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The Legal Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer: People of color, women, persons with disabilities, the elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, and Veterans are welcomed and encouraged to apply.
AIDS Legal Council is a program of Legal Council for Health Justice. The Program specializes in providing legal assistance on matters impacting persons with HIV/AIDS. The program works with a number of medical providers including the CORE Center at Stroger Hospital, Howard Brown Health Center (all locations), Austin Health Center, and Mercy Hospital.AIDS Legal Council staff assist people with HIV and AIDS with a variety of legal problems including: access to health insurance and public benefits programs, confidentiality and testing matters, and other matters related to their HIV status.
Job ResponsibilitiesThe Legal Advocate will:
- Conduct educational outreach to patients and medical and social services staff at partner sites about issues confronting people with HIV and AIDS.
- Interview potential clients and evaluate issues for further assistance and advice.
- Assist clients to complete necessary paperwork, investigate facts, and develop evidence to assist with legal claims and disputes. Request and prepare client records and case files for legal representation.
- Enter program data, monitor files and data quality, and track the number and types of linkages provided to clients.
Characteristics and skills needed for the position:
- Must be able to manage a significant client caseload and work effectively and compassionately with persons with HIV/AIDS and also with those experiencing severe mental health symptoms, often with co-occurring substance use disorders.
- Must work well independently as well as collaboratively with Program colleagues and Council staff.
- Strong interpersonal, organizational, analytical and writing skills are a must.
- Bilingual skills (fluency in Spanish) a plus.
- Relevant professional and/or personal experience will be considered. This includes: experience advocating for others; experience negotiating public benefits systems (SSI, Medicaid, SNAP, etc.); experience with public housing; experience with populations disproportionately affected by HIV.
All applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the mission of LCHJ. Experience and competence working with the LGBT community is a must. Relevant experience includes not only professional advocacy on behalf of others, but personal experience with poverty, chronic illness, HIV, mental illness, public housing or other issues affecting our client population.The Development and Marketing Coordinator will:
- Coordinate design and implementation of special event and advocacy campaigns (invitations, social media promotions, newsletter graphics, etc.), including fundraisers and donor cultivation events. Identify and work with venues and outside vendors, including reaching out to regional businesses to collect 175-200 in-kind silent auction donations for the annual summer party. Identify and solicit underwriting support, create and design invitations and other written materials. Provide support to organize volunteers and associate board members to promote agency events and raise additional revenue.
- Help prepare, distribute, and track performance of outreach and promotional materials, including monthly and promotional email newsletters, annual reports, client brochures and legal guides, corporate and law firm sponsorship packets, and social media content.
- Assist with fundraising responsibilities, including gift processing, data entry, data clean-up to a specific organizational convention, donor list management and reporting, draft and proofread all acknowledgement letters for individuals, corporations, law firms, foundations, etc., reach out to potential corporate and law firm sponsors, assisting in the preparation of grant proposals and reports, and assist and track donations for several annual individual giving campaigns.
- Establish and maintain contact with service providers and other outreach targets and keep them informed of Council programs and service updates. Develop messaging and/or materials (as needed) and correspondence to publicize the services and training opportunities.
- Regularly communicate internally to staff about on-going and up-coming events, such as designing and distributing updated email signatures about events.
- Work occasional evening and weekend events.
Applicants must have experience with, or a strong desire to engage with individuals to secure financial support and build community for our mission, excellent writing and communication skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office products, and knowledge of digital media.
The following are also strongly desirable: Content management and organization, familiarity with Google drive, experience planning large and small-scale special events; familiarity with donor databases, ability to develop and analyze donor reports, pulling mail merges, create and format document and mailer templates, other fundraising; solid understanding of graphic design principles and marketing skills; experience with social media (scheduling, campaigning, and following social media trends), some familiarity website design and maintenance (WordPress), ability to create and edit blogs; fluency in more than one language.
Pre-Med Legal Care Externship
The Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children, a program of the Legal Council for Heath Justice, is seeking a qualified applicant to fill a volunteer externship position for the 2016-2017 school year. Externs will have a wide variety of responsibilities, but will be able to be involved in all aspects of the CMLPC’s work, from policy initiatives to helping with client intakes. The applicant should be well-rounded, have a desire to work in a healthcare field and have an interest in policy. Spanish language fluency is a plus. This externship is a great option for students taking a gap year before attending medical school. We hope to be able to provide the extern with more exposure to health policy and demonstrate ways to be an effective advocate for patients. For more information, please see this posting.
Pro Bono and Volunteer Opportunities
In addition to occasional openings for leadership, staff attorneys, paralegals, and support staff, we regularly offer fellowship, internship, externship, pro bono and other volunteer opportunities that offer a range of ways for you to help advance our mission. We also sponsor several AmeriCorps VISTA positions that offer a stipend, health coverage, and additional benefits in exchange for a year of service with our organization. To learn more about pro bono and volunteer opportunities, contact our program and administrative directors: