Work with CDEL


CDEL is Hiring!

Program Coordinator

The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) provides free legal services to low income seniors and people with disabilities. CDEL’s clients–individuals often marginalized by age, race, disability, and income–may have difficulty accessing the legal system or asserting their legal rights. CDEL strives to provide access to assist our clients live better lives.


CDEL seeks a Program Coordinator to support two of its grant funded projects: the Early Resolution Program and the Housing Preservation Project. The Cook County Early Resolution Program is a new initiative that promotes access to legal services for individuals facing consumer debt and eviction-related issues. The Housing Preservation Project is a program that provides legal assistance to cost-burdened senior homeowners with a variety issues including title correction, property tax matters, foreclosure and building code violation defense and succession planning helping to ensure seniors’ ability to age in place.


This position is a full-time, non-exempt, benefits eligible position.


  • Screen candidates and review candidate screenings completed by volunteers/interns for eligibility criteria

  • Assist with training and supervising screening volunteers

  • Update candidate files, as needed, in CDEL’s case management database

  • Use CDEL’s case management database to track data for each program and assist in completion of grant reports

  • Monitor various candidate referral databases to ensure prompt responses and screening of potential clients

  • Draft client correspondence

  • Coordinate with community-based agencies to schedule Outreach Presentations and other appointments for clients in their communities

  • Coordinate with pro bono partners and attorneys to schedule Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars and workshops

  • Register CLE seminars on the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois website and issue CLE certificates to attorneys

  • Conduct title searches for clients’ properties and intake interviews as needed

  • Submit documents for electronic recording through e-recording vendor

  • Participate in CDEL’s weekly case conference meeting

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Entry level position though prior work experience preferred

  • Some college or equivalent, relevant work experience required

  • Experience in a legal aid setting preferred

  • Fluency in Spanish preferred

Required Skills

  • Ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, interns, and diverse community organizations and coalitions

  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Detailed-oriented with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines

  • Comfortable with CDEL’s client base, including working with low-income seniors and people with disabilities

  • Team player with a sense of humor

  • Familiarity with case management systems preferred

​Salary and Benefits

Full-time, non-exempt position.  Hourly rate starting at $15/hour.  Position is benefits eligible at 30 hours/week. CDEL offers a comprehensive benefits package including health/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, and long term disability insurance.  CDEL also has a generous personal time off policy.  

About the organization

CDEL provides high-quality, pro bono legal assistance to low-income seniors and people with disabilities.


CDEL’s organizational structure consists of a modest in-house staff which supports a network of hundreds of volunteer attorneys and paralegals. CDEL staff and volunteers provide legal representation in a wide range of civil practice areas including: guardianship, simple estate planning, landlord/tenant, consumer debt, elder abuse, and real estate. CDEL has also developed a number of limited engagement opportunities for those volunteers that are unable to handle cases that require long-term client commitments.


Position is open immediately, closed when filled.  Applications received by April 30, 2021 will be given preference.  Please submit a cover letter and resume to Dana Harbaugh via email at with the subject line “Program Coordinator.”

CDEL is an equal opportunity employer and a welcoming community that engages, encourages and empowers those who are members of underrepresented communities. We are a dedicated advocate for our clients who hold diverse histories and experiences across a range of intersecting identities including race, color, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, class, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge, source of income, housing status and gender identity. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do.  Hence, we strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals regardless of how they identify.