Careers at PTLA

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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 is currently $64,870 - $101,870, depending on experience.
  • The salary range for paralegals and other non-exempt staff is currently $48,360 - $70,330, depending on experience.
  • Benefits include employer-paid health insurance with HRA contribution, employer-paid dental insurance, employer-paid life and disability insurance, and an annual contribution to a 403(b) retirement plan. Other voluntary options include vision and expanded life insurance.
  • Staff enjoy 12 paid holidays, paid parental leave, and generous vacation and sick leave.

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:

Eviction Prevention Attorneys - Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta, and Portland

Eviction Prevention Paralegal Advocate - Bangor

Basic Litigation Staff Attorney - Machias

Paralegal Advocate - Augusta

HR and Finance Coordinator - Augusta

Fair Housing Paralegal - Augusta, Lewiston, or Portland

 


Eviction Prevention Attorneys - Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta, and Portland

Announcing Attorney Positions Focused on Addressing Maine’s Housing Crisis: 

Maine is in a housing crisis and you can help! As a result of several recent grants, Pine Tree Legal Assistance is hiring eviction prevention attorneys for our Presque Isle, Bangor, Augusta, and Portland offices.  

The Eviction Prevention Litigation attorneys will provide high-quality, low-barrier services to tenants with low incomes who are at risk of losing their housing. Each attorney will be based in one of the four offices.  The attorneys will work closely with other staff in their local Pine Tree office, as well as engage with other staff statewide and Pine Tree’s Housing Practice Group. Personal time in the local office is expected. All attorneys may be asked to provide occasional coverage for eviction cases in other areas of Maine on an ‘as needed’ basis.  Frequent travel related to work activities (including training) is required and some evening or weekend time may also be required to attend trainings, meetings, or outreach activities.  The position will involve some client meetings at locations outside the office, as well as travel to other courts and offices of partner agencies as appropriate to provide low-barrier legal representation.  

The attorneys will provide direct legal advocacy, ranging from legal advice and brief legal assistance to negotiations, mediation, and full legal representation of low-income tenant households facing eviction and potential homelessness.  The attorney should expect to appear regularly in the Maine District as well as before various administrative agencies including housing authorities and other subsidized housing providers.  Occasional practice before the Maine Superior and Supreme Judicial Court may be expected. The attorneys will also help tenants with applications for rental assistance or other resources via local community action agencies, municipalities, and state agencies. Additionally, the attorney will engage in outreach to educate tenants, advocates, providers and community partners on the many issues and resources that impact housing stability. The attorneys in this position should expect to be handle a high-volume litigation practice. 

The attorneys must be admitted to the practice of law in Maine or be eligible to practice under MRCP 89 (c) while working at Pine Tree. Previous litigation experience is strongly preferred.

Each position may have other specific expectations or grant conditions. Please see below for the office where you may be interested in working. 

Presque Isle Eviction Prevention Litigation Attorney
The attorney in the Presque Isle office will serve rural communities in Maine’s northernmost county.  Practice in Aroostook County will include appearances in the Caribou, Madawaska, Fort Kent, Presque Isle, and Houlton District Courts.

Interested applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to employment@ptla.org.

Bangor Eviction Prevention Litigation Attorney:
The attorney based in the Bangor office will focus on eviction prevention for clients in rural Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Waldo Counties. 

Interested applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to employment@ptla.org.

Augusta Eviction Prevention Litigation Attorney
The attorney based in the Augusta office will focus on eviction prevention for clients in Kennebec, Somerset, Knox, and Lincoln Counties.

Interested applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to employment@ptla.org.

Portland Eviction Prevention Litigation Attorney
In Portland, you will work in one of Pine Tree’s busiest offices, serving courts with some of the largest volume of eviction cases in the state.  This is a fast paced, impactful role that will make a difference in hundreds of lives by working on eviction defense in Cumberland and York counties.  The attorney may be expected to maintain office hours.  

This position is funded by a grant through U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This position is currently funded through July 2024 under a contract with HUD.

Interested applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to employment@ptla.org.


Eviction Prevention Paralegal Advocate - Bangor

Be Part of the Solution - No formal paralegal training required, no certificate needed to apply.  Strong people skills, good organization, and experience working with people in crisis is helpful!  

As a result of a two year grant for eviction prevention from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) we are expanding our eviction defense team and adding an eviction defense paralegal! Thousands of tenants in Maine face eviction every year and you can help. The eviction paralegal will be expected to support a wide range of activities related to eviction defense including responsibility for intake and related client communication on cases and matters funded by the grant, outreach activities and support with various office duties. Duties will include supporting attorneys in court during eviction proceedings as needed; advocating for resources to prevent eviction; assisting with referrals; assisting with investigations; and managing documents. 

The paralegal will support our general intake system by spending 6-9  hours per week on Call Center 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. 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.

Under attorney supervision, the paralegal will also provide legal assistance to eligible clients, including documenting issues, requesting, and organizing relevant financial information and material related to their call for assistance as well as client counseling and general litigation support.

In addition, the paralegal may provide administrative support with various office duties, including ordering of office supplies, managing mail, and helping to address other facilities issues.

The paralegal based in the Bangor office will focus on eviction prevention for clients in some of Maine’s poorest communities in rural Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Waldo Counties.  The paralegal will be supervised by Managing Attorney Erica Veazey. 

Interested applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to employment@ptla.org.


Basic Litigation Staff Attorney - Machias

An opportunity to serve rural Maine! 

We have a position for a self-directed, motivated poverty law attorney to serve rural communities in Maine. The Machias office of Pine Tree Legal Assistance is responsible for handling a wide range of civil legal needs of low-income residents in Washington and Hancock counties. 


As a general litigator, the attorney should expect to be in court on a regular basis to provide representation in consumer, landlord/tenant and benefits (including both health and income benefits) as well as provide administrative advocacy in a range of different civil needs.  While the typical caseload is handled at the District Court or Superior Court the attorney may handle appeals to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Depending on experience, the attorney may also handle cases in federal court. Case acceptance decisions are made by each office, consistent with Pine Tree’s approved Statement of Priorities and specific grant requirements, which may change over time. 


The attorney will enjoy the opportunity for travel throughout their service area. They will supervise and support the work of the local office paralegal(s) in the provision of limited legal assistance and in other work specific to the attorney’s caseload. Importantly, the attorney will work as a member of the office team and support the work of others in the office.  


The attorney will also engage in outreach within the service area. Outreach may include participation in training and events geared toward community members and other agencies serving low-income clients in these rural communities. In addition, the attorney will contribute to community education and awareness of civil legal issues and the legal rights of people living and working in the surrounding communities through development of client education materials and engagement with local agencies, organizations, and client facing programs.  Finally, the attorney may be involved in recruitment, training, and supervision of law students and undergraduate interns and volunteers in the office, as well as support of pro bono volunteers in the community. 

Come join our effort to serve the low-income people of rural Maine.


This is an exciting opportunity to have an immediate and profound impact on civil legal needs in rural Maine, including for Maine’s indigenous peoples. This position is based in Machias and serves the whole of the Hancock and Washington Counties, as well as the Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy communities. The attorney will be expected to maintain office hours at least two days a week. The attorney will be a member of a small team dedicated to delivery of services to a rural community. 

Interested applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and three professional references to: employment@ptla.org.


Paralegal Advocate - Augusta

Paralegal Advocate Needed for our Augusta Office! No formal paralegal training required and no paralegal certificate needed to apply. Strong people skills, good organization, and experience working with people in crisis is helpful! 


The Augusta paralegal advocate is responsible for handling a wide range of civil legal needs of people with low-incomes who reside in the office service area which includes Kennebec, Somerset, Knox and Lincoln counties.  
 
The position serves a dynamic role, improving the lives of people who face a variety of legal challenges including housing stability, access to public benefits, health care, and consumer rights. In this role, the paralegal spends up to 22 hours a week responding to requests for legal help from people 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 such as interpreters, 
  • screening people for eligibility, 
  • computerized data entry of clients in the case management system, and 
  • the provision of legal information and referrals when appropriate. 

 
In addition, under attorney supervision, the paralegal will provide legal assistance to eligible clients, including client counseling and negotiations with opposing parties, general litigation support (including work with clients to gather appropriate authorizations or records and service of subpoenas). The paralegal advocate may also, as they develop their experience, help analyze information and legal material, conduct research, prepare legal documents, assist clients with paperwork, provide legal information at field offices and off-site, and may assist legal, student, or community volunteers. The advocate may also represent clients in administrative proceedings. The advocate will also collaborate or team with other staff for the purpose of participating in or assisting in appropriate training, participate in office priority planning and implementation of office goals, develop and implement impact projects, and serve as a resource person.  A paralegal/advocate will also work with and assist other staff in assuring a high quality of legal representation to Pine Tree clients.  Some of this work is supported by Pine Tree’s general unrestricted funding. 
 
Though the paralegal will focus on cases in Kennebec, Somerset, Knox and Lincoln counties, the paralegal is expected to contribute to statewide intake through our centralized intake system and as requested by the Director of Intake. The paralegal is also responsible for working with colleagues to provide support with various office duties, including maintenance of 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.  
 
The position will be supervised by Augusta office Managing Attorney Katy Childs. 
 
Interested applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and three professional references to: employment@ptla.org.


Finance and HR Coordinator (Augusta)

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is seeking an accounting savvy Finance and Human Resources Coordinator to join our growing team! Founded in 1968, PTLA is Maine’s oldest and largest civil legal aid provider offering advice, education, and free representation in civil legal matters affecting low-income individuals, such as evictions, housing discrimination, public benefits, consumer credit, domestic violence, divorce and custody, and legal issues affecting indigenous peoples, veterans of foreign wars, and farmworkers. 
 
The Finance and HR Coordinator is primarily responsible for fiscal grant tracking and reporting, processing biweekly payroll, and benefits administration. This individual works under the supervision of the Finance Director and performs work overseen by both the Finance Manager and HR Manager as part of a 5-person Finance and HR team. 
 
The Finance and HR Coordinator functions as a key member of the Administrative Office of Pine Tree Legal Assistance and provides ongoing insight and support to other members of the Administrative Office as needed.  
 
All work must be done in compliance with the PTLA Fiscal Manual and relevant audit and financial policies and guidelines (including those from PTLA, the State of Maine, LSC or OMB), and ERISA rules. Most of the job functions are subject to strict deadlines.  
 
This is a full-time position based in Pine Tree’s Augusta office location.  
 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:   

  • Fiscal grant administration: The Finance and HR Coordinator will be the person primarily responsible for fiscal grant administration and reporting. This includes reviewing grant contract terms and conditions, learning and staying up-to-date on the rules and regulations of different grants, keeping detailed records of grant expenses reported, extracting expense information from the accounting software and analyzing the expenses to ensure accuracy and make determinations about allowable expenses for funders, tracking grant terms, and working with the Finance Manager on budgeting and closing out grants. The Finance and HR Coordinator will also work with the Grants Coordinator to ensure case deliverable and fiscal reporting is in alignment. 
  • Human Resources: The Finance and HR Coordinator will be responsible for biweekly processing of payroll through a third-party provider, maintaining up-to-date deductions, compensation, and all relevant record-keeping. Also, the Finance and HR Coordinator will be responsible for benefits administration, such as maintaining employee enrollments and changes, and will assist the HR Manager in all personnel records management. 
  • Supportive tasks: Assist the Finance Director and Finance & HR Managers in the financial, HR, and operating tasks required by the program. 

 
QUALIFICATIONS:  
 
Applicants should demonstrate the following:  

  • Commitment to the program’s mission and core values 
  • Strong and demonstrated accounting skills 
  • Proficient in Microsoft programs with high proficiency using Microsoft Excel 
  • Appropriate judgment in addressing and resolving financial and reporting issues in accordance with the relevant accounting principle or policy 
  • Experience processing payroll 
  • Experience with benefits administration 
  • Capacity to work collegially and effectively with staff throughout the program;  
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy in individual work 
  • Ability to maintain necessary systems to support work and work deliverables in a timely manner 
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and to prioritize work as needed 
  • Desire to contribute to and maintain Pine Tree’s high standards for excellence 

 
Applicant should have an Associate’s Degree and/or equivalent prior experience in business, accounting, benefits administration or fiscal grant administration practices. Experience in a non-profit environment preferred. Experience with Abila MIP Accounting Software, Employee Navigator, and Evolution payroll a plus. 
 
Salary for the Finance and HR Coordinator position is based on experience. Benefits include 13 paid holidays, paid parental leave, sick leave, vacation leave, health insurance (PTLA covers portion of premium), vision and dental insurance, 403(b) Retirement Plan, Flexible Spending Account, HRA contributions to eligible employees, disability, life and AD&D insurance, voluntary life insurance, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs.  This is a non-exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  
  
Interested applicants please submit a letter of interest, current resume, and 3 professional references to: employment@ptla.org 
  
Pine Tree Legal Assistance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to employing and supporting individuals who are passionate about social justice and have relevant work experience, regardless of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical or mental disability, religion, familial status or experience with poverty, receipt of public assistance, or homelessness. 


Fair Housing Unit Paralegal

PTLA seeks a dynamic and computer savvy person to work within its Fair Housing unit and to provide client intake and support for enforcement, testing and education/outreach activities.  

PTLA is Maine’s oldest and largest civil legal aid provider. Founded in 1968, PTLA operates from offices in Portland, Lewiston, Augusta, Bangor, Machias and Presque Isle. We provide advice, education, and free representation in civil legal matters affecting low-income individuals, such as evictions, housing discrimination, public benefits, consumer credit, domestic violence, divorce and custody, and legal issues affecting indigenous peoples, veterans of foreign wars, and farmworkers. For additional information about our services, see https://ptla.org.

Representative Tasks

  • Provide program-wide client intake under the supervision of the Intake Manager. Tasks include:
  • Eligibility screening
  • Detailed, accurate data entry
  • Potentially liaising with language translation service providers and Deaf and Hard of Hearing service providers
  • Provide legal information and referrals
  • Document specific violations of state and federal Fair Housing laws
  • Support Fair Housing litigation before administrative bodies and courts under Attorney supervision
  • Assist with training, development, and coordination of testers and tests under Attorney supervision
  • Prepare and distribute quarterly Fair Housing Newsletter
  • Provide consistent and timely grant reporting
  • Contribute to weekly meeting agendas
  • Develop and maintain Fair Housing website materials under Attorney supervision
  • Education and outreach activities 

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Organized, discreet, detail oriented, and excellent time management skills
  • Familiarity with Office 365 or Microsoft programs preferred
  • Comfortable communicating with people in crisis and/or who have limited English proficiency
  • Have linguistic and cultural perspectives that would aid our work
  • Interest in algorithms, digital recording, databases, and geographic information system mapping


Compensation and Benefits

Salary starts at $48,360. Benefits include 13 paid holidays, paid parental leave, sick leave, vacation leave, health insurance (PTLA covers portion of premium), vision and dental insurance, 403(K) Retirement Plan, Flexible Spending Account, HSA contributions to eligible employees, disability, life and AD&D insurance, voluntary life insurance, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs. This is a non-exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Interested applicants please submit a letter of interest, current resume, and 3 professional references to: employment@ptla.org

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to employing and supporting individuals who are passionate about social justice and have relevant work experience, regardless of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical or mental disability, religion, familial status or experience with poverty, receipt of public assistance, or homelessness.