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At ABLE, we bring skilled, motivated, and committed advocates and professionals together to do the best work of their lives. Our employees bring varied experiences, perspectives, and cultures to ABLE, creating strong collaborations, diverse thinking, new approaches, and greater innovation. All of this leads to high-quality programs and services for our clients. Below are the current positions available within our 32-county service area.

Click on the job position title to read more for each announcement. Applications should be sent by e-mail to either jobs@ablelaw.org or jobs@lawolaw.org. See specific job announcement for complete details.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm that provides
high-quality legal assistance to low-income people and groups in western Ohio, seeks a
resourceful, culturally competent, hardworking staff attorney for its Toledo office.

The Attorney will work with ABLE's Housing and Community Economic Development (HCED) Practice Group. The
HCED Practice Group recognizes an essential component to self-sufficiency, equal justice and economic
opportunity is the ability for low-income people to have: 1) access to safe, affordable housing; 2) access to areas
of opportunity in housing, education and other critical areas needed for wellbeing; and 3) the ability to participate
in and benefit from development within their own communities. The HCED practice group engages in community
lawyering to ensure that our legal work not only aligns with community needs, but that it supports initiatives from
and is led by the impacted community.

The Staff Attorney will expand ABLE’s community economic development capacity in Toledo’s Junction
neighborhood. The Attorney will listen to, empower, and be part of the Junction neighborhood; advocate and
provide support for community development and entrepreneurship, offering transactional legal services and legal
technical assistance to residents to fill the historic gap in legal counsel to low-income and minority small business
owners; removing barriers to employment through criminal record sealing or driver’s license reinstatement legal
clinics in the neighborhood; and providing other legal assistance to increase household income and promote
improved health, such as providing legal work to meet basic needs of food, housing, healthcare, and financial
security.

The Attorney must have excellent interpersonal skills and be experienced in working in collaborative
environments. Membership in Ohio Bar is required. The ideal candidate will have at least 1 year of legal
experience, familiarity with community lawyering, understand the range of legal options to advocate for people
living in a disenfranchised community, and possess excellent legal and communication skills. Attorneys with
recent bar admissions are encouraged to apply. We aim for our staff to reflect the client communities we serve and
strongly encourage applications from Black attorneys. Ability to relate well with, respect, connect and develop
rapport with minority clients and community groups required. Legal experience in business law, civil rights or
poverty law in general is helpful. Salary depends on relevant legal experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter electronically as soon as possible in Microsoft Word, to: Email:
jobs@ablelaw.org with the Subject: Staff Attorney – Housing and Community Economic Development Practice
Group

Download this position announcement (pdf)

ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in race,
ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals
and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal access to
ABLE’s office is available. Applicants requiring accommodation to the interview/ application process should contact the
recruitment coordinator at the address listed above.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm that provides high-
quality legal assistance to people and groups living in poverty in western Ohio, seeks a Regional
Director of Development for its Dayton office for development throughout a 32-county region.

The Regional Director of Development will be responsible for implementing all development activities for the Dayton
and Toledo regional markets of ABLE and Legal Aid of Western Ohio (LAWO). This includes fundraising related to
campaigns, events, donor cultivation, planned giving, volunteer engagement, and community collaboration.

The individual must be committed to ABLE and LAWO’s mission and the principle of equal access to justice, have a
passion for fundraising, and be able to motivate and support Board members, staff, volunteers, and donors to reach
targeted annual fundraising goals. Primary responsibilities are leading and implementing annual campaigns, direct mail
and email campaigns, event management, and donor cultivation and stewardship. The ability to identify and cultivate key
relationships, be accountable to meeting annual fundraising financial goals, and solicit significant gifts is essential. Strong
writing, strategic planning and execution of plans, and organizational skills are essential to success in this position. Some
grant writing is required. The person filling this position will also manage contracted event planners for events in Dayton
and Toledo.

Salary depends on relevant experience. Excellent annual leave, holiday, and fringe benefits.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter electronically by COB on April 23, 2021, to: Email: jobs@ablelaw.org with the
Subject: Regional Director of Development.

Download this position announcement

ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in
race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all
individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal
access to ABLE’s office is available. Applicants requiring accommodation to the interview/ application process should
contact the recruitment coordinator at the address listed above.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm
that provides high-quality legal assistance to low-income persons and groups
in western Ohio, seeks a dynamic, creative, hardworking ombudsman for its
Toledo office.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit law firm that provides free,
high-quality legal assistance in civil matters to low-income individuals and groups in
northwest Ohio, seeks an Ombudsman for its Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. The
Ombudsman will receive, investigate, and work to resolve complaints filed on behalf of
consumers of long-term care services, primarily in nursing homes in the 10-county service
area of Toledo, Ohio, Region 4. The Ombudsman will also support our volunteer program,
provide community education, and systemic advocacy related to long-term care.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in social work, social services, a health-related
field, or any other related field. Commensurate experience may be considered in lieu of
Bachelor’s Degree. Candidates must possess excellent communication and human
relations skills, and a demonstrated commitment to advocacy on behalf of consumers of
long-term care services. Candidates must have the combined qualities of excellent
interpersonal and administrative skills. Computer proficiency required. Daily travel in
Northwest Ohio required. Position is based in ABLE’s Toledo office. Salary based on
relevant experience. Excellent benefits.

Apply by May 28, 2021: Email cover letter, resume, and list of references, in Microsoft Word
format, to:

jobs@ablelaw.org
Subject: LTCOP Position

Resumes received after the deadline will not be considered unless we are unsuccessful with the
candidates who applied by the deadline.

Download the Position Announcement

ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace,
including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We
strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from
individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal access to ABLE’s office
is available. Applicants requiring accommodation to the interview/ application process should
contact the recruitment coordinator at the address listed above.

Grants and Contracts Assistant

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit law firm that provides free, high quality legal assistance to people with low incomes in western Ohio, seeks a Grants and Contracts Assistant to support the Grants and Contracts department in both routine and advanced administrative tasks, including scheduling and supporting meetings, ensuring smooth office operations, and maintaining paper and electronic files. The assistant will produce correspondence, reports. and spreadsheets. This position will also assist with grant research, drafting, reporting, and compliance for ABLE and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO).  The position is based in ABLE’s Toledo Office. 

The Successful Candidate will:

  • Be committed to the missions of ABLE and LAWO.
  • Hold a degree in related field or relevant experience.
  • Grants and contracts administration strongly preferred
  • Have 3-5 years of experience in administrative work.
  • Some experience working in a non-profit environment preferred.
  • Be proficient in MS Office; contract management database and project management proficiency strongly preferred.
  • Must have demonstrated research skills.
  • Exhibit outstanding interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Be organized, able to prioritize work, and able to handle multiple responsibilities.
  • Employ exceptionally strong attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Have excellent planning, follow-up and problem- solving skills.
  • Enjoy working in a team environment.
  • Be able to engage in occasional travel.

Competitive salary based on relevant experience, and comprehensive fringe benefits. The deadline to apply is June 11, 2021.  Send a cover letter and resume electronically, in Word format only, to:

jobs@ablelaw.org

Subject:  Grants & Contracts Assistant

Download the Position Announcement

ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and physical ability. We know that a diverse workplace results in the best decisions and optimal service for our clients. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. As part of our commitment to diversity, all of ABLE’s offices are accessible; applicants requiring accommodation during the application or interview process may contact the recruitment coordinator for further information.

 

Applications will only be accepted by email.  Position will remain open until filled.

 

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (“ABLE”) and Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.
(“LAWO”) are eager to host 3L or recent law graduate candidates for fellowships for 2022-
2024. Candidates for fellowships are encouraged to develop and bring forward proposals
for work in an area of poverty law in one of the following areas (development of a full
proposal will be in collaboration with ABLE and LAWO attorneys):

  • Access to Meaningful and Appropriate Education 
  • Agricultural Worker and Immigrant Rights
  • Healthcare and Public Benefits
  • Housing and Community Economic Development
  • Stability and Independence for Survivors
  • Meaningful Access to Justice
  • Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Reentering Citizens

Project proposals should focus on legal advocacy on behalf of disenfranchised individuals,
groups, or issues not adequately represented in our legal system. Applications should
describe how the project proposes to meet the unmet needs of underserved populations or
remove barriers to opportunity.
ABLE and LAWO encourage applicants to apply as early as possible – fellowship
programs are competitive, and we want ample time to work with successful applicants to
develop a compelling project to submit to the funder. Applicants should submit a cover
letter describing their area of interest and project idea, resume, writing sample, most recent
(unofficial or official) transcript, and three references to jobs@ablelaw.org as soon as
possible and no later than July 16, 2021. More fully developed proposals may also be
included. Please include the following in the subject line of the email: 2022-2024
Fellowship Application.

Applications will be reviewed as received. ABLE and LAWO will work closely with
successful applicants to develop their project and navigate the fellowship process. If
selected, candidates should be prepared to move quickly to develop their project proposal
for submission to the outside fellowship sponsor on or before September 10, 2021. Final
selection of fellows is contingent on the sponsor’s selection of a candidate’s proposal.
Successful candidates will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law, strong
academic records, excellent organization and communication skills, and the demonstrated
ability to handle a demanding workload. Candidates for the 2022-2024 fellowship must be
eligible to take the Ohio Bar Exam in July of 2022. Applicants who are recently admitted
to practice law in Ohio, or who are recently licensed in another state and eligible for
temporary admission before taking the Ohio Bar Exam, will also be considered. The
starting attorney salary is $52,000. ABLE and LAWO offer a comprehensive benefits
package.

Download the position announcement.

ABLE and LAWO are Equal Opportunity Employers and place a high value on diversity
in our workplace, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and
physical ability. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals, and we
encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal
profession. Equal access to our offices is available. Applicants requiring accommodation
for the interview/application process should contact the recruitment coordinator at the
address listed above.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm that provides high-quality legal assistance to low-income persons and groups in western Ohio, seeks a dynamic, creative, hardworking volunteer coordinator/ombudsman for its Toledo office.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit law firm that provides free, high-quality legal assistance in civil matters to low-income individuals and groups in northwest Ohio, seeks a Volunteer Coordinator/Ombudsman for its Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. The Volunteer Coordinator will recruit, train, and manage volunteers to serve as certified associate ombudsman representatives in the 10-county service area. The Ombudsman will also provide direct client services, community education, and systemic advocacy related to long-term care. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, social services, a health-related field, or any other related field. Commensurate experience may be considered in lieu of Bachelor’s Degree. Candidates must possess excellent communication and human relations skills, and a demonstrated commitment to advocacy on behalf of consumers of long-term care services. Candidates must have the combined qualities of excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Computer proficiency required. Daily travel in Northwest Ohio required. Position is based in ABLE’s Toledo office. Salary based on relevant experience. Excellent benefits.

Apply by July 16, 2021: Email with cover letter, resume, and list of references, in Microsoft Word format, to:

ablejobs@freelawyers.org
Subject: Volunteer Coordinator/Ombudsman Position

Download the position announcement here.

ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal access to ABLE’s office is available. Applicants requiring accommodation to the interview/ application process should contact the recruitment coordinator at the address listed above.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law
firm that provides high-quality legal assistance to low-income people and
groups in western Ohio, seeks a resourceful, culturally competent,
hardworking attorney who would serve as an advocate for children in
poverty with the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in our Toledo
office.

Join the movement to transform public health! The Medical-Legal Partnership for Children combines
the strengths of law and medicine to address systemic issues affecting children’s health. The Attorney
will represent families and work with healthcare providers to develop creative strategies to improve
health outcomes for children. The project is a collaboration between ABLE, Legal Aid of Western
Ohio, Inc., and area children’s hospitals and clinics in Toledo.

Requirements include:

  • Membership in the Ohio Bar. The ideal candidate will have at least 1 year of legal experience.
    Attorneys with recent bar admissions are encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent legal, communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with systemic advocacy and community lawyering
  • Ability to relate well with and commitment to providing legal services to people with low
    incomes

Experience in special education, housing, government benefits, or poverty law in general is highly
preferred. Salary depends on relevant legal experience. Excellent fringe benefits.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter in Microsoft Word format to:

Email: jobs@ablelaw.org
Subject: Staff Attorney – MLPC

Download the position announcement here.

ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace, including
diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an
environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally
underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal access to ABLE’s office is available. Applicants
requiring accommodation to the interview/ application process should contact the recruitment coordinator
at the address listed above.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit law firm that provides free, high quality legal assistance to people with low income in western Ohio, seeks a Grants and Contracts Accountant to provide accounting and financial services for ABLE and its partner Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO). The position will report to the Director of Finance and will be located in ABLE’s Toledo office.

The Grants and Contracts Accountant will:

Prepare grant reports, invoices and budget information in compliance with grant requirements. She/he will maintain custody of grant files and ensure they are maintained in a well-organized and retrievable manner. The Grants and Contracts Accountant will meet with auditors and monitors to review and reconcile grant reports. She/he will prepare necessary schedules and assist auditors conducting audits of ABLE and LAWO financial records. The Grants and Contracts Accountant will be responsible for subgrant monitoring as necessary and will perform other duties as requested by the Director of Finance.

 

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Accounting preferred
  • Grant financial management experience preferred but not required
  • Experience with MIP accounting software helpful but not required
  • Ability to work independently on assigned projects required
  • Strong attention to detail required
  • Excellent organizational skills and capacity to meet deadlines in a multi-function office environment required
  • Experience in data entry in computerized accounting system required
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Excel, Word and Outlook required
  • Honest, dependable, competent, trustworthy, and have a commitment to legal services and the mission of ABLE and LAWO
  • Demonstrate and maintain high standards of interpersonal communication, especially relating to effective telephone communication and effective written and oral communication
  • Must be able to exercise sound judgment and initiative and adhere to the confidential nature of the firm and its practice
  • Must fully understand the sensitive and confidential aspects of internal and external communication issues.

Competitive salary based on relevant experience; and comprehensive fringe benefits. The deadline to apply is close of business on July 28, 2021. Send a cover letter and resume electronically, in Word format only, to:

jobs@ablelaw.org
Subject: Grants and Contracts Accountant

Download the position announcement here

ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. Applicants requiring accommodation for the interview/application process should contact the Recruitment Coordinator at the e-mail address listed above.

Applications will only be accepted by email. Position will remain open until filled.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit regional law firm
that provides high-quality legal assistance to low-income people and groups
in western Ohio, seeks a resourceful, culturally competent,
hardworking attorney for its Toledo office who would advocate for systemic
changes for children and mental health consumers.

The Attorney will work with ABLE’s Education Practice Group and Housing and Community
Economic Development Practice Group providing legal representation to improve conditions that
negatively impact low-income consumers of behavioral and mental health and recovery services,
including children. The Attorney will work with client groups, community groups, and community
behavioral and mental health and recovery agencies, on legal solutions to issues they identify.
Goals include ensuring that housing is near supports needed by mental health consumers and that
they have access to transportation to get to where they need to go; overcoming or eliminating
barriers to housing and employment created as a result of criminal justice system involvement;
and improving appropriate consistent supportive services for children with mental health
concerns in school and the community. The Attorney will be expected to conduct community legal
education (Know Your Rights) presentations to mental health professionals and consumers, work
closely with community and parent groups, handle administrative complaints and participate in
systemic litigation.

Requirements include:

  • Membership in the Ohio Bar. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of legal experience. Attorneys with recent bar admissions are encouraged to apply.
  • Excellent legal, communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with systemic advocacy and community lawyering
  • Ability to relate well with and commitment to providing legal services to people with low incomes

Experience in federal litigation, housing law, zoning law, education law, or poverty law in general
is highly preferred. Salary depends on relevant legal experience. Excellent fringe benefits.
To Apply: Send resume and cover letter electronically as soon as possible, in Microsoft Word format, to:

Email: jobs@ablelaw.org
Subject: Staff Attorney – Mental Health Impact

Download the position announcement here.

ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace, including
diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical ability. We strive to create an
environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally
underrepresented in the legal profession. Equal access to ABLE’s office is available. Applicants requiring
accommodation to the interview/application process should contact the recruitment coordinator at the
address listed above.