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Employment Opportunities

  • Conducts applicant screening and intake.
    • Provides information to people making inquiry about services and makes referrals to an appropriate agency or organization.
  • Provides assistance to the extent permitted under law under the supervision of an attorney to LSNWJ clients.
    • Communicate and meet with clients.
    • Assist in discovery:  conduct factual investigation, prepare interrogatories and requests for production of documents, and interrogatory answers.
    • Conduct legal and factual research.
    • Prepare, file and serve legal pleadings, including Complaints, Answers, Motions, Case Information Statements and other documents.
    • Prepare correspondence; handle incoming and outgoing mail.
    • Maintains contact with clients, courts, judges, opposing counsel, and others and is responsible for scheduling meeting arrangements and maintaining calendars.
  • May conduct applicant screening and intake.
    • Provides information to people making inquiry about services and makes referrals to an appropriate agency or organization.
  • May act as facilitator of an LSNWJ volunteer project.
  • Participates in the community, including committees, task forces, and working groups related to the work of  LSNWJ. 
  • Demonstrates professionalism, reliability, compassion, positive attitude and ability to maintain a good working relationship with all members of the office staff and work in team environment.
  • Good attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to communicate and write clearly and understandably.
  • Good capabilities of technology, including word processing, case database, calendaring and scheduling software, e-mail, e-filing and legal software.
  • Valid driver’s license and use of a personal vehicle for work-related travel or other means of fulfilling responsibility for work-related travel.
  • Paralegal certificate or Associates degree in paralegal or legal studies.
  • Minimum of two years of experience as a paralegal in at least one of these areas of law:  family law; bankruptcy; consumer law; litigation.
  • Bilingual in English-Spanish preferable. 
How To Apply:

Email resume, references, and cover letter to: astrack@lsnj.org. Include in your cover letter how you believe you meet the needs of the position of Paralegal at LSNWJ. We invite candidates to include, as well, a statement of how your background and experiences might contribute to the diversity and cultural vitality of LSNWJ.



  • Directs the overall operation of the agency in compliance with the mission of LSNWJ, the policies established by the Board of Directors, the regulations established by the Legal Services Corporation and requirements of multiple funding sources.
  • Leads ongoing planning of the program’s goals, objectives and outcomes, and develops and oversees policies, projects, and structures to implement those goals.
  • Provides advice and assistance to the Board of Directors on the establishment, development, and implementation of policy and priorities.
  • Hires, supervises, evaluates and meets regularly with the Management Team to provide direction, advice and oversight as appropriate.
  • Communicates the work of the Management Team to staff and seeks staff input on program policy, practice and procedures.
  • Oversees the establishment and maintenance of systems including:
    • caseload management and case handling
    • staff supervision and co-counseling procedures
    • evaluation of personnel, agency, and program performance
    • training programs for staff and Board
    • staff recruitment, hiring and human resources, including equal employment procedures.
  • Ensures the organization’s long-term financial health by developing and overseeing financial management systems, including financial planning and budgeting, and oversight of financial systems and controls.
  • Serves as an effective ambassador for the program through positive public relations; and communicates and establishes contacts and relations with courts, bar associations, private bar, governmental agencies, community organizations and the press and media.
  • Oversees the development and supervision of LSNWJ’s private bar involvement program.
Required Qualifications:
  • JD from an accredited U.S. law school
  • Current license to practice law in New Jersey, or a current license to practice in any state, plus a commitment to obtain a New Jersey State Bar License within two years
  • 10 years of experience in public interest law or comparable experience
  • Proven leadership skills, with vision, open-mindedness, good listening skills, and the ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Demonstrated professionalism, integrity, intelligence, humility, sense of humor, and energy
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and cultural competence.
Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:
  • Successful experience managing and supervising a diverse team of administrative and legal personnel, in a multi-office, nonprofit organization
  • Demonstrated experience in non-profit program planning, evaluation, staff supervision, legal systems development, financial oversight, reporting and budget development
  • Experience assuring compliance with grant and contract requirements
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with people of different backgrounds, perspectives, and opinions, and to motivate and inspire community, staff, board and funders
  • Experience with union/management relations
  • A track record of fundraising and resource development success.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. In order to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials by April 5, 2019. Please include a cover 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 ppap@mielegalaid.org in Microsoft Word or pdf format.

LSNWJ is being assisted in the search by Catherine Carr, Legal Aid Consultant, 215-603-0211, ccarrphila@gmail.com, and Patricia Pap, Executive Director, Management Information Exchange, 508-737-4010, ppap@mielegalaid.org. Applicants with questions about the position or process are encouraged to contact them.

Salary depends on experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale.

LSNWJ is an Equal Opportunity employer, which employs and promotes without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability, perceived disability, and AIDS and HIV status or other protected group status and treats persons equally with respect to compensation and opportunities for advancement, including promotion and transfer.

For more information about LSNWJ, visit the LSNWJ Website.

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