Employment Opportunities

Making a difference

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, CLSMF’s programs, services, and people continue to embrace our Statewide community with 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.
  • 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 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.

Internships, Externships, and Volunteer

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 Involvement Program (V.I.P.). 

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.
 

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.


CURRENT JOB LISTINGS

Staff Attorney – Community Economic Development (Central FL)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a uniquely qualified professional to join our expanding law firm as a Staff Attorney in a dynamic Community Economic Development (CED) collaborative, specializing in affordable housing practice areas. 

This highly visible position’s key responsibilities include representing community-based organizations in entity formation, governance, tax exemption applications and compliance matters, advising small businesses and nonprofits on the formation and commercial agreements, and leases. Work performed is focused on transactional legal work for non-profit organizations and real estate development, including operation of corporations, partnerships and joint ventures, applications for tax-exempt status, advice regarding choice of entity, drafting and review of contracts, agreements, and loan documents, legal advice, working with clients to form strategies to resolve legal problems, technical assistance, development of specialized programs to assist community-based corporations engaged in the creation of housing and economic opportunities for lower-income persons and the revitalization of neighborhoods.

The CED Staff Attorney may also conduct workshops and trainings for community-based organizations and their members, as well as providing advocacy to legislative bodies and agencies on behalf of or in partnership with community-based organizations and their members regarding issues related but not limited to; laws and policies addressing equitable community development at the local and state level.

Reporting to the Chief Program Officer or designee, the successful CED Staff Attorney will develop expertise in several areas of the law while building effective working relationships with local community organizers, leaders, city officials, and service providers from inception to follow up to assure CLSMF’s impact to individuals served under this grant.

This professional role is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need throughout CLSMF’s 12-county service area as well as Statewide.

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted to practice law in Florida in good standing
  • Minimum 3 – 5 years’ experience as a lawyer, specifically in the area of real estate and business formation
  • Commitment to low-income/vulnerable clients and communities on legal matters; experience working as an attorney on contract negotiation and drafting, real estate development and business matters, commercial leases and corporate entity formation and operation, and affordable housing finance.
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation and organizational skills with the ability to effectively and consistently engage a broad constituency, including experience in community /grant-funded programs
  • 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 CLSMF’s 12 county service area as well as Statewide

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

IT Help Desk Specialist- Regional (PT)

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. 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]

Development Officer (Orlando)

The Development Officer is an engaging professional responsible for the creation and planning of CLSMF’s fundraising program. Serving as the primary fundraiser for the organization, the Development Officer will articulate the critical role of philanthropy to the community while maximizing the financial gift to the organization. The individual will identify, engage, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects and donors. In this key role, this position will work closely with Staff at all levels as well as interacting with Board Members and Community Members as a Fundraiser who understands and pursues front-line relationship building, increasing institutional giving and expanding CLSMF’s donor base.

The CLSMF Development Officer is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need throughout CLSMF’s 12-county service area.

Responsibilities:

Responsible for the expansion of individual, corporate and foundation fundraising giving. The ideal candidate in this role performs collaborative work with leadership in the development of strategic fundraising plans and funding priorities. This will be accomplished through visits and other forms of direct personal contact while utilizing the Core Process to identify, engage, cultivate, solicit and steward prospects and donors. Conducts prospect research and creates strategies to match the potential donors’ interest. Works to significantly increase the portfolio of donors and increase their giving levels while meeting targeted goals and metrics. This position will support and manage the Marketing/Communication team.

Qualifications:

BA/BS (related credentials desirable). Development Officer must have a minimum of two years fundraising experience and demonstrated ability in securing major gifts. Successful candidate will have highly polished presentation, organizational skills, the ability to effectively and consistently engage a broad audience and possess knowledge of funding sources available in Central Florida. Computer literate in Microsoft products, eTapestry (a plus). Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Staff Attorney – Family Law (Kissimmee-Orlando-Regional)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a Family Law Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm at our Kissimmee office, and covering cases for the entire 9th Circuit.

Legal work includes representation of clients on a broad range of Family Law topics, legal advocacy to low income clients in civil litigation matters, regular court appearances, hearings and trials, client interaction, drafting of pleadings and orders, preparation and review of discovery, and negotiation of settlement agreements.

The Family Law Staff Attorney is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout the CLSMF 12 county service area.

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted in good standing to practice law in Florida;
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred;
  • Minimum of 2 – 4 years’ experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters; experience with subject matter areas including domestic violence, family time sharing, injunctions for protection, with a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment;
  • Ability to consistently and zealously advocate for clients while managing a full caseload; and professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve;
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation and organizational skills and the ability to effectively and consistently engage and collaborate with a diverse constituency of community stakeholders and organizations;
  • 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; and
  • Ability to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected] 

Legal Assistant/Receptionist (Sanford)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is seeking a FT Legal Assistant/Receptionist for our fast-paced non-profit legal services law firm in Sanford.

  • Bilingual (English-Spanish; spoken and written fluency) preferred.
  • Must have significant professional experience with civil law.

Maintains case files, calendars and coordinates appointments. Prepares legal pleadings and other documents as directed. Performs data entry and other clerical/secretarial responsibilities including processing client documents. Must be able to conduct discovery, perform detailed research, schedule depositions, and process issuance of subpoenas. Conducts telephonic or in-person intakes with clients, meets with clients, and performs other specialized projects for the Unit as they arise.

Qualifications:

  • High School graduate or equivalent, Legal Studies Education and/or Paralegal track certification strongly preferred
  • Law firm experience (5+years) with background in family/housing 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.
  • 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.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Manager of Data Analytics (Daytona-Regional)

The Manager of Data Analytics is a dynamic and engaging professional responsible for training and assisting staff in the collection and reporting of data and the development of outcomes.  The Manager of Data Analytics will formulate queries and reports in Legal Server case management system to aid in management of various grants management and standardized reporting.  The position is responsible for producing periodic client services/activities reports for submission to various funders and to internal staff. The Manager of Data Analytics will assist firm leadership in drafting policies, procedures and processes based on Legal Services Corporation (LSC) regulations and training staff.  The position will conduct proactive and periodic review of client/case data to ensure compliance with LSC regulations and other funder requirements. The Manager will also utilize GIS software/methodologies to assess and forecast service, delivery and efficiency. The successful candidate will assist in the preparation of reports, grants, presentations, and dashboards. The Data Analytics Manager will work with the Manager of Program Integrity and Implementation and the Manager of Quality Assurance to ensure continuation of quality improvement across the firm.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS – related certifications desired. Six plus years progressive experience in a legal or government setting;
  • Legal Server, Geographic Information System and Amplifund experience preferred;
  • Ability to design and run reports in Legal Server on a routine basis to support grant application and grant reporting upon request by staff;
  • Advanced capability in Excel;
  • Able to set up tables, create pivot tables and pivot charts, build advanced formulas, and create dashboards;
  • Experience with Power BI, Power Query a plus;
  • Strong understanding of GIS (Geographic Information System) highly preferred;
  • Ability to learn, summarize, and train staff on LSC regulations;
  • Ability to draft reports in case management system by creating filters to accurately capture case/grant activities;
  • Ability to analyze demographic and client services data and produce infographics- both internal and external stakeholders;
  • Legal experience preferred;
  • Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365); and
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Grant Writer (Daytona/Regional)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida’s is seeking a Grant Writer based in our Daytona office.  The Grant Writer is primarily responsible for developing, managing, writing and reporting grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations. Candidate will persuasively communicate CLSMF’s mission and programs to diverse portfolio of funders. The Grant Writer will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, a professional and resourceful demeanor, the ability to work both independently and as a team player, and a desire to take initiative and manage numerous projects. The Grant Writer assembles and submits grant requests, establish and maintain consistent professional relationships with stakeholders on all levels, conduct prospect research, and manages a challenging calendar of submissions and other deadlines.

Qualifications:

  • A solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants, a Bachelor’s degree, and 3 -5 years of relevant experience are required;
  • Must be able to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner;
  • Thoroughly reviews award terms and conditions and coordinates the acceptance of awards;
  • Monitors achievement toward grant goals to ensure each project or program is meeting proposal conditions and expectations;
  • Alerts program staff to any required reports to funders, collects data on funded projects, and assists with report development and submission;
  • Ensures that program reports, outcomes and deliverables are submitted on time;
  • Executes award closeout and maintains grant audit files;
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are essential;
  • Effectively organizes, assembles and arranges resources to meet goals;
  • Maintains excellent historical records;
  • Must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and highly-organized, and have experience using online databases and other sources to research, forecast and present captivating data (biographical, financial, and informational);
  • Successfully tracks the progress of various projects;
  • Candidate must possess an ability to work well under pressure and the ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form;
  • 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; and
  • Ability to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Paralegal – Family Law (Daytona)

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]

Staff Attorney – Housing Law (Tavares)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a Housing Law Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm at our Tavares office.

Legal work includes representation of clients on a broad range of Housing Law topics, legal advocacy to low income clients in civil litigation matters, regular court appearances, hearings and trials, client interaction, drafting of pleadings and orders, preparation and review of discovery, and negotiation of settlement agreements.

The Housing Law Staff Attorney is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout the CLSMF 12 county service area.

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted in good standing to practice law in Florida;
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred;
  • Minimum of 2 – 4 years’ experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters; experience with subject matter areas in housing law, with a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment;
  • Ability to consistently and zealously advocate for clients while managing a full caseload; and professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve;
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation and organizational skills and the ability to effectively and consistently engage and collaborate with a diverse constituency of community stakeholders and organizations;
  • 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; and
  • Ability to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Quality Assurance Representative (Daytona Beach, FL)

Reporting to the Department of Grants & Compliance, this position provides administrative and audit support as well as research from multiple sources identify opportunities and determine the activities needed to meet quality targets and employer and payor contractual goals across the firm. Following developed protocols, procedures and guidelines as well as facilitate process improvement initiatives to drive performance across the organization to achieve the goals served to meet the organizations Quality Assurance initiatives and contractual requirements.

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in legal studies or related discipline
  • 4+ years progressive experience in a legal, government, health or human services compliance setting Successful candidate will have the ability to effectively and consistently manage multiple priorities and should be must be organized with the ability to work with time and content sensitive material, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be computer literate.
  • Familiarity with Legal Server case management and/or Amplifund grants management system is a plus
  • Must possess excellent workflow/time management skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365, Legal Server)
  • 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]

Staff Attorney – Family Law (Ocala)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a Family Law Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm at our Ocala office, and covering cases for the entire 5th Circuit

Legal work includes representation of clients on a broad range of Family Law topics, legal advocacy to low income clients in civil litigation matters, regular court appearances, hearings and trials, client interaction, drafting of pleadings and orders, preparation and review of discovery, and negotiation of settlement agreements.

The Family Law Staff Attorney is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout the CLSMF 12 county service area.

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted in good standing to practice law in Florida.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred
  • Minimum of 2 – 4 years’ experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters; experience with subject matter areas including domestic violence, family time sharing, injunctions for protection, with a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment.
  • Ability to consistently and zealously advocate for clients while managing a full caseload; and professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve.
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation and organizational skills and the ability to effectively and consistently engage and collaborate with a diverse constituency of community stakeholders and organizations.
  • 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]

PART-TIME STAFF ATTORNEY-Helpline– Orlando-Sanford

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.  This position is based in our Orlando-Sanford office.  

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]