Regional Disaster Legal Assistance Collaboration Coordinator
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) has been a leader in disaster legal assistance for over 25 years. Most recently, NLSLA provided legal assistance to low-income 2018 and 2019 Wildfire survivors in Los Angeles County. In fall 2018, the California Community Foundation provided NLSLA with funding to support its work to expand and formalize a regional response to disaster legal services that includes regional legal aid providers, pro bono attorneys, law schools, bar associations and community organizations that serve vulnerable populations by creating a Regional Disaster Legal Services Collaboration.
This position will help play a key role in assisting the Regional Collaboration with developing a coordinated response to address the immediate and long-term legal needs of low-income families, older adults, people with disabilities, immigrants and other vulnerable populations impacted by disaster. This position will assist the Regional Disaster Legal Assistance Collaboration at each stage at it develops a comprehensive plan to mobilize the legal community in the event of a disaster including increasing pro bono capacity, developing a plan for outreach to vulnerable populations, and coordinating advocacy. Critical to the success of an effective response plan is developing and training pools of volunteer attorneys. Accordingly, the Coordinator will be instrumental in the management of the disaster volunteer attorneys, providing support to NLSLA’s Disaster Legal Services Pro Bono Coordinator and the Director of Pro Bono and Policy Advocacy.
Position: Regional Disaster Legal Assistance Collaboration Coordinator Availability: Open Immediately.
Compensation: Salary Starting at $50,000 - Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent Benefits which include: choice of medical, dental, vision; life and disability insurance plans; 125 plan; 403(b) with employer contribution, loan reimbursement, bilingual pay supplement, sick and vacation pay, and 13 employer-paid holidays.
Duties and Responsibilities: • Core Group Start-up Activities: The Coordinator will support the Regional Collaboration as it develops goals and priorities during its first year of operation. • Member Recruitment: The Coordinator, under the direction of NLSLA’s Disaster Legal Services Pro Bono Coordinator and NLSLA’s Director of Pro Bono and Policy Advocacy, will help recruit potential partners, including law firms, law schools, community-based organizations, public agencies and elected officials; • Collaboration Support: Facilitate Collaboration activities, including setting a meeting calendar, facilitating meetings, drafting agendas, independently tracking and assisting with completion of action items from meetings, proposing ideas, actively participating in meetings and activities with Collaboration members, and other supportive activities as needed. • Disaster Volunteer Recruitment: he Coordinator will work closely with NLSLA’s Director of Pro Bono and Policy Advocacy and Disaster Legal Services Pro Bono Coordinator to assist with all aspects of recruiting disaster volunteers, including organizing and managing the recruitment of volunteers; working with social, civic and local organizations to develop partnerships, and where appropriate, to develop and/or utilize volunteers; developing and implementing volunteer training programs; maintaining and updating records on all volunteers; and setting up and attending pro bono coordination meetings. • Disaster Legal Assistance Conference: The Coordinator will oversee all logistical aspects of the conferences the Regional Collaboration undertakes; duties will include supporting meeting and conference needs, assisting the planning committee; establishing a budget; and developing a conference marketing plan.
Organizational Relationships Reports to Director of Pro Bono and Policy Advocacy and takes direction from the Disaster Legal Services Pro Bono Coordinator.
NLSLA is one of Los Angeles County's leading public interest law offices and has been the primary legal aid program serving the cities of Burbank and Glendale and the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys for more than 50 years and the city of Pasadena and San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys since 2001. The NLSLA staff of 135+, including 55 lawyers, provides legal assistance to low-income individuals, families and groups in the areas of family law and domestic violence, housing, health care, education, public benefits, economic and job development, immigrant rights, consumer rights and environmental justice. The NLSLA headquarters is located in Glendale, CA with branch offices in Pacoima, El Monte and Boyle Heights.
Minimum Qualifications: • A bachelor’s degree is required. Good administrative skills and attention to detail are necessary. Must have experience working with non-profit and/or community-based organizations. Prefer experience in grants administration and community outreach. Experience in health policy, education and/or public relations helpful. • Must have excellent communication skills (oral and written). Must be able to work with diverse populations. Must have superb organizational and interpersonal skills. Must be comfortable with public speaking and presentations. • Experience working with vulnerable populations. • Requires great attention to detail, ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and ability to work well under pressure and in limited time frames. • Must have an excellent work ethic, be an initiator, and be diplomatic. Must be a logical, organized thinker and highly analytical. Prefer a “natural” leader. • Bilingual proficiency in Spanish is preferred.
To apply: Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to:
Elizabeth Brown, Director of Human Resources
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
1102 E. Chevy Chase Drive Glendale, CA 91205
Fax: (818) 291-1790 E-mail: email@example.com
NLSLA is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at NLSLA are based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to age, race, color, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status, family or parental status, or any other status protected by federal and CA state laws. NLSLA will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.