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Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child, a senior, a veteran? Do you want to help a victim of domestic violence feel safe again? Do you want to help a family put food on the table? Join our team of dedicated attorneys and advocates who make a difference in the lives of thousands of people every year!

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) was named by the NonProfit Times 2016 as a Top 50 Best NonProfit Companies to Work For, making it the fifth year in a row as one of the top in the nation.

CLSMF offers an excellent benefits package, a great working environment, and the chance to improve the lives of people in our community.

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Internships

Are you a law student or pre-law student looking for an internship?  Find out more about our internship program.

Volunteer Lawyers Project

Are you an attorney looking for rewarding volunteer opportunities. Learn more about how you can make a difference by doing pro bono legal work through CLSMF.

CURRENT JOB LISTINGS

PART-TIME HELPLINE ATTORNEY/HOUSING LAW/FAMILY LAW/PUBLIC BENEFITS/ELDER LAW/CONSUMER LAW – SANFORD, FL

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., is seeking 2-3 part time Helpline Attorneys in various areas of civil law to provide advice and brief services to clients throughout Central Florida for up to 24 hours per week. This position would work out of our Sanford, FL office. CLSMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Responsibilities

For more information about our organization, please look around the website. Applicants should submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: careers@clsmf.org.

Requirements

Successful candidates will posses the following 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 a valid Florida drivers license.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is seeking a full time Chief Financial Officer for its fast-paced, non-profit, legal services law firm located in Daytona Beach, FL.  The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) provides fiscal support to the organization, oversees all accounting practices, and supervises the Accounting Department.  The CFO supports and collaborates with the Executive Director in his/her management of the business aspects of the organization by: (1) providing leadership in financial management operations; (2) providing information on the fiscal impact of a broad range of issues including strategy, organization, compliance, regulation, investments, analysis, and reporting; and (3) offering strategic insight on financial implications of proposed decisions.  Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida offers an excellent benefits package including:  free health, dental, disability and life insurance, generous paid time off program, and more. Send cover letter, resume and references to: careers@clsmf.org or via Fax: 386-323-5762. Equal Opportunity Employer
Essential Functions and Responsibility:
  1.  Strategic – Provide fiscal support to the Board, provide financial scenarios for strategic initiatives, assess financial and internal control risks of proposed initiatives and/or programs and propose recommendations.
  2. Financial Planning and Analysis – Prepare annual agency budget, prepare financial projections, interpret operating results, make recommendations for cost efficiencies, provide cost‑benefit analyses including capital asset acquisitions, space leases, etc., coordinate fiscal special projects and provide requisite analysis.
  3. Financial Reporting – Oversee the generation of timely and accurate financial and management reports, participate in Board meetings and present as necessary, ensure proper financial statement disclosures and supporting schedules, ensure proper classification of assets, liabilities, net assets, revenues and expenses.
  4. Cash Management and Investment – Monitor Net Asset carryovers and reserve balances, monitor cash balances and make recommendations to Executive Director, ensure Executive Director and the Board’s Audit and Audit Committee are aware of idle cash available for investment, Maintain analysis of investment portfolio performance and advise Executive Director and the Board’s Audit and Finance committee, perform research on investment options as directed by the Board’s Audit and Finance committee, maintain relationships with banks and other financial institutions.
  5. Policy and Procedure – Develop accounting policies to comply with GAAP, 2 CFR Part 215 and Part 230, LSC rules and regulations, trust account rules, tax, grant, and management reporting requirements, establish internal controls, maintain accounting manual with continuous review and enhancement of processes and controls.
  6. Accounting and Tax – Oversee all accounting functions, oversee payroll and time keeping database, ensure timely submission of employment taxes and payroll related forms and returns, oversee proper inventory accounting of fixed assets, ensure proper accounting of donations, research, implement, and maintain hardware and software for accounting and finance, maintain and update annual Cost Allocation Policies, provide training to attorneys on fiscal operation of Client Trust Accounts, oversee audit process and coordinate with audit firm, oversee preparation for tax returns including forms 990 by external CPA firm and approve final return, oversee preparation for 403b tax return form 5500 by pension advisor firm and approve final return, keep abreast of accounting, business, and financial issues by attending continuing education seminars.
  7. Grants Management – Ensure timely and accurate preparation and submission of grant documents such as proposals, budgets, monthly actual expenditures, interim reports, budget modifications, final reports, and self‑audits. Work closely with Director of Grants and Compliance on grant proposals and reports, participate in fiscal monitoring visits by funders, ensure proper accounting for grant receivables.
  8. Accounting Personnel Management – Develop specific duty assignments of all Accounting Department personnel, recruit and interview accounting personnel and make hiring recommendations, develop and train Accounting Department personnel, review work performed by Accounting Department personnel, supervise and evaluate Accounting Department personnel, maintain overall responsibility and accountability for Accounting Department operations.
  9. Insurance/Contracts/Benefits – Solicit bids and review major vendor proposals and contracts, oversee renewal of insurance policies including general liability, property, umbrella, wind, flood workers and unemployment compensation, malpractice, fiduciary, and ERISA.
  10. Human Resources – Oversee the training and travel arrangements for staff, and other related duties.
 Qualifications:
  1.  CPA license or MBA degree with a concentration in Accounting or Finance
  2. Minimum six to ten years work experience with demonstrable leadership and strategic advisory skills
  3. Excellent organizational and analytical skills, along with process/project management abilities and an acute attention to detail
  4. Effective written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, coupled with an ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  5. Proficient computer skills, specifically in Microsoft applications, accounting software, and databases
  6. Working knowledge of nonprofit accounting
  7. Basic knowledge of law office technology
  8. Basic knowledge of building operations and administration
  9. Strong work ethic and ability to multi‑task
  10. Strong business acumen, competency in business operations, and an ability to speak in non‑financial terms
  11. Strong supervision and team leadership skills
Equal Justice Works VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) Fellow

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. (CLSMF) is seeking applicants for the VAHHP Legal Fellow. The Fellow will build the capacity of tenant associations by assisting, informing, educating, and engaging tenants of eligible project-based U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)-assisted properties to preserve affordable housing and increase tenant capacity building regarding their rights, responsibilities, and options for preservation and improvement of their communities. The Fellow’s work will focus on expiring or otherwise “at-risk” Section 8 properties. The Fellow will volunteer at CLSMF but will be a limited employee of the federal government through the AmeriCorps/VISTA project. The Fellow is not an employee of either Equal Justice Works or CLSMF.

The VAHPP Legal Fellow will build the capacity of tenants living in at-risk properties by:

  • Assisting tenant leaders to form resident associations and to develop by-laws;
  • Interviewing residents and conducting research to properly identify the relevant legal issues at the properties;
  • Attending resident association meetings
  • Presenting “Know your Rights and Responsibilities” workshops to tenants;
  • Communicating with HUD about preservation issues, management problems, and building conditions;
  • Negotiating with the property owners about preservation issues, management problems, and building conditions; and
  • Assisting groups to assemble technical assistance teams where tenant ownership or nonprofit financing is determined to be the best course of action.

Qualifications

  • Law school graduate from an Equal Justice Works member school
  • Commitment to fighting poverty in the community
  • Effectively work with diverse staff and clients
  • Exhibit judgment and strong decision making skills
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills

Compensation

Legal Fellows are provided a modest living allowance of $1,1173 monthly plus health insurance from the VISTA program. CLSMF will also provide the Fellow with a monthly living allowance in financial and/or in-kind support to off-set housing, student loan, food, transportation, relocation, and some allowable reimbursable expenses. The living allowance cannot be paid directly to the Fellow and must be paid directly to a third party, such as the Fellow’s landlord. The specifics of how CLSMF provides this compensation will be determined based upon the need of the Fellow.

Start Date & Locations

CLSMF currently has 2 positions available with an anticipated start date of no later than June 1, 2016. One position will be in our Orlando office, while the second position will be in our Orlando, Daytona Beach or Ocala office. Recent law school graduates as well as Spring 2016 graduates will be considered for the position. The Fellow will also be required to attend a mandatory pre-service orientation prior to beginning work at CLSMF.

Application Process

Interested parties must email a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in the fellowship to careers@clsmf.org. Please include “VAHPP Fellow Application” as the subject line. Please do not call.