Project Director/Attorney and Paralegal - Huntingdon House



Projct Director/Attorney and Paralegal

Huntingdon House
A domestic violence service program
Located in the beautiful rural central Pennsylvania
Town of Huntingdon, PA
Announces the following Employment Opportunities.

Positions available immediately and open until filled.

Huntingdon House is offering an exciting opportunity to the right Project Director/Attorney and Paralegal who are equipped to create a civil legal representation office from the ground up! 

Become a leader in the Court of Huntingdon County as an advocate for domestic violence survivors, work with rural survivors to create safer access to legal services in remote or isolated rural population centers, and provide education and advocacy about providing justice for survivors of domestic violence.  All within a best practices model of survivor centered work.

The Project Director/Attorney and Paralegal will work closely with the Counseling/Advocacy staff of Huntingdon House to strengthen our continuum of services to create safer options and better avenues to justice for survivors who are fleeing domestic violence.

Civil Legal Representation Project - Project Director/Attorney:
The Director of the Huntingdon County Civil Legal Representation Project (HCCLRP) is responsible for leading the HCCLRP and providing effective civil legal representation of victims of domestic violence to the Court in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. 

The Director will supervise the HCCLRP staff and ensure that the project provides legal information, consultation and representation for program participants at Huntingdon House (HH) a program for survivors of domestic violence. HCCLRP includes a strong focus on serving rural domestic violence survivors.  The Project Director also contributes to the coordinated community response to domestic violence in Huntingdon County.

Law degree from an accredited law school and license to practice law in Pennsylvania required.  Prior experience in the practice of family and/or public interest law, as well as, expertise in working with survivors of Domestic Violence and providing court advocacy about the impact of domestic violence preferred.

Civil Legal Representation Project -  Paralegal:   
Conduct client interviews and maintain general contact with clients of the Huntingdon County Civil Legal Representation Project, who are victims of domestic violence, including conducting interviews and general contact at rural meeting sites. Conduct web-based case law, statutory and regulatory research.  Maintain court schedule and calendar.  Maintain legal project records and filing system.  Draft and edit legal documents, correspondence and pleadings under the supervision of The Project Director. 

At least one year of legal assistant experience in a litigation and family law practice, or a public interest law firm or similar setting is preferred.  Knowledge of unique issues facing rural victims of domestic violence is preferred.  Must possess excellent writing, proofreading, professional telephone skills and a willingness to develop and learn new skills.  Excellent and demonstrated word processing required, knowledge of Excel spreadsheet, West Law and case management software is desirable.

Both positions require a strong commitment to:

  • the provision of Domestic Violence services with a client empowerment and feminist perspective;
  • the struggle against ageism, classism, racism, ableism, homophobia and heterosexism;
  • support and involve people of all racial, social, ethnic, religious, cultural and economic groups

Application Process:

Those interested in this position may apply by submitting a letter of interest, a current resume/curriculum vitae, and a complete list of three or more personal and professional references to:

Jean Riddle Collins, Executive Director
PO Box 217
Huntingdon, PA  16652
814-643-2801 office phone
814-643-2419 fax