SeniorLAW Center

Employment

 

Available Positions

Full-time or Part-time Staff Attorney Positions Available Immediately

Elder Victim Staff Attorney Position Available Immediately in Center City Philadelphia office

Part-Time Administrative Assistant sought for Center City Philadelphia office

VOCA Project Administrator and Compliance Specialist in Center City Philadelphia office

Elder Victim Legal Advocate (Philadelphia)

Attorney Positions:

Full-time or Part-time Staff Attorney Positions Available Immediately

Founded in 1978, SeniorLAW Center is a dynamic nonprofit public interest legal services organization whose mission is to seek justice for older people by using the power of the law, educating the community and advocating on local, state and national levels. We are the only non-profit agency in Pennsylvania wholly dedicated to providing legal assistance to older people and protecting their legal rights. The Center focuses on the needs of those 60 and older, prioritizing those who are low-income, cultural/racial minorities, the disabled, and those facing other vulnerabilities and challenges. We fight senior poverty, fraud and homelessness, provide protection from elder abuse and financial exploitation, enable grandparents to raise grandchildren, and improve access to justice. We currently have five offices in southeastern Pennsylvania, with headquarters in Philadelphia.

SeniorLAW Center has immediate staff attorney positions available. These may be full-time or part-time (approximately 20 hours per week):

  1. Tenants’ Rights: We seek one full or part-time Staff Attorney to represent, educate and advocate for older low-income or vulnerable tenants who are facing eviction, habitability issues, illegal lockouts, fair housing and other landlord/tenant issues. At least two (2) years of experience in landlord/tenant representation (as a staff or pro bono attorney) required. Candidates with experience in a legal services office and in aging and/or poverty law, working with senior citizens, minority, low-income and/or Limited English Proficient communities are all preferred. This position is based in center city Philadelphia.
  2. Custody/Kinship Care: We seek one full or part-time Staff Attorney to represent, educate and advocate for older low-income or vulnerable clients raising or seeking to raise grandchildren or other relative children, in both Dependency and Domestic Relations court. At least two (2) years of experience in custody representation (as a staff or pro bono attorney) required. Candidates with experience in a legal services office and in aging and/or poverty law, working with senior citizens, minority, low-income and/or Limited English Proficient communities are all preferred. This position is based in center city Philadelphia.

We are seeking highly professional, energetic, flexible, confident, and culturally-sensitive attorney(s) to provide direct legal services to seniors. These positions involve providing client intake and direct client services, including civil representation, litigation and legal counseling. Candidates must have courtroom experience.
The attorney(s) will also participate in community education, professional training and advocacy initiatives, attend staff and coalition meetings, and participate in special projects with and as a representative of the SeniorLAW Center team.

Applicants must be active members of the Pennsylvania Bar in good standing. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines; and a commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required. Ability to work well as a team and individually, excellent interpersonal and computer skills, and the highest degree of professionalism are required. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and orientations are encouraged to apply. Second language fluency, while not required, is valued.
Work with an enthusiastic and excellent team of public interest attorneys and advocates in a dynamic center city office. Salary is competitive in the nonprofit public interest arena, with excellent benefits.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter identifying specific relevant experience and salary range requirements via e-mail to employment@seniorlawcenter.org as soon as possible. No telephone calls please.

SeniorLAW Center is an equal opportunity employer which values and seeks diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its work.

 

Elder Victim Staff Attorney Position Available Immediately in Center City Philadelphia office

SeniorLAW Center seeks experienced candidates to join its team of public interest attorneys and advocates. We seek a full-time Staff Attorney, with at least two to three (2-3) years of experience in civil litigation. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and orientations with experience in a legal services office and in aging and/or poverty law, representing clients in various areas of civil law, and working with senior citizens, minority, and Limited English Proficient communities are all preferred. Those with relevant experience practicing in Philadelphia County will be favored, as will those with VOCA-approved victim services training.

We are seeking a highly professional, energetic, flexible, confident, and culturally-sensitive attorney to provide direct legal services, information and referrals to older adults who have been victims of crime, especially elder abuse and financial exploitation. The position involves providing individual legal advice over the phone, in person and at the Elder Justice Resource Center located in the Court of Common Pleas. The attorney will also provide civil legal assistance, including filing and pursuing protection from abuse petitions and related litigation, revocation and replacement of powers of attorney, filing of and representing clients in any permissible court action to stop and redress financial exploitation, identity theft, fraud and other financial crimes, filing of and representing clients in other civil legal matters arising directly out of the victimization to ensure the economic security of the client, including ejectment actions, landlord tenant matters, reverse mortgage foreclosures, spousal support actions, kinship/custody matters, debt collection and consumer issues. Finally, the position involves participation in community and professional education, special projects, and working with a team to report on and sustain the project.

Applicants must be active members of the Pennsylvania Bar. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines; and a commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required. Ability to work well both as a team member and individually, excellent interpersonal and computer skills, and the highest degree of professionalism are required. Work with an enthusiastic and excellent team of public interest attorneys and advocates. Salary is competitive in the nonprofit public interest arena, with excellent benefits.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter identifying specific relevant experience and salary range requirements to the attention of Dana N. Goldberg, Esq. via e-mail to employment@seniorlawcenter.org as soon as possible. Applications without salary requirements will not be reviewed.

 

Administrative Positions:

 

Part-Time Administrative Assistant sought for center city Philadelphia office

SeniorLAW Center seeks experienced candidates to join its team of public interest attorneys and advocates. We seek a part-time (up to 20 hours/week) Administrative Assistant to work with our Victim Services department. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Excellent organizational, IT and interpersonal skills. Ability to work under pressure, ability to meet deadlines, and ability to work with a team. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web-based applications is essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills are critical. Law office and/or nonprofit experience preferred. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and orientations with experience in a legal services office and in aging and working with senior citizens, minority, and Limited English Proficient communities are all preferred. Work with an enthusiastic and excellent team of public interest attorneys and advocates. Salary is competitive in the nonprofit public interest arena, with excellent benefits.

We are seeking a highly professional, energetic, flexible, confident, and culturally-sensitive member to join our victim services team. Under the direction of the Director, Victim Services, this position is responsible for providing administrative support for our grants under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter identifying specific relevant experience and salary range requirements to the attention of Dana N. Goldberg, Esq. via e-mail to employment@seniorlawcenter.org as soon as possible. Applications without salary requirements will not be reviewed.

 

VOCA Project Administrator and Compliance Specialist in center city Philadelphia office

SeniorLAW Center seeks experienced candidates to join its team of public interest attorneys and advocates. Under the direction of Senior Director, Finance and Operations, the Project Administrator will assist with administration and compliance for multiple federal grants under the Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA). The Project Administrator will ensure compliance with Federal funding obligations under VOCA, ensure that all compliance requirements are implemented correctly and efficiently, oversee that required data is captured in a timely manner and ensure that a system is in place for inputting and retrieving required data for reporting purposes. The Project Administrator will work collaboratively with Senior Director, Finance and Operations and Director, Victim Services to create, maintain and update compliance data for all VOCA funded projects in the case management system; run reports as needed related to VOCA funded projects; input information as requested to support the collection and management of key data for the VOCA contracts; communicate consistently with Senior Director, Finance and Operations, Director, Victim Services and VOCA team members to ensure continuity of case management and other contract deliverables under the various VOCA grant projects.

We are seeking a highly professional, energetic, flexible, and confident individual to fill this position. Bachelor’s Degree required. Minimum of 2 years’ related experience preferred. The ideal candidate should possess excellent project management and organizational skills, solid data and analytical skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities and projects and have a strong attention to detail. The candidate must possess the ability to develop a thorough understanding and knowledge of complex government contracts and reporting requirements. Ability to work under pressure, ability to meet deadlines, and ability to work with a team. Ability to maintain confidential information. Excellent computer skills including all Microsoft Office products, web search, scanning and other relevant platforms. Experience with data management systems and strong Excel skills required. Experience in contract administration and compliance required. Work with an enthusiastic and excellent team of public interest attorneys and advocates. Salary is competitive in the nonprofit public interest arena, with excellent benefits.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter identifying specific relevant experience and salary range requirements to the attention of Dana N. Goldberg, Esq. via e-mail to employment@seniorlawcenter.org as soon as possible. Applications without salary requirements will not be reviewed.

 

Legal Advocate Positions:

Elder Victim Legal Advocate (Philadelphia)

SeniorLAW Center seeks experienced candidates to join its team of public interest attorneys and advocates. We seek a Legal Advocate to work with our Victim Services department. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Bachelor’s Degree or Paralegal Certificate. Relevant victim services experience in a social work department, legal services program or law office. Interest in and ability to work with older people, victims, sensitivity to older people of diverse backgrounds. Bilingual preferred, especially fluency in Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese and/or other Asian or SouthEast Asian languages. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills required. Ability to work under pressure, good writing and research skills.

We are seeking a highly professional, energetic, flexible, confident, and culturally-sensitive member to join our victim services team. In conjunction with the project staff attorneys, the legal advocate is responsible for intake, safety planning, linking senior victims to resources and other support services and assisting the team with assigned cases. The Legal Advocate also assists the project team with presenting to seniors in the community, updating materials where required and representing SeniorLAW Center at assigned coalition meetings or task forces.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter identifying specific relevant experience and salary range requirements to the attention of Dana N. Goldberg, Esq. via e-mail to employment@seniorlawcenter.org as soon as possible. Applications without salary requirements will not be reviewed.

SeniorLAW Center is an equal opportunity employer.

 

 

Public Interest Fellowship Opportunities:

We consider attorneys licensed in Pennsylvania (or who will be licensed prior to the start date of a fellowship) who are energetic, flexible, creative, confident, and culturally-sensitive, to represent, educate, intake/interview, counsel and advocate for senior clients and be a part of our team of experienced lawyers and advocates. Fellows will receive excellent training and supervision. They will intake and interview clients, handle an individual caseload, assist legal staff with more complex litigation and cases, advocate and negotiate, develop community education materials, help conduct outreach workshops and attend community events, conduct legal research, writing and drafting, participate in systemic advocacy efforts, and handle other office tasks and special projects, as needed.

Fellowship applications are considered starting in the late spring-early summer for the fall of the following year. We seek applicants who are active members of the Pennsylvania Bar, ideally with demonstrated public interest, pro bono or volunteer experience. Excellent oral and written communications skills, ability to work in a fast-paced environment and a commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required. Experience in aging and/or poverty law, representing clients in various areas of civil law, and working with senior citizens, minority, and limited

English proficient communities are all preferred. Persons with bilingual ability are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in fellowship opportunities, please email your resume and cover letter to Wendy E. Bookler, Esq., Legal Director, via e-mail to wbookler@seniorlawcenter.org.

Students:

SeniorLAW Center regularly employs law students in full-time summer internships as well as part-time internships and externships through the school semester. Students are encouraged to explore law school funding and work study eligibility before applying.

Internships focus on advocating for and addressing the legal needs of senior citizens, including the low-income, veterans, minorities, immigrants and refugees, and those most in need. Interns handle a wide variety of substantive problems which may include elder abuse, housing, family law, consumer protection and advance planning.
Intern responsibilities include some or all of the following:

• Help intake and interview clients in person or via telephone intake
• Handle a small individual caseload with supervision
• Assist legal staff with more complex litigation and cases
• Help develop community education materials
• Help conduct outreach workshops and attend community events
• Conduct legal research, writing and drafting
• Participate in systemic advocacy efforts
• Handle other office tasks and special projects, as needed

Second year law students are preferred, but first year students with bilingual abilities and/or exemplary direct public interest experience will be considered. The ideal candidate will also have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to work under pressure, and superior writing and communication skills. Relevant experience in a legal program or law office preferred. Interest in and ability to work with older people and sensitivity to older people of different backgrounds required. Demonstrated commitment to public interest preferred. Bilingual capabilities a plus. Students should explore work-study, law school, or other external funding and include information in their cover letter.

If you are interested in work study, internships or externships, please email your resume and cover letter to Wendy E. Bookler, Esq., Legal Director, at wbookler@seniorlawcenter.org.

SeniorLAW Center has excellent internship and externship opportunities through Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law , Temple University Beasley School of Law and Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and we encourage students to apply through their law school faculty. We welcome inquiries from students of other law schools with externship programs.

SeniorLAW Center is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. SeniorLAW Center prohibits discrimination based on age, race, national origin, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, sex, gender, gender identity or familial status.

 

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