Employment Opportunities

GBLA Inc. is currently accepting and considering applications for candidates that qualify for the provisional licensure program under Rule 9.49 of the California Rules of Court. If you qualify to apply for the provisional licensure program, please include all necessary information of your eligibility for the provisional licensure program in your cover letter for evaluation and consideration.

Deadline to apply for this program though the CA State Bar is  5/31/2021

 


 

Social Worker II – Community Homeless Law Center Project

GBLA seeks a dedicated Social Worker to work alongside our attorneys and other staff providing holistic representation to individuals who have a wide variety of civil legal issues.  You must be passionate about promoting social change and justice in Kern County, with a creative mind and willing to think outside of the box when strategizing how to best assist the wide variety of our clients.

This position requires a strong advocate with a willingness to work collaboratively across legal and social work disciplines in order to provide clients with the most effective system of care possible. As a GBLA Social Worker, you will interface with many individuals who are experiencing homelessness or housing instability, as well as survivors of domestic violence, seniors, and low-income families, and more.

Qualifications:

  1. Completion of a Master of Social Work (MSW) from an accredited college or university –OR– Completion of a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a Counseling program emphasizing Marriage, Family and Child Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Sociology or a closely related discipline –OR– Completion of a Bachelor of Social Work from an accredited college or university with at least 2 years’ experience in the field of social welfare.
  2. Experience working with diverse and low-income individuals, as well as the ability to relate well to people from all walks of life.
  3. Knowledge of available social services within Kern County.
  4. Ability to maintain accurate records and contact notes.
  5. Be able to work independently; and communicate effectively with attorneys.
  6. Working knowledge of the PRIME and/or HMIS databases are desirable (but not required).
  7. Working knowledge of SSI/ SSDI and SAMHSA’s SOAR approach are desirable (but not required).
  8. Reliable transportation, valid current driver’s license, and proof of insurance.
  9. Excellent written, communication, and computer literacy skills

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Provides information and referrals to other services available from government agencies and community ­based organizations; explains the requirements and procedures for public assistance; may act as intermediary with other service providers.
  2. Evaluates personal and psychological factors in individual situations.
  3. Utilizes a person­ in­ environment approach for assessment of a client’s difficulties.
  4. Monitors, evaluates, and implements case plans.
  5. Assists clients with specific tasks that will help meet their case plan goals (such as scheduling psychological exams, filing SSI appeals online, locating affordable housing, developing domestic violence safety plans, etc.).
  6. Participates in community planning for the welfare of the homeless through the Bakersfield-Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative.
  7. Provides social service consultation to attorneys, when requested.
  8. Conducts training presentations in specialized areas of expertise for staff, other organizations, and/ or the community.
  9. Maintains records, including case notes in the agency’s database, and retrieves information and data from the agency’s database and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
  10. Identifies systemic issues within Kern County & brings them to the attention of GBLA management.
  11. Participates in community initiatives geared towards the betterment of the agency and/or the agency’s clientele, and brings that information back to GBLA management.
  12. Case manages clients in multiple GBLA units, including individuals experiencing homelessness/ housing instability, survivors of domestic violence/ human trafficking/ sexual assault, low-income families, and seniors.
  13. Obtains and reads medical records of SSI/SSDI clients, and then consults with supervising attorney regarding the best ways to proceed with these cases using wrap-around approaches.
  14.  Triages walk-ins/ phone calls by potential clients, and then assesses whether they have urgent social service needs; if so, links potential clients to appropriate emergency services.
  15. Schedules potential clients’ intakes with supervising attorney & completes intake paperwork with clients

To apply, please mail or email resume, cover letter, and three professional references in confidence to: careers@gbla.org
Attn: HR Department
615 California Avenue, Bakersfield CA, 93304


 

Case Manager – Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

The GBLA 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.

Under the direct supervision of the Director of GBLA Long-Term Care Program, the Case Manager is responsible for the overall advocacy services and facility coverage in accordance with the Older American’s Act, the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and GBLA policies and procedures.

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in gerontology, human services, social science, or a related field, and three (3) years’ experience providing social case work services focused on aged or incapacitated adults in a public, private or non-profit social services agency.
  2. Willingness to travel throughout the Kern County Area.
  3. Must be able to interview effectively in a variety of settings.
  4. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  5. Excellent organizational and telephone skills.
  6. Ability to interface/relate well with all levels of staff and with the public.
  7. Respond appropriately and in a timely manner to deadlines, and crisis or emergency situations.
  8. Proficiency in MS applications (Windows, Word, and Excel).
  9. Must have a valid California Driver’s License, automobile insurance and reliable transportation.
  10. Bilingual (English/Spanish) desirable.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Provide continuing community presence through visits to assigned long-term care facilities within Kern County.
  2. Identify, receive, investigate and seek resolution to complaints made by or on behalf of long-term care residents.
  3. Receive and conduct investigations of reports of alleged elder abuse in long-term care facilities where the Ombudsman Program has jurisdiction.
  4. Attend Resident and Family council meeting and Citation Review Conferences, as required.
  5. Supervise volunteer Ombudsman, as assigned.
  6. Compile and report statistical data in conformance with established policies and procedures.
  7. Report significant trends and cases to Director of Long-Term Care Services on a regular basis.
  8. Attend in-service meetings.
  9. Successful completion of the State Ombudsman Certification training and Live Scan fingerprinting.
  10. Provide back-up to the Director of Long-Term Care Services as required.
  11. Other Duties: Due to changing program and demands, funding source expectations and/or changes in agency policy, as assigned, all staff may be expected to perform other duties.

Compensation:

This position is Non-Exempt position with an hourly wage commensurate with qualifications and experience.

GBLA offers a generous benefit package including:

  1. A minimum 37.5 hour work week.
  2. Paid sick and vacation leave, paid holidays.
  3. 100% employer-paid medical premium for employee (dependent coverage optional though a Section 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).

 

IT Support Technician

GBLA has an opportunity for an IT Support Technician in Bakersfield, CA. If you excel in understanding and using emerging technologies, thrive in a dynamic team environment, and enjoy developing solutions to complex issues, then this may be the right opportunity for you.

The IT Support Technician plays a unique role at GBLA  by using evolving and emerging technologies to support GBLA’s mission to promote social change and justice through high quality legal services to the low-income community.

Qualifications:

  1. Associates Degree in Computer Science or Management Information Systems
  2. Minimum of two years experience in desktop support or system administration
  3. Experience troubleshooting software and hardware issues
  4. Experience installing, operating, and maintaining Microsoft products (Windows Server, Office 365, Exchange, etc.)
  5. Network hardware support experience
  6. Back end, front end, or full stack web development experience a plus

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Main responsibility is keeping technology fully operational
  2. Install, test, support, upgrade, configure, monitor, and maintain GBLA systems
  3. Timely and efficiently respond and resolve IT issues and requests
  4. Troubleshoot software and hardware issues
  5. Provide technical support to GBLA staff (in-person or remotely)
  6. Create, setup, and maintain user accounts across multiple platforms
  7. Interface with Managed IT provider LANPRO Systems, Inc.

Compensation:

This position is Non-Exempt position with an hourly wage commensurate with qualifications and experience.

GBLA offers a generous benefit package including:

  1. A minimum 37.5 hour work week.
  2. Paid sick and vacation leave, paid holidays.
  3. 100% employer-paid medical premium for employee (dependent coverage optional though a Section 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).

 

 

Staff Attorney – Community Homeless Law Center Project

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA), a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to people living with low income/low opportunity, seeks a Staff Attorney to work in its Community Homeless Law Center.

The goal of the Community Homeless Law Center Project is to remove legal barriers to obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. The Project uses a wrap-around approach to address the needs of homeless clients that involves both legal and social services.

The Project addresses health, public benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), domestic violence, Homeless Court, consumer, education, child support, and other matters. In partnership with Flood Ministries, homeless individuals can get assistance with initial SSI/SSDI applications via the SOAR model.

In addition to participating in community outreach events, including legal clinics, and developing relationships with service providers, the Staff Attorney will practice creative problem solving and litigation to address novel issues as well as the following routine items: landlord-tenant issues such as eviction, harassment, illegal lockouts, and citations.

Qualifications:

  1. Commitment to GBLA’s mission and values.
  2. Active, good-standing membership with the California State Bar
  3. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  4. 1-3 years demonstrated experience in eviction defense, land use issues and/or federally subsidized housing programs preferred
  5. Demonstrated commitment to working with low-income communities
  6. Excellent oral/written communication skills
  7. Strong public speaking skills and ability to train a variety of audiences, from clients to pro bono attorneys
  8. Ability to manage multiple complex matters and work independently
  9. Strong organizational skills
  10. Must have reliable transportation and a valid California Driver’s license

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 minimum 37.5 hour work week.
  2. Paid sick and vacation leave, paid holidays.
  3. 100% employer-paid medical premium for employee (dependent coverage optional though a Section 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).

 

Staff Attorney – Public Benefits Project

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA) is a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to people living with low income/low opportunity. GBLA seeks a Staff Attorney to work in its Public Benefits Unit.

The Public Benefits Unit assists individuals who are having difficulty accessing or maintaining health and income maintenance benefits such as Medicaid, Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance, and other benefits. The Public Benefits Unit also addresses issues related to Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income and Medicare.

The Staff Attorney will be responsible for representing clients in matters before state and federal agencies. Responsibilities include case management, legal research and writing, drafting legal documents, representation in administrative hearings, and state and federal litigation. Responsibilities include involvement in community outreach activities and participating in collaborative efforts with agency partners on public benefits matters.

Qualifications:

  1. Commitment to GBLA’s mission and values.
  2. Active, good-standing membership with the California State Bar
  3. Bilingual English/Spanish language speaking and writing ability preferred
  4. 1-3 years demonstrated experience of public benefits or healthcare advocacy experience preferred.
  5. Familiarity with mental-health issues, and state and federal laws regarding disability benefits (SSI, SSDI, OA-HIPP, ADAP, Covered California, Medi-Cal, Medicare, etc.) preferred
  6. Demonstrated commitment to working with low-income communities
  7. Excellent oral/written communication skills
  8. Ability to manage multiple complex matters and work independently
  9. Ability to be sensitive to and work well with low-income individuals, people with psychiatric disabilities, active drug users, people with a history of homelessness or incarceration
  10. Strong organizational skills
  11. Must have reliable transportation and a valid California Driver’s license

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 minimum 37.5 hour work week.
  2. Paid sick and vacation leave, paid holidays.
  3. 100% employer-paid medical premium for employee (dependent coverage optional though a Section 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).

 

Staff Attorney – Fair Housing Law Project

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA) seeks an Attorney to work in our Fair Housing Law Project.

Under the direct supervision of the Fair Housing Litigator, the Staff Attorney is responsible for providing investigative, educational outreach and litigation support, within the framework of the GBLA 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).

This position requires good knowledge of the theory and practices of civil rights; good knowledge of techniques of data gathering, interpretation, interviewing and investigation; good knowledge of pertinent regulations relating to fair housing laws; ability to gather and analyze facts objectively, draw logical conclusions and propose practical solutions to problems; ability to operate a  computer using standard or customized software applications appropriate to assigned tasks including software programs such as Microsoft Word, Essential Forms, WestLaw, Internet Explorer, case management systems, etc; ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines; ability to interpret and apply pertinent laws, contracts, rules, policies and procedures.

Qualifications:

  1. Commitment to GBLA’s mission and values.
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  3. Organized and detailed.
  4. Ability to work independently as well as support team efforts, and to strategize and plan so as to timely and consistently meet grant deliverables and reporting requirements.
  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 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.