Position title
Licensed Social Worker - Eviction Defense

Legal Assistance to the Elderly (LAE), in partnership with AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP), seeks a Social Worker who will work with our housing attorneys to provide support to clients facing eviction. This interdisciplinary team will collaborate in case assessment, strategy, and management. This position requires a strong advocate with excellent case management and organizational skills, a willingness to work collaboratively across legal and social work disciplines, and a desire to help grow an exciting and challenging new endeavor of integrating social workers into a legal organization. This position will be housed at LAE, but will also support ALRP’s Eviction Defense Team which is located in the same building.

Supervised by LAE Executive Director with some supervision by ALRP Managing Attorney


For more than 40 years, LAE has provided free legal advice and representation to seniors and adults with disabilities in San Francisco. Our mission is to keep this vulnerable community safe, financially secure, housed and accessing healthcare. Our primary practice areas are Eviction Defense/Housing (tenants only), Reasonable Accommodation Requests, Healthcare Law, Income Support, Elder Abuse Prevention and Debt Collection Defense. Additional areas of practice include Wills, Powers of Attorney and Conservatorship Defense. LAE is a friendly and collaborative work environment.

ALRP’s mission is to help people with HIV/AIDS maintain or improve their health by resolving their legal issues. ALRP accomplishes this mission by providing free and low-cost legal services to people with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area. This includes such widely disparate areas as housing, bankruptcy/credit, immigration, employment, insurance, confidentiality matters, family law, government benefits, and public accommodations. We accomplish this mission through either direct representation of clients by one of ALRP’s eleven attorneys or by careful placement of clients with one of ALRP’s 700 Panel attorneys.

  • Work collaboratively with attorneys and staff in assessing and meeting the psychosocial and legal needs of housing clients
  • Provide case management, crisis intervention and support to clients
  • Support clients in identifying their needs, setting goals, and developing structured plan for achieving those goals
  • Meet clients in various settings, such as at home, court, and other community based settings
  • Help clients connect with appropriate social services and support, including housing support services; physical and mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Develop relationships with local social service organizations and agencies
  • Provide advocacy for clients in non-legal settings (i.e., local housing authorities, social service offices, community-based organizations)
  • Supervise MSW interns
  • Participate in trainings of and with legal team
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as those related to grant management, reporting, and client case management
  • Participate in professional development to improve client services and student supervision
  • Additional tasks as assigned by Supervisor


  • Masters in Social Work- license required
  • 2 years post-license experience
  • Excellent verbal, writing, and organizational skills
  • A demonstrated ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Aptitude to work under pressure in an empathetic and professional manner
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively with diverse client groups, including people in crisis, seniors, people with disabilities including mental health, physical, and HIV/AIDS, people of color, people who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, immigrants, non-English speakers, service providers, government employees, and community partners
  • Experience with or strong interest in MSW intern supervision
  • An interest in being part of an interdisciplinary team with attorneys to support clients


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, Cantonese and/or Mandarin
  • Experience working with elderly, adults with disabilities, including HIV/AIDS and/or homeless individuals or those experiencing a crisis
  • Experience working in non-profit legal services, or other non-profit organization
Job Benefits


Salary based on experience according to our union scale.


After successful completion of a probationary period (90 days), membership in the National Organization of Legal Services Workers becomes a condition of employment.

Health, vision and dental benefits.

15 days paid vacation in first year.


To apply, please email resume and cover letter to lchiera@laesf.org.

Attention Hiring Committee

Subject line: Social Worker Application




We are strongly committed to diversity and encourage applications from anyone who can contribute to making Legal Assistance to the Elderly a more diverse community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. Legal Assistance to the Elderly believes that all persons are entitled to equal employment opportunity, and the agency is committed to not discriminating on any basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Job Location
1663 Mission Street, Suite 225, 94103, San Francisco
Date posted
November 17, 2019
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Position: Licensed Social Worker - Eviction Defense

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