Are you interested in using your legal and supervisory skills to help low‐income Bay Area youth achieve safety, stability, and permanency? Join BayLegal’s dynamic Youth Justice practice!
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.
BayLegal’s Youth Justice Team:
The Youth Justice team includes a Managing Attorney, a Supervising Attorney, 4 staff attorneys, a senior legal advocate, and a social worker who work together as a collaborative team serving vulnerable youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Youth Justice Team works to advance the needs and rights of youth by providing wrap-around civil legal services to young people experiencing homelessness, systems-involved youth, and exploited youth, regionally and throughout California.
BayLegal seeks a culturally sensitive attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to be the Supervising Attorney in our regional youth justice unit. The Supervising Attorney will be responsible for supervising the legal work of the unit staff, ensuring high quality legal services for youth in a wide-range of civil legal areas in which the unit practices. These include foster care, guardianships, public benefits (e.g., foster care benefits, SSI, CalWORKs, CalFresh, and General Assistance), housing, consumer, education, mental health and medical access, juvenile reentry, and domestic violence (family law and immigration) issues.
As a Supervising Attorney you will have the opportunity to:
- Engage with the diverse legal needs of underserved and vulnerable youth in the Bay
- Provide day‐to‐day legal supervision and support to attorneys and
- Carry a reduced client
- Conduct training, mentoring, evaluation and professional development of unit
- Engage the team in annual planning, periodic reviews of priorities, and responses to emerging issues in the client community, together with the team Managing
- Engage in other tasks and projects that further the interest of BayLegal’s mission and operations as a non‐profit.
Requirements/Qualifications/About the Successful Candidate:
- Membership in good standing in the California State Bar;
- Five or more years practice as a licensed attorney with experience developing projects and leading a diverse team;
- Direct service experience, particularly with youth and in the unit’s primary substantive areas;
- Legal supervision experience strongly preferred;
- Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines;
- 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;
- Facility and transparency in communicating important information to staff and ability to motivate commitment to the mission;
- Ability to develop and articulate a clear vision of priorities and inspire others to maximum effectiveness;
- Ability to develop and implement effective training and mentorship programs for new staff;
- Ability to take decisive action and ensure accountability;
- Facility in recognizing, addressing and resolving interpersonal conflicts;
- Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, including in public presentations;
- Ability to organize and supervise the case work and projects of a professional office;
- Ability to work and communicate effectively with funders;
- Ability to track, maintain and report statistics to stakeholders;
- 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
COVID-19 remote work:
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all BayLegal employees are currently working remotely from home. While BayLegal has implemented detailed health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure and have an evolving plan for reopening our local offices, we anticipate remaining primarily remote at least throughout the rest of 2020. All employees are expected to be able to primarily work remotely from home until BayLegal determines it is safe to reopen offices. All employees are issued BayLegal computers, provided with appropriate supplies and BayLegal covers reasonable work-related expenses. BayLegal has implemented and continues to explore additional technologies to make working remotely as efficient and connected as possible. All employees receive a flat-rate monthly amount to cover the use of personal IT equipment, including internet. Due to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on personal lives, BayLegal is open to providing flexibility regarding work schedules and part-time or full-time employment to the extent feasible for the position.
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 email the following to our Human Resources Department firstname.lastname@example.org (1) cover letter including response to question below (no page limit), (2)resume, (3) references, and (4)writing sample. Please reference Supervising Attorney, Youth Justice 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 persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, working poor, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and persons 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 systematic 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.