Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Associate – MLAC

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) is accepting applications for a full-time Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Associate to provide strategic support to the DEI Director in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. MLAC is an exciting place to work with a diverse staff and inclusive work environment. We are located in a beautiful office space on Tremont Street near Government Center in Boston. Currently, MLAC follows a hybrid work schedule.

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) is a non-profit organization established by the Commonwealth to ensure that people with low incomes with critical, non-criminal legal problems have access to legal information, advice, and representation. MLAC provides leadership and support for the continued improvement of legal aid to low-income people and is the largest funding source for civil legal aid organizations in the Commonwealth.

MLAC is committed to diversity in its workforce. A crucial part of MLAC’s vision is ensuring diversity of staff and volunteers, as well as supporting cultural and linguistic competence, so our team is reflective of our grantee organizations and the clients they serve. Women, individuals with disabilities,
LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and people who speak English as a second language are encouraged to apply. Learn more about us at www.mlac.org.

The MLAC DEI team seeks to create a diverse, representative, and collaborative environment within legal aid organizations to provide accessible, welcoming, and culturally competent services to clients of all backgrounds and their communities. The DEI Associate will provide program support for the legal aid organizations MLAC funds, as well as additional support to MLAC staff, and executive board. This position will partner with the MLAC DEI Director to create training, educational programs, and activities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the delivery of legal services.

In partnership with the DEI Director:

  • Design, facilitate and execute training and other professional development opportunities for legal aid organizations and MLAC staff, and research topics related to DEI
  • Help plan annual statewide legal services conference
  • Serve on MLAC hiring committees as needed
  • Identify and consolidate research that tracks internal and external DEI initiatives
  • Develop and monitor DEI outreach programs; partner with outside DEI organizations to bring fresh perspective for legal aid organizations
  • Identify external conferences, consultants, and trainings as professional development opportunities for MLAC staff and grantee organizations
  • Collaborate with the MLAC Data team and civil legal aid organizations on options for tracking development of diverse talent aspiring to leadership roles and client demographics
  • Assist in liaising with affinity bar organizations and members of the Legal Aid Attorneys of Color group to foster partnerships
  • Provide support to MLAC’s Statewide DEI Council members
  • Collaborate with Communications team to create, highlight, and share DEI information and resources through the MLAC newsletter, website, and social media channels
  • Assist with coordinating Statewide DEI Council meetings and program visits
  • Collaborate with Director of Program Monitoring and Evaluation to manage MLAC’s Fellowship process as well as other initiatives


  • Experience with designing and facilitating DEI training and discussions
  • Experience and comfort with Outlook, Microsoft Office, Zoom, Power Point and other presentation tools
  • Attention to detail, organized and comfortable managing multiple projects at once
  • Experience working with small teams/groups in a diverse environment
  • Capable of exercising discretion and good judgment, including sensitivity to confidential information
  • Demonstrated commitment to working on issues impacting low-income communities and communities of color

Benefits: MLAC offers competitive compensation and benefits, including:

  • Salary range of $50,000 to $64,900 for this position, depending on experience
  • Comprehensive health and dental insurance plans
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 holidays, birthday off and increasing vacation time with tenure starting at 3 weeks of accrued vacation the first year
  • Flexible work schedule
  • 403(b) plan with current employer contribution of up to 13.5% of the employee’s annual salary
  • Flexible spending and dependent care tax free savings plan
  • Generous annual professional development allowance

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit a resume and a cover letter in PDF to hiring@mlac.org by Monday, November 20, 2023. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Please include in your cover letter how you learned about this position. Please put the job title in the subject line of your email. Reasonable accommodation in the application process will be provided upon request. No phone calls, please.