Disability Rights Staff Attorney

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Job location
1735 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Bay Area Legal Aid
Street address: 
1735 Telegraph Avenue
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

BayLegal is currently accepting applications for a Disability Rights Staff Attorney position in our Alameda County Office, located in Oakland.

We seek an energetic, culturally sensitive attorney with a strong commitment to disability rights and social justice advocacy to represent individuals with mental and physical disabilities in their applications for Social Security/SSI benefits. This includes conducting client interviews, completing social security/SSI applications, gathering supporting medical and other evidence, negotiating with governmental agencies, and representing clients at administrative hearings, before the Appeals Council, and in federal District Court. The attorney will also, at times, represent clients in CalWORKs, General Assistance, Medi-Cal, IHSS, and/or other public benefits/health related matters. S/he will engage in policy work in areas that affect our clients' rights, participate in community collaborations, and engage in community outreach and education. The attorney may also be required to travel to off-site locations including clinics, community partners and Santa Rita jail.


• California State Bar membership; or admitted to practice in another state and eligible to practice in California under the California State Bar rules for the Registered Legal Services Attorney Program
• Prior experience with or understanding of Social Security, working with people with mental health disabilities, and/or related experience preferred
• Bilingual ability in Spanish, Vietnamese, or another API language strongly preferred
• Exceptional listener and strategist who can thrive in a collegial environment
• Sense of humor
• Passion for and deep understanding of working with low-income families and communities, and specifically working with individuals with mental and physical disabilities
• Excellent communication, writing and public speaking skills
• Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic team

To apply: 

Bay Area Legal Aid thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Please send cover letter, diversity statement (see below), resume, references, and writing sample to Human Resources at [email protected]. Please reference Alameda County Disability Rights Staff Attorney in your application.

In a separate page from your cover letter, please address the following:

BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, March 30, 2018
Expiration date: 
Friday, March 30, 2018