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 careers@clsmf.org.

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

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 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 Sanford, FL office.  

Requirements

  • 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 driver’s license.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Legal Assistant/Receptionist (Sanford)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is seeking a FT Legal Assistant for our fast-paced non-profit legal services law firm in Sanford. Must be familiar with family/housing/LLT 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, computer proficiency (Microsoft Office 365),  
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) required

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Legal Assistant/Receptionist (Daytona)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is seeking a Legal Assistant for our fast-paced non-profit legal services law firm in Daytona Beach. Must be familiar with family/housing/LLT 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, computer proficiency (Microsoft Office 365),  
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) required

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Social Worker (Daytona)

The Social Worker position is part of a CLSMF initiative functioning in an outreach/support capacity designed to provide integrative links to services for adult clients with MH or other qualifying disabilities The CLSMF Social Worker is responsible for supporting clients’ basic needs by fielding referrals to/from the legal staff as part of a person centered, holistic approach to helping a diverse, at-risk client population in the Volusia County service area.  Advocacy and crisis intervention skills essential, this position ensures that the CLSMF Social Work role operates under professional, State, and LSC standards and guidelines.

Key responsibilities also include documenting assessments and creating service plans with clients.  This clinician will also support a client’s goal work by providing interventions, using evidence based practices, Motivational Interviewing, WRAP, etc.

Reporting to the designated Supervising Attorney, this position also requires a high level of coordination with community, housing, and health service providers. The CLSMF Social Worker is a FT position (PT candidates also considered) with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on client need

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college/university in social work or counseling, with at least two years’+ post academic FTE in related field experience required. 
  • Current Florida clinical licensure relevant to degree and experience preferred.
  • Successful applicants will have the ability to effectively and consistently engage and manage a challenging caseload. 
  • Must be well organized, possess excellent clinical, verbal and written communication skills, and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365).
  • Ideal candidate will be a creative self-starter and skilled negotiator with community social service systems.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Educational Advocate PT (Daytona)

CLSMF is in search of an Educational Advocate PT (up to 20 hours weekly) to review and collect students’ educational history and records by working with schools, parents/guardians, and attorneys to advocate for services for CLSMF clients.

Primary responsibilities include assisting parents/guardians navigate special education processes, including but not limited to: IDEA, Section 504 , IEP Audits, LD, ADHD, Autism, ADA, Health Impairments, EBD, Language Impairment, Giftedness. Utilizes knowledge of educational laws and services available within the public school systems.

Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college/university, with at least two years’+ post academic experience working within the public educational system.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred

Current Florida credentials relevant to position, COPAA certification desirable

Successful applicant will have demonstrated knowledge of educational laws and services available within the public school system and the ability to effectively and consistently advocate and communicate within a diverse range of clients and stakeholders

Must be highly organized, possess excellent professional, verbal, and written communication skills, and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365).

Ideal candidate will be a creative self-starter and skilled advocate within community public education systems.

Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Pro Bono Coordinator (Orlando)

This highly visible position’s key responsibilities include serving as the resource between Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida and the legal community through Pro Bono involvement by private attorneys. Engages attorneys for CLSMF Legal Advice Clinics, Pro Se Workshops, full representation cases, and other Pro Bono initiatives throughout our law firm’s service area. Participates and assists in all of the firm’s activities for recruiting, retaining, and acknowledging the contributions of CLSMF Pro Bono attorneys. Responsible for completing administrative tasks to maximize efficiency and compliance in the delivery of quality legal services to underserved, low-income clients in a variety of civil legal matters through securing eligible case referrals, and overall positive engagement of Pro Bono attorneys.

The Pro Bono Coordinator is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings, based on business need throughout CLSMF’s 12-county service area. Occasional out of area travel and overnight stays may be required. 

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS (or commensurate professional knowledge),  two or more years’ related work experience, demonstrated commitment to low-income/vulnerable clients;  working or volunteering in a legal, non-profit, or human services setting preferred.
  • Successful candidate will have highly polished presentation and superior organizational skills, the ability to effectively and consistently engage a broad legal constituency. Experience in a range of compliance and grant driven programs.  The talent to creatively advocate for clients while managing a full roster of referrals; Commitment to improving the Pro Bono Attorney volunteer experience and sustainability with innovation and flexibility. Enthusiasm about outreach and the demands in sustaining Pro Bono Attorney relationships is essential.
  • Spoken and written fluency in English and Spanish preferred
  • Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365) strong customer service skills and high degree of capacity for knowledge with Legal Server, LSC Regulations, and CLSMF Policies
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS ELDER JUSTICE AMERICORPS LEGAL FELLOWSHIP

Practice Areas: Civil legal assistance to elder abuse victims

Program Background and Description

Equal Justice Works, Elder Justice AmeriCorps (AmeriCorps), and Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) have collaborated to provide the Elder Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship. The Fellow will provide civil legal assistance to address the legal needs of elder abuse victims and increase access to legal services for victims of elder abuse. This program is funded by Equal Justice Works, AmeriCorps and CLSMF. 

Fellow Job Description

  • Provide civil legal representation with regard to elder abuse cases, including injunctions for protection, evictions, unlawful detainers, and ejectments.
  • Engage in cross-training sessions and participate in Unit leader meetings to gain a functional understanding of CLSMF’s overall work.
  • Provide training opportunities in elder abuse both internally and externally.
  • Work with CLSMF’s Communication Department to support the AmeriCorps National Day of Service.

Qualifications

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps Legal Fellows are subject to the National Service Criminal History Check process, including FBI fingerprinting, FBI background check, and a name-based search of the National Sex Offender Public Website. A Florida Criminal Background check will also be completed prior to the start of service.

The Fellow must:

  • Must have sat for or be prepared to sit for the state bar examination in Florida
  • Must consent to all requisite criminal history checks, and meet all selection criteria established by CLSMF

Fellow Compensation

The Fellow will receive annual living allowance, as well as financial support for housing, student loan repayment, and other permissible reimbursable living expenses. Additionally, Fellows receive an education award, health insurance, and other benefits. Interested applicants should contact Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida with any follow up questions.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS ELDER JUSTICE AMERICORPS JD LAW STUDENTS

Practice Areas: Civil legal assistance to elder abuse victims

Program Background and Description

Equal Justice Works, Elder Justice AmeriCorps (AmeriCorps), and Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) have collaborated to provide the Elder Justice Works Elder Justice AmeriCorps Fellowship to provide critical legal services to victims of elder abuse. This program is funded by Equal Justice Works, AmeriCorps and CLSMF. 

Law Student Job Description

Students will work closely with the Equal Justice Works Elder Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow and will support the Fellow in providing critical legal services to victims of elder abuse, including injunctions for protection, evictions, unlawful detainers, and ejectments.

Benefits

Students who serve a minimum of 300 hours to support Fellows in the provision of critical legal services to victims of elder abuse are eligible for an education award of $1,230.69

Qualifications

Law students must be enrolled in the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

IT Trainer  (Orlando – Daytona Region)

Community Legal Services of Mid Florida’s IT Trainer manages, designs, develops, coordinates and conducts all IT training programs. Reporting to the Director of Information Technology, responsibilities include communicating with program managers to identify IT training needs and mapping out relevant IT development plans for teams and individuals. The IT Trainer also reviews technical documentation of IT systems, capabilities, limitations, and IT needs of CLSMF staff by keeping well informed of IT-related advances, with a focus on person first, customer/client service for productive use of technology in delivery of non-profit legal services.   

The IT Trainer also works with the Information Technology Systems Manager to provide responsive and useful technical assistance on computer systems on an as-needed basis.

The CLSMF IT Trainer is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings, based on business need throughout CLSMF’s 12-county service area. Occasional out of area travel and overnight stays may be required. 

Qualifications:

Successful candidate will have highly developed organizational skills and the ability to effectively and consistently manage competing priorities with a high commitment to the demand for IT and a highly engaged workforce to support the law firm’s evolving needs. 

Bachelor’s Degree in appropriate field and a minimum of three years’ work experience with comparable responsibilities, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, advanced skills in Microsoft OS’s, Microsoft Office 2016 and Office 365 applications, and general PC knowledge.

Must possess excellent project management skills and progressive experience in creating IT training programs (IT Trainer, IT Training Facilitator or similar role) to maximize staff efficacy across multiple software programs utilized by CLSMF: LegalServer, Best Case Bankruptcy, Divorce Planner Analyzer, Abila MIP Fund Accounting preferred.  Effective verbal and written communication skills to clearly deliver information to users of all technological levels required. Must possess the skills to deliver full training cycle of IT using multiple range of traditional and modern delivery methods, including e-learning platforms, virtual classrooms, electronic support tools as well as in-person to individuals and groups.

Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Paralegal (Ocala)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a versatile Paralegal to join our expanding, non-profit law firm located in Ocala.  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. Investigate and develop cases, develop written reports to attorneys detailing results of investigation; draft motions, pleadings and other documents as directed;

Make and follow up on referrals of clients to appropriate alternative or additional sources of assistance; conduct legal research; serve process and execute affidavits of service; serve witness subpoenas 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:

  • Paralegal certification.
  • A minimum of three years’ of experience working in a law firm as a paralegal is required.
  • Experience working on housing cases (LLT, Foreclosures, Fair Housing).
  • Commitment to understanding and addressing legal issues of low-income clients   
  • Must be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365)
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish; spoken and written fluency) preferred

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Legal Assistant (Kissimmee)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is seeking a Legal Assistant for our fast-paced non-profit legal services law firm in Kissimmee. Must be familiar with housing 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 and perform detailed research, as well as possess superior organizational and polished communication skills.

Qualifications:
  • High School graduate or equivalent, Legal Studies Education and/or Paralegal track certification strongly preferred
  • Law firm experience (5+years) with background in housing law (LLT, Foreclosures, Fair Housing) preferred, experience 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 highly organizational and superior communication and writing skills, computer literacy (Microsoft Office 365 proficiency)   
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) a plus
Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org
Project Coordinator – Medical Legal Partnership (Orlando)

MLP is a unique collaboration between medical/behavioral health providers and legal partners. MLP programs strive to provide resources to address certain legal components of fundamental social factors that impact a person’s health and ability to thrive. 

The Project Coordinator is responsible for guided management and coordination of the Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) Statewide Planning Grant by leading an initiative to bridge the health and legal communities in Florida, with a focus on building and activating relationships between sectors to improve strategies to address the social determinants of health for low-income Floridians.  This highly visible position is funded by a grant under the Florida Bar Foundation with Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida serving as the Lead Agency for project implementation.

Responsibilities include work with partner liaisons, contract management, and program evaluation support. Program development support will include identifying opportunities for replication, supporting similar local and regional efforts, identifying logical new opportunities, and serving as an expertise resource.

Successful candidate will possess a solid understanding of the healthcare landscape in Florida, with a focus on healthcare services for the poor and underserved; have a network of contacts in the healthcare services arena, and be a motivated, passionate leader who is committed to advancing innovation in the health and legal fields.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, health administration, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience required – Master’s degree in business, public administration, health administration, nursing, social work, legal services, or related field, with experience with interdisciplinary projects strongly preferred
  • Significant (5+ years’) related professional experience, including administrative/program development within a health care organization or similar experience in systems improvement.  Progressive work background in program management, coordinating work flow, and data and information tracking a plus.
  • Successful candidate has a commitment to the shared understanding basic health needs and the impact of social determinants and healthcare disparities in the underserved population.  Experience with large health care organization’s decision making processes; working knowledge of large health care organization’s structure or similar structure, and/or strategizing and implementing program goals and objectives in a complex and/or multi-faceted organization with ability to effectively and consistently engage a broad constituency, including ability and expertise to conceptualize new and appropriate engagement strategies and translate them into achievable plans.
  • Must possess excellent project management 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 careers@clsmf.org