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MHAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, mental or physical disability, or any other basis protected by law.

Paralegal/Legal Services Advocate

ANNUAL SALARY: $45,000

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION:
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and advance the legal rights of children and adults with mental health disabilities in order to maximize autonomy, promote equality, and secure the resources needed to thrive in the community. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental health disabilities.

FRINGE BENEFITS AND WORK CULTURE:
Generous fringe benefits include paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; employee health, dental, vision, long term disability, and life insurance; and parking pass or Metro card.

MHAS is proud of its collegial, family-friendly culture that respects the work/life balance of its employees. To that end, MHAS is willing to consider flexible work schedules on a case-by-case basis. MHAS also provides employees with frequent wellness opportunities, including staff gatherings featuring food, a daily stretch break, and trainings on stress management and mindfulness.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
MHAS seeks to hire a full-time Paralegal/Legal Services Advocate to support MHAS’ provision of legal services to children and adults with mental health disabilities. This position will support a number of MHAS’ core projects including MHAS’ participation in the LA County Whole Person Care Medical-Legal Partnership, MHAS’ Homelessness Prevention project, MHAS’ Reentry project, MHAS’ Fair Housing project, and MHAS’ Special Education project. Through all of these projects, MHAS provides legal advocacy for and direct legal services to vulnerable clients to ensure they have the resources and support needed to achieve better mental health outcomes and overall well-being.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

  1. Assist with client screening and intake;
  2. Perform general administrative tasks including data entry for timekeeping and case management;
  3. Under attorney supervision, provide limited service to clients;
  4. Work in conjunction with Staff Attorneys in cases that involve housing, government benefits, special education, mental health law, criminal expungement, and other issues;
  5. Maintain well organized legal files and accurate case statistics;
  6. Assist with the administrative aspects of opening and closing files;
  7. Collect client data for grant reporting purposes;
  8. Participate in clinics and other community outreach projects;
  9. Provide other general administrative support as requested; and
  10. Assist with other projects and tasks as assigned related to MHAS’ mission.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Four (4) year degree or Paralegal Certificate.
  2. Experience in providing assistance to the poverty population, including experience in interviewing clients.
  3. Excellent organizational skills.
  4. Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time, and meet deadlines.
  5. Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work well with diverse social, economic, and ethnic groups.
  6. Ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers, students, attorneys, various government personnel, and community members.
  7. Self-motivated, takes initiative, ability to learn quickly.
  8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Spanish language fluency or proficiency preferred.
  2. One (1) year relevant work experience preferred.
  3. Knowledge of various areas of law such as housing, government benefits, special education, mental health law, and criminal expungements preferred.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE:
Submit the following to info@mhas-la.org (state “Employment Application” in subject line):

  1. Resume; and
  2. Cover letter describing how applicant meets the minimum and desirable qualifications and discussing applicant’s motivation for seeking the position.

MHAS seeks a candidate who is available to begin work ideally February 3, 2020.

Click here to view PDF of the Paralegal/Legal Services Advocate. 

Director of Legal Services

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION: Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and advance the legal rights of children and adults with mental health disabilities in order to maximize autonomy, promote equality, and secure the resources needed to thrive in the community. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental health disabilities.

ANNUAL SALARY: Depends on experience.

FRINGE BENEFITS AND WORK CULTURE:
Generous fringe benefits include paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; employee health, dental, vision, long term disability, and life insurance; and parking pass and/or Metro card.

MHAS is proud of its collegial, family-friendly culture that respects the work/life balance of its employees. To that end, MHAS is willing to consider flexible work schedules on a case-by-case basis. MHAS also provides employees with frequent wellness opportunities, including staff gatherings featuring food, a daily stretch break, and trainings on stress management and mindfulness.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
MHAS seeks a dynamic and strategic individual to serve as MHAS’ Director of Legal Services, responsible for overseeing the organization’s provision of legal services to children and adults with mental health disabilities. This position will report to the Executive Director and will oversee MHAS’ participation in the LA County Whole Person Care Medical-Legal Partnership, MHAS’ Homelessness Prevention project, MHAS’ Reentry project, MHAS’ Fair Housing project, and MHAS’ Special Education project. Through all of these projects, MHAS provides legal advocacy for and direct legal services to vulnerable clients to ensure they have the resources and support needed to achieve better mental health outcomes and overall well-being.

The ideal candidate will be able to provide substantive legal supervision and guidance to staff attorneys in several of the following subject areas: housing, eviction defense, public benefits, consumer law, special education, tickets and expungement, and health and mental health law.

Other responsibilities will include overseeing legal training and technical assistance provided by our staff attorneys to both staff and clients at our mental health partner agencies. The Director of Legal Services will also take on such other client and policy work from time to time as deemed appropriate to MHAS’ mission and client goals.

MHAS utilizes a shared leadership model wherein all members of the Senior Leadership Team, including this position, meet regularly to discuss strategies and make decisions about staffing, funding, and programs in order to most effectively fulfill MHAS’ mission.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

  1. Direct MHAS’ provision of legal services and ensure that MHAS staff attorneys and advocates provide competent legal assistance to clients through advice and counsel, research and writing, negotiation, and administrative/court advocacy;
  2. Partner with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and other members of Senior Leadership to set the organization’s strategic priorities;
  3. Manage and coordinate advocacy efforts that seek systemic change on issues arising from these practice areas and advocate for the expanded availability of legal services;
  4. Develop, maintain and improve existing relationships with legal and social service organizations and governmental agencies, and develop new relationships with key organizations and agencies relevant to the agency;
  5. Interview, hire and train staff attorneys, legal fellows, law clerks, and non-attorney advocates;
  6. Plan, assign, and direct work, regularly evaluate performance, and provide ongoing feedback and teaching;
  7. Mentor supervising attorneys via regular individual check in meetings;
  8. Conduct weekly case review meetings to ensure that legal services provided are consistent with MHAS priorities, policies, and procedures, and that they maximize MHAS’ resources to provide the highest quality in services;
  9. Assist with managing grants including tracking progress towards grant deliverables, drafting reports, and overseeing data collection/analysis;
  10. Maintain expertise in a broad range of poverty law issues;
  11. Oversee and, at times, directly provide technical assistance and training to staff and clients at MHAS’ mental health partner agencies;
  12. Help to lead efforts aimed at increasing organizational diversity, equity and inclusion; and
  13. Execute other projects and tasks as identified, related to MHAS’s mission.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. D. degree and membership in California State Bar.
  2. Significant leadership and management experience.
  3. Commitment and sensitivity to the rights of people with mental health disabilities and other vulnerable populations.
  4. Excellent supervision skills.
  5. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.
  6. Excellent demonstrated people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Seven+ years legal experience strongly preferred.
  2. Experience in the disability rights movement and/or extensive contacts in the disability community.
  3. Experience advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations.
  4. Spanish language fluency or proficiency helpful but not required.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE:
Submit the following to info@mhas-la.org (state “Employment Application” in subject line):

  1. Resume; and
  2. Cover letter describing how applicant meets the minimum and desirable qualifications and discussing applicant’s motivation for seeking the position.

MHAS seeks a candidate who is available to begin work in early 2020.

Click here to view PDF of the Director of Legal Services job post. 

Supervising Attorney

ANNUAL SALARY: Depends on experience.

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION:
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and advance the legal rights of children and adults with mental health disabilities in order to maximize autonomy, promote equality, and secure the resources needed to thrive in the community. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental health disabilities.

FRINGE BENEFITS AND WORK CULTURE:
Generous fringe benefits include paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; employee health, dental, vision, long term disability, and life insurance; and parking pass and/or Metro card.

MHAS is proud of its collegial, family-friendly culture that respects the work/life balance of its employees. To that end, MHAS is willing to consider flexible work schedules on a case-by-case basis. MHAS also provides employees with frequent wellness opportunities, including staff gatherings featuring food, a daily stretch break, and trainings on stress management and mindfulness.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
MHAS seeks to hire a full-time Supervising Attorney to join MHAS’ Senior Leadership Team and oversee 2-3 of the following core projects: MHAS’ participation in the LA County Whole Person Care Medical-Legal Partnership, MHAS’ Homelessness Prevention project, MHAS’ Reentry project, MHAS’ Fair Housing project, and/or MHAS’ Special Education project. Through all of these projects, MHAS provides legal advocacy for and direct legal services to vulnerable clients to ensure they have the resources and support needed to achieve better mental health outcomes and overall well-being.

The ideal candidate will be able to provide substantive legal supervision and guidance to staff attorneys in several of the following subject areas: housing, eviction defense, public benefits, consumer law, special education, tickets and expungement, and health and mental health law.

Other responsibilities will include overseeing legal training and technical assistance provided by our staff attorneys to both staff and clients at our mental health partner agencies. The attorney will also take on such other client and policy work from time to time as deemed appropriate to MHAS’ mission and client goals.

MHAS utilizes a shared leadership model wherein all members of the Senior Leadership Team, including this position, meet regularly to discuss strategies and make decisions about staffing, funding, and programs in order to most effectively fulfill MHAS’ mission.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

  1. Supervise 2-3 of MHAS’ projects and ensure that MHAS staff attorneys in these projects provide competent legal assistance to clients through advice and counsel, research and writing, negotiation, and administrative/court advocacy;
  2. Interview, hire and train staff attorneys, legal fellows, law clerks, and non-attorney advocates;
  3. Plan, assign, and direct work, regularly evaluate performance, and provide ongoing feedback and teaching;
  4. Mentor staff attorneys and other non-attorney advocates via regular individual check in meetings and team case review meetings;
  5. Assist with managing grants including tracking progress towards grant deliverables, drafting reports, and overseeing data collection/analysis;
  6. Maintain expertise in a broad range of poverty law issues;
  7. Oversee and, at times, directly provide technical assistance and training to staff and clients at MHAS’ mental health partner agencies; and
  8. Execute other projects and tasks as identified, related to MHAS’s mission.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. D. degree and membership in California State Bar.
  2. Commitment and sensitivity to the rights of people with mental health disabilities and other vulnerable populations.
  3. Excellent oral and written communication skills with attention to detail.
  4. Excellent supervision skills.
  5. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Five + years legal experience strongly preferred.
  2. Experience advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations.
  3. Spanish language fluency or proficiency helpful but not required.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE:
Submit the following to info@mhas-la.org (state “Employment Application” in subject line):

  1. Resume; and
  2. Cover letter describing how applicant meets the minimum and desirable qualifications and discussing applicant’s motivation for seeking the position.

MHAS seeks a candidate who is available to begin work in early 2020.

Click here to view PDF of the Supervising Attorney job posting.

Homelessness Prevention Staff Attorney

ANNUAL SALARY: $60,000 + depending on experience.

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION:
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and advance the legal rights of children and adults with mental health disabilities in order to maximize autonomy, promote equality, and secure the resources needed to thrive in the community. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental health disabilities.

FRINGE BENEFITS AND WORK CULTURE:
Generous fringe benefits include paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; employee health, dental, vision, long term disability, and life insurance; and parking pass or Metro card.

MHAS is proud of its collegial, family-friendly culture that respects the work/life balance of its employees. To that end, MHAS is willing to consider flexible work schedules on a case-by-case basis. MHAS also provides employees with frequent wellness opportunities, including staff gatherings featuring food, a daily stretch break, and trainings on stress management and mindfulness.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
MHAS seeks to hire a full-time attorney to lead a new behavioral health legal partnership in which legal services intervention specifically targeting low-income tenants with mental health disabilities at risk of homelessness is holistically integrated in partnership with three of the largest mental health services providers in Los Angeles – Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services, and Mental Health America Los Angeles. Through this project, MHAS will provide legal advocacy for vulnerable clients to ensure they have the resources and support needed to achieve better mental health outcomes and overall well-being.

The ideal candidate will be expected to respond quickly to legal referrals from the partners in a wide-range of subject areas, including housing, public benefits, consumer, education, tickets and expungement, and health and mental health. This position will provide the clients with eviction defense and other tenant defense assistance in landlord-tenant rental disputes, including pre-eviction and eviction legal services, and legal services to improve habitability and ensure receipt of eligible income or benefits to improve housing stability and homelessness prevention.

Other responsibilities will include providing legal training and technical assistance to both staff and clients at our mental health partner agencies. The attorney will also take on such other client and policy work from time to time as deemed appropriate to MHAS’ mission and client goals.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

  1. Providing competent legal assistance to clients through advice and counsel, research and writing, negotiation, administrative advocacy, and court advocacy;
  2. Developing expertise in a broad range of poverty law issues;
  3. Maintaining a caseload in an organized and efficient manner;
  4. Providing technical assistance and training to staff and clients at the mental health partner agencies;
  5. Assisting with project administration;
  6. Participating in policy advocacy projects; and
  7. Assisting with other projects and tasks as identified related to MHAS’s mission.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. J.D. degree and membership in California State Bar.
  2. Commitment and sensitivity to the rights of people with mental health disabilities and other vulnerable populations.
  3. Excellent legal research skills.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills with attention to detail.
  5. Excellent organizational skills.
  6. Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time, and meet deadlines.
  7. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.
  8. Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work well with diverse social, economic, and ethnic groups. DESIRABLE

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Spanish language fluency or proficiency helpful but not required.
  2. Experience advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: Submit the following to info@mhas-la.org (state “Employment Application” in subject line):

  1. Resume; and
  2. Cover letter describing how applicant meets the minimum and desirable qualifications and discussing applicant’s motivation for seeking the position.

MHAS seeks a candidate who is available to begin work ideally in January, 2020. MHAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, mental or physical disability, or any other basis protected by law.

Click here to view PDF of Homelessness Prevention Staff Attorney Job Post

Staff Attorney

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION:

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and advance the legal rights of children and adults with mental health disabilities in order to maximize autonomy, promote equality, and secure the resources needed to thrive in the community. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental health disabilities.

ANNUAL SALARY: $60,000.

FRINGE BENEFITS AND WORK CULTURE:

Generous fringe benefits include paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; employee health, dental, vision, long term disability, and life insurance; and parking pass and/or Metro card.

MHAS is proud of its collegial, family-friendly culture that respects the work/life balance of its employees. To that end, MHAS is willing to consider flexible work schedules on a case-by-case basis. MHAS also provides employees with frequent wellness opportunities, including staff gatherings featuring food, a daily stretch break, and trainings on stress management and mindfulness.

JOB DESCRIPTION: MHAS seeks to hire a full-time Staff Attorney with prior public interest legal experience to provide legal services to individuals with mental health disabilities. The ideal candidate will be expected to respond quickly to intakes in a wide range of subject areas including housing, public benefits, and other legal issues related to clients’ mental health disabilities. Other responsibilities will include providing technical assistance and training in the community and engaging in policy advocacy.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

  1. Providing competent legal assistance to clients through advice and counsel, research and writing, negotiation, administrative advocacy, and court advocacy;
  2. Developing expertise in a broad range of poverty law issues;
  3. Maintaining a caseload in an organized and efficient manner;
  4. Creating training materials as assigned;
  5. Providing technical assistance and training to stakeholders;
  6. Assisting with project administration;
  7. Participating in policy advocacy projects; and
  8. Assisting with other projects and tasks as identified related to MHAS’ mission.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. D. degree and membership in California State Bar.
  2. Commitment and sensitivity to the rights of people with mental health disabilities and other vulnerable populations.
  3. Excellent legal research skills.
  4. Excellent oral and written communication skills with attention to detail.
  5. Excellent organizational skills.
  6. Ability to prioritize tasks, manage time, and meet deadlines.
  7. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.
  8. Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to work well with diverse social, economic, and ethnic groups.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Spanish language fluency or proficiency preferred.
  2. Public interest legal experience preferred.
  3. Experience advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations preferred.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: Submit the following to info@mhas-la.org (state “Employment Application” in subject line):

  1. Resume; and
  2. Cover letter describing how applicant meets the minimum desirable qualifications and discussing applicant’s motivation for seeking the position.

MHAS seeks to fill this position immediately.  Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Click here to view PDF of the Staff Attorney Job Post

 

Last updated: January 2020