Staff Attorney-Public Benefits/Welfare Unit

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia is seeking an attorney in its Welfare Unit. The Welfare Unit works on a wide range of state-issued public benefits issues including SNAP (Food Stamps), TANF (Cash Assistance), Medicaid, LIHEAP, Welfare to Work, WIC, and Subsidized Child Care.  This exciting and demanding staff attorney position entails a combination of systemic policy advocacy (including administrative advocacy and legislative advocacy), litigation, work with the media and community education, and representation of individual clients in administrative hearings and court actions.  The staff attorney will work collaboratively with others in the unit to identify systemic issues, and develop strategies to address them, as well as to zealously represent individuals in need of public benefits.   The staff attorney will also have welfare related intake responsibilities and supervision of staff and interns as needed.  

We seek applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Interest and ability to do thoughtful and high quality systemic advocacy, including administrative policy and legislative advocacy,  in a highly technical specialty area
  • Litigation experience & interest in developing class action litigation as well as representation of individual clients
  • Minimum of 2 or more years of experience preferred.  Entry level applicants will be considered if they have strong clinical or internship work experiences.
  • Ability to manage a combination of individual cases and systemic work
  • Excellent legal analysis skills
  • Excellent work ethic, organization, and communication skills
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills
  • Excellent oral advocacy skills
  • Experience and interest in community education, messaging and media work
  • Experience and interest in working collaboratively
  • Experience and ability to work with low-income and vulnerable individuals, including immigrants, individuals with limited English proficiency, young parents, individuals with criminal records, survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault, and individuals in crisis with an urgent need for subsistence benefits
  • Illustrate a high level commitment to racial justice advocacy
  • Fluency in another language helpful, but not required
  • Data analysis skills helpful, but not required

To Apply: CLS will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. You can submit your application on CLS’s website online at: https://clsphila.org/about-cls/available-positions/ OR http://clsphiladelphia.applytojob.com/apply/cW3NqX19Wo/Staff-AttorneyPublic-BenefitsWelfare-Unit

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 Philadelphia Legal Services Union N.O.L.S.W./Local 2320/UAW.  The current minimum starting salary is governed by that agreement and is subject to change 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 values a diverse and inclusive workforce.  We welcome 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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