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BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Outreach Specialist

Description: 

WNC Health and Economic Opportunity Program – BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Outreach Specialist

The position can be based anywhere in the 18-county Western North Carolina region 

Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) is a community-based non-profit legal aid agency governed by a local Board of Directors.  Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Pisgah Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in WNC. The organization currently has offices in Asheville, Brevard, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Highlands-Cashiers, Marshall, Newland, and Rutherfordton. 

With over 100 dedicated staff, including over 30 attorneys plus program staff, and an active group of 300 volunteer attorneys, the program provides free services to over 20,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in the poverty law areas of housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, immigration, and consumer law. 

Nature of the Position: Pisgah Legal Service is introducing a new program, the WNC Health and Economic Opportunity Program (HEOP) to support our mission in 18 Western North Carolina counties as part of a multi-year grant funded expansion of anti-poverty work within the broad areas of free tax preparation/tax credits and outreach/enrollment for Affordable Care Act health insurance. Counties serviced include: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey. The WNC HEOP is designed to have long-term impact through two main priorities: (1) reduce the child poverty rate in each WNC county and (2) increase the insured rate through quality, affordable health care coverage in each WNC county. The program will work in conjunction with the entire PLS legal aid staff to support expanding free legal assistance to help a growing number of low-income people each year to solve problems related to basic needs, particularly housing, domestic violence, health care, and insufficient income.

The BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Outreach Specialist works at the grassroots level with communities of color in Western North Carolina on the goals of the WNC HEOP: to ensure more people have access to health care coverage, and to help low-income individuals file taxes. The primary work of the position includes understanding the benefits of enrolling in coverage in the ACA and the basic understanding of how to do so, understanding the benefits of filing taxes to gain access to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit and the basic understanding of how to do so, community engagement and outreach to provide education and access to quality affordable healthcare and free tax services, and supporting BIPOC outreach across the Western North Carolina region. 

The position can be based anywhere in the 18-county Western North Carolina region.

Responsibilities 

  • Commitment to PLS’ mission, values and vision.
  • Develop relationships with local community organizations and partners to engage in community education, outreach, and making referrals;
  • Work with a team of staff and volunteers collaboratively; 
  • Organize and conduct outreach including marketing, public relations, establishing new community connections, and interagency relationships;
  • Work with other local enrollment assisters and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) to organize outreach and events;
  • Work with community organizations and key leaders in outreach activities for Medical-Legal Partnership work, building the connection between health outcomes and legal services to alleviate poverty; 
  • Perform outreach for legal services, enrollment, and tax assistance outreach such as presentations, newsletters and hosting a table at the following settings:
    1. Jails/prisons/detention centers
    2. Treatment facilities
    3. Faith-based organizations
    4. Low-incoming housing developments
    5. Community-based organizations
    6. Health fairs
    7. Food banks;
  • Receive referrals for Pisgah Legal Services;
  • Learn and utilize web-based software programs for reporting outcomes and tracking consumer forms;
  • Provide all information and services in a manner that is culturally and linguistically appropriate and ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities;
  • Passionately support the idea of access to quality healthcare for all people;
  • Passionately support the idea of refundable tax credits for low-income families;
  • Provide all information and services in a manner that is culturally and linguistically appropriate and ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities;
  • Provide remote services through phone, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other platforms until COVID-19 restrictions permit in-office work. 

Qualifications

  • Significant experience and commitment to working with and supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color);
  • Bilingual Spanish written and oral skills;
  • Demonstrated skills at socio-economic and cultural sensitivity; 
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, consumers, clients, board members, donors, community groups, member organizations and others; 
  • Comfortable with public speaking and representing PLS in a public setting; 
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently; 
  • Detail-oriented, accurate and organized; 
  • Personal/professional roots in and strong network of connections in WNC communities;
  • Ability to understand, remember, and carry out complex instructions;
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams;
  • Have reliable transportation and be available to drive to locations in the Western North Carolina area;
  • Possess socio-economic and cultural sensitivity and interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with people who may be angry, upset, or ill. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in areas such as Social Work, Public Health, Policy or a related field. Two years of prior community experience.  
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.

Salary/ Benefits

Salary ranges from $34,515 – $52,252 depending on experience.  

Our salary scale is predetermined based on the years of relative professional work experience that qualify for this position to ensure equity in pay.  Pisgah Legal Services is a Living Wage Certified Employer in 18 WNC counties:  Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey.

Employees are eligible for medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage the 1st of the month following the start date.  Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) pays 100% of the Employee and 50% of the Dependent Cost for BCBS Medical and Dental coverage.  PLS pays 50% of the Employee Coverage Cost for BCBS Vision coverage.   PLS pays 100% of Long-Term & Short-Term Disability Coverage, Life Insurance Coverage of 5x base salary + an additional $15,000 Life & AD&D Coverage.  401k Retirement Plan after 6 months of employment.  Additional Fringe Benefits includes Paid Parental Leave, 12.5 Company Holidays, 22 Paid Leave Days, Paid Sabbatical Leave for Attorneys, Employee Assistance Program for entire household and a great working environment with work life balance!

To Apply

Submit your online application with resume and cover letter through our Career Center located at https://www.pisgahlegal.org/jobs

PLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice. 

Pisgah Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with our Human Resources department.

COVID-19 Safety Information:

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Pisgah Legal Services has worked tirelessly to promote evidence-based practices across our entire organization. With this in mind, as of January 4th, all Pisgah employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine.   Employees who are unvaccinated or have an approved exemption will be required to provide verified weekly COVID-19 test results.  We currently have COVID-19 safety precautions in place such as working remotely as our business allows, requiring face masks while meeting with clients or co-workers, providing outdoor meeting areas to meet with clients while wearing masks, limiting onsite visits by meeting virtually or by phone with clients.  Pisgah Legal Services also conducts temperature checks at our location upon arrival.  

Requirements: 
  • Significant experience and commitment to working with and supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color);
  • Bilingual Spanish written and oral skills;
  • Demonstrated skills at socio-economic and cultural sensitivity; 
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, consumers, clients, board members, donors, community groups, member organizations and others; 
  • Comfortable with public speaking and representing PLS in a public setting; 
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently; 
  • Detail-oriented, accurate and organized; 
  • Personal/professional roots in and strong network of connections in WNC communities;
  • Ability to understand, remember, and carry out complex instructions;
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams;
  • Have reliable transportation and be available to drive to locations in the Western North Carolina area;
  • Possess socio-economic and cultural sensitivity and interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with people who may be angry, upset, or ill. 
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in areas such as Social Work, Public Health, Policy or a related field. Two years of prior community experience.  
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
To Apply: 

Submit your online application with resume and cover letter through our Career Center located at https://www.pisgahlegal.org/jobs

Information

Submission Deadline: 
August 15, 2022
Organization Information: 
Pisgah Legal Services
62A Charlotte St
Asheville, NC 28801
United States
Phone: 828-210-3412