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At Whitman-Walker, we strive to treat each patient with the dignity, affirmation, and respect they deserve. Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent federally qualified health center serving the greater Washington community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care. We offer comprehensive health and wellness services including, primary and specialty infectious disease care; behavioral, community, and sexual health; dental, legal, and complimentary wellness services; substance abuse treatment, youth prevention services, and more.
Since 1986, Whitman-Walker’s Legal Services Program has provided pro bono counseling and representation to persons living with HIV, of every sexual orientation and gender, on a variety of civil legal issues related to an HIV diagnosis. We also provide legal advice and representation to LGBTQ individuals and families, and Whitman-Walker health care patients, regardless of HIV status, on issues within our areas of expertise. Our primary areas of practice are: discrimination based on HIV, sexual orientation, or gender identity; Social Security disability, Medicaid, Medicare and other federal, state and local public benefits programs; private health and disability insurance; elder law; immigration; wills, powers of attorney, and advance health care directives; and name and gender marker changes on legal records for transgender persons.
We have three offices: at the health center’s NW site, temporarily located at 1342 Florida Ave NW, and moving to 1701 14th Street, NW in late 2019; the 1525 health center at 1525 14th Street NW; and the Max Robinson Center, located at 2301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, all in the District of Columbia. Our legal staff rotates periodically among offices.
Whitman-Walker Health emphasizes an integrated care model where legal professionals on the team work to address health harming legal problems. Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services program is proud to be the oldest medical-legal partnership in the country. Working in this position offers a unique opportunity to work not only with lawyers and paralegals dedicated to promoting health and equality but as part of a collaborative team with medical, behavioral health, and dental care providers and other professionals to achieve more effective, longer-term benefits for our clients. 2
Primary Essential Duties
The Paralegal I will be responsible for providing administrative and paralegal case support to attorneys on legal matters to include, but not limited to, discrimination based on HIV, sexual orientation, or gender identity; Social Security disability, Medicaid, Medicare and other federal, state and local public benefits programs; private health and disability insurance; elder law; immigration; wills, powers of attorney, and advance health care directives; medical confidentiality; medical debt; and name and gender marker changes on legal records for transgender persons.
The Paralegal I will handle a caseload of matters related to a number of public benefits and insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security Retirement and Disability, and health insurance subsidies available through the Affordable Care Act.
The Paralegal I will perform a variety of tasks, including client intake and counseling; investigation and analysis of cases; legal research and writing; drafting documents; coordinating meetings with clients; tracking governmental submissions; and assisting other legal staff with all efforts directed toward client assistance.
The Paralegal I will provide backup client intake and counseling to the Intake Coordinator for walk-in clients.
The Paralegal I will work with the Legal Services Operations Manager to support all legal staff needs including filing and file storage, technology needs, community outreach, volunteer relations, and administration of legal clinics.
The Paralegal I will assist the Legal Services Director, Supervising Attorney, and Operations Manager with various aspects of program administration.
The Paralegal I will be based at the office on Florida Ave. NW/1701 14th Street NW, but must be available and willing to rotate on an as-needed basis to our other two locations listed above. This position will also meet with clients in their homes, in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other community settings, as needed, and must have the flexibility to travel throughout the greater Washington metropolitan area when needed.
Knowledge, Skills, and Talents Required
Applicants must have a commitment to working with people living with HIV; persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and low-income clients.
Applicants should have a sense of humor, a strong work ethic, a demonstrated ability to work well with others in stressful situations, and excellent oral and written communication skills.
Applicants must have thorough knowledge and experience with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, database management and utilization, on-line meeting platforms, and on-line document creation/sharing tools.
The standard work week is 37.5 hours, Monday to Friday, although legal staff frequently manage or attend work events in the evenings and occasionally on weekends, and balance these hours through a flexible work schedule. The flexibility to attend meetings and legal service clinics in the evening is essential.
Education and Experience Required
Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or demonstrate professional experience through former employment, volunteer, and/or academic achievements.
Prior experience with these areas of law is not required but is a plus: public benefits and insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security Retirement and Disability, health insurance including subsidies available through the Affordable Care Act, and updating identity documents.
Working conditions for this position are normal for an office environment. Individual may be required to work evenings and / or weekends and organization events.
Lifting: No more than 20 lbs. and infrequently.
Movement: Standing and sitting for long periods.
Visual: Long periods on computer.
Concentration: Extended periods of engagement with computer systems where concentration is key to accuracy in data entry. Intermittent periods of engagement with a telephone system to respond to inquiries where concentration is key to task performance.
Communication: Direct and indirect communication. Written and verbal competency.
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Whitman-Walker is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants, its employees or former employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status and gender identity. For accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources.
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