Outreach Advocate/Paralegal – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid

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 the position is filled, 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.