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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:


Grants Manager

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Posting updated 12/20/2022.

ABOUT THE POSITION
Legal Service for Children (LSC) seeks a Grants Manager who, under the direction of the Development Director, will be responsible for managing all aspects of institutional giving at LSC.

We are seeking a development professional with a proven track record of successfully managing grants and contracts, both private and governmental. The Grants Manager will be responsible for pre- and post- award management, data maintenance and analysis, fiscal/budget information, and evaluation. The Grants Manager will develop and write proposals, prepare reports to funders, and ensure compliance with funding agreements and fulfillment of grant deliverables. This position will also assist in identifying additional funding sources and general fundraising support.

Key areas of responsibilities include:

  • Develop and write new and renewal applications to funders. Prepare budgets for applications.
  • Develop, write, and manage the submission of financial and program reports to funders (public and private).
  • Maintain a master calendar to track deadlines and coordinate submission of proposals, reports, renewal requests, and other funder requirements.
  • Manage invoicing for government contracts and produce financial statements for grant
  • Record and maintain all contracts and accounts receivable in
  • Collaborate across departments on maintaining information in client services’ database (LegalServer). Extract accurate data for reporting on grant
  • Work with program leads on establishing and tracking deliverables to meet contract requirements.
  • Work with finance staff to produce financial reports for funders and maintain accurate revenue records.
  • Help assess viability of government and other funding opportunities.
  • Represent LSC at bidders’ conferences
  • Assist in prospect research of foundations, corporations and private sources.
  • Work with program, management and development colleagues to identify budget

Qualifications

Seeking a candidate with 1-3 years experience with grants and contract management or 4-6 years of relevant non-profit fundraising experience that conveys the following capacity:

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

SALARY & BENEFITS:
Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $74,500 – $80,500. Benefits include fully paid health insurance for employees and majority paid for child dependents (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 COVID-19, 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 “Grants 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.

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BILINGUAL (SPANISH) IMMIGRATION STAFF ATTORNEY

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

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

ABOUT THE POSITION 

LSC seeks an attorney to represent children in immigration proceedings. Our immigration clients are primarily monolingual Spanish speakers, and also include Central American and Mexican indigenous youth as well as youth of African descent. We welcome applicants at all levels and provide opportunities for training and leadership.

Key areas of responsibilities include: 

  • Conducting legal screenings, client interviews, and factual and legal investigations, counseling clients, developing case strategies and case plans, and engaging in oral and written advocacy as part of representing children in immigration matters (primarily Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Asylum, T and U visa cases)
  • Representing non-detained youth in Immigration Court proceedings and related state court matters (probate guardianship and dependency as needed), as well as applications before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and cases before Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
  • Engaging in advocacy efforts on behalf of children, including conducting community presentations for children, families, schools, and community organizations
  • Representing LSC in local and national coalitions and collaboratives as needed

Required Qualifications: 

  • Current bar membership in good standing
  • Fluency in English and Spanish required
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing and verbal communication skills
  • A strong commitment to the rights of youth
  • Ability to respond quickly and efficiently to the demands and deadlines of a fast-paced caseload
  • Well-organized, motivated, creative, and independent, yet also able to work cooperatively in an interdisciplinary team-oriented environment
  • Commitment to providing services with cultural humility and with an approach that values all individuals and respects differences regarding race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, socio-economic circumstance, immigration status, and record of arrest or conviction

Desired Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in the practice of immigration law
  • Experience working with children who have experienced trauma
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure and in crisis situations

Please note that most employees at Legal Services for Children are working remotely but with options and expectations to come into the office when necessary. This position will be eligible for a “hybrid” model in which the person can work some of the time outside of the office.

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

SALARY & BENEFITS

Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $71,500-79,500 (Staff Attorney) or $86,500-96,500 (Senior Staff Attorney). Benefits include fully paid health insurance for employees and majority 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 “Immigration Staff Attorney” 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.