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Team Leader & Supervising Attorney

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East Bay Family Defenders
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San Leandro, CA

East Bay Family Defenders


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Published 26 days ago

November 1, 2020
October 21, 2020
$80,000 - $100,000

East Bay Family Defenders (EBFD) - an innovative, interdisciplinary family defense office in Alameda County - seeks an experienced social justice advocate to lead a team of attorneys, practicing in concert with skilled out of court advocates that include social workers and peer parents, to work on behalf of parents fighting allegations of child abuse and neglect.


EBFD is transforming how low-income people in Alameda County are represented in the dependency court system. EBFD seeks thoughtful, creative, energetic individuals with a strong commitment to social justice to join our dynamic staff. Our staff of over 20 includes interdisciplinary teams made up of attorneys, social workers, peer parents and case investigators, all of whom collaborate to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy. Our mission is to keep families together and minimize the time children spend in foster care. We represent all parents, and some children, in cases filed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in Alameda County Juvenile Dependency Court. EBFD is founded on a commitment to advancing racial justice and to building a culturally diverse workplace, centered on equity.


Team Leader & Supervising Attorney

EBFD is seeking two thoughtful and dedicated Team Leaders to serve as Supervising Attorneys for two different teams of 6 attorneys each. Each Team Leader will serve as a leader of one of two program groups within EBFD, responsible for supervision of attorneys and coordination of all program activities, including integrated out of court advocacy for clients. The Team Leader & Supervising Attorneys (TLSAs) will coordinate closely with senior parent advocate and social work staff and will be responsible for upholding and enhancing the interdisciplinary service model within their team.

Specifically, the TLSA will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating all activities of their specific program team.
  • Ensuring the full integration of efforts among attorneys, investigators, parent advocates, social workers, and interns to further develop and implement interdisciplinary practices.
  • Working under the direction of the internal executive director and with the senior parent advocates and senior social worker to develop and ensure development of materials and consistent staff orientation, training, and oversight to ensure fidelity to the interdisciplinary model.
  • Participating as members of the management team to support consistency of services across teams and the overall health and sustainability of the organization.
  • Hiring and supervising program team members in coordination with the internal executive director.
  • Training, mentoring, and managing attorneys on their team.
  • Developing and promoting professional growth opportunities for members of their team.
  • Managing a caseload equivalent to 25% that of a full-time attorney.
  • Ensuring client satisfaction.
  • Preserving and enhancing relationships with the local judiciary in coordination with the internal executive director and with the Judicial Council in coordination with the external executive director.
  • Supporting the advancement of EBFD as needed through administrative tasks, data reporting, assisting in grant writing and reporting, maintaining external relationships that advance EBFD’s programmatic and financial needs, supporting external partnerships in coordination with the external executive director, participating in innovation initiatives as needed, and assisting with grant writing and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • J.D. and member of the California State Bar in good standing
  • Relevant legal experience working with and on behalf of parents navigating the child welfare system and an understanding of California dependency law
  • Prior supervisory or management experience
  • Commitment to social justice and defending parents charged with abuse and neglect, including a demonstrated understanding of the issues of race and poverty as they relate to parents’ experiences in the system
  • Experience working in and with racially and socioeconomically marginalized communities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong oral and written advocacy skills
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively with lawyers, non-lawyers, court, and agency staff
  • Knowledge of substance use disorder, domestic violence, parenting, and mental health systems
  • Experience with or interest in developing and advancing trauma-informed legal practices
  • Spanish language proficiency is a plus

Salary is commensurate with experience. For candidates with 1-10 years of directly relevant experience, the salary range for this position would be approximately $80,000 to $100,000. Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy; and a professional development fund. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.


To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@familydefender.org.


The application deadline is October 21, 2020, but applications will be considered on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as appropriate candidates are identified.


Please contact Eliza Patten, Co-Executive Director, via email at eliza@familydefender.org with any questions regarding the position.


East Bay Family Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply.

East Bay Family Defenders (EBFD) - an innovative, interdisciplinary family defense office in Alameda County - seeks an experienced social justice advocate to lead a team of attorneys, practicing in concert with skilled out of court advocates…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required
  • Managerial

Benefits

Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan; a generous vacation, sick leave, and parental leave policy; and a professional development fund. More specific information about salary and benefits will be provided when and if an offer is extended.

Full-time employees are also eligible for a comprehensive benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision coverage; a 403(b) plan; a generous vacation, sick…

Location

San Leandro, CA

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@familydefender.org.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@familydefender.org.

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