BayLegal seeks an attorney with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy to be a Supervising Attorney for our Alameda County SSI Advocacy Team. The Supervising Attorney, in coordination with the Managing Attorney and other Supervising Attorneys, is responsible for supervising 4 to 5 attorneys, ensuring high quality legal services for clients with SSI and SSDI, CAPI, and other public benefits matters. The Supervising Attorney is involved in community and partner engagement, advocacy, outreach, and training. You will report directly to the Managing Attorney for Social Security/SSI Disability Benefits Advocacy, and work closely with other Supervising Attorneys, Director of Program & Advocacy, and Director of Litigation to support your team and further BayLegal’s mission.
Duties and Responsibilities – as a Supervising Attorney, with support of the Managing Attorney, you will have the opportunity to:
- Learn and assist with the diverse legal needs of underserved and vulnerable communities in Alameda County and the broader Bay Area, and particularly people experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness;
- Provide day‐to‐day supervision and support to team staff attorneys;
- Carry a small caseload, and cover team cases as needed.
- Engage in the hiring and retention of a diverse expert team;
- Conduct training, mentoring, evaluation, and professional development of unit staff;
- Engage the team in annual planning, periodic reviews of priorities, and responses to emerging issues in the client community;
- Serve as a lead contact for specific community partners engaged with team’s work;
- Participate in local, state, and federal meetings and policy advocacy that further the interests of our clients;
- Build, maintain and develop relationships with public, nonprofit, and private partners, including non-legal community-based organizations, service providers, and funders
- Develop and oversee legal projects, defining scope of work, ensuring compliance with grants and contracts, collect and track data and progress, engage in evaluation and reporting for funders and stakeholders; and
- Work with BayLegal’s managing attorneys, regional counsel, supervising attorneys, development, grants and contracts, and communications team to promote BayLegal’s mission and resource development; and
- Engage in other tasks and projects that further BayLegal’s mission and operations as a non-profit social justice law firm.
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;
- Successfully clear a live scan background check required by funders given the position involves access to confidential information.
- Direct service experience, particularly with Social Security claims, public benefits, and representing clients with disabilities;
- Supervisor experience strongly preferred;
- Experience supervising legal work and projects strongly preferred;
- Experience and skills in organizing and supervising legal case work and projects strongly preferred;
- Demonstrated commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion and skills to lead a team in prioritizing these values.
- Commitment, experience and/or skills to lead a diverse, dynamic team with varied communication styles, learning styles, and levels of experience, identifying and resolving interpersonal conflicts, identifying and professional development opportunities and working with staff on setting and achieving goals for professional growth.
- Experience with effective inter-agency collaboration, partnerships, and work with public, nonprofit, and private entities, including non-legal community-based organizations, service providers, and funders.
- Skilled in clear, concise, and effective communication with colleagues, funders, partners, and stakeholders, including in writing, meetings, and public presentations to understand work and motivate commitment to the mission.
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills, with ability to be detail‐oriented;
- Experience and skill implementing effective onboarding, training, and mentorship programs for new staff;
- Experience developing and leading projects, including defining scope of work, ensuring compliance, progress and tracking, meeting deadlines, evaluation, and reporting for stakeholders preferred.
- Willingness and ability to travel within Alameda County to meet clients and supervise the team’s work in the community.
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NOSSCR Member: Steven Weiss