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• Part-time Immigration Attorney – Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
• Executive Director – Disability Law Center
• Employment Attorney – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Statewide Immigration Crisis Response Attorney – Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
• Staff Attorney, Immigration – Northeast Justice Center
• Staff Attorney, Immigration – South Coastal Counties Legal Services
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: CLSACC provides free civil legal assistance and affordable psychological counseling for people with low incomes. Since its inception, the organization has been sustained by the commitment and dedication of volunteer lawyers and mental health professionals. Our services combat the effects of poverty and violence by helping clients and their children meet basic human needs for safety, income, health and housing. CLSACC’s unique interdisciplinary approach has enabled us to keep pace with the ever-changing and interrelated needs of our clients.
THE POSITION: CLSACC seeks a part-time immigration attorney. Our immigration services include asylum, U visas, VAWA, special immigrant juvenile status, and other relief. The attorney will be expected to work in all aspects of the immigration program and provide mentorship to pro bono attorneys. The position is based in Cambridge, MA. The 17.5 hour office schedule is flexible between Monday-Friday and the hours of 9:00am-5:00pm. S/he will report to the Legal Director and Immigration Supervisor.
• Oversee CLSACC’s “Immigration Intake and Case Evaluation Project” which is designed to increase screenings and legal consultations, and expand capacity to place cases with CLSACC pro bono panel attorneys.
• Provide legal advice and counsel on immigration issues.
• Provide legal representation in immigration matters before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Immigration Court.
• Train, mentor, and supervise volunteer attorneys and students working on immigration cases and volunteering with the immigration program.
• Participate in community outreach events and Know Your Rights trainings.
• Maintain and establish relationships with community partners and immigration service providers
• Make referrals for clients as appropriate to counseling staff for safety planning, case management, therapy, and other services.
• J.D. or LLM degree with admission to bar in any state.
• Five or more years of experience in immigration law.
• Commitment to serving low-income populations and communities of color.
• Experience representing low-income individuals and people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
• Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills.
• Team player with an ability to multitask in a fast pace environment.
• Bi-lingual highly desirable.
HOURS, SALARY, AND BENEFITS: The position is 17.5 hours/week. Salary is commensurate with experience.
To Apply: Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter addressing experience and interests relevant to the position, 2) writing sample and 3) a resume, by e-mail to John Froio, Deputy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Applications accepted until position is filled. For more information about CLSACC refer to our website: www.clsacc.org
CLSACC is a Fair Employment Practices/Equal Employment Opportunity/disability accessible employer committed to maintaining a diverse workplace. Qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The Disability Law Center of Massachusetts (DLC) is seeking an Executive Director to lead this non-profit organization responsible for providing legally-based protection and advocacy services that advance the rights of individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. DLC’s next Executive Director will continue to advance the high quality advocacy, legal representation and connection with the disability, civil rights and social justice communities in the state.
DLC’s mission is to provide legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts. In order to achieve this mission, DLC provides a range of services including information, referrals, technical assistance, trainings as well as individual representation and systemic advocacy regarding legal rights and services for people with disabilities.
About the Position
DLC’s next Executive Director comes at a time of great opportunity and challenges for the disability community in Massachusetts. The Executive Director will communicate DLC’s understanding of the challenges faced by the community, and expand DLC’s vision and ability to meet these challenges. More specifically, the Executive Director’s duties include policy and advocacy leadership to the disability community and for the staff, oversight of administrative, human resources, and financial operations of the organization while building the public profile and funding base of the organization. The ideal candidate for this position combines a commitment to the mission of advancing the rights of people with disabilities and a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader who has strong non-profit management and fundraising experience.
Summary of Executive Director Responsibilities:
• Articulate and implement a strategic vision and leadership for DLC
• Complete, articulate and implement a strategic vision and leadership for DLC.
• Complete and implement a strategic plan, including identifying resources needed to accomplish the plan.
• Clearly communicate vision to internal and external stakeholders.
• Position DLC to meet the challenges of the disability community.
• Motivate and inspire staff to work collaboratively toward vision and goals.
• Expand DLC’s agenda for systemic change to advance the rights of persons with disabilities, leveraging policy opportunities and effectively understanding and working within the political landscape.
• Assume a position of leadership for DLC within the disability, civil rights, social justice and other key stakeholder communities.
• Assist the Board of Directors in its development of knowledge and skills for its stewardship of the organization.
• Keep Board of Directors apprised of programmatic, resource and employee relations matters and timely notification of any issues.
Management of the enterprise
• Deploy resources efficiently and effectively toward organizational goals, working with staff to balance workload and effort.
• Affirm sustainability and growth of DLC.
• Build the skills of key staff in the organization, so that they can mentor, encourage and motivate staff.
• Provide regular feedback so that key staff can continuously improve their supervision and mentoring skills.
• Provide advice to key staff on personnel and resource allocation issues.
• Oversee performance management and employee professional development for staff.
• Create an inclusive and collaborative environment enabling the staff to provide accessible, equitable, and culturally competent services to clients with disabilities of all backgrounds.
Maintain, increase and diversify funding resources and provide strong stewardship of financial resources
• Assure adequate resources are available now and in the future to accomplish the mission of DLC.
• Engage in long-term fiscal planning to provide for the fiscal stability of the organization.
• Develop annual budgets that reflect long-term fiscal goals.
• Create fundraising plans in concert with the Board of Directors.
• Develop and cultivate relationships with individual, corporate and foundation donors.
• Conduct research on viable foundation funding opportunities and grant writing opportunities.
• Ensure that all reporting and compliance requirements are met for each funding source.
• Notify Board of Directors of fiscal status and highlight fiscal issues that may require the Board’s attention.
• Negotiate contracts on behalf of DLC, including external contracts as well as the collective bargaining agreement for unionized staff.
Raise the profile of DLC through external communications
• Serve as an active spokesperson for DLC through personal contact with media, finding opportunities to promote the policy agenda of DLC and increase public awareness of the DLC mission.
• Communicate the programs, policies and purpose of the agency to public constituencies, government bodies (executive, legislative, judicial) and staff in a way which will motivate them to support organizational operations, goals and objectives.
• Foster effective working relationships with other agencies involved in service to citizens with disabilities, and civil rights and social justice organizations.
• Passionate commitment to advancing the rights of persons with disabilities and to the mission of DLC.
• Demonstrated knowledge of disability and civil rights laws, issues and history.
• Experience in leading and managing a complex organization including setting strategic vision, implementing business plans, managing personnel, overseeing finances and internal control systems, creating and implementing fundraising plans, fostering good relationships with external stakeholders.
• Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including the ability to motivate and inspire staff and funders.
• Demonstrated experience working with organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, including staff, the public, elected and appointed officials, and consumers of service.
• Keen understanding of public policy issues and processes involving the rights of individuals with disabilities.
• Demonstrated ability and a desire to develop and expand the resources of DLC.
• Juris Doctor required.
• Interest in and commitment to working in Massachusetts.
• Energy and enthusiasm for policy and advocacy work.
• Creativity in devising new strategies for managing the organization and growing the funding base.
• Integrity and fairness in working in a complex environment, particularly with respect to collective bargaining employees.
• Flexibility in dealing with staff issues, balancing the needs of the individual and the needs of the organization.
• Ability to listen well to a variety of perspectives, including board, staff and outside stakeholders such as funders.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a letter expressing in detail your interest in the position of Executive Director of the Disability Law Center, and what you believe you can contribute to the future of DLC and its client community. The letter should be accompanied by a current resume and names and contact information for three references.
Electronic submissions are preferred. Materials should be emailed to email@example.com in Microsoft Word format. Mailed and faxed submissions will be accepted.
DLC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. DLC is an equal opportunity employer. DLC encourages candidates with disabilities, women, persons of color and others who represent distinct linguistic or cultural communities to apply.
About the Disability Law Center
The Disability Law Center (DLC) is the Protection and Advocacy agency for Massachusetts. DLC is a private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities. DLC receives federal, state and private funding but is not part of the state or federal government.
Greater Boston Legal Services is seeking an experienced attorney to assist in the work of the Asian Outreach/Employment Law Unit. Our mission is to utilize a community lawyering approach to advocacy which includes direct representation, systemic advocacy including class action and administrative advocacy, affirmative and defensive legislative campaigns and other client-centered work in the areas of unemployment, wage and hour, and tax law, including the creation of community cooperatives in low wage communities of color.
The unit seeks an attorney to engage in all of the above work. Additionally, the attorney will be expected to supervise junior staff, interns and volunteers and assist with securing grants.
Qualifications should include: 5 or more years of legal experience that includes legal services or other advocacy on behalf of workers, litigation experience, a strong and demonstrated commitment to worker rights, civil/human rights, community lawyering and the ability to work well with a diverse clientele. Additionally, the attorney must have strong writing and research skills. Bi-lingual ability in a language commonly spoken by GBLS’ clients is preferred, but not required.
GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped employer committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets. Salary is based on union scale. Generous benefits package, including 100% paid health and dental for full-time employees and student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. Candidates must submit a cover letter describing qualifications and reasons for interest in the position, resume and brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to Job Code: AOU/EU-ATT when applying for this position. Deadline is January 18, 2017 or until the position is filled.
Application Deadline: As soon as possible / Jan 20, 2016
Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis; interested & qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible
Position Background and Description: Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), a nationally-recognized nonprofit statewide poverty law and policy center, seeks an experienced attorney with a strong background in immigration law for its Statewide Immigration Crisis Response Project (SICR), formed in anticipation of significant federal immigration law changes in 2017 and beyond.
About MLRI: MLRI’s mission is to advance economic, racial, and social justice through legal action, advocacy, coalition building, and community outreach. MLRI is cross-substantive and specializes in large-scale legal initiatives and systemic reforms that address the root causes of poverty, remove barriers to opportunity, and create a path to economic stability and mobility for low-income individuals, families and communities. For almost 50 years, MLRI’s advocacy has been responsible for groundbreaking laws, policies and court decisions that have advanced the legal, economic and social rights of low-income people in Massachusetts. MLRI also serves as the statewide poverty law support center for the Massachusetts civil legal services delivery system, providing expertise and support to local legal aid programs and also to a large number of local and statewide social service agencies, health care and human service providers, and community based organizations that serve low income people.
About the Opportunity: Federal policy changes widely expected from the new federal Administration will have very harmful effects on immigrant communities, particularly low income immigrants. The anticipated changes are likely to harm immigrants in a number of ways, for example, by withdrawing their access to legal status/protection against deportation, work permits, benefits, labor protections, educational opportunities, licenses, and civil liberties. Systemic advocacy, such as litigation and federal, state, and local policy advocacy, will be necessary to prevent or mitigate the anticipated harmful impact, prevent discrimination, and/or delay the effects of harmful policies until fairer ones can be attained. This project offers a unique opportunity for creative and strategic lawyering on a statewide basis, in partnership with diverse and dedicated immigration legal services providers and rights advocates, to make a lasting impact on the lives of low-income immigrants in Massachusetts.
Key Responsibilities: The SICR Attorney will work with MLRI’s Senior Immigration Attorney to: a) provide systemic advocacy aimed at mitigating and/or challenging adverse policies at the federal, state, and/or local level; b) coordinate the statewide legal services response via MLRI’s statewide Immigration Coalition of approximately 140 legal services advocates; c) provide expertise, support and training to key providers – both immigration advocates and advocates in substantive legal issue areas where immigration status may impact services or supports (e.g., housing, education, MassHealth and other public assistance programs, employment, etc.);d) develop fact sheets and legal analysis memoranda (as new policies are announced) and other informational materials; and e) engage in related legal advocacy activities as the need arises in this volatile new federal policy environment.
Desired Background & Qualifications:
• J.D. and licensed to practice law in Massachusetts or any other state
• Minimum 5 years post-law school immigration law experience
• Experience or knowledge of issues affecting low-income immigrants in Massachusetts, particularly of color populations
• Experience or knowledge of issues affecting the intersection of federal immigration law with state laws, policies, programs, and/or agencies affecting low income people
• Ability to strategically advocate in cross-substantive legal areas
• Ability to lead and coordinate others
• Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skills
• Excellent writing and legal research skills
• Demonstrated commitment to MLRI’s mission of addressing poverty, advancing racial equity, and ensuring access to justice
Compensation: Position is full-time, though part-time employment may be negotiable. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package.
Qualified applicants must electronically submit the following: 1) cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position, 2) resume, 3) one short writing sample, 4) three professional references.
Applications will be reviewed as received & interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.
Qualified candidates should submit applications as early as possible.
The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. MLRI strives for racial and ethnic diversity because it is critical both to achieving MLRI’s mission and to operating in a way that is consistent with MLRI’s organizational values. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Northeast Justice Center, a subsidiary of Northeast Legal Aid, seeks a staff lawyer to work on immigration matters. The position is based in our Lawrence, MA office. Fluency in Spanish is essential. Please send a resume, two references and a cover letter to email@example.com.
South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS), a non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elderly clients in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands, seeks attorney(s), admitted to practice in Massachusetts, to provide quality representation to clients in immigration matters. The attorney(s) will serve clients in the SCCLS service area and work from our subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts. The attorney(s) will manage a substantial number of individual cases, along with special projects, and engage in impact advocacy. Experience preferred. Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole or other language spoken by our diverse immigrant community required. For full
consideration apply by January 27, 2017.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience. Excellent Benefits.
TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to: Jmarcotte@SCCLS.org
South Coastal Counties Legal Services and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.