Job Title:  Paralegal
Status:      Full-time
Division:   Legal
Location:  Alexandria, VA

Islamic Relief strives to alleviate poverty and suffering wherever it is found, paying no heed to gender, race or creed.  With permanent locations in over 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, Islamic Relief provides emergency disaster relief when it is needed, and spearheads development projects in multiple sectors, including education, income generation, orphan support, health and nutrition, and water and sanitation.

Position Summary:

Islamic Relief USA is seeking a Paralegal at its headquarters just outside of Washington, DC in Alexandria, Virginia.  The Paralegal will assist the Legal Department in providing legal guidance to senior management and various departments in order to strengthen legal protections for the organization and promote its continued compliance with applicable laws and regulations.  The Paralegal position will directly report to the Associate Counsel.   The paralegal position researches law, investigates facts, and prepares documents to assist the Corporate Counsel by performing a variety of support duties.  The candidate must show the commitment to IRUSA’s faith inspired values and principles as well as a commitment to the vision and mission of the organization.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Legal Duties

  • Researches and analyzes law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treaties, constitutions, and legal codes.
  • Prepares legal documents such as contracts, briefs, pleadings, appeals, contracts, and corporate documents.
  • Assist in the implementation of departmental and organizational contract management systems.
  • Assist in collection, review and production of discovery requests.
  • Investigates facts and law of case to determine causes of action and to prepare case accordingly.
  • Performs other clerical duties such as scheduling appointments, providing information to callers, taking dictation, composing and typing routine correspondence, and reading and routing incoming mail
  • Prepares affidavits of documents and maintains document file..

Compliance Management

  • Monitors and maintains the organization’s active and archived policies and procedures, and responds to inquiries from staff as necessary.
  • Researches and analyzes non-profit compliance standards and best practices to incorporate into daily operations and governance.
  • Monitors the organization’s adherence to non-profit industry operational practices once policy and practice guidelines are in place, and stays abreast of NGO news/modifications to industry standards and trends.
  • Serves as the Legal Department liaison to division management and staff to identify areas of non-compliance and recommend feasible solutions.
  • Files correspondence and legal documents in office filing system.
  • Upholding and monitoring compliance with the IRUSA Code of Ethics, including ensuring that confidentiality of the Legal Department is maintained at all times.
  • Assists the in-house Legal staff in staff trainings, as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the in-house Legal staff.
  • Ensures proper indexing and filing of original legal documents.
  • Upon executive management approval, coordinate with and provide guidance to division management in their implementation of division policies and procedures.
  • Assists in conducting internal investigations.

Insurance Management

  • Serves as the administrator of all corporate insurance policies, including all annual renewals.
  • Manages claims on domestic and foreign lines of commercial insurance to help resolve claims, including coordinating activities with insurers for any issues that arise in a pending claim.
  • Manages the corporate insurance process, including maintaining necessary forms, ensuring organizational compliance with claims reporting procedures, and maintaining complete insurance records and claim files.

General Duties

  • Files correspondence and legal documents in office filing system.
  • Upholding and monitoring compliance with the IRUSA Code of Ethics, including ensuring that confidentiality of the Legal Department is maintained at all times.
  • Assists the in-house Legal staff in staff trainings, as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the in-house Legal staff.Ensures proper indexing and filing of original legal documents.
  • Provide administrative services to coordinate calendars, meeting minutes and requests from other departments at Islamic Relief USA to the legal department.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in non-profit environment, preferably in area of administrative or operational policy and insurance.
  • Proven organizational skills with abilities in project management in order to facilitate and manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
  • Strong ability to quickly assimilate oral and written data, to analyze facts and draw logical conclusions with deliberate speed.
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal/oral communications skills, with the ability to communicate skillfully with internal staff and management at all levels.
  • Must possess advanced written communications skills, with demonstrated experience in business or technical writing.
  • Must exhibit excellent research, analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Must be able to work independently, with moderate amount of management oversight.
  • Ability to work with multiple work styles and personalities in a team-based approach.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office – including Visio – and use of databases along with internet research techniques.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

To apply you must send your resume to jobs@irusa.org  and include the position title in the subject of your email.