The Benefits Legal Assistance Program provides civil legal assistance in administrative and Superior Court hearings and advice and dispute resolution services to low income persons who have had public benefits denied, terminated, or reduced. The Social Worker will support the work of the legal team and partner with attorneys and legal assistant staff to ensure the client’s needs are being met in a holistic way and any barriers to accessing public benefits are removed. The Social Worker will independently assist clients in applications and renewals for public benefits, provide general case management for Benefits Legal Assistance clients, and engage in community outreach to build a network of support for our clients.
Essential Responsibilities, Duties & Tasks
50% Provide legal outreach in the communities we serve and staff regular outreach clinics at service providers around King County; Develop relationships with community partners in order to identify clients that need assistance with public benefits and provide those services in the location most convenient to the client. Identify referrals to Benefits Legal Assistance program and conduct legal intakes with clients. Build relationships with area service providers and develop cross referral systems to establish comprehensive wraparound services for clients.
40% Provide case management to clients. This includes gathering documentation to apply for or maintain benefits. Understand the public benefits system and independently make preliminary determinations of what benefits may be appropriate and available. Assist client in applying for benefits. Work with clients to proactively prevent legal issues from occurring. Coordinate with clients and service providers to ensure clients have a long-term plan for support.
5% Maintain accurate and confidential records. Assist with the completion of funding reports and compile statistics on services provided to current and former clients as needed.
5% Participate in program, department and agency meetings and relevant trainings as required. Coordinate on the development of trainings and materials related to public benefit advocacy work.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Percentage of time spent on responsibilities varies based on shift worked.Full Job Description