Working at PHLP

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Working at PHLP gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of individuals; to influence rules and policies that impact vast numbers of people; and to protect the dignity and health care rights of the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians.

We are blessed with amazing staff, interns, and volunteers. Our team consists of driven, bright, compassionate individuals who bring great ideas, hard work, and a willingness to dive right in. 

We are an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our workplace.  All applicants are invited to include in their cover letter a statement about how their unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and inclusive perspective of our staff and our work.

  • VOCA Community Liaison and Victim Advocate

    The Pennsylvania Health Law Project (PHLP) seeks an energetic, confident, and culturally sensitive individual for a position in its Philadelphia office (123 Chestnut Street) for an exciting and new initiative: helping low-income crime victims navigate Medicaid to get health care services and supports. 

    PHLP has received Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) funding to help victims of crime; especially, survivors of violent crime (e.g., shootings, drunk driving collisions) with lifelong disabilities (e.g., paraplegia) caused by the criminal encounter.  

    This position may be part-time up to full-time position. The successful candidate is expected to work remotely, however, occasional attendance in the Philadelphia office will be required. All required training will be provided. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and expedited basis. 

    PHLP Mission and Strategies: PHLP is the designated state-wide health advocacy project of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network.  PHLP has a single focus: to protect and advance the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals.  In support of this mission, we primarily serve clients seeking health insurance coverage or services through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. 

    About the Position: The Community Liaison and Victim Advocate is a new position who will report to PHLP’s VOCA Program Manager.  The Liaison will spend most of his or her time communicating with victims and victims’ advocacy organizations about Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program and PHLP’s services.  Excellent communication skills, delivered virtually (via remote platforms) or telephonically to victims of crime and their advocates, are a must.  Additionally, this position will carry a small caseload to assist victims navigate the healthcare system and provide referrals for needed services in the community.  Funding for this position will end September 30, 2021; however, we are optimistic that funding will continue pending positive outcomes of this project.

    Duties and Description: The position will require some or all the following:

    • Significant contact with crime victims, their family members and advocates about Medicaid and PHLP’s services
    • Maintaining thorough and accurate records of all contacts with victims, their family members, and victim service organizations
    • Generating referrals of crime victims to PHLP by working with victim service organizations (e.g., county district attorney offices, Mothers Against Drunk Driving county chapters) and media outlets (e.g., newspaper reporters covering crime)
    • Creating education materials such as fact sheets, newsletter articles, and presentations/trainings to professional and lay audiences
    • Be (or capable of becoming) well-versed in speaking about the wide range of services and supports available through Medicaid (crime victims are often not aware that Medicaid can pay for personal care, home and vehicle adaptations, home delivered meals, and respite for caregivers, for example)
    • Being a point of contact for crime victims by helping them fill out Medicaid application paperwork and (with other PHLP staff) advocating on their behalf to help them overcome enrollment barriers
    • Actively participate in case management meetings with PHLP staff (including other VOCA-funded team members)
       

    Required Qualifications

    • Associate’s or higher degree required; Bachelor’s degree and relevant professional work experience preferred
    • Background working with crime victims strongly preferred
    • Knowledge of the Medicaid program preferred
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent active listening skills to understand the specific situation of each victim of crime and to recall this information in follow-up conversations
    • Possess compassion, positivity and patience in abundance to build authentic relationships with low-income victims of serious crime
    • Significant travel; a valid driver’s license and willingness to travel within the state to conduct outreach and training


    Salary: Starting salary is $44,000 with generous benefits

    How to Apply: Please submit a resume and a cover letter identifying relevant experience by email to hr@phlp.org.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling and expedited basis.  All applicants will be contacted to confirm acknowledgment of the materials and then contacted only if selected for an interview.  Address cover letter to:

    Mr. Laval Miller-Wilson, Executive Director
    Pennsylvania Health Law Project
    123 Chestnut Street, Suite 400
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    PHLP is committed to a diverse staff.  People of color, persons who are bi-cultural or bi-lingual, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who identify as LGBTQ are encouraged to apply.

  • PHLP’s Philadelphia office welcomes school-year internship applications from undergraduate, graduate, and law school students. We require a 10-20 hour per week commitment and will work with your institution, if applicable, to arrange for course credit.

    Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to hr@phlp.org.

  • PHLP evaluates candidates for sponsorship for post-graduate fellowships on a rolling basis. Candidates interested in applying for an Independence Foundation Fellowship, Skadden Fellowship, Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Philadelphia Bar Foundation Fellowship, Martin Luther King Fellowship, or other post-graduate public interest law fellowship to work in the health law field may apply.

    To apply, please send a resume and cover letter indicating your interest in health law and any ideas you have for fellowship project proposals to Laval Miller-Wilson lmillerwilson@phlp.org.

    While ideas for project proposals are welcome, they are not required.

  • PHLP invites summer internship applications from rising 2Ls and 3Ls. Interns are based in our Philadelphia office. Intern tasks include client interviewing and intake, handling Medicaid eligibility and service denial cases under the supervision of a Staff Attorney, assisting Attorneys and Paralegals with case preparation, observation of both in-person and telephonic Administrative hearings, research projects with a legal or public policy focus, and statewide health policy advocacy.

    PHLP is unable to offer payment for summer internships, but we will happily work with your law school to award you credit for your internship hours, if applicable.

    The successful candidate will be a “self-starter” who has little need for supervision, an interest in experiencing non-profit legal/advocacy work from the inside, and commitment to improving access to quality health insurance coverage and services for all Pennsylvanians.  PHLP particularly welcomes summer internship applications from law students interested in later seeking a post-graduate fellowship.

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Pamela Silver at psilver@phlp.org.