Job Opportunities


LALDEF is seeking one to two, bilingual (in Spanish) Community Health Workers (CHWs). This  opportunity is part-time (up to 29 hours a week), temporary position through at least December 31,  2021 and possibly beyond. Some in-office hours will be required while other hours will be off-site.  Some remote work may be possible. 

Successful Applicants will be: 

  • Bilingual in English/Spanish; 
  • At least 18 years old; 
  • Have a high school or equivalent diploma;  
  • Have access to transportation around Mercer County; 
  • Knowledge and understanding of community and social issues; 
  • Have a non-judgmental and positive attitude; and 
  • Be willing to learn. 

Ideally, candidates will also have: 

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team-building skills and 
  • An interest in research and report-writing, and the ability to interpret or present data. 

The job responsibilities include: 

  • Helping the outreach and vaccination efforts as directed by LALDEF staff, up to as many as 29 hours  a week. Activities may include: 
  • Creating/distributing flyers, etc. around Mercer County; 
  • Participating in telephone outreach; 
  • Attending vaccination events around Mercer County to assist with translating;  • Supporting webinars/ webinar management; 
  • Assisting with the administration as directed, of LALDEF’s Virtual ExamRoom; and • Other tasks as needed/directed 
  • The work schedule is somewhat flexible but will include some weekends and evenings.  Pay starts at $16.50/hr.  

Start date is as soon as possible.

To apply, please send a resume and short cover letter to



The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) – located in Trenton, NJ – seeks a talented, focused, and bilingual candidate for the role of Part-Time receptionist/ front desk attendant. Reporting to the Executive Assistant, you must have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to stay impeccably organized. This position offers the right candidate an opportunity to contribute in meaningful ways to a growing organization that serves the needs of the immigrant community in Mercer County.

Responsibilities include:

  • Welcoming visitors and directing or referring them appropriately.
  • Notifying staff of visitor arrivals as needed.
  • Maintaining and updating employee and department directories.
  • Maintaining building security by following procedures and monitoring databases.
  • Manning incoming phone calls as needed.
  • Keeping reception and lobby area safe and clean as directed
  • Provide scheduling support as directed
  • Providing some administrative support including coordinating large mailings, organizing and maintaining donor database, filing, copying, writing, and editing, as directed.
  • Other tasks as directed

Candidates should be self-motivated, independent, and organized with strong computer skills. Knowledge of or an interest in/easy ability to learn new software (Salesforce, MailChimp, HTML, etc.) is preferred. In addition, the ideal candidate is a flexible, enthusiastic, organized individual with active listening skills, customer focus understanding, and the ability to stay calm under pressure. Applicants must be bilingual in English and Spanish.

Other Experience:

  • University/college degree is an asset but not necessary
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Familiarity with phone systems
  • Previous experience with Microsoft Office software and Google Drive preferred

Some evening and Sunday hours may be required. Please send resume and a short cover letter to Those chosen to continue will be asked to interview.

Interested in Volunteering?

LALDEF could not serve as many people as it does without the many volunteers who donate their time.  

We currently have openings for the following volunteer positions:

Drivers Education Instructor

LALDEF eagerly anticipates offering several drivers education workshops in 2020/2021 following the recent legislation change in NJ that provides access to drivers' licenses regardless of citizenship status.

LALDEF's Adult Education team is seeking a volunteer instructor to support and train new drivers in the Trenton community.

  • We expect the workshops to be a four-part series offered several times throughout the year.

  • Course will cover topics such as knowing your rights, the process to obtaining a drivers license, driver safety, rules and regulations when driving, defensive driving techniques, and other basic driving skills.

  • Tentative Fall 2020, dates to be determined

  • No certification to Drivers Education required, though experience is appreciated

  • The instructor should be able to instruct in English or Spanish

High School Equivalency Instructor - Reading & Writing

LALDEF's Adult Education team is seeking a volunteer instructor to teach a Reading and Writing course this fall. LALDEF is happy to offer one of the only Spanish HSE courses in Mercer County. The purpose of this course is to aid students as they build on their foundational Spanish skills necessary to complete high school equivalency exams, such as TASK and HiSET, and to earn their secondary diplomas.

  • Classes are taught in Spanish

  • The 16 week semester meets two times a week for two hours (days and times to be determined)

  • Course includes Reading and Writing skills

  • Course curriculum, along with detailed lesson plans are provided for the instructor

  • Instructors should have experience in language arts instruction

To learn more about either of these opportunities, please contact Emily Peterman, Adult Education Programs Coordinator at If interested in applying for either position, please include a copy of your resume.


Our ongoing volunteer opportunities fall into two general categories: (a) Spanish speakers that can assist with our legal services and Community ID Cards and (b) tutors and mentors.

LEGAL INTAKE VOLUNTEERS assist clients with filling out intake and screening forms and document collection.

CLIENT ADVOCATES assist clients in filing wage theft claims, applying for health insurance, enrolling children in school, and more. Flexible schedule during working hours.

COMMUNITY ID CARDS ASSISTANTS help staff process the necessary paperwork and assist with the processing and distribution of Mercer County Area Community ID Cards.

All legal volunteers must speak both English and Spanish fluently. Hours vary widely and, depending on the instance, can be flexible. Locations also depend on the opportunity, but generally are in Trenton.


LALDEF engages a wide number of volunteer tutors for both our FUTURO college preparation program, which supports and guides first and second generation high school students in their pursuit of higher education, and a variety of adult education initiatives.

Please fill out our volunteer form HERE.

Skills sought include: FUTURO seeks volunteers to assist with core subject areas (English, Math, History, & Science) as well as volunteers able to help prepare students for standardized testing such as the ACT and SAT.

ADULT EDUCATION volunteers work with Spanish-speaking students preparing to take their High School Equivalency Test (TASC) and gain their high school diplomas. Tutors must have a high school diploma or higher education degree. Prior teaching or tutoring experience is preferred, but not required.

All LALDEF volunteers must agree to undergo a background check. Most require that the volunteer be at least 21 years old, but exceptions are made.

Please fill out our volunteer form HERE.