Are you interested in leading attorneys and advocates to empower individuals and families to achieve greater access to economic stability?   

Join BayLegal and help lead our Economic Justice advocacy!

 

Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) works with our clients to advocate for their legal rights and remove legal barriers to health, safety, and stability through representation, legal advice and information, referrals, community education, and advocacy for low-income individuals and families throughout seven Bay Area counties.

As a regional anti-poverty civil law firm that has been serving our local communities since the 1960s, we are committed to working alongside our clients and community partners to address inter-generational poverty and social inequality.  We have built upon our origins as separate neighborhood legal services organizations into a regional non-profit law firm with over 150 employees.  We practice in multiple legal substantive areas to help our clients protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. BayLegal works to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, increase economic stability, protect consumers, expand access to healthcare, and prevent homelessness.  Our clients include the working poor, families with children, foster youth, seniors, immigrants, veterans, individuals impacted by the criminal and juvenile legal system and persons with disabilities. By serving clients at a wide range of access points, including our six regional county offices, mobile advocacy, community-based clinics and service sites, and nationally recognized legal hotlines, BayLegal has a unique viewpoint to identify patterns of illegal practices and barriers to our clients’ rights in need of broader advocacy and potential impact litigation. BayLegal strives to create equitable access to resources and services to build a foundation from which our clients can thrive.

BayLegal strives to address the immediate crisis an individual or family may be experiencing and the underlying and compounding legal issues that create barriers to long-term stability and opportunities.  We believe that all people should be treated with respect and have the resources they need to meet their goals. To that end, we engage in civil legal representation, social work, community collaborations, and systemic advocacy, in partnership with the communities we serve.

 

Position: BayLegal seeks an attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice to become a Supervising Attorney focusing on state and local public benefits advocacy, such as CalWORKs, CalFresh, and General Assistance. The Supervising Attorney is responsible for supervising BayLegal staff in our regional program, where needed, in their handling of benefits cases, ensuring high quality legal services. As a member of BayLegal’s management team, you will report to one of our Managing Attorneys and work in collaboration with other supervising attorneys and staff throughout the firm.  The Supervising Attorney works with BayLegal’s Managing Attorneys and Regional Counsel to further develop and implement the vision and direction of BayLegal’s Economic Justice work.  The position will be based in one of BayLegal’s regional offices and include travel throughout the Bay Area as necessary to best supervise the work and engage in economic justice advocacy. See COVID-19 Temporary Remote work description below.

 

As a Supervising Attorney you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about and engage with the diverse legal needs of low-income communities in the broader Bay Area and contribute to BayLegal’s work and mission to reduce homelessness, enhance stability, break systemic cycles of poverty, and address social injustice.
  • Provide day‐to‐day legal supervision and support to attorneys across BayLegal handling economic justice (EJ) cases.
  • Facilitate cross-office EJ case reviews, including providing opportunities for non- EJ focused attorneys to bring their EJ questions.
  • Identify and facilitate EJ training opportunities and periodic updates to the firm on evolving EJ issues.
  • Conduct mentoring, evaluation, and professional development of designated staff.
  • Carry a public benefits caseload (this caseload will be reduced as staffing handling economic justice cases grows).
  • Together with relevant Regional Counsel and Managing Attorneys, engage EJ attorneys in annual planning and periodic reviews of priorities, facilitate regional meetings, and respond to emerging issues in the client community.
  • Maintain resource materials in the Public Benefits’ electronic shared folder.
  • Collaborate with Managing Attorneys, Regional Counsels, and other EJ staff to coordinate and support BayLegal’s participation in state and regional EJ focused taskforces, committees, and coalitions and to identify, track, and develop policy advocacy and impact litigation opportunities.
  • Work with BayLegal’s Grants and Communications Departments regarding BayLegal’s EJ practice, including assisting with funding opportunities, reporting requirements, responses to media inquiries and communications efforts.
  • Assist with EJ issues in counties that do not have dedicated EJ staff. This might include local advocacy with county welfare departments and/or taking cases as capacity allows.

 

Requirements/Qualifications/About the Successful Candidate:

  • Humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigrant status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, and/or limited English proficiency.
  • Five or more years practice as a licensed attorney with experience developing and/or leading projects or advocacy efforts.
  • At least three years of practice handling state and local public benefits cases, and representation of clients at administrative hearings.
  • Membership in good standing in the California State
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to practices addressing secondary trauma, burnout, and sustainability for staff.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proof‐reading skills, with ability to be detail‐oriented.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team and recognize, address, and resolve interpersonal conflict.
  • Ability to develop and implement effective training and mentorship programs for new
  • Ability to take decisive action and ensure

 

Temporary COVID-19 remote work: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all BayLegal employees are primarily working remotely. While BayLegal has implemented detailed health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure and has an evolving plan for reopening our local offices, we anticipate remaining primarily remote throughout much of 2021. All employees are expected to be available to travel to BayLegal offices and services locations as needed and in compliance with public health advisories. Employees are expected to reside in California and must be able to commute to the physical BayLegal base location or service delivery location within the San Francisco Bay Area.

While BayLegal remains primarily remote, all employees are issued BayLegal computers and provided appropriate supplies. BayLegal has implemented and continues to explore additional technologies to make working remotely as efficient and connected as possible. All employees receive a flat-rate monthly amount to reimburse for work-related use of personal IT equipment, including internet, and home. BayLegal is open to providing flexibility regarding work schedules and part-time or full-time employment to the extent feasible for the position.

 

Compensation and Benefits: We offer a diverse, family friendly environment, and compensation based on competitive public interest salaries along with a generous benefits package. The estimated starting salary range for this position is: $85,000 – $115,000 (placement in range determined primarily by years of related experience). BayLegal’s benefits package includes 100% employer covered medical, dental, and life insurance for employees and up to 40-50% for dependents; long term disability insurance; stipends for bilingual employees whose language skills are used in the provision of work tasks; student debt repayment program; dependent childcare employer contribution program and 401k retirement plan following first year.  Paid leave policy includes: sick leave; parental leave; 14 holidays each year and vacation (starting at 13 days and increasing with additional years of employment).

 

Applications: BayLegal 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, LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) and QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals, veterans, individuals who have been impacted by the criminal justice system, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send (1) cover letter including response to question below (no page limit), (2) resume, (3) references, and (4) writing sample to: Human Resources Department, e-mail to jobs@baylegal.org. Please reference “Supervising Attorney – Economic Justice” in the subject of your email.

As part of your cover letter, please address the following:

BayLegal’s clients are low-income and very low-income members of our communities. They include LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) and QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals, the working poor, seniors, people who are limited English proficient, veterans, persons with disabilities, survivors of abuse and exploitation, individuals impacted by the criminal justice system, and people who are experiencing or at risk of homeless, and persons from other underrepresented groups. 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 across cultures, 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 experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to serve our diverse client base effectively, work effectively with colleagues from different backgrounds than your own, and to contribute to our commitment to humility, inclusion, and diversity? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

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