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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 our 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 at-risk 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.


Administrative Coordinator

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

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.

Duties include:

• Screening and directing incoming phone calls
• Greeting and interacting with visitors
• Filing legal documents at various courthouses
• Assisting the office manager with the office operations
• Maintaining and updating LSC website
• Other administrative tasks as needed

Qualifications:

• Undergraduate Degree
• Previous clerical experience, including answering multi-line phones
• Ability to work independently and be self-motivated
• Detail-oriented with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience with databases
• Fluency in English and Spanish is strongly preferred

Salary & Benefits:

Salary is $43,000. 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 pre-tax commuter benefits program and 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 bi-cultural candidates, to apply

APPLICATION PROCESS:


Please send cover letter and resume 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:

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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Staff Attorney–Bilingual (Spanish)

 

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 our areas of practice, with a focus on Probate Guardianships and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases, for children in San Francisco and Oakland.

Duties 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
  • Representing children, primarily in probate guardianship cases and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • Engaging in advocacy efforts on behalf of children, including conducting community presentations for children, families, schools, and community organizations
  • Supervising legal interns

Requirements:

  • Member in good standing of the State Bar of California
  • Spanish fluency is required

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in the practice of immigration law and/or guardianship proceedings
  • Demonstrated commitment to the rights of children and experience working with children who have experienced trauma
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure and in crisis situations
  • Well-organized, motivated, creative, and independent, yet also able to work in a team-oriented environment
  • Commitment to providing culturally competent services
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, and interviewing skills

Salary & Benefits:

Salary range: $55,000-$75,000, commensurate with experience.  Benefits include fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), retirement savings contribution, and generous paid leave (vacation, sick, holiday, and sabbatical).  LSC offers a flexible spending account for qualified health expenses.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please send cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, 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.

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 including People of Color and LGBTQ individuals to apply.  Bilingual/bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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