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Careers

Join Our Team And Make A Difference!

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) is a great place to work! You could help us fulfill our mission to provide equal access to justice for all. Whether you are a recent graduate or experienced professional, CCLA has a positive, supportive work environment; the work is challenging and rewarding. Currently, we are working on a hybrid basis, working in the Plantation, Florida office two days each week and from home three days each week. For more information on the specific career opportunities available, please see the listed positions below. You may email your resume, letter of interest, and references to CCLAemployment@legalaid.org.

Equal Opportunity Employer

CCLA thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. Those who identify as women, people of color, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, persons from underrepresented groups, veterans, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are encouraged to apply. Our staff ranges from new staff entering the legal field to experienced, recognized leaders in the community. We proudly promote from within our organization.

Benefits

CCLA offers a generous benefits package. We offer paid vacation days and paid sick leave, paid holidays, health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, 403(b) plan (tax-sheltered annuity plan) with employer match up to 5%, health savings account, and optional supplemental plans. CCLA pays attorneys’ Florida Bar dues and some related organizations’ membership dues. CCLA provides training opportunities for all staff to learn and grow. In addition to in-house staff trainings, attorneys are encouraged to attend CLE courses to broaden their knowledge base and skills.

Loan Forgiveness

CCLA attorneys may also be eligible for the Florida Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) beginning their first year with us. CCLA is a Legal Services Corporation funded program, and our attorneys may be eligible for their LRAP. Learn more about LRAP.

In addition, when you are employed by a not-for-profit organization like CCLA, you may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). PSLF forgives the remaining balance on Direct Student Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for CCLA. Learn more about PSLF.

Local Area

Plantation, Florida is located in Broward County. Our offices are just minutes away from beautiful beaches, delicious dining experiences, an array of diverse artistic and cultural activities, and major sporting events.  We are located close to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades Cruiseport.

For more information, please see www.visitlauderdale.com and www.broward.org.

Open Positions

Click a position below for details.

ATTORNEY, CONSUMER LAW

COAST TO COAST LEGAL AID OF SOUTH FLORIDA, (CCLA) is a Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funded, non-profit organization which has provided free civil legal services to low-income and other eligible residents of Broward County since 2004. CCLA’s mission is to improve the lives of low-income persons in our community through advocacy, education, representation, and empowerment. CCLA’s Senior Citizen Law Project is seeking to hire a full-time CONSUMER LAW ATTORNEY experienced in litigating mortgage/condo/HOA foreclosures, wage and bank account garnishments, and other consumer related matters. The Senior Citizen Law Project provides legal counseling and/or representation to Broward County residents who are 60 years of age or older in various areas, such as, Housing, Health and Public Benefits, Consumer, Immigration (Naturalization), Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation. Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

· Conduct client interviews
· Review legal documents
· Engage in discovery and depositions
· Draft correspondence, pleadings and motions
· Conduct legal research
· Attend court hearings and trials
· Perform community outreach events in-person and virtually, as well as, on social media, and conduct educational trainings for staff, clients, and community providers, as needed
· Maintain records, case notes and daily time-keeping in CCLA’s case management system
· Compliance with program and grant requirements
· Perform other duties as requested by Management, Supervisors, or as required by grant(s)

Required Qualifications and Skills:

· Licensed to practice and in good standing in Florida
· 5 years or more litigation experience, preferably in foreclosure and consumer law defense
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as direct client contact is part of the position
· Strong attention to detail
· Ability to work independently and manage a varied caseload is essential
· Strong written and verbal communication skills
· Professional demeanor and client-oriented focus
· Strong computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel
· Proficiency in using virtual platforms to communicate (i.e. Zoom, MS Teams)

Bi-lingual (Spanish or Haitian Creole) preferred but not required. Salary D.O.E., plus excellent fringe benefits. This job announcement will be posted until the position is filled. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submissions: Send cover letter, writing sample, resume, and three professional references to CCLAemployment@legalaid.org. 
(06-06-2022)

ATTORNEY, FAMILY COURT SELF-ADVOCACY CENTER (FCSAC)

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida’s (CCLA) Family Court Self-Advocacy Center (FCSAC) is located in the Central Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. It is part of the 17th Judicial Circuit’s Self-Help Center. This Family Law FCSAC Attorney will provide legal information and guidance to a high volume of self-represented litigants on the following matters: Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce), Paternity, Modification of time-sharing and child support, Family Court Motions, and limited information on Department of Revenue issues.

The FCSAC Attorney will work in-person and be located in the Central Courthouse each day. In addition to providing legal information, the Attorney will provide advice and counsel to eligible CCLA clients for their family law matters via telephone or Teams/Zoom and follow up email. The successful applicant must be a high energy, dedicated, well-organized, patient individual who cares about helping self-represented litigants achieve a fair and efficient resolution of their family law case. The successful applicant must have effective communication skills and technology skills in platforms such as Microsoft Office and Teams, Zoom, and Adobe. Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida works to improve the lives of people in our community through advocacy, education, representation, and empowerment. This Attorney will comply with all program requirements, including, but not limited to: efficient case management, contemporaneous note taking and time keeping, completion of timely reports, and attending all mandated meetings and trainings. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

CCLA is an equal opportunity employer and provider. For more information about CCLA, and to see other available positions, please see our sites at https://linktr.ee/ccla_sfl.

Submissions: Please submit cover letter and resume to CCLAemployment@legalaid.org with “FCSAC Attorney” in email subject line.
(09-09-2022)

ATTORNEY, FAMILY LAW & VICTIMS OF CRIME

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc. (CCLA) is looking for a hardworking, compassionate attorney to represent victims of intimate partner violence primarily for their family law and injunction for protection cases as well as other civil legal needs such as benefits and housing cases. CCLA’s mission is to improve the lives of people in our community through advocacy, education, representation, and empowerment. The successful applicant must believe in our organization’s mission, be comfortable litigating in court, have effective communication skills, be able to work as part of a team, and have technology skills in platforms such as Microsoft Office and Teams, Zoom, and Adobe. The attorney should have the ability to multitask, organize, and prioritize. The attorney will become skilled regarding the applicable laws and dynamics of intimate partner violence. The attorney must comply with all program requirements, including but not limited to: efficient case management and note taking, completion of information for grant reports, contemporaneous time keeping, conduct trainings and outreach, and attend all mandated trainings. Florida Bar membership required and at least 2 years of family law litigation experience preferred. Bilingual (English and Spanish) preferred.

CCLA is an equal opportunity employer and provider. This is a full-time, exempt position. CCLA offers a generous benefits package and attorneys may be eligible for loan repayment and/or loan forgiveness. Currently, we are temporarily in the office at least two days each week and in court, in-person, as needed. For more information about CCLA, please see our sites at https://linktr.ee/ccla_sfl.

Submissions: Email resume and cover letter to CCLAemployment@legalaid.org with “Family Law Attorney” in subject line.
(08-17-2022)

Attorney, Public Benefits

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) is looking for a hardworking, compassionate attorney to represent clients in public benefit cases. In carrying out their legal work, the attorney is responsible for all phases of case work, including interviewing clients and witnesses, legal research, and representing clients in administration hearings and appeals. The attorney will work under the  supervision of the unit Direction and Supervising Attorney. In addition to their legal work, the attorney will be expected to participate in outreach for the program and other program supportive activities. This is a full-time exempt position. The successful applicant must be able to work remotely (temporarily), have excellent and flexible communication skills, be able to work as part of a team, and have technology skills in platforms such as Microsoft Office and Teams, Zoom, and PDF. Florida Bar membership or be willing to sit for the Florida Bar is required. A demonstrated interest in public interest law, poverty law, and/or working with low-income clients is a plus. The attorney must comply with all program requirements, including but not limited to: efficient case management and note taking, completion of information for grant reports, daily timekeeping, conduct trainings and outreach, and attend all mandated trainings. CCLA is an equalopportunity employer and provider.

Submissions: Submit cover letter, writing sample, resume, and three references to CCLAemployment@legalaid.org
(06-06-2022)

ATTORNEY, VICTIMS’ RIGHTS VOCA RISE

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc. (CCLA) is looking for a hardworking, compassionate attorney to represent victims of intimate partner violence and seniors to assert and enforce their civil rights in criminal cases. CCLA’s mission is to improve the lives of people in our community through advocacy, education, representation, and empowerment. The successful applicant must believe in our organization’s mission, have effective communication and organization skills, be comfortable litigating in court, and have technology skills including with Microsoft Office, Teams, Zoom, and Adobe. The attorney will become skilled regarding the applicable laws and dynamics of intimate partner violence and elder abuse. The attorney must comply with all program requirements, including efficient case management, contemporaneous timekeeping and note taking, completion of timely grant reports, and all mandated trainings. Florida Bar membership required. Criminal law experience is preferred. Bilingual (English and Spanish or Creole) preferred.

CCLA is an equal opportunity employer and provider. This is a full-time, exempt position. CCLA offers a generous benefits package and attorneys may be eligible for loan repayment and/or loan forgiveness. Currently, we are temporarily in the office at least two days each week and in court, in-person, as needed. For more information about CCLA, please see our sites at https://linktr.ee/ccla_sfl.

Submissions: Email cover letter and resume to CCLAemployment@legalaid.org with “VOCA RISE Attorney” in the subject line.
(08-17-2022)

DIRECTOR, FISCAL COMPLIANCE

Fiscal Compliance/Grants.

JOB SUMMARY: The Director of Fiscal Compliance will provide support to the Executive Director to review and evaluate financial information and ensure compliance with grants. Responsibilities:

Review all financial information for accuracy and completeness, which includes but is not limited to the following:

  • The general ledger
  • Weekly cash position reports submitted to Executive Director
  • Monthly bank reconciliations
  • Maintenance of fixed assets accounting module
  • Accounts payable documents
  • Cash receipts posted to the accounting system
  • Monthly billing for specific contracts
  • Quarterly and annual grants financial reports
  • Grant budgets and management
  • Grants schedule
  • Develop and maintain all grant contracts files – evaluate systems and software to increase efficiency, transparency and collaboration across departments while ensuring that data solutions are scalable and long-lasting
  • Ensure proper grant compliance with Federal and other grants – adherence to all applicable accounting rules, funding regulations and policies, including the detailed and accurate reporting against grant and Legal Service Corporation (LSC) funding
  • Monthly balances of client trust accounts
  • Prepare documents for external auditors to ensure a clean opinion

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting/Finance
  • CPA preferred
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in non-profit accounting
  • Accufund accounting system experience preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent oral and written communication skill
  • Must live in the tri-county area
  • Must be fully vaccinated

Compensation/Benefits:

  • Salary Range: $65,000-$80,000 annual base range (DOE)
  • Health
  • Dental/Vison
  • Basic Life
  • Short & Long Term Disability
  • 403-B

Submissions: Please submit a cover letter and resume to CCLAemployment@legalaid.org
(06-06-2022)

Director, Human Resources

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc. (CCLA) seeks an experienced human resources professional to join our team in a newly created position: Human Resources (HR) Director. CCLA is a Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funded legal aid program which has been providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and other eligible residents of Broward County since January 2004. CCLA’s only office is located in Plantation, Florida, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. The mission of the organization is to improve the lives of people who have low-income in our community through advocacy, education, representation, and empowerment. This position will report to CCLA’s Executive Director and will effectively manage CCLA’s HR and other projects as needed. This person will develop policies, direct and coordinate human resources activities, such as employment, compensation, labor relations, benefits, trainings, and employee services. Additionally, this person will assist in guiding the organization’s culture, recruitment, retention, and career development at all levels. This position requires significant labor/employee relations experience for a unionized setting.

PRIMARY JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Responsible for the overall leadership, management, direction and performance of Human Resources for CCLA including employee relations, hiring, compensation/benefits, policies and procedures, compliance, investigations, union relations, training, and organizational development
• Develop HR strategies and administer HR policies and procedures
• Maintain, review and refine clear, responsive, and accessible HR systems for staff. Update and maintain HR manuals and CCLA policies to ensure compliance
• Identify, recommend, and implement operational improvements to streamline HR processes and incorporate best practices in management, including updating employee policies and personnel handbook
• Develop recruitment strategic plan for identifying both management level positions and all hourly positions. Manage recruitment efforts, including job postings, application review, interviews, reference checks, and offers. Apply principals of diversity, equity, and inclusion to HR recruitment
• Serve as a primary point person for employee inquiries regarding human resources and policies, and participate in employee meetings, orientation, on-boarding, off-boarding, and exit interviews
• Guide and reinforce CCLA’s culture of a positive work environment
• Administer the salary administration policies and programs. Review and readjust salary ranges; conduct local wage surveys annually; monitor merit increases pools and increases
• Manage employee payroll, and serve as the primary contact with payroll processor
• Develop improvements as necessary to staff evaluation system, new staff orientation, on-boarding, career development program, and staff wellness and training programs
• Oversee and investigate all employee relations and labor-related matters as they relate to internal policies, federal, state and local employment and civil rights laws
• Lead management development and associate training. Recommend new programs based on CCLA’s needs
• Prepare materials for audits, benefits renewals, annual compliance filings, and pension and retirement plan reports
• Participates in collective bargaining negotiations and ensures compliance with collective bargaining agreements
• Oversee associate benefit program administration. Manage staff benefits including health, dental, vision, retirement plan, and other insurance benefits
• Stay abreast of all Federal and State laws and keeps management advised of changes which affect associate and operations. Maintain knowledge of legal requirements related to HR, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance
• Ensure accuracy and confidentiality of employee records
• Provide counsel and assistance to all management personnel in regards to associate problems dealing with supervision and administration

QUALIFICATIONS:

• Bachelor’s degree in human resource management or related field
• At least five years of experience in a human resources management role and at least three years labor relations experience in a union environment. SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), SPHR, or PHR credentials preferred
• Candidates must demonstrate a proven track record of successfully managing a HR operation including policy and benefits administration
• Proven leadership skills, which support an environment of employee growth and development, interdepartmental teamwork which support exceptional client and community services
• Dynamic, enthusiastic, creative leader who is able to perform multiple functions, prioritize, and troubleshoot when needed
• Must be service and detail oriented; possessing a friendly, approachable demeanor and strong problem-solving skills
• Computer proficiency including: Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Windows, Adobe, Teams, Excel, and Zoom
• Ability to implement HR policies consistently
• Effective labor relations experience building consensus with union representatives and employee delegates
• Experience overseeing union grievances, collective bargaining, and arbitrations
• Thorough understanding and application of relevant labor and employment laws, collective bargaining agreements, and ability to train management regarding these principles
• Employee relations experience including: planning social activities, recognition programs, communications programs, counseling and constant interaction with staff to facilitate employee engagement
• Excellent interpersonal skills including conflict resolution experience and ability to work across lines of difference
• Ability to think creatively and problem solve
• Trustworthy with excellent judgment and experience exercising discretion and upholding the highest level of confidentiality
• Organized and detail-oriented with experience managing people, multiple projects, and meeting deadlines
• Ability to maintain and administer personnel and medical records in accordance with legal requirements and internal needs
• Capacity to administer CCLA’s benefits program and advise staff about benefits
• Skills to address performance concerns, counseling, disciplinary action, problem review system to maintain high-level performance and quality of work force. Experience with thorough investigation and documentation of grievances
• Development and implementation of compensation system for salaried positions to ensure competitiveness in ability to attract retain. and reward appropriate staff
• Experience with coordination of training and development initiatives including, management development, compliance, employee safety programs to involve safety committee, communications and training
• Knowledge and experience to be responsible for Workers’ Compensation Administration
• Development of and adherence to Human Resources budget
• Familiarity with management development and planning for all levels to aid retention and performance including administration of annual performance reviews
• Experience with the administration of an on-boarding and orientation program and process for all new employees including periodic follow-up
• Familiarity with ADA and FMLA requirements and accommodations
• Knowledge to ensure compliance with appropriate federal and state legislation and interaction with government agencies including NLRB, EEOC, and other state agencies
• Prior direction and supervision of Human Resources staff to meet these job requirements
• Ability and desire to play an active role as a strategic planner with Management
• Will maintain regular attendance and consistently be on time.
• Will perform any other duties as requested by Executive Director or Management.

COMPENSATION/BENEFITS:

• Salary Range Dependent on Experience
• Health
• Dental/ Vision
• Basic Life
• Short & Long Term Disability
• 403-B

Submissions: Please submit a cover letter and resume to CCLAemployment@legalaid.org. CCLA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.
(06-06-2022)

Grants Administrator

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida and Legal Aid Service of Broward County seek a full time Grants Administrator to strategically sustain and maximize grant and foundational support opportunities. Position is exempt. Salary based on experience. Benefits package included. Equal Opportunity Employer.

MAJOR FUNCTION AND PURPOSE: The Grant Administrator will examine, manage and execute all aspects of grant and foundational support efforts and activities. The Grant Administrator will supervise Grant Specialists within the organization and report to the Director of Development. Key responsibilities the Grant Administrator will manage or perform directly include working to 1) identify key funding sources available 2) determine feasibility of developing/sustaining programs to supplement annual budgetary allocations 3) write and submit proposals and applications 4) oversee compliance with grant requirements and preparation for monitoring of grants 5) Assist with fundraising and donor cultivation events, as necessary and perform any other duties as requested. This position will encompass work on behalf of the two Legal Aid programs in Broward County that share the office campus in Plantation. The position will be located in Plantation, with occasional outlying and in-area travel as needed.

Submissions: Submit a cover letter along with CV/Resume to the attention of Janina Evans, Legal Aid Service of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida at jevans@legalaid.org
(08-08-2022)

PARALEGAL, FAMILY COURT SELF ADVOCACY CENTER

CCLA’s Family Court Self Advocacy Center (FCSAC) is located in the Central Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Under the supervision of the Family Law Unit attorneys, the FCSAC Paralegal will provide legal information and guidance regarding forms to a high volume of self-represented litigants on matters including, but not limited to, Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce), Paternity, Modification of time-sharing and child support, Family Court Motions, and limited information on Department of Revenue issues. The Paralegal will work in-person and be located in the Central Courthouse each day. The successful applicant must be a high energy, well-organized, patient person who cares about helping self-represented litigants achieve a fair and efficient resolution of their family law case. The successful applicant must have effective communication skills and technology skills in platforms such as Microsoft Office, Teams, and Zoom. Bi-lingual (English/Spanish preferred). This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida’s (CCLA) mission is to improve the lives of people in our community through advocacy, education, representation, and empowerment. CCLA is an equal opportunity employer and provider. For more information about CCLA, please see our sites at https://linktr.ee/ccla_sfl.

Submissions: Please submit cover letter and resume to CCLAemployment@legalaid.org with “FCSAC Paralegal” in email Subject Line.
(08-17-2022)

Paralegal, Intake

Temporarily, employees are working on a hybrid basis, working in the Plantation, FL office two days each week and from home three days each week.

COAST TO COAST LEGAL AID OF SOUTH FLORIDA, INC. (CCLA) is a Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funded, non-profit organization. CCLA provides free civil legal services to low-income and other eligible residents of Broward County and is located in Plantation, Florida, a suburb of Fort Lauderdale. CCLA is seeking to hire a full-time INTAKE PARALEGAL.

Key Responsibilities:

  • The Intake Paralegal will interview and screen applicants seeking legal assistance for their civil legal matter.
  • In carrying out his/her/their job responsibilities, the Intake Paralegal will complete prescreens and applications (phone calls, walk-ins, referrals, e-mails, and online applications), meet and interview applicants, collect documents and pleadings, and gather information about applicants’ legal matter.
  • The Intake Paralegal will comply with all program requirements, including, but not limited to:
    • Efficient case management
    • Maintain records, case notes and daily time-keeping in CCLA’s case management system
    • Completion of timely reports
    • Professional development and attendance at all mandatory meetings and trainings.
    • The successful applicant must be able to work remotely (temporarily), have excellent communication skills, technology skills in platforms such as, Microsoft Office and Teams, Zoom, and Adobe PDF.
  • Working closely, as part of a team, with numerous attorneys and paralegals
  • Perform community outreach events in-person and virtually, as well as, on social media, and conduct educational trainings for staff, clients, and community providers, as needed Compliance with program and grant requirements
  • Perform other duties as requested by Management, Supervisors, or as required by grant(s)

Required Skills:

  • 1 to 5 years of experience preferred
  • Applicants with Associate’s degree and/or paralegal certificate are preferred. Relevant work experience will be considered in lieu of educational requirements
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Must have the ability to multitask, work efficiently and independently with supervision
  • Professional demeanor and client-oriented focus
  • commitment and passion for working with the low-income community

Bi-lingual (Spanish or Haitian Creole) preferred but not required. Salary D.O.E., plus excellent fringe benefits. Position will remain open until filled. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Submissions: Submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references to CCLAemployment@legalaid.org. 
(06-06-2022)