WHO WE ARE                                                                                                                                        

For over 50 years, CCLS has been representing and advocating for low-income individuals in Merced, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Fresno, Tulare, and Kings Counties—a region where intense poverty exists side by side with unparalleled wealth and abundance. Our mission is to provide high quality, no-cost civil legal services to low-income individuals, families, and communities—improving the wellbeing of our Valley through systems-changing advocacy, client education, and legal work that meets individual clients’ immediate needs. We also work closely with agencies and community organizations that share our commitment to support our clients in being their own agents of change.

 POSITION DETAILS                                                                                                                                        

Under the direction of the Homelessness Prevention Supervising Paralegal, the Outreach Worker will primarily conduct presentations to educate current and potential clients on housing rights. Other duties may arise that satisfy the EAF Homelessness Prevention grant, which will fund this position.

HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION PROJECT: CCLS’s Homelessness Prevention Project is an interdisciplinary, whole-person pilot project within our Housing Team that will address both the legal and social needs of housing clients, with a specific focus on low-income students and their families, students without parents or guardians, and students who are aging out of foster care. The goals of the Project are to promote housing stability, empower clients to effectively participate in their legal cases, and end the cycles of poverty that cause their legal issues. The Project will integrate the provision of legal services across substantive teams at CCLS (e.g., Housing and Health Teams), as well as the provision of non-legal services, such as assisting clients with accessing benefits and other social services. The Project will also entail outreach to target communities at community college and K-12 school sites. In addition to providing more impactful direct services to our housing clients, the Project will deepen CCLS’s understanding of our client community and help us to more effectively respond to their needs.

CCLS is a non-profit corporation, tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. CCLS spends all funds in accordance with the LSC Act of 1974, as amended, and its implementing regulations.

2115 Kern Street, Suite 200, Fresno, CA 93721 • Phone: (559) 570-1200 • Toll Free: (800) 675-8001

1640 “N” Street, Suite 200, Merced, CA 95340 • Phone: (209) 210-4390 • Toll Free: (800) 675-8001

2025 W. Feemster Avenue, Visalia, CA 93277 • Phone: (559) 802-1130 • Toll Free: (800) 675-8001

www.centralcallegal.org

Position: Outreach Worker

Experience: All Experience Welcome

Location: Fresno, Merced, Visalia Offices, as needed Term of Employment: Regular, Full Time

Other: FLSA Non-Exempt, Union Position

Salary Range: DOE ($15.61 to $23.88 per hour)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open Until Filled

Applications should be received by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2022, to be considered for the first round of interviews.

CCLS is an equal opportunity employer: we value equity, inclusion, and diversity, across all races, cultures, classes, ages, religions, gender identities and presentations, sexual orientations, body sizes, family structures, abilities, and all categories protected by law. We encourage all interested individuals to apply. CCLS is subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

 HOW TO APPLY                                                                                                                                        

Please visit https://www.centralcallegal.org/careers/ to submit an online application and join our CCLS family in an effort to Advance Justice & Empower People.

 COMPLETE APPLICATION                                                                                                                                        

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter addressing the following questions:
    1. Please tell us briefly about your experience, if any, doing advocacy work with a low-income community. What skills and qualities did you bring that were important to the effort? What did you learn?
    2. Please describe your leadership experience, if
    3. Tell us about your connection to the Central Valley: how well do you know it? Do you have ties here? What draws you here?
    4. Do you have particular interest in being a Legal Aid employee? If so, please tell us about that.
  3. Three Professional References

 DUTIES                                                                                                                                        

  • Conduct “Know Your Rights” educational presentations on applicable housing law and CCLS housing rights services via in-person presentations and print media to all service areas;
  • Conduct outreach to eligible community members in need of assistance with housing- related issues at community college and K-12 school sites, among other sites;
  • Prepare new outreach materials and maintain current materials;
  • Distribute outreach materials at local community events such as cultural/health fairs, school activities, local employers, churches, and to others who have daily contact with our eligible community;
  • Attend weekly Homelessness Prevention Team case review meetings;
  • Utilize existing relationships with community organizations, agencies and other partners;
  • Data collection and reporting as required;
  • Recruit and collaborate with community partners;
  • Prepare intakes as required;
  • Other duties as

 QUALIFICATIONS                                                                                                                                        

  • Outgoing personality comfortable presenting in front of large groups;
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and demonstrated experience in work with culturally diverse populations or in a collaborative effort;
  • Willingness and ability to learn about continuing and/or ongoing changes in housing law;
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills (oral and written);
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations, including ability to provide leadership within a culturally diverse environment; must maintain effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels and with the public;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to working with low-income clients;
  • Demonstrate ability to work closely with others in a small unit setting;
  • Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish);
  • Willingness to work weekends and evenings, as necessary;
  • Working knowledge of computer software, including word processing and databases, as well as accessing the internet and communicating by e-mail;
  • Reliable transportation, a valid CA Drivers’ License with appropriate car

CCLS MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY

Please note that CCLS currently requires all staff to be fully vaccinated and to have at least one booster (if eligible). Medical and religious exemptions to this requirement are also available.

CCLS BENEFITS PACKAGE OVERVIEW:

Work/Life Balance

  • 5-hour workday / 37.5 hour week
  • 5 Paid Holidays
  • Free wellness counseling & resources
  • Union protection for applicable positions

Rewards for Dedication

  • Annual pay increases
  • Overtime for Hourly/Non-exempt staff
  • Compensatory Time for Salaried/Exempt staff

More than Base Pay

  • School Loan Assistance up to $500/month
  • Bilingual Pay up to $90/month
  • Home internet reimbursement of $25/month
  • CCLS issued laptop & cell phone
  • CA State Bar dues paid in full
  • Mileage reimbursement

Retirement Contribution

  • CCLS contributes to staff 403(b) plans starting at the one-year anniversary:
  • Year 1 to 2 – 1% of salary contributed
  • Year 2 to 3 – 2% of salary contributed
  • Year 3 to 4 – 3% of salary contributed
  • Year 4 to 5 – 4% of salary contributed
  • Year 5+ – 5% of salary contributed

Group Health Insurance

  • Coverage begins 1st of the month following hire date
  • CCLS pays 100% for staff health insurance coverage
  • CCLS pays 67% of staff dependent health insurance coverage
  • Low-Cost Plans for:
  • Dental PPO & Vision Insurance
  • Long term disability & life insurance
  • Workers Compensation coverage

Cash Out Options

  • Vacation Cash Out:
  • Accrued vacation cashed out & added to paycheck upon request
  • Overtime Pay Out (Non-Exempt Staff):
  • OT paid out within 30 days of accrual, per State standards

Computer Loan Fund

  • Up to $1,500 interest free loan to assist staff with personal computer purchase

State Bar Exam Leave & Loan

  • Protected leave for CA Bar Exam
  • Interest-free loan for Bar Exam & study course fees
  • Up to 8 weeks salary advance
Outreach Worker- Homelessness Prevention Project
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