Are you interested in using your legal skills to be part of a team that empowers eligible low-income Bay Area residents to maintain housing, achieve economic security, and be protected from domestic violence and sexual assault? Join BayLegal’s dynamic Legal Advice Line!
Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) ensures fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community. From Silicon Valley to Napa Valley, 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, our mobile advocacy clinics, and our nationally-recognized Legal Advice Line, BayLegal prevents domestic violence and sexual assault, increases economic stability, protects consumers, expands access to healthcare, and prevents homelessness. For our clients, BayLegal makes the difference between staying in poverty and thriving toward a brighter future.
We seek an energetic, culturally sensitive attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to become the Supervising Attorney of the Legal Advice Line (LAL) located in Oakland. The Supervising Attorney will be responsible for the direct supervision of staff case work, oversight of project and grant deliverable compliance, and ensuring that clients receive high quality legal services.
As a member of BayLegal’s management team, the LAL Supervising Attorney will report to the Managing Attorney of the LAL/HCC. This position will work with the Managing Attorney, focusing on the day-to-day support of the attorneys in the LAL, including legal work supervision, training on substantive areas of law, professional development, mentorship and evaluation, and compliance with grant deliverables and project goals. The Supervising attorney will also monitor and manage call flow on the hotline, provide direct client services as appropriate, and participate in grant reporting. With the Managing Attorney, the Supervising Attorney will engage the unit in periodic/annual reviews of unit priorities and emerging issues in the client community. The Supervising Attorney also ensures the LAL’s participation in relevant local, regional, and statewide taskforces and policy advocacy efforts that further the interests of our client community. The Supervising Attorney also helps lead relationship building, partnership and collaboration with local court, government and community agencies to maintain social safety net for low-income residents.
Skills and abilities
- Commitment to BayLegal’s mission.
- Commitment to promoting and fostering diversity and inclusion in hiring and retention.
- Experience and comfort working with marginalized and diverse populations.
- Facility and transparency in communicating important information to staff and ability to motivate commitment to the organization.
- Ability to work well with colleagues and community allies in a variety of settings.
- Ability to develop and articulate a clear vision of priorities and inspire others to maximum effectiveness.
- Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both in writing and orally, including in public presentations.
- Ability to organize and supervise the case work and projects of a professional office.
- Ability to multitask and complete goals and objectives in stressful situations, which can include responding to emergency client situations/complaints and constant interruptions by hotline staff triaging calls on a daily basis.
- Ability to adapt quickly to changes in daily priorities.
- Ability to work and communicate effectively with funders.
- Ability to track, maintain and report statistics to funders.
Experience and Education
Juris Doctorate Degree, active California Bar membership, and three or more years practice as a licensed attorney with direct service experience, particularly in one of the unit’s primary substantive areas; experience developing projects and leading a diverse team. Diverse candidates and those fluent in languages widely spoken in BayLegal’s client communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Compensation and Benefits
We offer a diverse, family friendly environment, and competitive compensation based on a competitive public interest salary scale along with a generous benefits package. BayLegal’s benefits package which 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; student debt repayment program; dependent childcare employer contribution program, and a 401k retirement plan following first year. Generous 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).
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. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to refer to the “Supervising Attorney – LAL” in the title 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 persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, 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, inclusion and diversity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.