LEGAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR
Join an organization dedicated to improving our community through programs that provide equal access to legal services. The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco currently has an exciting opportunity for a Legal Projects Coordinator to be part of the team!
JDC is a non-profit organization that provides free legal services through its staff and volunteers to low-income and indigent Bay Area residents. Each year more than 1,600 volunteer attorneys, legal assistants, and law students and college students work with JDC staff to serve nearly 7,500 indigent clients. JDC’s holistic advocacy approach seeks to address the social service and legal needs of clients.
About the Job
The Legal Projects Coordinator job duties relate to two separate projects of JDC, the Sargent Shriver Child Custody Project and the Federal Pro Bono Project. The Legal Projects Coordinator will work closely with the Supervising Attorneys of both projects. The Coordinator will devote 15 hours a week at the S. F. Superior Court coordinating services for litigants receiving legal representation in custody cases. Primary duties will include communication with volunteer attorneys, litigants, and the court staff, screening litigants for services eligibility, project outreach at calendar calls, writing case summaries, preparing pleadings, case tracking and maintaining databases.
The Coordinator will work 10 hours per week on the Federal Pro Bono Project at the US District Courthouse in San Francisco. Tasks include arranging pro bono legal representation for low-income litigants in Federal Court. The Coordinator will draft case summaries, recruit volunteer attorneys, and manage placement of pro bono cases. The Coordinator will also be responsible for screening and scheduling appointments for the two Federal clinics.
This is not an attorney position.
The successful candidate will have the following:
- Ability to manage two different and distinct projects
- Professional written and verbal communication with court staff, volunteers, and clients
- Strong organizational and time management skills
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s Degree, or an equivalent combination of relevant education, training, and expertise sufficient to perform the essential duties of the position
- Experience in the legal field is helpful but not required
SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to effectively interact with low-income clients, attorneys, court staff, and co-workers
- Ability to multi-task efficiently in a high volume, fast-paced environment and independently prioritize with high attention to detail
- Ability to manage multiple tasks for two distinct projects
- Strong time management and organizational skills are required.
- Demonstrated interest in working with low income communities is preferred
- Bilingual language (Spanish-English) skills are a plus
- Knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access)
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.
Starting salary is competitive with other nonprofits. JDC is strongly committed to diversity and encourages applications from people who can contribute to our diversity.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to: Human Resources, JDC, 301 Battery Street, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111 or email to BASFjobs@sfbar.org (please reference Legal Projects Coordinator in the subject heading). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.
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.