At Whitman-Walker, our commitment to “Community, Caring and Quality” really shines through! Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care. We offer a full line of healthcare services including: (1) Comprehensive outpatient offerings for medical and dental healthcare; (2) an on-site Pharmacy; (3) legal support in the areas of access to health care, public benefits, and private insurance, discrimination and workplace rights, immigration, transgender rights and others; (4) behavioral healthcare provided through individual, group and day treatment means; and (5) confidential and anonymous HIV testing and counseling services.
Disclaimer: All applicants to Whitman-Walker are asked to follow the Application Process cited in this posting below. The health center does not accept expressions of interest for positions that are not posted on its website. Only those applicants who have applied through the job posting will be considered for open positions. No agencies or phone calls.
Whitman-Walker is proud to offer this exciting opportunity:
· Senior Staff Attorney – Elder Law
Whitman-Walker Health is searching enthusiastically for a Senior Staff Attorney to specialize in Elder Law for the LGBT and HIV-affected communities. The Attorney is responsible for providing legal advice and direct legal representation to low- and moderate-income LGBT persons, and persons living with HIV/AIDS, on legal issues related to aging and long-term care, including but not limited to: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other public benefit programs; long-term care insurance, health care insurance and life insurance; pension law; wills and advance healthcare directives; and discrimination in health care and long-term care. The Attorney will also: mentor and provides technical assistance to volunteer attorneys on these issues; conducts or assist with trainings for pro bono attorneys and educational forums for client populations; develops and maintain good working relationships with other organizations providing legal and other assistance to elders; and participate in advocacy/law reform efforts on behalf of GLBT elders.
Provides advice and counseling, and direct legal representation to clients in matters related to aging and long-term care, including but not limited to: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other public benefit programs; long-term care insurance, health care insurance and life insurance; pension law; wills and advance healthcare directives; and discrimination in health care and long-term care. .
Participates in public education and outreach efforts, educating Whitman-Walker staff, the legal community, government personnel and the general public on relevant areas of GLBT law and HIV law.
Collaborates with other Whitman-Walker program staff to provide multidisciplinary care to clients.
Provides referrals to clients on legal and other matters, and assists in the maintenance and periodic updating of relevant referral lists.
Provides technical assistance to attorney and legal assistant volunteers who participate in pro bono legal clinics and handle particular cases on a pro bono basis.
Assists with periodic revisions to training materials, practice manuals and other written materials serving as resources for volunteers and supports the training of new volunteers.
Develops and maintains good working relationships with other organizations providing legal and other assistance to elders.
Participates in advocacy/law reform efforts on behalf of GLBT elders.
Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Talents Required
Excellent oral and written advocacy skills.
Excellent legal research skills, with the ability to grasp complex facts and laws.
Demonstrated ability to handle difficult work effectively and to exercise sound judgment.
Ability to work quickly, independently, and responsibly, with close attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
Ability to conduct sensitive, empathetic interviews that respect the dignity and diversity of clients.
Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work comfortably with clients, volunteers and staff of diverse backgrounds.
Ability to maintain client records and information in an accurate, timely and confidential manner.
Willingness and ability to work effectively with computerized intake, record-keeping and case management systems.
Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with elder care providers, service organizations and advocacy groups.
Education and Experience Required
Must be a member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible to immediately waive into the District of Columbia Bar.
Demonstrated ability to handle complex cases effectively with minimal oversight required.
Prior experience with elder law issues, and with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and private insurance, strongly preferred.
A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience practicing law strongly preferred.
Demonstrated commitment to legal services and/or public interest law required.
Experience working with an ethnically, culturally and racially diverse work staff preferred; ability to work harmoniously with diverse groups of individuals required.
Working conditions for this position are normal for an office environment. Individual may be required to work evenings and / or weekends and organization events.
Lifting: No more than 20 lbs and infrequently.
Movement: Standing and sitting for long periods.
Visual: Long periods on computer.
Concentration: Extended periods of engagement with people and computer software where concentration is key to accuracy. Intermittent periods of engagement with a telephone system to respond to inquiries where concentration is key to task performance.
Communication: Direct and indirect communication. Written and verbal acuity. Intermittent periods of engagement on a telephone and engagement with persons. This requires clear communication and the ability to understand requests and execute properly.
OTHER JOB-RELATED DETAILS:
Location: NW site Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center
Reports to: Director of Legal Services
Grant Funded: Partially.
Applicants seeking to apply for this position should use the ‘Apply for this Position’ button following this posting. New users will be asked then set up an account through the organization’s applicant tracking system. Returning users may use the ‘Previous Applicants’ access also below.
The submission of interest to a position with Whitman-Walker will require each applicant to upload and submit a cover letter and resume through the Employment Opportunities online application. WE ASK THAT THIS BE A SINGLE, COMBINED DOCUMENT WITH THE COVER LETTER AND THEN THE RESUME MERGED AS ONE.
Only those applicants who submit a cover letter with a resume will be considered. A valid email address is required to apply.
Whitman-Walker is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants, its employees or former employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status and gender identity. For accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources.
Whitman-Walker believes that, since its employees have committed their lives to helping others, they deserve an organization that provides for their well-being and for that of their families. Recognizing that the benefits package comprises not only a major part of total compensation, but also an important personal benefit, it is our goal to make available to employees a comprehensive yet cost-effective benefits package. To this end, we offer Medical, Dental and Vision insurance through major carriers. Other benefits include: Company-paid Life and AD&D, Short-term and Long-term Disability plans, Voluntary Life and AD&D, Flexible Spending Accounts, a 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan, SmartBenefits through the SmarTrip program (WMATA), health club membership discounts, Capital Bikeshare discount and more. Employees are eligible for these benefits on the first day of employment. Whitman-Walker does not offer a company-paid transportation or commuter benefit to its employees therefore travel to and from the work site posted here is not compensable.
For affirmative action purposes, all applicants will be asked to self-identify through the on-line application process. However, this action is voluntary in nature. Whitman-Walker does not accept unsolicited resumes or agency submissions. ALL job seekers must follow the specific instructions to a specific position identified by a job number. Applicants may apply to all positions for which they meet the disclosed basic qualifications.
Furthermore, it is Whitman-Walker’s practice to post all open positions on its website. Only those applicants who meet the Basic Qualifications will be considered for the position to which they have submitted an expression of interest. Applicants who meet the Basic Qualifications for the position may be contacted.
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