Legal Assistant I
Cedar Rapids, IA
Legal assistants are responsible for assisting the Legal Team in the delivery of legal services and support in all areas of GreatAmerica's business.
•Apply systems and word processing skills in the creation, coding, maintenance and modification of a variety of documents and document libraries.
•Review and analyze documents presented to GreatAmerica by third parties, including third party-proposed edits of GreatAmerica documents.
•Exercise strong verbal and written communication skills in working with (i) fellow GreatAmerica employees, (ii) our vendors, and (iii) our vendors' customers, in solving problems and resolving documentation and other legal issues.
•Bring self-initiative and an inquisitive, critical thinking approach to responding to questions and issues, with emphasis on first understanding the underlying need being addressed.
•Provide support and training to GreatAmerica employees on an array of legal issues.
•Assist with maintaining various state filings around the country.
•Work on corporate matters for which confidentiality may be very important.
•Provide administrative support to attorneys.
•Actively participate in company-wide initiatives and help GreatAmerica's business units and teams attain their goals.
•Prioritize projects in a manner that addresses the need to meet deadlines.
•Be present during business hours with minimal absences (per GreatAmerica's attendance policy).
•Perform other duties as requested.
•Conduct oneself in a manner consistent with GreatAmerica's principles.
•Demonstrate a high level of engagement and strong commitment to GreatAmerica's success
Note: Under the Iowa Supreme Court rules governing the practice of law, all work involving the provision of legal services is to be done under the supervision of a lawyer.
For all GreatAmerica team members: Honesty/integrity, customer oriented, accountability, tenacious, good communication skills (oral & written), adaptability
For this position:
Organized, analytical, inquisitive, strong work ethic, critical thinker, enjoy solving problems, have strong communication skills (oral & written)
A bachelor's degree is required (a paralegal degree is optional).
Two years of work experience is preferred, but not required, plus at least 1 year of work experience as a Legal Assistant Trainee.
Skills and Abilities
Proficient in using the Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint; experience with SharePoint and InfoPath a plus. Strong MS Word skills
Must enjoy helping others develop and succeed in a team-based environment involving extensive interaction with internal and external customers.