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: 

  • Paralegal – Medical-Legal Partnership – Williamsport Office
  • Community Outreach and Housing Case Manager (Housing Navigator) – Multiple Locations
  • Social Worker – Pittston Office
  • Attorney – Sunbury Office
  • Temporary Attorney – Sunbury Office
  • Intake Worker – Bethlehem Office
  • Intake Worker – Pittston Office
  • Paralegal – Bloomsburg Office

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. Contact HR for details: 570.320.8712.

Paralegal – Medical-Legal Partnership – Williamsport Office

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.

  • 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 client in administrative forums such as Social Security hearings, welfare and unemployment compensation hearings before Administrative Law Judges.
  • Salary DOE. For instance, a paralegal credited with three years’ experience would earn an annual salary of $30,300.
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume.
  • Ref. ParalegalWilliamsportMLP

Community Outreach and Housing Case Manager (Housing Navigator) – Multiple Locations

North Penn has received special funding for temporary positions, 20-hours per week,  compensated at $15 per hour through November 30, 2020. North Penn hopes to hire a “housing navigator” in various office locations including Bethlehem, Pittston, Stroudsburg, Bloomsburg, Sunbury and Williamsport.

  • A navigator will assist NPLS clients impacted by COVID-19. This includes renters and homeowners seeking rental or mortgage assistance from PHFA as well as individuals needing referrals to community resources.
  • A navigator will help clients individually with PHFA applications and will be involved in community outreach about the help that is available.
  • A navigator must have internet access and will use Word, Excel, PowerPoint and web meeting software.
  • This position is suitable for law students, law graduates, college graduates, or individuals with a social work or social services background.
  • NPLS desires applicants who exhibit sensitivity to the needs of an economically, socially, and ethnically diverse group of people.
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Applications with a cover letter as well as a resume will be given preference.
  • Reference: HousingNavigator.

Social Worker – Pittston Office

The Social Worker will provide a variety of social services to help NPLS clients resolve critical issues in order to enhance the effectiveness of staff attorney representation. The social worker will work with attorneys, paralegals, students and others on cases or projects; engage in/encourage community education; and work with the executive director and her designee to ensure compliance with all regulations and funding requirements of the program. With a staff of ten attorneys and four paralegals, the Pittston office serves Luzerne, Lackawanna, Sullivan, Wyoming, and Wayne counties. The social worker will work in the Pittston office of North Penn.

  • Advocate for clients with other agencies, collaborate in case planning, monitor the needs of the client community, conduct interviews, and make assessments.
  • Work as a professional in an interdisciplinary environment that can include attorneys, court personnel, judges, other social workers, and agency or government representatives.
  • Have ability to work with difficult clients, communicate effectively with individuals and groups, and exhibit sensitivity to the needs of an economically, socially and ethnically diverse group of people.
  • Possess internet and necessary computer skills in Word, Outlook Excel, Powerpoint and web meeting software.
  • Have capacity to work in-office and telework.
  • Applicants will be considered who have a social work degree or post-secondary degree with relevant work experience. Depending on experience, the starting compensation is approximately $31,000.
  • This is a regular, full time position with an excellent benefits and leave package.
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Applications with a cover letter as well as a resume will be given preference.
  • Reference: SocialWorker.

Attorney – Sunbury Office

Currently we have an immediate opening for an attorney with a general focus to work in our Sunbury office. This office serves Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. The attorney hired for this position will join an attorney and two paralegals plus support staff, pro bono and judicare attorneys in the provision of legal services. 

  • Attorney will represent clients in variety of civil cases including family law, housing, consumer, employment and general practice.
  • Attorney will provide clients with representation in state and federal courts and administrative proceedings.
  • Preference for attorneys who have a demonstrated commitment to public interest work.
  • Attorneys bilingual in English and Spanish encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on their oral, writing and advocacy skills as well as prior experience. 
  • PA Bar or by admission. 
  • Inter-county travel. 
  • Desire applicants with two+ years in practice. Salary DOE, starting at approx. $48,500.
  • Competitive fringe benefits including generous paid leave, health insurance and 401(k) plan. Employer bears most of the expense for benefits.
  • 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 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. AttorneySunburyNov2020.

Temporary Attorney – Sunbury Office

A temporary, part-time attorney is needed to work at North Penn Legal Services in the Sunbury office by the hour. Attorney could earn $900 for a 30-hour week. This is a nonbenefits position expected to last about four months. This could supplement an attorney’s private practice.

Attorney must have a demonstrated interest in issues affecting low income persons and have one to three years of general practice experience. Attorney will represent clients in a variety of civil cases including family law, housing, consumer, employment as well as general practice.

Reply with resume and cover letter describing interest in position to resumes@northpennlegal.org

Intake Worker – Bethlehem 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 Bethlehem. If you think you might be right for this position, we encourage you to apply.

  • Bethlehem office seeks to fill 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 $13.90 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. BethlehemIntakeOct2020
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

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 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 $13.90 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. PittstonIntakeOct2020
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer

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

 

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.

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) offers the Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Internship Program for law students and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Program (a two-year fellowship) for third year and recent law school graduates. Learn more about the PLAN MLK Programs here.

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.