Bilingual Paralegal - Welfare Unit, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

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Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia (CLS) is a non-profit public interest agency providing free civil legal services to low-income Philadelphia residents.  As the largest provider of free civil legal services in the Philadelphia area, CLS is both locally and nationally renowned for ensuring access to justice for low-income individuals and communities.  CLS has eight legal units covering a wide range of civil legal services. 

Community Legal Services is seeking a Bilingual Paralegal for the Welfare Unit at the NPLC office location at 1410 W. Erie Avenue. This position involves working with clients on their eligibility for public benefits, with an emphasis on Cash Assistance, SNAP (Food Stamps), Medicaid, LIHEAP, and Subsidized Child Care. It will also involve working with frail and vulnerable older adults on access to home and community based services, long term care, and related issues to maximize older adults’ independence.

The paralegal will be doing intake, meeting with clients, filing appeals, using DPW’s Policy Manuals to analyze cases, drafting letters and affidavits, negotiating and advocating with the County Assistance office, and representing clients at hearings as needed.  This position will also include community education and outreach.  Strong client interviewing, patience and persistence, analytical, written and oral advocacy skills and organizational skills are needed for this position.

  • Required Qualifications: High School Diploma or GED.  Strong analytical and writing skills, computer literacy, the ability to learn complex material quickly, initiative, strong  interpersonal skills and ability to interact well in a multi-cultural environment.  Fluency in Spanish, including the ability to read and write fluently and accurately is required.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Two or four year college degree. Experience in legislative or administrative advocacy, or experience with a social services agency or a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of the poor.

To Apply:

CLS will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. However, candidates are highly encouraged to submit their application by Friday, November 29, 2019 for consideration for first round interviews.  You can submit your application on CLS’s website online at:

What to Include in your application:

Please include a cover letter, resume, three professional references and one brief writing sample (10 pages or less). Community Legal Services values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness and people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal, or child welfare systems to apply.

CLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

This is a full-time position covered by the collective bargaining agreement between Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) and the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, AFL-CIO and its affiliate District 1199C.

CLS asks for a minimum two-year commitment from individuals who accept an offer of employment for a paralegal position. The current minimum starting salary is $37, 800 for entry-level applicants, but that salary is subject to change or adjustment if an applicant has relevant years of experience and according to the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement. Raises and benefits are also governed by that agreement.

Community Legal Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants of all diverse backgrounds to apply. CLS, Inc. does not discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, genetics, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, CLS complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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