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Current Openings

Job Title: Staff Attorney

Job Description: West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. seeks 2 staff attorneys for our Selmer and Jackson offices with a strong commitment to delivery of high quality civil legal assistance to WTLS-eligible clients in rural West Tennessee. The attorney will provide civil legal assistance across a variety of poverty law areas with an emphasis on issues that affect housing stability.  The position is funded under a new grant with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.  The position is funded through the duration of the grant and subsequent renewal could result in modification of job duties and responsibilities.  The successful candidate will have experience working with or sensitivity to specialized client populations and/or experience working with or sensitivity to individuals from ethnic or language distinct communities.

Candidates must possess excellent writing and oral communication skills, ability to manage multiple tasks, skills sufficient to implement an array of advocacy strategies, ability to manage a caseload, ability to build collaborative relationships within the community, commitment to being a team player, ability to travel as necessary, and ability to use Microsoft Office applications and case management software.  Licensure in Tennessee is required.   Salary DOE.  This is a full-time position and comes with generous benefits.  Position will remain open until filled.  Send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to:  Hiring Committee, West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc., P.O. Box 2066, Jackson, TN  38302 or email to Emma@wtls.orgInterested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and handicapped persons are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Paralegal

West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. has immediate openings for three paralegals in our Dyersburg, Selmer, and Jackson offices.  These are grant-funded positions under a new grant with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency focused on housing stability.  The positions are funded through the duration of the grant and subsequent renewal could result in modification of job duties and responsibilities.  Job duties include interviewing potential clients and collecting sensitive case information, and responsibility for case support services,  including written advocacy, pleadings preparation, and case documentation, under the direction of an attorney.

Successful candidates must possess good verbal, written, analytical, and problem-solving skills, demonstrate concern for WTLS’ client population, maintain confidentiality, reliability, work well independently and as part of a team, ability to travel as necessary, and ability to use Microsoft Office applications and case management software. The position requires a valid driver’s license. At least two years of post-secondary education, or the equivalence of relevant work experience and training, is required. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus. Salary DOE, consistent with grant salary parameters. This is a full-time position with generous benefits.

Send cover letter indicating the office you prefer, resume, writing sample and references to: Hiring Committee, West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc., P.O. Box 2066, Jackson, TN 38302 or email to emma@wtls.org by December 10, 2021. Due to the expected number of applications, no inquiries will be accepted and no response will be provided except to applicants selected for interviews. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and handicapped persons are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Navigator

West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. has immediate openings for three navigators located in our Selmer, Huntingdon, and Dyersburg offices.  These are grant-funded positions under a new grant with the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (“THDA”) focused on housing stability.  The positions are funded through the duration of the grant and subsequent renewal could result in modification of job duties and responsibilities.  Job duties include outreach on behalf of client population in various forums, assisting clients with applications for THDA’s COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, interviewing potential clients and collecting sensitive case information, and responsibility for case support services, including pleadings preparation, written advocacy, and case documentation, under the direction of an attorney.

Successful candidates must possess good verbal, written, analytical, and problem-solving skills, demonstrate concern for WTLS’ client population, maintain confidentiality, reliability, work well independently and as part of a team, ability to travel as necessary, and ability to use Microsoft Office applications and case management software. The position requires a valid driver’s license. At least two years of post-secondary education, or the equivalence of relevant work experience and training, is required. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus. Salary DOE, consistent with grant salary parameters. This is a full-time position with generous benefits.

Send cover letter specifying the office you prefer, resume, writing sample and references to: Hiring Committee, West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc., P.O. Box 2066, Jackson, TN 38302 or email to emma@wtls.org by December 10, 2021. Due to the expected number of applications, no inquiries will be accepted and no response will be provided except to applicants selected for interviews. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  West Tennessee Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and handicapped persons are encouraged to apply.

Why Work at WTLS?

WTLS Staff members
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Meaningful Work

WTLS employees help individuals who are at the lowest points in their lives. Whether it is helping victims of domestic violence escape their abusers or helping a senior citizen receive the benefits they are entitled to, WTLS employees work diligently to provide access to justice for all.

Great Benefits

WTLS provides competitive benefits and opportunities for professional development. Full time employees are provided access to dental, vision, and health insurance as well as retirement plans and other benefits. WTLS has a generous leave policy, including sick leave, vacation, and parental leave. Full time staff also receive 11 paid holidays.

Supportive Team

WTLS prides itself on its incredible staff. As the second largest law firm in the 17-county coverage area, WTLS is made up of many subject matter experts and general practitioners, as well as a team of paralegals, victim advocates, administrative staff, and support staff. The employees at WTLS are always willing to help a coworker learn and grow in their career.