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Community Justice Worker (Billings, MT)

Montana Legal Services Association

compensation: $40,000 - $55,000
employment type: full-time
job title: Community Justice Worker
Advocate for low-income people across Montana, offering support, information, and referrals to applicants for services, clients, and the general public.

Join Montana Legal Services Association and make justice possible. You’ll enjoy Montana’s outdoor lifestyle while representing those without a voice in our civil legal system.

MLSA is a progressive Montana non-profit law firm. We offer our staff challenging and fulfilling work, where you can go home each day knowing you made a tangible difference. MLSA provides a supportive and collegial work environment, a healthy work-life balance, and a generous benefits package.

MLSA is an equal opportunity employer and we consider the diversity of our staff to be vital to our organization's success. We strongly encourage and welcome people of all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, ages, genders, and physical abilities to apply.

Who We Are: MLSA is committed to the idea that equal justice under the law is a right, not a privilege. We are zealous advocates for Montanans who struggle to make ends meet and deserve their day in court.
• Our attorneys have pursued impact litigation all the way to Montana’s Supreme Court, helping to level the playing field for all Montanans.
• Our staff works with clients statewide and within Montana’s Tribal Courts.
• We are nationally recognized for our forward-thinking approach to civil legal aid and for our use of technology to advance the cause of justice for all in Montana.

The Position: We’re looking for an Community Justice Worker to be based in MLSA’s Billings office. The pay range is $40,000 - $55,000, depending on experience.
• MLSA has a full-time, 35 hour work week.
• MLSA offers company-paid health, dental, vision and life insurance; an educational loan repayment assistance program; a 403(b) retirement plan; and eligibility for a health reimbursement or health savings account with MLSA contributing $1,600 each year.
• We also offer a generous paid leave package, including annual leave, sick leave, and a wellness leave program.
• And if you move from another town in Montana to join us, we offer up to $500 for relocation reimbursement (or $1,000 if you move from out of state).

Requirements:
• Commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to low-to-moderate income Montanans.
• Ability and willingness to work cooperatively and collegially within a decentralized statewide law firm.
• Ability to respond to clients in a calm, empathetic and professional manner while courteously directing the conversation to the pertinent issues.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.

Specific Duties:
• Work with attorneys to provide legal advice and brief service to clients who are facing civil legal issues.
• Draft documents, routine pleadings, and correspondence for clients.
• Perform basic legal and factual research.
• Representing client in court hearings and alongside attorneys in court, or as permitted by bar waiver.
• Respectfully interview potential applicants for legal services who may be under stress of legal action, elicit factual information from applicants, analyze the type of legal problem presented to determine whether MLSA may assist, or whether a referral is appropriate, and evaluate legal need and financial eligibility of the applicant.

The Location:
Billings: The largest city in Montana, Billings has plenty to offer and maintains the feel of small town Montana. Bursting with craft beer, Montana’s only walkable brewery trail is located close to our office, in the heart of downtown Billings. A self-guided tour is made up of six breweries, two distilleries and one cider house. Nestled in between sandstone cliffs and the Beartooth Mountains which gives Billings the “Montana’s Trailhead” name. There is a path for any personality: Arts & Culture Aficionado, History Buff, Outdoor Enthusiast, Foodie, Roadtripper, Shopaholic, Wellness, and Family Adventures.

Why Should You Apply?
• Live your values and put your passion or degree to work by advocating for people who deserve a voice in our legal system.
• Great benefits, generous leave, and competitive pay.
• Access to free CLE seminars and opportunities to attend national conferences and trainings.
• The chance to hone your skills in a friendly and supportive work environment.

How to Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to our posting on BambooHR. Screening of applicants is ongoing and the position will remain open until filled. The priority deadline for applications is May 20, 2024.

All applicants must apply though our BambooHR career site here:

https://montanalegalservices.bamboohr.com/careers/82?source=aWQ9NDA%3D

General Link if needed: https://montanalegalservices.bamboohr.com/careers

Visit our website, mtlsa.org to learn more about MLSA, our staff, and the work we do.
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