Project Coordinator – Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer (MAVL) Program
Pisgah Legal Services is a community-based non-profit corporation governed by a local Board of Directors. PLS has an annual budget of $6.5 million from a multitude of funding sources. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Pisgah Legal Services’ provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in western North Carolina. The organization currently has offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, Rutherfordton, Brevard, Burnsville, and Marshall. With a dedicated staff of seventy, including twenty-eight attorneys plus supporting staff, and an active pro bono panel of 300 private attorneys, the program provides free services to more than 18,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in the poverty law areas of housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, immigration, and consumer law.
The Project Coordinator for the Mtn. Area Volunteer Lawyer (MAVL) Program would be part of a team that coordinates the referral of more than 1,200 legal cases per year to volunteer attorneys to assist Pisgah Legal clients. Volunteer attorneys are critical and generous partners in Pisgah Legal Services’ work, handling approximately 20% of all of the agency’s cases. The MAVL Project Coordinator is an essential liaison between Pisgah Legal’s staff and clients and the broader legal community.
The primary responsibility of the coordinator is to refer pro bono cases to private attorneys. The coordinator refers approximately 60 to 75 legal cases per month. The Project Coordinator must develop good working relationships with volunteer attorneys.
This position would also support the recruitment, training, coordination, and appreciation of volunteers. The position would help coordinate community outreach and partnership building, as needed, including working with community partners to host free legal clinics. This is a full-time position based at Pisgah Legal Services’ Asheville, NC office.
• Refer cases to volunteer attorneys, facilitate communication between clients and volunteer attorneys, and trouble shoot any problems that may arise.
• Maintain a system to secure case status updates and case closing information from volunteer attorneys.
• Establish strong, working relationships with volunteer attorneys.
• Schedule clients for appointments with volunteer attorneys, as needed.
• Provide administrative support to Director of the Mountain Area Volunteer Lawyer Program.
• Prepare letters, reports, forms and other materials for the MAVL program.
• Coordinate office volunteers (including high school and college students) to assist with administrative work, phone calls to clients, data entry, etc.
• Provide back up to front desk receptionist when needed.
• The MAVL Project Coordinator may be asked to work one evening shift (until 7pm or 8pm) per week, as needed to supervise volunteers. Occasional evening and weekend work needed to coordinate legal clinics.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Ability to utilize computer technology, including Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop relationships and manage volunteers.
• Organization, accuracy and attention to details.
• Document preparation/word processing skills.
• Spanish language skills are not required but a big plus.
Salary ranges from $30,690 – $47,672 depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance.
E-mail resumé and cover letter describing relevant experience to [email protected] PLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.
Pisgah Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.