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Small Business Coordinator

Philadelphia VIP is a nonprofit that recruits and supports volunteer attorneys to represent low-income Philadelphians who face critical legal issues, but cannot afford a lawyer.

Since 1981, VIP has been the hub of pro bono in Philadelphia, annually supporting over 1,000 volunteers assisting hundreds of low-income clients in four priority areas: preventing homelessness, preserving income, supporting family stability, and promoting community economic development. Our staff of eighteen consists of attorneys, case managers, and other professionals and is highly collaborative, creative, and passionate about our capacity-building model of service. VIP values a diverse work environment and encourages people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, and people with disabilities to apply.

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to the Managing Attorney, the Small Business Coordinator leads VIP’s Community Economic Development Initiative, which matches small businesses and nonprofits with volunteer attorneys who provide pro bono legal advice and transactional representation.

The position is full-time and exempt, with a salary range of $50,000-$58,000, based on experience and languages spoken. VIP’s generous benefits include medical and dental insurance (with employee medical premium fully paid by VIP); a 403(b) plan with employer contributions; short-and long-term disability and life insurance; flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care; industry-leading paid time off, including substantial vacation and sick time, 12+ paid holidays, and paid parental leave; an individual budget for professional development; and alternative work arrangements, including generous telework hours and scheduling flexibility.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS

A strong candidate will demonstrate a passion for supporting businesses in Philadelphia’s most underserved neighborhoods; excellent presentation skills; ability to manage multiple deadlines for events and projects; and interest in working in a collaborative, team-oriented environment. Further qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 2 years of professional experience required; this position does not require a legal background—training will be provided
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse array of stakeholders, including business owners, community leaders, and volunteer attorneys
  • Outgoing personality and desire to build strong relationships within the neighborhoods VIP serves
  • Intermediate-level knowledge of Philadelphia’s diverse neighborhoods and their unique needs
  • Ability to speak and read a foreign language – especially Spanish and Mandarin – preferred, but not required
  • Prior relationships with local business associations or coalitions preferred, but not required
  • Community outreach routinely requires attending in-person events in evenings and occasionally, on weekends

KEY FUNCTIONS

Support volunteer attorneys and clients through case management

  • With attorney supervision, prepare cases for volunteers by gathering background information and documents from clients, assessing the legal merit of cases, and summarizing the legal issues requiring assistance
  • Using VIP’s volunteer database, conduct routine, thoughtful outreach to persuade volunteers to take cases
  • Monitor referred cases, including serving as a liaison to volunteers and clients and requesting status updates when needed
  • Establish strong relationships with the Business Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, corporate legal departments and business groups within law firms, who serve as the primary source of volunteers for the Initiative

Develop and implement a strategy to expand awareness of the Initiative in Philadelphia’s business community

  • Initiate relationships with new community partners to proactively build pipelines of clients, and promptly follow up with concrete ideas to expand our reach into their communities
  • Meet regularly with established community partners to maintain relationships and expand the program’s reach
  • Attend community fairs, workshops, and outreach events to raise awareness of the Initiative’s services, and follow up with attendees to connect them with legal help

Manage other projects related to VIP’s small business and nonprofit work

  • Develop relationships with other nonprofits providing analogous services, and refer clients to other resources for issues beyond VIP’s scope
  • Collaborate with External Relations team on outreach strategy, marketing, and social media, as needed
  • Plan and execute all aspects of clinics and educational events; thoroughly attend to all details, including volunteer and client recruitment, logistics, and follow up
  • Coordinate and support staff and Board in their efforts to recruit clients and volunteer attorneys

HOW TO APPLY:

E-mail cover letter, resume, and references, to Karna Laubenstein, Director of Operations, klaubenstein@phillyvip.org.  References will not be contacted without prior permission from candidate. No calls, please.

What to include in your cover letter: All cover letters should include a salary requirement, potential start date, and any non-English language skills. Applicants are invited to include a statement about how the applicant’s unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of VIP’s staff and legal practice.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by Friday, September 9

COVID-19 note: Staff are required to get COVID-19 vaccinations, including CDC-recommended boosters.

PHILADELPHIA VIP IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER