Social Worker (Housing)
WHO WE ARE The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley advances the rights of underrepresented individuals and families in our diverse community through legal aid, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. We serve over 10,000 individuals and families each year through our Housing Program, Children & Youth Program, and Health Program. Our attorneys, social workers, and advocates use legal advocacy as a tool for social change by crafting inventive solutions to the legal issues facing low-income people in our region. With a staff of 90 employees, we are the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay region of the Bay Area. Our work is collaborative and meaningful and includes plenty of opportunities for professional growth. As a staff, we actively engage in discussions about race, equity, and inclusion, and are actively working towards a Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-centered legal services practice that incorporates community and movement lawyering. The State of California eviction moratorium came to an end on September 30, 2021, after two extensions. We are actively preparing to manage the increased legal aid caseload by growing the Housing Program team. WHAT YOU'LL DO The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley advances the rights of underrepresented individuals and families in our diverse community through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach. Now with over 90 employees, the Law Foundation is the largest provider of free legal services in the South Bay. Located in downtown San Jose, the Law Foundation is dynamic interesting place to work. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. We are working towards a race-conscious legal services practice. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Conduct home visits and assess the needs of clients being served by the Law Foundation’s housing program. Work with housing attorneys and community housing advocates in case assessment, strategy, and management in order to keep clients housed. Participate in community outreach sessions. Advocate for clients in meetings. Maintain statistics on clients served. Help with ongoing case management to help housing clients comply with settlement agreements. Participate in general office upkeep duties, including computer data entry of intake information. Identify and make appropriate referrals to outside agencies for clients facing housing insecurity. Ultimate placements and job duties will be assigned based upon the needs of the Law Foundation with consideration for the interests, skills, and experience of the applicant. WHO YOU ARE At least a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in social work, psychology, or a related field At least 3 years’ experience as a case manager and/or Social Worker, or alternatively, an Master’s Degree in Social Work Background in working with adults and families in crisis, facing homelessness, and adults with mental illness. Experience working in a high-volume with clients facing trauma Valid Driver’s License, with good driving record, or other transportation to, for example, conduct client visits, outreach presentations, and drop off rent deposits. Ability to work sensitively with adults and families in crisis. Knowledge of and experience with Santa Clara County social service agencies & providers. Ability to work independently and be self-motivated. Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills. Bilingual ability and/or bi-cultural background in Spanish or Vietnamese required. Experience working with individuals from multi-ethnic communities desired Preferred experience working with attorneys or in a legal setting. WHAT WE OFFER Salary scale starts at $59,775.90 for a BA level case manager/ social worker with 3 years of experience or $60,017.40 for an entry-level candidate with a MSW. All compensation determined by the wage table of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between SEIu Local 521 and LFSV. Excellent benefits are provided including: Excellent benefits are provided including: 18 paid holidays per year 3-5 weeks of vacation per year 12 days of sick leave per year Medical, dental, and vision insurance A robust Employee Assistance Program that includes free/discounted mental health therapy and wellness services for employees and their dependents A 401(k) retirement plan with employer contributions A sabbatical after 5 years of employment An annual budget for professional development An additional monthly stipend for those who are bilingual Remote work: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employees are currently working remotely for the foreseeable future, subject to some exceptions. We have also implemented rigorous health and safety protocols to minimize risk of exposure for staff who occasionally need, or want, to work from the office. We are open to providing flexibility regarding work schedules and locations to the extent feasible for each position. More information regarding the Law Foundation is available here: www.lawfoundation.org EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT The Law Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, women, people living with disabilities, older people, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to apply. It is the policy of the Law Foundation to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition or genetic information, veteran status, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status. The Law Foundation will conform to the spirit, as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.
HOW TO APPLY Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Please submit the following items via email to firstname.lastname@example.org: (1) Your resume, (2) At least three professional references, and (3) A cover letter that explains your interest in the position and The Law Foundation, and also addresses this question: To best serve our clients and our community, the Law Foundation is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How has your personal background or professional experiences prepared you to contribute to, and advocate for, social justice, race equity, and diversity within the Law Foundation and for the communities we serve?
July 6, 2022
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
4 North Second Street | Suite 1300San Jose, CA 95113