Support Staff Openings

To be considered for any of the positions listed below, please email a cover letter, resume and references to employment@trla.org. For more information, please contact S. Monica Bustamante, Recruitment Coordinator (915) 585-5105.


Legal Secretary - san antonio

(May 22, 2019) The San Antonio office has an opening for a Legal Secretary. The Legal Secretary will be recruited, hired and assigned by the Branch Manager, and be subject to discipline or removal according to the standard employment policies applicable to all TRLA secretaries.

The candidate should be detailed-oriented, punctual, self-driven, able to work on multiple assignments at once, and sympathetic towards low-income persons. Work schedule is Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus additional hours if occasionally requested to meet deadlines.

Responsibilities:

  • Type, file, and handle clerical office matters for the several paralegals and attorneys to whom the secretary is assigned;

  • Manage incoming and outgoing mail, faxes, and telephone calls;

  • Assist in overflow work to ensure smooth office operations;

  • Translate documents and/or act as interpreter when needed;

  • Maintain client files and applications and complete assigned work on case files within the required time frame;

  • Coordinate schedules and maintain case requirements calendar of casehandlers, including contacting existing clients, schedule interview, and convey messages;

  • Drafting, editing, formatting and printing legal documents, correspondence, and reports in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Publisher, including preparing standard pleadings for review by attorneys;

  • Managing and purchasing supplies, office equipment and furnishings; and,

  • Miscellaneous administrative duties, including time sheets for payroll, travel reimbursement requests, and docket maintenance.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Proficiency in the Windows operating system, Microsoft Word and Excel applications, and computer data entry;

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and spoken;

  • Minimum of two years secretary experience;

  • Type minimum of 45 words per minute;

  • Licensed to notarize documents or willing to become licensed;

  • Preferred experience in a law office or an Associate’s degree as a paralegal;

For consideration, submit a cover letter, resume and list of two professional references to employment@trla.org or fax (915) 544-3789. The position is currently open; applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are submitted until the position is filled.

TRANSLATOR - TRLA SERVICE AREA

(May 21, 2019) Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is seeking a Translator to assist staff attorneys and paralegals with translating written documents, proofreading, and editing material submitted for review. The Translator will oversee translating English legal advice letters into Spanish and proofreading draft Spanish legal advice letters when submitted for review. When possible, the Translator will assist in providing interpretation services for TRLA clients in attorney-client meetings, depositions, and in court.

The Translator will also assist where necessary in finding additional interpretation support for court hearings, attorney-client meetings, and depositions through contracts in the TRLA service area. In addition, the Translator will serve as the liaison for the State Bar of Texas Language Access Fund, which connects legal aid organizations with translation and interpretation services for clients with limited English language proficiency.

TRLA operates one of the largest legal services programs in the country and is nationally recognized for high quality, zealous advocacy for its clients.

Qualifications and preferences:

  • The candidate must have written and oral fluency in Spanish and English;

  • Preferred candidates have experience providing translation and interpretation services, and have worked in a legal setting, have familiarity with legal terminology, and/or are licensed as a court interpreter through the Texas Judicial Branch Certification Commission;

  • Candidates must be able to interpret simultaneously;

  • Candidates must possess strong written and oral communication skills;

  • Preferred candidates are committed to providing justice to those most in need in Southwest Texas;

  • Preferred candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Office;

  • Preferred candidates should have the ability and willingness to travel;

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Outreach Advocate/Paralegal – Labor and Employment Group - san antonio

(May 9, 2019) The San Antonio Outreach Advocate/Paralegal works closely with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s (TRLA’s) managing employment attorney, based in San Antonio, as well as with other employment attorneys and paralegals throughout TRLA’s service area. The Advocate will be responsible for community outreach and education activities, including working closely with community organizations and developing new campaigns and materials. The Advocate will also assist with intakes and civil employment litigation in all phases, including client and witness interviews, investigations, open records requests, preparation of affidavits and applications for immigration relief related to workplace abuses, assistance with administrative complaints, document analysis, and damages calculations. The Advocate may also provide direct representation of clients in administrative proceedings under the training and supervision of an attorney.

Founded in in 1970 to represent Texas farmworkers, TRLA is the largest legal services provider in Texas and the third-largest in the United States. The organization is nationally recognized for its zealous representation of America’s most impoverished and disempowered populations. TRLA’s attorneys and support staff have achieved an enviable record of success in federal and state courts. TRLA is also one of the nation's leading organizations representing vulnerable and migrant workers, with 45 years of experience in zealous, fearless, and effective advocacy. More than half of TRLA’s clients primarily speak Spanish, and many are immigrants. For more information, see: www.trla.org.

TRLA’s Labor and Employment Group (L&E Group), which the Outreach Advocate/Paralegal will join, has recovered millions of dollars in back wages and other compensation for low-wage workers. The Employment Team represents workers in a wide variety of industries, including workers involved in domestic work, construction, restaurants and hospitality, and landscaping. Much of the L&E Group’s work consists of employment litigation in federal court, including enforcement of rights under the minimum wage and overtime law, anti-discrimination statutes, and human trafficking laws. The L&E Group’s paralegals are vital to this work.

Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to social justice, especially in the areas of workers’ and/or immigrants’ rights. Excellent communication skills in both English and Spanish are required. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal, problem-solving, decision-making, organizational, analytical, and time management skills. Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate educational and professional experience. Proficient word processing, internet, and office skills are also required. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle for work-related travel. Occasional night or weekend work will be required for this position. TRLA is an equal opportunity employer that seeks a diverse workforce.

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Monica Bustamante (employment@trla.org) with a copy to Nathaniel Norton (nnorton@trla.org). E-mail submissions are strongly preferred. You may also submit your application to TRLA, 1111 N. Main Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212, Attn: Outreach Advocate/Paralegal Opening.

Applications will be accepted until May 16th, with a preferred start date before August 1, 2019.

Pay and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience and is based on a 40-hour workweek, although occasional overtime (with overtime compensation) may be required. TRLA offers a benefits package that includes paid vacation and sick leave (including all federal holidays), medical, dental, and disability coverage; life insurance; and a retirement plan. All necessary, work-related travel expenses are paid by TRLA based upon applicable federal reimbursement rates. TRLA has a unionized workforce.

Paralegal II – Dilley or San Antonio

(May 2, 2019) TRLA seeks a paralegal for its Family Detention Project who will support TRLA’s efforts to provide free civil legal services to asylum-seeking women and children who are detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center (“STFRC”) in Dilley, Texas.

STFRC is the nation’s largest immigration detention facility. It is located 70 miles southwest of San Antonio and houses up to 2,400 women and children, including children who are only one year old. The Dilley Pro Bono Project – a non-profit collective comprised of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the American Immigration Council, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and CLINIC - has maintains a small team of on-site lawyers and paralegals who facilitate a non-traditional model of legal services with the goal of providing every woman and child meaningful legal representation.

The Dilley Pro Bono Project (“DPBP”) recruits teams of volunteers nationally who commit to arriving in Dilley on a Sunday, attending a mandatory orientation, and providing legal services to families throughout the week. After an exhilarating and exhausting week, the volunteer team leaves the following Saturday, and a new team arrives to take over their caseload and carry the work forward. DPBP’s radical model of providing services to refugees in the United States has received national attention and support. You can learn more about DPBP’s incredible work and origin at http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/How-to-crowdsource-a-refugee-ri.

Duties:

All candidates should possess a sense of urgency to end family detention and protect asylum-seekers from deportation, empathy, and the ability to stay calm and collected in the midst of crisis. The paralegal’s work with detained families inside STFRC will include, but not be limited to, the following duties:

• Complete intakes with new clients;

• Develop specialized knowledge of asylum law and expedited removal;

• Prepare individuals for an interview with a USCIS Asylum Officer;

• Prepare individuals who seek Immigration Judge review of a negative decision by an Asylum Officer;

• Support clients who request release on bond after a positive credible or reasonable fear determination;

• Draft declarations;

• Gather evidence, including country conditions, that supports an individual’s eligibility for asylum;

• Prepare filings for court;

• Communicate with stakeholders, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services;

• Communicate with clients and their loved ones;

• Collaborate with current community partners and form new partnerships;

• Create legal educational materials;

• Support and collaborate with local and national volunteers;

• Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records;

• Prepare administrative reports;

• Provide translation and interpretation; and

• Provide legal information and referrals.

Required Qualifications:

• Fluency in English and Spanish

• College degree

• Excellent oral and writing skills

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team

• Flexibility to work evenings and weekends and accommodate an irregular work schedule

• A proven commitment to supporting vulnerable immigrant populations

Preferred:

• Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations

• Experience working with survivors of trauma

• Experience coordinating or participating in volunteer-based projects

How to Apply and Related Timelines:

For consideration, applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and three references with “Paralegal Position – Family Detention Project” in the subject line, to the following individuals:

To: Monica Bustamante, Recruitment Manager, at employment@trla.org

“cc”: Shalyn Fluharty, Director – Family Detention Project, at shay@caraprobono.org

The consideration of candidates is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. The position is available immediately, although the start date is somewhat negotiable.

ADMINISTRATOR I - fAMILY SEPARATION cOORDINATOR - SAN ANTONIO

(Apr. 24, 2019) The Administrator I classification is related to the specific projects normally funded by special sources. Specific job descriptions include the following:

Family Separation Coordinator

The Family Separation Coordinator, whose primary supervisor is the Special Project Director, is responsible for providing services that preserve family unity for clients that have been separated from their family members by the Department of Homeland Security.

Duties:

  1. Identify and track family separation issues on behalf of the Dilley Pro Bono Project;

  2. Locate separated family members;

  3. Make efforts to facilitate prompt communication and information –sharing between family members detained in Dilley and detained in another ICE or ORR facility;

  4. Provide assistance to mothers who seek reunification with separated children who are in the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement;

  5. Make legal services referrals on behalf of separated family members;

  6. Provide rapid response pro se assistance to separated family members at-risk of immediate removal, under the direct supervision of an attorney;

  7. Any other duties required by the Special Projects Director.

Qualifications and preferences:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred;

  • Possess strong written & oral communication skills;

  • Bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English;

  • Have transportation available, including a valid Texas driver’s license and automobile insurance; some travel may be required;

  • A proven commitment to supporting vulnerable immigrant populations

  • Legal work experience preferred;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel; experience in Microsoft Access preferred.

  • Strong organizational skills; Ability to multi-task;

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Creative problem-solver.

  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.

  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations, survivors of trauma.

  • Experience working on behalf of detained families strongly preferred.


Administrator I - post-release Services Coordinator - San Antonio

(Apr. 24, 2019) The Administrator I classification is related to the specific projects normally funded by special sources. Specific job descriptions include the following:

Post-Release Services Coordinator

The Post-Release Services Coordinator, whose primary supervisor is the Special Project Director, is responsible for providing post-release services and referrals for former clients of the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP) upon their release from detention.

Duties:

  1. Make referrals for housing, legal services, medical care, mental health support, and transportation on behalf of vulnerable DPBP clients;

  2. Receive, document, and respond to phone calls and emails from former clients and their attorneys on behalf of DPBP;

  3. Provide pro se assistance to families who must file a change of address or motion to change venue with the Executive Office of Immigration Review or the Department of Homeland Security;

  4. Assist clients in requesting medical records, education records, legal documents, and other items from the South Texas Family Residential Center after release;

  5. Track and document issues faced by clients released from the South Texas Family Residential Center to facilitate larger advocacy and litigation on behalf of the Project;

  6. Serve as DPBP liaison with allies who assist released families, including: the Interfaith Welcome Committee, RAICES, Innovation Law, and the Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project (ASAP);

  7. Any other duties required by the Special Projects Director.

Qualifications and preferences:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred;

  • Possess strong written & oral communication skills;

  • Bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English;

  • Have transportation available, including a valid Texas driver’s license and automobile insurance; some travel may be required;

  • A proven commitment to supporting vulnerable immigrant populations

  • Legal work experience preferred;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel; experience in Microsoft Access preferred.

  • Strong organizational skills; Ability to multi-task;

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Creative problem-solver.

  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including some evenings and weekends.

  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations, survivors of trauma.

  • Experience working with detained asylum-seeking families highly preferred.


FARMWORKER PARALEGAL- EL PASO

(Apr. 24, 2019) Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) seeks a full-time, year-round paralegal for its multi-state Farmworker Team and its Employment Team; primarily based in TRLA’s office in El Paso, Texas. The paralegal must be fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to social justice, especially in workers and immigrants’ rights. Duties include (but aren’t limited to): assisting attorneys with litigation preparation; conducting outreach in rural areas (especially during evenings and weekends); performing client intakes; preparing community legal education materials and conducting Know Your Rights presentations; investigating cases; communicating with community organizations, the media and other service providers; referring individuals to other agencies and private attorneys and any other duties as necessary. Applicants must have a valid Texas driver’s license. Applicants must be willing and able to travel extensively, overnight, especially during the spring and summer months. Proficient word processing, internet, and law office skills are also required (knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher is strongly preferred).

Organizational Background: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (“TRLA”) is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit legal aid corporations, with 30+ years of zealous, groundbreaking and effective advocacy on behalf of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. Among other kinds of advocacy, TRLA’s Farmworker and Employment Teams provide free employment-related legal services to farmworkers (and their families) and other low-wage workers, ranging from counsel and advice through state or federal litigation. We advocate on behalf of those employed and/or housed by a variety of agricultural industries, for example: vegetables, citrus, chile, seed corn, packing sheds, dairies, cotton gins, forestry and nursery operations, as well as those working in operations raising sheep, horses, catfish or other aquaculture. We also advocate on behalf of other low-wage workers in various industries such as construction, domestic work, home health care, landscaping, restaurants, etc. TRLA’s farmworker service area covers seven states: Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, in addition to handling issues in other states where migrant Texan farmworkers travel (such as Midwestern and Southwestern states).

Much of TRLA’s work is employment litigation in federal court. Our litigation docket has included representation of workers (including victims of labor trafficking) with claims under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA), 42 U.S.C. § 1981, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the federal H-2A program, and state contract, wage-and-hour, tort, and worker's compensation legislation. TRLA also assists victims of labor trafficking and severe workplace crimes to obtain immigration relief, where appropriate.

How to Apply: Email a cover letter, résumé (listing all relevant experience with start and end dates of employment) and three professional references (from prior supervisors) to Monica Bustamante (TRLA Employment Coordinator) at employment@trla.org and cc TRLA’s Farmworker Team Managing Attorney, Daniela Dwyer, at ddwyer@trla.org.

Pay and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and based on a 40-hour workweek (although occasional overtime (with overtime compensation) may be required. TRLA is an equal opportunity employer that seeks a diverse workforce. TRLA offers a benefits package that includes various paid vacation and sick leave days (including all federal holidays); medical, dental, and disability coverage; life insurance; and a retirement plan. All necessary, work-related travel expenses are paid for by TRLA based upon applicable federal reimbursement rates. TRLA has a unionized workforce (membership is optional).

Tenant organizer BASTA - aUSTIN

(Apr. 24, 2019) In furthering the cause of tenant and housing justice in the Austin area, Building and Strengthening Tenant Action (BASTA) seeks a tenant organizer to join our team. BASTA, housed in Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), works with low-income Austin renters to fight for tenant respect and dignity and to advocate for healthy, safe and affordable housing. BASTA employs a variety of advocacy techniques, including education, organizing, and litigation.

Duties:

  • Visiting substandard properties to engage and educate Austin renters about their right to live in healthy and safe homes.

  • Forming and strengthening tenants associations to address collective concerns and issues.

  • Developing leadership skills of tenants association members, including outreach, meeting facilitation, public speaking, and negotiation skills.

  • Strategizing with tenants associations on the optimal ways to address their concerns, such as collective repair requests, meeting with property managers, and reporting substandard conditions to code enforcement.

  • Educating Austinite renters on tenants rights and the connection between housing deficiencies and health, through the development of accessible materials and the use of popular education techniques.

  • Documenting outreach activities and compiling data to track outcomes and efficacy of the project.

  • All other duties assigned.

Required qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

  • Dedication to economic, social and racial justice.

  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people, including residents and property owners.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.

  • Vehicle and driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous outreach, community engagement, and community organizing experience.

  • Knowledge of housing issues and/or landlord-tenant law.

  • Personal experience with low-income housing.

  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and willingness to develop additional skills.


Mental Health program Paralegal - Brownsville

(Apr. 23, 2019) TRLA seeks a paralegal to work with clients with serious mental illness to advocate for their civil rights in the psychiatric commitment process and within psychiatric institutions. The paralegal will also advocate for clients to receive the supports and services they need and want in order to live in the way they choose, integrated into their community.

All candidates should possess a commitment to self-determination for people with serious mental illness. The mental health programs paralegal will work in the Brownsville office under the supervision of a lawyer in the mental health programs, performing the following duties:

  • Conduct intake interviews with clients with serious mental illness to identify the issues TRLA’s legal teams may be able to address. Clients may require advocacy for appropriate mental health and medical care, housing, public benefits, family law issues, education, and employment.

  • Develop trusting relationships with clients with serious mental illness to enable comprehensive advocacy based on the client’s wants and needs.

  • Assist in the development and creation of self-determination documents such as psychiatric advance directives, supported decision-making agreements, medical powers of attorney and powers of attorney as appropriate and desired by the client.

  • Assist the lawyers in clients’ various legal cases, over time developing specialized knowledge in psychiatric hospitalization, mental health services, housing and public benefits.

  • Interview and advocate for clients in psychiatric hospitals.

  • Assist in psychiatric advance directive workshops and supported decision-making clinics for clients with serious mental illness and clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Manage, with supervision, a case load.

  • Develop relationships with mental health consumers and community stakeholders.

Preferred qualifications:

• Experience with self-determination based advocacy for people with serious mental illness.

• Commitment to structural change, integration, and the elimination of civil rights violations, discrimination and systemic inequity.

Legal secretary - austin

(Apr. 10, 2019) TRLA-Austin has an opening for a legal secretary. The Legal Secretary will be recruited, hired and assigned by the Branch Manager, and be subject to discipline or removal according to the standard employment policies applicable to all TRLA secretaries.

The candidate should be detailed-oriented, punctual, self-driven, able to work on multiple assignments at once, and sympathetic towards low-income persons. Work schedule is Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus additional hours if occasionally requested to meet deadlines.

Duties:

  • Type, file, and handle clerical office matters for the several paralegals and attorneys to whom the secretary is assigned;

  • Manage incoming and outgoing mail, faxes, and telephone calls;

  • Assist in overflow work to ensure smooth office operations;

  • Translate documents and/or act as interpreter when needed;

  • Maintain client files and applications and complete assigned work on case files within the required time frame;

  • Coordinate schedules and maintain case requirements calendar of casehandlers, including contacting existing clients, schedule interview, and convey messages;

  • Drafting, editing, formatting and printing legal documents, correspondence, and reports in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Publisher, including preparing standard pleadings for review by attorneys;

  • Managing and purchasing supplies, office equipment and furnishings; and,

  • Miscellaneous administrative duties, including time sheets for payroll, travel reimbursement requests, and docket maintenance.

Minimum qualifications:

• Proficiency in the Windows operating system, Microsoft Word and Excel applications, and computer data entry;

• Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and spoken;

• Minimum of two years secretary experience;

• Type minimum of 45 words per minute;

• Licensed to notarize documents or willing to become licensed;

• Preferred experience in a law office or an Associate’s degree as a paralegal;


SMLS FARMWORKER PARALEGAL - NASHVILLE, tN

(Feb. 15, 2019) Southern Migrant Legal Services (SMLS), A Project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., seeks a full-time, year-round paralegal for its Nashville office. The paralegal must be fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to social justice, especially in the areas of workers and immigrants’ rights. Duties include (but aren’t limited to): assisting attorneys with litigation preparation; conducting outreach in rural areas (especially during evenings and weekends); performing client intakes; preparing community legal education materials and conducting Know Your Rights presentations; investigating cases; communicating with community organizations, the media and other service providers; referring individuals to other agencies and private attorneys and any other duties as necessary. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. Applicants must be willing and able to travel extensively, overnight, especially during the spring and summer months. Proficient word processing, internet, and office skills are also required.

Organizational Background: Southern Migrant Legal Services (“SMLS”) is a project of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (“TRLA”), one of the nation’s largest nonprofit corporations that provides civil legal services to eligible, low-income persons. TRLA is one of the nation’s premier law firms in representing migrant and seasonal farmworkers, with over 30 years of experience in zealous, fearless, and effective advocacy. Opened in Nashville in 2001, SMLS provides free employment-related legal services to seasonal and migrant farm, poultry, catfish, nursery, and forestry workers in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Most of SMLS’s work is employment litigation in federal court. SMLS’s litigation has included representation of farmworkers (including victims of labor trafficking) with claims under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA), 42 U.S.C. § 1981, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the federal H-2A program, and state contract, wage-and-hour, and tort law. SMLS also assists victims of labor trafficking and severe workplace crimes to obtain immigration relief.

How to Apply: Email a cover letter, resume (listing all relevant experience with start and end dates of employment) and three professional references (from prior supervisors) to Monica Bustamante (TRLA Employment Coordinator) at employment@trla.org and SMLS Managing Attorney, Caitlin Berberich, at cberberich@trla.org.

Pay and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and based upon a 40-hour workweek (although occasional overtime (with overtime compensation) may be required.) TRLA is an equal opportunity employer that seeks a diverse workforce. TRLA offers a benefits package that includes various paid vacation and sick leave days (including all federal holidays); medical, dental, and disability coverage; life insurance; and a retirement plan. All necessary, work-related travel expenses are paid for by TRLA, based upon applicable federal reimbursement rates. TRLA has a unionized workforce (membership is optional).

Application Deadline: Position open until filled, with preferred start date as soon as possible.



Accountant I - Mercedes

Accountant I works under the direct supervision of the Accounting Operations Manager and the general supervision of the Chief Financial Officer. The primary responsibilities are:

  • Assists in preparing necessary schedules required for annual audit.

  • Codes vouchers, invoices and claims for payment.

  • Has primary responsibility for preparing and entering data to the general ledger.

  • Verifies computer printouts for accuracy.

  • Pays travel, mileage, travel advance and out of pocket expenses.

  • Prepares bank deposit slips.

  • Responsible for all the accounting functions for TRLA pension plan including loans.

  • Performs any other duties as required by the Chief Financial Officer.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree in Accounting or Finance, or equivalent work experience.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel); strong computer skills.

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume and references to employment@trla.org.  


Paralegal III – Austin

(Jan. 16, 2019) TRLA-Austin has an opening for a Paralegal III. The primary duties and activities of a Paralegal III may include the following:

  • Provide direct representation of clients in administrative or judicial proceedings as Person-in-Charge of individual cases;
    Maintain a client caseload, exercising the independent professional judgment required of an advocate in all aspects of each individual case;
    Operate under the supervision of a Team Manager or Branch Manager;
    Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone (interviews may at times take place outside the regular office setting);
    Provide basic information and referrals to applicants, including those ineligible for services;
    Interview clients and witnesses;
    Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;
    Serve process and subpoenas;
    Prepare legal documents;
    Notarize legal documents;
    Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and make community legal education presentations;
    Prepare legal educational materials;
    Translate;
    Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements, such as timekeeping;
    Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA;
    Any other duties required by the Branch or Team Manager.

Qualifications:

• Bilingual in English and Spanish;
• Possess verbal, reading and writing skills sufficient to comprehend administrative law manuals and adequately advocate on behalf of clients.


ParalegalS III – Laredo

(Dec. 21, 2018) TRLA-Laredo has an opening for two Paralegals III.  The primary duties and activities of a Paralegal III may include the following:

  • Provide direct representation of clients in administrative or judicial proceedings as Person-in-Charge of individual cases

  • Maintain a client caseload, exercising the independent professional judgment required of an advocate on all aspects of each individual case

  • Operate under the supervision of a Team Manager or Branch Manager

  • Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone (interviews may at times take place outside the regular office setting);

  • Provide basic information and referrals to applicants, including those ineligible for services;

  • Interview clients and witnesses;

  • Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;

  • Serve process and subpoenas;

  • Prepare legal documents;

  • Notarize legal documents;

  • Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and make community legal education presentations;

  • Prepare legal educational materials;

  • Translate;

  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements such as timekeeping;

  • Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA;

  • Any other duties required by the Branch or Team Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.

  • Possess verbal, reading and writing skills sufficient to comprehend administrative law manuals and to adequately advocate on behalf of clients.