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(1) Staff Attorney and (2) Managing Attorney

Location: San Francisco, CA

People With Disabilities Foundation (PWDF) is seeking a Staff Attorney (SA) and is also seeking a Managing Attorney (MA) to convert to Legal Director (LD).

PWDF is a small nonprofit located in San Francisco. Focus is on equal access for individuals with mental and/or developmental disabilities. See www.pwdf.org. Applicants should look at website before applying in order to understand the scope of our work and submit a more competitive application.

Compensation for SA: $50,000‐$59,000 for full‐time (35 hours per week). Compensation for MA: $79,000 to $115,000 for full‐time (35 hours per week). Salary for part‐time will be pro‐rated. At this time, due to COVID 19, we are operating at 50%. We expect these positions to revert to fulltime when San Francisco Department of Public Health, State of California, and CDC orders and guidance allow.

These are on‐site positions.

The MA must have the ability to work independently with little or no supervision. Job duties for the SA are similar to that of the MA; however, the SA will need more supervision and does not work independently.

Benefits include health insurance, vacation hours, commuter checks, etc., after 90 days per PWDF policy. 6 months probation.

Duties: The MA will report to the Legal Director (LD) and hopefully can become the LD.
(1) General Supervisory Attorney responsible for supervision and/or advice of staff attorneys, program
manager/ legal assistant and AA. Must produce result within 12 months to continue in position.
(2) Oversee disability rights laws including representation at all levels in federal court; social security/SSI
disability plus some employment, education; health care; housing; and related subjects such as multiculturalism,
disability abuse and service animals, media including seminars, e newsletter, training videos,
and guest speaking.
(3) Overseeing legal articles, legal aspects of seminars, trainings and guest speaking.
(4) Participation in preparing advocacy reports for the meeting of the Board of Directors as needed.
(5) Represent PWDF including HR for staff jobs.
(6) Communications, coordination and cooperation with private, public and other non‐profit agencies
and organizations serving our target population.
(7) Must be able to attend and fulfill duties for occasional liaison meetings, which may be called without
due notice.
(8) Monitor income and expenses; prepare reports relating to advocacy side of Agency.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be results‐oriented, highly organized, and will possess the ability to work and communicate in diverse communities. Must be reliable, flexible and able to work within administrative deadlines e.g., work with bookkeeper, program managers, attorneys and paralegals/legal assistants. Proficient computer skills required, including, Word, Excel, PowerPoint; Internet skills helpful. Most importantly, candidates must be committed to providing excellent education and advocacy for people with primarily but not exclusively mental and/or developmental disabilities (DD) and must be willing to work enthusiastically toward achieving PWDF’s Mission.

Additional helpful qualifications:
Required:

  1. Licensed California attorney. MA: minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience; e.g., civil rights nonprofit experience and litigation in federal court. SA: minimum of 2 years’ experience.
  2. Exceptional communication skills, ability to write clearly including accuracy for detail.
  3. Management experience and a record of achievement in leading teams of people.
  4. Preferred but not all required: Experience in SOCIAL SECURITY/SSI DISABILITY is very helpful, employment, health care, housing, Medicare, Medi‐Cal, post‐secondary education.

 

Responsibilities: Program Management Leadership and Support: plan for periodic review and modification of programs to meet the continuously changing needs of beneficiaries, and to meet the organization’s goal of fiscal responsibility. Continue to develop collaborative programs with other agencies, and ensure the highest levels of quality and customer service by inspiring staff to perform at their peak. Current affairs and research requirement; responsible for keeping abreast of mental health
and disability issues, e.g., gathering health care news articles and governmental agencies reports.

Fiscal Management: Ensure that the organization’s growth is supported internally in key areas: technology, facilities, human resources, fund development, and communications.

Administrative Management: Maintain culture that fosters cooperation, open and frequent communications, and teamwork. Develop and foster an environment that maximizes employee growth and retention. Human

Resources: Recruit, train, manage, and evaluate staff to ensure that resources are maximized and that organizational systems are effective;

Other duties as requested.

This is at a non‐profit organization. Principals only. Recruiters please do not contact this job poster.

To apply email cover letter, resume and writing sample to Steven Bruce, Legal Director, at steveb@pwdf.org. NO CALLS PLEASE.

 

NOSSCR Member: Steven Bruce

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