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Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Company: College of the Holy Cross
Location: Worcester
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Legal Assistant/Paralegal




General Counsel

Worcester, MA

Jan 20, 2023

Open Until Filled


Position ID:


About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

Reporting to the General Counsel, the Legal Assistant/Paralegal is responsible for providing professional skills in support of the Office of General Counsel, including, but not limited to:

  • Assist College attorneys in responding to claims, lawsuits, legal matters, and other project requests, including, but not limited to, compliance activities, legal and governmental filings, contract review, review and maintenance of forms, procedures and policies, and preparation of training and written reports;
  • Research and report on federal, state and local laws, regulations, government guidelines, cases, pertinent legal changes and other issues;
  • Assist in the preparation of correspondence and legal documentation for attorney review; compile, review, organize, and analyze evidence, data, and documents. Cross-check and validate information and proofread documents. Redact and produce documents.
  • Organize, track, and maintain case and other files to ensure they are up-to-date and all necessary information for use by the attorneys is readily available. Assist in scheduling, calendar management, and other organizational duties as needed by the attorneys, including but not limited to, calendaring litigation and other deadlines, organizing and coordinating meetings and event arrangements, and any other necessary logistics for the Office of the General Counsel.
  • Provide administrative support to College attorneys, including assistance managing and prioritizing projects, events and training sessions, creating and maintaining data and logs, greeting visitors, answering phones, filing, processing invoices, budget and general office management.
  • Support the maintenance of a campus climate that values and respects diversity, equity, inclusion, and full participation.
  • Perform other duties and projects as assigned.


    Minimum Qualifications

    • Required education: Bachelor's degree; strong academic credentials
    • Required experience: At least one year's experience as a legal assistant or paralegal or equivalent relevant academic degree and experience (internship, externship, relevant academic activities).

      Possess the core competencies described below.

      Preferred Qualifications

      • Similar experience in higher education
      • Experience with contract review
      • Experience in using legal research databases (e.g., Westlaw, PACER) and knowledge of legal terminology

        Core Competencies

        • Track record of producing high-quality work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Ability to prioritize and juggle multiple projects, and meet deadlines;
        • Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills;
        • Excellent research, analytical, and critical thinking skills;
        • Ability to handle matters with the highest degree of confidentiality, professionalism, ethics and integrity;
        • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to maintain productive and cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, students, and external constituents;
        • Strong planning and organization abilities;
        • Ability to work effectively with a diverse population, to cultivate an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment, and to treat all people in a respectful manner;
        • Ability to perform duties with a high level accuracy, attention to detail, and follow-though;
        • Proficient in Microsoft Word (including track changes and compare functionality), Excel, and PowerPoint, Gmail, Google calendar and Google Docs;
        • Some light lifting required up to approximately 25 pounds periodically, sit for prolonged periods, and some repetitive motions;
        • Full-time on campus position.

          To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted. Applicants believing they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, sincerely-held religious belief, or otherwise should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information on your application materials.

          Additional Information:

          The College is committed to providing competitive market pay for its employees. The College also offers a competitive benefits package for full-time staff, including:

          • 10% College contribution to the 403(b) Retirement Plan (1 year wait waiver available)
          • NEW - condensed summer 4-day work week
          • Tuition benefits
          • Wellness programs & ongoing Training and Development opportunities
          • Generous paid time off
          • Free parking and free use of the athletic/fitness facilities.
          • Click here to learn more.

            College Description

            The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

            Region Description

            Worcester is a city of approximately 200,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities which you can read more about here.

            The College of the Holy Cross is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer.

            A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

            To review our Employee Benefit Options, please go to: https://www.holycross.edu/human-resources/benefits

            Holy Cross Benefits at a Glance PDF for download: click here

            Application Instructions:

            Please attach a cover letter addressing the position requirements along with your resume.

            In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see http://www.holycross.edu/mission) and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit http://holycross.edu/diversity.

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