Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and advance the legal rights of low-income adults and children with mental health disabilities and empower them to assert those rights in order to maximize their autonomy, achieve equity, and secure the resources they need to thrive. 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. Finally, MHAS participates in impact litigation and policy work 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 transit fares.
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 trainings on stress management and mindfulness, and (in non-pandemic times) regular, informal staff gatherings and a daily stretch break.
MHAS is currently determining its “post-pandemic” plan. Since March 2020, all MHAS employees have been successfully working from home and MHAS foresees at least some amount of working from home continuing indefinitely. MHAS equips all employees working from home with any needed technology and other office supplies
JOB DESCRIPTION: MHAS seeks to hire an experienced attorney to join MHAS’ Senior Leadership Team as a Supervising Attorney. MHAS is open to considering candidates who seek either part-time or full-time employment. MHAS Supervising Attorneys oversee 1-2 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, MHAS’ General Intake Line, MHAS’ Consumer Finance 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 have substantial legal aid case management experience and project management experience and will be able to provide substantive legal supervision and guidance to staff attorneys in several of the following subject areas: mental health law, housing, public benefits, consumer law, special education, and tickets and expungement.
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 1-2 of MHAS’ projects and ensure that MHAS staff attorneys in these projects provide competent legal assistance to clients through advice and counsel, research, writing, negotiation, and administrative/court advocacy;
2. Interview, select 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. Provide direct legal assistance to clients as needed;
6. Assist with managing grants including tracking progress towards grant deliverables, drafting reports, and overseeing data collection/analysis;
7. Maintain expertise in a broad range of poverty law issues;
8. Oversee and, at times, directly provide technical assistance and training to staff and clients at MHAS’ mental health partner agencies and other community organizations; and
9. Execute other projects and tasks as identified, related to MHAS’s mission.
1. J.D. degree and membership in California State Bar.
2. Five + years legal experience
3. Commitment and sensitivity to the rights of people with mental health disabilities and other vulnerable populations.
4. Excellent oral and written communication skills with attention to detail.
5. Excellent supervision skills and supervision experience.
6. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative solutions.
View full job announcements for all openings at http://mhas-la.org/employment-opportunities/.
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.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION: Mental Health Advocacy Services seeks to fill all positions with people who share our values, including our organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage all interested individuals to apply - especially people of color; women; people from low-income backgrounds; people experiencing mental health and/or physical disabilities; people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, or non-binary; immigrants; people who have been affected by mass incarceration; and people from other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. We believe that the resulting diversity is both a source of program strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness.
Submit the following to [email protected] (state “Employment Application” in subject line):
Cover letter discussing any and/or all of the following:
1. your motivation for seeking the position,
2. your interest in working with people with mental health disabilities,
3. how you meet the minimum qualifications, and/or
4. how your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion