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Staff Attorney–Veterans Legal Helpline

Position Description: This is a professional position involving the delivery of high-quality legal advice, counseling and brief services as a licensed attorney. It requires excellent client interviewing skills, substantial knowledge of a broad range of poverty law issues, including but not limited to family law, landlord-tenant, and public benefits, and the ability to give accurate legal advice to clients during their initial intake.

Illustrative Duties:

  • Perform high volume client intake and interviews over the telephone, confirming applicant eligibility determinations and evaluating the complexity of each client's legal problem.
  • Provide immediate legal advice, counseling and brief services to clients, including the preparation of appropriate confirming letters and any necessary self-help attachments.
  • Refer clients with non-legal problems to appropriate social service agencies, and those with complex advocacy issues or who have problems requiring litigation to full-service teams or branch offices.
  • Use a computerized system for accurate recording of client information such as case notes, case management, and referrals.
  • Participate in outreach and other appropriate community and statewide activities to support and promote the Florida Veterans Legal Helpline and its services.
  • Supervise Paralegals, Intake Specialists, and other personnel as directed by the Veterans Legal Helpline Manager.
  • Assist the Veterans Legal Helpline Manager in preparing statistical reports.
  • Assist in developing and updating appropriate legal advice and brief services letters, legal instructional materials, and other written materials as requested by the Veterans Legal Helpline Manager.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Florida Bar licensure and active practice of law as a Bar member in Florida for at least two years.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work closely and cooperatively with other team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to interview clients to determine essential facts with regard to the nature and severity of their legal problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to accept major responsibility and to work effectively in an independent but closely supervised environment.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Familiarity and experience with poverty law issues, including but not limited to family law, landlord-tenant, and public benefits.
  • Familiarity and experience working with a wide range of social service agencies.
  • Internet, e-mail, and word processing experience in a Windows-based environment is highly preferred.
  • Prior experience working with the veteran population and/or prior military service are also preferred.

Compensation: $51,010 (depending upon experience), excellent benefits, and mileage reimbursement for travel.

How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include "Staff Attorney–Veterans Legal Helpline" in the subject line.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


Staff Attorney–Plant City–Spanish Fluency Required (Full-time)

Position Description: One open position for a Staff Attorney under the Lawyers Helping Kids Grant to represent families with children birth through 3rd grade or expecting. This attorney will provide services for families residing in the southern and eastern portions of Hillsborough County, working primarily out of the Bay Area Legal office in Plant City, and secondarily out of our office in Ruskin.

Illustrative Duties:

  • Representation in civil court including emergency advocacy.
  • Provide counseling and advice to clients, many of whom are victims of domestic violence or speak English as a second language.
  • Referrals to social services agencies and various community partners in support of holistic assistance to those experiencing legal problems.
  • Opportunity to practice in traditional areas of public interest law such as family law, housing, and benefits.
  • Periodic Community Outreach and participation in work-related events.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Spanish fluency required
  • Florida Bar License and in good standing.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Two years of experience post-bar admission, preferably in family law related areas of law.
  • Bi-lingual/Spanish fluency preferred.

Compensation: $46,930 (depending on experience), excellent benefits, and mileage reimbursement for travel.

How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include "Staff Attorney–Plant City" in the subject line.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


Intake Screener (Part-time)

Office Location: Ybor City

Position Description: Intake Screeners are the initial telephone point of contact for all new clients of Bay Area Legal Services. This is a professional position under the supervision of the Centralized Telephone Intake (CTI) Manager, requiring knowledge of legal and community resources, public agencies, and the ability to assess, schedule and refer clients appropriately.

Illustrative Duties:

  • Determine client eligibility in accordance with LSC regulations and other funding criteria.
  • Initially assess applicants' legal problems and check for conflicts of interest.
  • Refer ineligible applicants to other sources of assistance and give appropriate information as instructed.
  • Schedule appointments through the CTI Unit for all eligible applicants from various service regions, unless the applicant meets the criteria for a special grant or has a legal emergency.
  • Route eligible applicants with emergency cases and applicants who qualify for services through a specific grant to the appropriate full-service team for assistance.
  • Maintain referral logs for cases referred to full service teams of other legal services providers. If the case is referred to another legal services provider, fax applications and supporting documents to that provider.
  • Assist with mailing materials to clients, including attaching appropriate pamphlets and/or other materials to letters, which are reviewed by advocates prior to mailing.
  • Assist with training new screeners as requested.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalency.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Good typing skills and the ability to enter data into computer.
  • Demonstrated ability to work responsibly under close supervision.
  • Ability to work professionally and politely with the public under pressure, and to maintain effective working relationships with other employees.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of basic legal terminology and simple business mathematics.
  • Familiarity with the judicial system and a wide range of social services.
  • Ability to interview to determine essential facts with respect to eligibility and initial case assignment.
  • Ability and willingness to work in close contact with staff on legal problems of clients and to accept close supervision and instruction.
  • Sympathetic and compassionate understanding of the social and economic as well as legal problems of individuals with limited access to legal services and the elderly.
  • Knowledge of Spanish preferred.
  • Prior experience in a call center, social service agency or law firm preferable.

Compensation: Depends upon experience.

How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include "Intake Screener" in the subject line.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


Data & Communications Coordinator (Full-time)

Office Location: Ybor City

Position Description: This position is a support role for the Development Department. The Data & Communications Coordinator assists in executing donor campaigns and events. Reporting directly to the Development Director, this position serves as the data and reporting expert for our donor management system (Raiser’s Edge) and helps to manage various internal and external communication projects. This position’s responsibilities also include the day-to-day entry & processing of information, maintenance of the donor database and support for ongoing internal and external communication needs.

Illustrative Duties:

  • Database maintenance will include the accurate day-to-day entry and maintaining of donor information and ensuring overall database integrity.
  • Prepare and send all acknowledgment letters on a weekly basis and periodically reconcile development records and acknowledgments with financial reports.
  • Export and update lists for campaign mailers and assist in facilitating direct mail, email marketing campaigns and events.
  • Interact with donors and prospects and assist in providing the highest level of customer service. Conduct outreach to express gratitude for donor gifts and loyalty.
  • Produce and maintain printed materials in conjunction with the Development Team and program staff, such as flyers, brochures, press releases and donor communications.
  • Ensure style consistency and integrity of the brand in collateral materials.
  • Produce and maintain web content for donor appreciation & campaign pages, including success stories, donor recognition lists, event information, and more.
  • Maintain internal communications, including weekly “Good News of the Week” submissions.
  • Manage social media accounts with relevant content.
  • Support event coordination, from managing registration lists to assisting with communications.
  • Assist with the following Development Team efforts:
    • Prepare correspondence, documentation and proposals.
    • Assist with event planning, organization and execution.
    • Regular communication with board members, stakeholders, etc. (responding to requests, sending updates, and other general correspondence).
    • Special Projects
    • Other marketing/development and miscellaneous tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A.A. or A.S. degree or higher
  • 1 year of writing and editing experience in a communications development role (or marketing-similar role)
  • 1-2 years’ experience in an administrative role and/or 1+ years working with data maintenance and reporting in a database similar to Raiser’s Edge or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Excellent computer skills:
    • Internet search engines and advanced search techniques
    • MS-Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint) - intermediate skill level
  • Knowledge in Adobe Creative Suite is a plus
  • Proven track record in providing excellent customer service.
  • Demonstrated exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Takes ownership of role and takes initiative to have a positive impact on projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple, competing priorities.
  • Reliable, keeps track of responsibilities and completes them in a timely manner.
  • Takes charge in solving problems and can be creative in finding appropriate solutions.
  • Consistent accuracy and attention to detail.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience with non-profit donor campaigns, events, prospect management
  • Experience with donor management software. Ideally proficient in Raiser’s Edge.
  • Knowledge of search engine optimization (SEO) keywords is a plus

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift, carry, push/pull thirty (30) pounds with potential lifting and/or carrying of up to thirty (30) pounds; stooping, bending, twisting.
  • Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license; willing to travel locally by car using own transportation (mileage reimbursed).
  • Present a positive, professional image of Bay Area Legal Services at all times.
  • Requires some evening hours.

Compensation: Minimum $17 an hour, excellent benefits and mileage reimbursement for travel.

How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include "Data & Communications Coordinator" in the subject line.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.

BALS is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

You can obtain information about various EEO provisions by contacting our EEO contact person, Gale B. Pinkston, at 813.752.1335, ext. 110 (Hillsborough County) or 1.800.625.2257, ext. 119 (all other counties) or 1.800.955.8771 /TTY. BALS prohibits discrimination in employment and the delivery of services based on race, color, national origin, familial status, disability, sex, religion, age and military status. Any person who believes he has been discriminated against may contact our EEO contact person.

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