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Now hiring: Community Services Coordinator

Location: Madison, WI

Application Deadline: Monday, September 11th, 2017

Hiring Contact: Lauren Rudersdorf, advocate@midwestadvocates.org, 608-251-5047 x2


Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA) is a non-profit, public interest environmental law center that works for clean water, air, land and government for this generation and the next. MEA furthers environmental justice by providing legal and technical services to grassroots community groups and through collaboration with organizational partners. MEA serves and supports communities with environmental problems while building capacity at the local level for self-advocacy.

The Community Services Coordinator (CSC) will provide support to our team of four attorneys and work directly with citizens and impacted communities. This is a new position within the organization. We are looking for someone with a strong entrepreneurial spirit to help develop the full potential of this position.

Specific job duties include:

  • Legal research and litigation support
  • Management of the intakes helpline
  • Coordination of legal education program
  • Website updates
  • Developing citizen environmental toolkits
  • Communications and meetings with community partners
  • Occasional in-state travel required

Required qualifications:

  • Strong legal research, writing, citation, and editing skills
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with community groups and clients
  • Ability to communicate legal and technical information to non-lawyers
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Effective team player with ability to lead
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs, Adobe, electronic databases, and electronic filing systems

Educational Requirements:

  • Associate degree in Paralegal studies or demonstrated experience


Compensation will be dependent on experience and qualifications. In addition, Midwest Environmental Advocates offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, long-term disability, and a retirement savings plan. Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, childcare, and commuter expenses are also available, as well as very generous PTO.

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter, resume and three references by Monday, September 11th, 2017 to:

Midwest Environmental Advocates

ATTN: Lauren Rudersdorf

612 W. Main St, Suite 302

Madison, WI 53703


Midwest Environmental Advocates is an equal opportunity employer all applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and veteran or disability status.

Download the job description (PDF).

Volunteer Opportunities

We can always use extra hands in our work. Volunteer needs are always changing, so the best way to get involved is to contact our office and tell us about your skills and interests. With everything from easy office tasks to professional, pro bono attorney support, we'd love to have your help. Email us at advocate@midwestadvocates.org to get involved.

Tell us more about yourself! Download and fill out our volunteer questionnaire and email it to advocate@midwestadvocates.org.


Midwest Environmental Advocates is a nonpartisan, nonprofit law center based in Madison, Wisconsin. We use the power of the law to help citizens defend their healthy water, air, land and government for this generation and the next. We believe that every citizen has the potential to make a difference.

We are seeking a detail-oriented volunteer to help us manage and dispose of our old legal files systematically and assist our attorneys in day-to-day filing, scanning and any other recurring administrative needs they may have. This volunteer will be responsible for reviewing old files, determining which have been inactive for more than seven years, drafting client letters, managing ongoing communication with former clients, and disposing of old files based on the clients’ response. In the long term, if this volunteer is interested, they may help us improve our file retention policy and systems moving forward.

This volunteer will have a key role in our legal file management and retention process, helping our legal team to be more effective in their work moving forward.

A twelve-week commitment is required for this position. We are seeking a volunteer who can consistently work from our office in downtown Madison for 3-5 hours per week during normal business hours. This volunteer will be trained and overseen jointly by our Office Manager and Staff Attorneys.

The right candidate will be able to work independently, be skilled at managing many tasks at once and enjoy creating systems. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required. Previous paralegal experience helpful, but not required.

To volunteer, contact Lauren at advocate@midwestadvocates.org.