Senior Accountant – Greater Boston Legal Services

GBLS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Accessible Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

For more than 100 years, Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in the Greater Boston area. Each year GBLS’s attorneys, staff, and volunteers help resolve legal problems, including immigration, domestic violence, consumer fraud, unfair evictions, and juvenile expungements. GBLS seek a Sr. Accountant with a minimum of three years of experience to support the accounting activities of the program.

The Senior Accountant is an integral part of a four member accounting team. Reporting to the Director of Finance, the Senior Accountant’s primary responsibilities will include fiscal management of grants and contracts, client trust activities, general ledger activities, and other finance-related tasks.

Main responsibilities include:

Accounting and Reporting
– Take the lead on researching and preparing journal entries;
– Review reports to identify and correct problems with allocations;
– Conduct account reconciliations to ensure accurate reporting and general ledger maintenance;
– Reconcile investments accounts and prepare investment schedules;
– Manage IOLTA client trust activities;
– Manage employee loan forgiveness program (LRAP), including preparation of notes and quarterly invoicing;
– Manage program related budgets, including student and attorney fellowships;
– Perform monthly bank reconciliations;
– Assist in annual operating budget process;
– Maintain depreciation schedule;
– Backup payroll and accounts payable activities when needed.

Grants Management
– Works with development department and program heads to prepare and implement grant and funding proposal budgets;
– Manage contract spending and prepare contract amendments when needed;
– Prepare grant and contracts billings as required;
– Tracks financial reporting requirements for funders and ensures accurate financial reporting and funder compliance.

Audit Activities
– Prepares schedules and reports for annual fiscal audits and 990;
– Assist with the annual, external financial statement and uniform guidance audits, tax and UFR.

General
– Help with implementation of new accounting related software;
– Help to create and maintain training materials;
– Complete other tasks as requested by the Director of Finance.

Qualifications/Experience/Attributes
A B.A./B.S. in Accounting or related program or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required. In addition, the Senior Accountant must have a minimum of three years of relevant experience, preferably in a non-profit setting, experience coordinating a variety of different tasks in a fast-paced environment, and proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (i.e. PowerPoint, Excel, Word) and packaged accounting software, and be comfortable learning new systems. Strong organizational skills, the ability to research and analyze information, and attention to detail are important qualities, as well as the ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels and across all departments. Solid knowledge of accounting principles, experience creating financial reports, and contracts management of federal and state grants are highly desirable.

Compensation and Benefits: The pay range for this position is $58,000 to $75,000. Compensation is based on experience level. This position is a full time/35 hour week. Generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and life insurance; short and long term disability; paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; and 403b retirement plan.

Candidates should submit cover letter and resume to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: Admin-Acct, when applying for this position. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply before May 25, 2020. GBLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Paralegal – Employment Law Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services

GBLS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Accessible Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) has a position for a paralegal in the Employment Law Unit. The paralegal’s focus will be on representation of low-wage workers, especially those with limited English proficiency, in unemployment insurance (UI) cases. The paralegal will be part of the Employment Law Unit team responding to the job losses resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.

Job duties include:
– Representing clients in UI cases at the Department of Unemployment Assistance, and potentially in appeals to the Board of Review, under the supervision of a Senior Attorney.
– Reviewing, evaluating and in some situations initiating UI case intakes to determine which cases should be referred and which should be handled in-house, including identifying cases important to systemic advocacy goals.
– Training and supervising students and volunteers, including preparing training materials, overseeing intake and case-handling assignments, and assisting in evaluations.

Qualifications: The paralegal should have: 1) experience with and/or commitment to working with LEP low-income clients; 2) excellent oral and written communication skills; and 3) the ability to supervise students and volunteers. Experience representing clients in adversarial (two-party) administrative hearings is preferred but not required. Proficiency in Spanish or another language spoken by GBLS clients desired.

The salary for this position is based on a union scale. GBLS offers a generous benefits
package, retirement contribution and generous PTO leave. Candidates should submit cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample to Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EMP-PARA, when applying for this position. Deadline: May 25, 2020 or until position is filled. GBLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Development Associate – Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) is a fifty-year old, mission-driven advocacy and direct service nonprofit organization dedicated to removing barriers to educational and life opportunities for children and youth. Based in Boston, we employ a racial equity perspective to improve educational options for all children, while also helping one child and family at a time.

At MAC, all board members, staff and volunteers take individual and collective responsibility for securing access to the resources we need for our work. We seek an enthusiastic, organized, and collaborative Development Associate to provide a solid foundation for that work. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Associate will interact directly with all aspects of the organization’s work. This is an extraordinary opportunity for growth, advancement and professional development for the right candidate.

This position involves assisting with individual donor stewardship, institutional outreach, event management, and general fundraising efforts to support MAC’s mission. The Development Associate will be comfortable wearing many hats – from database administrator to event planner, from being the first point of contact for some donors to setting up major donor interactions for senior staff. If you have development and annual giving experience, are a problem solver with great people skills, and have a passion for our mission, we want to meet you.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Donor Stewardship
– Creatively drive efforts to increase annual giving by accessing new potential supporters of MAC’s mission.
– Organize 3-4 donor events each year
– Manage distribution of 3-4 fundraising appeals per year and other mailings as needed.
– Work with vendors and other staff to establish a smooth work plan and timeline for all mailings

Institutional donor program
– Research relevant institutional prospects
– Manage institutional report and proposal calendar
– Contribute to donor proposals and reports, as required

Salsa donor database administration
– Prior experience with Salsa preferred. In lieu of experience must be able to learn database application readily.
– With the organization’s Office Manager, manage the donor database and use data to generate timely gift acknowledgments and other donor correspondence.
– Establish monthly and quarterly donor reports to support Executive Director, staff, and board members in their fundraising efforts.
– Provide thoughtful data-based analysis on donor retention, trends, and other items to help with fundraising strategies.

Administrative Duties
– As a part of a small organizational administrative team, there will be miscellaneous duties assigned as needed to support the Leadership Team.
– Occasional weekend and evening hours will be required.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
– College degree plus 3+ years of development experience at a nonprofit organization (will consider other experience with a great explanation).
– Experience working in a busy team environment
– Knowledge and experience in a range of fundraising techniques, particularly annual appeals, donor communications, and utilizing events to reach, cultivate and steward donors.
– Strong time-management skills, with an ability to manage many projects at one time.
– Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with flexibility, self-confidence and a sense of humor.
– Positive attitude, concern for people and community, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
Detail oriented with strong organizational and writing skills.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:
– This position is full-time at MAC office in downtown Boston, with easy access to a variety of public transit options.
– Starting salary range is low-mid 50s, commensurate with experience.
– Generous benefits including health insurance, paid vacation, two personal days and 11 holidays each year.
– Pre-tax programs for commuter and health expenses.
– Work with a collegial and inspiring team that values and respects your contributions to our success!

TO APPLY:
– Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and how you found out about this position to careers@massadvocates.org, with “Development Associate” in the subject line
– Three recent professional references will be required upon request.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

Staff Attorney – Medical-Legal Partnership for Immigrants – Health Law Advocates

The Opportunity
Health Law Advocates (HLA) is a dynamic non-profit, public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal services to low-income Massachusetts residents having difficulty accessing or paying for health care. Founded in 1996, HLA provides individual representation and advice for more than 700 clients annually. HLA also engages in system-wide litigation, public policy advocacy, and educational programming to advance its goals. For more information visit https://www.healthlawadvocates.org/.

HLA seeks an attorney to develop and spearhead HLA’s new Medical-Legal Partnership for Immigrants (MLPI) in collaboration with other HLA attorneys. The MLPI will provide legal assistance to patients of partner hospitals and community health centers who are low-income immigrants and face barriers to health care and health insurance coverage. The MLPI is a major expansion of HLA’s Immigrant Health Care Initiative to combat mounting federal policies that are threatening low-income immigrant communities and cutting off their access to health care. HLA is launching the MLPI in partnership with The Rian Center which will provide the program’s immigration law services.

The Staff Attorney, MLPI: Responsibilities
Represent/advise low-income immigrant clients facing health care barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, including: challenging unjust denials of enrollment in state health coverage programs and unjust denials of coverage for specific health services by such programs, defending against attempts to collect unaffordable medical bills, and navigating the federal public charge rule. Coordinate legal practice, when needed, with Rian Center attorneys providing immigration law assistance within the MLPI. (40%)

In partnership with other advocacy organizations, advocate for health care policies that benefit low-income immigrant consumers with the Office of Medicaid, Health Connector and other relevant agencies. (20%)

Develop policies, procedures, and written materials in conjunction with clinicians, social workers, and health care administrators to integrate legal services into clinical workflows at community health centers and hospitals. (15%)

Supervise and mentor one legal fellow. (10%)

Conduct outreach to consumers and advocacy groups, as well as occasional legal trainings to cultivate expertise at the intersection of immigration law and public benefits law, a uniquely complicated and underserved area of practice. (6%)

Identify and evaluate technology solutions to increase access by patients in underserved communities to HLA’s MLPI legal resources. (5%)

Possible need to conduct legal research in connection with impact litigation (sporadic). (3%)

Assist with drafting/reviewing grant applications and reports or portions thereof (sporadic). (1%)

The Staff Attorney, MLPI: Qualifications
All HLA employees are expected to have the skills to:
– Work both independently and as an effective team member
– Communicate clearly and professionally
– Maintain confidentiality
– Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and openness, with the desire and ability to listen and learn
– Understand and believe in the mission of the organization
– Embody the values of the organization, including a commitment to decreasing inequity in society

In addition, requirements specific to this position are:
– Commitment to delivering high quality legal services to vulnerable people and communities
– JD, Mass. bar admission
– 3-6 years of experience as a practicing attorney, preferably in legal aid
– Demonstrated ability to supervise and foster growth in junior staff
– Excellent legal research and analysis skills
– Strong capabilities with Microsoft office suite program, e.g. Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint
– Bilingual/bicultural background, including proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese, highly desirable
– Preference given to candidates with experience representing clients in cases involving: state and federal health care coverage and consumer protection laws, particularly Medicaid/MassHealth and the Affordable Care Act, and/or immigration law, including assisting clients gain legal status, work authorization, and reuniting families

Benefits
This position includes a robust benefits package including competitive salary (based on experience and other qualifications), comprehensive health insurance and a generous paid leave policy.

To Apply

Go to https://www.healthlawadvocates.org/about/career-opportunities and follow the instructions there.

Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered.

Please include a cover letter. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Health Law Advocates is an AA/EO Employer. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

Immigration and Family Law Staff Attorney – MetroWest Legal Services

Full-time, One-Year Position

MetroWest Legal Services provides legal advocacy to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised people in our service area and to assist them in obtaining legal, social and economic justice. MWLS seeks to hire a staff attorney to fill a temporary, full-time position for one (1) year beginning June 1, 2020. MWLS is an exciting workplace with dedicated social justice advocates—join us!

Responsibilities include:
– Family Law Practice: Provide advice and representation to low-income survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other similar crimes in their family law matters, including divorce, custody, paternity, and protection order cases, before the Probate and Family Court and state District Courts.
– Immigration Law Practice: Provide advice and representation to immigrant survivors seeking immigration relief in the form of VAWA self-petitions, T and U Visa applications, Asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status before the Immigration Court and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
– Develop and provide trainings to community partners and client communities about immigration and family law, the rights of immigrant survivors, and the intersection between immigration, family law and domestic violence, sexual assault and other criminal issues.
– Develop and maintain collaborations with community partners to address systemic barriers facing MWLS’ immigrant client communities.
– Engage in other tasks and projects that further MWLS’ mission and operations.

Qualifications/Competencies include:
– Admitted to Massachusetts bar or entitled to practice under SJC Rule 3:04*. (Applicants who are third year law students, entitled to practice under SJC Rule 3:03 and planning to sit for the September 2020 bar exam will be considered)
– Experience providing immigration and/or family law services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking and/or immigrant populations is strongly preferred.
– Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people is strongly preferred.
– Experience interviewing and providing legal advice to survivors of trauma and abuse is strongly preferred.
– Ability to work and advocate in a collaborative style with diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic groups, as well as diversity based on ability/disability, sexual orientation and religion.
– Fluency/near fluency in spoken Spanish or Portuguese is required.
– Strong organizational skills, an ability to multi-task and to work collaboratively with a dynamic team.
– Excellent writing, research, and oral advocacy skills.

*An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.

Salary/Benefits:
Salary is based on a union scale with a starting wage of $50,000. Benefits package include generous PTO leave, 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, employer match on retirement contributions, student loan repayment assistance program for eligible attorneys and extensive professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Email a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law, resume, and writing sample to MetroWest Legal Services, jobs@mwlegal.org. Please send all materials as PDFs only. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

MWLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. MWLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Staff Attorney – MetroWest Legal Services

The mission of MetroWest Legal Services is to provide legal advocacy to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised people in our service area and to assist them in obtaining legal, social and economic justice.

Responsibilities:
• Represent clients in judicial and administrative proceedings involving evictions, access to public and subsidized housing, enforcement of tenant rights, and termination of housing subsidies.
• Work closely with community-organizations that serve communities of color and immigrant communities to identify legal issues important to clients, provide advice via community-based legal clinics, and conduct housing law trainings for clients, members and staff of community-based organizations.
• Represent clients in health and public benefits cases from initial appeal through administrative proceedings or judicial review.
• Represent clients in Small Claims Court, District Court, and Superior Court proceedings involving client’s private right to actions on minimum wage violations, retaliation, and misclassification as independent contractors, domestic worker violations, and wage theft issues.
• Screen clients for immigration relief and refer to MWLS’ Immigration Unit to determine eligibility for immigration relief such as the T or U Visa.

Qualifications/Competencies include:
• Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income and other vulnerable populations.
• Experience representing low-income people in court and administrative proceedings, or in housing or wage theft cases, or in health and public benefits cases is required.
• Demonstrated understanding and commitment to anti-bias principles, cultural competency and addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression.
• Enthusiasm, creativity, good judgment, initiative, and willingness to work collaboratively.
• Bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese preferred.
• One to three years of legal experience preferred. Admitted to Massachusetts bar or entitled to practice under SJC Rule 3:04. (Applicants who are third year law students planning to sit for the July 2020 bar exam and who are willing to work part time between graduation and the bar exam, will be considered).

**An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale with a starting wage of $50,000. Benefits package include generous PTO leave, 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, employer match on retirement contributions, student loan repayment assistance program for eligible attorneys and extensive professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law, resume, and brief writing sample via email to jobs@mwlegal.org. Applicant applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

MWLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. MWLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Staff Attorney – Domestic Violence – MetroWest Legal Services

MetroWest Legal Services provides legal advocacy to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised people in our service area and assists them in obtaining legal, social and economic justice. MWLS is an exciting workplace with dedicated social justice advocates—join us!

Responsibilities:
• Represent survivors in domestic violence-related civil legal matters including divorce, custody, paternity, and protection order cases, thereby increasing survivor choice, safety, and economic independence.
• Educate survivors about their legal options so they can be empowered to make their own informed decisions, with the goal of minimizing the risk of outcomes that jeopardize safety and wellbeing.
• Advocate for clients in collateral legal matters such as housing, benefits, and immigration. Screen clients for immigration relief, and coordinate with MWLS immigration unit to provide VAWA, U-Visa, and SIJS relief to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and their children.
• Performs additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Competencies include:
• Admitted to Massachusetts bar or entitled to practice under SJC Rule 3:04**. (Applicants who are third year law students planning to sit for the July 2020 bar exam and who are willing to work part time between graduation and the bar exam will be considered)
• Experience in providing family law services with a focus on representing survivors of domestic violence preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to utilize appropriate, non-judgmental communication techniques when responding to survivors that illustrates sensitivity to their experiences and needs. Prior experience interviewing and counseling survivors of trauma and abuse preferred.
• Ability to work and advocate in a collaborative style with diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic groups, as well as diversity based on ability/disability, sexual orientation and religion.
• Spoken fluency in a second language (Spanish or Portuguese) preferred.
• Sense of humor and willingness to be a team player.
**An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale with a starting wage of $50,000. Benefits package include generous PTO leave, 100% employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, employer match on retirement contributions, student loan repayment assistance program for eligible attorneys and extensive professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law, resume, and brief writing sample via email to jobs@mwlegal.org. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The application deadline is March 27, 2020.

MWLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strives to ensure that our staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. MWLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Legal Clinic Manager – Lawyers Clearinghouse

Lawyers Clearinghouse is a vibrant organization that leverages partnerships with law firms, in-house legal departments, and nonprofits to provide millions of dollars of pro bono legal services annually to low-income people.

Lawyers Clearinghouse strives to ensure that our leadership and staff members reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and encourages applicants with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences to apply.

The Legal Clinic Manager will oversee the Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless and CORI Clinic programs, which facilitate the delivery of pro bono legal services to homeless people at Boston-area shelter locations and assists low-income people to seal their criminal records.

Responsibilities:
– Manage the Legal Clinic and CORI Clinic programs.
– Work closely with law firms and in-house legal departments to recruit private attorneys to participate.
– Provide volunteers with training and support.
– Maintain program databases and provide timely reporting on activities and outcomes.
– Assist in formulating programmatic and strategic pro bono goals and objectives.

Qualifications:
– Licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.
– Commitment to legal services for low-income people.
– Experience practicing in a poverty law area, such as housing, is preferred.
– Experience supervising, training, and mentoring volunteers.
– Strong familiarity of private law firm and corporate pro bono culture.
– Excellent project management and communication skills.
– Ability to work independently and creatively, and as a member of a team.
– Flexibility and sense of humor.
– Bilingual preferred.

This is a full-time position and salary is commensurate with experience. Lawyers Clearinghouse offers a generous benefits package including health and dental, disability, and retirement contributions.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Maribeth Perry at mperry@lawyersclearinghouse.org. Lawyers Clearinghouse is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage women, individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and people who speak English as a second language, and others who would enrich the diversity of our organization to apply.

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.

Staff Attorney – Public Programs – Health Law Advocates

An exciting opportunity to join a leading non-profit public interest law firm to advocate for low-income consumers’ access to health care through legal representation and public policy advocacy

The Opportunity
Health Law Advocates (HLA) is a dynamic non-profit, public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal services to low-income Massachusetts residents having difficulty accessing or paying for health care. Founded in 1996, HLA provides individual representation and advice for more than 700 clients annually. HLA also engages in system-wide litigation, public policy advocacy and educational programming to advance its goals. For more information visit https://www.healthlawadvocates.org/.

HLA seeks a highly qualified, motivated lawyer who will primarily serve as a member of HLA’s public benefits team, with some flexibility to assist the private insurance team on an as needed basis.

The Staff Attorney – Public Programs: Responsibilities
Represent/advise low-income clients who primarily rely on MassHealth, subsidized Connector plans and the Health Safety Net to access health care (65%)
– Matters typically involve clients denied enrollment in state coverage programs, clients denied coverage for specific health services by such programs and clients with unaffordable medical bills.
– Strategies usually involve advocacy with MassHealth/Connector officials, representation in the MassHealth Board of Hearings and negotiations with health care providers.

Advocate for health care regulations and policies that benefit low-income consumers with the Office of Medicaid, Health Connector and other relevant agencies (15%)
– Typical advocacy activities include attending regular advocate meetings with state officials, participating in internal strategy development and information sharing meetings, drafting and delivering testimony on regulatory proposals and occasionally legislative proposals, representing HLA in advocacy coalitions.
– Policy advocacy will include being HLA’s point person on policies relating to the provision of in-home long-term services and supports for consumers with physical disabilities enrolled in MassHealth, and being a member of HLA’s teams working on
health care access for transgender individuals and immigrants.

Conduct outreach to consumers and advocacy groups, including occasional legal trainings (6%)

Identify and research areas requiring systemic change through impact litigation. (sporadic) (3%)

Assist with drafting/reviewing grant applications and reports or portions thereof (sporadic) (1%)

The Staff Attorney – Public Programs: Qualifications
All HLA employees are expected to have the skills to:
– Work both independently and as an effective team member
– Communicate clearly and professionally
– Maintain confidentiality
– Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and openness, with the desire and ability to listen and learn
– Understand and believe in the mission of the organization
– Embody the values of the organization, including embracing diversity

The following experience is preferred, but not required:
– Knowledge and experience working with high need populations or individuals in crisis
– Knowledge of and experience working with state and federal health care coverage and consumer protection laws, particularly Medicaid/MassHealth, the Affordable Care Act and M.G.L. c. 93A
– Experience counseling or representing consumers on health insurance coverage issues
– Public policy development or policy advocacy experience, preferably relating to health care policy
– Demonstrated ability to supervise and foster growth in junior staff
– Excellent legal research and analysis skills
– Strong capabilities with Microsoft office suite program, e.g. Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint
– Bilingual/bicultural background highly desirable

Benefits
This position includes a robust benefits package including competitive salary (based on experience and other qualifications), comprehensive health insurance and a generous paid leave policy.

To Apply
Go to https://www.healthlawadvocates.org/about/career-opportunities and follow the instructions there.

Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered.

Please include a cover letter. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Health Law Advocates is an AA/EO Employer. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

AmeriCorps Fellows (36 positions) – AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts

AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts (ALA-Massachusetts) is seeking 36 AmeriCorps fellows to serve in 2020-2021. This is a full-time position, requiring 1,700 hours over 46 weeks from September 14, 2020 to July 30, 2021.

BACKGROUND
The mission of ALA-Massachusetts is to open doors to justice for clients, invigorate our partner sites, and cultivate the next generation of public leaders. Since its founding in 2005, more than 330 ALA-Massachusetts members have served 40,000 low-income clients in need of legal assistance.

ADVOCATE RESPONSIBILITIES
ALA-Massachusetts advocates serve at organizations throughout Massachusetts which provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families. While AmeriCorps service is not employment, ALA-Massachusetts advocates engage in critical legal activities including client communications, eligibility determinations, case development, research, legal writing, hearings, education, and community outreach. Placements are made in multiple civil law practice areas, including:
– Housing
– Immigration
– Access to Government Benefits
– Employment
– Mental Health and Health Law
– Legal Problems of Elders
– Sealing of Criminal Records, and
– Family Law.

Advocates are supervised by legal professionals, and receive training on client-centered communications, legal ethics, cultural competency, and trauma-informed advocacy. Under federal law, AmeriCorps members cannot engage in political, union or religious activities during service hours. ALA-Massachusetts has a strong network of alumni who maintain connections long past the service year.

ELIGIBILITY AND PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
In order to be eligible for ALA-Massachusetts, candidates must be:
– 17 years of age or over;
– A U.S. citizen or permanent resident; and
– Have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.

ALA-Massachusetts is looking for applicants who have an interest in poverty law, a commitment to service, and strong communications skills. Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, and other foreign language speakers preferred.

Because AmeriCorps advocates have recurring access to vulnerable populations, selected candidates will have to pass a criminal background check in order to serve.

ADVOCATE BENEFITS
ALA-Massachusetts members will receive the following benefits in 2020-2021:
– Up to a $26,000 taxable living stipend;
– Individual health insurance;
– A $6,195 education award upon completion of service;
– The ability to place eligible student loans in forbearance, with interest paid upon completion of service; and
– Child care assistance, if eligible.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications are accepted online only and must include a cover letter, resume, and transcript. Applications will be accepted starting February 3, 2020, and the first round deadline for priority consideration is March 6, 2020. After that date, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Go to https://www.alamass.org/how-to-apply for a link to the application.

ALA-Massachusetts is competitive and cannot place every applicant. Candidates willing to work in any region of Massachusetts will have a higher probability of being interviewed. All placements are contingent on a federal funding award made in June, 2020.

ALA-Massachusetts is an equal opportunity project, available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. The program is committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities as members and will provide reasonable accommodations for interviews and service placements upon request.

QUESTIONS?
Contact ala-mass@justicema.org.

AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts is a program of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), a non-profit law firm providing legal assistance to low-income clients in Southeast Massachusetts. ALA-Massachusetts is funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service, administered by the Massachusetts Service Alliance, and housed at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts, a subsidiary of SCCLS.