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BLC Directing Attorney of SSAP

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Benefits Law Center (formerly SCLC)


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November 16, 2020
November 1, 2020
At least $65,000

The Benefits Law Center (BLC) is a non-profit specialty civil legal aid organization that provides legal representation to low-income individuals with disabilities in matters related to their eligibility for Social Security Disability (SSDI) and SSI benefits. BLC hosts two major projects: the Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP) and the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP). SSAP prioritizes cases in which a person who has received or is receiving SSI/SSDI receives notice of reduction or termination of benefits. SSAP clients have a difficult time obtaining representation through the private bar, either due to lack of fee generating potential or multiple barriers, such as mental illness, limited English proficiency, and chemical dependencies, which make it difficult for the client to stay engaged in an attorney client relationship and navigate the administrative structure of the Social Security Administration.

BLC is searching for an outstanding attorney to serve as the directing attorney of the Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP). The directing attorney is responsible for overseeing and managing SSAP. This is a full-time attorney position starting immediately. This position requires the ability to travel to client meetings, community events, and hearings, and may require some work on nights or weekends. In this position, a successful candidate will possess the following capacities. 

·       Leadership. The SSAP Directing Attorney will work with the executive director to establish program goals, a strategic work plan and periodically review case selection criteria. The SSAP Directing Attorney will implement the work plan and case selection criteria to meet program goals and deliver on BLC’s vision to provide community based direct representation to people living with disabilities, and work toward broader systemic changes through strategic partnerships, community education, and litigation. The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience or interest in project management
  • capacity to engage in group problem solving and achieve workable unity
  • Interest and capacity to identify, initiate, and engage in strategic partnerships with community members, organizations, and other groups on issues related to the work of SSAP (e.g. contribute at regular meetings with Alliance for Equal Justice partners, social justice partners, and other stakeholders).
  • Commitment to race equity and inclusion

·       Direct Representation and Client Advocacy. The SSAP Directing Attorney is responsible for every step in the life of each case from intake to case closing including: creating an advocacy plan for each client; assessing and the appropriate level of service to the client; keeping well documented case files (electronic and physical files); and providing high quality legal advocacy to every client that qualifies for representation under SSAP. The successful candidate will have:

  • demonstrated ability to work with clients from diverse backgrounds that have a diverse spectrum of abilities and varying communication styles
  • superior organizational skills and the ability to manage a large caseload
  • experience representing people in administrative proceedings (experience and interest in developing cases through to federal court is desirable as well)
  • excellent research, and oral and written advocacy skills
  • interest in developing out of the box service delivery systems that can help people overcome barriers to receiving legal advocacy and/or public benefits
  • excellent communication skills (e.g. listening, interviewing, working with interpreters, conveying information to people with a variety of learning styles)
  • the ability to work collaboratively with BLC staff, legal service providers, state and federal agency representatives, community members, and private attorneys serving the SSAP client base to address improvements in the systems and policies which affect our clients
  • Experience and capacity in prioritizing and delegating tasks
  • the ability to build and steward good relationships with volunteer attorneys
  • the desire and ability to mentor new attorneys and law student volunteers
  • Experience utilizing telephonic and in-person interpretation services
  • Experience working with Legalserver is desirable

·       Community Education. Have the experience and the ability to teach clients, community members, advocates, and others about problems faced by SSI/SSDI recipients through a variety of mediums including written self-help materials, delivering in-person trainings, public speaking, and other creative or out of the box avenues of service delivery. 

The Benefits Law Center (BLC) is a non-profit specialty civil legal aid organization that provides legal representation to low-income individuals with disabilities in matters related to their eligibility for Social Security…

Details at a glance

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

Benefits

Base salary $65,000+ DOE, paid vacation, paid sick time, BLC health benefits package, transportation benefit, and an incredible work environment.

Base salary $65,000+ DOE, paid vacation, paid sick time, BLC health benefits package, transportation benefit, and an incredible work environment.

Location

1404 East Yesler Way, Ste 203, Seattle, WA 98122

How to Apply

Interested candidates should attach the following to an email addressed to Alex KF Doolittle alex-at-benefitslawcenter - DOT - org : 1) a writing sample, 2) resume, and 3) a letter of interest that outlines why this job is a personal mission match for you.

Interested candidates should attach the following to an email addressed to Alex KF Doolittle alex-at-benefitslawcenter - DOT - org : 1) a writing sample, 2) resume, and 3) a letter of…

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