Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 by community leaders engaged in the social justice movement. Our mission is to provide transformative legal services that enable diverse communities in East Palo Alto and beyond to achieve a secure and thriving future. We serve low-income and working-class populations, predominantly communities of color, in the areas of immigration, housing, employment, and reentry law. We maximize our impact by coupling direct services with community education, technical assistance, and policy advocacy.

Our Values

We value Service, Equity, Humility, and Inclusion and practice:

  • Working towards our mission in concert with colleagues, our clients, and community. We recognize that people come to us as whole Service is inherent in treating others the way you want to be treated and recognizing we all have the power to create change.
  • Acknowledging, addressing, and reducing harm that results from inequities in society and within our own organization. Working for equity involves decreasing systematic mistreatment and barriers created by systems of social It also involves working towards increasing shared access to power, privilege, and resources in the community and within the workplace
  • Understanding that learning is a life-long process, and we can learn from non-traditional sources, like clients and each other. Humility is listening with active curiosity and thinking about your own reactions and judgments. Humility is appreciating other identities, expressions, behaviors and ways of being and doing that are different from your own.
  • Creating an environment where everyone, including those who have been historically excluded, is valued, able to participate fully, and have a voice.

The Social Worker is responsible for coordinating and providing social services for CLSEPA clients for all three programs (Immigration, Housing, and Economic Advancement) and will contribute to the direction and growth of the social work program at CLSEPA.

This position may require commuting when necessary to hold in-person meetings with clients (when clients are not able to meet via telephone or video call or there is another client-centered reason to meet in person). It will also require commuting/in-person presence for periodic team or all-staff gatherings (frequency is approximately once or twice a month).

As a Social Worker, you will:

  • Provide case management: connecting clients and community members with a variety of services, including health, mental health, family/social support, financial, employment, and housing resources
  • Advocate for clients both internally and with external agencies and organizations
  • Collaborate with CLSEPA attorneys and staff by educating staff on key social worker roles and responsibilities, and sharing updates on client progress, needs, concerns and troubleshooting
  • Collaborate with leadership to formulate a strategy for the future growth and funding prospects for the social work program at CLSEPA
  • Maintain accurate client records
  • Develop and maintain a thorough repository of referral resources throughout CLSEPA’s service area
  • Supervise social work interns (if applicable)
  • Adhere to state and federal policy as well as internal policies

As a Social Worker, you have:

  • A minimum of an Associate’s degree in Social Work or related field is required and Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Social Work is preferred
  • Two to three years’ practical work experience in the field of social work required
  • Spanish proficiency required
  • Experience working in low-income and underserved communities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to present information and analysis clearly and concisely
  • Strong time management skills and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, video conferencing, and data entry
  • Commitment to the mission and values of CLSEPA


This is a Full-time, Exempt salaried position with the following starting annualized salary range(s):

  • Social Worker with AA or BA Degree: $65,000-$85,000 (DOE)
  • Social Worker with MSW Degree: $75,000-$95,000 (DOE)

The range(s) provided is/are CLSEPA’s reasonable estimates of the base compensation for this/these roles. The actual salary amount may be higher or lower, based on non-discriminatory factors such as experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Benefits and Perks

In addition to a competitive compensation package, we offer competitive benefits, including health insurance, generous PTO and a 403(b).

To promote and support financial wellness, CLSEPA pays state bar dues, malpractice insurance, Health Care FSA, Dependent Care FSA, and commuter benefits. This position qualifies for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Physical Requirements

Prolonged periods of concentration while sitting at a desk and working on a computer and may require lifting boxes.


CLSEPA is a hybrid workplace. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most CLSEPA employees work remotely with some in-office presence due to their personal preference, work-related needs, or client needs. Employees are expected to reside in the Bay Area/Northern California and at a distance allowing them to commute to their physical CLSEPA base location or other service delivery locations as needed and in compliance with public health advisories.

COVID-19 Policy

Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination, including eligible booster(s), will be required for all employees (except for reasonable accommodations due to medical and/or religious beliefs).

CLSEPA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees/applicants in all of our employment practices without regard to race, religion, color, sex or gender (including gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, pregnancy-and childbirth- related medical conditions), sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, uniform-service member/veteran status, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, taking/requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other basis protected by law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, CLSEPA will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Application Process

The success of our mission is dependent on building and maintaining an organization that includes people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with new perspectives. To that end, we look for a diverse pool of applicants including those from historically marginalized groups — women, people with disabilities, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender nonconforming, first- and second-generation immigrants, veterans, and people from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by submitting a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references using this link -> Social Worker, All Programs Application Form. We will begin reviewing completed applications starting February 6, 2023.

Why a cover letter? We want to learn more about why CLSEPA – CLSEPA’s clientele is extremely diverse, and the majority of our clients are low-income persons of color. It is critical that our staff work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community, and that we create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

Cover Letter Prompt

Feel free to think broadly about your response to the following question (applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences):

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff?

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