The Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts (CLCM), based in Lynn, MA, seeks an experienced attorney to manage all aspects of its litigation and advocacy work. The Advocacy Coordinator-Litigation Director will work with the CLCM leadership team, its advocacy staff, an engaged statewide advocacy community, and volunteers to provide critical legal services to the poorest and most vulnerable children in the state.
The position is a new one at the CLCM so the successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to contribute to the strategic growth of the agency, cultivating the skills of a young but dedicated staff, and guiding its regional and statewide advocacy for children.
Duties and Responsibilities
– Lead and co-counsel systemic advocacy efforts throughout the region.
– Provide and respond to requests for technical assistance, coaching or consultation on strategic, procedural and substantive law issues throughout the program. Provide necessary support for impact advocacy work by working collaboratively with the staff and managers.
– Provide leadership and encourage and empower staff to engage in systemic advocacy, including participation in identification of trends and issues, systems analysis, strategy development and follow through, resource and support development, participation in select advocacy/case planning meetings, and measuring, documenting and celebrating successes.
– Coordinate, maintain, develop and implement, review and discuss a systemic advocacy plan created and updated collaboratively with substantive law work groups, offices, individual or teams of attorneys.
– Review all major advocacy in the program on an ongoing basis, including impact litigation and major written documents (complaints, discovery, briefs and motions, etc).
– Supervise and evaluate staff advocates and develop training that will strengthen each advocate’s ability to deliver impactful, high quality legal services.
– Work with the Executive Director and members of the management team in fostering leadership and professional development, resource development, priority setting and review, and program and office planning to enable advocates to undertake activities which achieve lasting results for low income individuals and communities.
– Network with other directors of advocacy, co-counsel and participate in activities outside of the program (state and national) which contribute to lasting results for the client community and communicate and connect CLCM advocates to ;legal developments, trends, issues, strategies, alternate sources of legal assistance, experts and external leaders.
– Maintain a small and strategic caseload.
– Possess excellent human resource skills including supervision, mentoring, training and development of professional staff with varying experience levels.
– Be proficient with the use of computerized legal databases and other technologies.
– Establish and implement program policies relating to legal work.
– 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 low income children.
– Ensure adherence to program and case handling standards, funder requirements and the highest professional standards.
– Work with the CLCM’s PAI/Pro Bono Coordinator to promote use of volunteers to further CLCM’s advocacy goals and strengthen its capacity.
– Work with CLCM’s Executive Director and other management staff on funding initiatives, reporting, and grant compliance.
– Administer personnel policies relating to hiring, leave, discipline and discharge.
Qualifications and Experience
– Admitted to practice in Massachusetts, or able to seek immediate admission.
– Five to seven years of experience as a practicing attorney in children’s legal advocacy/children’s civil legal aid preferred.
– Experience with children’s advocacy in a variety of forums including state, federal, and appellate courts, administrative agencies, and/or legislative bodies.
– Knowledge of education law, child welfare law, and immigration law required.
– Management or supervisory experience.
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills
– Demonstrated creativity in identifying and pursuing legal issues on behalf of low income children and children with disabilities.
– Experience working with community groups, organizations, and advocacy groups to resolve issues affecting low income children and students.
– Commitment to organizational mission and ability to effectively communicate same.
– Ability to identify and respond to emerging issues and changing policies affecting low-income children.
– Fluency in Spanish desirable.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit a letter expressing your qualifications and interest in the position. Include a resume and contact information for three references.
Materials and any questions should be submitted to Jay McManus at email@example.com. Subject Line: Advocacy Coordinator-Litigation Director Position.
The salary for the position is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Benefits include individual medical and dental plans, loan repayment, a 403b retirement plan, and generous leave.
CLCM 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 CLCM.