Rubicon Programs – Staff Attorney

Closing on: Mar 26, 2024

About The Company
An $18M non-profit Rubicon, provides direct services at eight locations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and operates a growing commercial landscape social enterprise program that is a leader in sustainable practices. Rubicon transforms East Bay communities by equipping people to break the cycle of poverty. Recognized as a national leader in workforce development, Rubicon provides individualized one-on-one career advising, job search support, financial education, wellness and legal services, to very low-income people who face significant barriers to achieving economic mobility.

Rubicon is a 2022 Great Place to Work, on a journey towards becoming a high-road employer and an anti-racist organization. We are committed to systems change and advocacy through efforts like expanding and deepening Employee Resource Groups; the launch of an internal Racial Justice Task Force; and implementation of talent and culture supports that acknowledge and facilitate healing from the direct and indirect effects of racial trauma.

Rubicon actively recruits staff members with a diversity of culture, thought, and lived experiences who are not only highly skilled, but who consistently demonstrate a commitment to our vision of an East Bay without poverty and are passionate about this work.

Job Description/Duties
The Staff Attorney works across Rubicon’s four sites (Antioch, Concord, Oakland and Richmond) and takes a comprehensive approach to addressing barriers to long-term economic mobility for individuals who were incarcerated. The staff attorney is part of an integrated team working with individuals to guide them through the next steps up their socio-economic ladders. The team provides individualized coaching, career advising, counseling and support to obtain employment and, in some cases, gain access to a college education. The staff attorney provides direct legal services addressing barriers to employment and education to participants while working closely with the other staff attorneys and the Director of Legal Services. It is a full time, exempt position reporting to a Senior Staff Attorney. This is a hybrid position – after an onboarding period the Staff Attorney will have the ability to work remotely at least two days a week.

Rubicon Programs works at the intersection of individual and systems change to increase access to economic mobility. Our participant-centered comprehensive workforce and reentry services are rooted in the principles of racial and economic justice. In partnership with our participants, we co-create pathways that build income, assets, wellness, and community connections.

Program Services:
Provide direct legal services and representation to participants in a variety of issue areas generally addressing barriers to employment, including criminal history remedies, occupational licensing, employment discrimination, housing, family law and debt relief.
Facilitate participant workshops.
Conduct trainings for providers and others as directed.
Regularly update staff on developments in relevant areas of legal concern.
Actively participate in ongoing program development.

Program Engagement:
Coordinate legal services with Impact Coaches (Case Managers) and other service team members and partner agencies.
Maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders and partners including local and state public officials, private funders and legal and non-legal CBOs.

Advocacy and Planning:
Monitor developments in best practices regarding the role of legal services in reentry.

Job Criteria
Juris Doctor and CA State Bar license.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, and strong organizational and presentation skills.
Experience screening for and providing legal advice regarding California criminal histories.
Demonstrated skills in cultural awareness, sensitivity and humility.
An understanding of how systemic racism affects present-day legal systems and an ability to advance racial equity goals through legal strategies.
Commitment to advancing equity and furthering justice, equity, and belonging using antiracist principals.
Experience working in coalitions and collaborating with government and non-profit agencies.
Teamwork, problem solving abilities, knowledge of restorative practices.
Experience with and knowledge of Trauma Informed Practices, Motivational Interviewing, Cultural Responsiveness, and Coaching.

Salary Range/Hourly Rate
Starting pay: $72,000-$85,000/annually

Other Benefits and Perks
Medical, Dental and Vision health plans. Kaiser and Sutter Health options.
3 weeks paid vacation and paid sick leave, 13 paid holidays.
4 days paid restorative holiday between Christmas and New Years.
Employer sponsored and matched retirement plan.

Job Category: Criminal History Remedies
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Alameda and Contra Costa Counties