Employment Opportunities

The Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all candidates to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

The Law Center is committed to keeping children safe, and each person is responsible for meeting the requirements of the Law Center’s Child Safeguarding Code of Conduct.

About the Public Interest Law Center

The Public Interest Law Center is a nationally renowned public interest law firm with a mission using high-impact legal strategies to advance the civil, social, and economic rights of communities in the Philadelphia region facing discrimination, inequality, and poverty. We combine targeted litigation, legal advice, community education, advocacy, and organizing to secure people’s access to fundamental resources and services, including a high-quality education, health care, housing and community services, employment, a healthy neighborhood and the unencumbered right to vote. We accomplish our mission in partnership with a robust network of pro bono partners, community partners, volunteers and other essential stakeholders. We strongly value equity, inclusion, achieving racial and social justice, and empowering client communities through our high impact work.

Temporary Tenant Organizer

The Public Interest Law Center is seeking a temporary tenant organizer to lead the work of Renters United Philadelphia, a new organization being built within the Public Interest Law Center. Launched within the Public Interest Law Center in March of 2020, Renters United Philadelphia organizes and educates renters to fight for their rights to quality housing in the streets, in the courts, and in City Hall. You can learn more here: www.rentersunitedphiladelphia.org

The Tenant Organizer directs the organizing work of Renters United Philadelphia. The temporary Tenant Organizer position will run from mid-July through mid-October 2021. The position will cover the current tenant organizer’s work while he is on leave, with overlap with the current organizer to maintain cohesiveness. The ideal candidate will have had experience in a working class base building organization carrying out leadership development, direct action and campaign development. They will have an understanding of systemic inequities, a commitment to housing justice and relevant lived experience.

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Preferred Qualifications

  • 3 years’ community, faith-based or labor organizing experience as paid staff or core volunteer
  • Experience facilitating and developing trainings for working class members with diverse lived experiences
  • Proven ability to develop leadership skills of others
  • Experience working with teams and supervising volunteers, with proven ability to manage relationships, move people to action and build consensus
  • High degree of emotional intelligence
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite and digital databases for tracking membership and events

Core Responsibilities

  • Develop the organizing skills of members
  • Perform outreach through flyering, outdoor canvassing or tabling, phone calls, text messages, and social media
  • Facilitate Organizing Committee meetings, Renters Rights Clinics, Building Meetings/Assemblies, Outreach and Direct Action
  • Develop agendas for all RUP spaces, develop trainings and facilitate decision making
  • Maintain digital databases
  • Guide campaign strategy in consultation with leaders and staff
  • Work with Community Lawyer and Consultant who function as a staff team
  • Participate in Law Center structures and initiatives
  • Track expenses and submit receipts, check requests, and hours in a timely fashion

Compensation

This is a contract position without benefits. Applicant must be located in the Philadelphia Area and available some evenings. Compensation will be $30/hour. While hours worked will depend on organizational need, a candidate should expect to work approximately 35 hours per week.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Public Interest Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to ensuring a workforce that embraces and embodies the values of inclusion, belonging, cultural humility and mutual respect. We are eager to receive applications from people of all diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, people of color, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Law Center invites all applicants to include in their letter of interest a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our organization and legal practice.

The Law Center is committed to protecting the safety of children.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume, and a letter that describes your relevant experience and why you would be a good fit for this position. You may send to:

Ariel Morales
amorales@pubintlaw.org

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applicants who apply by May 21st.

Program Coordinator

We are hiring for a Program Coordinator. This exciting position has both traditional and non-traditional paralegal functions as well as organizational functions, all of which serve as a critical support to the Law Center’s day to day operations and overall mission. Generally, the Program Coordinator provides administrative support for the office staff, everyone from attorneys to the development team to the Executive Director. The Program Coordinator reports to the Director of Administration and works closely with all Law Center staff to undertake legal, administrative, and operational and compliance duties and responsibilities. Depending on the needs of the program at any given time, this position will focus on responsibilities in one area more than another. The ideal candidate for this position is someone who is nimble, an independent starter and creative thinker, someone who can juggle different tasks at once with special attention to detail and deadlines, comfortable with technology and exploring new ways to leverage data, and someone with excellent time management skills is a must. Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel and the ability to manipulate data using various programs are highly preferred skills.

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The job responsibilities will include the following:

Legal

  • Conduct factual research in connection with cases.
  • Prepare drafts and final legal documents from typewritten drafts (including preparing table of authorities and table of contents); file (including electronic filing) and serve legal documents.
  • Organize and analyze discovery, including indexing and bates stamping documents; maintaining discovery binders of written discovery and responses; organizing and maintaining deposition transcripts and exhibits; indexing documents and summarizing transcripts.
  • Provide administrative support for hearings, argument, or trial.
  • Organize correspondence, pleadings, discovery, and other documents (in hard copy and/or electronically) as directed by attorneys. Close cases and dispose of documents as instructed by supervising attorney.
  • Track City Council on a weekly basis and send legislative updates to the relevant attorneys.

General Program Support

  • Administer internship program, including implementing evaluation system and coordinating workflow.
  • Coordinate hiring application process including posting positions, receiving and reviewing applications, scheduling interviews and corresponding with applicants.
  • Respond to intake and make referrals when appropriate; record information in database.
  • Factual research of topics ranging from government policies to prospective funding sources; analyze and report on data; draft content for communications work.
  • Participate in monthly program evaluation meetings and provide analytical support.

Development

  • Draft project budgets as needed; prepare monthly reports tracking grant activity.
  • Engage in grant writing as needed under the direction and supervision of the Development Director and Executive Director.
  • Support grant tracking work

Community Organizing

  • Assist with canvassing, phone-banking, and other tenant organizing tasks as needed through Renters United Philadelphia.
  • Organize quarterly Vacant Land 215 events, including scheduling speakers and managing logistics.
  • Coordinate Garden Justice Legal Initiative by updating and sending out referral list on a monthly basis; pairing interested pro bono attorneys with clients; and handling and tracking all garden-related intake.
  • Attend and record minutes for biweekly Take Action Philly meetings.

Administrative

  • Prepare drafts and final correspondence as directed
  • Read mail, email and monitor voicemail for program staff in timely fashion.
  • Maintain office-wide filing system and for individual attorneys when needed.
  • Assist Director of Administration with tracking case costs of faxing, copying, printing, and postage.
  • Manage Outlook contacts and maintain calendar, including scheduling for meetings, events, use of conference room.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support in Board matters.
  • Prepare and maintain a supply of various office forms, including check request or travel reimbursement forms.
  • Assume responsibilities of Director of Administration as directed in his/her absence.

The position is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Law Center offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, which includes generous PTO and paid parental leave. The salary will be comparable to peer program compensation of similar positions and will be commensurate with years of experience.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Public Interest Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to ensuring our workforce embraces and embodies the values of equity, inclusion, belonging, cultural humility and mutual respect. We are eager to receive applications from people of all diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, people of color, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Law Center invites all applicants to include in their letter of interest a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our organization and legal practice.

The Law Center is committed to protecting the safety of children with which it comes in contact.

How to Apply

Please submit via email a resume, a letter of interest that describes your relevant experience and why you would be a good fit for this position at the Law Center, a short writing sample of ten pages or less, and contact information for at least three professional references to:

William Burstein
wburstein@pubintlaw.org

Writing samples can include email or other correspondence that showcases your writing ability, a report or paper you authored or community education materials you prepared.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applicants who apply by May 15, 2021.

Staff Attorney

The Public Interest Law Center is seeking applications for a staff attorney to work on the Law Center’s major litigation initiatives with a particular focus on special education, Medicaid, and other matters pertaining to people with disabilities. In this work, the Law Center aims to ensure that all students, regardless of zip code, race, ethnicity, language or abilities, have access to a high-quality public education, and to improve health in low-income communities by addressing systemic barriers to healthcare and public health threats.

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The Staff Attorney will be responsible for all aspects of such litigation including developing legal theories, factual investigation, research, discovery, trial, appeals, and enforcement. The Staff Attorney is expected to stay informed about the challenges facing the diverse communities in which we work and to identify high-impact litigation solutions where appropriate.

The Staff Attorney also will be responsible for developing and implementing a wide range of additional strategies that complement litigation to achieve clients’ goals. Such strategies include building and participating in partnerships and coalitions, community education, advocacy, and technical support.

The candidate should have at least three to five years’ experience practicing law, and preference will be given to candidates with experience in special education, healthcare and in particular Medicaid, and/or disability law. The Law Center will consider applicants with less than three to five years’ practice experience if the candidate has a demonstrated and strong record of successful judicial clerkships, legal internships, or other legal work that has provided them with the experience and qualities listed here for ideal candidates. While none of the following qualities is by itself a requirement, the ideal candidates will demonstrate:

  • excellent analytical abilities, well-developed legal research and technical skills;
  • demonstrated excellence in written work, including legal briefs and non-legal publications;
  • litigation or other dispute resolution experience;
  • experience in developing litigation or legal strategies;
  • initiative, creativity, and an entrepreneurial approach to new cases and strategies;
  • strong organization skills, sound workload management, persistence, and excellent follow-up skills;
  • experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds including people experiencing poverty, individuals with disabilities, individuals with limited English proficiency, and persons with criminal histories;
  • collaborative skills and capacity for teamwork with colleagues and clients; and
  • enthusiasm for our mission as well as a commitment to racial justice work.

The position is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Law Center offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, which includes generous PTO and paid parental leave. The salary will be commensurate with years of experience. The Staff Attorney will report to the Legal Director.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Public Interest Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to ensuring a workforce that embraces and embodies the values of inclusion, belonging, cultural humility and mutual respect. We are eager to receive applications from people of all diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, people of color, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Law Center invites all applicants to include in their letter of interest a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our organization and legal practice.

The Law Center is committed to protecting the safety of children with which it comes in contact.

How to Apply

To apply, email a resume, a letter of interest that describes your relevant experience and why you would be a good fit for this position at the Law Center, a short legal writing sample of ten pages or less, and contact information for at least three references to:

William Burstein

wburstein@pubintlaw.org

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applicants who apply by April 5, 2021.

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