LAW Advocates’

LAW Advocates’ Mission: Provide free civil legal assistance to low-income Whatcom County residents by linking them with attorney and community volunteers.

Overview: A State ID is required for many ordinary but important activities—accessing medical care, banking, applying for a job or housing, and getting government benefits. Access ID helps low-income and homeless community members overcome barriers and navigate the confusing and often frustrating process of obtaining a Washington State ID Card. Access ID seeks an intern interested in developing leadership skills and gaining experience in case management as part of a dynamic team. The position is ideal for someone wanting to explore careers in the legal field or social services.

Training provided. Hours: 10 hours per week (including some Saturday afternoons); available on Wednesday from 1-3pm

Start Date: January 2020 (with training in December, if possible)

Commitment: 6 months Locations: LAW Advocates office & Bellingham Public Library

Central Branch Responsible to: Hilary Goode, Access ID Coordinator

Learning Objectives:

• Perform intake interviews and accommodate client needs (literacy, language, etc.)

• Apply case management skills including data entry, research, ordering documents, and follow-up

• Practice creative problem solving with the Access ID team

• Demonstrate leadership skills through direct supervision of volunteers

• Assess the Access ID program and propose improvements

Qualifications:

• Passion for LAW Advocates’ mission

• Ability to serve as a positive and professional representative of LAW Advocates

• Must maintain strict confidentiality

• Must submit to a background check; arrests or convictions will be examined case-by-case and will not automatically disqualify a candidate

• Organized, attention to detail, strong written and verbal communication skills

• Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and maintain positive relationships with volunteers, staff, clients, and community partners

• Commitment to treating all clients with respect and a high-level of customer service

• Tech savvy and strong research skills

• Independent worker not needing close supervision; reliable; good judgment
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Benefits:

• Improve the lives of low-income community members and further the mission of LAW Advocates

• Develop leadership skills, gain experience in case management, volunteer supervision, and program coordination

• Exposure to the legal field and nonprofit sector

• Obtain college credit, if offered by your school/program

Questions? Contact Hilary Goode, Access ID Coordinator at 360-671-6079 x25

To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter addressing why you are interested and why you are a good fit for this position to:

Hilary Goode, Access ID Coordinator hilary@lawadvocates.org by Monday, December 9, 2019 at 5pm.