Applications are due Friday, February 23, 2018. The position has a desired start date of Monday, April 2, 2018. Please email a resume and cover letter (both in PDF format) to Jamie McVickar at email@example.com, and include “Paralegal Position” in the subject line.
Title and Classification: Paralegal/Legal Assistant
- This is a full-time exempt position based in Chadds Ford, PA
Reports to: Karen Mazza, Director of Conservation Easements
The responsibilities for the Paralegal/Legal Assistant encompass basic paralegal duties to include legal research, drafting legal documents, working with donors, managing cases and record retention.
This position is responsible for providing professional administrative support for NALT’s attorney and staff. S/he is well organized and results-oriented, can manage a high volume of projects. S/he is expected to operate efficiently and in a professional manner. S/he can work cooperatively in a small office setting with staff, donors, contractors, and Board members to accomplish the strategic goals of the Trust.
Summary of Job Responsibilities:
- Organize and track files for audits and court cases, including discovery documents to address subpoenas and appeals.
- Organize and coordinate legal meetings, including final easement review.
- Maintain donor database in both electronic and hard copy for conservation easement project files (which may include high volume of scanning documents and plans).
- Maintain conservation project tracking.
- Contact landowners to obtain due diligence information (i.e. title commitment, deeds, etc.).
- Draft and/or proofread legal documents, reports, correspondence, etc.
- Assist with special projects and general office tasks as needed.
- Assist with tax compliance: contemporaneous acknowledgment letters, Form 8283, etc.
Essential Qualifications & Skills:
- 2–5 years of related work experience. Experience with a law firm or in-house legal department.
- Paralegal certification (knowledge of conservation easements is preferred).
- Strong work ethic and organizational skills.
- Initiative and ability to work independently.
- Effective communication skills, both written and oral.
- Ability to manage a high volume of projects, and complete multiple tasks associated with these projects, while maintaining attention to detail.
- Customer oriented.
- Enthusiastic about new assignments – will often be asked to do assignments not specified in the job description and expected to do so with enthusiasm.
- Knowledge of conservation easements.
- Experience with online prospect/donor research tools.
- Knowledge of Salesforce, high level of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Westlaw.
- Attend workshops, webinars, and regional/national conferences (with a goal of networking with other Land Trust staff).
- Participate in regular staff, planning and project meetings.
- Competitive, based on qualifications and experience.
- Insurance: Employer paid Blue Cross medical, vision, and prescription plan; dental insurance; life insurance (twice annual salary up to $100,000); long term disability. All insurance benefits become effective the first of the month after 30th day of employment.
- Retirement: SIMPLE-IRA plan, with employer matching up to 3% of gross salary
- Vacation: Initially 3 weeks/15 days, adding 1 day per year of service, to a maximum of 4 weeks/20 days
- Sick days: paid time off, not counted against earned vacation days.
North American Land Trust (NALT) is a nonprofit land conservation corporation. It is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a “qualified organization” to receive and steward gifts of land and conservation easements under IRC Sections 170(h) and 501c3.
Since 1992, NALT has completed more than 500 projects protecting over 122,000 acres across 20 states.
NALT is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.