The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), located in Denver, Berkeley, and Nashville, is hiring a paralegal to work in our Denver office.
- Do you want a job where you are encouraged to take ownership of projects and to find creative solutions, and where you receive frank but productive and encouraging feedback?
- Are you the most detail-oriented person you know?
- Can you find humor in even the busiest days and most aggravating situations?
- Can you multitask? And by multitask, we mean Multi. Task. Do lots of different things at the same time. Juggle chainsaws. You know, the usual.
- Do you want to learn a lot about litigation and civil rights law?
If so, you just might be the paralegal CREEC is looking for.
CREEC is a nonprofit membership organization whose goal is ensuring that everyone can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civic life without discrimination based on race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We are committed to this mission, and we promote it through education, outreach, and investigating and filing impact and class action lawsuits nationwide on a broad array of civil rights issues. We have three attorneys in Denver, one attorney in Berkeley, and one in Nashville. More information is available at www.creeclaw.org.
We are looking for a smart, motivated college graduate who is extremely detail oriented, and who has strong writing, communication, and organizational skills to be our paralegal. You do not need prior paralegal experience. Proficiency or fluency in a second language is a plus. We request a commitment of at least two years.
What we are looking for:
Superior organizational and writing skills. CREEC has a heavy case load of complex litigation and educational projects. We need someone who can internalize the details of these projects and help us keep track of them, calendar constantly shifting litigation deadlines, manage case documents and files, and generally run all but the purely legal aspects of each case. In addition, we ask our paralegal to draft basic pleadings and correspondence, interview potential clients and witnesses, and assist with investigations, so strong communication and writing skills are a must.
Strong computer skills. Our paralegal will do web-based research and use Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint), as well as specialized litigation software. We are looking for candidates with experience using some of these programs, but will consider all otherwise qualified candidates and will provide additional training as needed on the job.
Ability to work well with other people . . . and alone. You need to be comfortable and professional interacting with potential and current clients, court personnel, cooperating and opposing counsel, and the wide variety of people who call and visit our nonprofit. Because CREEC’s attorneys travel often, you also should be comfortable and efficient working with little supervision.
Willingness to do a bit of everything. We are a small nonprofit, so you have to be comfortable doing less glamorous things, like filing, data entry, making travel arrangements, or running out to pick up lunch. You will need a driver’s license and willingness to travel.
We work very hard, but our office atmosphere is upbeat and casual. We have a well-stocked kitchen and two office dogs. If you like responsibility and handle the tasks well, you will be able to play a major role in our litigation and outreach and have a varied and interesting practice.
Salary and benefits. The salary is $40,000. We also provide health insurance, a retirement plan, free parking, three weeks of paid leave.
Application process. Email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and college transcript to email@example.com. Please indicate “Paralegal (YOUR LAST NAME)” in the subject line. All materials should be sent in pdf format. If you are a person with a disability and need accommodations in the application process, please let us know in your cover letter.
CREEC is an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce and promotes an inclusive culture. CREEC encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.