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: 

  • Director of Legal Advocacy
  • Staff Attorney – Towanda Office
  • Paralegal – Bethlehem Office
  • Part-time Paralegal – Allentown MLP Office

NPLS offers very competitive benefits and leave time.
 

Director of Legal Advocacy

NPLS is recruiting to fill the position of Director of Legal Advocacy. The primary function of this position is to assure uniform high quality legal and advocacy work throughout NPLS.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate  advocacy work among offices and develop and implement a system for supervising legal work and encourage staff development.
  • Establish  guidelines for legal practice, identify training needs, review all significant litigation, encourage collaboration and co-counseling
  • Supervise and evaluate managing attorneys, and assist with training of managing attorneys and office managers.
  • Identify unmet legal needs of client community and develop new initiatives
  • Assist with recruitment, orientation and training of new legal staff.
  • Maintain a reduced caseload

Key qualifications:

  • Must have a demonstrated commitment to public interest work.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on their oral, writing and advocacy skills as well as prior experience as an attorney and as a supervisor.
  • PA Bar or by admission required.  
  • Inter-county travel. 
  • Desire applicants with a minimum of ten years of practicing law in a legal aid or comparable setting. Salary DOE. Compensation range for 10 – 15 years practice would be $77,000 to $83,000.

Compensation:

  • Competitive fringe benefits including generous paid leave, health insurance and 401(k) plan. Note: a significant portion of the compensation paid to our staff is employer paid benefits. Contact us to obtain details.
  • Frequent opportunities for professional growth and development through local, state and national trainings.
  • Access to loan repayment assistance programs.

What to Include in your application:

  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume. Cover letter must address your specific interest in this position. 
  • Reference: Director of Legal Advocacy, Jan. 2019

Staff Attorney – Towanda Office

NPLS seeks to fill a third attorney position in its Towanda (Bradford County) office. The Towanda office serves clients in Bradford, Susquehanna and Tioga counties. This new attorney will join an experienced staff comprised of the managing attorney, staff attorney and paralegal.

  • Attorney will represent clients in variety of civil cases, in court proceedings and administrative hearings. Areas of law include Social Security, landlord-tenant, public and subsidized housing, family and dependency cases, and consumer cases, including foreclosure and bankruptcy.
  • Preference for attorneys who have a demonstrated commitment to 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.   
  • Inter-county travel. 
  • Desire applicants with one to five years in practice. Salary DOE, approx. $46,200 – $51,000
  • 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 programs.
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org.  Include a cover letter and resume. 
  • Reference: Towanda Attorney Dec 2018

Paralegal – Bethlehem Office

We have an immediate opening for a paralegal to focus on unemployment compensation and bankruptcy cases.  This paralegal will join a staff of nine attorneys and three paralegals. Paralegals work under the supervision of an attorney and assist clients in a broad range of 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 could include helping to file bankruptcies;  representing clients at administrative hearings such as unemployment compensation and Social Security ; assisting with housing advice.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with advocacy experience.
  • 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.
  • Resumes accepted until position filled. 
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume.
  • Ref. Bethlehem Paralegal Dec. 2018

Part-time Paralegal – Allentown MLP Office

North Penn Legal Services seeks a part-time paralegal to work closely with a full-time attorney in a Medical-Legal Advocacy Project. The primary work location for this position will be at a hospital site in Allentown, PA with some time spent in community outreach, client advocacy and time in NPLS’ Bethlehem office.

  • 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 advocacy experience in a health care setting is preferred and the ability to speak Spanish is required.
  • The candidate will work 17 1/2 hours per week and have access to many pro-rated benefits.
  • Salary DOE. For instance, a paralegal credited with three years’ experience would earn $28,210, which computes to $14,105 if half time. 
  • Resumes accepted until position filled. Kindly comment on your interest in part-time work.
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume.
  • Reference: Paralegal, PT, MLP

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.