Social Worker – San Francisco


Are you interested in joining a collaborative interdisciplinary team focused on social justice, preventing homelessness and creating stability for San Francisco’s low‐income tenants? In using your social work skills to help low‐income clients address the trauma and barriers of poverty and crisis to engage with their attorneys and legal cases to prevent homelessness and establish a plan for stability? Join BayLegal and our SF Housing team!


Organization: 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.


Position: Social workers and attorneys at BayLegal work collaboratively in case assessment, strategy, and management, forming an interdisciplinary team to support clients overcome crises and move towards stability. We seek an energetic, self‐reflective, and emphatic social worker who brings social justice values to our work representing individuals who are being threatened with evictions. In addition to dealing with the trauma of housing instability and loss, our clients are often coping with multiple crises related to physical and mental health disabilities, substance abuse, domestic violence, and poverty. We seek someone who is skilled at helping our clients navigate these different issues to engage with their housing attorney in their legal case and create a plan for stability. This position is located in San Francisco.


Responsibilities: The social worker will meet clients in various settings, such as home, shelters, public benefits offices, and court. The social worker will support clients in identifying their needs, setting goals, and developing a structured plan for achieving those goals through appropriate evidence‐based clinical practices. Candidates must be able to provide crisis intervention and crisis counseling, as well as to develop emergency safety plans, and long term plans as a team with the client and attorney. When needed, help clients connect to housing support services; physical and mental health and substance abuse treatment. Support clients’ applications to various benefits programs and support clients at hearings, appointments and mediation sessions.


Required Qualifications

  • Advanced degree  in  social  work,  social  welfare,  marriage,  family  and  child  counseling, counseling psychology, or social psychology
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, client interviewing, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and be self‐motivated
  • An interest in being part of an interdisciplinary team with attorneys to support clients
  • An interest in issues pertaining to housing preservation
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle


Social Worker – San Francisco


Preferred Qualifications

  • Licensure (e.g. LCSW, LMFT) or progress towards licensure (e.g. ASW, MFT Intern or Trainee)
  • In‐depth knowledge of, and experience with, social services agencies, housing support services, and mental health providers in San Francisco County
  • Experience working in a variety of settings in the field with individuals with physical and mental health disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, and those impacted by complex


Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Compensation and Benefits: Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and life insurance; long term disability; paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; and 401k retirement plan.


Applications: Bay Area Legal Aid 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 filled, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please email to a cover letter, resume, and list of references to: Human Resources Department. Be sure to refer to “Social Worker Housing SF” in the title of your email.


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BayLegal’s clients are low‐ and very low‐income members of our communities. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross‐cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.


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? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

Social Worker – San Francisco
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