Careers

Careers

Inquiries and applications should be emailed to resumes@northpennlegal.org or addressed to:

HR Manager
North Penn Legal Services
25 West Third St., Ste. 400
Williamsport, PA 17701

Contact by email is preferable.

North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation funded in large part by the Legal Services Corporation, Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide free legal help to low income persons. North Penn Legal Services is staffed by 29 attorneys and 15 paralegals working out of nine offices. Advocates provide representation on a broad range of civil matters including custody, housing, SSI, bankruptcy, consumer and protection from abuse. In addition to direct representation, clients are also helped through telephone advice, pro bono and Judicare attorneys, pro se packets and self-help clinics.

North Penn Legal Services, Inc. is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer, which employs and promotes without regard to color, sex, race, religion, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other consideration prohibited by law. All qualified candidates within these categories are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants who are current recipients of Public Assistance are also encouraged to apply. Inquiries and applications should be emailed to resumes@northpennlegal.org (preferred) or addressed to HR Manager, North Penn Legal Services, 25 W. Third St., Suite 400, Williamsport, PA 17701. Include a cover letter with your resume and kindly include the listing reference code that appears at the end of the position description. Applications are generally accepted until the position is filled. North Penn offers a very competitive fringe benefits package. Salary DOE.

North Penn 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.  NPLS 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.

NPLS requires that all candidates submit a cover letter with their resume. The purpose of the cover letter is for the candidate to make a connection between their credentials and the job announcement. We are interested in candidates who have a connection to our work and our communities. It is helpful to our screening process to evaluate this connection prior to an interview. Candidates who fail to send a cover letter will be eliminated prior to initial screening.

CURRENT OPENINGS: 

  • Legal Secretary – Pittston Office
  • Intake worker – Pittston Office
  • MLP Attorney – Williamsport Office
  • MLP Paralegal – Williamsport Office
  • Paralegal – Bloomsburg Office
  • Attorney – Pittston Office
  • Paralegal – Bethlehem Office

NPLS offers very competitive benefits and leave time.

Legal Secretary – Pittston Office

North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) seeks a legal secretary interested in joining the staff in Pittston. The Pittston office is staffed by 11 full-time attorneys, 6 paralegals, and 3 support staff.

  • Full-time position with significant benefit package.
  • Position includes all support staff duties: legal secretarial, client intake and receptionist.
  • Individual will use MS Word and Hot Docs for document preparation.
  • Individual will receive training to screen callers for eligibility and to use case management system for calendar and client records.
  • Position requires proficiency in word processing. Knowledge of legal terminology and principles desirable.
  • Prefer candidate with several years of legal secretarial experience.
  • Salary DOE approx. min. $12.90 per hour; credit for relevant work experience.
  • Note: a significant portion of the compensation paid to our staff is employer paid benefits. Contact us to obtain details.
  • Resumes accepted until position filled. 
  • Ref. PittstonSecretaryOctober 2019
  • Equal Opportunity Employer
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume.

Intake Worker – Pittston Office

The Intake Worker position at North Penn is the first point of contact for individuals who may need legal help. Screeners must gather pertinent information from the caller to determine if their legal need fits into our guidelines. This position is critical to the flow of new cases that come into our offices. The skills necessary for this position are good interviewing skills, the ability to enter data and notes into our computer software, and the ability to reference and interpret the intake guidelines. We need caring individuals who can gather information but stay focused. The best candidates for this type of position have worked in some sort of social service and desire to work in an office environment. We have dedicated attorneys and paralegals on our staff and we need the intake worker to balance out our staff. North Penn employs a number of intake workers in our 20-county program working in different offices. This position will be located in Pittston.  If you think you might be right for this position, we encourage you to apply.

  • Pittston office seeks to fill second bilingual  intake worker position.
  • Bilingual in Spanish required.
  • Primary duties include screening callers for eligibility for  services.
  • Require proficient telephone skills and use of database software as well as word processing ability.
  • Opportunity to work in law office setting.
  • Ability to manage intake reference materials.
  • Some travel for training purposes may be required.
  • Minimum education is high school diploma. Two year post-secondary training desirable. 
  • Salary DOE. Credit for relevant work experience. 
  • Interviewing, customer service or social services experience helpful.
  • Salary with two years’ experience is $12.90 per hour plus .55 per hour if Spanish speaker.
  • Note: a significant portion of the compensation paid to our staff is employer paid benefits. Contact us to obtain details.
  • Resumes accepted until position filled.
  • Ref. PittstonIntakeAOctober 2019
  • Equal Opportunity Employer
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Applications with a cover letter as well as a resume will be given preference.    

MLP Attorney – Williamsport Office

Currently NPLS has an immediate opening for an attorney to be part of the Williamsport staff but working at River Valley Health and Dental Center as a Medical-Legal Partnership attorney. A medical-legal partnership allows medical providers to refer patients with health-harming legal needs to an advocate located at the medical facility.

The Williamsport office serves Lycoming, Clinton, and Tioga counties. The attorney hired for this position will join three other experienced staff attorneys and an experienced paralegal in the provision of legal services. 

Note: A significant portion of the compensation paid to our staff is employer paid benefits, including generous time off, both holidays and paid leave, and significant coverage of health insurance premiums and an HSA contribution.

  • Attorney will play a vital role in improving the health of low-income individuals by providing timely essential legal services.
  • Preference for candidates with medical/legal experience or health advocacy and who wish to help develop this new program.
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving interests of low income people.
  • Prior practice experience with public benefits, housing, utility law, SSI and family law helpful. 
  • Will represent clients in court proceedings and administrative hearings.
  • Bilingual in Spanish helpful.
  • PA Bar or by admission required.  
  • Prefer applicants with two to three years of experience.
  • Salary DOE. For example, an attorney with three years’ experience would earn $48,600.
  • Competitive fringe benefits.
  • Resumes accepted until position filled.
  • Frequent opportunities for professional growth and development through local, state and national trainings.
  • This is a public interest position that may qualify for loan repayment assistance programs  through the Legal Services Corporation, PA IOLTA, law schools as well as PSLF (Public Service Loan Forgiveness).
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume. 
  • Ref. AttorneyWilliamsportMLP

MLP Paralegal – Williamsport Office

Currently NPLS is recruiting a paralegal to be part of the Williamsport staff and to work closely with a full-time attorney in a new Medical-Legal Advocacy Partnership (MLP).  The primary work location for this position will be at River Valley Health and Dental Center with some work time spent in community outreach, client advocacy and in NPLS’ Williamsport office.

This office serves Lycoming, Clinton, and Tioga counties. The paralegal hired for this position will join the Williamsport staff consisting of four experienced staff attorneys and an experienced paralegal in the provision of legal services.

Note: A significant portion of the compensation paid to our staff is employer paid benefits, including generous time off, both holidays and paid leave, and significant coverage of health insurance premiums and a HSA contribution.

  • The preferred candidate will have some prior paralegal or social work experience and be able to demonstrate a commitment to serving the interests of low-income people.
  • A candidate with health-related advocacy experience and the ability to speak Spanish is desired.
  • Paralegal will screen clients for eligibility.
  • Under attorney supervision, will provide legal help to clients in areas such as public benefits, housing, utilities, SSI, and family law.
  • Paralegal will represent clients at administrative hearings.
  • Salary DOE. For instance, a paralegal credited with three years’ experience would earn an annual salary of $28210.
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume. 
  • Ref. ParalegalWilliamsportMLP

Paralegal – Bloomsburg Office

Currently NPLS is adding a paralegal position in its Bloomsburg office. The Bloomsburg office serves clients in Columbia and Montour counties in central PA. This paralegal will join a two-attorney staff.

Note: A significant portion of the compensation paid to our staff is employer-paid benefits.

  • Position  will focus on handling Social Security SSI cases, administrative hearings, as well as income maintenance and public benefits cases.
  • The preferred candidate will have some prior paralegal or social work experience and be able to demonstrate a commitment to serving the interests of low-income people.
  • Position will focus on advice and representation for clients seeking disability benefits such as Supplemental Social Security income (SSI)  as well as public benefits. The advocate will help with outreach and community education, along with clinics for those seeking help with applications for disability benefits. A key responsibility includes obtaining medical records, preparing clients for hearings, and providing representation at administrative law hearings.
  • Salary DOE. For instance, a paralegal credited with three years’ experience would earn $28,210
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume. 
  • Resumes accepted until position filled. 
  • Ref. BloomsburgParalegalNov2019

Attorney – Pittston Office

The Pittston office serves clients in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming, and Sullivan counties. The office has an opening for an attorney to join a staff of nine attorneys and five paralegals.

Note: A significant portion of the compensation paid to our staff is employer paid benefits.

  • Position will focus on advice and representation for clients seeking disability benefits such as Supplemental Social Security income (SSI)  as well as public benefits. The advocate will help with outreach and community education, along with clinics for those seeking help with applications for disability benefits. A key responsibility includes obtaining medical records, preparing clients for hearings, and providing representation at administrative law hearings.
  • Caseload could also include public benefits, consumer law, and family law cases.
  • Desire candidates who have experience in above areas and have a preference for public interest work.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on their oral, writing and advocacy skills as well as prior experience. 
  • PA Bar or by admission required.   
  • Ability to speak Spanish helpful.
  • Inter-county travel. 
  • Desire applicants with two to five years in practice preferred. Salary approx. $47,400 to $51,000 or more DOE.
  • Competitive fringe benefits including generous paid leave, health insurance and 401(k) plan.
  • Frequent opportunities for professional growth and development through local, state and national trainings.
  • Access to loan repayment assistance and loan forgiveness programs.
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Applications with a cover letter as well as a resume will be given preference.
  • Reference: PittstonAttorneyNov2019

Paralegal – Bethlehem Office

Currently in Bethlehem we have an immediate opening for a paralegal to handle Social Security- SSI cases. This paralegal will join a staff of 13 attorneys and six paralegals. Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney and may assist clients in a broad range of cases.

Note: A significant portion of the compensation paid to our staff is employer paid benefits.

  • The preferred candidate will have some prior paralegal or social work experience and be able to demonstrate a commitment to serving the interests of low-income people.
  • Position will focus on advice and representation for clients seeking disability benefits such as Supplemental Social Security income (SSI)  as well as public benefits. The advocate will help with outreach and community education, along with clinics for those seeking help with applications for disability benefits. A key responsibility includes obtaining medical records, preparing clients for hearings, and providing representation at administrative law hearings.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with advocacy experience.
  • Inter-county travel. 
  • The ability to speak Spanish is beneficial but not required.
  • Salary DOE. For instance, a paralegal credited with three years’ experience would earn $28,210.
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume. 
  • Resumes accepted until position filled. 
  • Ref. BethlehemParalegalNov2019

 

Fellowship Recipients:

If you are the recipient of a one- or two-year fellowship, please contact NPLS' Acting Executive Director Lori Molloy at lmolloy@northpennlegal.org. We will determine if there is an opportunity at one of our local offices that meets your needs.

Equal Opportunity Employer
North Penn Legal Services, Inc. is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer, which employs and promotes without regard to color, sex, race, religion, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other consideration prohibited by law.  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 are encouraged to apply.  Preference shall be given to applicants residing in the community to be served in accordance with LSC Regulation 1616 and to qualified applicants who are current recipients of Public Assistance.