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Benefits Law Center (BLC) Seeks Executive Director
April 18, 2022 | Alison Pagan

Benefits Law Center (BLC) seeks a dynamic Executive Director to join our team and our mission, working with people who live with disabilities and are fighting for their economic and medical security. As a champion of BLC’s core values of centering clients, dignity for all, and integrity in community, the BLC Executive Director creates and maintains pathways for people who are personally connected to our mission to support the goals of our clients as staff members, donors, volunteers, and community partners.

BLC is a specialty civil legal aid organization with a staff of ten people dedicated to economic justice. The Executive Director drives BLC’s mission to provide accessible legal advocacy to people living with physical and mental disabilities so that they may obtain the resources necessary to overcome barriers to financial and medical stability. We further our mission through targeted community lawyering projects that help people obtain and maintain access to Social Security benefits.

BLC boasts a working environment filled with inspiring advocacy, incredible colleagues, and a dedicated board of directors. The Executive Director is chiefly responsible for ensuring that all who are involved are working toward the successful implementation of a measurable strategic plan. BLC has grown 400% in the past six years, and in 2022 projects total revenue of $1.2 million.

We are in the final year of our existing strategic plan which is focused on growing the capacity of BLC to deliver on our mission through (l) equity and inclusion, (2) increased stewardship and relationship building, (3) strengthening our communication strategies, and (4) growing our volunteer program. You can read more about our work in the most recent BLC Annual Report.

BLC is home to two major projects and the Justice Bus. The Social Security Advocacy Project (SSAP) and the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP). SSAP prioritizes cases for which it is difficult or impossible for the client to obtain representation through the private bar, either due to lack of fee generating potential or multiple barriers, such as mental illness, limited English proficiency, transportation, and trauma. DHAP is based on the recognition that for homeless individuals who meet the definition of disabled because of physical and mental health conditions, qualifying for federal disability benefits may be the only realistic path out of homelessness and into stable housing and medical care. By collaborating with other organizations that provide services to the homeless community, BLC proactively identifies disabled homeless individuals who may be eligible for SSI/SSDI benefits, both before and after they have begun the application process. The Justice Bus is our Mobile Legal Unit that allows us to bring the concept of “meeting people where they are at” into reality through a mobile law office.

For more information, including how to apply, click here: BLC – Executive Director