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Staff Attorney (Escondido)

compensation: $57,500 annual salary plus benefits
employment type: full-time
non-profit organization

Since 1969, Center for Community Solutions (CCS) has been creating safe and healthy communities with a core emphasis on the prevention and intervention of sexual assault and relationship violence. Our mission is to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice. CCS is an equal opportunity employer that strives to create an inclusive environment and a diverse workforce from all backgrounds, abilities, and cultures.

Summary: Provides legal assistance to victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Sexual Assault (SA), and IPV-related stalking in the North County Judicial District of San Diego County. Provides an array of IPV-related legal services – Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) consultations, hearing preparation, family law and civil legal remedies consultations, and limited direct representation in Family Court. Works in partnership with CCS Legal Advocate to provide holistic, comprehensive legal services using a client-centered approach.

Essential Functions:

o Complete holistic intakes, over the phone and in person, to determine eligibility for services and appropriate remedies.
o Provide by-appointment consultations regarding DVROs, associated family law issues, civil legal remedies, and immigration issues.
o Collaborate with immigration law organizations to help clients access immigration services, including U-Visa, T-Visa, and VAWA application support.
o Directly represent victims, on a case-by-case basis, at DVRO hearings and Family Court proceedings.
o Provide crisis intervention, co-develop client safety plans, and provide appropriate referrals.
o Actively participate in building and maintaining Legal Team cohesion and supportive colleague environment.
o Maintain DV and SA Crisis Counselor status by completing required number of ongoing training hours on topics related to crisis intervention and ongoing support of IPV and SA survivors, annually.
o Complete required administrative paperwork, including timecard and reimbursement requests, by agency deadlines.
o Promote the safety and well-being of clients by modeling and encouraging healthy communication, safety-focused decision making, and acceptance of diversity.
o Maintain confidentiality and professionalism at all times.

Job Requirements Education/Licensure:
o Juris Doctor degree
o Licensed California attorney in good standing
o Completion of California State-approved Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Training required (or must complete upon hiring)

o Oral and written fluency in English and Spanish
o Minimum one (1) year experience providing legal services to victims of IPV, SA, and stalking
o Experience working with intervention strategies, legal system, and/or crisis counseling

Working Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment. Some outreach and off-site activities will be held in other locations, as requested. Must maintain personal cell phone for work-related purposes. Ability to work in IPV, SA, and stalking fields.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. Must be able to carry up to 20lbs.

Travel: Some travel may be required (up to 10% mostly within San Diego County). Must have reliable transportation available for work-related purposes, a valid California driver’s license, and proof of automobile insurance.

Work Hours The employee must be available during Agency working hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and must work 40 hours each week to maintain full-time status. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter to Roberto Sarmiento at
For a full job description, please visit our website at

CCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers

post id: 7019334985


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