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Legal Secretary
Location: Peoria
Hours: full-time

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit legal aid organization that provides civil legal aid services to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities. Prairie State has 12 offices serving 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. We focus services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their basic human needs, including physical safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, and similar needs. Prairie State is the only legal aid organization in the majority of our service area. Annually, we handle over 22,000 applications for legal help and serve over 16,000 clients.  We pride ourselves on providing high quality legal services to our clients while fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth.

Job Description

This is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week). The Secretary will participate in a full range of office duties in a fast-paced environment including, but not limited to:

  • Daily typing, photocopying, and filing
  • Greeting clients and answering the phone
  • Conducting initial interviews with applicants
  • Entering client information and data into case management software
  • Serving as the primary intake portal at Peoria County Courthouse Eviction Court Project
  • Providing periodic Navigator services as the Peoria County Self Help Center
  • Generating case reports as needed
  • Drafting legal pleadings and supporting the attorneys in their legal work
  • Assisting the Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator with various tasks
  • Ordering and maintaining office supplies
  • Working with IT to maintain office computers
  • Assisting with medical and other records requests
  • Assisting with grant management

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, dependable, and self-motivated. Applicants should have:

  • Interest in and commitment to assisting low-income individuals in the resolution of their legal problems
  • Strong computer skills
  • General office experience, legal experience preferred
  • Spanish language proficiency is preferred

Salary and Benefits

Salary starts at $29,250, higher depending on experience. Excellent comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, retirement, training and education, and generous leave time.

Application Details

Please indicate “Legal Secretary-Peoria” in the subject line and e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

  • Human Resources Director Jessica Hodierne at jkhodierne@pslegal.org
  • Program Administrator Connie Peterson at cpeterson@pslegal.org

Resumes accepted until position is filled

Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We will recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.

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