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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 started 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 title(s) to take you to their job description on this page:


Intake & Outreach Attorney/Advocate

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

ABOUT THE POSITION  

Legal Services for Children seeks an attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to join our staff as our Intake & Outreach Attorney. Non-attorney applicants may be considered for an Advocate position without legal representation responsibilities. Under the direct supervision of the Legal Director, this position will be responsible for our Intake warm-line and Outreach efforts. LSC’s Intake line provides immediate case assessment, acceptance and/or referrals to clients in four legal practice areas: Dependency, Education/Expulsion Defense, Guardianship, and Immigration. In addition to assessing case acceptance or referrals, this position engages in outreach efforts to children, parents and concerned adults and, community members and partners, regarding legal services provided or offered.

Key areas of responsibility include:

INTAKE:

  • Manage LSC Warm-Line, referrals, and resources offered to community members, including continually updating and improving our warm-line systems and protocols.
  • Staff LSC warm-line, along with legal interns, volunteers and attorneys.
  • Provide intake services and referrals through telephone, in-person or web-based interviews and clinics.
  • Provide consistent advice to interns/volunteers and ensure proper follow up from staff/interns/volunteers.
  • Collaborate with attorneys and social workers on protocol and procedural updates for intake.
  • Create Wiki Advice/Frequently Asked Questions Document.
  • Collaborate with the Legal Director in opening, assigning, and properly affixing funding sources to new cases opened in the office.

OUTREACH:

  • Lead efforts in establishing relationships with community partners for proper upkeep of referral database.
  • Provide updated information and training to community partners and community-based organizations regarding services offered by LSC.
  • Work with community partners and other community-based agencies in service coalitions and collaborations.
  • Represent the organization at community, legal, and other meetings and functions.
  • Lead Know Your Rights (KYR) Project and coordinate presentations for community which includes but is not limited to information related to immigrant and undocumented youth’s legal rights, and overviews of immigration relief options and resources.
  • Provide KYR and related trainings to SFUSD/social workers related to school related services offered by LSC.

INTERN COORDINATION:

  • Intern coordination and development, under direct supervision of Legal Director.
  • In consultation with Legal Director or Team Lead, assist with outreach efforts for legal interns, assist with creation of legal intern training modules, assist with coordination of legal intern assignments, and mentor legal interns as needed, along with Team Leads.

DIRECT REPRESENTATION:

  • Under supervision of Legal Director and/or Team Lead, direct representation of clients in at least one practice areas (guardianship, education, immigration, and/or dependency).
  • Representation includes client interviews, maintaining client contact, responding to calls, texts, and electronic mail in a timely manner; conducting independent and ongoing investigations and continual assessment of the cases; preparing for and participating in hearings; advocating on client’s behalf in hearings and various multi-disciplinary team meetings.

ADMINISTRATIVE:

  • Monitor all pending inquiries via case managements software, Legal Server.
  • Troubleshoot and update client case management system.
  • Assist with contract eligibility verification and reporting, as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Current Bar Membership in good standing preferred. We will consider candidates pending Bar Exam results. Non-attorney applicants with minimum of 2 years relevant experience may be considered for advocate position.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish required.
  • Experience with MS Office applications, including Excel and Word, and case management database required.
  • Energy, optimism and passion for serving children and youth.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience and comfort with community outreach.

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- $85,000 (Attorney) or $56,000- $68,000 (Advocate). 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 “Intake & Outreach Attorney/Advocate” 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 PDF version of this job posting, please CLICK HERE.


Associate Clinical Director

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

ABOUT THE POSITION 

This Associate Clinical Director will:

  • Provide responsive and compassionate clinical supervision for 3-5 social workers/senior social workers, meeting weekly and being available for all supervision needs
  • Collaborate with the Clinical Director on the social work needs of the agency by identifying project wide goals and outcomes
  • Serve as a member of the management team, including attending management meetings, actively participating in the management of LSC’s staff and work, working with the Labor-Management Committee as needed, and ensuring that LSC’s work and structure serves its mission and vision
  • Provide trauma-informed trainings to all-staff and both social work and legal interns on a regular basis including acting as a guest lecturer for classes taught by LSC staff at UC Law SF.
  • Carry a partial caseload of 15-20 clients: Provide culturally appropriate assessment, case management, and client advocacy services as part of our social worker-attorney interdisciplinary team, including conducting psychosocial assessments; completing home assessments; follow up planning; ongoing case management; and attendance at court appearances
  • Coordination and coverage when other social workers are on sabbatical, PTO, or leave
  • Partner with the Clinical Director in hiring, on-boarding, and training of all new social workers
  • Coordinate and oversee interviewing, on-boarding, and supervision of all social work interns
  • In partnership with the management team, provide leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive (DEI) work at LSC and coordinate regular DEI trainings for staff
  • Build and maintain relationships with other organizations and government agencies that provide mental health, education, and financial support to children and families in the Bay Area.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • MSW from an accredited school of social work
  • At least 4 years post MSW professional work experience with similar population in a position requiring an MSW or LCSW
  • Licensed (LCSW) in California and able to complete all of the BBS requirements to provide licensing hours to ASWs as outlined in: https://www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/forms/lcs/asw_supervisor_info.pdf
  • Energy, optimism and passion for serving children and youth
  • Strong clinical skills and a commitment to providing culturally competent services
  • Ability to work collaboratively across disciplines and with government agencies, social service providers and other stakeholders
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with MS Office applications, including Excel and Word
  • Ability to communicate with clients, staff, and external partners in a collaborative, professional, and compassionate manner
  • Experience leading or organizing DEI work, including specific experience in addressing how white supremacy and capitalism impact direct service work

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience serving youth impacted by trauma, including survivors of child abuse, human trafficking, and oppressive systems strongly preferred
  • 1-3 years supervisory experience strongly preferred
  • Experience and comfort with youth in both individual and group settings preferred
  • 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.

SALARY & BENEFITS:

Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $91,000-111,000. 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 PDF version of this job posting, please CLICK HERE.


Development Manager

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

ABOUT THE POSITION  

Legal Service for Children (LSC) seeks a Development Manager who, under the direction of the Development Director, will be responsible for managing all aspects of institutional giving at LSC.  Institutional giving management will make up approximately 75% of the position. The other 25% of the Development Manager role will involve supporting the Department’s other fund development efforts, including conducting research on new funding sources (individual, corporate, foundation, and government).  

We are seeking an experienced development professional with a proven track record of successfully managing all aspects of organization’s grants and contracts portfolio. The Development Manager will manage existing funders and identify additional funding sources to support, expand, and develop programming. The Manager will be engaged in proposal development and writing, responsible for drafting, reviewing, negotiating, planning for, monitoring, and tracking all LSC funding agreements for compliance and fulfillment of grant deliverables. 

Key areas of responsibilities include: 

1. Institutional Giving (75%)

  • Work with program, management and development colleagues to identify budget needs.  
  • Cultivate new and steward existing relationships with institutional funding sources. 
  • Maintain a master calendar to track deadlines and coordinate submission of reports, renewal requests, and new proposals.  
  • Develop, write, and manage the submission of applications, reports, and budgets to LSC funders including public entities, foundations, donor-advised funds, and corporations. 
  • Manage invoicing for government contracts and produce financial statements for grant reports. 
  • Record and maintain all contracts and accounts receivable in EveryAction. 
  • Collaborate across departments on actively maintaining and updating information in centralized database (LegalServer) that houses grant deliverables. Extract accurate data for service reporting, outcome data, and other grant deliverables.  
  • Work with program leads on establishing and tracking deliverables and meeting contract requirements. 
  • Route contracts, grant agreements, independent contractor agreements, and revenue-based contracts to the relevant parties for approval, store the signed documents, and route to finance for payment.  
  • Help assess viability of government and other RFPs and assist in the production and submission of competitive proposals. 
  • Represent LSC at bidders’ conferences. 

2. Fund Growth Support (25%): Work with the Director of Development and Development Associate to support and contribute to strategies and tactics for growth across all areas of fundraising and communications:

  • Conduct research on potential new institutional and individual funding sources  
  • Support the production of LSC’s Annual Event, including corporate and institutional sponsorship 
  • Support LSC’s end-of-year fundraising and donor stewardship  
  • Help identify opportunities for how LSC can best present its value proposition, impact, programs, and people across in its communications, including its website, social media channels, its grant proposals and reports, donor communications, and at events. 

Qualifications  

Seeking 3-5 years of relevant non-profit grants and contract management experience that conveys the following capacity: 

  • A solid understanding of the grant-making process in the private philanthropy sector (foundations, law firms and corporations)  
  • Experience with government grants and contracts and reporting requirements 
  • Expertise in development database software; EveryAction experience a plus 
  • Aptitude to quickly learn technical programmatic content and then to convey that information in clear and compelling writing 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Experience with Microsoft Teams and SharePoint desired.  
  • Familiarity with developing grant/project budgets and expenditure reports. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively across teams. 
  • Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple deadlines. 
  • Capacity to work independently and under general supervision. 

 

SALARY & BENEFITS: 

Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $65,000-$69,000. 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.    

Please note that due to COVID19, our employees at Legal Services for Children (LSC) are working remotely with office attendance when necessary.  This position will be eligible for a “hybrid” model in which the employee can work a blend of field, home and office.     

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

 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 “Development Manager” 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 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 our 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 PDF version of this job posting, please CLICK HERE.


Bilingual (Spanish) Immigration Social Worker

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

ABOUT THE POSITION  

Through a grant from the California Dignity for Families Fund this position with serve children and youth immigrants who are fleeing poverty, intrafamilial and community violence, and persecution in their countries of origin, and who are seeking safety in the United States.

This social worker will:

  • Provide services to children and youth residing in San Francisco and Oakland primarily working with our immigration team. 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 placement assessments; follow up planning; ongoing case management; and attendance at court hearings.
  • Work collaboratively with all LSC staff members, across different disciplines, with government agencies, and other social service providers and stakeholders.
  • LCSW supervision will be provided.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

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

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.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience and comfort with serving youth in both individual and group settings.
  • Experience with MS Office applications, including Excel and Word. 

Please note that due to COVID19, our employees at Legal Services for Children (LSC) are working remotely with field and office attendance when necessary. This position will be eligible for a “hybrid” model in which the employee can work a blend of field, home and office.

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 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 our 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 PDF version of this job posting, please CLICK HERE.