Director of Human Resource – Greater Boston Legal Services

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 is seeking an experienced nonprofit Director of Human Resources to lead the organization’s Human Resource activities including benefits, employee relations, workforce recruitment, orientation, professional development, workplace safety, wellness, and risk management. With a robust and energetic staff of 120+ permanent employees and additional temporary employees, interns, and volunteers, GBLS’ greatest strength is its people. We’re seeking a dynamic leader with the people skills and professional expertise necessary to help our 121-year-old organization leverage our human power in service of our mission to achieve social and racial justice.

Duties:

The Director of Human Resources will report to the Deputy Director and partner with senior leadership to provide direction and coordination on a strategic level for retention and recruitment strategies, talent management, labor-management issues, employee engagement and culture, leadership communication, and change management.

The HR Director also:
· Provides assistance, guidance, and consultation to program leaders on human resources policies, guidelines, programs and practices.
· Administers or oversees the administration of human resource programs including, but not limited to: compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations; recognition and morale; occupational health and safety; and training and development.
· Monitors and ensures the organization’s compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, including accessibility and reasonable accommodation, and recommended best practices; reviews and modifies policies and practices to maintain compliance.
· Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; and applies this knowledge to communicate changes in policy, practice, and resources to staff and management.
· The Director will assess organizational needs, and champion, promote, and guide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) processes and initiatives in coordination with the DEI Director
· Evaluate departmental and organization human resources needs and work with the Senior Management team to design an effective HR department structure.
· Hire and supervise a Benefits Coordinator (or alternate position, as needed), and participate in the supervision of two Administrative Secretaries with some human resources obligations.

Qualifications
· Education: Bachelor’s Degree or certificate in Human Resources or related field required.
· License/Certifications: SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) Certification preferred.
· Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in Human Resources.
· Must have a firm understanding of multiple human resource disciplines including workforce planning, employee relations, recruiting, compensation practices, safety, organizational development and workforce planning, training, diversity, performance management, federal and state employment laws.
· Experience managing in a union environment preferred.
· Effective and clear verbal & written communication skills.
· A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and the intersection with social justice.
· Interpersonal skills necessary to provide leadership, resolve differences, communicate organizational policies, goals, and strategies.
· Strong negotiation and facilitation skills to effectively and productively manage conflict.
· Analytic thinking and problem-solving skills.
· Comfort and facility working with an array of HR technologies and computer programs, including ADP, benefits portals, and Microsoft Office Suite and other cloud-based platforms.
· Candidate must be able to commute into the office when we return to in-person operations.

Salary & Benefits:
· Salary range is $92,000-115,000, dependent upon experience.
· GBLS offers a generous benefits package, retirement contribution, and generous PTO leave.

How to apply:
· Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and brief writing sample to the Personnel Team via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to job code: GBLS-HR when applying for this position.
· Deadline to apply is June 4, 2021 or until position is filled; applications to be reviewed on a rolling basis.

GBLS values diversity and encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds

Volunteer and Communications Coordinator – De Novo Center for Justice and Healing

De Novo is a dynamic values-driven agency that provides affordable mental health counseling and free legal services for low-income people throughout the Greater Boston area. De Novo strives to create a diverse, equitable, inclusive and safe work environment that welcomes, encourages, and values everyone’s contributions, and fosters an exchange of ideas and mutual learning.

De Novo seeks a Volunteer and Communications Coordinator who will report to the Executive and Deputy Directors.

Responsibilities:

Oversee De Novo’s Volunteer Program comprised of over 100 volunteer legal, counseling and administrative professionals annually, including:

  1. Steward and facilitate relationships between staff and volunteers; support staff members in their work with volunteers.
  2. Survey staff regularly to assess needs for volunteer assistance.
  3. Recruit volunteers to meet organizational needs.
  4. Maintain policies and standards of volunteer service.
  5. Introduce and train staff and volunteers on De Novo’s volunteer model.
  6. Work with the management team and development director to organize volunteer recognition events.
  7. Maintain accurate records and provide timely statistical and activity reports on volunteer participation.
  8. Recruit and supervise volunteers to support your role as Volunteer and Communications Coordinator.

Outreach and Training:

  1. Develop and coordinate organizational and program-specific outreach activities.
  2. Collaborate with management team to promote De Novo’s training and capacity building expertise.
  3. Assist in preparing training and presentations materials.
  4. Collect data and keep monthly records of training and outreach.

Communications:

  1. Develop and implement a communications plan for volunteers.
  2. Create written content for website, social media and print publications.
  3. Provide support for organizational communications as needed.

Qualifications/Competencies:

  1. BA/BS with 3 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  2. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  3. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
  4. Ability to work with a diverse group of staff and volunteers.
  5. Ability to manage a wide range of tasks and responsibilities.

HOURS, SALARY, AND BENEFITS: The position is 35 hours/week. salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes health insurance, vacation, personal, and sick time.

To Apply: Email a cover letter addressing your interest and experience and resume to John Froio, Deputy Director at jfroio@denovo.org. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

De Novo 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.

Temporary Staff Attorney – Unemployment & Wage & Hour Law – Volunteer Lawyers Project

DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM with one unpaid hour for lunch 
REPORTS TO: Cindy Palmquist, Managing Director
LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Boston, MA and Remote
STATUS: Full-time, Exempt
SALARY/WAGES: Starting at $60,000, commensurate with experience

Click here to apply!

SUMMARY OF POSITION: 
The Temporary Unemployment and Wage & Hour staff attorney will represent clients in DUA hearings and in wage & hour cases, mentor pro bono attorneys, supervise paralegal and interns who support the Employment unit, and identify appropriate referrals as well as participate in a monthly wage theft clinic when it resumes. This position is temporary for one year with the possibility of becoming permanent.

QUALIFICATIONS:

REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE: 
– Law degree from an accredited law school
– Admission to and good standing in Massachusetts bar
– Experience with Unemployment and Wage & Hour law

PREFERRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE: 
– Experience with Legal Server case management software
– Prior experience serving low-income populations and communities

REQUIRED MENTAL/PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
– Strong verbal and written communication skills
– Ability to absorb and retain new information quickly
– Strong interpersonal skills
– Strong organizational and time management skills
– Ability to excel working independently and within a team
– Ability to learn and navigate computer, case management software, and phone systems
– Ability to be flexible and adapt to various client situations and changes in program procedures
– Strong data entry and typing skills
– Ability to manage stress and identify self-care as needed
– High level of attention to detail and accuracy
– Ability to analyze and problem solve quickly
– Ability to effectively and efficiently communicate over the phone, by computer, and in person
– Ability to use a computer several hours per day

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
– Represent clients with cases before the Department of Unemployment Assistance and in various courts
– Represent clients with wage & hour issues, including drafting demand letters and negotiating settlement
– Identify appropriate cases for referral to pro bono attorneys
– Train and mentor staff and pro bono attorneys in unemployment and wage & hour law
– Other program duties as assigned

Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.

Legal Assessment Attorney – ACLU of Massachusetts

Full or Part-Time (minimum 4 days per week)

TO APPLY: Applicants should submit a resume, list of references, and a cover letter describing their interest in this position via email to AssessmentAttorney@aclum.org. Type the position title in the subject header. No phone calls or faxes please.

Summary
The ACLU of Massachusetts (“ACLUM”) seeks a Legal Assessment Attorney to manage receipt of and response to requests from members of the public for legal assistance or resources they may access outside of ACLUM. These requests number several thousand per year, and ACLUM can provide direct legal representation to only a small number of people whose cases present significant civil liberties and civil rights issues. This position manages a team of trained volunteers who accept initial inquiry phone calls and written information from the public. The Legal Assessment Attorney reviews and screens the requests, gathers additional information as needed for an assessment, escalates requests for review by ACLUM attorneys, and determines appropriate responses for the balance.

Flexibility to accommodate work during evenings and weekends when warranted is a key requirement for this role.

Essential Duties
– Manage system for timely and appropriate response to requests for legal assistance or resources; respond directly, as necessary.
– Facilitate prompt communication with staff attorneys about requests needing their attention, and relay of related information.
– Train, coordinate day-to-day activities of, and support Legal Resource Team volunteers.
– Manage the case management database and other systems to organize Legal Resources data and respond to requests for assistance.
– Maintain up-to-date information about alternative resources through which individuals can seek further assistance.
– Provide regular reports to the Legal Director or their designee, analyzing intake volume, trends and other information, as needed.

Other Responsibilities
Special projects and other tasks as assigned by the Senior and Managing Attorney or Legal Director, consistent with collective bargaining requirements.

Qualifications, Experience and Attributes
– Attorney admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.
– Knowledge of external legal resources and organizations in Massachusetts
– Direct supervisory experience and skills.
– Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
– Strong interpersonal skills and a keen customer service orientation.
– Experience working with volunteers in a professional role or as an active volunteer.
– Experience working with hotline or information and referral services strongly preferred.
– Proficiency with case management and relational databases or other query and report-writing software, or strong aptitude for learning related systems.
– Strong belief in the ACLU’s mission and work, and in preserving and defending the civil rights and individual liberties guaranteed by the US and Massachusetts Constitution and laws.
– Commitment to diversity and inclusion. Respect for differences in race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.

Key Performance Indicators
– Timely, professional and appropriate response to requests for legal assistance.
– Prompt identification of matters of potential interest to ACLUM litigators.
– Maintenance of strong relationships and communication with Legal Resource Team volunteers and other members of the Legal Department.
– Regular updating of alternative resource information (at least quarterly).

Physical Requirements
– Frequent written and verbal communication
– Frequent and extended periods of standing and sitting
– Visual acuity for extensive reading, preparing and analyzing information, and viewing a computer terminal

Compensation
Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include 401(k), long-term disability insurance, and paid vacation and holidays proportionate to work schedule.

About the ACLU of Massachusetts
The ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) was founded in 1920 and is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan membership organization that works to preserve and expand the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Through strategies of litigation, advocacy, public education, and grassroots activism, we strengthen and expand public understanding of racial justice, juvenile justice, LGBTQ rights (including equal marriage), women’s rights, criminal justice issues, equal opportunity, free speech and assembly, privacy rights, religious liberty, students’ rights, voting rights, and reproductive rights. ACLUM staff are unionized and this position is within the bargaining unit.

ACLUM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and formerly incarcerated people to apply.

Bilingual Paralegal – Housing and Appeals – Volunteer Lawyers Project

POSITION: Bilingual Paralegal – Housing and Appeals

DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM with one unpaid hour for lunch

REPORTS TO: Supervising Attorney

LOCATION: Remote/7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA 02110*

STATUS: Non-Exempt

SALARY: $47,000

*This position will be remote until the office re-opens for in-person operations.


Click here to apply!

The deadline to apply for this position is 04/20/2021 (April 20, 2021). Applications will not be accepted after this date.

 SUMMARY OF POSITION:

VLP is seeking a Bilingual Paralegal in the Housing and Appeals unit to support our busy team working on multiple legal projects, including legal clinics and Call Center support. The paralegals will manage both legal and administrative functions of these units, including meeting and following up with staff and clients, communicating with other members of the team internally and externally, providing support to the call center on a rotating basis, and other duties as necessary to carry out the mission of the organization.
QUALIFICATIONS:

REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE:  

  • Completion of bachelor’s degree and/or Paralegal Certification program
  • Fluency in Spanish and English – oral and written                                

REQUIRED MENTAL/PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS: 

  • Heavy use of computer programs and applications
  • Ability to communicate in person, by telephone, and by computer
  • Ability to travel to various locations in Greater Boston
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Ability to collect and present information
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Reliable and organized
  • Customer service-oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Compassionate and able to work with low-income populations and be sensitive to their legal needs and socioeconomic status
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and Zoom
  • Ability to be flexible and work independently
  • Ability to navigate through the Internet, research, and locate and interpret information
  • Able to learn new computer software and systems quickly

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the organization’s programs and projects and substantive areas of law, especially those substantive areas of law in which you will be assisting clients
  • Handle day-to-day case management administrative functions
  • Attend weekly legal clinics and case review meetings
  • Transcribe/document case updates and next action steps during meetings for cases
  • Provide intake support at the call center twice per month.
  • Attend weekly meetings and transcribe information discussed at legal unit meetings
  • Attend trainings as needed for professional development
  • Participate in other assigned projects, as needed, to continue the VLP mission

Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.

Bilingual Paralegal – Family Law & Guardianship – Volunteer Lawyers Project

DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM with one unpaid hour for lunch

REPORTS TO: Supervising Attorney

LOCATION: Remote/7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA 02110*

STATUS: Non-Exempt

SALARY: $47,000

*This position will be remote until the office re-opens for in-person operations.


Click here to apply!

 

The deadline to apply for this position is 04/20/2021 (April 20, 2021). Applications will not be accepted after this date.

 SUMMARY OF POSITION:

VLP is seeking a Bilingual Paralegal in the Family Law and Guardianship unit to support our busy team working on multiple legal projects, including legal clinics and Call Center support. The paralegals will manage both legal and administrative functions of these units, including meeting and following up with staff and clients, communicating with other members of the team internally and externally, providing support to the call center on a rotating basis, and other duties as necessary to carry out the mission of the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS:
REQUIRED EDUCATION/TRAINING/KNOWLEDGE:  

  • Completion of bachelor’s degree and/or Paralegal Certification program
  • Fluency in Spanish and English – oral and written                                

REQUIRED MENTAL/PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS: 

  • Heavy use of computer programs and applications
  • Ability to communicate in person, by telephone, and by computer
  • Ability to travel to various locations in Greater Boston
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Ability to collect and present information
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Reliable and organized
  • Customer service-oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Compassionate and able to work with low-income populations and be sensitive to their legal needs and socioeconomic status
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and Zoom
  • Ability to be flexible and work independently
  • Ability to navigate through the Internet, research, and locate and interpret information
  • Able to learn new computer software and systems quickly

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the organization’s programs and projects and substantive areas of law, especially those substantive areas of law in which you will be assisting clients
  • Handle day-to-day case management administrative functions
  • Attend weekly legal clinics and case review meetings
  • Transcribe/document case updates and next action steps during meetings for cases
  • Provide intake support at the call center twice per month.
  • Attend weekly meetings and transcribe information discussed at legal unit meetings
  • Attend trainings as needed for professional development
  • Participate in other assigned projects, as needed, to continue the VLP mission

Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.

Bilingual Administrative Assistant – Volunteer Lawyers Project

DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., plus occasional evening trainings with one unpaid hour for lunch (35 hours)
REPORTS TO: Finance and Operations Manager
STATUS: Non-exempt
LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Square, Floor 2, Boston, MA, 02110
HOURLY WAGE: $22/hour

Click here to apply!

The deadline to apply for this position is 04/13/2021 (April 13, 2021). Applications will not be accepted after this date.

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) is seeking a Bilingual Administrative. Assistant to provide administrative support to the main office and accounting and human resources teams. The ideal candidate will demonstrate compassion for low-income populations and be sensitive to their legal needs and socioeconomic status, demonstrate strong cultural sensitivity and awareness, be reliable, motivated, and committed to public interest work and access to justice, and communicate effectively. The Bilingual Administrative Assistant will develop and maintain a meaningful understanding of the organization’s programs and services to best serve VLP’s staff and clients.

REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/KNOWLEDGE:
– Associate’s or bachelor’s degree
– Fluency in English and Spanish
– 2+ years consecutive experience working in an administrative assistant capacity or similar role
– Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, with moderate to advanced knowledge of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook

PREFERRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/KNOWLEDGE:
Experience performing basic accounting functions, such as entering transactions

REQUIRED PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
– Ability to commute to the office and work in-person
– Heavy use of computer and telephone
– Ability to travel and sit or stand for long periods of time
– Ability to communicate in person, by telephone, and via electronic communication

REQUIRED MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS
– Strong verbal and written communication skills, in both English and Spanish
– Ability to work with diverse cultures, professionals, and personalities
– Strong data entry and typing skills
– Reliable and flexible with a sense of initiative
– Strong organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
– High level of attention to detail and accuracy
– Ability to keep workspace, projects, and tasks in order
– Ability to stay focused and on task in a fast-paced, busy environment
– Ability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks, and meet deadlines
– Ability to work independently and within a team
– Ability to review, update and manage multiple calendars, projects, and tasks
– Ability to navigate through the internet, research, and locate information
– Ability to quickly learn the use of software and equipment

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
– Direct callers and visitors to the appropriate staff person or to the call center
– Handle the day-to-day administrative functions, tasks, and assignments
– Update, review, and monitor multiple calendars
– Support basic accounting, human resources, and other functions as assigned
– Data entry and preparation of acknowledgment letters using donor management system
– Prepare materials, computer equipment, and set up for trainings and meetings
– Provide support to all staff members as needed
– Maintain and coordinate all aspects of VLP’s inventory database
– Coordinate supply orders for staff and office
– Serve as back-up and support to quickly handle any computer, internet, telephone, or other technology and equipment issues
– Schedule and coordinate meetings for staff and Board of Directors
– Other tasks as needed

Volunteer Lawyers Project is committed to a diverse work environment and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our ideal candidates are respectful of an inclusive work environment. VLP strives to ensure that those working in our organization reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. VLP encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.

Network Engineer – Administration/IT – 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.

GBLS seeks an energetic, self-motivated candidate to join the IT team to design, implement, and support all aspects of our computer and VOIP network. Using best practices to ensure a secure and reliable network, the ideal candidate has expert knowledge of networking concepts and technologies and 3-5 or more years of hands-on experience designing and implementing networks with Microsoft technologies including Windows Server 2016/2019, Exchange, Azure, Office 365, System Center, Security, EMS and end user solutions, data backup systems including SAN architecture and cloud backup services.

In addition to the technical skills, the ideal candidate has experience leading and implementing short- and long-term projects, has excellent written and verbal communications skills, is comfortable working as a team in a diverse work environment and has passion and pride in their work.

The Network Engineer reports to the IT Director and joins the IT team that includes the Help Desk Specialist and the Information Management Specialist. The main duties and responsibilities of the Network Engineer will include but are not limited to:
· Configuration, maintenance, and troubleshooting of all LAN and wireless network equipment including servers (both on-premise and virtual), switches, wireless devices, printers, and basic Telecom equipment
· Administration and support of enterprise-level Microsoft Exchange infrastructure, Office 365 and SharePoint environment
· Maintenance of automated GBLS Active Directory user account creation, integrated with LegalServer case management system
· System Center Desktop/laptop/tablet imaging
· Data backup and recovery planning and implementation
· Virus and network security planning and implementation including client configuration
· Planning and troubleshooting network traffic and connectivity issues
· Hands-on troubleshooting, configuring and servicing all voice and data hardware including but not limited to the following database and business software applications: O365 including fast-growing SharePoint and OneDrive environment, LegalServer, ADP, Raisers Edge, building security system, TPX VOIP phone system
· Research and recommend hardware and software to maintain network performance and stability
· Print/Scan support
· Helpdesk Level II support
· Maintaining Network Documentation
· Licensing and Vendor Relations
· Maintenance of hosting services for GBLS public website

Job Knowledge, Experience and Preferred Skills:

· 3-5 or more years of hands-on experience
· Expert knowledge of networking concepts and protocols – WINS, DNS, DHCP, TCP/IP
· Extensive knowledge of Microsoft O365 including the configuration and migration from on-premise server file storage to SharePoint and OneDrive
· Strong knowledge and experience with PowerShell and scripting
· Interface directly with the end users, project team and 3rd party to provide support
· Undertake knowledge transfer to support teams
· Strong verbal communication skills
· Ability to work as part of a team
· Strong sense of duty, responsibility, discipline and attention to detail
· Ability to learn new technologies quickly
· Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with competing demands

GBLS offers a competitive salary, generous benefits package, retirement contribution, and generous PTO leave. Candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: NE-IT when applying for this position. Deadline is May 1, 2021, or until position is filled. GBLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Staff Attorney – Immigration Unit – Greater Boston Legal Services

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.

GBLS seeks a staff attorney to join our Immigration Unit (IU). The IU represents clients in 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. GBLS provides free legal services and representation to clients in the greater Boston area who cannot afford private legal representation.

Responsibilities:
· Manage an immigration case load and provide representation and assistance to immigrants on substantive issues that may include:

o Removal defense;
o Defensive and affirmative asylum claims;
o Special immigrant juvenile status petitions;
o VAWA self-petitions;
o “U” and “T” visa applications; and
o Provide representation concerning these and other immigration matters before the USCIS, BIA, EOIR and the federal courts;

· Conduct intake interviews;

· Provide advice and referrals on immigration matters;

· Respond to requests for emergency legal assistance;

· Participate in legislative, administrative and other systemic advocacy that promotes the interests of GBLS clients;

· Provide legal services to culturally and linguistically diverse clients in an inclusive and respectful manner;

· Participate in projects to provide training and/or information to community groups about legal services;

· Provide training and presentations at substantive law events as appropriate;

· Participate in internal projects to share substantive knowledge, and supervise students as appropriate;

· Assist with general administrative tasks and grant reporting as appropriate;

· Maintain up-to-date knowledge and skills in immigration law.

Qualifications:
· This position is for an attorney with 1-3 years’ experience.

· The candidate must be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or have comity to become admitted.

· The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

· The candidate must have the ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks.

· The candidate must have the ability to work collaboratively with other attorneys as well as non-attorney staff and community partners.

· Fluency in one or more of the languages in addition to English spoken by GBLS Immigration clients, such as Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Cantonese or Mandarin is preferred.

· Experience working with immigrant clients from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds is preferred.

· Prior experience in immigration law, including asylum is preferred.

Salary & Benefits:
Salary is based on a union scale, which begins at $60,000 for an attorney who has just graduated law school. GBLS offers a generous benefits package, retirement contribution, a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys, and generous PTO leave. Candidates should submit letter of interest, resume and brief writing sample to the Personnel Department at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: IMM-ATT when applying for this position. Deadline is April 12, 2021 or until position is filled.

GBLS encourages applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

Paralegal – Seniors Law Project – South Coastal Counties Legal Services

South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), a non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income and elder residents, is hiring a full time Paralegal for the Seniors Law Project in its New Bedford office. The Paralegal will help promote the financial stability, health, and well being of low income and vulnerable elders through intake, advocacy, and community education in a variety of civil law matters. This is a long-term (one year) temporary position through a grant from the Association for the Relief of Aged Women in New Bedford.

The Organization: SCCLS is the principal provider of free, civil legal aid to low-income families, individuals and elders in Southeastern Massachusetts. SCCLS’ core mission is to achieve justice for eligible clients through community-based advocacy. SCCLS and its subsidiary support four law offices located in Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford and Hyannis. SCCLS provides legal assistance in over 4,000 cases each year, sponsors numerous community legal education and outreach events, and nurtures strong relationships with community groups and human service organizations.

Duties Include: The Paralegal will help to address the most critical problems facing older persons, including housing preservation, financial security and access to health care. This will involve intake and outreach in housing, public benefits and health law matters, supporting litigation on a variety of legal issues and advocacy in administrative proceedings. The Paralegal will conduct outreach and educational presentations in the Greater New Bedford area, and create written materials on key legal issues. Paralegals will often be the initial point of contact for individuals with critical needs.

Qualifications:
1. Paralegal Certificate/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; commitment to working with older adults (60+) who may have experienced poverty, trauma or discrimination required;

2. Prior experience advocating or serving the needs of older adults desirable; experience with case management, knowledge of public or private housing, Social Security or other public benefits programs, or experience providing community education desirable;

3. Ability to work independently and as a team member; goal and detail oriented with ability to prioritize;

4. Ability to work effectively with people from diverse cultures, with diverse opinions and values, including with staff, volunteers, students, community members and funders;

5. Fluency in a second language which reflects our client communities (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole) strongly preferred;

6. Ability to be flexible and multitask; willingness to become familiar with a variety of substantive law matters; ability to establish remote client and colleague relationships;

7. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, social media or graphic design; familiarity with other technology platforms desirable. Willingness to become effective and efficient in use of case management system required.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: SCCLS offers competitive compensation based on comparable public interest salaries and commensurate with experience. Multi-lingual annual increment to base salary may be added for demonstrated language skills (written, oral, or both). Generous benefits and leave offered.

APPLY: For full consideration, submit resume and cover letter by April 20, 2021 to: Lissl Thelin at lthelin@sccls.org with subject line: SLP Paralegal

SCCLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. We strive to foster a healthy, inclusive environment where all staff, clients, and community members are valued, empowered and recognized, especially individuals who come from marginalized communities that are often under resourced, underserved, and underrepresented.