Community Worker - San Luis Obispo

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Job location
175 Santa Rosa Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
California Rural Legal Assistance
Street address: 
1430 Franklin St Suite 103
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Applicant Intake
Perform initial screening for eligibility; interview applicants to determine the nature of their legal problem and to identify the type of legal assistance being sought. Interview applicants to learn the underlying causes of their legal problem, and how the legal assistance being sought would assist clients in meeting their short, mid-range, and longer-term goals.

Provide applicants with appropriate legal information and referrals.

Prepare and deliver to attorneys and other staff verbal and written reports of applicant interviews, including: facts pertinent to the issues raised by applicants; assessments of applicants' capacities to represent themselves in the legal matter, and of the obstacles applicants face in meeting their stated goals.

Conducting Investigations
Gathering information though field inquiry and other research related to actual or potential cases and litigation.

Prepare simple documents from standard forms.

Assist pro-per clients in identifying useful information for presentation of their cases; provide appropriate advocacy and make referrals where appropriate.

Lay Advocacy
Represent client's interests in administrative hearings and other forums appropriate to a non-lawyer and engage in lay advocacy to the extent permissible under the law and the code of professional ethics; perform ministerial duties in connection with lawsuits such as filing and the service of process; and interpreting for non-English speaking clients in interview situations and before formal and informal tribunals.

Community Outreach and Education.
Provide legal information and skills training to individuals and groups to help our client communities understand and assert their legal rights and responsibilities.

Collaboration with other agencies
Maintain CRLA liaison with community organizations and groups to ensure that CRLA resources address client community needs.

Community Workers may be required to work outside the office, for instance, to work on regional sweeps.

Perform other tasks assigned.



Applicant must have the ability to perform all of the above duties.

Commitment to serving low income clients.

Ability to use internet, database and computer word processing programs.

Good communication skills.

Ability to interact productively with diverse community populations.

Spanish-English fluency required.

Applicants must have car and car insurance.

Knowledge of researching and investigation methods including computer research.

Knowledge of interviewing techniques

Ability to relate to the client community, ability to communicate with client community, ability to ascertain all necessary information of client's legal problem through oral interview in person or by phone, listening skills, ability to make client feel comfortable during interview, ability to take good notes, ability to evaluate, assess and analyze client's problems and make proper referrals.

Knowledge of or ability to learn the techniques of conducting community outreach events.

Ability to effectively communicate and negotiate with adverse parties, under the supervision of the attorney.

Compensation & Benefits:

Compensation based upon work experience and calculated according to the requirements of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between LSWRC and CRLA. Generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance, Long Term Disability and 401K retirement plan.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. CRLA is an equal opportunity employer. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Salary range: 
$12.74 to $24.75
Submission deadline: 
Friday, November 16, 2018
Expiration date: 
Friday, November 16, 2018