CCLS Veterans' Legal Services Project Manager
Job Type
Full-time
Description

Reports to
Director of Pro Bono & Strategic Partnerships 


FLSA Status

Full-Time, Exempt (Non-Union position)


Application Deadline  

Until Filled 


Salary 

$85,895.93 to $98,021.53



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

For over 50 years, CCLS has been representing and advocating for low-income individuals in Merced, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Fresno, Tulare, and Kings Counties. With more than 90 employees, CCLS works to provide high quality, no-cost civil legal services to low-income individuals, families, and communities—improving the wellbeing of our Valley through systems-changing advocacy, client education, and legal work that meets individual clients’ immediate needs. We also work closely with agencies and community organizations that share our commitment to support our clients in being their own agents of change. 



JOB DESCRIPTION

Central California Legal Services (“CCLS”) seeks a dynamic person to join its Pro Bono Program (“PBP”) as Manager of CCLS’ newly-launching Veterans’ Legal Services Project (“VLSP”). Through the VLSP, CCLS serves the unique legal needs of low-income veterans, including whole-person legal services to prevent homelessness and targeting of female veterans. 


The VLSP Manager will work under the supervision of the Director of Pro Bono & Strategic Partnerships, and in collaboration with the Chief Program Officer. The VLSP Manager will supervise two full-time VLSP staff – a VLSP Paralegal and a VLSP Outreach Coordinator. The VLSP will provide legal services through the VLSP staff, CCLS advocates, skilled volunteer attorneys, and other volunteer legal service providers.


The VLSP Manager will organize and operate the VLSP to provide legal services to veterans, conducting an individualized needs assessment and creating a case plan that connects the client with internal CCLS legal services, pro bono services, and external partners. In addition, the VLSP will form partnerships with community organizations such as Veterans’ clinics, student veterans’ offices at community colleges, Veterans’ Stand Down and Stand Up organizers, and other organizations serving veteran populations. Through these partnerships, the VLSP will conduct outreach and clinic services.


 

Requirements

  

DUTIES

  • With supervision, take the lead in designing and operating the VLSP;
  • Manage the VLSP Paralegal and Outreach Coordinator;
  • In coordination with the PBP Director and the Chief Program Officer, define and implement case assessment and referral protocols and processes with both internal and external partners;
  • Assist the Director of the PBP with volunteer recruitment, management, placement, support, and recognition;
  • In collaboration with CCLS advocates and the Director, create and maintain volunteer training materials for CCLS clinic and project volunteer opportunities;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community organizations to serve as pipelines for client referrals and as partners for clinic and outreach programs;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with partners providing legal services outside of CCLS’ practice group services, such as veterans’ discharge upgrades;
  • In collaboration with other CCLS outreach and communications staff, oversee outreach efforts to reach veterans in CCLS’ core service counties;
  • Assist the Director with development and documentation of VLSP policies and evaluation metrics;
  • In collaboration with the Director, Chief Program Officer, and Grants Manager, assist in collecting data and other information required for funder reporting;
  • Join the CCLS staff in furthering a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging;  
  • Travel to meetings and events in counties served by CCLS as needed; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS

  • Juris Doctor degree;
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of California within eighteen months of hire;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, goal-oriented, and highly organized;
  • At least three years’ experience with veterans’ legal issues;
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, public speaking, and interpersonal;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines concurrently; 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners;
  • Experience implementing federal grants preferred;
  • Experience recruiting, engaging, managing, and inspiring volunteers preferred;
  • Able to work with clients who are under multiple stressors; to respond to them with empathy and understanding; and to advocate for them;
  • Experience with and enjoyment of working with people from a wide range of economic spheres, cultures, languages, abilities, and geographic areas;
  • Represent CCLS on relevant committees, task forces, and working groups in the veterans’ community;
  • Demonstrated ability to train, motivate, and inspire others; 
  • Passion for serving veterans;
  • Ability to travel, as needed; and
  • Bi-lingual ability is a plus (English/Spanish or English/Hmong). 


  

CCLS is an equal opportunity employer: we value equity, inclusion, and diversity, across all races, cultures, classes, ages, religions, gender identities and presentations, sexual orientations, body sizes, family structures, abilities, and all categories protected by law. We encourage all interested individuals to apply. CCLS is subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Salary Description
$85,895 to $98,021