|NW Legal Clinic Coordinator||https://www.mennonitemission.net/Serve/placements/mennonite voluntary service/United States/535649/NW Legal Clinic Coordinator||NW Legal Clinic Coordinator||Bread For The City||<p>
<i>Organization's mission statement: </i>Bread for the City seeks to provide residents of Washington, DC, with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services, in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. We recognize that all people share a common humanity, and that all are responsible to themselves and to society as a whole. Therefore, we promote the mutual collaboration of clients, volunteers, donors, staff, and other community partners to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and to rectify the conditions that perpetuate it.
<i>Specific duties and responsibilities of this position: </i>The AVODAH Corps member in this position will be responsible for conducting multiple tasks for Bread for the City's Legal Clinic. The Coordinator will:
<li>Conduct intake interviews with potential clients seeking assistance.</li>
<li>Maintain a small caseload of clients who are seeking assistance with public benefits (such as Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or Medicaid) and need representation in informal advocacy with government agencies or hearings before Administrative Law Judges.</li>
<li>Conduct legal research and case follow-up.</li>
<li>Maintain the client database and prepare regular statistical and other reports.</li>
<li>Assist in the day-to-day operations of the Legal Clinic. Including, but not limited to, ordering office supplies and updating the legal intake manual used by legal staff to give appropriate referrals.</li>
<i>Characteristics and skills needed for the position: </i>The Coordinator must be able to converse and work with a variety of people, from low-income clients to corporate attorneys. The position requires excellent organizational abilities in order to manage multiple projects; strong writing skills; patience and perseverance; interest in the details of various government programs; good listening skills; confidence, flexibility, and a cooperative spirit; and above all, a commitment to working for social justice. This would be a good position for those interested in law school and/or with paralegal experience. No prior experience with public benefits law is required.
<i>Orientation and training to be provided:</i> In addition to detailed training for specific job responsibilities, Bread for the City provides an extensive orientation and training to all new volunteer corps members. Topics include getting to know the organization and its program areas; the Washington DC community, including the neighborhood and the city at large; and community resources including partner agencies.