Employment Unit-Workplace Justice Project Immigrant Workers Rights & Wage Theft Paralegal

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Entry Level

Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia 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 as a premier legal services provider dedicated to ensuring access to justice for all low-income individuals and communities.  CLS has eight legal units covering a wide range of civil legal services.  The Employment Unit, located at our 1424 Chestnut Street office, represents clients with employment-related problems, including wage theft, workplace harassment and discrimination, and advocating for low-wage immigrant workers.  

CLS is seeking a Bilingual (strong preference for English/Spanish) Paralegal for the Employment Unit.  This is a full-time position.  This position will focus on expanding the Employment Unit’s work representing victims of wage theft and sexual harassment, with a particular emphasis on community outreach and education. Tasks will include:

  • Conduct outreach, community education workshops, and legal clinics for underserved and vulnerable populations that are particularly likely to be targets of wage theft and workplace harassment through partnerships with victims/witness services organizations, community-based organizations (particularly those serving immigrants), and local government agencies.
  • Assist attorneys in individual representation, including interviewing clients, drafting client declarations and affidavits, communicating with clients, drafting client correspondence, demand letters to employers, and administrative complaints, and screening for immigration relief, such as U and T Visas.
  • Assist in creating know-your-rights materials.  

Required Qualifications: Strong analytical ability 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 are required. Must also be willing and motivated to assist on substantive cases and administrative matters.

Other Preferred Qualifications:  Two or four-year college degree strongly preferred. Experience conducting outreach and community education, and/or organizing is preferred.  Persons formerly involved in the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply.  Fluency in writing and speaking a language other than English is preferred. Strong preference for Spanish fluency, but other languages will be considered.  Experience working with immigrant communities and/or with a social services agency or a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of the poor is also favored.

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 submit your application below by clicking "Apply Now"

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 $33, 300 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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