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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 $59,100-$96,100, depending on experience.
  • The salary range for paralegals and other non-exempt staff is currently $44,250-$66,250, depending on experience.
  • Benefits include employer-paid health insurance with HSA 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:

HR Director

Pro Bono Staff Attorney

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

Eviction Prevention Paralegal Advocates - Bangor, Portland

Bookkeeper

Basic Litigation Staff Attorney - Machias

 


HR Director

HR Director will support growing PTLA team. Reporting directly to Finance Director, HR Director will be a solo HR Practitioner combining strategic and operational tasks, such as:

  • Talent Acquisition: coordinate recruitment, hiring, and retention activities to ensure a talented, diverse, engaged workforce committed to the organization’s mission.
  • Payroll: HRD is responsible for maintaining and processing the PTLA payroll for production by an outside company, as well as all related reports and records as relate to W2s, 1095s, etc.
  • Work with the Deputy Director in their support of middle managers supervision, implementing best practices for staff wellbeing, support, and productivity
  • Being a resource for staff when there are employment-related questions and/or questions related to timekeeping, payroll, benefits, etc.
  • Benefits: administering benefits plans, including benefits enrollments, changes, terminations, COBRA administration, and maintaining and handling compliance-related forms. This includes medical benefits as well as retirement plan benefits. Additionally, the HR Director will work with the Finance Director to review plans annually and coordinate open enrollment for benefits plans.
  • Administering leave time, administer timekeeping records in case management system.
  • Wage and data reporting: ACA and federal labor reports, worker compensation audit, and other required audits and reports.
  • Personnel records support: The HR Director is responsible for ensuring all documents and information are properly stored and updated. Additionally, the HR Director will maintain schedules and charts related to personnel, such as union membership, salary/benefits records, and seniority charts. Maintaining and updating job descriptions.
  • Ensuring that all personnel policies and human resources practices are administered appropriately and consistently, and that PTLA is in compliance with all relevant laws.
  • Participating in grant management as it relates to employee policies. Will be responsible for ensuring employee policies are in compliance with grant requirements.
  • Participating in Union negotiations, any CBA related matters

 
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Ms. Necia Chaparin (nchaparin@ptla.org) and Mr. Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org) with copies to Ms. Elizabeth Johnson (ejohnson@ptla.org).


Pro Bono Staff Attorney

Pine Tree Legal Assistance has an immediate opening for a unique and exciting staff attorney position within the pro bono program. The pro bono staff attorney is an essential member of a three-person team tasked with recruiting, training, and supporting volunteers who provide legal assistance to Pine Tree clients in priority areas of law. The pro bono staff attorney role offers a great opportunity for new or experienced practitioners to engage in litigation, training, networking within the legal community, and outreach to low-income communities throughout Maine.

The pro bono staff attorney reports to the director of pro bono services, Shannon Karam, and the paralegal in the pro bono program, Mary Murphy.

Pine Tree has relied for decades on the support of skilled and dedicated volunteers to help expand access to justice to individuals around the State. Pine Tree provides pro bono case referrals in a wide range of housing and consumer matters, IRS disputes, veterans’ estate planning cases, representation of students in school disciplinary proceedings, and more. Pine Tree volunteers handled nearly 190 pro bono cases in 2021 and the number is expected to increase to more than 200 cases in 2022. Pine Tree also maintains robust student internship and externship programs during the summer and academic year. The pro bono unit works with Pine Tree staff, volunteers, community stakeholders, bar associations, law firms, colleges, and law schools throughout Maine to increase Pine Tree’s capacity to provide exceptional legal services to the community. The pro bono staff attorney will provide support in all of these efforts.

The position is based in Pine Tree’s Portland office, although some time may be spent at other locations. Travel to attend court, meetings, events, and statewide trainings should be expected. The full job description is available on request.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Pro Bono Director, Shannon Karam (skaram@ptla.org), with copies to Deputy Executive Director, Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org), and Executive Assistant, Elizabeth Johnson (ejohnson@ptla.org).


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

Announcing 4 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, Machias, Bangor and Augusta 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. 


Machias Eviction Prevention Litigation Attorney
This is an exciting opportunity to have an immediate and profound impact on housing in rural Maine, including for Maine’s indigenous peoples, by working on eviction defense in our Machias Office with a focus on Hancock County, and the Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribal courts. The attorney will be expected to maintain office hours at least two days a week.  

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 Managing Attorney Nicole Golden Bouchard (ngolden-bouchard@ptla.org), with copies to Deputy Executive Director, Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org), and Executive Assistant, Elizabeth Johnson (ejohnson@ptla.org).

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.

Like the Machias position, the Presque Isle position is currently funded by HUD through July 2024. 

Interested applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Managing Attorney Lisa Chase (lchase@ptla.org), with copies to Deputy Executive Director, Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org), and Executive Assistant, Elizabeth Johnson (ejohnson@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.  

Similar to the Presque Isle and Machias positions, this position is currently funded by HUD through July 2024.

Interested applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Managing Attorney Erica Veazey (eveazey@ptla.org), with copies to Deputy Executive Director, Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org), and Executive Assistant, Elizabeth Johnson (ejohnson@ptla.org).

Augusta Eviction Prevention Litigation Attorney
The Augusta Eviction Prevention Litigation Attorney will help address the housing crisis in Central Maine by focusing on eviction defense in our Augusta Office service area which includes Kennebec, Somerset, Knox and Lincoln Counties.  

This position is funded by a grant from MaineHousing. The position is currently funded through the end of 2022. The grant is expected to be renewed for one year. 

Interested applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Managing Attorney Katy Childs (kchilds@ptla.org), with copies to Deputy Executive Director, Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org), and Executive Assistant, Elizabeth Johnson (ejohnson@ptla.org).


 

Eviction Prevention Paralegal Advocates - Bangor, Portland

Be Part of the Solution. 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 two eviction defense paralegals! 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.

These positions will be located in Bangor and Portland. If interested, see below for more detail. Each position is funded through July 2024. 

Bangor
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 Managing Attorney Erica Veazey (eveazey@ptla.org), with copies to Director of Intake, Maureen Boston, (mboston@ptla.org), and Executive Assistant, Elizabeth Johnson (ejohnson@ptla.org).

Portland
The paralegal based in Portland will focus on eviction prevention in some of Maine’s busiest courts. They will support work in Cumberland and York Counties. The paralegal will be supervised by Managing Attorney Katie McGovern.  

Interested applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Managing Attorney Katie McGovern (kmcgovern@ptla.org), with copies to Director of Intake, Maureen Boston, (mboston@ptla.org), and Executive Assistant, Elizabeth Johnson (ejohnson@ptla.org).


Bookkeeper

The Bookkeeper assists Pine Tree’s Fiscal Team with the day-to-day fiscal operation of the program.

Essential job functions include

  • Accounts Payable
  • Processing cash receipts
  • Fiscal custodian responsibilities
  • Fiscal reporting
  • Other administrative support

Applicants should have an Associate’s Degree in a related field and/or equivalent prior experience in business, accounting, or bookkeeping practices. Nonprofit accounting experience is preferred. 

This position is based in Pine Tree’s Augusta office. 


Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume, and three references to Finance Director Necia Chaparin (nchaparin@ptla.org).


Basic Litigation Staff Attorney - Machias

An opportunity to serve rural Maine! 

We have a position open for a self-directed, motivated poverty law attorney to serve the rural communities in Downeast Maine.   The Machias office of Pine Tree Legal Assistance is responsible for handling a wide range of civil legal needs of low-income residents of the office service area, which includes Hancock and Washington Counties. Case acceptance decisions are made by the office as a whole, consistent with Pine Tree’s approved Statement of Priorities and specific grant requirements, which may change over time. 

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.  This position will enjoy the opportunity for travel throughout the service area.  The attorney will supervise and support the work of the local office paralegal, both 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 small 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 trainings and events geared toward community members and other agencies serving low-income clients in Downeast Maine. In addition, the attorney will contribute to community education and awareness of their legal rights through development of written client education materials as well as other material for distribution and access.  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 Downeast Maine. Interested applicants for this position should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Managing Attorney Nicole Golden Bouchard (ngolden-bouchard@ptla.org), with copies to Deputy Executive Director, Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org), and Executive Assistant, Elizabeth Johnson (ejohnson@ptla.org).