Job Opportunities

Texas Legal Services Center, Inc. is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage people, including but not limited to: veterans, women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, persons with disabilities, and persons from other groups to apply.

 


To Apply for Any Position:

Send the below to hr@tlsc.org with the title of the position in your subject line.

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • TLSC Employment Application
  • Salary requirements

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Development Manager

TLSC seeks an experienced writer to work to assist in developing additional revenue sources, particularly from private foundations and donors.  The Development Manager will support a range of fundraising activities, assuming responsibility for producing content for foundation and government applications and reports, annual appeal letters, donor emails, newsletters, and annual reports. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing and writing grant proposals and reports to foundations and other funders
  • Working closely with program staff to develop and transform ideas into successful proposals
  • Researching and developing funding prospects, including foundations, corporations, individuals, law firms, and other potential sources of funding
  • Maintaining calendars of grant progress, due dates, and reports, and ensuring timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposals and reports
  • Analyzing, organizing and presenting data to illustrate the scope and impact of TLSC’s work
  • Developing and writing the annual report and providing writing support for other development related efforts and initiatives
  • Supporting and participating in fundraising strategy and setting annual fundraising goals

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree desirable
  • 3-5 years of professional writing experience – grant writing experience and private foundation knowledge preferred; strong copy editing and proofreading ability required
  • Excellent analytical and verbal communication skills
  • Strong research skills (experience using Foundation Directory Online desirable)
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently and manage multiple deadlines
  • Strong  organizational skills
  • Excellent computer skills with all Microsoft Office applications.

Compensation

The compensation level will be based on skill levels and prior experience and success.   TLSC offers staff outstanding benefits to full time staff.  Applications for part status will be considered.  

 

Accountant/Contracts Specialist

 

Job Description

The Accountant/Contracts Specialist position requires superior organization, Oral Communication - speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; actively participates in meetings, and excellent writing skills.  It also requires some degree of creativity and vision of the bigger picture – both within the individual programs, and throughout the organization. This position will cultivate working relationships, both internally and externally, to advance program and organizational goals.  This position will perform a variety of tasks.  Creative thinking is required. This position does not require supervisory responsibilities. This position is a confidential employee.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Performs routine accounting work for Texas Legal Services Center Program. Administers all aspects of revenue program as it relates to payments made by the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund and other state and federal funds. Work involves maintaining, preparing, posting, and balancing accounting and financial records, documents or reports.
  • Works in close collaboration with the Accounting team, Human Resources, Managing Attorneys, Associate, Deputy, and Executive Directors
  • Demonstrates proficiency with Microsoft Office products, QuickBooks, and possesses the ability to learn in-house technology; such as, payroll, case management systems, and other office software applications
  • Assists managerial team and senior management team with annual external and/or grantor audits
  • Develops project plans; coordinates projects; communicates changes and progress; completes projects on time and within budget; manages project team activities
  • Demonstrates knowledge and expertise of accounting and grants management
  • Ensures that all appointments and deadlines are calendared and timely executed with sufficient time dedicated for upper management’s approval of grants/contracts and outgoing documents
  • Prioritize projects and exercise effective time management
  • Some travel may be required
  • In addition to the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities, listed above, must demonstrate a willingness and ability to learn new skills and develop new abilities when program requirements shift
  • Prepare weekly balance sheets for individual grants, to keep senior management up to date with spending trends and balances.

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Independently responsible for providing highly analytical and sophisticated financial support in all aspects of pre and post-award grant and contract management, budget development, financial reporting, compliance, audit, terms and conditions review, and closeout activities
  • Ensure grant deadlines are met
  • Performs accounting functions with occasional contract management duties; including but not limited to, initiation/processing of grant accounts receivables
  • Adhere with federal state, and grant policy and procedure guidelines
  • Coordinates with manager to prepare and finalize proposal submittal to ensure timely submission of applications and related historical documents
  • Coordinates with management and senior accounting to respond to any questions or requests from funders prior to the issuance of awards
  • Reviews Notice of Award (NOA) for accuracy, reconciles against proposed budget. Reviews any discrepancies with Grant and Contracts Office and PI and prepares award budget
  • Prepares a tickler system to notify officers of reporting and other requirements as noted
  • Performs monthly reconciliation of sponsored projects
  • Researches transaction and accounting details to assist with financial analyses
  • Assists in tracking, initiating, and processing payroll as instructed
  • Enters and exports data, updates reporting tools, prepares reports
  • Maintains office files and databases to ensure accuracy, accessibility, and confidentiality of information
  • Ensures accounting practices comply with all audit requirements and assist with audits
  • When representing TLSC, employee must maintain a courteous and professional manner to all TLSC employees, vendors, Board Members, auditors, funders, general public, and guests
  • Comply with all regulations, grant requirements, and internal operating and personnel policies, and maintain the highest degree of confidentiality for discussions shared with senior management 
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Associate Director, and Program Accountant

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's degree with 3 years of relevant accounting and financial experience, or the equivalent in education and experience required.
  • Experience: advanced experience using Excel, MS Office Products, QuickBooks and other accounting and financial management, payroll and human resource software tools
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines
  • Skill in effective oral and written communication
  • Skill in exercising sound judgment and effective decision making
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service
  • Ability to arrange for personal transportation for business-related travel

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience in accounting support for  grants and other contract management, Certified Contract Manager
  • Experience in a non-profits, grant invoicing, or billing governmental agencies
  • Knowledge of the Super Circular and other OMB Circulars

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

This work is professional and requires the following physical activities:

  • Sitting for long periods of time, occasional bending, squatting, kneeling, and good finger dexterity and feeling; frequent repetitive motions.
  • Occasional lifting of files, supplies, and office equipment.
  • Ability to type with speed and accuracy and to utilize office software and possible case management systems.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Classification: Full-time, Exempt
  • Salary: $48,400 annually
  • Reports to Senior Management/ Closely Liaison with Accounting team
  • Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Additional hours may be required on occasion

 

NOTE 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position.  These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position.  This position is FLSA exempt.  This positon requires the highest degree of confidentiality.

Employment with TLSC is on an “at will” basis and may be terminated by the employer or employee at any time with notice.  A high level of organizational and project management skills are required for this position.

Supervisor of Unified Intake

The Supervisor of Unified Intake position requires superior organization, and superior oral communication skills.  The individual in the position must have the ability to supervise Intake Specialists and the ability to directly handle the intake function.  The individual in the position of Supervisor of Unified Intake will advance program and organizational goals. This position will perform a variety of tasks. Active listening is required. This position requires supervisory responsibilities. This position is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Supervisor of Unified Intake will:
  • Schedule staff of Unified Intake. 
  • Supervise intake staff in carrying out the following essential functions of Unified Intake: 
    • Taking messages off of the phone system and creating call backs in the TLSC case management system. 
    • Conducting intake interviews and determining caller’s eligibility for program services.
    • Routing calls, call backs and eligibility forms and client forms accurately to the TLSC program or project that can provide legal assistance to the caller.   
    • Accurately and efficiently inputting caller data into the firm’s case management system.
    • Maintaining the highest level of professionalism when working with other TLSC staff, other Legal Aid programs, governmental and funding entities, and the public.
  • As time permits, directly carry out the above tasks. 
  • Conduct performance evaluations of the staff of Unified Intake. 
  • Assure that the staff of Unified Intake have appropriate training and resources to carry out the functions of Unified Intake. 
  • Undertake supervisory actions including the hiring, firing, and discipline of staff of Unified Intake. 
  • Make recommendations to improve the Unified Intake function and implement improvements.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by senior management. 


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • High school graduation or GED is required; additional relevant education and experience will be considered. 
  • Ability to supervise others. 
  • Ability to competently respond to callers in both English and Spanish is preferred. 
  • Team player with exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with diverse personalities.
  • Self-starter with the ability to multi-task and complete tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ability to type with speed and accuracy and to utilize office software and case management systems.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office products and other software.
  • Prior experience in customer service may be helpful.
  • Organizational skills of a high level are required for this position.

This position requires a minimum of 40 hours of service per week, Monday through Friday. 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

This work is professional and requires the following physical activities:

  • Sitting for long periods of time, occasional bending, squatting, kneeling, and good finger dexterity and feeling; frequent repetitive motions.
  • Occasional lifting of files, supplies, and office equipment.  Ability to type with speed and accuracy and to utilize office software and case management systems.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Deputy Director
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Additional hours may be required on occasion.

NOTE

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position. This position is FLSA exempt. This positon requires the highest degree of confidentiality. Organizational and supervisory skills are required for this position.

 

TexasLawHelp Support Staff Member (Temporary Employee)


Salary:  Part Time: $13.00 per hour.
Hours: 25- 30 hours per week depending workload.

This position is responsible for performing website maintenance and content migration that does not require a law degree and executing program goals at the direction of the SRLP Managing Attorney.  This position is also responsible for assisting in loading new content on to the Statewide Legal Aid Website, TexasLawHelp.org. Job duties and job activities may be reassigned as necessary to meet overall SRLP and TLSC goals.


Responsibilities & Duties

Legal Aid Directory– Maintenance, Updating, and Drafting

One of the fundamental missions of TexasLawHelp is to ensure people have an idea of legal aid available to them in Texas. Due to a lack of staff time, in 2015, we stopped updating our legal aid directory and instead relied on the directory put out by the State Bar of Texas.

57,343 people looked for legal aid on TexasLawHelp in 2015. In 2016, with the website redesign coming up, we spent a substantial amount of time updating the directory. We now need to finalize the directory and upload the Spanish version of the directory as well. This will be the responsibility of the new part time temporary employee.

TexasLawHelp Content Maintenance and Migration

No legal work is done when the resource is already reliable. For example, when we get content from TAJF Grantees.

The maintenance and migration process entails:

  • Obtaining the document
  • If necessary, converting the document to a usable format (Ex. PDF to WORD etc.)
  • Designing the html site so that it is able to be easily understood by the user. For Example: Making sure headings make sense, the document is easy to read from an aesthetic standpoint like the link below. 
  • Using Google Translate, to make a Spanish version of the website so that the resource is available in Spanish.
  • Putting in a URL redirect from the resource on the existing TexasLawHelp to the new website
  • Lastly, it is necessary to list other useful resources, so that for example if a user is on a page about divorce there is a direct link to a resource on custody available. This increases the help each visitor to TexasLawHelp gets.

Other Requirements
This work is professional and requires the following physical activities.

  • Sitting for long periods of time, occasional bending, squatting, kneeling, and good finger dexterity and feeling; frequent and repetitive motions.
  • Occasional lifting of files, supplies, and office equipment.
  • Ability to type with speed and accuracy and to utilize office software.


Academic and Other Qualifications

  • High School Degree, preference will be given to those with an associates or bachelor’s degree.
  • 3 months of similar administrative and/or web experience.
  • Prior experience and training in web development is helpful and preferred but not required.
  • Proficiency in Spanish is helpful but not required.


Work Experience and Skills

Proficiency in using:
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Web Based Content Management Systems – Preferred but not required.

  • Staff Attorney (Part-Time)


    Required Qualifications and Skills

    Three years of experience as an attorney licensed by the State Bar of Texas.

    The ability to counsel clients and provide legal advice in English and Spanish is strongly preferred.

    The ability to learn basic telephone skills are necessary for this position. Including:

    • Using TLSC's ESI phone system
    • Transfering telephone calls
    • Retrieving voicemail from individual and shared voicemail boxes

    The attorney must have basic computer skills and be willing to learn.  The attorney must be able to quickly learn to use TLSC's case managment software as well as demonstrate proficiency using Westlaw.

    The attorney must not only be polite to callers and have good telephone skills but also have basic knowledge of and be willing to learn new law regarding Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, advanced directives, consumer law, landlord tenant law, laws relating to home ownership, and other issues of common concern to the elderly and disabled. The attorney must be knowlegeable in many areas of the law and must accept assignments and directives given by Texas Legal Services Center management.

    About the Program

    Callers eligible for our serives are:

    • Texans over 60 years of age, and
    • Texans under 60 but who receive Medicare

    We are a hotline. We do not go to court for clients. We give them the tools to help themselves resolve their legal issues. If the one of our attorneys spots an issue that may lend itself to impact litigation, the attorney has resouces, including attorneys from other TLSC programs, to which the client can be referred.

    Hours

    This is a part-time position (20 hours per week).

     

    Staff Attorney (Part-Time)


    Required Qualifications and Skills

    • Three years of experience as an attorney
    • Must be a member in good standing licensed by the State of Texas
    • Have basic computer skills and the willingness to learn other computer related skills as needed
    • Have working knowledge of Microsoft Suite
    • Become familiar with TLSC’s case management software
    • Ability to spot issues that will allow clients to receive a full range of legal assistance
    • Possess telephone etiquette
    • Willingness to learn the law regarding health care and legal aspects of other health issues that may be presented by those served by the program
    • Ability to counsel clients and provide legal advice by telephone in English and in Spanish is preferred.
    • Must accept assignments and directives given by the managing attorney of the Health Law Program and by Texas Legal Services Center senior management

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    The attorney will be able to issue spot health related concerns; provide advice and counseling, brief services, and more extensive services to clients experiencing a wide range of health law issues; serve as back-up support to full-time attorneys; provide assistance to full-time attorneys on more complex cases involving systemic issues; and conduct case intake.

    About the Program

    For ten years, the Health Law Program has provided advice and counseling, brief services, and litigation services to eligible Texans. The Health Law Program clients are primarily persons with modest income in accordance to the Federal Poverty Income Limit. Currently, the Health Law Program seeks a part-time (20 hour per week) attorney to handle day to day program matters. The position is dependent on funding and caseload needs.

    Hours

    This is a part-time position (20 hours per week).

     

    Staff Attorney


    Essential Job Activities

    • Provide high quality legal assistance to eligible clients and client organizations
    • Assist with leading and promoting education efforts statewide and in local programs
    • Demonstrate knowledge and expertise of the law and legal system, especially in areas that impact sexual assault survivors
    • Comply with all regulations, grant requirements, and internal operating and personnel policies
    • Ensure that all client, project, and computer files are maintained in an orderly manner
    • Maintain the highest ethical standards as a member of the State Bar
    • Stay current with updates and changes to the law
    • Adhere to the ABA Standards for Civil Legal Services Providers
    • Maintain the highest level of professionalism when working with other TLSC staff, other Legal Aid programs, governmental and funding entities, and the public
    • Embrace and support TLSC’s overall mission, standards, policies, and confidentiality requirements
    • Ensure that all appointments and deadlines are calendared and timely executed with sufficient time dedicated for management approval of legal documents
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and the SASH Managing Attorney

    About the Program

    Sexual Assault Survivor Hotline (SASH) is a central source for legal information and seamless referral. The SASH staff attorney will screen and field calls, provide support, legal information, and referrals to survivors of sexual assault across the state of Texas.

    Minimum Job Qualifications

    J.D. degree and licensure by the Supreme Court of Texas.

    Other Requirements

    This work is professional and requires the following physical activities:

    • Sitting for long periods of time, occasional bending, squatting, kneeling, and good finger dexterity and feeling; frequent repetitive motions
    • Occasional lifting of files, supplies, and office equipment
    • Ability to type with speed and accuracy and to utilize office software and case management systems

    Hours

    This is a full-time position (40 hours per week).

    Note

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position. This position is FLSA exempt. Employment with TLSC is on an “at will” basis and may be terminated by the employer or employee at anytime with notice. A high level of organizational and project management skills are required for this position.


    Staff Attorney (Part-Time)


    Minimum Job Qualifications

    J.D. Degree and licensure by the Supreme Court of Texas with three years family law experience.

    Essential Job Activities

    The POLL Attorney is responsible for the direct services component of the program.

    • Respond to the caller’s family law questions in a patient, compassionate manner
    • Conduct an intake interview, confirm the caller’s eligibility for services
    • Check for conflicts of interest
    • Explain the limited nature of legal services that can be offered to hotline callers
    • Analyze the caller’s legal problem, and either advise the caller over the phone, or refer the caller to an appropriate agency
    • In some cases, the attorney may write or phone a third party on behalf of the caller to resolve the caller’s problem, or assist the caller in drafting simple pleadings.
    • The attorney is expected to conduct the legal research and factual investigation needed to adequately perform the tasks undertaken on behalf of the caller.
    • Provide high quality legal assistance to eligible clients and client organizations
    • Demonstrate knowledge and expertise of the law and legal system, especially in areas that impact family law
    • Comply with all regulations, grant requirements, and internal operating and personnel policies
    • Ensure that all client, project, and computer files are maintained in an orderly manner
    • Maintain the highest ethical standards as a member of the State Bar and stay current with updates and changes to the law
    • Adhere to the ABA Standards for Civil Legal Services Providers
    • Maintain the highest level of professionalism when working with other TLSC staff, other Legal Aid programs, governmental and funding entities, and the public
    • Embrace and support TLSC’s overall mission, standards, policies, and confidentiality requirements
    • Ensure that all appointments and deadlines are calendared and timely executed with sufficient time dedicated for management approval of legal documents
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and the POLL Managing Attorney

    Other Requirements

    This work is professional and requires the following physical activities:

    • Sitting for long periods of time, occasional bending, squatting, kneeling, and good finger dexterity and feeling; frequent repetitive motions
    • Occasional lifting of files, supplies, and office equipment
    • Ability to type with speed and accuracy and to utilize office software and case management systems

    TLSC uses a computer case management system to document activity with all callers. After training, the attorney is expected to be adept at using the system and inputting the information correctly.

    • The attorney is expected to follow TLSC policy and procedures when conducting intake and assisting callers, and to stay current with all changes to family law.
    • POLL attorneys will be evaluated on their legal skills, their ability to serve clients in a professional, respectful manner, and their productivity levels.
    • The POLL attorney’s work is reviewed by the Managing Attorney, who will regularly conduct case reviews. The POLL attorney is expected to work with the Managing Attorney to correct any legal or intake problems.

    ** Bilingual not required, but preferred.


    The Program

    The POLL attorney provides legal advice and information (by telephone) to non-custodial parents regarding their parenting orders, with brief follow-up services, in some cases.

    Hours

    This is a part-time position (20 hours per week).

    Note

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position. This position is FLSA exempt. Employment with TLSC is on an “at will” basis and may be terminated by the employer or employee at anytime with notice. A high level of organizational and project management skills are required for this position.

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