Bilingual Legal Services Specialist (Court)

Full-Time (40 hours/week), Hourly, Non-Exempt.

Location: YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA 95112

Housed at the Family Justice Center Courthouse in San Jose, CA 95113 four days/week


Department: Support Services

Join a passionate, dynamic team dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

For over 100 years, YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley has provided programs and services that form a critical continuum of response, healing, and prevention. Our dedication to the people we serve is unparalleled. We have an exciting future, and the team to deliver on that lasting change for the people we serve. To encourage survivor self-determination, services are delivered through a strengths-based, non-judgmental and trauma-informed lens that aligns with our mission. Be a key part of shaping this future as our new Bilingual Legal Services Specialist (Court) in our Support Services Department.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Support Services, the Bilingual Legal Services Specialist (Court) provides culturally sensitive, survivor-defined legal advocacy, crisis counseling, safety planning, and support to individuals and families impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. The Bilingual Legal Services Specialist conveys empathy, respect and compassion when delivering services at the Family Justice Center Courthouse and at YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley. The Bilingual Legal Services Specialist (Court) is a member of a high-performing team who supports all activities related to daily program operations, including but not limited to, drafting restraining order or immigration declarations, accompaniment to court, assistance with filing court paperwork, and direct advocacy within the legal system. The Bilingual Legal Services Specialist (Court) must not fail in effectively communicating survivor needs and/or any requests by community partners to the Legal Services Team. The Bilingual Legal Services Specialist (Court) must respond effectively to crisis situations and inform individuals and significant others of their legal rights and options to support them in their self-determined path.

We are seeking a compassionate, organized, and reliable individual with a high level of self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Essential to this role is a demonstrated ability working with culturally and economically diverse individuals and families and ability to work with those impacted by trauma; a demonstrated ability to function effectively in a fast-paced environment and to respond appropriately to unexpected situations.

Candidates must have excellent interpersonal skills to work independently and as part of a team. You must have an understanding of feminism and a strong commitment to social justice. Additionally, an ideal candidate will possess knowledge of and sensitivity to domestic violence and sexual assault issues, trauma, gender equity and client-centered service provision.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in a social services field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Key to success is the ability to be present in a changing work environment; the ability to work independently and as a member of a diverse team with flexibility, initiative and a sense of humor; and the ability to prioritize effectively and model healthy boundaries with empathy and compassion. Candidates should be competent in using Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and experience in confidential data management and record keeping. The ideal candidate is a warm, self-starter deeply committed to providing services from a strengths-based, social justice and anti-oppression framework. Prior advocacy-based counseling and case management experience is a plus. Spanish bilingual, bicultural and biliterate skills required.

Work hours are primarily days. Schedule TBD. Delivery of service may include overtime to accomplish task at hand. Work includes lifting up to 30 pounds. Susceptible to compassion fatigue and/or vicarious trauma.

Required: Cleared background check (fingerprinting), valid TB test, valid California driver’s license, driving experience, reliable transportation, and auto insurance. Must have completed or be willing to complete a 65-hour California State Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor certification. (Training will be provided). This position requires a Covid-19 vaccination due to the in-person interfacing required, and to promote the health and safety of others in the workplace and our community.

TO APPLY: Submit Resume & Cover Letter to with “Bilingual Legal Services Specialist (Court)” in subject line. Posting will continue until position is filled.

The YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We may be unable to respond to every individual submission due to a high volume of applicants. Please do not telephone.

Applicants who do not follow the application procedure are immediately disqualified.

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