Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Legal Aid Foundation of LA Opportunity


1102 S. Crenshaw Boulevard ­ Los Angeles, CA 90019 ­(323) 801-7991

POSITION: SOCIAL WORKER, MSW (Temporary one-year position)

LOCATION: Various Offices (Long Beach, Los Angeles)

SALARY: $41,897 - $57,769/DOE, excellent benefits


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Continuous until position is filled

The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is the frontline law firm for low-income people in Los Angeles and is currently accepting applications for the position of Social Worker. LAFLA is committed to promoting access to justice, strengthening communities, fighting discrimination, and effecting systemic change through representation, advocacy, and community education.

The Organization: LAFLA ( consists of approximately 160 employees, and over 60 attorneys. The program has an annual operating budget of more than 19 million, and operates six neighborhood offices and four court-based offices.


Masters Degree in Social Work;

Dedication to helping survivors of domestic violence in their quest for justice and self-sufficieny;

Excellent organizational, cross-cultural communication skills;

Prior advocacy or academic experience in family and/or immigration law preferred; and

Bilingual; Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese or Khmer preferred.


· Ability to work with survivors of domestic violence;

· Interview clients and assess legal, social, medical, psychological and other needs to assist them to better navigate the legal process;

· Provide support to clients’ psychosocial needs, parenting needs, life skills and job development, and assist in the creation of plans to help the survivor become more independent and stable. Coordinate counseling, medical and mental health treatment, housing, education, job-training, and other social services;

· Coordinate and conduct support groups, provide counseling and emotional support to survivors to help them maintain relative stability while they process their legal cases and pursue other remedies and benefits;

· Verify initial and/or on-going eligibility with the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) and communicating with DPSS staff regarding eligibility and progress;

· Assist survivors recount their experiences to complete applications for family law, immigration, and other forms of relief and prepare testimony while providing support to minimize retraumatization;

· Coordinate communication with and advocate on behalf of clients to law enforcement, government agencies, social service agencies, educational institutions, medical and legal professionals, and others to help clients understand and navigate the legal system.

HOW TO APPLY - Please submit a resume to Diane Talamantez, Human Resources, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 1102 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019;; (323)801-7945 via fax.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD - A nine months probationary period will be required.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.

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