Archdiocese of Chicago

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Opportunities at Archbishop Quigley Center / Cardinal Meyer Center / Other Pastoral Center Departments

Posted 7/19/2019

Job Title:

Paralegal - Entry Level


Office of Legal Services


Archbishop Quigley Center
835 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2030


Full time


The Archdiocese of Chicago is the third largest diocese in the United States and serves more than 2.2 million Catholics in The Archdiocese, pastored by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, has more than 15,000 employees across its ministries, including Catholic Charities, the region’s largest nonprofit social service agency. The Archdiocese also has one of the country’s largest seminaries. The Archdiocese’s elementary and secondary schools comprise one of the largest U.S. private school systems.




Under the direct supervision of an attorney, this position is responsible for:

    • Organizes, manages and expedites the work flow process and status tracking of Archdiocesan real estate transactions related to leasing, licensing, special use and sale/purchase of real property; 
    • Cross-trains and acts as secondary work flow processor for general operational agreements in the areas of professional services, software licenses, cloud-hosted services, educational services, technology services, intellectual property, construction services, facilities management, etc.;
    • Under attorney direction and supervision, prepares initial drafts of agreements relating to real estate and general operations;
    • Assists with corporate record-keeping, organization, and compliance matters generally;
    • Assists with other matters (tax exempt status, wills and trusts, administrative filings) as needed; 
    • Performs document management relating to the collection, organization, catalog, database management, electronic storage and retrieval of legal files;
    • Acts as frontline intake of inquiring relating to real estate and general operations matters from parishes, schools, and other agencies of the Archdiocese;
    • Provides administrative support to attorneys (i.e. scheduling meetings, drafting transmittal letters and legal demands, performing other document preparation);
    • Maintains confidentiality of client information; and
    • Performs other duties in the area of legal services and general departmental operations as assigned.



    • 2+ years’ experience in the areas of general operational transactions
    • B.A. or B.S. or equivalent experience preferred
    • Paralegal Certificate preferred, but not required;
    • Superior verbal and written communication skills, including editing skills are required;
    • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail required;
    • Experience and proficiency in reviewing and synthesizing contractual terms from term sheets and letters-of-intent into contractual templates with accuracy and completeness is required;
    • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment with or without direct supervision is required;
    • Good research/information gathering skills required;
    • Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite is required;
    • Knowledge of and interest in the Catholic Church is required;
    • Ability and desire to learn new practice areas is a plus;
    • Collegial personality who is a team player with a “can-do” attitude is a plus; and
    • Familiarity with electronic matter management (i.e. Legal Files) and document retention (i.e. HPE Records Manager/TRIM) systems is a plus. 

The Archdiocese of Chicago is in the midst of exciting changes as we renew our local Church. With a variety of opportunities to contribute your professional talents and experience, we invite you to consider any of our current openings at We offer competitive salary and benefit packages, as well as opportunities for professional and personal growth and development.

If you are interested in being considered for this opening, please visit the list of open positions on AppliTrack. Please complete a letter of interest, a profile, or submit your resume.

Thank you for your interest in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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