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
  • Two Attorney Openings – Bethlehem Office
  • Legal Secretary – Bethlehem Office
  • Paralegal – Sunbury 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

Two Attorney Openings – Bethlehem Office

North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) seeks attorneys who are interested in becoming part of a regional team focused on creating access to justice for low-income residents in north and eastern Pennsylvania. NPLS serves twenty counties where our advocates provide direct representation, community outreach, and serve on local community groups. Support for advocacy work comes from all NPLS’ nine offices and an established statewide network.

Our most recent openings are in Bethlehem, PA. This office serves Lehigh and Northampton counties with a staff of nine attorneys and six paralegals.

  • Attorney will represent clients in variety of civil cases including housing, family law, and consumer issues including personal bankruptcy.
  • Preference for attorneys who have a demonstrated commitment to public interest work.
  • Attorneys bilingual in English and Spanish desirable.
  • 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 two to five years in practice. Salary DOE, approx. $47,400 – $51,000.
  • Competitive fringe benefits including generous paid leave, health insurance and 401(k) plan. Note: a significant portion of the compensation paid to 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.
  • Ref. March 2019 – Bethlehem attorneys.
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Responses must include a cover letter and resume.
  • Resumes accepted until position filled.

Legal Secretary – Bethlehem Office

We have an immediate opening in our Bethlehem office for a legal secretary. This legal secretary will join a staff of nine attorneys, four paralegals and three other members of the support staff.

  • Full-time position with significant benefit package.
  • Position includes all support staff duties: legal secretarial, client intake and receptionist.
  • Individual will receive training to screen callers for eligibility and to use case management system for calendar and client records.
  • Individual will use MS Word and Hot Docs for document preparation.
  • Require proficiency in word processing. Knowledge of legal terminology and principles desirable.
  • Prefer candidate with several years of legal secretarial experience.
  • Salary DOE, approx. min. $12.14 per hour.
  • Ref. BethlehemSecretary2019.
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume.  
  • Resumes accepted until position filled.  

Paralegal – Sunbury Office

Currently in the Sunbury office we have an opening for a paralegal. The office will identify the areas of focus for this position. This paralegal will join a staff of two attorneys plus support staff. 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; assisting with family law cases, including custody clinics; organizing community outreach visits.
  • 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.
  • Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. Include a cover letter and resume.  
  • Resumes accepted until position filled. 
  • Ref. Sunbury Paralegal 2019.

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.