Legal Aid Director of Health Law Partnership ("HeLP") | Atlanta Legal Aid Society

LEGAL AID DIRECTOR OF HEALTH LAW PARTNERSHIP

Atlanta Legal Aid Society seeks a Legal Aid director for the Health Law Partnership (“HeLP”). The project is a community-based medical-legal collaboration among Georgia State University College of Law, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. The project aims to improve the health and well-being of low income children, who are patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, by coordinating services to address legal, social and economic conditions threatening their health.

Atlanta Legal Aid Society is a 75-lawyer non-profit law firm for low income persons with civil problems. Legal Aid’s component of the HeLP project provides legal services to families of children in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s three hospitals, Scottish Rite, Egleston, and Hughes Spalding; child patients seen in Children’s Clinics and physician offices that are part of the Clinically Integrated Network; and beginning in the summer, children that are patients at the new Center for Advanced Pediatrics.  Legal Aid lawyers are located in or at each of the three hospitals. Legal Aid also employs an administrative manager. Legal Aid’s Director will be responsible for the provision of legal services by these lawyers. The Director will coordinate with a Clinical Professor at Georgia State University College of Law’s HeLP Legal Services Clinic who supervises Georgia State law students who provide additional legal services, and with HeLp’s Medical Director, who currently is Professor of Pediatrics at Emory School of Medicine and works exclusively at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Attorneys represent clients in a variety of civil law problems affecting children’s health, including public benefits and health insurance, poor housing conditions, disability-related issues, family law matters, and access to appropriate educational services. Attorneys may provide brief service and advice, referral after legal assessment, self-help advice, or ongoing representation. In addition to overseeing the legal representation of clients, the director will  be involved in coordination with and training of doctors, social workers, and other health care professionals; work with students in law, medicine, social work, public health, and bioethics; recruit and train volunteer attorneys; and participate in task forces and committees of other service providers.

Duties: The  director is responsible for supervising the legal work of all unit staff; interfacing with the medical director and hospital administration, overseeing summer internship and externship programs, engaging the private bar to build pro bono partnerships; fundraising, including collaborating with Legal Aid and Children’s on grant applications and reports to multiple funding sources; developing and sustaining relationships with clinicians, social workers, and patient advocates of the populations served, including providing hospital professional education; and  identifying, prioritizing and addressing systemic advocacy issues and opportunities through collaboration with appropriate community groups and with faculty at Georgia State University. The director will also have evaluation, research and scholarship responsibilities including setting and monitoring the contract with the program evaluator,  and identifying new opportunities; developing the research agenda; supervising administration of surveys to research subjects; serving as Principal Investigator on IRB-approved research projects, and participating in monthly evaluation/research meetings.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate possesses significant experience managing a work unit as well as supervising and mentoring attorneys; excellent legal writing and advocacy skills; ability to communicate effectively with children, families, doctors, social workers and hospital staff; and an appreciation of diversity. A Georgia bar license or eligibility for the next Georgia bar exam is required, as is a minimum of six years of legal experience. Qualifications preferred include a health-related degree, previous work with low income persons and/or persons with serious diseases, and knowledge of health law, poverty law and children’s legal issues.  Proficiency in Spanish and willingness to improve language skills is highly valued.       

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a $4,000 manager stipend.  A director with six years of legal experience starts at $61,000. The program provides generous fringe benefits, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, and paid parental leave; health, life, and long and short-term disability insurance; partial payment for dependent health insurance; a salary reduction option for a flexible spending account; educational loan reimbursement up to $600 per month (after a $65 deductible and set off of other loan reimbursement amounts); CLE expenses; and Georgia Bar dues.

To apply: A complete application packet must include a letter of application detailing management experience, a résumé, a legal writing sample that demonstrates your ability to research and analyze a legal issue, the names,  phone numbers, and e-mails addresses of three legal references, and an official law school transcript. (a copy is acceptable, pending your order of an official transcript).   Please send your application as one PDF document using our online application system, at https://jobs.atlantalegalaid.org/careers/index.php?m=careers&p=showJob&ID=13   Your application will be acknowledged. No telephone calls please.

EOE: ALAS considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other legally protected status.