Employment Opportunities

GBLA 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.

 


Attorney Positions

Fair Housing Attorney

Under the direct supervision of the Fair Housing Litigator, responsible for providing investigative, educational outreach and litigation support, within the framework of the Fair Housing Law Project.  This is a professional staff position that is funded for a specific duration through a grant contract with the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Fair Housing Attorney JOB DESCRIPTION

To apply, email the following documents to recruitment@gbla.org

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample
  • 3 Professional references

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Domestic Violence Attorney

GBLA is currently accepting applications for a full-time attorney with 3+ years of knowledge and experience in family law with emphasis in sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. As the Domestic Violence attorney, you will provide a holistic legal representation to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and /or stalking in matters relating to or arising out of that abuse or violence. Holistic representation goes beyond a victim’s need for a protection order and includes representation in other proceedings directly related to the client’s experience of violence which is likely to increase victim’s safety and security.

Domestic Violence Attorney JOB DESCRIPTION

To apply, email the following documents to recruitment@gbla.org

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample
  • 3 Professional references

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Housing Attorney

GBLA is currently accepting applications for full-time attorney’s with 3+ years of experience to conduct litigation with our housing team. The attorney will defend eviction lawsuits and provide advice and education to tenants about their rights. In addition, the attorney will be involved in all aspects of affirmative litigation to improve housing conditions, prevent displacement, and combat discrimination.

Housing Attorney JOB DESCRIPTION

To apply, email the following documents to recruitment@gbla.org

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample
  • 3 Professional references

Paralegal Positions

Senior Housing Paralegal

GBLA is currently accepting applications for experienced Senior Paralegals to work in our Housing unit. Qualified candidates must have successfully completed a paralegal educational program approved by the American Bar Association, and 3 years of civil litigation -or- JD degree from an accredited law school.
The ideal candidate must have the ability to understand and analyze legal issues, ability to manage client documents, proficiency in verbal Spanish is preferred by not required, clearly and concisely writing and proficient with Excel, Word, Outlook, and Westlaw. We will only consider candidates with a paralegal certificate or a JD.

Senior Housing Paralegal JOB DESCRIPTION

To apply, email the following documents to recruitment@gbla.org

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample
  • 3 Professional references

Staff Positions

Housing Navigator- Rural Areas

The Housing Navigator will focus on services in rural areas of Kern County, and work specifically with low-income tenants from BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) communities at risk of or subject to eviction.  The communities to be served include, but are not limited to: Arvin, Buttonwillow, California City, Kernville, Lamont, Mojave, Rosamond, Ridgecrest/Inyokern, Lake Isabella/Kernville, Keene/Tehachapi, Frazier Park, Lebec, and Pine Mountain Club.

The Housing Navigator will use a screening tool to determine client’s needs, goals, and eligibility for non- legal services and resources. The Navigator must be competent and compassionate with assisting low-income tenants with apartment search, rental applications, employment applications, utility assistance applications, healthcare related needs, moving school records or assistance in maintaining enrollment in the current school, accessing public benefits, and other needs as identified. This position will provide proactive follow-through to ensure utilization of services. This position will maintain consistent communication channels, both verbal and written, between several parties (e.g., tenant, referral source, collaborating agencies, partner agencies, others).

Housing Navigator- Rural Areas JOB DESCRIPTION

To apply, email the following documents to recruitment@gbla.org

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample
  • 3 Professional references

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Marketing Assistant (Mobilehome Advocacy Project)

The Marketing Assistant will focus on increasing awareness to the rights of mobile home residents, and help prevent mobile home residents from becoming homeless. In order to accomplish the above goals, he/she will also present workshops to mobile home residents, and to stakeholders who provide services to the low-income community throughout our service area within Kern County.

The Marketing Assistant will also engage in activities in order to increase awareness of available project services, using social medial and other universal platforms. Through outreach, project flyers outlining the rights of mobile home residents (and contact information for the project) will be posted in common areas of mobile home parks such as bulletin boards and at nearby places frequented by mobile home park residents (e.g., grocery store, beauty salon).

Please note: due to the pandemic, some of the above activities may need to be revised in order to comply with health and safety guidelines.

Marketing Assistant JOB DESCRIPTION

To apply, email the following documents to recruitment@gbla.org

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample
  • 3 Professional references

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Administrative Assistant- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Program Description: Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) offers advocacy and assistance to seniors and dependent adults; clients are residents in long-term care facilities within the Kern County Area. Services are provided by Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance (GBLA) staff and volunteers certified by the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

Occupational Summary: Under the direct supervision of the Director of Long-Term Care Services, the Administrative Assistant is responsible for the day to day operations of the office, including, answering incoming calls, referrals, complaint reporting, and transmission of complaints to the assigned Ombudsman.

Administrative Assistant JOB DESCRIPTION

To apply, email the following documents to recruitment@gbla.org

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample
  • 3 Professional references

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Housing Navigator

GBLA is currently accepting applications for experienced candidates to work in our housing unit as our Housing Navigators. Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology or Behavioral Science and two (2) years verified experience in provision of Social Work services. The successful candidate must have the ability to manage client documents, write clearly and concisely, and be proficient with Excel, Word, Outlook, and Westlaw.

In Kern County, low-wage workers who have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic are facing a crisis of evictions, predatory rent increases, and housing discrimination. GBLA is a legal service non-profit that combines policy advocacy and impact litigation with direct legal services. We routinely have multiple impact cases pending at any one time, and we specialize in housing. Our legal advocates work side-by-side with low-income communities, to bring about lasting change.

Housing Navigator JOB DESCRIPTION

To apply, email the following documents to recruitment@gbla.org

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample
  • 3 Professional references

 


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.