Legal Office Assistant

Los Angeles, CA

SEIU Local 721 is a dynamic, and fast growing organization recognized as one of the largest and strongest union of publicly funded employees in the nation. We are on the forefront of local politics, defending public services in the face of budget challenges, organizing workers in the public service sectors and are key players in national reform efforts. We have over 200 staff members covering 7 counties. Our more than 90,000 members provide public services in diverse fields, including health care, social services, special districts, private non-profits, libraries,  courts, parks and recreation, public works and mental health in cities and counties throughout Southern California. Through grassroots organizing, identifying and developing leaders within our Union, and organizing worker political power, we are on the front lines of holding government accountable, ensuring efficiency, tackling waste, and improving services.

The Legal Office Assistant reports to the Director of Advocacy and/or Management. Performs all administrative support functions for the Advocacy Department, including assisting all Labor Representatives and Sr. Labor Representative with administrative functions, grievance and arbitration filings and civil service.

Other duties may include: administrative support for attorneys/labor representatives in civil service and court cases, within the scope of authority granted by attorney/labor representative, the legal office assistant interacts with administrative tribunals, courts, clients and other counsel.


  • Receives telephone calls, takes messages, receives and distributes faxes, mail, email and refers to appropriate personnel. Point of contact receiving all communications regarding incoming inquires, individual and group grievances, skelly’s unfair labor practices, civil service cases, arbitrations fillings, elevation calls for referral and maintains regular communication with Internal Departments and Member Connection;
  • Utilizes the computer data entry system (CMS) to record the assignment of cases, update case notes as needed or requested, scan all documents received by any means, i.e. hand delivery, fax, or via e-mail, research information when needed, and other data entry as assigned;
  • Keeps current on administrative procedures of civil service, employee relations, and court tribunals so that proper procedures are followed;
  • Assists with scheduling appointments with members and confirms dates with tribunals as needed;
  • Composes and/or types routine correspondences,
  • Maintains and orders office supplies;
  • Attends and participates in Department’s weekly and monthly staff meetings, assisting in agenda preparation, typing and distributing meeting minutes and follow through on work generated from meetings;
  • Maintains records and/or filing system for any documents, including ERCOM agendas, Civil Service Agendas, Purchase Orders, Accounting documents, organizes filing system of physical office case files, including annually archiving such files.
  • Work with Labor Representatives and Management team on member appeals to RAC (Representational Appeals Committee), including assisting with coordinating RAC ( Representational Appeals Committee) meetings.


  • Maintains calendars of all deadlines, appointments and appearances.

Civil Service/Legal Assistance

  • Prepare and maintain case status records and case files;


  • Ability to communicate, work effectively and relate respectfully with a diverse membership and staff;
  • Demonstrates ability to work independently and as part of a team and respond quickly to shifting priorities and rush deadlines;
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in order to solve operational problems/dilemmas;
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and e-mail programs are preferred;
  • Proficient in database entry, typing, filing, good written and verbal communication skills
  • Must possess strong knowledge of computerized filing systems/databases;
  • Ability to handle telephone contact with members and vendors in a courteous and professional manner;
  • Ability to type 50 to 55 WPM;


  • Current hourly rate is $25.33 (entry) to $29.50 (10 years)
  • Fully paid benefit package including medical, dental, vision and a generous life insurance.
  • The Legal Office Assistant is an hourly OPEIU bargaining unit position subject to a staff union contract.
  • Work hours may be between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., subject to department needs.

Mail, fax or e-mail a cover letter, detailed resume, two-page writing sample and the name, job title, address, and phone number of three professional references to:

Human Resources Department SEIU Local 721
1545 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100 Los Angeles, CA 90017
Fax: (213) 401-1787

E-mail: careers@seiu721.org

SEIU Local 721 is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. SEIU Local 721 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces zero tolerance policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.

Position will remain open until filled.

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