JOB POSTING

Social Services Advocate - SASH- Part-time

Join a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving our community through programs that provide equal access to legal services. The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) has an exciting opportunity for a Part-time Social Services Advocate to be part of the team!


The opening:

About BASF:
The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit organization and the oldest voluntary bar association in California. Today, over 7,400 San Francisco lawyers are members of BASF, which prides itself as being one of the most active and innovative local bar associations. In addition to services and benefits to our members, BASF provides a variety of legal services to San Francisco residents including our Lawyer Referral and Information Service, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and the Justice & Diversity Center (including the Homeless Advocacy Project) which is the largest provider of legal services to San Franciscans.

About the Justice and Diversity Center of BASF:
JDC is a non-profit organization that provides free legal services through its staff and volunteers to low-income Bay Area residents. Each year more than 1,600 volunteer attorneys, legal assistants, and law students work with JDC staff to serve nearly 7,500 indigent clients. JDC’s holistic advocacy approach seeks to address the social service and legal needs of clients.

About the Job:
The Social Services Advocate will work for JDC’s Sargent Shriver Child Custody Project (SASH), reporting to the Supervising and Staff Attorneys. This is a part-time position and the Advocate will work, at the SASH office at the San Francisco Superior Court in San Francisco (400 McAllister St.) and at JDC’s main office at 301 Battery Street. The SASH Project assists low-income people in two ways: (1) staff attorneys at SASH Offices give information and guidance through child custody and visitation cases; and (2) provide social services to parents involved in legal disputes regarding the custody of their child/children.

The Coordinator’s primary responsibilities are searching for family and reunification therapists, custody evaluators, supervised visitation providers, and other social services ordered by the court, conducting social service intakes and needs assessments for clients, offering support to clients before, during, and after court hearings, conducting social service intakes and needs assessments for clients, connecting clients with appropriate services including, but not limited to, medical care including mental health, parenting classes, anger management classes, substance use rehabilitation services, family counseling. The Coordinator will assist with housing referrals and applications for subsidized housing, initiating applications for public benefits including food stamps, unemployment, and disability benefits, and Provide limited case management and supportive counseling services

The successful candidate will have the following:

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, or an equivalent combination of relevant education, training, and expertise sufficient to perform the essential duties of the position.
  • Masters of Social Work preferred but not required
  • Experience working with families and children
  • Experience working with people in crisis/crisis management
  • Experience working with people with mental health issues
  • Experience working with adults with substance use issues
  • Experience providing supportive counseling
SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS
  • Excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing, with cultural humility
  • Familiar with the mechanics of custody and visitation agreements
  • Familiar with domestic violence issues and services for both survivors and aggressors
  • Familiar with substance abuse issues and recovery/rehabilitative services available
  • Knowledge of community resources in San Francisco and public benefit programs
  • Self-starter able to work within a small, busy team
  • Working knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and working with low-income communities is preferred
  • Spanish fluency is a plus

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.

To find out more about JDC, please visit our website at www.sfbar.org/jdc

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, including veterans and people with disabilities.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to: BASFjobs@sfbar.org  or Human Resources, The Bar Association of San Francisco, 301 Battery Street, Third Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111

Please reference “Part-time Social Services Advocate – SASH” in the subject heading. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so candidates are encouraged to apply immediately.

No phone calls please. Due to the number of resumes we receive each day, we will not be able to respond individually with the status of your application.