Job Description also posted on our website http://www.justiceinaging.org/staff-attorney-or-senior-staff-attorney-oakland-or-los-angeles-office/
Justice in Aging seeks an attorney with a strong commitment to elder justice and legal services for older adults to join our organization. The successful candidate will strengthen Justice in Aging’s elder justice initiatives to protect the health and economic security of older Americans, with particular focus on older adults of color, women, those with limited English proficiency, and LGBTQ older adults. The attorney will also play a key role in supporting legal services attorneys and the aging and disability network through the National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER), which Justice in Aging administers under a contract with the Administration for Community Living. The location for this position is Oakland or Los Angeles, CA.
Justice in Aging uses the power of law and our expertise in safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and SSI to fight senior poverty. Founded as a legal services back-up center in 1972, we have a rich tradition of successful, high-impact, strategic advocacy on behalf of the more than 7 million seniors living in poverty in America. The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) is a national resource center for the legal services and aging and disability networks, focused on the legal rights of older adults with the greatest social and economic needs. Providing webinars, trainings, written materials, and case consultations, NCLER is a one-stop resource for professionals serving older adults.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidate review will begin on November 15, 2018. Questions about the position can be directed to Katrina Cohens, firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Work with our health, economic security, and NCLER teams to enhance our work on elder justice, including prevention of and remedies for elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
· Develop written materials for both educational and advocacy purposes, including alerts, issue briefs, and training materials.
· Develop training for the legal services, aging and disability networks and respond to technical assistance requests.
· Establish and maintain relationships with members of the legal services, aging and disability networks, including legal services providers, social services providers, state units on aging, area agencies on aging, and others involved in protecting the legal rights of older adults and promoting elder justice.
· Lead or participate in a range of advocacy efforts to promote elder justice.
· Work with other Justice in Aging team members to advance organizational objectives.
· As needed, supervise other attorneys, pro bono attorneys, fellows and law clerks.
· Limited travel will be required.
· A J.D.
· Experience providing direct legal services to low-income older adults.
· Capacity to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
· Effective speaking, presentation, and written communication skills.
· Experience advocating on or representing clients with elder justice issues, including elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
· Familiarity with health and economic security programs for older adults, such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and SSI.
· Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, build internal and external relationships, and work with partners.
· Experience with or interest in partnering with organizations serving diverse populations, such as communities of color.
· Collegial, collaborative approach.
· Diversity of personal and professional experience.
· Passion for social justice for low-income older adults.
Salary for this position will range from $64,000 to $94,000, based on a fixed salary scale. Justice in Aging also offers a competitive benefits package, including health, dental and life insurance; flexible reimbursement plan; 403(b) retirement savings plan; paid parental leave, and generous vacation policy.
Please submit the following to Katrina Cohens, email@example.com:
· cover letter that describes your interest in this particular position and how your skill set would be a good fit,
· one writing sample,
· and three professional references.
In your cover letter, please address the following in order for your application to be considered:
· At Justice in Aging we advocate for older adults, particularly those in populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection, such as women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with limited English proficiency. To promote social justice and best achieve our mission, Justice in Aging is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and creating an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How do you think your personal and/or professional experience or background has prepared you to contribute to a work environment with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences to your response.
Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff and we particularly encourage applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTQ community, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.