Employment

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Pine Tree Legal Assistance employs a diverse team of individuals, each committed to making our communities more just.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We  encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, Black, indigenous and people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, immigrants,  and people who have experienced poverty or homelessness.

Not convinced yet? This is what Legal Services Corporation President Jim Sandman has to say about PTLA:

“Since Pine Tree Legal Assistance opened its doors in 1967, it has developed a national reputation for leadership and innovation in the delivery of legal services to low-income people.  Pine Tree was the first legal aid program in the country to create a website to provide basic  legal information to people without a lawyer.  Pine Tree created statesidelegal.org, the go-to national website for veterans and  military families seeking information about their legal needs. In Maine, Pine Tree has had a huge impact: the abolition of debtors’ prison, the right to due process and a fair hearing in state welfare proceedings, the first successful employment discrimination lawsuits, improved housing codes and accessibility for people with disabilities, and nationally acclaimed foreclosure prevention work are all legacies of Pine Tree’s commitment to fairness and justice for all.  Pine Tree is a national standard-setter for excellence in legal aid.”

Pay and Benefits at PTLA

The salary range for PTLA attorneys and other exempt staff in 2022 is $55,750 - $92,750, depending on experience.  Pine Tree staff attorneys are eligible to participate in a LRAP program administered by the Maine Justice Foundation in addition to other loan forgiveness programs for which they may be eligible, including the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

The starting range for paralegals and other non-exempt staff in 2022 is $41,750 - $63,750, depending on experience.

All staff are eligible for benefits that include health insurance (PTLA covers 97% to 100% of premium),  vision insurance, dental insurance (at no cost to an employee), 403 (K) Retirement Plan with 5% match of annual salary, Flexible Spending Accounts, HSA contributions to eligible employees, Disability, Life & AD&D Insurance (at no cost to an employee), Voluntary Life Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Wellness Programs, 12 Paid Holidays, paid parental leave and very generous paid leaves starting at 247.5 hours of sick and vacation time.

Important Notice: Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws

You can review the posters below, which will inform you about these rights:

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)

Current Opportunities:

Foreclosure Attorney, Homeowner Assistance Fund Program ("HAF")

Fair Housing Unit Paralegal

Intake Paralegal, Machias

Executive Administrative Assistant

 


Foreclosure Attorney, Homeowner Assistance Fund Program ("HAF")

As a result of funding provided by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Homeowner Assistance Fund Program (“HAF”) to the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection (“BCCP”), PTLA entered into a two-year contract with the BCCP to provide legal assistance to homeowners targeted by HAF. With that in mind, we are currently hiring for a full time Attorney, based either in our Portland, Lewiston or Augusta offices. 

The primary duties of the HAF Attorney will be to provide direct legal services to eligible clients across the state who are referred by the BCCP or other stakeholders or who contact Pine Tree on their own. Such representation will involve: assisting and advising clients on mortgage loan default issues and loss mitigation applications and disputes; defending clients in foreclosure lawsuits;  representing clients in Foreclosure Diversion Program mediation; prosecuting affirmative claims for violations of mortgage borrowers’ statutory rights; assisting and advising clients relating to municipal property tax foreclosures; and providing other legal assistance to facilitate a client’s receipt of a HAF grant. Such other assistance may involve advising and assisting clients on probate matters, property title issues, and programs relating to utility payment assistance. Direct client assistance will vary from brief advice to full representation in litigation. The HAF Attorney should expect to be in court on a regular basis—primarily in the Maine District and Superior Courts, but occasionally in Federal District Court. The HAF Attorney will need to become proficient in the HAF grant policies, procedures, and eligibility requirements in order to provide effective client assistance, and also to provide consultation to the BCCP, housing counselors, and CAPs on the intersection of HAF and legal issues relating to mortgage defaults, loss mitigation, mortgage servicing, municipal tax foreclosures, and utility assistance. In this consultative capacity, the HAF Attorney will also be expected to participate in regular HAF-related meetings of stakeholders and contractors, attend bi-weekly meetings of the Maine Housing Counselor Network (“MHCN”) and train stakeholders as needed on the issues within the scope of the position. The HAF Attorney will also develop and maintain client education materials relating to HAF.

The full job description is available on request.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume and 3 professional references to Managing Attorney and position supervisor Mr. Jon Selkowitz (jselkowitz@ptla.org) with copies to Deputy Director Mr. Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org) and HR Director Ms. Olesya Shkut (oshkut@ptla.org).


Fair Housing Unit Paralegal

The mission of the Fair Housing Unit at Pine Tree Legal Assistance is to: 1) challenge and eliminate housing discrimination; 2) to promote policies that foster open, accessible, and inclusive communities; and 3) to strengthen the enforcement of local, state, and federal fair housing laws.   
 
A Pine Tree staff paralegal assigned to the Fair Housing Unit (Unit) is responsible for advancing the Unit’s mission to enforce national and state fair housing laws through direct representation of low-income Maine residents who have experienced violations of their rights as protected class members. The Unit’s representation includes direct representation in the administrative complaint process through the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and/or the Maine Human Rights Commission as well as litigation in the Maine State and Federal courts.    The Unit provides direct representation in court on a regular basis. In addition, the Fair Housing Unit paralegal will also support the Unit’s investigations which include the identification of systemic discrimination through testing.  The Unit’s specific performance requirements are provided for by the statement of work entered into between Pine Tree Legal Assistance and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and memorialized in the Fair Housing Initiative/Private Enforcement/Multi-Year Funding Component (PEI-MYFC) and set forth more specifically below.    

The Unit paralegal will be expected to support a wide range of activities related to these types of cases, including specific responsibility for intake, related client communication, investigations in cases, outreach activities, trainings, other work funded by the grant, and support with various Unit and office duties. The paralegal will also support Pine Tree’s general intake system by spending 5-6 hours per week on Pine Tree’s centralized intake hotline and also completing additional intakes that come in as referrals, online intakes, and messages from people who speak languages other than English as needed upon request by the Director of Intake, the Unit staff, or others from within or outside of Pine Tree Legal Assistance.  Intake responsibilities include initial contacts and client interviews, eligibility screening, computerized data entry of clients in the case management system, and the provision of legal information and referrals when appropriate. Careful and detailed documentation of requests is essential.   

Under attorney supervision, the paralegal will also provide legal assistance to eligible clients, including documenting specific violations of state and federal fair housing laws and rules, requesting and organizing relevant information to establish the legal case, managing documents and files, client counseling and general litigation support.  The paralegal will also engage in and support community outreach efforts, community training events and activities, and development and editing of client education materials.   

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to HR Director Ms. Olesya Shkut (oshkut@ptla.org) with copies to Director of Intake Ms. Maureen Boston (mboston@ptla.org) and Deputy Director Mr. Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org).


Intake Paralegal, Machias

Responsible for handling a wide range of civil legal needs of low-income residents of the office service area (currently Washington and Hancock counties.)   

On a weekly basis, the paralegal spends up to 22 hours/week responding to requests for legal help from low-income individuals who either contact Pine Tree by phone or email or as pick-ups in Court or are referred by community partners. When it becomes safe and appropriate, this will include walk-ins. Intake responsibilities include initial contacts and client interviews, facilitating needed communication accommodations for clients, like interpreters, eligibility screening, computerized data entry of clients in the case management system, and the provision of legal information and referrals when appropriate. Some of this work is supported by Pine Tree’s general unrestricted funding. The paralegal will focus on cases in Washington and Hancock County but is expected to contribute to statewide intake through our centralized intake system and at the request of the Director of Intake.

The paralegal is also responsible for working with colleagues to prioritize and appropriately document cases handled pursuant to specific funding sources.

Under attorney supervision, the paralegal will also provide legal assistance to eligible clients, including client counseling and negotiations with opposing parties, and general litigation support (including work with clients to gather appropriate authorizations or records and service of subpoenas.)

In addition, the office paralegal provides support with various office duties, including maintenance of office revolving funds and client escrow accounts, ordering of office supplies and other facilities issues, like handling mail, facilitating trash pickup, and maintenance issues.  A strong facility with computers and technology, and the ability to work in a browser-based environment is increasingly important to all staff at Pine Tree.  

A copy of the full job description is available upon request.
 
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to HR Director Ms. Olesya Shkut (oshkut@ptla.org) with the copies to Managing Attorney and position supervisor Ms. Nicole Golden-Bouchard (ngolden-bouchard@ptla.org) and Director of Intake Ms. Maureen Boston (mboston@ptla.org).


Executive Administrative Assistant

Pine Tree Legal Assistance seeks an energetic and enthusiastic individual to support Pine Tree Legal Assistance’s senior management team in the newly created Executive Administrative Assistant role.

The Executive Administrative Assistant will provide critically important support to the Senior Management team.  The position requires a resourceful and highly technically proficient professional to manage day-to-day administrative needs effectively and efficiently in the fast-paced environment of this amazing legal services program. The Executive Administrative Assistant (EAA) is expected to be a proactive professional with exceptional organizational skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, able to exercise the utmost discretion and possess a positive, can-do attitude. The position requires that the EAA be highly organized and able to support, manage and facilitate the needs of the extremely busy Senior Management Team. Specifically, the EAA will provide administrative support to Pine Tree Legal Assistance’s senior managers, including the Executive Director, the Deputy Director, and the Director of Intake.

The ideal candidate will be optimistic, hardworking, enjoy collaborating with others, be detail-oriented, and motivated by the organization’s mission.

A copy of the full job description is available upon request.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to  Deputy Director Mr. Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org) with a copy to Development Director Ms. Helen Meyer (hmeyer@ptla.org), Director of Intake Ms. Maureen Boston (mboston@ptla.org) and HR Director Ms. Olesya Shkut (oshkut@ptla.org).