Core legal service delivery
Maintaining an active caseload, both directly and increasingly through the recruitment, training, supervision, and delegation of responsibilities to legal fellows, interns, externs, and volunteers. This consists of identifying and addressing clients’ legal needs, including through scheduling and conducting interviews with clients, collecting relevant documentation and maintaining case files, overseeing the coordination of legal referrals to Start Small’s pro bono partners, providing legal information on an ongoing basis and, when appropriate, engaging in limited scope representations.
Overseeing a series of small business legal education workshops. This consists of developing the strategy, design, and production of content with respect to the workshop series, facilitating such workshops as appropriate, and coordinating with other Bay Area or NYC based staff to effectively market, coordinate, and administer workshops, both in CA, the West Coast broadly, and Nationally.
Business, programming, and relationship development
Establish, maintain and enhance strong collaborative relationships with community and governmental organizations as well as legal and other service providers to ensure appropriate and sufficient client referrals and to foster the development of collaborative projects. Represent Start Small at community partner events to provide subject matter expertise as needed.
Leverage relationships with corporate teams to bridge the gap to the business side. Develop, vet, pitch joint legal, financial, marketing, and sales programming. Pilot clinics with corporate teams, sometimes with and sometimes without law firm support. Collaborate with corporate partners to develop innovative and iterative approaches to pro bono service delivery, incorporating increasing participation related to business strategy and the intersection between strategy and law to provide holistic support to women and minority small business clients.
Determine rules and collaborate with the Director to develop best practices for expanding remote consultation partnerships in California, the West Coast, and Nationally. Develop relationships with inhouse corporate counsel teams, local NGOs, and government agencies as Start Small scales our programming statewide and regionally. Conduct or oversee research into ethics rules and regulations, and develop programming and best practices with the Director to expand remote access to legal support to underserved and low income communities
Engage in ongoing professional development, including participating in trainings, technical assistance, networking, and resource sharing opportunities.
Carry out special projects and other duties as assigned. Including e.g. development of educational and training resources for both clients and legal volunteers.
J.D. from an accredited law school; member in good standing to the California Bar.
Relevant legal experience, 3+ years of work as an attorney focused on business or transactional legal issues, in California.
Experience performing legal work at a community economic development organization and/or corporate law firm experience, preferred.
Ability to communicate with diverse groups, including clients, pro bono coordinators and volunteer attorneys at large corporate law firms, and other external constituencies, such as community and governmental organizations, civil legal service providers, and press.
Spanish fluency is strongly preferred, additional language skills will be noted.
Demonstrated commitment to inclusive community/economic development, social and economic justice work, and/or anti-poverty work.
Meticulous attention to detail.
Self-starter with an ability to take initiative and manage multiple priorities.
Excellent judgment and sound decision-making capacity.
Flexibility, adaptability, and creativity.
Generous PTO package (25 days) and all federal holidays. Sick time separate from PTO. Competitive health insurance package and access to various other benefits including pre-tax commuter plan, life insurance, dental and vision insurance, among others.
How to Apply
Submit resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org (include subject line: “[your name], Associate Director, Legal Program.”