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Bookkeeper

Pine Tree Legal Assistance has an immediate opening for a Bookkeeper based in it Portland Office. The Bookkeeper assists the Fiscal Team with the day-to-day fiscal operation of the program and works with staff throughout the program in addressing and resolving questions related to program invoices, charges, payroll, videoconferencing rentals, and other financial issues. The Bookkeeper is a key member of the Administrative Office of Pine Tree Legal Assistance and provides ongoing insight and support to other members of the Administrative Office as needed. Specific duties include (but are not all inclusive):
•    Maintaining the vendor files and databases specific to PTLA accounts payable, including preparation of weekly and preparation of checks;
•    Maintaining the files and databases specific to PTLA accounts receivable, including COBRA and dental insurance participants.
•    Maintaining and updating the PTLA payroll for production by an outside company, as well as all related reports;
•    Maintaining custody of the program credit card and check stock, and monitoring the balances of local office revolving fund accounts and IOLTA Accounts;
•    Preparation of mandatory government reports related to program financial and employee data;
•    Ordering certain supplies and working with local office staff on building maintenance issues;
•    Assisting with benefits administration; and
•    Ensuring all documents and information are properly stored and updated in the MIP HR program.
A full job description is available on request.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Applicants should demonstrate the following:
•    Commitment to the program’s mission and core values;
•    Appropriate judgment in addressing and resolving financial and reporting issues in accordance with the relevant accounting principle or policy;
•    Capacity to work collegially and effectively with program staff throughout the program;
•    Strong attention to detail and accuracy in individual work;
•    Ability to create and maintain necessary systems to support work and work deliverables in a timely manner;
•    Demonstrated aptitude for accounting or related financial analysis;
•    Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and to prioritize work as needed;
•    Strong computer proficiency and the ability to use/learn MIP accounting software;
•    Desire to contribute to and maintain Pine Tree’s high standards for excellence.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent prior experience in business, accounting or bookkeeping practices.

The starting salary is $34,750+, depending on experience. Pine Tree provides paid vacation, sick and parenting leave to its staff, as well as paid dental and health insurance for employees and their families.


Interested applicants should email a letter of interest, resume and three references to HR Manager Necia Chaparin, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, P.O. Box 2429, Augusta, ME 04338 via email to nchaparin@ptla.org. Applications are encouraged by July 21st  but will be accepted until the position is filled.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds

Posted July 3, 2017


Staff Attorney - Machias

Pine Tree has an immediate opening for a full-time staff attorney in its Machias field office, which serves low-income residents of Washington and Hancock County. The office is currently staffed by an experienced full-time paralegal and supervised by an experienced managing attorney based in Pine Tree’s Bangor office.

As a general litigator, the attorney will be in court on a regular basis to provide representation in consumer, landlord/tenant and benefits (including both health and income benefits) as well as administrative advocacy in a range of different civil needs.   As resources permit and the needs of the client community require, the attorney may also handle litigation in other areas of law. While the typical caseload is handled at the District Court level, the attorney may handle administrative appeals to the Superior Court as well as appeals to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  Depending on experience, the attorney may also handle cases in federal court.  In each field office, the attorney is also expected to provide supervision support for the work of the local office paralegal, both in the provision of limited legal assistance and in other work specific to the attorney’s caseload. 

The attorney is also responsible for community engagement and networking to strengthen Pine Tree’s reputation and access to legal services by eligible individuals in both counties. These activities include the provision of outreach and/or trainings to community agencies and other groups that serve low-income individuals, and work on collaborations or other initiatives designed to address specific legal needs of low-income individuals, including engagement with the local private bar.  Regular travel throughout the two-county service area should be expected, as well as to statewide trainings and meetings.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017 and all staff are expected to share its commitment to high quality legal services to low-income Mainers.  The starting salary is $48,750+, depending on experience. Pine Tree provides paid vacation, sick and parenting leave to its staff, as well as paid dental and health insurance for employees and their families; staff attorneys with law school debt are eligible to participate in the Maine Justice Foundation’s LRAP program.  The program also covers the cost of appropriate CLE and reimburses work-related travel at the IRS rate.  The attorney must be admitted in Maine or eligible to practice under MRCP 89(c).

A detailed job description is available on request.  Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references to Executive Director Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org) and Regional Managing Attorney Judd Esty-Kendall (JEsty-Kendall@ptla.org).  The position is open until filled, but applications are encouraged by June 30, 2017.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds

Posted February 23, 2017