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The Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA), an Equal Opportunity Employer, is a nonprofit, voluntary bar association and has a membership of approximately 1,500 attorneys, judges, law students and other professionals working within the legal profession in the greater Bay Area. The ACBA administers numerous programs and activities to benefit attorneys and the community.

If you are interested in learning more about working at the ACBA, or open ACBA jobs, please contact ACBA CEO Tiela Chalmers at  tiela@acbanet.org.


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CAAP Youth Advocate Social Worker

General Description
The Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program (CAAP) Youth Advocate Social Worker (YASW) position
at the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) is an exempt position reporting to the CAAP Director.
Utilizing a holistic model of indigent defense services, the CAAP YASW plays an important role on the
defense team, providing CAAP juvenile panel attorneys with the means to advocate for alternatives to
incarceration and plans for release. The ACBA seeks highly motivated candidates who show a
commitment to working specifically with juvenile justice involved youth who are incarcerated or on
probation.

The Youth Advocate Social Worker works as part of the defense team by addressing the youth’s
underlying and contributing social and behavioral health needs. The YASW will assess and evaluate the
risks and behavioral needs of clients who are incarcerated at the Juvenile Justice Center for referral to
appropriate services including education, clinical wraparound services, substance abuse and/or mental
health treatment, vocational training programs, or appropriate placement options. The Social Worker
will aim to reduce recidivism among juvenile clients by addressing their social and behavioral needs, and
efficiently connecting youth and their families to stabilizing support services in the community. The
YASW must understand adolescent development, be passionate about juvenile justice, and have a
working knowledge of delinquency law and the stages of delinquency court proceedings (detention,
jurisdiction, disposition, post‐disposition placement, AB12).

The Youth Advocate Social Worker will work collaboratively with other agencies to ensure that
appropriate services are provided to the client. This will involve contact with multi‐disciplinary systems
such as the Court, Probation, District Attorney, Mental Health, Education, and youth employment
agencies. The YASW is expected to develop strong rapport with community based organizations that
provide services to youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system.

This position is funded by a contract with the County of Alameda to provide conflict indigent legal
defense services when the Alameda County Public Defender is unable to provide representation due to
a conflict of interest or other valid reason. The position may expand in the future to provide social
services to adults charged with criminal offenses.

Duties
 Establish and maintain effective case work relationship with the client, their family and the
assigned attorney. Conduct interviews and assessments of minor clients in custody at juvenile
hall, group homes, at Camp Sweeney and in the community.
 Identify the multiples needs of clients, including mental and behavioral health, substance abuse,
special education, gang involvement, family issues, and adolescent development, and provide
social work assessments.
 Identify community services for clients when applicable.
 Assist attorneys by interviewing and visiting clients, caretakers and others, including home,
school and community based and governmental agency visits, in order to obtain a complete
understanding of the client’s case.
 Demonstrate independence of action and perform a full range of duties and participate fully in
multidisciplinary team consultations.
 During client contact, note any services that have not been implemented, need to be
implemented or are requested by client or caretaker.
 Review of probation reports and information provided by the attorney. Communicate with
probation officers about clients as necessary.
 Provide crisis intervention and support to clients and their families to ensure that clients are in
compliance and successful on their probation.
 Prepare reports to provide culturally competent and safe structured release plans to the Court,
and work closely with the clients and families to monitor and assure compliance with the plans.
 Evaluate and recommend the need for further or different services than those suggested by
probation report.
 Prepare and submit timely written reports of observations and recommendations to the casecarrying
attorney, court and/or probation department often within time sensitive constraints.
 Communicate regularly with attorneys regarding status of assignments.
 Manage and maintain caseloads and records in a high pressure environment.
 Maintain detailed case logs.
 Attend weekly and monthly staff meetings at the ACBA.
 Maintain current and accurate mileage and time logs.

Qualifications
 BA degree from an accredited college or university in a Social Service field and minimum of two
years of direct professional experience working with children in a related field or equivalent
experience. A Master’s Degree in a related field (e.g. MSW, MFT, etc.) is highly preferred.
Professional case management experience in the field desirable.
 Demonstrated interest, experience and ability in working with justice involved youth, cultural
sensitivity and experience serving low‐income, diverse ethnic communities.
 Experience in the adult or juvenile criminal justice system.
 Extensive knowledge of adolescent and brain development of children in the juvenile
delinquency system. Knowledge of triggers and pathways leading high risk youth into the
delinquency system. Requires knowledge of juvenile delinquency law and procedure. Knowledge
of the juvenile probation system and ability to interact with systems stakeholders which include
the Courts, District Attorney, and defense attorneys.
 Fluent Spanish desirable but not required.
 Strong writing ability, (including persuasive writing) analytical ability, and excellent interpersonal
skills.
 Appropriate decision making.
 Knowledge of gang involvement, prevention, and intervention with youth and families.
 Knowledge of treatment of sexual abuse and victimization of youth who are in the juvenile
justice system.
 Knowledge of violence prevention and principles of restorative justice for youth in the juvenile
justice system.
 Knowledge of youth in special education and learning disabilities amongst high risk youth.
 Knowledge of high crime areas in Alameda County and the ability to work with diverse
populations.
 Knowledge of youth and adolescent community based organizations and agencies that serve
high risk and probation youth.
 Demonstrated ability to work independently.
 Demonstrated ability to adapt and be flexible with tight deadlines and unexpected case
assignments.
 Ability to drive with valid California driver’s license, auto insurance, and access to use of an
automobile as needed.

Position is 37.5 per week, though the schedule is flexible, and involves traveling to children’s homes,
attorneys’ offices, and Juvenile Hall. Mileage is reimbursed at the federal rate. To apply, please submit a
resume AND a cover letter to Andrea Zambrana (andrea@acbanet).

Financial Program Manager

The Community & Business Resiliency Project, a joint project of Start Small Think Big and VLSC, serves low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs who are looking to start or grow a small business in order to accumulate assets and increase their personal financial security.

The Community & Business Resiliency Project believes that access to high-quality legal, financial management, and marketing services is an essential part of starting or growing a successful small business, especially for small businesses owners who are currently lower income. We focus on pairing entrepreneurs positioned to grow their businesses with top pro bono attorneys and financial and marketing experts.

We are seeking a talented and dynamic individual to assist in expanding and refining our Financial Program. 

Job Responsibilities shall include, but shall not be limited to:

  • Maintaining an active client caseload. This consists of identifying and addressing Small Business Financial Program clients’ financial needs, including through:
    • conducting one-on-one financial assessment with clients at intake
    • providing one-on-one ongoing financial counseling and coaching including assisting clients with the implementation of a bookkeeping system and answering questions about tax forms, deadlines and requirements.
  • Creating and refining internal processes and procedures for the delivery of financial services to clients. Create and update the necessary resources to facilitate the delivery of financial services, focusing on bookkeeping and tax services.
  • Coordinating of financial referrals to the Project’s pro bono partners. Ensure the effective, efficient, and professional coordination of all aspects of such client referrals.
  • Overseeing a series of small business financial 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 working with the Programs & Communications Associate with respect to marketing, coordinating, and administering such workshops.
  • Establish, maintain and enhance strong collaborative relationships with community and governmental organizations, and other relevant financial service providers. Represent Start Small Think Big at community partner events to provide subject matter expertise as needed. Assist in the recruitment of Financial Referral Partners.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school in finance, business, accounting, or related field required.
  • Bookkeeping and tax preparation experience required, CPA preferred.
  • Advanced knowledge of QuickBooks, Wave and/or other Accounting Microsoft Office (emphasis on Excel) required.
  • Ability to read, write, interpret, and advise with respect to business financial statements, to conduct financial analyses, and provide growth plan support and guidance, required.
  • Prior experience in direct client service required. Direct experience advising low- to moderate-income individuals preferred.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish or Spanish proficiency preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusive community/economic development, social and economic justice work, and/or anti-poverty work.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently.

How to apply: Submit resume and a one-page cover letter to: Christina Wiellette at christina@acbanet.org. Include subject line: “[your name] – Financial Program Manager.” Position open until filled.

Salary: $43,000 or 54,000 per year, depending on experience.  Benefits and generous vacation offered.