Chicago Social Worker

Job Posting: Chicago Social Worker

Starting Date: Immediately

Justice Catalyst Law (“JCL”) Justice Catalyst Law is looking for a Chicago-based social worker to assist 3-5 clients with accessing and navigating community services, food and housing resources, healthcare, and other support services as needed. The social worker will be a part-time, paid independent contractor. We anticipate approximately 1-4 hours of work per week for 6-12 months (or longer, if needed), with a greater time commitment (5-10 hours per week) during the first 1-2 months. The social worker will set her or his own hours, but is expected to respond to client emergencies (e.g., loss of housing, major injury) same-day if necessary to avoid major disruption to the clients’ safety, lives, or livelihood. The social worker may be expected to occasionally meet with clients or service providers in-person in Chicago during regular business hours, if required to secure appropriate services.

Required Qualifications: Social work license in the state of Illinois; experience navigating Chicago social services, especially related to food and housing stability, as well as job placement.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume, two professional references, desired pay, and a short statement of interest to the form below.

About Our Organization

A nonprofit organization founded in 2018, Justice Catalyst Law develops cutting-edge, interdisciplinary impact cases and legal strategies that advance economic and social justice. We specialize in fighting corporate or private actor abuses by applying multiple areas of law to new contexts. We often work in collaboration with a diverse set of nonprofits, advocates, and law firms to develop, investigate, and litigate bold cases with broad, practical, on-the-ground impact. Our mission is to expand the legal system’s potential to provide meaningful accountability for the most powerful, and to bring justice and sustainable change to the communities that are most often left behind by our economic and legal systems, with attention to racial and other longstanding inequities

Many of our cases cut across substantive enforcement areas, such as antitrust, RICO, consumer, environmental, and civil rights laws, to shape novel applications of those laws to real-world problems and economic injustices. For a sample of our cases, please visit catalystlaw.org/issue-areas.

We are a small and highly collaborative team of people who work hard and laugh hard, and welcome new perspectives and ideas. We enjoy a lively start-up culture that encourages spirited debate based on throwing ourselves deeply into the details of a particular problem, and pushing to find a path to a practical and permanent solution. Our team stands together in our shared commitment to using our talents and energy to making a more just and equitable world right now. We have an experimental mindset and encourage unconventional thinking and risk-taking. We value employee relationships, growth, and well-being, and strive to create an equitable, inclusive organization.

Justice Catalyst Law works closely with Justice Catalyst, a nonprofit organization that supports innovative legal work and administers a fellowship program for new attorneys in public interest fields at nonprofits, government agencies, and other offices.

Justice Catalyst Law is tax-exempt as a 501(c)(3) human and civil rights organization.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We believe that a variety of perspectives and backgrounds enriches and maximizes our work. We aim to assemble an applicant pool that is reflective of the world in which we live — one that is diverse in race, color, age, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic background, professional background, mental and physical abilities, and other traits that make us who we are.

We are also an organization made up of lawyers and non-lawyers, and we work alongside, and have great respect for advocates, organizers, and clients from every walk of life. The right person for this role will be committed to listening to and learning from people with different life experiences and expertise.

JCL is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions are made without regard to any status or activity protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We strongly encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply.