Generosity Dunleavy & Associates | Managing Attorney Health & Independence Unit – Community Legal Services of Philadelphia – PARTIAL REMOTE


The General Counsel will lead the H&I Unit’s cutting-edge advocacy and delivery of legal services, including intake, individual case representation, systemic policy work and litigation, and education and outreach from the community. The General Counsel will also provide leadership support, supervision and mentorship to members of the H&I unit. During an overlap period, the General Counsel will work in conjunction with the outgoing (retired) H&I General Counsel to ensure a smooth transition.

The General Counsel is part of the CLS Legal Management Team and reports to the Deputy Director of CLS Legal Practice.


Leadership and Advocacy:

  • Provide engaged and creative leadership and oversight to advance H&I unit policy and advocacy goals.
  • Use a wide range of legal tools, including policy and legislative advocacy, community education, and litigation to support multi-impact advocacy campaigns.
  • Actively lead, support and advance racial justice advocacy and strategies.
  • Engage with legal department heads, programs, and the broader advocacy community to advance the H&I policy advocacy agenda at local, state, regional, and national levels.
  • Engage with local, state, and federal officials and leaders, including executive and legislative entities, and coordinate benefit advocacy with the City of Philadelphia.
  • Collaborate with other CLS units around areas of substantial overlap (e.g. estate recovery, language access, defense of public benefits, etc.).

Representation of clients; Staff supervision and management:

  • Provide advice and representation to a workload of individual clients.
  • Keep abreast of relevant practice issues, judges, forums, etc.
  • Work with the Director of Supervision and Professional Development and with unit supervisors to build supervisory skills and ensure professional development opportunities for all unit members.
  • Directly supervise members of the H&I unit, including hiring, mentoring, performance evaluation, and supporting substantive legal work of supervisees.
  • Work collaboratively with unit members to jointly develop, implement and oversee litigation and/or advocacy strategies to resolve systemic legal issues.
  • Participate and co-advise on policy work (administrative and legislative), appeals work, complex and major litigation and other special projects with members of the unit.
  • Oversee and coordinate CLS’s contract with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services for the provision of prevention services, including program-wide response to referrals and reports.

Community Outreach and Engagement:

  • Build, strengthen and maintain relationships with directly affected community members and stakeholders, agency heads and elected officials.
  • Work in coalition with other legal, nonprofit, and community advocacy organizations to collectively advance the advocacy goals of the H&I Unit and CLS.
  • Perform collaborative community outreach and engagement activities with unit lawyers, paralegals and social workers.
  • Build and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders to advance racial justice policy and advocacy.

Development and communications:

  • Initiate and participate in fundraising, including identifying resource development opportunities.
  • Work with the Development and Communications Unit and the Executive Director to request and maintain funding, including grants and contracts.
  • Meet existing funders and develop new relationships.
  • Identify opportunities and actively participate in communications and media relations.


  • At least 7 years of experience as a practicing lawyer.
  • Licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania or able to obtain a license within 24 months.
  • Computer proficiency MS Office.
  • Willingness to learn and use new software and technologies, case management systems, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team, including willingness to help others and share knowledge, information, contacts and experience.
  • Excellent management and leadership skills.
  • Excellent work ethic, organization and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Experience working with low-income and vulnerable people from diverse backgrounds, while demonstrating cultural humility.
  • Able to plan and problem solve, meet deadlines and work well under pressure.
  • Commitment to working with diverse populations and advocating for racial and economic justice.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community service.
  • Excellent research, writing and advocacy skills.
  • High level of professionalism, diplomacy and good judgment.


  • Experience in health or public benefits law preferred.
  • Experience in a legal services or non-profit environment preferred.
  • Working knowledge of relevant practice areas is a plus, but not required.


This is a full-time, exempt position located in CLS’ North Philadelphia office at 1410 W. Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140. Candidate must be local to the area or willing to relocate. A partial telework schedule can be accommodated.

The salary range is $96,000 to $120,000 depending on skills and experience. CLS offers a very generous and competitive benefits package including 100% employer paid medical, life insurance and short/long term disability benefits, a 403(b) retirement plan matched by the employer and a generous leave program. A modest relocation allowance may be available for the General Counsel if they currently live more than 50 miles from the CLS North Philadelphia office.

Community Legal Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. CLS does not discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. In addition to the requirements of federal law, CLS complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

About Us

Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia (CLS) is a locally and nationally recognized nonprofit public benefit agency that is the largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income Philadelphia residents. We provide high-quality, direct legal representation, engage in systemic policy advocacy with the goal of effecting large-scale change, and conduct community education and outreach.

CLS’s Health & Independence (H&I) unit represents low-income families, survivors of domestic violence, immigrants, seniors and people with disabilities on a wide range of issues, including access to public benefits, prevention of institutionalization and access to health care and health insurance. . We also advocate for maintaining economic stability by preventing the interruption or reduction of Social Security or SSI benefits and by fighting against inappropriate cuts to home and community services so that older people and people with disabilities can maximize their independence. and stay safe in their communities.

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CLS has retained Dunleavy & Associates as a partner for this research. In order to be considered, interested applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae and a cover letter that includes each of the following: 1) Why you are interested in the MA H&I position at CLS Philadelphia . 2) Additional professional and/or personal experiences, if any, which inform your qualifications for this position and which are not otherwise apparent from your CV. 3) Confirmation that the published salary scale meets your requirements. CLS values ​​a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness, and people who have had a history of contacts with the juvenile, criminal or child protection systems to be applied. CLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences could contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality and perspective of our staff and legal services practice. . Please submit your materials using the Apply Now button or to Patty Cook at [email protected] Applicants who advance through the selection process will be asked to submit writing samples and references.

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