer law, and economic justice and consumer advocacy.
Established in 2012 as part of the Legal Services Center's Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, the Project on Predatory Student Lending utilizes litigation and advocacy to make it legally and financially impossible for the predatory for-profit college industry to cheat students, and to relieve borrowers from fraudulent student loan debt. The for-profit college industry exploits the promise of higher education, and perpetrates a massive fraud on students who are trying to build a better life. It transfers billions of dollars of taxpayer funds intended to support higher education to corporate profits, leaving students and families poorer than they started. Rather than providing opportunity, the industry reinforces existing societal inequalities by specifically targeting people of color, women, immigrants, veterans, the unemployed, and first-generation college goers. The Project provides direct legal services to former students of for-profit colleges across the country, and has an active docket of high-impact cases. To learn more about the Project's work, including our significant recent cases, please visit www.projectonpredatorystudentlending.org.
Our two Paralegal Advocates are the face of the Project to our clients and potential clients. They are responsible for the Project's hotline and intake. They provide advice and assistance to many borrowers, and counsel people who contact the Project with questions about their federal and private student loans from for-profit colleges. The Paralegal Advocates also work with Project attorneys on court filings, keep the Project's paper and electronic records in order, and participate in other aspects of case management, including client interaction. The Paralegal Advocates work with all members of the Project's team, as well as our clients.
This is a term appointment through June 30, 2019, with the possibility of extension, subject to funding and departmental need.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 053
Union: 55 - Hvd Union Cler & Tech Workers
Three years of experience in legal support, office administration, or customer service. Post-secondary education may count toward years of experience.
Candidates must have exceptional listening skills, a strong ability to convey information orally and in writing, the demonstrated ability to thrive in a demanding, mission-driven environment, and a commitment to serving low-income communities. Special consideration will be given to applicants with proficiency in Spanish. Additionally, we seek candidates who:
Are committed to and passionate about working with the Project's client base;
Are culturally competent;
Are highly proficient in Microsoft Office and adept at acquiring competency in new technologies;
Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and perform well under deadlines;
Enjoy working collaboratively;
Are highly organized and detail-oriented.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 45321BR
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