NOTE: MLAC is not involved in the hiring at legal aid programs. Please follow the application instructions provided for each position.
Legal Aid Program and Related Openings
If you work for a legal aid program in Massachusetts and would like to post a job on behalf of your organization, please contact Catherine Rizos at email@example.com.
• Program Director – Bet Tzedek Legal Services (Jewish Family & Children’s Service)
• Litigation Director – Community Legal Aid
• Managing Attorney – Community Legal Aid, Worcester Office
• Receptionist – Community Legal Aid, Springfield, Northampton Offices
• Staff Attorney, Housing – Community Legal Aid, Worcester Office
• Bilingual Receptionist/Office Assistant – Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
• Executive Director – Disability Law Center
• Long-Term Temporary Attorney, Immigration – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Long-Term Temporary Staff Attorney, Housing – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Managing Attorney – Elder, Health, & Disability Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services
• Staff Attorney, Immigration – Northeast Justice Center
• Paralegal – Northeast Legal Aid
• Staff Attorney, Housing – Northeast Legal Aid
• Paralegal – Prisoners’ Legal Services
• Staff Attorney – Hyannis Office – South Coastal Counties Legal Services
• Supervising Attorney, Immigration – South Coastal Counties Legal Services/Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
• Bilingual Paralegal – Volunteer Lawyers Project
Central Technology Support Analyst – Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
Reports To: MLAC Director of Information Technology – Central Technology
MLAC was established in 1983 to ensure that low-income people with critical, non-criminal legal problems would have access to legal information, advice and representation. It is the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The Technology Support Analyst is responsible for coordinating, organizing, and facilitating the effective utilization and support of technology for all programs under the Central Technology umbrella. This position works closely with the MLAC Director of IT and other Central Technology and/or MLAC staff to design and implement effective technology solutions that meet the requirements of the statewide technology goals, satisfy the needs of the local program(s) and improve the ability to provide services to low-income clients.
Responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
• Promote and support the MLAC and Central Technology mission and vision
• Ability to organize and prioritize multiple assignments, use initiative and judgment to accomplish results and complete job assignments in an accurate, timely and professional manner.
• Provide input and advise on technology decisions and implementations for supported program(s)
• Assist in developing regional technology plans, including implementation and ongoing evaluation of plans
• Provide technical assistance to facilitate the implementation of existing and future technologies
• Design and implement improvements to workflows/systems within/across programs, including training
• Assist program management with budgeting and purchase planning for computer and related equipment expenditures; Evaluate products available for potential use and implementation
• Remain informed about changes and advancements in technology
• Propose/participate in training opportunities to enhance ability to achieve/improve delivery of job responsibilities
PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
• Maintain and manage network devices supporting LAN/WAN, desktop and server computer systems, printers and other multifunction devices, VoIP telephones and other related equipment
• Assist with the acquisition, installation and management of any new applications or systems
• Maintain secure, well-protected servers and workstations by use of firewalls, virus protection, and other malware detection and defense tools
• Provide end user application and technical support to legal services staff using Microsoft Office and a variety of specialty applications specific to the legal aid industry.
• Assist in assuring all computers and related equipment meet or exceed minimum requirements/standards
• Install, configure, maintain and update software on computer systems and peripheral devices
• Coordinate hardware purchases and installation
• Liaise between outside hardware and software vendors; when needed, perform problem assessment and troubleshooting. Act as local eyes and hands in supporting vendors
• Maintain accurate and up-to-date documentation on program(s) hardware and software inventories, including license management
• Must possess the ability, with proper training, to maintain Central Technology website content using WordPress
• Identify, coordinate and perform technology trainings to assist staff in computer and software usage
• Assist in the development or identification of technological tools to aid in the efficiency of staff. Provide the staff with information about new technology developments
• Seek program staff participation in selection/evaluation of technology solutions to support advocacy objectives
• Provide staff with goals relating to technology or application usage. Supervise and train staff on proper maintenance, data entry, uniform file naming, and other necessary procedures for the proper, secure and efficient use of computers
• Design and write reports including underlying queries, as required
• Other related duties pertaining to the management of technology in the participating programs.
• Must be willing and able to travel frequently to legal aid programs across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Valid driver’s license required.
• Provide excellent customer service
• Ability to work independently and/or with others as required
• Advanced troubleshooting skills for issues with printers, handheld/smart devices, user connectivity, application, hardware/software, network and other related devices
• Ability to troubleshoot hardware/software issues to resolve problems: with Microsoft technologies
• Understanding/experience with relational databases such as MS SQL Server.
• Assist with operating system patches, application software upgrades and new software installations
• Off-hours availability to assist with IT emergencies, upgrades and new installations as required
• 3 to 5 years related network/hardware/software experience.
• Legal Services / Law Firm / Non-profit experience preferred
• Detailed knowledge and use of Crystal Reports required
• Knowledge of Legal Files or similar case management systems preferred
• Knowledge of Citrix or other virtual desktop solution required
• Knowledge of Kaspersky Anti-virus or other similar security/protection solutions required
• Ability to configure and deploy workstations, including installation of software and other tools
• Exceptional communications, interpersonal and customer service skills and ability to interact effectively and professionally with all levels of management, staff and vendors.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter noting where they learned of the position and a resume in Word or PDF by Friday, December 15, 2017 to Danielle Hines-Graham, Operations Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Central Technology Analyst” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
MLAC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to diversity in its workforce. A crucial part of MLAC’s vision is supporting cultural and linguistic competence, as well as ensuring diversity of staff and volunteers, so clients can be best served. Women, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and persons who speak English as a second language are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation in the application process will be provided upon request.
Program Director – Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Jewish Family & Children’s Service
Bet Tzedek Legal Services promotes social and economic justice for our clients by providing free legal services to those with low income. Through our network of pro-bono panel attorneys, Bet Tzedek provides legal representation on a variety of civil legal matters impacting low income clients. Bet Tzedek also works directly with clients to assist them in obtaining or maximizing their SNAP (food stamp) Benefits and similar benefits.
The Program Director is responsible for overall leadership and operations of the Bet Tzedek Legal Service Program. The Director provides direct supervision for program staff, interns and volunteers. The Director liaisons with programs across JF&CS to help staff identify and recognize legal concerns. The Director develops and maintains relationships with legal providers in the community. The Director is responsible for the management of the pro-bono panel including: recruitment, ongoing support and management of administrative components. The Director is responsible for staying current on legal and benefit matters that impact clients of the Agency. The Director participates in budget planning, donor development and provides the vision for future planning.
Essential Job Functions:
-Supervise program staff, interns and volunteers
-Offer training on legal and benefit issue spotting for agency staff as needed
-Establish and maintain connections to local legal services community
-Oversee all aspects of the pro-bono panel of attorneys
-Oversee SNAP/Benefits Advocacy services, including administrative appeal hearings
-Stay current on legal and benefits issues that impact Agency clients
-Ensure client records are kept in accordance with agency policy and standards of practice
-Compile program reports as needed
-Oversee grants and fiscal reporting
-Law degree and relevant experience in civil legal services, including SNAP and welfare benefits
-Experience working with low-come clients
-Understanding of the public benefit systems and legal issues that low income clients face
-Mature, independent, flexible with strong interpersonal skills
-Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (excel, word, outlook, power point)
Apply online: https://jfcsboston.hirecentric.com/jobs/128304.html
Litigation Director – Community Legal Aid
Community Legal Aid (CLA), the free civil legal aid organization serving the low-income and elderly residents of Central and Western Massachusetts, has an exciting leadership position for an experienced attorney to serve as its Litigation Director. CLA’s advocacy team handles over 5,000 cases a year in a wide variety of areas, including housing, domestic relations, public benefits, education, and immigration. In addition to direct legal representation, CLA works in close partnership on special projects and training opportunities with service providers, medical practitioners, community groups, and private attorneys. CLA is a fiscally sound, administratively strong agency supported by a dedicated staff, management team, and Board of Directors. CLA has approximately 100 staff working across multiple offices, and a budget of $9.3 million.
The Litigation Director will be an integral part of CLA’s Management Team and will:
-Coordinate, support, supervise, and participate in major or complex litigation to address systemic issues that affect CLA’s clients;
-Act as a catalyst for the identification of issues that affect CLA’s clients and the development of litigation and/or advocacy strategies to address them.
-Work with other management and supervisory staff to help develop the litigation skills of CLA lawyers;
-Review and edit advocates’ written advocacy, including submissions to courts and administrative agencies; and
-Engender a culture of raising and pursing attorney fee-shifting claims.
1. Must be licensed to practice law in Massachusetts or eligible for admission to the bar at the time of hiring.
2. Must have at least ten years of litigation experience, preferably significant experience litigating complex civil cases in state and federal court, both at the trial and appellate levels. Experience as lead counsel is required.
3. History of creative and high impact advocacy, demonstrated leadership in litigation, and substantive expertise in legal issues affecting low-income people.
4. Demonstrated ability to work across multiple substantive areas of law.
5. Significant commitment, skills, and experience in mentoring and training less-experienced attorneys; should also possess strong leadership skills and a leadership style that inspires and encourages professional growth in others.
6. Should have proficiency using technology in litigation.
7. Prior experience with low-income populations, and a demonstrated ability to relate effectively to a diverse clientele and staff, is preferred.
8. The Litigation Director will be based in one of CLA’s offices in Worcester, Springfield, Northampton or Pittsfield, but will travel among all of those offices to meet with staff in person.
Please submit a letter expressing your interest, a current resume, and a list of three references to:
Posting Date: October 30, 2017
Managing Attorney – Community Legal Aid, Worcester Office
Community Legal Aid (CLA) seeks a Managing Attorney to be an integral part of the management team of a dynamic civil legal aid organization serving low-income and elderly people in Central and Western Mass. The position is for CLA’s Worcester (Central Mass.) office, which houses 30 advocates and support staff out of CLA’s total staff of approximately 100 people. The Managing Attorney will help with office administration and management, including conducting regular staff meetings; participating in the writing of annual performance reviews of staff; coordinating appropriate training and providing support for staff; and assisting in the handling of issues arising with the physical plant. The Managing Attorney will also participate in community events including bar functions, funder meetings, and agency get-togethers. The Managing Attorney will assist with fundraising initiatives and grant-acquisition, writing, and reporting activities. The Managing Attorney may also handle a small caseload commensurate with her/his administrative duties.
1. Must be an attorney who is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or eligible for admission to the bar at the time of hiring.
2. Experience with low-income populations; the ability to relate effectively to a diverse staff and clientele; and strong supervision and communication skills.
3. Prior experience in management, administration, or leadership in a non-profit legal or human services program strongly preferred.
4. Willingness and ability to travel throughout Central Massachusetts.
To Apply for the Managing Attorney position click on the following link:
Posting Date: October 30, 2017
Receptionist – Community Legal Aid, Springfield, Northampton Offices
Community Legal Aid, a non-profit legal aid organization serving Western and Central Massachusetts, seeks a full-time receptionist who will provide support for the staff in its Springfield and Northampton offices. The receptionist will work with a team of individuals dedicated to providing free, high-quality legal services to low-income and elderly clients. Duties include answering telephone calls, greeting visitors, screening clients, data entry, filing, and other clerical tasks. The receptionist will also interpret and translate for Spanish-speaking clients. The receptionist will be based in CLA’s Springfield office, but will regularly spend time in CLA’s Northampton office as well.
Qualifications: The individual must be bilingual in English and Spanish. Fluency in Portuguese and/or Vietnamese a plus. Strong client service orientation. Ability to multi-task and work under pressure. Willingness and ability to travel to Springfield and Northampton on a weekly basis. Ideal candidate will have a demonstrated concern for and commitment to the goals of legal services and to helping low-income people, and have prior experience as a receptionist or secretary.
Please submit cover letter and resumes to:
https://communitylegal.isolvedhire.com/jobs/8033-11833.html , or mail to Eileen Messier, HR Manager, Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608.
Equal Opportunity Employer.
Posting Date: October 30, 2017
Staff Attorney – Housing Law – Community Legal Aid, Worcester Office
Community Legal Aid, Inc. (CLA), the non-profit organization providing free civil legal services to low-income and elderly clients in central and western Massachusetts, seeks a housing attorney for its Worcester office. The attorney will represent tenants in eviction cases, assist tenants facing denials or terminations from public and subsidized housing programs, and handle other housing-related matters. The attorney will regularly participate in a Housing Court lawyer-for-the day program.
QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar or eligible to sit for next Mass. Bar examination or entitlement to practice under a Mass. practice rule is required. Experience in landlord-tenant work strongly preferred as is fluency in Spanish. Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important.
For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Bilingual Receptionist/Office Assistant – Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC) is a community based agency that provides free legal
aid and affordable mental health counseling for low-income people throughout the Greater Boston/Cambridge area.
Reception duties: Answer phones; screen callers for eligibility for the Center’s services; relay messages to staff and
volunteers; refer callers to other service providers and keep track of referrals; greet clients and other visitors; collect and record counseling client fees; prepare, file and retrieve counseling clients’ folders; keep files of administrative and counseling forms; schedule room use; maintain computerized client data base; compile data and prepare reports as requested; provide interpretation services when necessary.
Office duties: Order office supplies; keep supplies areas organized; oversee postal needs including purchasing of stamps, and opening and sorting incoming mail and processing outgoing mail; maintain business equipment (copier, fax, printer, etc.); keep reception area neat and organized; supervise and schedule evening reception staff; assist volunteers with office equipment; provide assistance to the Accountant and Administrative Coordinator, as requested, perform additional tasks for the smooth functioning of the office as needed.
-Bilingual in Spanish and English required. Additional language skills a plus.
-Experience as a receptionist, office manager, or work in a fast paced office environment. Ability to multi-task is essential.
-Must be available to open office at 9:00 a.m. daily.
-Experience and comfort with computers, especially data entry and Microsoft Word and Excel, and some knowledge of working in a SharePoint environment.
-Sensitivity to people experiencing emotional distress. Experience and comfort working with people with low incomes, from diverse backgrounds, and with limited English proficiency.
Start Date: Immediately
Hours: 8:50 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – 35 hours per week
SALARY/BENEFITS: Salary DOE Excellent fringe benefit package, including health, life and short & long disability
insurance, four weeks paid vacation, 403(b), and Flexible Spending Plan.
TO APPLY: Please send resume and cover letter to: Debi Morrison, Community Legal Services And Counseling Center; One West Street; Cambridge, MA 02139. Fax: (617) 661-1011. E-mail: email@example.com
No phone inquires, please.
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.
Executive Director – Disability Law Center
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 plan that sustains the organization, 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 notify Board of any significant issues.
Management of the enterprise
-Deploy resources efficiently and effectively toward organizational goals, work 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 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 is strongly desired but will consider candidate with strong nonprofit or legal services management experience.
-Interest in and commitment to living and 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, funders and outside stakeholders.
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 your experience that you believe can demonstrate your ability to 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 and a member of the National Disability Rights Network. 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.
Please view the DLC website for additional information about the organization, its priorities, and a list of employment benefits.
Long Term Temporary Attorney – Immigration Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services
Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks a long term temp staff attorney for a period of eight months. The attorney will work in the Immigrant Unit and will represent clients in a variety of immigration matters including removal defense, defensive and affirmative asylum claims, special immigrant juvenile status petitions, VAWA self-petitions, “U” and “T” visas, and other immigration matters before the USCIS and EOIR.
Qualifications: GBLS is looking for an attorney with no more than 5 years of experience in immigration law, including asylum; experience working with immigrant clients from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds, strong writing and oral advocacy skills, and strong administrative skills. Proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped-accessible employer, committed to diversity in the workforce and regards differences as assets. Candidates should submit letter of interest and resume to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services, via e-mail at email@example.com Please refer to Job Code: Imm-Att when applying for this position. Applications deadline: October 15, 2017 or until the position is filled.
Long Term Temporary Staff Attorney – Housing Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services
Greater Boston Legal Services has an opening for a long term temporary staff attorney for 1 year to work in the Housing Unit, focusing on enforcing and expanding the rights of homeless families to shelter. Homelessness places unbearable stress on some of the most vulnerable families in our community, many of whom include individuals with disabilities. This position will involve individual cases challenging denial or termination of shelter or seeking accommodation of disability-related needs or other rights, as well as participation in ongoing class action litigation and other law reform efforts. The attorney, working as part of the GBLS Shelter team, will use individual cases to promote systemic change. While shelter work will be the primary focus, the attorney also may represent tenants in eviction cases where the family would not be eligible for shelter if evicted, homeless families seeking permanent affordable housing, and families denied or facing loss of housing subsidies, as needed.
The position involves responsibility for client cases including interviews, factual investigation, research and analysis of law, development of written and oral legal arguments, negotiation with agency officials and staff, preparation for and handling of administrative, and court hearings. The position may also include legislative advocacy, policy advocacy, and supervising student and volunteer interns.
Qualifications: One to five years of experience; Experience in housing law, family shelter, litigation and/or negotiation experience preferred. Proficiency in Spanish, Haitian Creole or another language spoken by GBLS’ clients is preferred.
GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible 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 should submit resumes and a brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources via email at firstname.lastname@example.org Please refer to job code: HU-LTTATT when applying for this position. Deadline is October 18, 2017 or until position is filled.
Managing Attorney – Elder, Health & Disability Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services
Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) seeks a Managing Attorney to oversee the work of the Elder, Health and Disability Unit. The Unit represents elders, people with disabilities and families to ensure that they have income, health care and services needed to live independently in the community. The unit’s work promotes affordable housing for seniors, access to quality health care for all, and access to SSI income for children and adults. Our special projects include: Medicare Advocacy Project, Elder Abuse Prevention Project, Children’s Disability Project, and School to Prison Pipeline Intervention Project. The unit’s work includes keeping people out of institutions and to improve the quality of life for those who live in institutions. We empower people to make decisions about their lives and support people with disabilities in their fight for accessibility.
GBLS seeks a manager with strong leadership skills and the demonstrated ability to effectively supervise a large diverse unit. The manager will also carry an active caseload. The manager will be responsible for ensuring that reporting requirements on all of the unit’s grants are met and assisting in obtaining new grants. The manager must provide and encourage leadership in the substantive legal work, impact litigation, and legislative and administrative advocacy; maintain relationships with community groups, and oversee community education activities; and will participate in the GBLS leadership team and the management group on program wide policy issues.
Qualifications should include: over 5 years of legal services or similar advocacy experience; strong and demonstrated commitment to poverty issues, experience litigating complex cases; experience representing clients at all administrative appeal levels and in federal court in either Social Security or Medicare cases; experience in systemic legislative and administrative advocacy; the ability to mentor, supervise and co-counsel effectively and in a collaborative manner that provides opportunities for growth and professional development. Prior management, supervision or administrative experience is required.
Interested candidates should submit a resume with a cover letter describing qualifications for the job including legal work and/or experience in related area to: Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114 or via email at email@example.com Please refer to Job Code: EHD-MA. Deadline for application is December 18, 2017 or until position is filled.
Staff Attorney – Immigration – Northeast Justice Center
Northeast Legal Aid’s subsidiary, the Northeast Justice Center, seeks a staff attorney to handle immigration cases. Candidate must be bilingual (English-Spanish). Please send a cover letter, resume and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Equal Opportunity Employer.
Paralegal – Northeast Legal Aid
Northeast Legal aid seeks a paralegal to perform outreach work on housing issues with the Cambodian-American communities in Lowell and Lynn. Fluency in Khmer is essential. Please send a resume, two references and a cover letter to email@example.com. NLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Staff Attorney – Housing Unit – Northeast Legal Aid
Northeast Legal Aid (NLA), with offices in Lynn, Lawrence and Lowell, MA, provides free legal aid to indigent and to elderly clients. NLA seeks a staff attorney for its Housing Unit. Fluency in Spanish is helpful. Please send a cover letter, resume and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. NLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Paralegal – Prisoners’ Legal Services
Prisoners Legal Services (PLS) is seeking an outstanding part time paralegal to concentrate on working to combat staff-on-prisoner assault in Massachusetts jails and prisons. This position will work through PLS’ excessive force projects to deter staff-on-prisoner assaults, advocate for impacted prisoners, support PLS’ efforts to provide legal services to these prisoners and increase community awareness of this problem. The paralegal will meet with injured prisoners, usually within 72 hours of report, to interview and photograph injuries, collect documents and give legal advice about the clients’ rights. After the prison visit, this position will conduct follow-up advocacy, primarily regarding preservation of evidence and any unmet medical needs from the assault. In those cases that meet the criteria to be considered for litigation, the paralegal will also investigate the prisoners’ claims by gathering records generated by the prison or jail in relation to the incident, as well as conducting witness interviews. With supervision, the paralegal and other PLS staff will evaluate completed investigations to determine whether there is sufficient proof to merit litigation. Meritorious cases are litigated, when resources allow, by PLS attorneys or, if possible, are referred to private attorneys. This position is three-fifths time and will share responsibilities with another paralegal, who is two-fifths time. Both project paralegals are supervised by a senior PLS staff member.
Must be comfortable having frequent contact with prisoner clients through visits, telephone and letter, and advocating for their needs. (Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply).
-Excellent organizational, administrative, writing and communication skills are required.
-Travel to Massachusetts prisons and jails is required. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and regular access to a car.
-Ability to work cooperatively with a team is required.
-Ability to speak and write in Spanish strongly preferred.
-Bicultural, bilingual candidates and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
-Experience working with and advocating for marginalized populations preferred.
-Attention to detail required.
-Applicants will be asked to demonstrate professional writing skills by drafting a letter at the time of the interview.
Benefits and Salary
PLS offers salary competitive with the legal services field and commensurate with experience. PLS provides a comprehensive benefits package, including family medical and dental coverage which are pro-rated for this part-time position. Flex time or other alternative arrangements considered. PLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter and three professional references to Al Troisi at email@example.com. No phone calls or mail inquiries please.
Staff Attorney – Hyannis Office – South Coastal Counties Legal Services
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 to hire a full time staff attorney, admitted to practice or eligible for admission in Massachusetts, to work from its Hyannis office. The attorney will work primarily in the areas of housing and public benefits, and as otherwise directed by the Executive Director and Hyannis Managing Attorney. Staff attorneys must work as directed on particular grants; cooperate and assist with the timely preparation of grant reports; and engage in outreach and community education. The attorney will manage a substantial caseload of individual cases, along with special projects, and engage in impact advocacy. Experience is preferred. Fluency in a second language such as Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, or Haitian Creole also preferred. The position will be open until filled. For full consideration please apply by December 22, 2017.
To apply, send resume and cover letter to: JMarcotte@SCCLS.org Subject Line: SCCLS Hyannis Office Attorney
South Coastal Counties Legal Services and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts are Equal Opportunity Employers.
Supervising Attorney, Immigration – South Coastal Counties Legal Services/Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS) and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts, (Justice Center), the primary provider of free civil legal aid to low income residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod & the Islands, seeks a Supervising Attorney-Immigration. Position will be located in Brockton.
Our organization seeks an experienced attorney to coordinate and supervise the advocacy of our five attorney Immigration staff. Reporting to the Program Manager of the Justice Center, the Supervising Attorney will work with the organization’s leadership team, a talented advocacy staff, an engaged statewide advocacy community to strategically provide critical legal services to the immigrant community of the region. The Supervising Attorney will have an excellent opportunity to contribute to the strategic growth of the organization and its advocacy and to creatively address the problems facing the region’s immigrant communities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Working with the Program Manager, the Supervising Attorney will:
-Maintain a small and strategic caseload.
-Carry out an articulated strategic advocacy vision for the delivery of services to our immigrant community.
-Effectively engage with the organization’s leadership team, advocacy staff, community groups and organizations, and the statewide justice community to develop and manage strategic initiatives, community needs assessments, and to respond to emerging trends and changing policies affecting the immigrant community.
-Develop and promote systems for providing effective systemic litigation, appellate work, and policy advocacy.
-Develop, support, and oversee the litigation, appellate work, and policy advocacy of immigration staff.
-Develop and promote training programs to enhance staff skills with respect to: litigation, appellate advocacy, policy advocacy, communications strategies, and substantive issues affecting the immigrant communities in the region.
-Assist in developing/revising standards of practice for the immigration staff and ensure adherence to program and case handling standards, funder requirements and the highest professional standards using regular case review and other techniques in conjunction with the Program Manager.
-Ensure advocacy staff is actively engaged with other program advocates, local community groups and organizations, and the statewide advocacy community to address legal issues confronting our diverse and low income communities.
-Effectively mentor and act as a resource to immigration staff regarding their advocacy efforts.
-Support the Program Manager with case assignments as needed.
-Assist the Program Manager with Staff Work Plans, Evaluations, and other management responsibilities including but not limited to providing the Program Manager or Executive Director with all relevant information about program operations and the consequences of possible courses of action to be taken.
-The Supervising Attorney will be obligated to recommend discipline when she/he becomes aware of actions that may warrant same as determined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and support the Program Manager with any discipline imposed.
-Work with appropriate staff to pursue new funding opportunities, prepare grant applications and reports, and monitor compliance.
-Other responsibilities as assigned by the Program Manager or Executive Director.
Qualifications and Experience
-Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, or able to seek admission.
-Five to seven years of experience as a practicing attorney and a substantive expertise in immigration law issues.
-Significant experience with advocacy in a variety of forums including federal, state, and appellate courts, administrative agencies, and/or legislative bodies.
-Strong leadership and mentoring skills and a leadership style that inspires and encourages professional growth in others.
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
-Demonstrated creativity in identifying and pursuing legal issues on behalf the immigrant community.
-Experience working with community groups, organizations, and advocacy groups and utilizing communications strategies to address issues affecting immigrants and their communities.
-Demonstrated ability to identify and respond to emerging issues and changing policies affecting immigrants.
-Fluency in Portuguese, Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole, Arabic or Haitian Creole desirable.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply no later than December 31, 2017. Please submit a letter expressing your qualifications and interest in the position.
Include a resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references.
Our goal is to make a final decision by January 19, 2018. Materials and any questions should be submitted to Jeanne Marcotte at JMarcotte@SCCLS.org Subject Line: Supervising Attorney Immigration.
The salary for the position is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Benefits include medical, dental, long and short term disability, life insurance, loan repayment, bilingual stipend, a 403b retirement plan, and generous leave.
SCCLS is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. If assistance is needed to participate in the pre-employment process, please inform SCCLS.
Bilingual Paralegal – Volunteer Lawyers Project
POSITION: Bilingual Paralegal for Housing Unit & Appeals Clinic
DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
REPORTS TO: Director of Administration
LOCATION: 99 Chauncy Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02111
SALARY: Starting salary is $36,000 (commensurate with experience)
Deadline: December 1, 2017
SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is seeking a bilingual paralegal for the Housing Unit and Appeals Clinic who is motivated and committed to public interest work and access to justice to be part of our team. The selected candidate will manage all aspects of the legal and administrative functions of the housing unit and other duties as necessary to carry out the mission of the organization.
VLP’s mission is to provide high quality, pro bono legal services in a broad range of civil matters to eligible residents of the greater Boston area, including “Metro-West”; to engage and support the efforts of the private bar in providing pro bono legal services in civil matters; and to engage in constructive collaboration with other legal services organizations.
VLP is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ a diverse staff. Fluency in both English and Spanish languages is required. However, we encourage those interested to apply who are versed in other languages (oral and written), specifically those who speak Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Vietnamese as a large percentage of our client population is limited English proficient.
• Completion of Bachelor Degree and/or Paralegal Certification program
• Heavy use of computer programs and applications
• Ability to stand for long periods of time
• Ability to communicate in person, by telephone and by computer
• Ability to travel to various legal clinics by public transportation
• Fluency in English and Spanish (oral required and written desired)
• Strong communication skills, both oral and written, in English and Spanish
• Careful attention to detail
• Reliable and organized
• Customer service-oriented
• Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize and meet deadlines
• Compassionate and ability to work with low-income populations and be sensitive to their legal needs and socioeconomic status
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Ability to be flexible with a sense of initiative
• Ability to navigate through the Internet, research, and locate information
• Ability to gather and present information
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
• Develop a deep understanding of the substantive areas of law in the unit for which you were hired
• Develop a basic understanding of the substantive areas of law in the organization
• Handle day-to-day administrative functions of the unit including: managing incoming referrals, data entry, client follow up, drafting documents, managing unit caseload
-Gather client and/or case information for new intakes, incoming referrals or ongoing cases.
-Open new cases in database, scan all legal documents and eligibility forms
-Maintain the unit’s client database with attorney/client case updates and/or other case information or updates
-Follow up with clients on cases after intake/clinic for possible referral and/or to obtain additional information
-Interpret and translate documents for clients and attorneys as needed.
-Draft correspondence to clients
-Draft case referral memos and prepare for referral to pro bono attorneys, other agencies or clinical programs
• Supervise and train interns on unit procedures and responsibilities
• Attend weekly legal clinics
-Provide back-up for intake and screening at legal clinics
• Attend weekly staff meetings (staff, supervisory, unit, committees, etc.)
-Transcribe information discussed at unit meeting
• Attend trainings as needed for professional development
• Participate in other assigned projects, as needed, to continue the VLP mission
Please send resume and cover letter attention: Damaris Frias, Director of Administration and Paralegals to firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Lawyers Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer