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Join an organization dedicated to improving our community through programs that provide equal access to legal services. The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of The Bar Association of San Francisco currently has an exciting opportunity for a SSI Advocate to become part of our team!
JDC is a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income and indigent San Francisco residents through staff and volunteer based services. Each year more than 1,900 volunteer attorneys, interpreters, law students and college students work with JDC staff to serve nearly 8,500 indigent clients. JDC’s holistic advocacy approach seeks to address the social service needs of clients in addition to their legal needs.
The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) provides legal and supporting social services to individuals and families in San Francisco who are homeless or at serious risk of homelessness.
About the Job:
The primary job responsibilities of the SSI Advocate consist of representing homeless mentally and physically disabled individuals in their claims for Supplemental Security Income. Clients are represented at the initial, as well as appeals levels. The job requires developing an on-going relationship with clients based on trust and communication. The Advocate conducts intake interviews, gathers records on a claimants' medical and social history in order to best advocate for and represent the claimants' disability experience; helps clients to submit initial applications and appeals; maintains contact with state agency analysts who review the cases; writes legal briefs on the clients' behalf; and/or represents the clients in the documentation and filing of fee waivers, requests for deadline extensions, the dismissal of alleged overpayments, and the collection of agency underpayments.
The Advocate may also conduct outreach to clients in the community and/or do intake at off-site locations, and may represent the Homeless Advocacy Project at community meetings. The Advocate also may participate in the training of inter-agency staff who seek initial and/or additional training in SSI legal advocacy, and will provide advice and assistance to volunteer advocates who are assisting clients through HAP.
Based on HAP's effort to provide comprehensive legal services, in conjunction with the SSI advocacy the Advocate may assist or represent clients on a variety of other legal matters such as acquiring identification, immigration issues, housing issues, collection defense, public storage issues, dismissing old warrants, etc., and may further assist clients in accessing supporting social services, including access to mental health treatment, and/or primary care providers.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
· Bachelor’s Degree, or an equivalent combination of relevant education, training, and expertise sufficient to perform the essential duties of the position.
· Experience in the legal field is preferred
SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
· Excellent oral and written communication skills
· Ability to effectively interact with low-income clients, attorneys, court staff, and co-workers
· Ability to multi-task efficiently in a high volume, fast-paced environment and independently prioritize with high attention to detail
· Ability to manage multiple tasks for two distinct projects
· Strong time management and organizational skills are required
· Demonstrated interest in working with low income communities is preferred
· Bilingual language (Spanish-English) skills are a plus
· Knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Access)
Why Work For Us:
We offer a collaborative work environment, a progressive work culture, and a wonderfully diverse staff. Additionally, we are a mission and values based organization.
We also offer a generous benefits package that includes: a choice of medical insurance plans, dental insurance, vision insurance, pretax commuter, health, and dependent care accounts, employer paid short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and a retirement and profit-sharing benefit, and more.
To find out more about JDC, please visit our website at www.sfbar.org/jdc.
Level of Language Proficiency
Bilingual English/Spanish skills a plus
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Starting salary is competitive with other nonprofits. JDC is strongly committed to diversity and encourages applications from people who can contribute to our diversity.
Please submit your resume and cover letter by June 1, 2018 to: BASFjobs@sfbar.org or Human Resources, JDC, 301 Battery Street, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111.
No phone calls please. Due to the amount of resumes we receive each day, we will not be able to respond individually with the status of your application.