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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:

Family Law and Victim Rights Attorney, Augusta

Family Law and Victim Rights Attorney, Bangor

Fair Housing Enforcement Attorney, Augusta

KIDS Legal Attorney

Eviction Research Coordinator and Analyst

Grants Coordinator

Executive Administrative Assistant

 

Family Law and Victim Rights Attorney, Augusta

Working in partnership with Family Violence Project staff and a domestic violence resource center serving Kennebec and Somerset Counties, the attorney should expect to provide a range of legal services primarily to individuals who have experienced domestic violence, as well as those who have experienced sexual assault.  Legal advocacy will range from advice and limited representation to full legal representation in the cases in which representation will have the greatest impact in the two-county service area. The project will focus primarily on protection from abuse, with advocacy for economic abuse and to address other financial protections, as well as extended family matter cases.  The overall approach will also include screening and representation or referral for related housing, consumer, benefits, and other common civil legal issues (which may be handled by other Pine Tree staff.  The attorney’s litigation caseload will average 100 cases/year, depending on experience when they start.

The attorney will use case-referral systems and case acceptance protocols currently used within Pine Tree’s family law and victim rights unit and will work closely with the partner agencies to refine the referral form and develop referral protocols. The attorney will need to be able to assess and triage cases in consultation with their supervising attorney, provide consultations to staff of the Family Violence Project in appropriate case-related issues, consult and collaborate with other service providers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and others involved in the community response team, and put in place systems to most effectively address the holistic legal needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The attorney will work with the statewide team to gain skills and participate in training including Maine specific legal topics, trauma-informed interviewing, working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, including secondary traumatic stress, and trial skills, among other topics.

The attorney is also responsible for community engagement and networking to strengthen Pine Tree’s reputation and access to legal services by eligible individuals, consistent with other work and time commitments.  These activities can include the provision of outreach and/or trainings to community agencies and other groups that serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, or low-income individuals, or work on collaborations or other initiatives designed to address specific legal needs of domestic and sexual assault survivors.

The full job description is available on request.

Prior experience working with victims of domestic violence or sexual assault is required.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Managing Attorney and position supervisor Ms. Lisa Chase (lchase@ptla.org) with copies to Executive Director Ms. Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org), Deputy Director Mr. Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org) and HR Director Ms. Olesya Shkut (oshkut@ptla.org).


Family Law and Victim Rights Attorney, Bangor

Working in partnership with Partners for Peace and the Penobscot National Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center serving Penobscot and Piscataquis County, the attorney should expect to provide a range of legal services primarily to individuals who have experienced domestic violence, as well as those who have experienced sexual assault.  Legal advocacy will range from advice and limited representation to full legal representation in the cases in which representation will have the greatest impact. The project will focus primarily on protection from abuse, with advocacy for economic abuse and to address other financial protections, as well as extended family matter cases.  The overall approach will also include screening and representation or referral for related housing, consumer, benefits, and other common civil legal issues (which may be handled by other Pine Tree staff.  The attorney is expected to provide full representation in  100 cases per year (primarily protection orders), and provide limited service in an additional 50 cases/year. 

The attorney will use case-referral systems and case acceptance protocols currently used within Pine Tree’s family law and victim rights unit and will work closely with the partner agencies to refine the referral form and develop referral protocols. The attorney will need to be able to assess and triage cases in consultation with their supervising attorney, provide consultations to partner agency staff in appropriate case-related issues, consult and collaborate with other service providers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and others involved in the community response team, and put in place systems to most effectively address the holistic legal needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.. The attorney will work with the statewide team to gain skills and participate in training including Maine specific legal topics, trauma-informed interviewing, working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, including secondary traumatic stress, and trial skills, among other topics.

The attorney is also responsible for community engagement and networking to strengthen Pine Tree’s reputation and access to legal services by eligible individuals, consistent with other work and time commitments.  These activities can include the provision of outreach and/or trainings to community agencies and other groups that serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, or low-income individuals, or work on collaborations or other initiatives designed to address specific legal needs of domestic and sexual assault survivors.

The full job description is available on request.

Prior experience working with victims of domestic violence or sexual assault is required.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Managing Attorney and position supervisor Ms. Lisa Chase (lchase@ptla.org) with copies to Executive Director Ms. Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org), Deputy Director Mr. Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org) and HR Director Ms. Olesya Shkut (oshkut@ptla.org).  


Fair Housing Enforcement Attorney, Augusta

We are currently looking for a Fair Housing Enforcement Attorney who is responsible for enforcement of national and state fair housing laws through direct representation of low-income Maine residents who experienced violations of their rights as protected class members. Specific grant requirements are defined in the Statement of Work between Pine Tree Legal Assistance and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in connection with the current award (which runs through June 30, 2023.) The attorney will provide direct representation in the administrative complaint process through the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and/or the Maine Human Rights Commission. The attorney should also expect to represent clients in Maine’s Superior Courts or Federal Courts, but especially in the Kennebec Superior Court in Augusta. Court cases will involve affirmative litigation to seek injunctive relief and damages, including emotional damages, as well as legal fees.  The litigation is frequently complex and involves extended discovery and motion practice. The administrative complaints in the attorney’s case load are not summary proceedings and frequently require extended work.  The attorney in this role is also expected to consult and with and provide supervision support for the work of the local office paralegals and attorneys both in the provision of limited legal assistance and in other work that advances the purpose and intent of the Fair Housing Unit.

Community outreach is a critical component of the work performed by the attorney. In addition, trainings and presentations related to the Fair Housing Act and Maine Human Rights Act are also a critical component of the position with targets set out in the grant requirements. Compliance with grant reporting requirements is also a component of the position. Other required activities include development of written client education materials, collaborations, and other initiatives designed to address specific legal needs of low-income individuals harmed by discrimination and to affirmatively further fair housing. The attorney is expected to work closely with the Fair Housing Testing Coordinator in executing project goals and strategizing around case development and affirmative action to address systemic discrimination in housing practices.

This position is best suited for an attorney comfortable with the expectations and requirements of affirmative litigation. Trauma-informed lawyering skills are valuable.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Deputy Director and position supervisor Mr. Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org) with copies to Executive Director Ms. Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org), and HR Director Ms. Olesya Shkut (oshkut@ptla.org).


KIDS Legal Attorney

Pine Tree is seeking a full-time attorney to join our Kids Legal Unit, which has been in operation since 2004 to provide focused attention to the legal needs of low-income children and youth, especially in education-related matters. The attorney will primarily participate in development of appropriate individualized education plans for low-income clients, as well as handle suspension/expulsion or related proceedings, typically at the administrative level. Past Kids Legal work has also addressed discrimination against BIPOC and LGBTQ students in the school setting. As resources permit and the needs of the client community require, the attorney may also handle litigation in other areas of law (including emancipation, housing, or benefits issues) in State or Federal court. The attorney provides supervision support for the work of the Kids Legal paralegal (both in the provision of limited legal assistance and in other work specific to the attorney’s caseload) and, as needed, supports volunteer attorneys who have agreed to provide representation in these matters. The attorney is also responsible for community engagement and networking to strengthen Kids Legal and Pine Tree’s reputation and access to legal services by eligible individuals, consistent with other work and time commitments. These activities include development or updating of written client education materials for www.kidslegal.org, the provision of outreach and/or trainings to staff, community agencies and other groups on the legal needs of this client population, and work on collaborations or other initiatives designed to increase access to justice for these clients. Specific decisions about how to prioritize between these time commitments are made in consultation with other colleagues and the attorney supervisor. A copy of the full job description is available upon request.

Required Education and Experience

Significant prior experience with education advocacy is required (including familiarity with IEPs, school suspension and discipline proceedings). Prior experience with enrollment issues related to homeless students is preferred.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Managing Attorney and position supervisor Ms. Lucia Chomeau Hunt (lucia@ptla.org) with copies to Executive Director Ms. Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org), Deputy Director Mr. Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org) and HR Director Ms. Olesya Shkut (oshkut@ptla.org).


Eviction Research Coordinator and Analyst

The Eviction Research Coordinator and Analyst will support a new research program with a focus on analyzing eviction trends in Maine. This individual will have a key role in reviewing court files, collecting and recording data, and extrapolating and producing findings.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research and data collection, including travel throughout the state to review files at district courts.
  • Gather, enter, compile, analyze and maintain data in a data system.
  • Produce reports, summary documents, infographics, and presentations, including report writing, editing, and designing.
  • Obtaining and maintaining an understanding of the eviction process in Maine sufficient to support analysis of data.
  • Analyze data and share insight regarding legal issues facing Mainers including consideration of geography, demographics, and other factors
  • Work with program managers to communicate findings.
  • Provide administrative support to projects as needed and other duties as assigned.
  • Collaborate with other Pine Tree staff to work on ways to expand access to justice in Maine.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience in research, data collection and related systems.
  • Experience in statistical analysis.
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and presentation software required.
  • Ability to develop proficiency in using unique case management/database software
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Experience in organizing and maintaining moderately complex filing and records systems and Excel databases.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with partner agencies, court personnel, and other government entities.
  • Strong reading, spelling/grammar and general writing and math skills.
  • Effective planning, organization, and time management skills. Must adhere to deadlines.
  • In-state travel required.
  • The ideal candidate will be creative and hardworking, enjoy writing and collaborating with others, be detail-oriented, and motivated by the organization’s mission.   

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


Grants Coordinator

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is Maine’s oldest and largest civil legal aid provider. We believe that there should be fairness, justice and equality for all, and, that if we can instill more fairness in our society, there will be less poverty. Our mission is to ensure that state and federal laws affecting poor people are upheld, while also addressing the systemic barriers to justice faced by Mainers with low incomes. To achieve our mission, we provide free civil legal assistance in cases where it can make a difference in one’s ability to meet one’s basic human needs or in enforcing one’s basic human rights.

The Grants Coordinator manages reporting and communications to a large number of funders. As such, the Grants Coordinator has the opportunity to be on the forefront of innovative projects throughout the state. The Grants Coordinator will work with staff in all six of Pine Tree’s offices to ensure progress and compliance with 24+ federal, state, and philanthropic grants. The Grants Coordinator will also work with the organization to implement its fundraising plan and will provide administrative support to staff in Pine Tree’s administrative office. The Grants Coordinator is based in Pine Tree’s Portland Office and is supervised by the Development Director.

The ideal candidate will be creative and hardworking, enjoy writing and collaborating with others, and motivated by the organization’s mission.

Essential Functions:

  • Monitoring progress and deadlines for 24+ federal, state, and philanthropic grants (includes meeting with staff and reviewing data);
  •  Preparing grant reports;
  • Maintaining comprehensive files for all grants;
  • Communicating with program staff around grant objectives;
  • Working with the Finance Director to ensure appropriate spending on grants and compliance with monitoring of sub-grants;
  • Manages time and priorities in an effective manner;
  • As needed, support staff in other philanthropic fundraising activities, such as special events, annual fund campaigns, special campaigns, researching new grant opportunities and other activities as appropriate;
  • As needed, provide administrative support to Pine Tree’s Central Administrative office, including answering phones, opening mail, providing staff support to the Board of Directors, assisting with general building management tasks, and other tasks, as requested.

Job Requirements:

Applicants should demonstrate the following:

  • Positive approach;
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written);
  • Organized, able to prioritize work, able to multi-task and handle multiple responsibilities;
  • Ability to track & manage multiple grants
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office (including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Publisher);
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills;
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; related education and experience may be considered in lieu of degree; and
  • Desire to contribute to and maintain Pine Tree’s high standards for excellence.


The position requires 37.5 hours per week. The starting salary for is $41,750/year. Benefit package includes health, dental (at no cost to employee) and vision insurance, 403 (b) retirement plan with company 5% match of annual salary after waiting period, FSA, Disability, Life & AD&D Insurance (at no cost to employee), HSA contributions to the eligible employees, Employee Assistance Program and generous paid leave benefits.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Development Director and position supervisor, Ms. Helen Meyer (hmeyer@ptla.org), with a copy to HR Director Ms. Olesya Shkut (oshkut@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).