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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.


IMMIGRATION 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 immigration proceedings. Clients will be living in the community in the Bay Area or in the Federal Foster Care program in Solano county. Clients are primarily monolingual Spanish speakers. We welcome applicants at all levels and provide opportunities for training and leadership.

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 as part of representing children in immigration matters (primarily Asylum, SIJS, and T & U visa cases)
  • Representing children in immigration matters, including Immigration Court proceedings and related state court matters (probate and dependency as needed), as well as applications before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • 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
  • Applicants who sat for the July Bar exam are welcome to apply. Final hire will be contingent on bar passage.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in the practice of immigration law
  • 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 situation
  • 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), generous paid leave (vacation, sick, holiday, and sabbatical), and retirement contribution. 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.

For a downloadable version of this job description, please CLICK HERE.


 

Legal Director

ABOUT THE POSITION

LSC operates with a budget of $3 million and a staff team of 30 FTE. LSC leverages its in-house attorney resources with a pro bono panel of over 100 attorneys from the Bay Area’s private bar. 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 four-person Management Team that oversees the organization and works closely with the Clinical Director to support our interdisciplinary model.

Duties include:

  • 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.
  • Developing and supporting individual attorneys and attorney teams to meet individual and organizational goals.
  • 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

  • Member of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of California (willingness and eligibility to register as a California legal services attorney and sit for the California bar within 3 years)
  • 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 Qualifications:

  • Significant immigration practice experience.
  • Significant experience in directly representing children and youth,
  • Bilingual in Spanish highly desirable
  • Experience supervising attorneys or other legal professionals, preferably in a non-profit setting
  • 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 range is $93,000-$105,000 depending on experience. 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.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@lsc-sf.org, with “Legal Director” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please address the following:

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.

 Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

For a downloadable version of this job description, please CLICK HERE.

 


Social Worker 

Our clients have often experienced multiple traumas and stressful events including: inter-familial violence, exposure to community violence, recent arrival & lack of immigration status, homelessness, education disruption, un-employability, unmet behavioral health needs, disability, English language learning needs, transition from systems care – juvenile or adult justice, foster care, behavioral health, or special education. Our clients are predominantly children and youth of color who represent a diverse spectrum of the Bay Area community including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex youth

Duties include:

  • The social worker will primarily provide services to children and youth residing in San Francisco and Oakland. Culturally appropriate assessment, case management and client advocacy services will be provided by the social worker as part of our attorney-social worker interdisciplinary team. Primary responsibilities include conducting psychosocial assessments; completing home assessments; follow up planning; ongoing case management; and attendance at court appearances. 
  • Direct social work services will also be provided to children and youth in the practice areas of education, dependency, infraction defense, legal guardianship, and immigration.
  • LCSW supervision is 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 services with cultural humility and sensitivity.
  • Experience serving vulnerable communities, including survivors of abuse, human trafficking, and other forms of trauma.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with co-workers, government agencies, social service providers and other stakeholders.
  • Experience and comfort with youth in both individual and group settings.
  • Ability to travel within the San Francisco Bay Area for client visits and related appointments.
  • Experience with, and commitment to, working with adolescents that are gang affected and with juvenile justice involvement.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize workload in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to our attorney-social worker interdisciplinary team approach.
  • Experience with MS Office applications, including Excel and Word.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is strongly preferred. 

 

FULL TIME SALARY:

Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $55,000 to $75,000. 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.

 

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@lsc-sf.org, with “Social Worker” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please address the following:

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.

 

Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled. 

 

For a downloadable version of this job description, please CLICK HERE