Employment Opportunities

All employment positions for attorneys, legal advocates, and administrative staff are posted as they arise. SeniorLAW Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and deeply values diversity in all facets.

Job Opportunities

Homeownership Rights Staff Attorney: Part-time
(part-time position available immediately)

Job Overview:

This part-time attorney position (24 hours/week) provides representation, education, and advocacy for older low-income or vulnerable homeowners facing foreclosure, tangled title, or other situations putting their homes at risk. 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 important foundations for this position, based in Center City Philadelphia.

This position requires a highly professional, organized, energetic, flexible, confident, and culturally sensitive attorney to provide direct legal services to seniors. Job responsibilities include providing client intake and direct client services in and out of court, including civil representation and litigation and in-person and telephone legal counseling. Courtroom experience and appearances are required. The attorney 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.

All members of the SeniorLAW Center team participate in resource development and fundraising initiatives, events, writing, and reporting, as we foster a culture of philanthropy that supports our work for older people.

Reports to: Director, Homeownership Rights.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  1. Client Representation
    1. Advise homeowners and assess homeownership needs of callers to the program through Helpline.
    2. Timely complete required documents on all cases and referrals.
    3. Manage individual caseload and representation of clients in homeownership-related matters, including, but not limited to, the Philadelphia Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Court (Diversion Court).
    4. Attend court, represent clients, and provide at-court advice at Diversion Court as needed.
  2. Outreach/Community Relations
    1. Work with Director and team to develop and present legal education workshops to older people, families, and communities and training to diverse professionals.
    2. Help develop partners and diverse community relationships.
  3. Systems Advocacy
    1. Represent SeniorLAW Center on various professional committees and systems advocacy coalitions as needed.
    2. Help develop testimony and other advocacy materials for policy reform per the Discretion of the Director.
    3. Participate in staff and team meetings, organizational events, and other initiatives.
    4. Assist with reporting, data collection, and funding proposal.
    5. Represent SeniorLAW Center at committee and coalition meetings, community events, and other events and initiatives as needed.
    6. Participate in SeniorLAW Center’s culture of philanthropy.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar in good standing;
  • At least three (3) years of civil litigation experience, with direct experience in mortgage foreclosure, property tax, and/or probate;
  • Good computer, research, writing, and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent advocacy and negotiating skills, good organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines;
  • Commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required;
  • Creative problem solving is a must;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to work well as a team and individually;
  • The highest degree of professionalism is required.

This is a part-time position (24 hours/week). Excellent benefits, including 401k, flexible spending plan, generous holidays and leave time. Salary range, commensurate with experience: $40,000-$42,000. All applications should include a cover letter, resume, and at least three (3) professional references. Please include a writing sample. SeniorLAW Center has a Mandatory Vaccine Policy for all staff and volunteers.

Please apply by email to the attention of Dana N. Goldberg, Esq., Legal Director, at employment@seniorlawcenter.org. No phone calls, please.

Tenant Rights Staff Attorney
(full-time position available October 1, 2021)

Job Overview:
This full-time attorney position provides representation, education, and advocacy for older low-income or vulnerable tenants who are facing eviction, habitability issues, illegal lockouts, fair housing, and other landlord/tenant issues. 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 important foundations for this position, which is based in center city Philadelphia.

This position requires a highly professional, organized, energetic, flexible, confident, and culturally sensitive attorney to provide direct legal services to seniors. Job responsibilities include providing client intake and direct client services in and out of court, including civil representation, litigation, and legal counseling in person and by telephone. Courtroom appearances and experience are required. The attorney 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.

All members of the SeniorLAW Center team participate in resource development and fundraising initiatives, events, writing, and reporting, as we foster a culture of philanthropy that supports our work for older people.

Reports to the Director of Tenant Rights

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  1. Client Representation
    1. Provide direct representation in tenant rights matters.
    2. Provide client advice, information, and/or referrals where direct representation will not be provided in cases within SeniorLAW Center priorities.
  2. Outreach/Community Relations
    1. Create professional training, community education forums on urgent legal needs. Present the information in affected neighborhoods and other forums.
    2. Research and develop training materials on current legal topics focused on seniors.
  3. Systems Advocacy
    1. Participate as SeniorLAW Center’s representative on committees sponsored by the City, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the judiciary, and/or other partners, and collaborate with legal service agencies, and other stakeholders.
    2. Advocate with appropriate representatives of government, quasi-government, and community development to create systemic and law reform for seniors in relevant areas.
  4. Additional Responsibilities
    1. Participate in staff and team meetings, organizational events, and other initiatives.
    2. Assist with reporting, data collection, and funding proposals.
    3. Represent SeniorLAW Center at committee and coalition meetings, community events, and other occurrences as needed.
    4. Participate in SeniorLAW Center’s culture of philanthropy.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar in good standing.
  • At least two (2) years of civil litigation experience, preferably with Landlord/Tenant experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities is required.
  • Ability to work well as a team and individually, excellent interpersonal and computer skills, and the highest degree of professionalism is required.

This is a full-time exempt position. Salary range: $60,000-$68,000, dependent upon experience. Excellent benefits, including fully paid health and dental for employees, long- and short-term disability, 401k, flexible spending plan, sabbatical plan, and generous holidays and Paid Time Off, with a total value of approximately $20,000. SeniorLAW Center has a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for all staff and volunteers.

All applications should include a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and at least three (3) professional references. Please apply by email to the attention of Dana N. Goldberg, Esq., Legal Director, at employment@seniorlawcenter.org. No phone calls, please.

HelpLine Legal Advocate/Paralegal
(full-time position based in Philadelphia County, available immediately)

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The HelpLine Legal Advocate works closely with and under the supervision of the Director, Client Intake, and performs professional duties in the administration and coordination of the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine and Intake Line.

This position reports to the Director of Client Intake.

DUTIES:
Legal Advocacy

  • Conduct client intake activity: return telephone calls, online requests and conduct intake in person to determine eligibility for services; conduct client interviews to collect demographic information and legal issues; enter data into case management software; schedule callers with attorneys
  • Provide information and referrals to elders, linking them to other resources and support services, including emergency financial assistance, support groups health services and other resources.
  • Assisting Director, Client Intake with brief services for HelpLine clients
  • Assisting Director, Client Intake with clients requesting life planning documents and clinics as needed.

 

Organizing Responsibilities

  • Maintain staff calendars for HelpLine/intake shifts
  • Scheduling students/non-attorney volunteers for their HelpLine/intake shifts
    • Answering student’s/non attorney volunteer’s questions under the supervision of the Director, Client Intake
  • Maintain volunteer attorney calendars for HelpLine shifts and preparation of cases for volunteer attorneys
  • Checking quality control within the case management system.
  • Retrieval of HelpLine/Intake calls (includes emergencies and missed calls), creation of records within the case management system, and tracking volume of calls.

Community Education

  • Assisting Director of Client Intake with and conducting HelpLine training for non-attorney and attorney volunteers
  • Assisting Director of Client Intake with HelpLine Outreach activities

Additional Responsibilities

  • Participate in staff and team meetings, organizational events, and other initiatives.
  • Assist with reporting, data collection, and funding proposals.
  • Represent SeniorLAW Center at committee and coalition meetings, community events, and other occurrences as needed.
  • Participate in SeniorLAW Center’s culture of philanthropy.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree or Paralegal Certificate.

This is a full-time exempt position. Salary range: $44,000-$48,000, dependent upon experience. Excellent benefits, including fully paid health and dental for employees, long- and short-term disability, 401k, flexible spending plan, sabbatical plan, and generous holidays and Paid Time Off, with a total value of approximately $20,000. SeniorLAW Center has a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for all staff and volunteers.

All applications should include a cover letter, resume, and at least three (3) professional references. Please send by email to the attention of Dana N. Goldberg, Esq., Legal Director, at employment@seniorlawcenter.org. No phone calls, please.

Development and Communications Associate
(Full-time position available immediately)

Job Overview:
SeniorLAW Center seeks excellent candidates to join its team and is seeking a full-time Development Associate to help expand our development team. An ideal candidate has had prior development or fundraising experience and has strong writing and research skills, familiarity with technology and donor base software, and experience conducting grant research and data. The candidate should be detail-oriented, flexible, able to manage multiple timelines and projects and possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Interest in advocating for older and disenfranchised people and sensitivity to older persons of diverse backgrounds is sought. The candidate must be a motivated self-starter and a team player. Experience with social media platforms, Donor Perfect, Constant Contact, Word Press, MS WorkPlace, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and graphic design is preferred. This position reports to the Director of Development.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with grant writing and reporting
  • Supporting the creation and dissemination of the Annual Appeal, including all mailings
  • Supporting the administrative efforts of the Annual Gala, including coordinating all auction items’ solicitation and tracking.
  • Help develop and coordinate other special events
  • Drafting and coordinating donor appreciation and cultivation, including thank you letters
  • Conducting prospect research on foundations and individual donors
  • Maintain foundation, corporation, and individual donor files and grants schedule.
  • Assist with communications efforts, including social media and e-communications
  • Assist with updating the SeniorLAW Center website
  • Extract and analyze data and produce reports
  • Attend staff and team meetings, events, and special events
  • Help promote an organizational culture of philanthropy

 

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree required

This is a full-time exempt position. Excellent benefits, including fully paid health and dental for employees, long- and short-term disability, 401k, flexible spending plan, and generous holidays and leave time, with a value of over $20,000. Salary range, commensurate with experience: $40,000-$45,000. All applications should include a cover letter, resume, and at least three (3) professional references. Please include a writing sample.

Please apply by email to the attention of Kristen N. Wilson at employment@seniorlawcenter.org. No phone calls, please.

SeniorLAW Center is an equal opportunity employer, which values and seeks diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its work. Persons from diverse backgrounds and orientations are encouraged to apply.

Public Interest Fellowship Opportunities

We consider new attorneys licensed in Pennsylvania (or who will be licensed prior to the start date of a fellowship) to join our staff as public interest fellows through a variety of fellowship opportunities, including Independence Foundation, Skadden, Equal Justice, Borchard Foundation, ABA and others. We seek fellowship candidates who are creative, compassionate, energetic, flexible, 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. Fellows help create and lead a legal services project focused on a particular issue, population, or unmet legal need or challenge facing low-income older Pennsylvanians. 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 spring generally for the fall of the following year, depending on the Fellowship. Ideal applicants have demonstrated public interest, pro bono, or volunteer experience working with low-income communities. 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 and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. SeniorLAW Center deeply values diversity.

Interested applicants should send a resume with a cover letter to Dana Goldberg, Esq., Legal Director, via e-mail to dgoldberg@seniorlawcenter.org.

Students

SeniorLAW Center regularly hosts 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 or other legal or relevant work or volunteer experience will be considered. The ideal candidate will also have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, the 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.

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.

If you are interested in work-study, internships, or externships, please email your resume and cover letter to Dana Goldberg, Esq., Legal Director, at dgoldberg@seniorlawcenter.org.

 

 

 

 

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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