Are you interested in using your legal skills to be part of a team that provides assistance to clients with issues accessing health care? Join BayLegal’s dynamic Health Consumer Center!
Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) is committed to ensuring fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community and addressing systemic inequities that foster intergenerational poverty. Practicing in seven Bay Area counties, BayLegal is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the Bay Area. We help clients protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. Our clients include the working poor, families with children, foster youth, seniors, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Through our regional county offices (Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Napa), our mobile advocacy clinics, and our nationally-recognized Legal Advice Line and Health Consumer Center hotlines, BayLegal’s mission is to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, increase economic stability, protect consumers, expand access to healthcare, and prevent homelessness. For our clients, BayLegal makes the difference between staying in poverty and thriving toward a brighter future.
Health Consumer Center (HCC) staff practice health law in seven counties in the Bay Area – Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma. The HCC is part of a network of ten community-based legal services organizations across California whose mission is to protect consumers’ health care rights and ensure a stable health care delivery system for all. As a member of this network, HCC attorneys identify and elevate systemic trends and effectuate change by working directly with state agencies as well as other health advocate groups on coverage and enrollment issues affecting Californians. As part of its model, the HCC operates a hotline that provides immediate access and legal advocacy to address client’s needs as they relate to health care. The unit engages in impact work via affirmative lawsuits challenging the application of administrative procedures amd through informal advocacy through our direct relationships with government stakeholders.
BayLegal seeks an attorney with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and social justice advocacy who is interested in using their legal skills to remove legal barriers
to accessing health treatment or coverage throughout the Bay Area.
This position is based in our Oakland office. As a member of BayLegal’s regional practice, there may be travel within BayLegal’s broader service areas to address the regional nature of poverty and as necessary for training and broader advocacy.
As a Health Consumer Center attorney you will have the opportunity to:
- Learn and assist with the legal needs of underserved and vulnerable communities in the Bay Area particularly focused on addressing the barriers to accessing healthcare treatment and/or coverage;
- Provide clients with a wide-range of legal assistance from advice/counsel to larger systemic advocacy and impact litigation;
- Represent individuals in administrative hearings and plan grievance proceedings at every stage of litigation, including negotiating with plans and providers for coverage of services and/or access to treatment;
- Provide workshops and technical assistance to community partners and client community on health access issues and a broad range of civil legal issues;
- Develop new relationships and engage in collaborations with a range of public and private community partners, including governmental agencies, courts, and community based organizations, to ensure integrative services and address systemic barriers facing BayLegal’s client community;
- Engage in other tasks and projects that further the interest of furthering BayLegal’s mission and operations as a non-profit; and
- Make systemic change through impact litigation and policy work.
Requirements / Qualifications / About the successful candidate:
- Experience and knowledge, or willingness to learn, health care related issues, including Medicare, Medi-Cal and managed care
- Membership in the California State Bar or willingness to apply to become a Registered Legal Services Attorney if licensed in another state.
- Successfully passing a background check (requirement in part because the position requires access to personal healthcare data).
- Bilingual ability in Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese preferred.
- Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines with minimal
- Excellent writing, editing, and proof-reading skills, with ability to be detail-oriented
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team
- Curious and self-directed with an ability to anticipate what needs to be done
- Ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details
- Humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and/or limited English proficiency.
Compensation and Benefits
We offer a diverse, family friendly environment, and compensation based on competitive public interest salaries along with a generous benefits package. BayLegal’s benefits package includes 100% employer covered medical, dental, and life insurance for employees and up to 40-50% for dependents; long term disability insurance; stipends for bilingual employees whose language skills are used in the provision of work tasks; student debt repayment program; dependent childcare employer contribution program and 401k retirement plan following first year. Paid leave policy includes: sick leave; parental leave; 14 holidays each year and vacation (starting at 13 days and increasing with additional years of employment).
BayLegal 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. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send (1) cover letter including response to question below (no page limit), (2) resume, (3) references, and (4) writing sample to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to email@example.com. Please reference “HCC Attorney” in the subject of your email.
As part of your cover letter, please address the following:
BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include people of color, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. BayLegal is committed to enhancing the provision of our services to all clients, increasing positive client outcomes, and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. BayLegal promotes and supports policies that enable us to work effectively in cross-cultural situations with our clients, coworkers, and the community.
How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client base effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from different backgrounds than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to fight for racial justice? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences.