Reporting to the Vice President of Programs, the Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Program Director creates the vision and plans for the future of domestic violence (DV) and family law work at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA. The SAFE Program Director also oversees and leads a diverse team of attorneys, legal assistant(s), and interns in representing DV clients in family law matters, including handing their own case load. In addition the SAFE Program Director ensures grant management tasks are complete and handles a limited number of non-domestic violence family law cases. This position will work closely with other relevant teams and staff in both the Los Angeles and Orange County offices (i.e. Immigration, Asian Language Legal Intake Project, Finance, Development, etc.)
Duties and Responsibilities
Staff Supervision and Unit Planning
- Assess Advancing Justice – LA’s domestic violence and family law work, and develop a vision and plan for the future
- Build a team-centered, trauma-informed client service model, and monitor issues related to services to manage cooperation, ongoing engagements, and client expectations
- Directly supervise, lead, mentor, and support SAFE staff, including interns and volunteers and provide opportunities for professional development and growth.
- Provide legal substantive support and representation to DV clients, particularly within the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities in the area of family law, including restraining orders, child support and divorce. Maintain expertise and keep updated on changes in family law and the DV field, including domestic violence family law.
- Manage intake process and case acceptance criteria, and make adjustments as necessary.
- Work with Development and Finance staff in managing grants and funding, including tracking progress towards grant deliverables, drafting and submitting reports, budgeting and spend down, monitoring visits, audits, and overseeing data collection/analysis.
- Manage subgrantees relationships and partnerships for grant and project collaborations.
- Work with Development staff to secure future funding and assess current funding to sustain and grow the work, as well as periodic modifications of budget and project as needed
- Perform administrative functions including preparing unit and staff workplans, timesheet review, staff performance evaluations, staff check-ins and ensure positive team workflows.
- Receive and address client grievances.
- Coordinate recruitment and hiring of student volunteers and interns.
- Coordinate client services with other attorneys and units, including strategy sessions with agency Litigation Director and Policy Director
Client Counseling and Representation
- Maintain a reasonable caseload, providing direct client work on domestic violence and non-domestic violence cases
- Strategize taking on appropriate cases given community needs, priorities and agency resources
- Oversee staff preparation for court appearances and court forms and briefs
- Oversee preparation of court forms and legal documents on behalf of clients
Community Relations and Advocacy
- Act as organization spokesperson for domestic violence services, including with media, community stakeholders, donors, and with Advancing Justice affiliates
- Represent the organization in family law and/or DV networks and coalitions, including to advocate for the needs of AANHPI DV survivors.
- Support policy unit in order to analyze, draft, and advocate for policy/legislation.
- Participate in strategic meetings with other legal and community groups
- Engage in public speaking at forums to advance AAAJ-LA’s civil rights agenda
All other duties as assigned
Minimum Education and Work Experience:
- Juris Doctorate and an active member in good standing with the California State Bar;
- Minimum 5 years of experience in family law client representation, preferably domestic violence family law (restraining orders, divorce, child custody, etc.)
- Prior supervisorial experience preferred
- Bilingual fluency in at least one Asian language, especially Korean or Mandarin Chinese, is preferred
- 40-hour CA domestic violence training (previous certification preferred, or will be provided through the position).
- Demonstrated experience working with AANHPI communities
- Demonstrated passion and history of working with low-income communities
- Ability to work with diverse racial and ethnic groups
- Effective interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to write and speak persuasively to diverse audiences, including general public, media, lawyers, advocates, funders, donors, and opinion leaders
- Demonstrated success in managing lawyers and staff in fast-paced practice environment
- Must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently
- Availability and willingness to travel
- Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
- Access to reliable means of transportation
- Knowledge of Law and Government such as laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
- Ability to engage in active listening, giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Ability to verbally convey information to others effectively
- Ability to engage in critical thinking, using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Ability to engage in complex problem solving, identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.