Full Job Description
Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 93,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment.
We are now hiring for a full-time Supervising Attorney 1 to join our Legal Aid Society Team!
Provides legal advice and representation to clients who are part of our Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) initiative in legal matters related to criminal records relief, housing, domestic violence, human trafficking, wage theft, family law, and other civil legal areas of law. Develops, plans for, implements, manages, and evaluates the CP4P Justice Corps in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Legal Aid Society (LAS). Supervises professional and support staff in one or more service divisions or special projects, and provides leadership on behalf of the LAS in agency-wide or extra-agency activities. Works with diverse staff and service population. The attorney will be stationed in the communities we serve and engage directly with partner agencies. Under the general supervision of the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society and the Managing Attorney of the relevant LAS Practice Group.
Directs the day-to-day operations of service divisions or projects as assigned, and enforces LAS and agency policies.
Provides for the training and professional development of assigned staff and volunteers.
Assigns and regularly reviews the work of supervised staff and volunteers, making adjustments in the distribution of cases and assignments as necessary to provide equitable and manageable workloads as well as high quality client services.
Evaluates the conduct and competence of all assigned staff in consultation with the Managing Attorney, and recommends appropriate pay increases and promotions.
Determines work schedules for assigned staff and volunteers, and makes decisions as to routine departmental personnel administration for staff supervised.
Participates with the Managing Attorney in the selection of staff assigned to the service divisions or projects supervised.
Maintains knowledge of the status of cases and projects in area of responsibility and appropriate statistics as to activities supervised; reports on such activities as requested.
Reviews client grievances according to established procedures, and responds to outside information requests or complaints concerning the assigned service divisions or projects.
Authorizes release of funds from client trust accounts and authorizes expenditures for litigation costs, transportation, and other routine purchases according to agency and program policies.
Maintains awareness of relevant law or policy issues and developments, initiating and participating in appropriate public agency reform, court reform, legislative reform, affirmative litigation, policy analysis, and similar systemic activities in the interest of LAS clients. Provides direction and leadership around such activities to supervised staff and volunteers.
Handles an appropriately limited caseload of direct legal services to clients, taking responsibility for difficult, unusual, or sensitive cases as warranted.
Develops and maintains constructive relationships with other service divisions and projects of LAS and with the rest of the agency, promoting the maximum development of the multidisciplinary potential of the agency on behalf of clients.
Actively and affirmatively participates in organized bar and similar professional activities in the interest of LAS and its clients in a leadership level.
In consultation with the Managing Attorney, plans, develops, initiates, and participates in outreach and public relations activities of LAS and the agency, including community education, collaboration with other groups, contacts with government officials and community leaders, and similar community activities. Promotes and directs such activities within the assigned service divisions or projects.
Actively and affirmatively participates in program planning and in the implementation of program goals and objectives.
Takes responsibility for additional program-wide or agency-wide assignments at a managerial level.
May be required to take charge of the Legal Aid Society in the absence or at the request of the Director or Managing Attorney.
Works effectively with diverse staff and service population, including regular travel across the Chicagoland area to different communities.
Admission to the Illinois Bar.
A minimum of four years of experience in the practice of law in legal aid or a related field, including substantial trial experience in at least one of the specialties handled by the Legal Aid Society.
Ability to assume a full rate of program-wide and agency-wide management responsibilities including program planning, board-level relations, personnel relations, project and systems designs, implementation and evaluation, law and policy development, multidisciplinary program development, bar and community leadership, general public relations, and fundraising.
Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
Second language highly desired.
Must have valid driver’s license and be willing to work in communities across Chicago.
Must be committed to our peace initiatives and able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team including legal, social, and behavioral health specialists.
All supervising attorneys who primarily serve victims of domestic violence must, upon hire, enroll for training and receive a 40-Hour Domestic Violence Certification within 12 weeks of employment.
Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions.
Dental and Vision Insurance Options
11 paid Holidays
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning
Wellness Initiative Program
Employee Assistance Network
Juris Doctor or better.
4 years: Experience in the practice of law in legal aid or a related field, including substantial trial experience in at least one of the specialties handled by the Legal Aid Society.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)