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Case Manager – Eviction Defense Center/Right to Counsel

Position:

Case Managers –
  Case Manager (2 positions available) – Eviction Defense Center/Right to Counsel

Location:

TBD

Salary:

$41,846-$45,697/ annual DOE with excellent benefits

Availability:

Immediately

Application Deadline:

Continuous until position is filled.

About the Position:

Are you interested in joining an organization dedicated to increasing access to justice while addressing systemic inequities among the most vulnerable members of the Greater Los Angeles area? If yes, LAFLA is the place for you!

The Organization: LAFLA is a nonprofit law firm that protects and advances the rights of the most underserved—leveling the playing field and ensuring that everyone can have access to the justice system. With more than 90 years of service, LAFLA is the first and most experienced legal aid organization in Greater Los Angeles. LAFLA has more than 170 employees, including more than 80 attorneys, who provide free services and resources on a broad range of civil legal issues that impact health, safety, and self-sufficiency. Every year, LAFLA helps more than 100,000 people find their voice, regain control of their lives, and build a brighter future. Our unique combination of neighborhood offices, self-help centers at courthouses, and domestic violence clinics puts LAFLA on the frontlines in communities at the forefront of change. LAFLA also engages in impact litigation to help enact long-term systemic change—actively collaborating with a network of public and private partners to expand access to justice, identify needs in the communities we serve, and change laws and policies that adversely affect the underserved. For more information, please visit www.lafla.org

The Project: Stay Housed Los Angeles is a new project to bring much-needed eviction defense resources to tenants in Los Angeles County Communities and may be the first step towards a “Right to Counsel” for tenant eviction defense. The team will work in collaboration with other internal and external eviction defense projects as well as a multi-organizational coalition.

LAFLA is currently accepting applications for the position of Case Manager.

**NOTE – This position is part of a special program created using designated funds. There is no assurance of ongoing funding or employment beyond 36 months.

Qualifications:

  • A four (4) year college degree;
  • One (1) year relevant work experience in case management or other relevant experience preferred;
  • Dedication to helping tenants in their quest for justice and self-sufficiency;
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and desire to assist indigent clients;
  • An ability to provide trauma-informed, and culturally competent assistance to tenants;
  • Excellent organizational, cross-cultural communication skills;
  • An ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations to facilitate comprehensive services; and
  • Bilingual language skills helpful.

Examples of Duties:

  • To avoid or reduce the negative impacts of a potential eviction, such as referrals to other service providers, counselors for housing or financial counseling, and related stabilizing measures;
  • Applying for rental assistance through Stay Housed LA or through the State of California;
  • Navigating the transition process in connection with vacating rental property, including paperwork to arrange school transfers or enable students to remain at their current school, arrangements for continuation of healthcare, access to resources to obtain stable housing, finding affordable options for movers, etc.;
  • Assist with non-legal aspects of case, such as following up with clients to ensure compliance with stipulations, including home visits when necessary, facilitating transportation to court, collecting documents and signatures;
  • Assist with stabilizing housing including connecting clients with wrap-around support services for food, healthcare, clothing, government benefits, helping clients get g ID card, providing employment linkage to get job resources or opportunities; and
  • Holistic legal assessments and referrals to appropriate substantive experts;
  • Assist with workshops and clinics; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume online to jobs@lafla.org. Include “Case Manager” in the subject line.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD – A nine-month probationary period will be required.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER – Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition, marital or registered domestic partners status, or any other legally protected status.

**NOTE: LAFLA requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with the exception of staff who are entitled to a reasonable accommodation due to a medical disability or sincerely held religious belief under the law. You will be required to submit proof that you are fully vaccinated upon hire.

Benefits & Compensation

LAFLA offers a diverse environment with competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries. We also offer a generous benefits package for full-time employees including medical, dental, and vision for employees and dependents, life insurance, long-term disability and long-term care insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan. Eligible employees may also qualify for bilingual supplements, law student loan reimbursements, and a cell phone stipend.