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There may be a place for you on the Land Conservancy team.
We are conservationists, scientists, planners, lawyers, communicators, and businesspeople. We have come to care about our land from a variety of backgrounds: urban and rural, conservative and progressive. And we enthusiastically embrace the protection of land as our driving passion, our uniting element, our future.
Western Reserve Land Conservancy is a unique group of people from an impressive and diverse blend of backgrounds. A steadfast and passionate commitment to protecting land for the long-lasting health of our regional community is a must.
Opportunities at the Land Conservancy include: field office positions, development and fundraising, urban revitalization, stewardship, conservation planning, project management, public funding and shared services.
We are always looking for talented people to help advance our mission. If you're interested in a career with us, please contact us at email@example.com.
Land Protection Paralegal
Department: Legal and Land Protection
Reports to: General Counsel
Hours: 8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
Western Reserve Land Conservancy works to protect special places for Ohioans by conserving natural areas, fresh water, wildlife habitat and working farmlands, and by greening and revitalizing urban communities. Headquartered in Moreland Hills, the Land Conservancy is the largest land conservancy in Ohio, employing about 45 people in offices throughout northern and eastern portions of the state. Our land protection team has now preserved more than 42,000 acres with high conservation values in the state. Thriving Communities Institute, our urban revitalization program, is nationally recognized for thought-leadership on removing blight and rebuilding communities and has helped 21 Ohio counties create land banks to find productive uses for vacant properties. Our mission is funded through a combination of program revenue, government grants and philanthropic gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.
The land protection paralegal provides a range of legal and administrative support to the legal, land protection and land stewardship teams in a variety of areas, including general legal issues, real estate transactions, grant funding, database management, forecasting, record retention and project management. Responsibilities generally include performing legal and factual research and records searches; organization and analyses of information; preparing written reports; drafting legal documents; assembling and maintaining working files for legal, land protection and stewardship departments; building and maintaining spreadsheets and databases; and scheduling internal and external legal, land protection and stewardship team meetings. The land protection paralegal is also responsible for overseeing the input and quality of the land protection database and for managing the flow of information between the Moreland Hills office and the field staff members. Finally, the land protection paralegal is responsible for helping with the preparation of reports to the Board of Directors in advance of board and related committee meetings. The land protection paralegal is a member of the legal, land protection and land stewardship departments, reporting to General Counsel.
Key Areas of Responsibility:
-- Support for Legal, Land Protection and Stewardship Departments
The land protection paralegal provides a full range of support for the legal, land protection and land stewardship departments. Specifically, the land protection paralegal will be responsible for providing (1) ongoing support to General Counsel for all aspects of the organization’s legal matters; (2) legal and administrative support to the legal, land protection and land stewardship departments relating to real estate transactions, grant writing, database management, forecasting, and project management; and (3) management of legal, land protection and land stewardship working files and record retention matters. The land protection paralegal also provides land protection related support to field directors, which includes managing the flow of information from field staff to the Moreland Hills office, and scheduling external land protection-related meetings. The land protection paralegal is also responsible for coordinating the flow of information between project managers and the legal team.
-- Database Input and Report Generation
The land protection paralegal is responsible for managing all data input into the legal filing system and the land protection team’s project management databases. The land protection paralegal will generate reports to be analyzed with the team members, for use internally and with the Board of Directors.
-- Support for Stewardship
The land protection paralegal will also be required to provide support to the stewardship team, including assembling and updating stewardship and record retention files and providing basic administrative support.
Required Education, Experience, Capabilities:
The land protection paralegal must have a paralegal certificate or other acceptable form of training as a paralegal and no less than 3 years of work experience in the corporate, real estate or conservation field. The land protection paralegal must be a critical thinker and have solid computer, organizational and database management skills. As a member of multiple teams, this person must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills and be a team player, with the ability to work effectively across multiple teams. The land protection paralegal must possess the ability to manage time well, work in a fast-paced environment, analyze and process information and multi-task. This person must have experience with the Microsoft Office Suite of software and a working knowledge of Excel and Access. Demonstrated commitment to the Land Conservancy’s mission is essential.
Email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.