ABOUT THE POSITION:
Bay Area Legal Aid seeks an energetic, culturally sensitive Economic Justice Attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to represent families seeking access to CalWORKs and related benefits programs such as Medi-Cal, CalFresh, and Refugee Cash Assistance. Responsibilities will include conducting client interviews, negotiating with governmental agencies, research and writing, and representation at administrative hearings. The attorney will engage in policy work in areas that uniquely affect our clients’ rights, participate in community collaborations, and engage in community outreach and education. The attorney will split time between our San Francisco office and an outstation-office at the San Francisco Human Services Agency.
- Membership in good standing with the California State Bar;
- At least one year experience with public benefits advocacy;
- Excellent communication, writing and analytical skills;
- Strong organizational skills;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team;
- Experience working with culturally diverse, low income client communities;
- Experience working with survivors of domestic violence and clients with disabilities;
- Enjoy working in a fast-paced, ever changing environment;
- Bilingual ability in Spanish, Cantonese, or Vietnamese preferred.
Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and life insurance; long term disability; paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; law school loan repayment; bilingual stipends; and 401k retirement plan.
Bay Area Legal Aid thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.
We encourage applicants who will contribute to our diversity to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply before December 4, 2017. Please send cover letter, diversity statement (see below), resume, and references to: Jerel McCrary, San Francisco Managing Attorney at email@example.com.
In a separate page from your cover letter, please address the following:
BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.
How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.