PARALEGAL – TEMPORARY OVS/VOCA ELDER ABUSE INTERVENTION
AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM COORDINATOR
AMSTERDAM, NY OFFICE
Background/Purpose: The E-MDT (Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team) model, an adaptation of the MDT in Brooklyn, was piloted in New York State in 2012-2016. The pilot was implemented in 7 counties and in Manhattan. During 2016-2017, New York State provided funding to sustain the original E-MDTs and expanded the program to 4 more counties and Brooklyn. Due to the effectiveness of the E-MDT model to address elder abuse and the recognized need for the E-MDT intervention, in 2017, the program was expanded statewide. The primary purpose of E-MDTs are to investigate, intervene, and stop all forms of elder abuse – financial exploitation, physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect by others. Complex cases of elder abuse will be reviewed, and multidisciplinary approaches will be used as appropriate to address issues identified.
Responsibilities: The E-MDT Coordinator is the designated leader of the E-MDT, responsible for administrative and clinical operations of the teams in their designated counties: Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, Hamilton, Saratoga, Washington, and Warren. The core roles and functions of the Coordinator are varied and complex, and include but are not limited to the following:
- Comply with all relevant contract requirements, including those related to record keeping, data collection, and reporting;
- Develop and launch E-MDTs;
- Engage key stakeholders for E-MDTs;
- Engage Core and Liaison Members for E-MDTs;
- Undertake and enforce mandatory confidentiality agreements for all E-MDT members and guests;
- Coordinate and facilitate E-MDT meetings;
- Facilitate the establishment and implementation of E-MDT procedures and ground rules;
- Facilitate education and training for the E-MDT members on this Initiative;
- Provide clinical case consultations with professionals and/or link professionals with Specialty Services;
- Ensure the E-MDT utilizes a standardized procedure for case eligibility;
- Find, identify, and vet case referrals and new complex cases of elder abuse for presentation and E-MDT meetings;
- Triage cases for E-MDT meetings; and
- Coordinate the team’s assessment of risk for each new case presented.
Qualifications: At least 2 years prior experience as a legal secretary or paralegal required. Must be willing to learn LASNNY case management program and grant reporting requirements, forms and reporting tools. Must have strong computer skills and experience in utilizing spreadsheets, performing data entry, reporting and running reports in databases. Preference for experience in managing a data base or other reporting systems and being responsible for producing accurate reports. Must be responsible, reliable, punctual, flexible, intelligent, detail oriented, careful, well organized, able to prioritize and think independently, and understand and apply a wide variety of policies and rules. Must be able to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment. Must have strong communications skills and sensitivity to low-income and marginalized populations, such as LGBTQ persons, domestic violence survivors, disabled individuals, and people of color. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and type 45 WPM. Must have vehicle and clean drivers’ license and must be willing to travel as needed primarily in the 7 counties served by the E-MDT Initiative. Excellent computer, research, and writing skills required. Prior experience victims of abuse or other crimes or relevant experience. Ability to speak Spanish a plus.
Program Profile: The Legal Aid Society is a non-profit law firm which provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals.
Salary: $26,924 to $33,542 Unionized program, with excellent fringe benefits. This is a temporary position dependent on continued grant funding.
Application Deadline: Until filled
We are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, the elderly, LGBT persons and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.