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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 email@example.com (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 competitive fringe benefits package. Salary DOE.
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.
- Executive Director
- Staff Attorney – Williamsport Office
NPLS offers very competitive benefits and leave time.
North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) seeks an Executive Director to lead his nonprofit organization the mission of which is to provide civil legal representation to low-income people and ensure equal access to justice for all.
NPLS serves communities in twenty counties in northeast Pennsylvania that are a mix of rural and urban areas and include the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Williamsport, Scanton, Easton and Wilkes-Barre. Its current operating budget is $6 million, including funds from the federal Legal Service Corporation, the Pennylvania Interest on Lawyer Trust Account Board (IOLTA), Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, and a number of smaller grants and private funding.
High Priority Roles and Responsibilities for the next Executive Director:
- Effectuating NPLS’ mission now and in the future;
- Ensuring continued financial stability through oversight of budget and fiscal operations;
- Ensuring program compliance with grant and contract requirements and relevant regulations;
- Serving as the public face of NPLS and nurturing effective collaborative relationships between NPLS and its clients, funders, bar leaders, private donors, and community, business and civic organizations;
- Advising the board on services to a low-income client community with varied legal needs;
- Facilitating strategic planning and board development;
- Strengthening NPLS’ fundraising capacity and diversifying and expanding its revenues;
- Continuing the development and implementation of technology solutions to improve client services, fundraising, and administration;
- Fostering diversity throughout NPLS including staff and board, and a culture that promotes mutual respect, equity, inclusion and teamwork for clients, board and staff.
Qualifications of the next Executive Director:
- A demonstrated commitment to the legal rights of low income and other vulnerable clients, including rural clients;
- Experience managing and supervising a diverse team of administrative and legal personnel, in a multi-office, nonprofit organization preferred;
- Possession of a JD, MBA, MPA, MSW or advanced degree in an area relevant to NPLS’ mission;
- Knowledge of financial matters including development of budgets, compliance with grant and contract requirements, and financial oversight, for a multi-million dollar organization preferred;
- An affinity for and successful experience in resource development;
- Experience working productively with an engaged Board of Directors;
- Effective communication skills with people holding a variety of perspectives;
- Willingness to travel throughout the northeastern Pennsylvania.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. In order to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials by September 7, 2018. Please include a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position, your qualifications, and what you hope to contribute to the organization’s future; a current resume; and the names and contact information for three professional references.
Materials should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org in Microsoft Word or pdf format.
Salary depends on experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale.
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 is assisted in the search by Patricia Pap, Executive Director, Management Information Exchange, 105 Chauncy St., Fl 6, Ste 3, Boston, MA 02111, 508-737-4010, email@example.com. Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact her.
About North Penn Legal Services:
NPLS’ service area covers twenty counties in Northeast Pennsylvania that includes the Pocono Mountains. The service area is a mix of rural and urban areas and includes the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem, Williamsport, Scranton, Easton and Wilkes-Barre. The largest city in the service area is Allentown. NPLS has nine offices; its corporate office is in Pittston.
NPLS’ service area is geographically the largest Legal Services Corporation (LSC) service area in Pennsylvania with a poverty population of 279,665. Approximately 77% of the poverty population is White, 9% is African American, 0.7% is American Indian/Alaska Native, 1.8% is Asian, 8% is another race, and 4% identifies as two or more races. 22% of the poverty population is Hispanic/Latino.
Established in January 1, 2001, NPLS is the result of a merger of four programs, Legal Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Legal Services, Northern Pennsylvania Legal Services, and Susquehanna Legal Services.
Strengths of NPLS include:
- maintaining financial stability and responsibility with its entrusted funds
- delivering services across its 20 county service area
- use of technology to assist client services and programmatic efficiencies
- maintaining quality programs and ensuring effective legal advocacy, and
- dedicated and caring staff
Challenges for NPLS going forward include:
- developing leadership as experienced staff members retire or depart
- strengthening the involvement of private attorneys in the delivery of legal services to clients
- developing the expertise of board members including attorney and client board members in financial, programmatic and committee responsibilities
- engaging in a needs assessment and strategic planning process with board and staff
- bringing together administrative, technology and advocacy staff across multiple offices
NPLS provides a full-range of legal services, including individual representation, information and advice, community legal education, pro se assistance, and a pro bono program. It priorities are broad including:
- preservation of housing and related housing needs
- support for families
- maintaining and enhancing income and economic stability
- ensuring safety, stability and well-being
- assisting populations with special vulnerabilities
In 2017, it closed nearly 10,000 cases.
NPLS has 67 employees, including 30 attorneys, 15 paralegals and 22 administrative staff.
Staff Attorney – Williamsport Office
We have an immediate opening for an attorney with a general focus to work in our Williamsport office. This office serves Lycoming, Clinton, and Tioga counties. The attorney hired for this position will join two other experienced staff attorneys and an experienced paralegal in the provision of legal services. Low income clients are also helped extensively through an active pro bono program with the private bar and by attorneys with Judicare contracts.
- Attorney will represent clients in variety of civil cases including child custody, landlord-tenant, consumer issues, public housing, and Social Security.
- 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 strongly preferred.
- Inter-county travel.
- Desire applicants with one to three years in practice. Salary DOE, approx. $45,000 to $48,600.
- 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.
- 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).
- What to Include in your application: Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a cover letter and resume. 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.
- Ref. AttorneyWilliamsportJuly2018
If you are the recipient of a one- or two-year fellowship, please contact NPLS' Acting Executive Director Lori Molloy at email@example.com. 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. Minorities, women, and the physically challenged 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.