DHA HOUSING SOLUTIONS FOR NORTH TEXAS
AUGUST 29, 2022
JOB TITLE: PARALEGAL, SR.
SALARY RANGE: NEGOTIABLE
Summary: Under general supervision of the General Counsel, prepares and maintains legal papers, files and correspondence, prepares court documents, schedules board meetings and maintains minutes, and performs various duties in the Office of General Counsel.
Essential Job Functions: The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification. Shown are duties intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
- Assisting the Office of General Counsel in preparation for hearings and trials.
- Investigate and fact-finding for cases, preparing detailed case documentation, including, opening and closing cases, investigation summaries, activity logs, and correspondence.
- Research and identify relevant case law, legal articles, statutes, state and local law and ordinances.
- Assisting in preparing legal documents such as leases, motions, contracts and agreements.
- Organizing, indexing and tracking files.
- Analyzing and organizing information to produce reports.
- Monitoring and reviewing government regulations and informing General Counsel of necessary agency updates.
- Providing administrative support for the Office of General Counsel and outside counsel.
- Maintains litigation cases files, Board minutes, committee/subcommittee minutes, assigns litigation case numbers, and creates folders and logs on computer system.
- Assists and greets tenants, clients, visitors and DHA personnel. Answers the telephone and forwards calls to appropriate staff.
- Assists with lease enforcement and lease enforcement training, and various other legal proceedings and correspondence.
- Tracks active and inactive files.
- Assist secretarial staff from other departments on various projects.
- Under the direction of the General Counsel, creates and manages DHA entities, updating relevant information with Secretary of State as necessary.
- Receive, research and response to incoming questions or complaints; provide information, explain policy and procedures and/or facilitate a resolution.
- Prepare documents and coordinate execution and delivery of documentation to other departments, outside counsel, government agencies, vendors, etc.
- Acts as a permanent member of the Grievance Panel or as the Hearing Officer in hearing public housing resident grievances.
- Preparing documents relating to a variety of real estate, loan and construction matters, based on consultation with business clients and review by attorneys, including but not limited to agreements, leases, loan documents, and standard construction documents.
- Analyzing title documents and legal descriptions of property.
- Investigates and coordinates Fair Housing Complaints received from City of Dallas and/or Department of Housing and Urban Development, when directed.
- Works closely with attorneys to resolve a variety of day-to-day issues, and supporting a broad range of projects.
- Explains nature of DHA programs, procedures and services to clients; maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, client records and DHA information.
- Supports the relationship between DHA and the constituent population by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with clients, visitors, and DHA staff.
- Enthusiastically promotes the President/CEO’s priorities for the operations of DHA.
- Schedules board meetings, posts meeting notices, prepares meeting materials and types meeting minutes.
- Schedule meetings with outside staff and personnel.
- Keep track of office supplies and Office General materials.
- Multi-tasking and prioritizing work assignments to consistently provide high-quality work within stated deadlines.
- Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Knowledge and Skills:
- Knowledge of DHA policies and procedures.
- Knowledge of the principles of record keeping and records management.
- Knowledge of legal principles and procedures.
- Knowledge of Texas civil and criminal law and judicial procedures.
- Knowledge of legal terminology and forms.
- Knowledge of business English, spelling, arithmetic, punctuation and grammar.
- Knowledge of office practices and procedures.
- Strong organization skills with attention to detail and ability to accomplish multiple tasks within agreed upon timeframes through effective prioritization of details.
- Skill in data entry and preparing reports and complex forms.
- Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of business software.
- Skill in maintaining files and taking notes.
- Skill in maintaining confidentiality and dealing effectively with legal inquiries and problems.
- Skill in effective communication, both verbal and written.
- Skill in interacting with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
Must be able to lift/carry up to 10 pounds.
Bachelors’ degree in paralegal studies, knowledge of legal terminology, knowledge of Public Housing law, corporations, real estate, banking, secured transactions, maintaining legal files, and six (6) years of legal experience, express willingness and ability to learn new skills; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled
Explanation of Hiring Process
Thank you for your interest in job opportunities with the Dallas Housing Authority. All applications for open posted positions must be submitted via on-line at www.dhantx.com. No on-line applications will be accepted after the noted closing date on the announcement. We encourage you to visit our website often to view and apply for vacant positions with the agency.
DHA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity and all employees and applicants are treated equally without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.