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 to join our Safety & Family Practice Group!
The Supervising Attorney will primarily supervise the Elder Justice Initiative (EJI). EJI provides brief services and extended representation to seniors who are victims of or at risk of becoming victims of elder financial exploitation. EJI also staffs and oversees the Elder Help Desk, which provides brief services, including document drafting, and referrals to unrepresented seniors with civil legal issues.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Supervises attorneys in the Safety and Family Practice Group, including but not limited to attorneys in the Elder Justice Initiative.
- In conjunction with the Pro Bono Director, oversees the operations of the Elder Help Desk.
- Directs the day-to-day operations of service divisions or projects assigned, and enforces Legal Aid Society and Metropolitan Family Services 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.
- 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.
- Evaluates the conduct and competence of all assigned staff in consultation with the Managing Attorney of the Safety & Family Practice Group, 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 of the Safety & Family Practice Group in the selection of staff assigned to the service divisions or projects supervised.
- 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.
Develops and maintains constructive relationships with other service divisions and projects of the Legal Aid Society and with the rest of Metropolitan Family Services, promoting the maximum development of the multi-disciplinary potential of the agency on behalf of clients.
- 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 civil order of protection and domestic relations cases, taking responsibility for difficult, unusual, or sensitive cases as warranted.
- Inputs data and notes regarding work done and outcomes achieved in a timely manner.
- 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 of the Safety & Family Practice Group, 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, including but not limited to participating in grant applications as requested.
- Takes responsibility for additional program-wide or agency-wide assignments at a managerial level.
- Works effectively with diverse staff and service population.
- Juris Doctor AND active member of the Illinois Bar OR admitted in another state and eligible for reciprocity in Illinois required.
- A minimum of five years of experience in the general practice of law or three years of experience in the field of legal aid required.
- If not already certified, the attorney must, upon hire, enroll for training and receive a 40-Hour Domestic Violence Certification within 12 weeks of employment.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
- Demonstrated commitment to aiding victims of crime and/or seniors.
- Strong interpersonal skills, excellent oral/written communication and research skills, and computer competency required.
- Courtroom, trial advocacy and negotiation skills required.
- Ability to respond to large clients in a professional and empathetic manner.
- 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 supervise, train, and develop both professional and non-professional personnel; to direct operations of a legal service unit; to administer and implement organizational policy; and to represent the program and agency at the managerial level.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
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)
- 401K Plan
- Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning
- Wellness Initiative Program
- Employee Assistance Network