CLS/ VISTA Homeownership and Consumer Rights Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



1410 West Erie Avenue
United States


Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia is one of the leading legal services programs in the country.  At CLS, our mission is to fight poverty, challenge systems that perpetuate injustice, and change lives through cutting-edge advocacy and exceptional legal representation. CLS serves a diverse client community with issues that impact all aspects of life. One of CLS’s practice areas is centered on home ownership preservation.


CLS seeks an AmeriCorps VISTA Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator for the Homeownership and Consumer Rights Unit to provide critical outreach to Philadelphia neighborhoods in key areas and provide some legal advocacy on clients’ behalf. This is a full-time five days per week position to be located at CLS’s North Philadelphia Law Center. This is a one-year AmeriCorps VISTA position. An overview of VISTA benefits for 2018, including living allowance and health benefits can be found on our website:



The goal of this project is to connect underserved neighborhoods with legal resources to save their homes from mortgage and property tax foreclosures. The Outreach Coordinator will work closely with community organizations and neighborhood-based staff of elected officials. In addition, the person will organize outreach efforts, including training sessions, and will conduct intake interviews with homeowners seeking assistance from CLS. The Outreach Coordinator will also develop stand-alone self-help documents, at appropriate reading levels, to assist low- income Philadelphians with homeownership and consumer rights issues. Additionally, the Outreach Coordinator will perform limited legal advocacy on homeowners’ behalf under attorney supervision. This project is an exciting opportunity to tackle poverty issues in Philadelphia, amplify CLS’s work and advocacy in homeownership issues, and develop resources aimed at educating and informing clients of their rights and legal options to preserve a basic life necessity—their housing.


·        Bachelor’s Degree required. This position does not require a law degree.

·        Passion for access to justice for underserved communities.

·        Strong written and oral communication skills.

 Experience in data entry, database management, and full suite of Microsoft Office programs.

 Close attention to detail, organized, and able to manage multiple, simultaneous projects and deadlines.

·        Embraces technology, including leading-edge case management systems.

The VISTA member will have the tasks and responsibilities:

·        Review data showing the occurrences of mortgage and tax foreclosures in different Philadelphia neighborhoods and where current CLS clients already reside in order to identify underserved neighborhoods and prioritize outreach efforts;

·        Meet with and develop relationships with staff and housing counseling agencies with whom CLS already has developed strong relationships;

·        Network with housing counseling agencies and other community organizations in identified underserved neighborhoods with whom CLS should develop closer relationships;

·        Organize community education sessions—to be led by experienced CLS attorneys—in underserved neighborhoods;

·        Learn about the various legal options available to homeowners to save their homes from mortgage and tax foreclosure;

·        Develop community education materials with a targeted focus in line with the objectives of the project

·        Distribute the materials to neighborhood organizations and serve as the liaison between these organizations and CLS legal advocates.

We seek enthusiastic, committed and diverse VISTA applicants with the following key skills and abilities:

·        Passion for public service work, policy and others forms of advocacy

·        Community organizing or similar background

·        Flexibility and drive

·        High emotional intelligence—ability to work with diverse personalities, environments and stakeholders

·        Cultural competence and sensitivity

·        Resiliency and adaptability

·        Experience and ability to work with low-income and vulnerable individuals

·        Results-driven and highly motivated individual

·        Illustrate a high level commitment to racial justice advocacy

·        Fluency in another language is helpful, but not required

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




AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits:

The AmeriCorps VISTA Member Benefits include a living allowance of $13, 297 per year, end of service benefit, relocation assistance, training, ten days of personal leave and ten days of medical leave to use during the one-year term, health benefits and childcare benefits. To see the details of all member benefits please view on our website:


Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: CLS will accept applications until June 3, 2018. You can email your application directly to Brenda L. Marrero, Esq., Deputy Director of Operations at

What to Include in your application:

Please include a cover letter and resume. Community Legal Services 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 prior contact with the juvenile, criminal, or child welfare systems to apply. CLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.