For the second year in a row, CLASI was named one of the top workplaces in Delaware as evaluated by employees in 2017. This year, CLASI was the top nonprofit with under 100 employees and placed 5th among all small companies in the state. See the Delaware News Journal’s story for more details:

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2017/08/26/delawares-top-workplaces-glance/605571001/

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Posting Date:     December 8, 2017 (open until filled)

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI) has been helping to provide equal access to justice in Delaware since 1946.  CLASI offers free civil legal services to the following:

  • People with disabilities (as the Protection & Advocacy System for Delaware);
  • Older citizens (60 and over);
  • Victims of housing discrimination (under HUD’s Fair Housing Initiative Program);
  • People living in poverty;
  • Victims of domestic violence; and
  • Immigrant victims of crime, abuse, and neglect.

CLASI seeks a full-time Accountant to work in the Finance Department.  Primary duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintain chart of accounts;
  • Prepare journal entries;
  • Reconcile general ledger accounts and bank accounts;
  • Prepare financial statements and other reports for internal and external parties;
  • Monitor compliance with OMB Uniform Guidance and other grant requirements;
  • Assist with budget preparation and monitoring;
  • Assist with grant funding requests;
  • Maintain fixed asset inventory records;
  • Provide back-up for accounts payable, cash receipts, and payroll functions;
  • Assist with Human Resources administration;
  • File and maintain documentation for accounting transactions;
  • Assist with coordination of annual audit and other monitoring visits; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field;
  • Understanding of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP);
  • Skill with spreadsheet applications such as Excel;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently; and
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of and experience with OMB Uniform Guidance;
  • Knowledge of and experience with not-for-profit accounting;
  • Experience with AccuFund accounting software or similar applications; and
  • Understanding and support of CLASI’s mission.

Salary is commensurate with experience.  CLASI offers a generous benefit package.

The position is located in CLASI’s New Castle County office.  However, occasional travel to the Kent County and Sussex County offices may be required.

Upon offer of employment, an applicant must submit to a background check.  Employment is subject to a satisfactory report from the background check.

This position reports to the Chief Administrative & Financial Officer and works closely with the Accounting Assistant and other CLASI staff.

For consideration, please submit your résumé and cover letter to Tom Strayer, tstrayer@declasi.org.  Telephone calls will not be accepted.

CLASI is an equal opportunity employer.

POSITION: Full-time Staff Attorney
SALARY: Commensurate with experience and CLASI’s collective bargaining agreement.
REPORTS TO: Managing Attorney
LOCATION: Primarily Serving Kent County
POSTING DATE: October 18, 2017
CLOSING DATE: Until filled

CONTEXT OF POSITION: The staff attorney in the Poverty Program works primarily under the direction of the Managing Attorney. The attorney will be expected to engage in individual case litigation in courts and administrative agencies, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and impact litigation. Typical issues addressed by this attorney include Protection from Abuse and ancillary matters, housing, public benefits and other cases impacting people who are poor. In addition, the attorney is expected to conduct community legal education workshops and to work effectively with other agencies
and the courts.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provide direct legal services to clients.
2. Supervise paralegal.
3. Prepare articles and conduct community legal education programs
and self-advocacy training.
4. Travel independently throughout the State.
5. Participate in systemic advocacy.
6. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Admission to the Delaware bar preferred. If not admitted, admission to bar of another state preferred. If not admitted in Delaware, must be eligible to take the next scheduled Delaware Bar Examination.
2. Legal Services experience preferred.
3. Interest in and knowledge of the legal issues affecting people who are poor preferred.
4. Must be willing to travel within State as responsibilities require.
5. Two-year commitment required.
6. Ability to communicate in Spanish helpful.
7. Good organizational skills and initiative, and interest in engaging a broad range of advocacy skills, including litigation.
8. Must exhibit patience, tact, and respect when dealing with the public, clients, and staff.
9. Must be flexible as needs of organization and funding changes.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply, email cover letter and resume to:
Daniel Atkins
Executive Director
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
datkins@declasi.org

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

CLASI conducts testing for compliance with Fair Housing laws in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. Trained testers pose as home seekers and visit housing providers to collect information to assist with regional monitoring and investigations. Testers are paid a small stipend $50 – $65) for their efforts and are reimbursed for mileage, tolls and postage. Testers document their experiences objectively, so attention to detail and excellent writing skills are required. CLASI relies on fax and/or e-mail to notify testers, set up scenarios and submit tests. Qualified applicants will have access to a reliable form of transportation. Accepted applicants must attend a 2 – 3 hour training session and complete a paid practice test.

Contact person:  CLASI Fair Housing Test Coordinator, Linda Jackson at  ljackson@declasi.org, or (302) 575-0660, ext. 259, or toll free: 1-800-292-7980

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. “CLASI” will sponsor candidates for post graduate public interest attorney fellowships provided by the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, or other identified foundations.  A fellowship at CLASI provides recent law school graduates interested in a public interest law career the opportunity to work at a non-LSC funded legal services and Protection and Advocacy program.  Since its establishment in 1946, CLASI has remained the largest non-profit public interest law firm in Delaware.  More information about CLASI can be found at www.declasi.org.

CLASI will accept fellowship applications through July 5 each year. Interested candidates may wish to consult with us in advance regarding suggestions for viable proposals. We encourage interested candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds and/or oral proficiency in languages other than English to contact us.Interested candidates should submit the following electronically:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter addressing their interest and experience in public interest and poverty/disability/elder law and describing any ideas for a fellowship proposal.
  • Although we ask that you describe any ideas you have regarding a fellowship proposal please note that it is not necessary to have a proposal at this stage of the application process.
  • One or Two Brief Legal Writing Samples
  • Law School Transcript
  • List of Three References
  • A list of any other organizations with whom you are pursuing fellowship opportunities.

These materials should be sent via email to the attention of Daniel Atkins at datkins@declasi.org.  Candidates may address any questions about the application process to Daniel Atkins:  (302) 575-0660, ext. 229 or datkins@declasi.org.

Please note that CLASI may sponsor more than one individual for each Fellowship opportunity and that Fellowship awards are not guarantees of employment with CLASI once the fellowship expires.

CLASI welcomes applications from attorneys interested in volunteering in one of our three offices for work in our poverty law, elder law and disabilities law programs.

Law Clerk Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from law students interested in volunteering in one of our three offices during the summer or school year. Law clerks may receive credit or work study funding from their law schools or may be eligible for a grant from a public interest organization.

Paralegal Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from individuals interested in volunteering in any of our three offices to help with tasks such as client interviews, document preparation, discovery and community education.

Clerical Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from individuals interested in volunteering in any of our three offices to help with tasks such as typing, filing, answering telephones, document scanning and preparation, and special event planning.

Administrative Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from individuals interested in volunteering in any of our three offices to help with tasks such as bookkeeping, public relations, and special event planning.

Send resume and cover letter to:
Daniel Atkins, Esq.
CLASI
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 801
Wilmington, DE 19801or
E-mail resume and letter to:
datkins@declasi.org

CLASI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.