Employment Opportunities

Attorney

Homeless Prevention Project
Open until filled

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA) seeks an Attorney to work in our Homeless Prevention Unit to address a range of issues that affect the homeless population in Kern County. This project is focused on providing clients who are homeless or at risk for homelessness with a broad range of legal assistance that removes barriers to receiving and staying housed.

The Attorney must be able to demonstrate capacity 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 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 attorney position is a salaried with position with an annual salary commensurate with qualifications and experience ($65,856- $74,122).


 

Volunteer Coordinator

Long-Term Care Ombudsman
Open until filled

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.

The coordinator must ensure that the interests of volunteers are served and that the LTCOP remains well staffed. They will coordinate and schedule volunteers on an ongoing basis or organize single events. The Coordinator must also maintain communication with existing volunteers. Since volunteers are usually unpaid and their services greatly contribute to an organization’s functions, it is important that they feel appreciated and stay informed.

Coordinator will work to actively recruit volunteers for the LTCOP. They may reach out to established volunteers or seek new help using various marketing tools, including volunteer databases, e-mail letters, and outreach events.

Coordinator must be detail-oriented and organized, since they will work on many projects at once. Outgoing and able to communicate effectively with a variety of people, and must adhere to the values of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, and convey its purpose to others. Coordinator is responsible to assist with the supervision and coordination of cases, and assign to volunteers.

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree and at least two (2) years’ of relevant work experience; or other combination of education and two (2) years’ work experience that demonstrates the necessary skills to meet the duties and responsibilities of the position
  2. Experience in recruiting, screening, training and retaining volunteers.
  3. Ability to work cooperatively with different types of personalities
  4. Must be able to interview effectively in a variety of settings.
  5. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally
  6. Ability to recognize, communicate and document crisis situations
  7. Proficiency in MS applications (Windows, Word, and Excel).
  8. Must have a valid California Driver’s License, automobile insurance and reliable transportation
  9. Bilingual (English/Spanish), desirable.

 

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:

Salary DOE. Generous benefit package includes paid vacation and sick leave, medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurances. Also includes twelve paid holidays and the option to participate in a 403(b) retirement plan, employee only contributions.

To Apply:

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

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

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.