Philadelphia Legal Assistance
Program Development Paralegal, Medical-Legal-Community Partnership
The Medical-Legal-Community Partnership (MLCP), a program of Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA), seeks to hire a Program Development Paralegal to become part of a unique legal care team. PLA is a non-profit organization primarily funded by the Legal Services Corporation. In the MLCP, legal staff operate on-site, in two West Philadelphia community health centers and collaborate with the healthcare teams to address the legal aspects of patients’ medical and social services needs that so often undermine access to effective care. By working in partnership, medical, legal and social service staff can collectively address the host of issues that can impede vulnerable populations’ access to– and ability to benefit from– protocols to treat and prevent illness.
MLP teams address such issues as: Health insurance access and income supports; housing safety and security; utility shutoff prevention; legal status; family stability and child welfare issues; domestic violence and other health-harming legal issues. We have had success at our two existing partnerships and are currently pursuing additional health centers to with which to partner.
The successful candidate will have a variety of responsibilities, serving the needs of health center patients through direct service and capacity building efforts. Although the candidate will have dedicated time to each activity, she or he should be flexible, dynamic, and able to allow both aspects of this position inform the other.
Paralegal duties include: Interviewing and advising patients who become clients via referrals from health center staff; working with healthcare providers to understand the relationship between clients’ legal, medical, and social circumstances; evaluating a client’s situation and making appropriate referrals; negotiating with local and state agencies to help clients access critical benefits; representing clients in administrative proceedings; researching, understanding and utilizing statutes and regulations (including those that fall under the Affordable Care Act); coordinating and managing case referrals; community outreach and education on legal rights.
Program Development duties include: Building partnerships with relevant community organizations, health centers, or other organizations to strengthen the MLCP, developing a nuanced understanding of the needs of our clients and their communities, planning for expansion to additional health centers, collaborating with all members of the MLCP team, identifying and managing grants and other funding opportunities.
We seek a college graduate with a demonstrated commitment to community service, a high sense of empathy, and an eagerness to work on a collaborative team. Experience with grant management, program development, and leadership is preferred. This person is a resourceful problem-solver with excellent written and oral communication skills. Academic background in public health, health policy, legal studies, or social services preferred but not necessary. Attention to detail and ability to follow specific protocols are a must. Spanish language capabilities preferred.
Fellow will report to the PLA Executive Director, Anita Santos-Singh
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