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Last Modified: 03/24/2020

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We appreciate your interest in employment opportunities with Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida and encourage qualified applicants to review our job postings and apply for a specific opening.

You can be proud to work at CLSMF. For more than 50 years, our programs, services, and people embrace our statewide community with professional care. Our extensive range of legal and advocacy services also means rewarding opportunities to advance in a fulfilling career with a team of dynamic professionals.

We offer competitive salaries, a supportive work environment, and an exceptional benefit package for eligible positions, including:

  • A selection of medical, dental, prescription, life insurance, and long-term disability benefits.
  • A tax-deferred annuity (403b) plan, with CLSMF funded contributions to the plan.
  • Generous vacation, holiday, and other paid time off for vacation, personal, or floating holidays to honor the needs of our diverse employees, and approximately 14 scheduled paid holidays per year.

CLSMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer: We value a diverse workforce and the promotion of inclusive culture at all levels.

CLSMF does not discriminate against any employee or qualified applicant for employment on the basis of age, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, marital or familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex, disability, socio-economic position, religion, political belief, protected genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal or State law.

Internships, Externships, and Volunteering

Are you an attorney looking for rewarding volunteer opportunities. Are you a law student or pre-law student looking for an internship/externship? Maybe a paralegal wanting to obtain legal experience while giving back?  Find out more about our volunteer opportunities by visiting this page.

COMPLETE CONFIDENCE will be maintained as you submit your resume to [email protected].

We are fortunate to receive a considerable number of applications from highly qualified individuals, and will only contact those candidates who best match the position requirements to begin the interview process.

Open Attorney Positions

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a committed Public Benefits/ Veterans Benefits Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm located in Orlando. Legal work includes direct representation to low-income and homeless veterans with legal issues primarily focusing on VA disability benefits and discharge upgrade and low-income non-veterans in a variety of Public Benefits issues such as: Social Security Disability cessations, Medicaid, food stamps, and unemployment.

This community-based role collaborates with veterans’ organizations including VA facilities, Vet Centers for combat veterans, homeless shelters, veterans’ courts, and Stand Downs for homeless veterans.

Qualifications:

Must be admitted to practice law in Florida in good standing. Minimum of four years’ functional experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities. Previous experience working with veterans and/or military families preferred. The successful candidate will have a highly approachable presentation, exceptional organizational skills, and the ability to effectively and consistently engage a diverse constituency while managing a full caseload. Demonstrate a professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve. Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365). Ability to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area necessary, with valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, proof of insurance required.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., is seeking Helpline Attorneys in various areas of civil law to provide advice and brief services to clients throughout Central Florida for up to 24 scheduled hours per week. Must have a demonstrable commitment to understanding and addressing issues of low-income constituents. Must maintain professional and legal knowledge through reading and continuing education.

Responsibilities:

Determines client eligibility for legal services in accordance with program policies and procedures. The ideal candidate in this role provides legal services to eligible clients and client groups including identification of legal problems, investigation, advice, negotiation, administrative and legislative/quasi-legislative bodies and preparation of necessary documentation.

Qualifications:

Applicants must possess Florida Bar membership and be in good standing with the Florida Bar. No prior experience in any particular area of the law is required, however experience in one or more areas of law as listed above is preferred. The ability to speak multiple languages including Spanish is preferred. Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365). Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary. Ability to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Open Paralegal & Legal Assistant Positions

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a versatile Paralegal to join our expanding, non-profit law firm located in Daytona and covering cases for the entire 7th Circuit.

The paralegal will perform legal work as specifically delegated by an attorney and will review client cases for legal issues and make referrals to program attorneys, as directed. Investigate and develop cases, develop written reports to attorneys detailing results of investigation; draft motions, pleadings and other documents, make and follow up on referrals of clients to appropriate alternative or additional sources of assistance; conduct legal research; and other papers as requested; file legal papers with appropriate courts; provide assistance to clients with legal issues related to CLSMF services, review cases for legal issues to facilitate the securing of rights, remedies and services for victims from other agencies and attorneys. Conduct outreach to the local area and additional travel within the service area (10-15%).

Qualifications:

  • Legal Studies Education and/or Paralegal certification;
  • Law firm experience (2+years) with background in family law preferred, experience in support of litigation and commitment working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters also a plus;
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish; spoken and written fluency) highly preferred;
  • Excellent phone manner and professional customer service ability required, with superior organizational and highly polished communication and writing skills;
  • Must be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365);
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary; and
  • Ability to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Open Managerial & Administrative Positions

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) seeks a CEO to lead its work to provide civil legal aid to low-income people to protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families in Central Florida. CLSMF is a full-service nonprofit law firm addressing issues related to consumer protection, family law, children and education, domestic violence, elder abuse and neglect, health and income-related benefits, housing, and veterans’ benefits. The CLSMF mission is “To provide access to justice through high quality legal assistance to low-income persons.”

CLSMF has approximately 100 staff including lawyers, advocates, and support staff who work in 11 offices serving 12 counties in Central Florida, stretching from coast to coast, including Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia. The administrative office is located in Orlando.

High Priority Roles and Responsibilities for the Next CEO:

  • Articulate a clear strategic vision and lead the Board and staff to meet community needs with the implementation of its 2019 – 2023 strategic plan.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient delivery of high quality legal assistance to low-income individuals throughout its service area with visionary leadership, communication, and strategic thinking.
  • Serve as CLSMF’s chief spokesperson to the community, media, policy makers, funders, the private bar, and other stakeholders.
  • Develop, communicate effectively with and support a strong and active Board of Directors.
  • Maintain and expand public and private financial resources, with the participation of the Board of Directors, to support program operations and ensure the fiscal strength of CLSMF.
  • Secure the organization’s financial health and stability through sound financial planning and management, operating within the approved budget, and ensuring maximum resource utilization.
  • Oversee the development of pro bono and volunteer resources to support the delivery of client services and program operations.
  • Foster and prioritize a healthy internal culture, strong sense of team and positive staff morale to ensure thoughtful and coordinated execution of program, financial and fundraising strategies, and effective communication across the organization.
  • Lead CLSMF’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Qualifications of the CEO:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission, vision and values of CLSMF.
  • Experience practicing civil poverty law, and deep understanding of and experience serving the low-income community and clients such as those served by CLSMF.
  • Minimum ten years’ experience as a senior leader in a legal services or other nonprofit legal practice; experience as an executive director or direct report to an executive director preferred.
  • Strong budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
  • Demonstrated success working with a Board of Directors to develop and implement the organization’s strategic plan to advance the CLSMF mission and goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups including staff, volunteers, donors, the bar, judiciary, legislators, government, community members and clients.
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the demonstrated ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to the nonprofit sector, and a commitment to diversifying CLSMF revenue.
  • A passionate and persuasive communicator with excellent interpersonal, public speaking, networking and writing skills.
  • Excellent organizational manager with the ability to coach and inspire staff, lead and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and simultaneously lead multiple projects.
  • Successful compliance with the requirements of funders, and knowledge of the Legal Services Corporation’s regulatory requirements a plus.
  • A commitment to the use of technology to extend services throughout the state.
  • Experience working collegially with a unionized workforce.
  • Personal characteristics including a high level of professionalism, integrity, honesty, self-confidence, strong work ethic, humility and the ability to inspire these characteristics in others.
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout the CLSMF service area.

Applications:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  In order to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials by January 17, 2020. 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 [email protected] in Microsoft Word or pdf format. CLSMF 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 protected]  Candidates with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact her.

Salary depends on experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale.  An excellent benefits package includes a selection of medical, dental, prescription, life insurance, and long-term disability benefits; tax-deferred annuity (403b) plan, with CLSMF-funded contributions to the plan; and generous vacation, holiday, and other paid time off.

CLSMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer which values a diverse workforce and the promotion of an inclusive culture at all levels. CLSMF does not discriminate against any employee or qualified applicant for employment from all qualified individuals on the basis of age, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, marital or familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex, disability, socio-economic position, religion, political belief, protected genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal or State law.

About Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida:

CLSMF lawyers, paralegals and advocates provide free legal aid helping more than 20,000 people in Central Florida each year on issues including consumer protection, family law, children and education, domestic violence, elder abuse and neglect, health and income-related benefits, housing, and veterans’ benefits.

CLSMF was founded in 1966 as Volusia County Legal Services. With mergers in 2004, CLSMF has become one of the largest nonprofit law firms in Florida, providing civil legal assistance to residents of Brevard, Citrus, Flagler, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Putnam, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties. With this expansion has come an enhanced vision for CLSMF as a cohesive regional law firm with the capacity to engage in high-impact litigation for the benefit of low-income persons, minorities, veterans, and the elderly in Central Florida.

The primary sources of funding for CLSMF are the Legal Services CorporationThe Florida Bar Foundation, United Way of Marion County, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), individual donors, law firms, businesses and state and local governments.

In 2018, CLSMF increased its workforce by more than 10%, expanded its outreach, opened an office and doubled the staff and resources of its HELPLine. CLSMF conducted on average a community outreach event every four days, handled over 8000 client matters, fielded over 26,000 requests for assistance, closed 800 pro bono cases, and provided resources to the community via the internet over 1000 times.

For more information on Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, visit https://clsmf.org/.

About the Orlando area:

The Orlando area boasts more than two dozen public and private colleges and universities, including the University of Central Florida, Rollins College, Florida A&M University College of Law and Valencia College. The metro area’s exceptional public school systems equip students with 21st-century skills and prepare them to compete in the global marketplace. The school system is comprised of students from more than 200 different countries and reflects Orlando’s cultural diversity. Hispanics and African-Americans make up more than 40 percent of the population. Orlando consistently ranks as one of the top LGBT-friendly communities in the country. Fast-growing Central Florida has a sunny and mild climate allowing for year-round outdoor recreation activities from golf and tennis to water sports and biking. Florida has no income tax.

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is seeking a Staff Accountant to assist with general accounting functions. The Staff Accountant implements, monitors, and maintains accounting systems, procedures, and policies. Serving as liaison between the organization, grantors, and auditors, this position ensures the accurate compilation, analysis, and reporting of accounting data. Reporting directly to the Senior Director of Finance or designee, the Staff Accountant assures proper financial information is processed and maintained to support the functional needs of the firm.

Responsibilities:
Primary duties include supporting the administration of financial and compliance aspects of grants; ensures effective financial and functional accounting controls are in place; maintains adequate financial records and supporting documentation. Preparation of documents for grant monitoring to include budget to actual, financial performance reports and invoices on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis as needed. Collaboration with grant and other firm staff on grant applications, planning and budgeting. Preparation of semi-monthly payroll to include payroll tax payments, garnishment payments, employee ancillary benefit & 403(b) payments and reconciliation of timekeeping, attendance/absences, FMLA. Preparation and reconciliation of quarterly and annual payroll tax reporting to include 941, 940, state unemployment, W2s. Preparation of schedules for 5500. Preparation of timely and accurate financial and management reports as directed. Ability to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area necessary, with valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, proof of insurance required.

Qualifications:
BA/BS in accounting, business administration or related field. Minimum three to five years of progressive work experience with all elements of in-house accounting. Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Successful candidate will have high proficiency in accounting software, and databases. Working knowledge of GAAP in a nonprofit setting is preferred. Performs well in a high demand setting with the ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities in a time and content sensitive manner.

Excellent organizational and analytical skills, along with superior and consistent attention to detail with highly polished communication and writing skills, computer proficiency (Microsoft Office 365). Ability to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area necessary, with valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, proof of insurance required.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking an IT Help Desk Specialist to provide technical assistance and timely solutions to our dynamic workforce throughout CLSMF’s 12-county service area. This PT position is a key contributor to a cooperative and productive use of technology by responding to queries, running diagnostic programs, isolating problems, and implementing solutions.

Responsibilities:

The IT Help Desk Specialist delivers user-friendly results concerning the use of computer hardware and software, telephony, including printing, installation, electronic mail, and operating systems.

Qualifications:

Degree/Certificate in IT studies or related experience in lieu of credentials.  Current students eligible for consideration. Proficiency and functional ability across all current Microsoft platforms

Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities in a technical support setting. Must have excellent presentation, organizational skills and the ability to effectively communicate in user-friendly terms in verbal and written content. Dependable team player who works collaboratively and cooperatively with others in a supportive environment. Ability to act independently and make decisions within scope of the position’s responsibilities. Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary; and ability to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]