Legal Aid Society has an immediate opening for a full-time (40 hours per week) SNAP Community Outreach Advocate in its Nashville office. This position will network and build sustaining relationships with local, regional, and national anti-hunger advocacy organizations and service providers, and will provide outreach and education about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility, program requirements, and program changes to individuals, groups, and organizations in LAS’s service area, with a particular focus on immigrant groups and communities. This position will also provide some case management to individual clients with SNAP/food insecurity issues, within in the 48 Middle and East Tennessee counties served by Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands (LAS).
This position is funded in part by the Mazon grant and advocate must adhere to goals and outcomes spelled out in the grant contract.
Required Qualifications: Must be committed to providing high quality advocacy on behalf of low-income individuals, families, and communities. Must have excellent verbal communication skills. Must be able to learn and explain state and federal regulations governing SNAP. The advocate should have some experience in adult education, community organizing and/or in working with low-income people. Must be detailed oriented and have good organizational skills. Must be able to work independently. Ability to relate to the needs of people of diverse backgrounds. Excellent interpersonal skills. Bachelor’s degree required. Must have access to reliable transportation. Experience with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and Legal Files database preferred. Must have driver’s license and access to transportation.
Social work degree and professional social work experience preferred. Spanish language ability preferred.
Salary: Dependent on experience. Excellent benefits.
Legal Aid Society has thirty-seven attorneys in eight offices in Middle and East Tennessee. Its attorneys provide low-income people expert legal assistance at all levels of state and federal court. Its staff includes national authorities in the fields of domestic violence, housing, consumer law, federal income taxation, health advocacy, nonprofit group representation, social security and special education. For more information about LAS, visit www.las.org.
Applications must include a cover letter, resume and three references (with phone numbers). No phone calls, please. Send by mail or e-mail (in Word or PDF format) to:
Re: SNAP Community Outreach Advocate Position
Legal Aid Society
1321 Murfreesboro Rd, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37217
Apply as soon as possible. Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.