Paralegal (2023)

New York, NY /
Office of the Senior Vice President, Policy Campaigns & Advocacy (PCA) – Litigation & Law /
Full Time - Union
/ Hybrid
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the national umbrella organization for the nation’s leading network of women’s health care providers, educators, and advocates, serving women, men, teens and families. Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) is the advocacy and political arm of PPFA. For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible health care decisions.  

Paralegal - U.S. Reproductive Rights Litigation & PolicyTwo-Year Position –  New York
 
Hiring for two of four paralegals who provide support for team of approximately twenty attorneys conducting reproductive-rights litigation and policy work including: cite-checking and copy-editing briefs and other legal documents; assisting in production and service of legal filings; completing legal and factual research using Westlaw, academic databases, and the Internet; using G Suite programs to write, edit, and analyze non-legal documents related to reproductive rights; and responding to requests for information. Perform various administrative tasks including: printing; compiling binders; completing out-of-office errands; assisting with department finance tasks; maintaining case dockets and departmental resources; tracking litigation deadlines; attending and taking notes at team meetings; assisting with hiring and onboarding new staff; and making travel and meeting arrangements. Paralegals also contribute to the department’s ongoing work to center the communities most affected by laws restricting access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
 
Organization Description
Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading health care providers, educators, and advocates, serving women, trans and nonbinary patients, men, teens, and families. Our 49 locally governed affiliates operate more than 600 health centers, serving the diverse needs of each community. For over 100 years, we’ve worked tirelessly to improve and promote the health and safety of the communities and patients we serve, prevent unintended pregnancies, and guarantee that safe and legal abortion services are available to all patients who need them.
 
The Public Policy Litigation & Law Department (PPL&L) of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) conducts impact litigation in state and federal courts across the country and provides legal advice to PPFA and Planned Parenthood affiliates about pending legislation, regulatory matters, and activities in an effort to protect and expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care at the national, state, and local levels.
 
Salary
$65,000, plus comprehensive benefits such as medical (incl. mental health), vision, and dental coverage. This position involves supporting attorneys in fast-paced litigation that can involve unexpected or emergency deadlines; you may occasionally be asked to work beyond typical work hours and overtime will be compensated.
 
This position is a two-year commitment with an expected end in summer 2025, though a one-year extension may be possible. PPL&L is seeking to hire one paralegal to start by March 2023 and a second paralegal to start June/July 2023.
 
 
 
Requirements/Technical Expertise
      A Bachelor’s degree;
      Superior research, writing, and editing skills (knowledge of Westlaw and G Suite not required; we will train as needed);
      Demonstrated interest in social justice  (including, but not limited to, internships, academic work, extracurricular activities, volunteer experience, etc.);
      Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently;
      Ability to learn complex tasks and concepts quickly;
      Excellent communication skills, including ability to accurately and succinctly impart knowledge and skills to others;
      Attention to detail; initiative; resourcefulness; ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize;
      Commitment to antiracism and to diversity, equity, and inclusion across differences in race, ethnicity, religion, ability, cultural background, socioeconomic circumstance, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation.
 
Applicants should submit a cover letter (including start date preference and applicant’s pronouns, if comfortable disclosing), résumé (clearly indicating applicant’s month/year of anticipated or completed college graduation), and a writing sample (any original text written solely by the applicant that the applicant feels best represents their writing abilities) using the Lever portal. Applicants should clearly state in their cover letter whether they would like to be considered for the position that begins in March 2023, the position that begins in June/July 2023, or both. We are beginning priority review in mid-January and will continue to review applications until we find the right person.
 
Beginning in February 2023, all roles denoted as NYC, DC, or both, will be on a hybrid schedule, requiring at least 2 days per week in-office.
 
Candidates of backgrounds, identities, and experiences that have been historically marginalized are encouraged to apply.
 
Non-Discrimination Policy
PPFA is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. PPFA does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, socioeconomic status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status, sex, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Planned Parenthood is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity, equity, inclusion, respect, integrity, patient/client focus, and innovation.
 
We value a truly diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity and belonging. Our goal is to attract qualified candidates and encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  We're committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.

PPFA participates in the E-Verify program and is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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