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Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc. | Benefit Specialist Supervising Attorney

January 14, 2022 12:47 PM | Mathias Lemos Castillo (Administrator)

Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc. 

Position Description


Position Title:  Benefit Specialist Supervising Attorney

Reports to:  Legal Services Manager

Position Status: Full-Time, Exempt position

Position Summary:

The Benefit Specialist Supervising Attorney provides legal supervision and training for the elder benefit specialists in an approximately 15-county region within the state. This position is part of the legal services team located in the Madison office GWAAR Elder Law & Advocacy Center.     

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Provide legal supervision and training to elder benefit specialists in a designated region.

  2. Conduct county site visits and annual performance evaluations of elder benefit specialist staff in the designated region.

  3. Develop and maintain an expertise in federal and state public benefits programs including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, FoodShare, housing, consumer law, and general civil litigation.

  4. Research and analyze benefit entitlement and client rights issues as they pertain to the facts of each individual case.  

  5. Provide direct legal representation to clients in small claims court and at fair hearings.

  6. Develop and present materials for the benefit specialists’ monthly trainings and newsletter.

  7. Comply with reporting requirements as required by funding sources.

  8. Develop project outreach and educational materials.

  9. Occasional overnight statewide travel is required with this position.  A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle are required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school and admission to the State Bar of Wisconsin.

  2. Demonstrated experience working with people aged 60+, people with disabilities, and/or low-income clients.

  3. Desire to function as an ambassador of the agency in a wide variety of venues and circumstances.

  4. Ability to articulate and relay legal concepts to non-attorney benefit specialists in a clear and concise manner.  

  5. Understanding of and adherence to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys.

  6. Strong organizational skills with strict adherence to deadlines.

  7. Effective communication skills—both verbally and in writing—and a desire to engage in public speaking.

  8. Proficiency in email, Internet research, Excel, Word, and creating consumer-friendly publications.

  9. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Two years of legal experience representing clients in general civil litigation and/or fair hearings. 

  2. Experience with public benefit programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc. 

  3. Previous public speaking experience.

  4. Understanding of long-term care Medicaid programs such as Family Care and IRIS.

  5. Fluency in other languages desirable. 


Due to recent growth, the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR) is hiring an additional full-time Benefit Specialist Supervising Attorney.  The attorney will assist in the supervision of elder benefit specialists in an approximately 15-county region within the state, and provide monthly training and legal assistance on state and federal public benefit programs.  This position will also provide direct legal representation to older adults.

This position requires a Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school and admission to the State Bar of Wisconsin.  We are seeking candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to working with clients aged 60 and older, people with disabilities, and/or individuals with low-income.  Knowledge of state and federal benefit programs and health insurance options is strongly preferred.  The ideal candidate will have direct client experience in estate planning, consumer law, or general civil litigation.  It is preferred that the person live in the Madison area and work at our Madison office; however, we may consider a remote work situation.  Occasional overnight statewide travel required.  

Resumes sent without a cover letter will not be considered.  

The positions will remain open until filled.  Resumes and cover letters will be reviewed as they are received.  Send cover letter and resume to the following:

Attorney Kate Schilling, Legal Services Manager

Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources

1414 MacArthur Road, Suite A

Madison, WI  53714

Email:  Kate.schilling@gwaar.org

GWAAR is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse and inclusive workforce. GWAAR provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants without regard to unlawful considerations of sex, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and/or expression), pregnancy, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion or similar philosophical beliefs, disability, marital and civil union status, age, genetic information, veteran status or any personal attribute or characteristic that is protected by applicable local, state or federal laws.

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