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

Manager of Development & Donor Relations (Orlando)

Description:

The Manager of Development & Donor Relations is a dynamic and engaging professional responsible for expanding CLSMF’s fundraising and communication goals through collaboration, strategy, planning and execution. The individual in this key role will articulate the critical role of philanthropy, work closely with Staff at all levels, and interact with Community and Board Members. As a driven professional who understands and pursues front line relationship building, soliciting, developing long range and strategic plans for increasing institutional giving support and expanding CLSMF’s funding base. Strong candidates for this position will have a combination of development, marketing, and communications skills.

The CLSMF Manager of Development & Donor Relations 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 and corporate fundraising efforts, including social media, targeted web campaigns and major gift campaigns as well as planned giving opportunities, to attract new donors and enhance support from existing donors. The ideal candidate in this role performs collaborative work in development of strategic fundraising plans to significantly increase the portfolio of individual donors and institutional funders with a focus on building support across a diverse range of opportunities. This role will guide and manage the expansion of a consistent individual donor solicitation process (from outreach to measurable outcomes) in a timely manner, while ensuring compliance, accountability and integrity. This position will support and manage the Marketing/Communication team.

Qualifications:

BA/BS (related credentials desirable)

Successful candidate will have highly polished presentation and organizational skills and the ability to effectively and consistently engage a broad audience and donor constituency, including experience and expertise to conceptualize new and appropriate strategies and translate them into achievable plans.

A minimum of two years fundraising experience and demonstrated ability in securing major gifts.

Must possess excellent project management skills and be computer literate 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 – 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]

Project Integration Manager (Orlando-Daytona-Regional)

Reports to and receives general direction from Chief Program Officer or designee. The Project Integration Manager will work with other staff to ensure the project is on schedule to meet all deliverables, within budget, and in full compliance with funder requirements. The Project Integration Manager will apply a variety of technical concepts, practices, and procedures and will leverage independent judgment and experience to enhance the customer and client experience of firm client communication practices and technologies. Must be able 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.

Responsibilities:

Identify and document project goals, objectives, milestones and ensures successful project execution. Track all major and minor milestones associated with end-to-end project activities. Create a work plan that is clear, concise and detailed plan which identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully execute, monitor the project. Ensures deliverables are identified and met through effective management of each assigned project component and its associated project staff.

Periodically reviews project requirements and work plan with senior management and project staff.

As required, provides policy guidance and training to clients, project staff and leadership to adhere to program or project requirements. Ensure work plan effectively allocates budgeted resources to project activities. In consultation with the Finance Department, reviews project financial reports, project expenditures and project resource allocations regularly to ensure adherence to the project budget. Develop and implement protocols to collect, manage and report project data. Track project deliverables using appropriate tools. Develop internal comprehensive reports documenting project lifecycle and as requested, advise senior management and the Board as to project progress. Maintains awareness and ensures successful execution of contract negation and renewal activities. Establish a high-performance project team through training, coaching and mentoring. Identify and work to remove barriers to ensure successful completion of the overall project. Attends training programs and job-related conferences as required. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • BS/MS in Management Information Systems or in lieu of, Certified PMP or other relevant project management certification.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as a lead Project Manager ideally in a professional, non-profit or legal environment involving the management of federally funded projects.
  • Strong analytic and project management skills.
  • Possesses excellent communications skills, is highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of independently managing workload and prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced legal environment with minimal supervision.
  • Must possess excellent project management skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365, Legal Server). Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Staff Attorney – Family Law (Orlando)

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] 

Staff Attorney- Consumer Law – (Daytona Beach/Regional)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a uniquely qualified professional with three plus years’ experience in legal matters related to consumer law. Reports to and receives general direction from Senior Manager of Public Interest and Consumer Law.

This professional role is a full-time 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:

The Consumer Law Attorney provides direct representation to low-income clients faced legal matters ranging from debt collections, garnishments, repossessions, contracts, consumer scams to debtor harassment in matters pending before State and Federal Court, while further promoting criteria for identifying consumer legal issues across the firm’s diverse practice areas and networking with private bar consumer attorneys to assist with co-counsel, full representation, and pro bono work.

Qualifications:

  • Admission to practice law in Florida in good standing is required.  A minimum of one-year functional experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters strongly preferred. Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365).
  • The successful candidate will demonstrate a professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve, possess highly approachable presentation and superior organizational skills, with the ability to effectively and consistently engage a diverse constituency while managing a full caseload.  
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, with proof of current insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Staff Attorney- Special Education (Orlando/Regional)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking an experienced FT Special Education Attorney with three+ years’ experience in legal matters related to education. ESE classroom background in education, psychology, or similar setting with progressive experience in Individual Education Programs, filing due process and 504 complaints preferred. The Special Education Attorney must possess the ability to work both scheduled and flexible full-time work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout the firm’s 12-county service area.

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted to practice law in Florida in good standing;
  • With a minimum of one-year functional experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters, the successful candidate will have a highly approachable presentation, exceptional organizational skills, and the ability to effectively and consistently engage a diverse constituency;  as well as capacity to consistently and zealously advocate for clients while managing a full caseload; and demonstrate a professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve;
  • 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.

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.

Responsibilities:

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]