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ABOUT LEGAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN

Founded in 1975, Legal Services for Children (“LSC”) is one of the country’s first non-profit law firms dedicated to providing free legal representation and social work services to children. Our mission is to ensure that all children in the San Francisco Bay Area are raised in a safe environment with equal access to a meaningful education and other services that are necessary to thrive and grow. We believe that youth deserve positive alternatives to unnecessary placement in foster care, juvenile justice facilities, and immigration detention. LSC pioneered the interdisciplinary approach that is considered a best practice in juvenile law today. We deploy attorney-social worker teams to assist Bay Area children who need to access the legal system to stabilize or improve their lives. LSC’s attorneys represent children in legal matters that involve guardianship, dependency, school discipline, immigration, and other civil legal matters. Our social workers provide crisis intervention, case management, counseling, and psychosocial assessments. LSC staff also engage in policy and advocacy projects aimed at advancing the rights of children.

To promote social justice and best serve our clients, LSC is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing services with cultural humility. We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and ensuring a workplace where staff can flourish and grow professionally and well beyond. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups including People of Color and LGBTQ individuals to apply. Bilingual/bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Below you will find a list of LSC’s current open positions. Click on the job titles to take you to their job description on this page:

 


APPLICATION DEADLINE

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

LSC seeks a proven leader with effective direct practice and managerial experience. Our Legal Director promotes our mission of serving children and youth through LSC’s interdisciplinary legal and social work model and strives to ensure the delivery of high quality, client-focused and culturally competent legal services.  Our clients are predominantly children and youth of color who have experienced various forms of adversity including: trauma, abuse, poverty, neglect, abandonment, bullying, discrimination, and education marginalization.

Our Legal Director oversees all aspects of the organization’s legal program and leads our team of attorneys, paralegals, interns, and volunteers. The Legal Director serves as a member of our Management Team that oversees the organization and works closely with the Clinical Director to support our interdisciplinary model. Specifically, the Legal Director is responsible for:

  • Participating in LSC’s Management Team, assisting in collaborative leadership of the organization and the development of our programs and policies and promoting LSC’s core values of interdisciplinary, inter-practice area, trauma-informed services.
  • Developing protocols for the delivery of legal services and interdisciplinary teamwork, and ensuring the provision of high-quality legal and social work services in tandem with the Clinical Director
  • Coordinating the assignment of case and project work to our legal staff
  • Hiring legal staff, in conjunction with the Executive Director and Management Team
  • Directly managing, supervising and evaluating a significant portion of our attorney staff including supporting in creating roles and goals for each attorney and then preparing quarterly and annual performance evaluations
  • Developing and supporting individual attorneys and attorney teams to meet individual and organizational goals
  • Continuously evaluating LSC’s policies and procedures and evaluating staff compliance to ensure that the focus is always client centered
  • Coordinating staff training and professional development, in collaboration with the Clinical Director.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with the courts and legal community
  • Coordinating policy advocacy and ensuring that the legal staff remains abreast of changes in relevant case law, practice, and policy
  • Overseeing strategic litigation, including amicus and appellate matters and individual cases as appropriate
  • Working closely with development and administrative staff to ensure sufficient office systems, timely attorney billing and to monitor billing in a resource conscious organization
  • Working closing with the development staff to sustain organizational revenue by developing project ideas, drafting and reviewing content for reports and proposals, and engaging in funder outreach and relations with government agencies, foundations, law firms, individual donors and other revenue sources
  • Through LSC’s Management Team, ensuring effective management of project teams, monitoring budgets, and tracking deliverables, including data collection and evaluation

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Juris Doctorate and member of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of California
  • Minimum of 10 years practicing law
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience supervising attorneys or other legal professionals, preferably in a non-profit setting
  • Commitment to providing culturally-competent services to all clients along with fostering an equitable and inclusive employment atmosphere for all of our staff
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure and in crisis situations
  • Well-organized, motivated, creative and independent, and able to work in a team-oriented, interdisciplinary environment

 

DESIRED QUALIFICAITONS:

  • Significant experience in at least one of LSC’s practice areas; experience in multiple areas is a plus
  • Significant experience in directly representing children and youth in legal proceedings
  • Bilingual in Spanish highly desirable
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, and interviewing skills
  • Experience with fundraising for non-profit programs is a plus
  • Experience with volunteerism in the law firm sector is a plus
  • Ability to use or quickly learn basic office technology, including Microsoft Office applications and an integrated case management system is essential

 

SALARY & BENEFITS:

Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $101,000-$115,000. Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), retirement contribution and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, holiday, and sabbatical). LSC also offers a flexible spending account for qualified health expenditures.

We strive 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.  These principles include a commitment to fostering cultural humility, maintaining a commitment to the promotion of social justice and inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups, as well as bilingual and bicultural candidates, to apply.

Please note that due to COVID19, some employees at Legal Services for Children (LSC) are working remotely but with options and expectations to come into the office when necessary.  LSC is currently working on a gradual return to office plan. This position will be eligible for a “hybrid” model in which the person can work some of the time outside of the office, even after we have fully reopened.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please send cover letter, resume, one writing sample that you were the significant editor/ writer of and contact information for three references to jobs@lsc-sf.org with “Legal Director” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please address the following:

LSC’s clientele is extremely diverse, and the majority of our clients are low income youth of color. To ensure that our agency is best serving these children, LSC 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.

 

For downloadable version of this job posting, please CLICK HERE

 


SOCIAL WORKER 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 

ABOUT THE POSITION  

This social worker will:

  • The social worker will provide services to children and youth residing in San Francisco and Oakland primarily working on the guardianship and education teams. This includes maintaining consistent contact with clients, their caretakers, and extended community to ensure that the children and young people served are receiving appropriate health, educational, and personal support.
  • Culturally appropriate assessment, case management and client advocacy services will be provided by the social worker as part of our social worker-attorney interdisciplinary team. Primary responsibilities include conducting psychosocial assessments; completing home assessments; follow up planning; ongoing case management; and attendance at court appearances.
  • LCSW supervision will be provided.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • MSW from an accredited school of social work.
  • Energy, optimism and passion for serving children and youth.

 

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Strong clinical skills and a commitment to providing culturally competent services.
  • Experience serving youth impacted by trauma, including survivors of child abuse, human trafficking, and oppressive systems
  • Ability to work collaboratively across disciplines and with  government agencies, social service providers and other stakeholders.
  • Experience and comfort with youth in both individual and group settings.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience and comfort with speaking to youth in both individual and group settings.
  • Experience with MS Office applications, including Excel and Word.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is strongly preferred. 

 

Please note that due to COVID19, some employees at Legal Services for Children (LSC) are working remotely but with options and expectations to come into the office when necessary.  LSC is currently working on a gradual return to office plan. This position will be eligible for a “hybrid” model in which the person can work some of the time outside of the office, even after we have fully reopened.

 

This position is in a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 20.

 

SALARY & BENEFITS:

Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $63,000-$89,000. Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), retirement contribution and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, holiday, and sabbatical). LSC also offers a flexible spending account for qualified health expenditures.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please send cover letter, resume, one writing sample that you were the significant editor/ writer of and contact information for three references to jobs@lsc-sf.org with “Social Worker” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please address the following:

 

LSC’s clientele is extremely diverse, and the majority of our clients are low income youth of color. To ensure that our agency is best serving these children, LSC 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.

 

For downloadable version of this job posting, please CLICK HERE

 


Development Associate

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 

ABOUT LEGAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN

Founded in 1975, Legal Services for Children (LSC) is one of the country’s first non-profit law firms dedicated to providing free legal representation and social work services to children and youth. Our mission is to provide free representation to children and youth in need of legal assistance to stabilize their lives and realize their full potential. Through a holistic team approach that combines legal advocacy and social work services, LSC empowers clients by actively involving them in the critical decisions that impact their lives. LSC uses this model to achieve safety, stability, educational success, and freedom from deportation for our clients.

LSC operates with a $3.3 million budget and a staff of 29. LSC leverages its in-house attorney resources with a pro bono panel of over 100 attorneys from the Bay Area’s private bar. The organization is governed by an active and supportive Board of Directors.

Please note that due to COVID19, some employees at Legal Services for Children (LSC) are working remotely but with options and expectations to come into the office when necessary.  LSC is currently working on a gradual return to office plan. Once the office more fully reopens, on September 1st, this position is eligible for a hybrid schedule, with some days each week of remote work.

This position is in a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 20.

To promote social justice and best serve our clients, LSC is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing culturally competent services.  We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups, as well as bilingual and bicultural candidates, to apply.

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Associate is a member of a small development team who works both independently and collaboratively to formulate and implement strategies to retain existing donors and attract new ones. The Development Associate will support the program’s cultivation and fundraising events, annual appeal, and other development strategies.

 

Primary Duties:

  • Plays a lead role in the planning and execution of fundraising events, including an annual spring reception of 300 guests
  • Coordinates the annual appeal and other donor communications, including writing copy, mail-merging, printing, and formatting digital mailings
  • Assists Executive Director, Development Director, Board of Directors, and Event Committee in identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of individual and corporate donors
  • Manages the donor database (EveryAction), gift processing, donor acknowledgement, and preparation of donor reports
  • Reconciles finances with accounting staff to ensure consistency between the donor and accounting systems
  • Assist the Pro Bono Director with recruitment of volunteer attorneys and help maintain connections with law firms
  • Coordinates quarterly board meetings and takes minutes
  • Assist with LSC’s communications; including e-newsletters and social media presence via Facebook and other outlets
  • Fulfills special projects as needed and assigned by the Development Director

 

Qualifications:

Required

  • Bachelor or Associate’s degree and/or two years of prior database and development experience
  • Go-getter attitude that can work independently and as part of a team
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail oriented and excellent time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, problem solve, and manage multiple tasks on tight deadlines

Preferred

  • Comfortable with being the point person for individual donors, board members and event committee members
  • Experience with databases and Microsoft Office
  • Experience managing or supporting fundraising events
  • Graphic design experience a plus
  • Knowledge of issues related to youth, education, immigration, and racial justice a plus.

 

Salary & Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $51,000-58,000. Benefits include fully paid health insurance for employees and partially paid for child dependents (medical, dental and vision), retirement contribution, as well as pre-tax on qualifying FSA and transit expenses. LSC’s dedicated staff team enjoys generous paid leave (vacation, sick, holiday, and sabbatical) and a casual, fun and collegial work environment in a fiscally stable organization.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@lsc-sf.org with “Development Associate” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered:

LSC’s clientele is extremely diverse, and the majority of our clients are low income youth of color. To ensure that our agency is best serving these children, LSC 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.

 

For downloadable version of this job posting, please CLICK HERE

 


ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

 

ABOUT LEGAL SERVICES FOR CHILDREN

Founded in 1975, Legal Services for Children (“LSC”) is one of the country’s first non-profit law firms dedicated to providing free legal representation and social work services to children.  Our mission is to ensure that all children in the San Francisco Bay Area are raised in a safe environment with equal access to a meaningful education and other services that are necessary to thrive and grow.  We believe that youth deserve positive alternatives to unnecessary placement in foster care, juvenile justice facilities, and immigration detention.  LSC pioneered the interdisciplinary approach that is considered a best practice in juvenile law today.  We deploy attorney-social worker teams to assist Bay Area children who need to access the legal system to stabilize or improve their lives.  LSC’s attorneys represent children in legal matters that involve guardianship, dependency, school discipline, immigration, and other civil legal matters. Our social workers provide crisis intervention, case management, counseling, and psychosocial assessments.  LSC staff also engage in policy and advocacy projects aimed at advancing the rights of children.

To promote social justice and best serve our clients, LSC is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing services with cultural humility.  We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and ensuring a workplace where staff can flourish and grow professionally, and well beyond. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups including People of Color and LGBTQ individuals to apply.  Bilingual/bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

This position provides the first point of contact for clients at Legal Services for Children, both in person and by telephone. It requires someone who is friendly and welcoming and who treats visitors with care and respect. Under the supervision of the Office Manager, this key position performs a variety of clerical duties and provides administrative support to the entire organization.

Please note that due to COVID19, some employees at Legal Services for Children (LSC) are working remotely, with options and expectations to come into the office when necessary. LSC is currently working on a gradual return to the office plan. This position would be required to be in the office 2-3 days a week over the summer and full-time starting September 1, 2021.

This position is in a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 20.

 

Primary Duties:

  • Process incoming and outgoing mail
  • Scan legal mail and documents
  • Manage phone calls and greet visitors
  • Maintain common areas stocked and tidy
  • Manage case files: closing, scanning and shredding
  • Process bank deposits and manage petty cash
  • Coordinate and process quarterly Probate billing
  • Assist with the preparation of filings and file at various courthouses
  • Support clients with getting photos or other documents
  • Maintain LSC’s website and social media presence via Instagram
  • Respond to request for outreach and info about LSC
  • Assist with scheduling trainings
  • Other administrative tasks as needed and assigned by the Office Manager

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or Associate’s degree and/or prior full-time Admin experience
  • Previous clerical experience, including answering multi-line phones
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Detail-oriented and excellent time management skills
  • Ability to be self-motivated, think strategically and manage multiple tasks
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience with databases
  • Conversational Spanish, but Spanish fluency is strongly preferred

 

Salary & Benefits:

Starting salary is $51,000. Benefits include fully paid health insurance for employees and partially paid for child dependents (medical, dental and vision), retirement contribution, as well as pre-tax on qualifying FSA and transit expenses. LSC’s dedicated staff team enjoys generous paid leave (vacation, sick, holiday, and sabbatical).

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please send cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to jobs@lsc-sf.org with “Administrative Coordinator” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered:

 LSC’s clientele is extremely diverse, and the majority of our clients are low income youth of color. To ensure that our agency is best serving these children, LSC 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.

 

For downloadable version of this job posting, please CLICK HERE