BayLegal seeks an attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to be Supervising Attorney for our San Francisco SSI Advocacy Team. The Supervising Attorney is responsible for supervising the legal work of 5 attorneys and the day-to-day work of 2 social workers, ensuring high quality legal services for clients with SSI and SSDI, CAPI, and other public benefits claims. The Supervising Attorney is the lead for community and partner engagement, and is expected to go out to intakes, client meetings, and partner meetings throughout the city, including homeless shelters, and supervise the team’s out-stationed work. You will report directly to the San Francisco Regional Office Managing Attorney, and work closely with other Supervising Attorneys, Managing Attorneys, and the Director of Program & Advocacy to support your team and further BayLegal’s mission.
Duties & responsibilities – As a Supervising Attorney you will have the opportunity to:
- Learn and assist with the diverse legal needs of underserved and vulnerable communities in San Francisco and broader Bay Area, particularly people experiencing homelessness;
- Provide day‐to‐day legal supervision and support to our staff attorneys;
- Provide supervision for our social workers and supervise coordination of social work and legal services;
- Conduct training, mentoring, evaluation, and professional development of unit staff;
- Work with the Managing Attorney on hiring and evaluation, including performance reviews and professional development plans;
- Engage the team in annual planning, periodic reviews of priorities, and responses to emerging issues in the client community;
- Serve as the lead contact for a growing and dynamic program working to respond to the needs of unhoused San Franciscans, and improve the systems they are required to navigate to meet their needs;
- Participate in local, state, and federal meetings and policy advocacy that further the interests of our clients;
- Work with the Managing Attorney to maintain and develop relationships with community partners, including funders;
- Work with the Managing Attorney to ensure compliance with grants and contracts, necessary data collection and reporting;
- Engage in other tasks and projects that further the interest of BayLegal’s mission and operations as a non‐profit; and
- Carry a small caseload, cover team cases as needed.
Requirements/Qualifications/About the Successful Candidate:
- Commitment to BayLegal’s mission;
- Humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status,
- Must have received or be willing to receive and maintain up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination (including eligible boosters) by date of hire to be considered. Proof of vaccination required.
- Membership in good standing in the California State Bar.
- Five or more years practice as a licensed attorney;
- Direct service experience, particularly with Social Security claims, public benefits, and clients with disabilities;
- Legal supervision experience strongly preferred;
- Strong personal work ethic and ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet critical deadlines;
- Excellent writing, editing, and proof‐reading skills, with ability to be detail‐oriented;
- Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a dynamic team;
- Facility and transparency in communicating important information to staff and ability to motivate commitment to the mission;
- Ability to develop and articulate a clear vision of priorities and inspire others to maximum effectiveness;
- Ability to develop and implement effective training and mentorship programs for new staff;
- Ability to take decisive action and ensure accountability;
- Facility in recognizing, addressing, and resolving interpersonal conflicts;
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, including in public presentations;
- Ability to organize and supervise the case work and projects of a professional office;
- Ability to work and communicate effectively with funders;
- Ability to track, maintain and report statistics to stakeholders;
- Ability to travel in the city and county of San Francisco to meet clients and supervise the team’s work in the community.
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NOSSCR Member: Steven Weiss