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Working at PLA

Our work allows all of our staff to make a positive impact on low-income communities throughout Philadelphia.  A career with PLA is both an exciting and enriching experience and will allow you to help low-income individuals and families obtain equal access to justice.

Throughout each year, PLA offers a variety of employment opportunities for attorneys, paralegals, law school graduates with fellowships, support staff, and interns.

Inquiries about employment should be directed to work@philalegal.org.

Philadelphia Legal Assistance is an equal opportunity employer.

Paralegal in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Philadelphia Legal Assistance

Position: Paralegal in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Philadelphia Legal Assistance

 

Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) seeks to immediately hire a full-time paralegal to work with low-income taxpayers in Philadelphia.

 

Background: The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) at Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) is a program funded largely by the IRS to help low income taxpayers avail themselves of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, avoid having to pay taxes that are incorrectly high and/or that they cannot currently afford to pay, and to otherwise resolve disputes with the IRS.

 

Responsibilities: The paralegal will assist LITC attorney with complex cases while also handling their own caseload.  The paralegal’s duties would include conducting initial client eligibility screenings; researching and referring clients to free tax preparation sites; assisting clients with information gathering, organization of information and financial documents; researching and understanding IRS terminology and regulations of the Internal Revenue Code, Internal Revenue Manual, and IRS publications; advocating on behalf of clients with the IRS;  developing content for the LITC’s webpage - http://philalegal.org/litc - and other educational materials; and other duties as required.

 

This position is ideal for someone with an interest in how tax policy and the administration of the IRS, one of the largest federal bureaucracies, affect people living in poverty.  The paralegal will learn about issues such as filing statuses, dependency exemptions, earned income and child tax credits, premium tax credits and shared responsibility payments under the Affordable Care Act, cancellations of debt, early retirement withdrawals, and unreported income.  

 

Qualifications:

1)            Dedication to working with low-income clients;

2)            Patience and persistence in interpersonal communications and case work;

3)            Attention to detail and the ability to read and re-read consecutive pages of fine print;

4)            Excellent writing skills and the ability to present complex concepts in simple, clear language;

5)            Strong organizational and time management skills;

6)            Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is desired but not necessary;

7)            Technological/coding aptitude and creativity is welcome.

 

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Interested persons should send their cover letter and resume to: Hiring Committee, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, 718 Arch Street, Suite 300N, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1535, by fax to 215-981-3860 or by email to work@philalegal.org. Position will remain open until filled. PLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Deadline: 
Position will remain open until filled.
How To Apply: 

Interested persons should send their cover letter and resume to: Hiring Committee, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, 718 Arch Street, Suite 300N, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1535, by fax to 215-981-3860 or by email to work@philalegal.org.

Paralegal in the Pennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance

Position: Paralegal in the Pennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance

 

Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) seeks to immediately hire a full-time, Spanish-speaking paralegal to work with Pennsylvania farmworkers.

 

Background: The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project (PFP) is a unit of Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), a Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funded program. PFP provides legal representation to the migrant and seasonal agricultural worker population throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The vast majority of farmworkers are monolingual Spanish speakers who migrate to Pennsylvania from other parts of the U.S. and Mexico. There are also workers who migrate to Pennsylvania from Haiti, Thailand, Jamaica and other countries.

 

Responsibilities:

 

Conduct intake screenings with potential clients, and serve as primary point of contact for clients and the Farmworker Project.  Organize and conduct extensive community education and outreach to migrant farmworkers in labor camps throughout Pennsylvania, as well as to governmental and social service agencies that come in contact with these workers.  Travel and work during evenings, and some weekends, will be required.  Developing written educational materials and presentation topics for outreach will also be part of the Paralegal’s outreach duties.

 

Perform research and gain substantive knowledge of state and federal protections for farmworkers and other low-wage/immigrant workers, including state and federal minimum wage and overtime laws, anti-discrimination laws, and tax laws.  Conduct client interviews, develop cases draft complaints to government enforcement agencies and assist with litigation in state and/or federal court. 

 

Qualifications:

 

1) Fluency in written and spoken Spanish REQUIRED.  2) Excellent research and writing skills.  3) A driver’s license and the ability to travel throughout Pennsylvania (and stay overnight when necessary).  4) Bachelor’s Degree.  5) Previous experience working with farmworkers, immigrants or a low-income client population is an advantage.

 

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Interested persons should send their cover letter and resume to: Hiring Committee, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, 718 Arch Street, Suite 300N, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1535, by email to work@philalegal.org. Position will remain open until filled. PLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Deadline: 
Position will remain open until filled.
How To Apply: 

Interested persons should send their cover letter and resume to: Hiring Committee, Philadelphia Legal Assistance, 718 Arch Street, Suite 300N, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1535, by email to work@philalegal.org.