Community Justice Worker

Anishinabe Legal Services of Cass Lake   Fargo, ND   Full-time     Management
Posted on January 25, 2024

Anishinabe Legal Services is recruiting for one full-time Community Justice Worker (CJW) to support client needs. Ideal candidates would be embedded into the White Earth and Red Lake Tribal communities; however, ALS will consider applicants residing on or near the Leech Lake Reservation.

CJW will be part of a community driven movement to serve disaster affected communities throughout Indian Country nationwide. CJW will belong to a cohort of other CJWs throughout the US and attend monthly support meetings as well as an annual in-person national training.

CJW will work alongside attorneys to provide legal information, advice, and brief service to clients with problems in the areas of law for which they were trained, including public benefits, housing, domestic violence, ICWA, and debt collection; and represent clients in administrative or Tribal Court hearings.

Responsibilities include interviewing/screening prospective clients for services, drafting documents, routine pleadings, and correspondence, performing basic legal and factual research, third party correspondence on behalf of clients, coordinating community education about legal topics, and other duties as assigned. Travel throughout rural areas will be required.

Required: High school diploma or GED; computer proficiency (Windows operating system, Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, Internet, e-mail and data entry); Proficient in written and verbal communication; ability to work effectively with diverse populations; motivated to provide excellent customer service in a fast-paced work environment; ability to work independently and as part of a team; and an ability to comply with strict policies regarding confidentiality. Valid Drivers License and reliable automobile also required.

Highly desired: Associates' college degree in a related field or previous legal experience. A willingness to learn new skills; highly organized; and familiarity with cross-cultural situations.

Compensation: $42,000-55,000/year depending on experience. Generous benefits package includes individual and family health and dental insurance, substantial paid time off, paid federal holidays, life insurance, and travel reimbursement. ALS also pays Tribal Court law license fees, provides some in-house training, pays fees for office specified training/travel, and membership to local and national associations. We allow flexible scheduling of the full-time work week. Additional retirement benefit is available after waiting period with an automatic program contribution (no employee match required).

Applications: ALS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Native American applicants preferred; however, we are committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.