Work in a legal environment dedicated to equal access to justice. The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) has an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Bi-lingual (Spanish) Client Advocate supporting our Housing and Consumer Projects.
JDC is a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income and indigent San Francisco residents through staff and volunteer based services. Each year more than 1,900 volunteer attorneys, interpreters, law students and college students work with JDC staff to serve nearly 8,500 indigent clients. JDC’s holistic advocacy approach seeks to address the social service needs of clients in addition to their legal needs.
About the Job:
The Client Advocate will focus on JDC’s Housing and Consumer cases, and work with two other bilingual advocates focusing on other legal areas. Client Advocates are integral members of the JDC staff, with primary responsibility for: intake and screening conversations with low-income people seeking legal help; participating in case review with JDC attorneys; following up with clients; referring and placing appropriate cases with volunteer attorneys and interpreters; and providing social service assessments and referrals. Client Advocates also coordinate services at monthly and weekly legal clinics, including recruiting and scheduling volunteers, preparing documents for the clinics, and administrative help during clinics. The Advocate will do this work on behalf of JDC’s clients, many of whom speak primarily Spanish, in cases involving family law, eviction, debt collection and taxes. Advocates also occasionally interpret for Spanish-speaking clients during meetings with attorneys.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Associate Degree, or an equivalent combination of relevant education, training, and expertise sufficient to perform the essential duties of the position
Experience working with low-income communities preferred
Experience working with a legal services or social services organization preferred
SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
Fluency in English and Spanish (written and oral)
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Self-starter with strong interpersonal skills and ability to be flexible with tasks
Strong ability to organize, prioritize and multi-task with high attention to detail
Motivated, creative and independent, while also able to work in a team-oriented environment
Working knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, ACCESS)
Demonstrated commitment to social justice and working with low-income communities is preferred
Why Work For Us:
We offer a collaborative work environment, a progressive work culture, and a wonderfully diverse staff. Additionally, we are a mission and values based organization.
We also offer a generous benefits package that includes: a choice of medical insurance plans, dental insurance, vision insurance, pretax commuter, health, and dependent care accounts, employer paid short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and a retirement and profit-sharing benefit, and more.
To find out more about JDC, please visit our website at www.sfbar.org/jdc.
Starting salary is competitive with other nonprofits. JDC is strongly committed to diversity and encourages applications from people who can contribute to our diversity.
We will begin reviewing candidates immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit your resume and cover letter to: Human Resources, JDC, 301 Battery Street, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111or BASFjobs@sfbar.org (please reference JDC Client Advocate.) Open until filled.
No phone calls please. Due to the amount of resumes we receive each day, we will not be able to respond individually with the status of your application.