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Legal Assistant


Since 1971, WISE has been the only organization dedicated to providing crisis advocacy and support for people and communities impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking within 23 communities of the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. WISE offers a confidential and free 24-hour crisis line, peer support groups and workshops, emergency and transitional shelter, safety planning and in-person advocacy at hospitals, police stations, court houses and other social service agencies. WISE provides essential immigration legal services and works with youth, professionals, and the community to develop culturally relevant community education and comprehensive prevention strategies. WISE is committed to engaging everyone in learning to recognize and eliminate the root causes of violence.

Mission: WISE leads the Upper Valley to end gender-based violence through survivor-centered advocacy, prevention, education and mobilization for social change.

Vision: A world of freedom, justice, equality and dignity where all thrive.

The Legal Assistant is responsible for supporting the WISE Immigration Attorney and the clients served by the Welcoming All Nationalities Network (WANN) program which serves immigrant and refugee survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Using a trauma-informed and culturally humble lens, this position will include case management, client meetings and follow-up, drafting legal applications and documents, and other various administrative tasks necessary to ensure comprehensive attention to client needs.

Hours: 10 - 15 hours per week

Reports to: WANN Director and Immigration Attorney

  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and comfortable with taking both initiative and direction
  • Ability to research and analyze with an attention to detail
  • Works well independently and is able to meet deadlines
  • Experience with setting up organizational and resource systems
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills; skilled at building and maintaining warm relationships with colleagues, clients, and system partners
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer literate in at least Microsoft Suite including especially Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams and WWW
  • Able to lift 40lbs, and stand or sit for long stretches
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, required minimum vehicle insurance coverage
  • Legal experience a plus
  • Prior experience working with immigrant and refugee populations, or a strong desire to learn, is preferred
  • Schedule intakes and consultations with potential and existing clients, arranging for and utilizing translation and interpreter services when necessary
  • Assist WANN attorney in screening for legal needs, answer inquiries, and make referrals as appropriate
  • Maintain communications with potential and existing clients regarding status of case
  • Prepare and review immigration applications and other legal documents for review by attorney
  • Conduct research and analysis as needed in support of client cases
  • Organize and maintain paper and electronic files for WANN program
  • Manage WANN program calendar and coordinate and schedule meetings as needed 
  • Collect and report data on WANN program and clients
  • Attend WISE staff and team meetings, retreats, professional development
  • Other tasks as designated by the WANN Director or WISE Executive and/or Associate Directors
How to Apply:

Please submit cover letter and resume to WISE Executive Director Peggy O'Neil at

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Date Added: June 17, 2022

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