Employment Opportunities

Staff Attorney – Education Law Project

Open until filled

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA) seeks an Attorney to work in our Education Law Project, to address a broad range of issues that affect education in Kern County.

This project provides legal services related to school discipline, truancy, bullying, discrimination, and special education issues. This project is also focused on addressing language access issues, suspension or expulsion from school, special education access, and discrimination.

The Attorney must demonstrate the capacity and ability to maintain a large caseload which may include: Interviewing prospective clients; analyzing their legal problems; rendering legal advice; negotiation with opposing parties and agencies; preparing and submitting documents for clients; representing clients in various phases of litigation; attending community meetings; developing positive relationships with client communities; developing complex litigation; finding solutions to broader client problems through litigation.

Qualifications:

  1. Commitment to GBLA’s mission and values.
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  3. Organized and detailed.
  4. Ability to assume responsibility quickly; work independently and as part of a team.
  5. Must be able to interact with a wide arrange of the client population in a kind and appropriate manner.
  6. Active membership in the State Bar of California or member of the Bar

Compensation:

This position is exempt/salaried to commensurate with qualifications and experience ($65,856- $74,122).

GBLA offers a generous benefit package including:

  1. A 37.5 hour work week.
  2. Paid sick and vacation leave, 13 paid holidays.
  3. 100% employer-paid medical premium for employee (dependent coverage optional though a Sec 125 plan paid by employee)
  4. 100% employer-paid premium dental and life insurance for employee and dependents.
  5. 100% employer paid long/short term disability for employee.
  6. Employee also has the option to participate in a 403(b) retirement plan, employee only contributions.

 

Housing Attorney

Sargent Shriver Housing Project
Open until filled

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA) seeks an Attorney who will be responsibile for maintaining a large caseload which may include: Interviewing prospective clients; analyzing their legal problems; rendering legal advice; negotiating with opposing parties and agencies; preparing and submitting documents for clients; representing clients in various phases of litigation; attending community meetings; developing positive relationships with client communities; developing complex litigation; finding solutions to broader client problems through litigation; policy development or other strategies.

Qualifications:

  1. Commitment to GBLA’s mission and values
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills
  3. Organized and detailed. Ability to assume responsibility quickly
  4. Ability to work independently as well as support team efforts
  5. Ability to strategize and plan ahead to timely and consistently meet grant deliverables and reporting requirements.
  6. Must be able to interact with a wide array of the client population in a kind and appropriate manner.
  7. Active membership in the State Bar of California or member of the Bar of another state and willing to take the California Bar at the next available opportunity or J.D degree from an accredited law school.

Compensation:

This is a salaried position with an annual salary commensurate with qualifications and experience ($65,856- $74,122).

GBLA offers a generous benefit package including:

  1. A 37.5-hour workweek.
  2. Paid sick and vacation leave, 13 paid holidays.
  3. 100% employer-paid medical premium for employee (dependent coverage optional though a Sec 125 plan paid by employee).
  4. 100% employer-paid premium dental and life insurance for employee and dependents.
  5. 100% employer paid long/short term disability for employee.
  6. Option to participate in a 403(b) retirement plan, employee only contributions.

 

Staff Attorney II

Open until filled

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA) is currently seeking a Staff Attorney to provide civil legal representation in one or more areas of the firm’s priorities and monitor developments and initiate projects in other areas of importance to low-income clients. Staff Attorneys use the full range of potential forums to address relevant issues for our clients including all aspects of litigation; including but not limited to court hearings, trials, appellate and federal court representation. In addition to serving clients directly, Staff Attorneys also have the opportunity to expand access to justice through varied activities such as community legal education, outreach and training, and collaboration with community and client groups as well as other government and non-government agencies.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have civil litigation experience and a strong motivation to represent people of low-income and to explore creative solutions to problems faced by our client population. Other qualifications include:

  • Active membership in the State Bar of California or member of the Bar of another state and willing to take the California Bar at the next available opportunity
  • Minimum of three (3) years of civil litigation
  • Strong written and communication skills
  • Must be computer literate
  • Strong motivation to represent people of low income
  • High degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively with others
  • Must have excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Bilingual fluency in English/Spanish desirable

Typical Duties:

The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities include:

  • Client representation ranging from counsel advise to direct representation
  • Heavy client interaction including interviewing and issue spotting
  • Possible assistance in the training and supervision of paralegals and other support staff
  • Implementing and monitoring of assigned project(s) goals and objectives to assure positive outcomes

Compensation:

This position is exempt/salaried to commensurate with qualifications and experience (DOE).

GBLA offers a generous benefit package for full time employees including:

  1. A 37.5 hour work week.
  2. Paid sick and vacation leave, 13 paid holidays.
  3. 100% employer-paid medical premium for employee (dependent coverage optional though a Sec 125 plan paid by employee)
  4. 100% employer-paid premium dental and life insurance for employee and dependents.
  5. 100% employer paid long/short term disability for employee.
  6. Employee also has the option to participate in a 403(b) retirement plan, employee only contributions.

 


 

To Apply:

Mail or email a resume, cover letter detailing your interest in the position, legal writing sample, and three professional references to:

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.
615 California Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93304
careers@gbla.org

Cover letter and resumes are reviewed upon receipt and qualified applicants will be invited to an interview.  Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, disability, marital status, or medical condition.