This position will be based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

About FIRE

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending liberty, freedom of speech, due process, academic freedom, legal equality, and freedom of conscience on our nation’s college campuses. Please visit thefire.org to gain a sense of our work and mission.

Position Description

FIRE is seeking an experienced paralegal to support our dynamic and effective defense of student and faculty rights nationwide. The paralegal will report to the Director of Litigation, and will work alongside our Staff Attorneys, the Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, and occasionally the Legislative and Policy Director. Additionally, the paralegal will correspond with other FIRE departments, external attorneys, students, and faculty.

The duties for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the Director of Litigation and Staff Attorneys with administrative, technical, and procedural tasks, including preparation for filings, depositions, hearings, trials, and conferences;
  • Organizing, tracking, and managing Litigation documents and files;
  • Maintaining departmental calendar with attention to deadlines and filing requirements for all Litigation matters;
  • Managing open records act requests;
  • Assisting with administrative tracking and management of organization’s overall caseload;
  • Assisting with the production, formatting, uploading, and sending of correspondence to colleges, attorneys, courts, legislators, and other recipients for FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program, Litigation department, and Legislative and Policy department;
  • Managing metrics and other statistics derived from case management system;
  • Assisting with the preparation and filing of documents with legislative bodies and other organizations or individuals.

The expected start date for this position is flexible.

Qualifications

Candidates with two or more years of paralegal experience in a litigation setting are strongly preferred, and professional certification is required. Additional, well-qualified candidates will possess:

  • Strong organizational skills and sharp attention to detail;
  • Expertise in Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, and related programs;
  • Experience with LexisNexis / WestLaw, PACER and ECF, and related services;
  • Experience working in multiple jurisdictions;
  • Experience with preparation of legal documents for filing and service;
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills (phone and email courtesy, ability to properly manage sensitive information to maintain confidence of students, faculty, and colleagues);
  • Efficiency;
  • Excellent editorial and copy editing skills;
  • Familiarity with organizational mission.

Salary and Compensation

Starting salary is negotiable and depends upon experience and education level. FIRE conducts periodic evaluations where employees may receive raises or bonuses for outstanding and excellent work. FIRE also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes employer-paid comprehensive health, dental, and life insurance; a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account option; matching retirement contributions; and a generous paid time-off plan.

Applications

Applicants should provide a resume, cover letter, a professional writing sample, salary requirements, and contact information for at least two professional references. All applications are confidential. Please address applications to Peyton Cudaback, Director of Human Resources. Applications can be emailed to hr@thefire.org.

FIRE is an equal opportunity employer.