Staff Attorney, Elder Law – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Mass. CLA has over 150 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities.

CLA seeks a staff attorney to work in its Elder Law Unit. The staff attorney will be based in CLA’s Fitchburg office and will assist individuals who are at least 60 years old with legal matters that affect their health, safety, and well-being. The attorney will help clients seeking to obtain or maintain SNAP, SSDI, SSI, SSP, and other benefits. The attorney will also assist clients seeking safety from abuse and exploitation. The attorney will also represent clients of any age seeking access to, or preservation of, Medicare benefits. The attorney will have significant client contact and will assume an active caseload while continuing to accept new cases. The attorney will engage in community outreach and education and will work closely with community partners including elder service agencies. Some grant-writing and grant-reporting required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Law students currently in their third year of law school, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Candidates should have sensitivity to the unique challenges facing elders. Prior elder law experience, particularly with low-income clients, strongly preferred. Fluency in a second language, especially Spanish, preferred. Prior experience with administrative agency advocacy and hearings is helpful. Access to reliable transportation and willingness to conduct elder home visits on occasion is required.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $71,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); law school loan repayment assistance; and relocation stipend. CLA has a hybrid work environment and requires advocates to work in their assigned office at least three days per week.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online. Alternatively, you can email your cover letter and resume to: Alicia Vaughan, HR Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608, or email avaughan@cla-ma.org.

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

Supervising Attorney, Employment Unit – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 150 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities. CLA is a fiscally sound, administratively strong agency supported by a dedicated staff, management team, and Board of Directors.

CLA seeks a Senior Supervising Attorney (SSA) to join its dynamic management team. The SSA will oversee the work of and directly supervise the attorneys in CLA’s Employment Unit, which currently includes 6 attorneys. The unit assists low-wage workers with unemployment cases and cases involving wage and hour issues, leave issues, and employment discrimination. The unit also conducts regular community outreach and education. CLA advocates in other units spend a portion of their time on employment law matters and the SSA will provide support to those advocates as needed.

The SSA’s duties will include co-counseling cases; editing pleadings and briefs; preparing advocates for and observing them in court and in outreach activities; and engaging in regular case reviews. The SSA will also participate in coordinating the training of staff; work with CLA’s Managing Attorneys in conducting annual performance reviews; and assist in writing grant applications and reports.

The SSA will be based in CLA’s Springfield or Worcester office. The position will require some travel to CLA’s offices across central and western Massachusetts to support and build relationships with staff in person.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar or entitlement to practice under a Mass. practice rule required. Must have at least five years of experience as an attorney, with significant experience in employment law. Ability to work collaboratively and strong supervision and communication skills required. The candidate should be an independent thinker and have the ability to calmly and thoughtfully support advocates who work in a high-stakes, fast-paced environment which can often be stressful.

COMPENSATION: Salary DOE. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online. Alternatively, you can email your submit cover letter and resume to: avaughan@cla-ma.org, or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608. In your cover letter, please include an explanation of your interest in a supervisory position and your office of preference.

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

Supervising Attorney, Education Unit – CLA

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 150 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities. CLA is a fiscally sound, administratively strong agency supported by a dedicated staff, management team, and Board of Directors.

CLA seeks a Senior Supervising Attorney (SSA) to join its dynamic management team. The SSA will oversee the work of and directly supervise the advocates in CLA’s Education Unit, which currently includes 6 advocates. The unit assists at-risk students with cases involving Individualized Education Programs, school discipline (including suspensions and expulsions), language access, and other issues specifically affecting low-income students. The unit also assists children with disabilities seeking to obtain or maintain SSI benefits, with a focus on cases at the reconsideration and appeal levels. The unit also conducts regular community outreach and education.

The SSA’s duties will include co-counseling cases; editing pleadings and briefs; preparing advocates for and observing them in court and in outreach activities; and engaging in regular case reviews. The SSA will also participate in coordinating the training of staff; work with CLA’s Managing Attorneys in conducting annual performance reviews; and assist in writing grant applications and reports.

The SSA will be based in CLA’s Springfield or Worcester office. The position will require some travel to CLA’s offices across central and western Massachusetts to support and build relationships with staff in person.

QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to Mass. Bar or entitlement to practice under a Mass. practice rule required. Must have at least five years of experience as an attorney, with significant experience in education law. Experience litigating children’s SSI cases a plus. Ability to work collaboratively and strong supervision and communication skills required. The candidate should be an independent thinker and have the ability to calmly and thoughtfully support advocates who work in a high-stakes, fast-paced environment which can often be stressful.

COMPENSATION: Salary DOE. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit your cover letter and resume online. Alternatively, you can email your cover letter and resume to: avaughan@cla-ma.org, or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01608. In your cover letter, please include an explanation of your interest in a supervisory position and your office of preference.

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

CLAVC Associate – MLRI

Deadline for Submission:
This is an immediate / fast track hire. Application materials will be reviewed, and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis; interested and qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.

The Opportunity:
The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) seeks a Community Partnerships and Outreach Associate for the Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime Initiative (CLAVC). The position will focus on building and maintaining strategic partnerships and collaborations with community organizations and victim services providers to identify and address the most pressing civil legal needs of victims of crime and survivors of domestic violence, and to increase the impact of the CLAVC Initiative. The Associate will report directly to MLRI’s CLAVC Initiative Manager.

Position is 60 to 80% time depending on salary range.

About MLRI:
Founded in 1968, MLRI is a nationally recognized nonprofit poverty law and policy center that provides statewide advocacy and leadership in advancing laws, policies, and practices that secure economic, racial, and social justice for low-income people and communities. We pursue systems change through litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, coalition building, community lawyering, and other strategies that address systemic harm to low-income people. MLRI is also the statewide multi-issue poverty law support center for the Massachusetts civil legal aid delivery system; our advocates provide substantive expertise and technical assistance to frontline legal aid field program advocates and to many other advocates and providers who serve low-income people and communities in Massachusetts. Visit www.mlri.org.

About CLAVC:
The CLAVC Initiative helps victims of crime throughout Massachusetts with their related civil legal problems — including family law, housing, immigration, disability rights, child welfare, education, consumer, identity theft, employment rights and public benefits.

Over 30 CLAVC attorneys and advocates in nine legal aid programs in Massachusetts offer a wide variety of civil legal services to victims of crime throughout the state. MLRI oversees the programmatic aspects of the initiative, including training, communications, outreach and project coordination. Visit www.massclavc.org for more information. CLAVC is funded by the Massachusetts Office for Victim of Crime (MOVA).

Job Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with MLRI’s CLAVC Initiative Manager and CLAVC advocates across the state, develop and maintain partnerships and collaborations with community organizations and victim services providers so that victims of crime in Massachusetts can get help with their civil legal needs.
  • Provide trainings and facilitate community legal education and other presentations to community stakeholders, partners and other victim services providers throughout Massachusetts.
  • Engage in outreach efforts to victims of crime with civil legal needs to connect them with CLAVC and with legal information.
  • Develop, implement and provide technical support with outreach and communications activities including the public facing CLAVC website (www.MassCLAVC.org), the password protected CLAVC space on the statewide legal services advocate website (www MassLegalServices.org), and creation and distribution of materials including flyers, blog posts, fact sheets, graphics, community outreach and education materials, videos and social media content.
  • Support and coordinate planning and logistics for live and virtual trainings and other events for CLAVC advocates and develop creative ways for to build and maintain community among CLAVC advocates.
  • Give presentations about CLAVC to diverse audiences.
  • Oversee the rollout and marketing to community providers of LIST, a new online referral tool for community advocates to use when making referrals to CLAVC.
  • Maintain documents, data, and other information required by funders. Prepare detailed quarterly reports based on this information.
  • Work with, train, and supervise interns and AmeriCorps advocates.
  • Participate in meetings and coalitions representing the interests of victims of crime, identifying and effectuating projects to increase collaboration.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Experience & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Five to eight years of relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with victims of crime and survivors of domestic violence, victim services providers, legal aid, community groups, low income and/or vulnerable communities is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent community outreach and relationship development skills.
  • Very strong organizational skills, attention to detail and adeptness at prioritizing tasks.
  • Tech savvy with high level knowledge of G-Suite including Google Analytics Zoom, and MS Office suite especially Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point.
  • Excellent and versatile communication skills, including public speaking and writing.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Experience with social media platforms preferred.
  • Once in-person events have fully resumed, periodic travel to locations throughout Massachusetts to participate in in-person meetings, outreach events, trainings and presentations will be required.

MLRI offers a competitive compensation package. Salary levels for advocates are determined by a salary scale based on years of relevant work experience; for example, the salary for an individual 5 years of experience is $61,854 (non-attorney advocate) to $70,000 (lawyer); 10 years is $65,014 (non-attorney advocate) to $77,750 (attorney). MLRI offers generous benefits including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, 403(b) plan with employer contribution, as well as vacation, paid holidays, and family leave. This position can be hybrid with two days a week in office and other days remote.

How to Apply:
Please email a cover letter outlining experience and qualifications, a resume, and a short writing sample to humanresources@mlri.org. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls please.

MLRI’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
MLRI is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a staff, board, and volunteers with diverse personal and professional backgrounds and lived experience enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with lived experience of poverty and/or racism, and people from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

Supervising Attorney – DLC

Who We Are: The Disability Law Center (DLC) is a statewide, nonprofit legal organization and Massachusetts’ Protection and Advocacy agency for people with disabilities. DLC is committed to protecting the civil and human rights of all persons with disabilities through zealous advocacy and representation. Our work is firmly rooted in the belief that everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. DLC’s guiding principles are to promote and protect inclusion, independence, integration, and equal opportunity.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity Mission Statement: DLC is dedicated to protecting and promoting the fundamental human rights of our clients in appreciation of their diverse circumstances and to approaching our work through an intersectional lens. To do this effectively, we must foster diversity at all levels of the agency and maintain an inclusive environment that supports success and the well-being of staff. DLC is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer by choice. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to disability, race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military service, veteran status, age, citizenship, marital status, status as a parent/guardian, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Position: Supervising Attorney

Hours: 0.75-1.0 FTE; full-time schedule is 35 hours per week

Reports To: Director of Litigation OR Director of Advocacy

Location: Hybrid – combination of remote and in-office in Boston or Northampton

Summary: The Supervising Attorney will serve as a middle manager, supervising Senior and Staff Attorneys. The Supervising Attorney will oversee the day-to-day activities of their team and will ensure the provision of high-quality legal and advocacy services to DLC clients. The Supervising Attorney will have the opportunity to contribute to the strategic growth of the organization.

Essential Functions:

  • Directly supervise Senior and Staff Attorneys and Advocates in their day-to-day work, which shall include the following:
    • Through regular supervision, provide guidance, training, and support to supervisees to improve their advocacy skills and case outcomes.
    • Regularly encourage staff to identify systemic barriers faced by clients and client communities and seek innovative ways to address the identified barriers; and
    • Evaluate work of supervisees to ensure adherence to the highest professional standards and effective use of time, conduct case reviews, review caseloads.
  • Maintain an individual caseload consistent with program priorities.
  • Analyze case law, statutes, regulations, agency policies, and proposed legislation.
  • Participate in evaluating service requests and assigning cases with the Director of Litigation, Director of Advocacy, and Supervising Attorneys.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Litigation, Director of Advocacy, and Supervising Attorneys in developing systemic activities as appropriate, including impact litigation.
  • As part of DLC’s full management team, participate in: team meetings; development and implementation of DLC policies and procedures; grant reporting and compliance activities; leading change and promoting a positive team attitude.
  • Participate in the orientation and training of newly hired or less experienced staff.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with subject area professionals and advocates, including state officials and agency staff, providers, and advocacy organizations.
  • Attend in-person meetings and visits with DLC colleagues, clients, opposing parties, government officials, and others that may require travel throughout Massachusetts.
  • Perform other related duties assigned by the Executive Director or supervising Director.
  • In accordance with DLC policies and procedures, maintain: the security of confidential information and records; complete and accurate records documenting advocacy, monitoring, and investigation activities and time spent.

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate and ability to practice law in Massachusetts (current MA bar admission or immediate ability to be admitted to bar required).
  • At least 7 years of experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Demonstrated commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of people with disabilities, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and/or people with low-income.
  • Experience with advocacy in a variety of forums including federal, state, and appellate courts, administrative agencies, and/or legislative bodies.
  • Ability to analyze facts and pertinent legal authority and develop creative solutions.
  • Ability to produce high quality legal writing.
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently, and collaboratively.
  • Experience supervising attorneys or advocates, or in legal project management.
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with people from diverse cultures, with diverse opinions and values.
  • Commitment to fostering inclusivity and equity as well as humility when working with clients, colleagues, and in supervising staff at the intersection of multiple identities.
  • Professionalism and sound ethical judgment.
  • Ability to travel throughout the Commonwealth.

Desired Attributes:

  • Experience working for a Protection and Advocacy agency.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a language other than English: ASL, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Mandarin, or another non-English language.

Compensation:

FTE salary range starting at $105,000. DLC provides a generous benefits package, generous vacation, retirement benefits and dental insurance.

To Apply:

Interested applicants for this position must submit a cover letter and resume through DLC’s website: https://www.dlc-ma.org/supervising-attorney/. Applications received by February 11, 2024 will be prioritized for consideration, then will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

If you require a reasonable accommodation for completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in our employee selection process, please contact Amanda Gasparonis via email at agasparonis@dlc-ma.org.

Disclaimer: The position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all functions or inclusive of all job responsibilities that may arise. The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

Staff Attorney, Elder, Health and Disability Unit – GBLS

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 seeks a staff attorney with 0-3 years of experience for a permanent position in the Elder, Health and Disability Unit (“EHD”). Please note GBLS has a hybrid work schedule.

The staff attorney’s responsibilities will include assisting elders with a full range of housing, and state and federal public health and income benefits work. The housing work will include representing elder tenants facing eviction in local district and housing courts and may include representing individual tenants facing Section 8 terminations. The staff attorney will also handle hearings on denials and terminations of SSI/SSDI, SNAP, EAEDC, and MassHealth. The responsibilities may involve administrative advocacy and legislative work on housing or public benefits issues and student supervision as appropriate.

Qualifications: Admission to or comity with the Massachusetts Bar is required. This position is for an attorney with 0-3 years of legal experience. A commitment to social justice is required. Some legal experience in poverty law as well as knowledge of housing law and/or federal (SSI/SSDI,) or state benefits (EAEDC, SNAP, MassHealth) are preferred. The ability to travel to courthouses throughout the GBLS service area and to occasional statewide Housing events (GBLS has a travel expense reimbursement plan). Fluency in Spanish or Haitian/Creole is helpful but not required.

Salary is based on a union scale, which begins at $72,000 for an attorney who has just graduated from law school. GBLS offers a generous benefits package, paid time off, and a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. The attorney will work out of the GBLS Boston office. GBLS has a hybrid work schedule.

Candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to the Human Resources Department via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EHD-ATT when applying for this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and reviewed on a rolling basis but applicants are encouraged to submit applications by February 9, 2024.

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

Health Law Senior Staff Attorney – MLRI

The Opportunity: The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) seeks an experienced attorney to join MLRI’s Health Law Practice Group. The Senior Staff Attorney will play a lead role in crafting and carrying out MLRI’s health advocacy agenda- through litigation, administrative and legislative advocacy, and coalition-building with legal aid, advocacy organizations and community-based groups.

About MLRI: MLRI is a nationally recognized nonprofit poverty law and policy center that provides statewide advocacy and leadership in advancing laws, policies, and practices that secure economic, racial, and social justice for low-income people and communities. We pursue systems change through litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, coalition building, community lawyering, and other strategies that address systemic harm to low-income people. MLRI is also the statewide multi-issue poverty law support center for the Massachusetts civil legal aid delivery system; our advocates provide substantive expertise and technical assistance to frontline legal aid field program advocates and to many other advocates and providers who serve low-income people and communities in Massachusetts.

Desired Qualifications & Experience:

  • A law degree and admission to any state bar;
  • Minimum 7 years experience in relevant field, including minimum of 5 years post-law school legal experience;
  • Expertise in one or more areas of health law including Medicaid/MassHealth, Exchange/Health Connector, the Affordable Care Act, health care for the uninsured, public health, improving delivery of care, social determinants of health, and racial disparities in health;
  • Litigation experience;
  • Policy advocacy experience with state and/or federal administrative agencies or legislative bodies;
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse community groups and coalitions;
  • Demonstrated ability to build, lead, and coordinate diverse and broad-based coalitions or working groups advocating for policy change;
  • Excellent writing and legal research skills;
  • Bi-lingual highly desirable but not required (especially Spanish-speaking);
  • Commitment to MLRI’s mission to serve low-income, historically and presently marginalized, and vulnerable populations by advancing a race equity agenda through a community driven advocacy lens.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the other MLRI advocates and coalition partners to identify and develop strategies to ensure access to affordable, quality health care for all.
  • Advocate for policy changes to improve health outcomes, improve access to affordable, quality health care, and to address racial disparities in health through:
    • High impact litigation,
    • Administrative and legislative advocacy,
    • Collaborative work with coalitions, working groups, and community-based organizations.
  • Provide legal and technical support, expertise, and training to policymakers, legal services program staff, and community organizations on health law and policy issues.
  • Assist MLRI’s health unit with securing and managing grant funding.

Salary and Benefits:

  • MLRI offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. MLRI provides a very generous benefits including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, 403(b) plan employer contribution of 3% after 6 months of employment, as well as vacation, holiday, and family leave
  • MLRI’s Staff Attorney salaries are based on scale and are commensurate with skills and years of relevant post-JD attorney experience. For example, for this position the salary range is $78,000-105,000 depending on applicant level of experience. Internal equity considerations and average salary of the peer range will be reviewed and taken into consideration.
  • MLRI is currently operating on a hybrid schedule

How to Apply:
Please email a cover letter, resume and a legal writing sample with “Sr. Health Attorney” in the subject line to humanresources@mlri.org.

Deadline for Submission:
Application materials will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis; interested and qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to submit application materials promptly.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
MLRI is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that having an inclusive culture and a staff, board, and volunteers with diverse personal and professional backgrounds and lived experience enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, immigrants, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with lived experience of poverty, and people historically and presently excluded and marginalized.

Staff Attorney – NLA

Northeast Legal Aid seeks to hire a Staff Attorney for its Medical-Legal Partnership.

Excellent benefits including: 99% employer paid health insurance, free dental and life insurance, 3% 401K match, student loan repayment plan, generous leave time and hybrid work model.

Please send a resume and two references to creardon@nla-ma.org. Equal Opportunity Employer seeking a diverse pool of applicants.

Receptionist – Cambridge and Sommerville 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 qualified candidate to fill the new position of Receptionist at the Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) office. CASLS is a small supportive neighborhood office with a strong track record of success in providing legal assistance to low income, elderly, and immigrant communities it serves in Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Woburn, and Winchester.

Location: This position is based at 60 Gore Street, Second Floor, East Cambridge, MA 02141. It is “in person” five days a week.

Hours: This position is for 35 hours a week. The daily schedule will be based on coverage needs and may change over time but will be regular. Normal office operations time is Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Duties

  • Answer the phone and apply unit protocols to screen and direct callers as appropriate.
  • Answer the door and determine the nature of the visitor’s business (including greeting clients, directing potential clients as appropriate, and providing building access to postal and other delivery persons).
  • Determine initial legal problem and/or geographic and/or financial eligibility for prospective clients who contact CASLS by phone or in person.
  • Upon request, schedule interpreter and other appointments for CASLS staff.
  • Sort, date-stamp and distribute incoming mail and stamp and post outgoing mail.
  • Be available between calls to assist with office administrative tasks such as updating office forms, scanning, copying, and library filing.
  • Maintaining updated brochures and flyers in CASLS reception area.
  • Occasionally assist clients by making certain referrals.
  • Some data entry.
  • On occasion, as time permits, assist with on the job training for new staff.

Qualifications

  • Excellent oral skills and good judgment.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism and patience when dealing with clients and potential clients who may be distressed.
  • Ability to use computer database to enter information and search for information.
  • Ability to use basic functions of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Willingness and ability to learn where to refer callers.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Fluency in English (Fluency in one or more languages spoken by CASLS clients, such as Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole, is helpful but not required).

Salary is based on a union scale, with a starting annual salary of $44,500 for a receptionist with five years of experience (and annual increases every July 1). There is an additional payment of $950 annually for a second language ability if applicable. GBLS offers a generous benefits package, retirement contribution, and paid time off.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to the Human Resources Department, via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: CASLS-RECEPTIONIST when applying for this position. Deadline for applications is January 17, 2024 or until the position is filled.

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

Managing Attorney, Housing Unit – GBLS

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 seeks a Managing Attorney to oversee the work of the Housing Unit. The goal of the Housing Unit is to preserve tenancies and to increase affordable housing for low-income people. The Unit represents individuals who face involuntary displacement from their homes and those who seek access to affordable housing and shelter. The unit prioritizes working with community groups that promote the expansion of resources for affordable housing and to try to minimize the loss of units.

The Manager will be responsible for coordinating and supervising staff; have the capacity to lead a team effort to address housing challenges and conflicts with litigation, negotiation and political action, as well as the ability to build consensus and recognize areas of mutual benefit to landlords, owners, real estate developers and residents. The Shelter system run by the State is in dire need of reform, and the Housing unit needs to respond with creative casework, litigation and policy work in order to address the needs of our homeless clients. The Manager must also provide and encourage leadership in the substantive legal work, legislative and administrative advocacy, and community education activities; and participate in the GBLS leadership team and the management group on program wide policy issues.

Qualifications should include: over 10 years of legal services or similar advocacy experience; strong and demonstrated commitment to poverty issues, community lawyering, capacity building of diverse client groups, experience in systemic cases or projects including legislative or administrative projects; the ability to mentor, supervise and co-counsel effectively and in a collaborative manner that provides opportunities for growth and professional development. Prior management or administrative experience is required.

Interested candidates should submit a resume with a cover letter describing your qualifications for the job including legal work and/or experience working on housing issues to the Human Resources Department via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: HU-MANAGER when applying for this position. Deadline for application is January 15, 2024 or until position is filled.

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