Ward and Smith, P.A. employs more than 150 paralegals and support staff who work with our attorneys as a team committed to excellence. We offer an atmosphere for personal as well as professional growth through specialized training, educational programs, and promotions from within the Firm, with the ultimate goal of serving our clients with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity.
If you are ambitious and enjoy working on challenging projects in a fast-paced, exciting environment, we may have opportunities for you. Please click here to view and apply for an available position.
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General inquiries should be submitted to:
Ms. E. Joy Bryan
Human Resources Manager
Ward and Smith, P.A.
1001 College Court (28562)
Post Office Box 867
New Bern, NC 28563
Ward and Smith is an equal opportunity employer.
Ward and Smith, P.A. cares about the well-being of its employees. Thus, the Firm has developed an extensive benefits program, not just to recruit and retain top talent, but also to provide its employees with the means for regular access to health care. Additionally, the Firm feels that an employee's financial health is vital, and health care options are provided so that employees are protected from suffering a complete financial loss in the unfortunate event of a serious health condition. The Firm's benefit offerings include competitive compensation, full medical coverage, life insurance, paid holidays and vacation, and profit sharing. Additionally, voluntary plans are available through payroll deduction for dental, disability, cancer, accident, and long-term care coverage. All employees are encouraged to utilize the Firm's employee assistance and wellness programs.
Ward and Smith, P.A. uses the latest in Microsoft Office technology together with many state-of-the-art legal applications. Our document management system is cloud based and our client management, records, accounting and docketing systems are integrated throughout all our offices. Our IT staff provides both application and engineering support to our users and a full-time trainer educates our new users and offers ongoing education for application upgrades. We employ an applications development staff that provides customized workflow solutions to all our offices and maintains a firm Internet and intranet site. Our technology staff attends the International Legal Technology Association education conference and the LegalTech show, in addition to other conferences throughout the year, to stay abreast of the latest legal technology trends and products.
All new employees at Ward and Smith, P.A. participate in a comprehensive training program designed to jump-start the employee's long-term career with the Firm. In addition to providing new employee training, the Firm offers its employees access to an in-house team of experienced professionals in all practice areas and departments within the Firm. Ward and Smith relies heavily on its available training resources, such as a training facility and video conferencing capabilities. Once employees have completed the hands-on training, they are encouraged to use the broad range of instructional documents and videos conveniently located on the Firm's intranet.
In addition to in-house training programs, each paralegal is provided an annual seminar allowance to assist in funding external seminars and training opportunities. All staff members are invited to lunch seminars conducted in-house by qualified professionals.
Ward and Smith employees are supporters of and contributors to various service, charity, and community organizations. In efforts to help raise funding or gain added support and awareness, the Firm's employees are active in such groups by volunteering their time, expertise, or labor. Whether they are collecting coats for a local elementary school, building homes, or running marathons, the Firm's employees are devoted to their charities and organizations.
Ward and Smith, P.A. is committed to fostering growth and longevity in its employees. Lasting relationships have always been, and will continue to be, a priority for the Firm. Through the years, many employees have been honored for reaching their 10-, 15-, 20-, and 25-year anniversary milestones. During the Firm picnic each November, the Firm publically recognizes employees for their years of service and dedication.
It is the commitment and dedication of employees that have sustained the Firm's ability to provide top-notch client service and continued growth throughout our communities.