Staff Attorney, Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime (CLAVC) Initiative – GBLS

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) seeks to hire a full-time permanent staff attorney to provide civil legal services on behalf of victims/survivors of crime pursuant to our CIVIL LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME (CLAVC) Initiative.

Areas of practice will include abuse prevention and family law matters and also may include housing, immigration, employment, public benefits, and other areas of civil law. The attorney will join a team of advocates who collaborate in-house and across Massachusetts under the statewide CLAVC Initiative.

This position will be housed in the Family Law Unit of GBLS and will involve working with clients who have experienced domestic violence and/or other forms of potentially traumatic victimization.

Employment requirements:

  • Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar
  • Between two (2) and seven (7) years of legal experience
  • Ability to travel to courthouses throughout the GBLS service area and to occasional statewide CLAVC events (GBLS has a travel expense reimbursement plan)

In addition, strong candidates will have some or all of the following qualities:

  • Conversant in a language in addition to English that is common to residents of our service area
  • Experience working with clients who have experienced trauma
  • Experience working in low-income communities
  • Experience collaborating with non-legal community organizations
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Interest in systemic advocacy
  • Ability to both work as a member of a team and manage an individual caseload

GBLS offers a flexible, hybrid work schedule.

Salary is based on a union scale, which is currently under review for possible increase. Current starting salary for a person with five years of experience is $66,000. GBLS offers a generous benefits package, retirement contribution, a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys, and generous PTO leave. Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to the Human Resources Team via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to the Job Code: FLU-CLAVC-ATTY when applying. Deadline is November 4, 2022, or until position is filled.             

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

Intake Specialist (4 Positions) – 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.

GBLS provides free legal services and representation to clients in the greater Boston area who cannot afford private legal representation.

GBLS is seeking four Intake Specialists who will have primary responsibility for assisting applicants for legal services with the eligibility screening process. For clients who are not eligible for GBLS’ services or do not have a legal problem, Intake Specialists provide referrals to other organizations who are likely to be able to assist the applicant with their situation. Intake Specialists spend a significant amount of time on the telephone. Their role is to provide applicants with a welcoming, professional and supportive experience. Bilingual applicants are especially encouraged to apply. This position will be hybrid, with some in-office time and some remote work.

Core Responsibilities:

The Screening Specialist will be directly responsible for the following:

  • Assisting applicants through the eligibility screening process for both the telephone and online intake channels.
  • Providing referral information to applicants who are found to be ineligible for GBLS’ services or who do not have a legal issue.
  • Handling confidential client information discretely.
  • Entering confidential client information into the intake form in the program’s case management system.
  • Working closely with GBLS support staff, leadership, and practice group leaders to provide thorough, accurate, and efficient intake services to applicants.
  • Developing strong working relationships with GBLS staff.
  • Developing a thorough understanding of the case types accepted by GBLS and staying abreast of changes
  • Interacting with applicants, clients, staff, community partners, and the public in an empathetic, supportive, professional, and welcoming manner.
  • Providing assistance with administrative and support functions as needed by the program.

Qualifications

  • 1-2 years of prior experience with telephone service in a high call volume environment, with ability to handle a large volume of calls efficiently.
  • Demonstrated experience with providing culturally sensitive and accessible services to diverse, low-income client communities.
  • Ability and comfort level with collecting personal and confidential information from applicants.
  • Comfortable with technology and possessing the ability to master new applications quickly; familiarity with LegalServer and Windows Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.) a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Commitment to poverty law issues.
  • Bilingual capabilities, especially in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Haitian Creole, are desirable.

Salary is based on a union scale for Administrative Secretary/Legal Assistant positions with annual raises and in which, for example, someone with 4 to 6 years of experience (including certain educational experiences) would earn between $38,015 and $40,015, with an additional $950 annual payment for second language ability. GBLS offers a generous benefits package including low-cost comprehensive health insurance, retirement contribution, paid time off, and ongoing professional development opportunities. GBLS currently has a hybrid work model for all staff.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to the GBLS Human Resources Team by email to jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: INTAKE when applying for this position. Deadline is November 19, 2022, or until position is filled.

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

Domestic Violence Staff Attorney – MWLS

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

Responsibilities include:         

  • Represents survivors in domestic violence-related civil legal matters including divorce, custody, paternity, and protection order cases, thereby increasing survivor choice, safety, and economic independence.
  • Educates 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.
  • Advocates 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 a bar of another state**).
  • Two plus years’ experience in providing family law services preferred; 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. Language competencies will be tested during the interview process.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills. 
  • Fully vaccinated pursuant to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
  • Sense of humor and willingness to be a team player.

**An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must be eligible to practice as a foreign lawyer under SJC Rule 3.04 and become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale with a base wage of $60,000 plus experience credit if applicable. 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, at jobs@mwlegal.org. Please send and attach 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, Housing Instability Legal Assistance Project – MWLS

ATTORNEY JOB OPENING – Housing Instability Legal Aid Grant – Long-term temporary position – through June 2024

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.

Under the oversight of a supervising attorney, the attorney shall:

Responsibilities:             

  • Work with tenants who are facing eviction by providing legal assistance with rental assistance applications, drafting pleadings, and full representation of tenants with disabilities. 
  • Staff Lawyer for the Day sessions as assigned.
  • Interview clients to assess legal issues presented and work to determine next steps necessary to resolve the legal problem.
  • Conduct outreach and work closely with community groups serving low-income populations.
  • Review active cases and close cases in a timely manner in accordance with office procedures.
  • Perform such other duties as assigned consistent with the provision of quality client services.

Qualifications/Competencies include:

  • Juris Doctor Degree and admission to the Massachusetts Bar in good standing.
  • Proven interest in and commitment to advocacy for the legal rights of low-income and other vulnerable populations.
  • Interest in and some experience working with low-income populations providing assistance with housing matters.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to relate to professionals as well as community groups and individuals.
  • 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 helpful.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on a union scale with a base wage of $60,000 plus experience credit if applicable. 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, Housing and Disability Unit – De Novo

De Novo is community-based agency that provides free legal services and affordable mental health counseling for low-income people throughout the Greater Boston/Cambridge/Somerville 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.

Responsibilities include:

  • Representing clients in judicial and administrative proceedings involving evictions, access to public and subsidized housing, enforcement of tenant rights, and termination of housing subsidies.
  • Staff De Novo’s Lawyer for the Day Clinics at the Eastern Division of the Massachusetts Housing Court.
  • Attorneys are expected to dedicate one morning or afternoon a month to either an in-person or zoom court clinic. At the clinic, we provide legal assistance, including advice, brief service, limited assistance representation, case consultation, and referrals to clients in judicial proceedings involving evictions, and affirmative tenant actions including repairs, lockouts, and appeals of termination of housing subsidies.
  • Representing clients in Social Security/SSI disability cases, from applications through administrative proceedings or judicial review.
  • Recruiting, training, and supervising volunteer attorneys and law students to handle cases.
  • Assist with data collection and grant reporting as needed.
  • Participating in coalitions and task forces; working with community-based and legal service organizations; conducting outreach and community legal education.

Qualifications/Competencies include:

  • Admitted to Massachusetts bar (or a bar of another state**).
  • Two plus years of legal experience preferred.
  • Experience representing low-income people in court and administrative proceedings required.
  • Experience representing low-income people in housing cases desired.
  • Experience working with and/or representing a broad range of people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people with low incomes.
  • Excellent writing and oral advocacy skills.
  • Ability to supervise effectively.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Bilingual preferred.

**An applicant who is admitted to the bar of another state must be eligible to practice as a foreign lawyer under SJC Rule 3.04 and become a member of the Mass. bar within 2 years.

HOURS, SALARY, AND BENEFITS: The position is 35 hours/week. Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent fringe benefit package, including health, life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance, vacation, personal, and sick time, 403(b) plan, Flexible Spending Plan, training and professional development opportunities.

To Apply: Email a cover letter addressing your interest and experience in poverty/public interest law and resume, to John Froio, Deputy Director, De Novo, Email address: 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.

Executive Director – SCCLS

Executive Director
South Coastal Counties Legal Services
Fall River, Massachusetts

THE SEARCH

South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS) seeks an extraordinary leader who is committed to the mission of providing justice through community based legal advocacy to serve as its next Executive Director (ED). This leader will have the opportunity to oversee one of the most respected legal service organizations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, collaborate with an engaged and committed access-to-justice community, and continue the expansion of critical civil legal aid to vulnerable residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, & Islands. SCCLS is a leading provider of free legal support to income-eligible and older residents in areas of housing, public benefits, family law, immigration, education, senior law, consumer debt, employment, and civil legal aid for certain victims of crime. The new executive director will be instrumental in the continuation and growth of the SCCLS mission.

For more than 50 years, SCCLS has served thousands of community members by providing high quality legal assistance and educational programming. Through the highly successful efforts of its outgoing executive director, resourceful Board of Directors, and talented staff, SCCLS has achieved financial stability; a diverse and collaborative team of advocacy and administrative staff; a network of pro bono volunteers; and an enviable reputation and demand for superb legal support for the community members who most need the aid of South Coastal Counties Legal Services.

The Executive Director serves as the chief executive of South Coastal Counties Legal Services and reports to the 15-member Board of Directors (The Board). The Executive Director oversees operating revenue of approximately $11.5 million and staff of 75 that includes professional staff in administration, finance, program management, attorneys and other advocacy staff who spearhead SCCLS’ legal work. SCCLS seeks an executive director who can provide exceptional vision, leadership, and management for the staff; serve as an effective representative and spokesperson to further SCCLS’ reputation amongst the advocacy community; help set a vision with and cultivate strong partnership with the Board of Directors, and increase financial contributions and grants to support the overall growth and demand for services placed on SCCLS.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in strict confidence to the firm as indicated at the end of this document.

SOUTH COASTAL COUNTIES LEGAL SERVICES

South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit law firm which provides free legal help in civil matters to qualified residents of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket and Plymouth counties and the towns of Avon and Stoughton in Norfolk County. Together with its wholly owned subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts (The Justice Center), SCCLS operates fully staffed, community-based law offices in Fall River, New Bedford, Hyannis, and Brockton with an administrative office located in Fall River, Massachusetts. For more than 50 years, SCCLS and its predecessor organizations have been providing free, quality, legal assistance to the community.

On average, SCCLS provides approximately 11,000 low-income individuals and families, elders, and people with disabilities with legal help in over 5,000 cases. Typically, to qualify for legal assistance from SCCLS, clients must have income below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. For residents of the SCCLS community over the age of 60 who are economically or socially disadvantaged, and victims of crime who are facing legal problems as related to their victimization, there are no financial eligibility requirements.

Mission

The mission of South Coastal Counties Legal Services is to achieve justice for eligible clients through community based legal advocacy. The advocates at SCCLS provide quality legal assistance to eligible clients in high priority civil cases. Through their myriad of practice areas, SCCLS advocates for people struggling economically to help protect their homes, their families, their health, their livelihoods, and their rights.

While direct services are the mainstay of the organization, community based legal educational programming is an additional component of SCCLS’ work. When the team at South Coastal Counties Legal Services notice statistical trends in clients’ legal problems which arise from wrongful private or governmental conduct, the advocates locate the root cause of the issue and make a concerted effort to raise awareness around these issues through programming and continued education. To that end, the SCCLS team participate in state-wide access to justice efforts through their services on various task forces organized around substantive and service delivery issues.

Practice Areas

South Coastal Counties Legal Services skilled advocacy teams serve a diverse array of practice areas. As of the publication of this document, the practices areas represented are as follows:

  • Housing – Advocates can help tenants facing eviction, termination of a rent subsidy, or bad housing conditions, people experiencing denials of admission to public or subsidized housing, homeowners threatened with foreclosure, and others seeking help to overcome barriers to safe, affordable housing.
  • Public benefits – Advocates can help with Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSDI), unemployment, emergency or transitional assistance, MassHealth and SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits.
  • Family Law – SCCLS advocates helps families who qualify achieve family and economic stability by offering legal advice and/or representation in divorce, child custody and support, and abuse prevention cases, primarily to those experiencing domestic or sexual violence.
  • Immigration – The Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts, an SCCLS subsidiary, offers legal representation to individuals in need of immigration assistance on a wide range of cases. The immigration team helps survivors of domestic or sexual violence, victims of crime and human trafficking, and those eligible for asylum, temporary protected status, or special immigrant juvenile status achieve the humanitarian-based relief to which they are entitled. SCCLS also represents individuals in family-based immigration cases, removal proceedings, and other types of immigration petitions. The immigration team regularly provides trainings, community outreach and education, and community clinics, and engages in systemic advocacy on behalf of client communities.
  • Education – SCCLS is committed to ensuring that low-income students are afforded the quality education to which they are entitled. This can mean advocating for special education services and supports, representing students who are facing exclusion from their education, and addressing the underlying policies and practices that interfere with students remaining in school and having the opportunity to learn.
  • Senior Law – SCCLS’ Senior and Elder Law Projects provide legal assistance to individuals aged 60 and older who are economically or socially disadvantaged. Priority is given to income maintenance issues, health care, long-term care, nutrition, housing, utilities, protective services, defense of guardianship, abuse, neglect, and age discrimination.
  • Consumer Debt – SCCLS hosts educational clinics at which clients struggling with consumer debt can obtain the information and advice they need to avoid harassment from creditors, understand protections afforded by bankruptcy and present defenses in debt collection cases. In limited situations, SCCLS can also help eligible clients discharge debt through bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Employment – Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, SCCLS has helped hundreds of residents obtain the unemployment assistance they needed to survive. SCCLS’ advocates also help recover wages wrongfully withheld by an employer in violation of federal or state labor laws.
  • Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime – SCCLS has special funding from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) to help victims of crime with civil matters relating to certain crimes. For example, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are often left with significant civil legal needs beyond those addressed by the criminal justice system.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

SCCLS has established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council to ensure the organization fosters a healthy, inclusive environment where all staff, clients, and community members are valued, empowered and recognized, especially individuals who identify with and who come from marginalized communities that are often under-resourced, underserved, and underrepresented. SCCLS is committed, in partnership with its DEI Council, to effecting structural changes within the organization and to institutions that impact the communities SCCLS serves.

In 2017, SCCLS’ Diversity Working Group was created to address hiring, retention, and professional development of staff with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2019, the group evolved into its next iteration, the DEI Council, to expand the scope of the group’s initial mission. In 2020, SCCLS and its DEI Council partnered with a consultant to conduct an internal equity audit as well as multi-session training initiatives to strengthen SCCLS’ commitment to racial equity. Each of the SCCLS offices as well as The Justice Center are represented on the DEI Council.

AmeriCorps

Since 2005, South Coastal Counties Legal Services and the Justice Center have operated a statewide AmeriCorps program which places college or law graduates in legal aid programs throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to support the legal assistance provided to income-eligible families and older residents. The AmeriCorps Legal Advocates of Massachusetts  (ALA-MA), was created to foster the growth of the next generation of public leaders while opening doors and creating access to justice for clients. SCCLS has secured more than $8M in federal funding to recruit and train this next generation of leaders since the program was created.

In 2010, the program was named one of the most innovative new AmeriCorps programs in the United States by America’s Service Commissions and Innovations in Civic Participation. In 2016, Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) nominated the program for a 2016 Excellence in AmeriCorps Programming and Service Award.

Pro Bono

With a high demand for its services, SCCLS offers a Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) program in which private attorneys volunteer their time to SCCLS and the communities it serves. In the last year, private attorneys volunteer time aided over 120 clients who may not have received legal assistance otherwise. Volunteer attorneys have offered support to SCCLS and its clients through full representation referrals, Pro Se family law workshops, consumer debt clinics, and estate planning workshops. Additionally, The Compensated Attorney Program (CAP) provides an opportunity for private attorneys to receive “low bono” compensation to help cover the costs of overhead and time with no charge to clients.

Funding and Budget

SCCLS is a financially stable organization with $11.5 million in revenue for the 2021 fiscal year. Projections of future revenue and income streams predict that SCCLS’ budget will stay in the $11 million range. The work at SCCLS is largely supported with funds from the state and federal government, private foundations, and individual and corporate donors. Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), is the largest funder of SCCLS, providing approximately 60% of funding for the organization. Additionally, SCCLS is a grantee of the federal Legal Services Corporation. For a full list of SCCLS funders, please follow this link.

Leadership & Governance

The Executive Director will lead a management and administrative team that operates across SCCLS’ 4 offices, including The Justice Center. In partnership with the ED, the management and administrative team provides oversight to internal and external functions including, organizational development, DEI efforts, annual budgeting and forecasting, human resources, grants management, supervision of managing attorneys, community partner engagement, fundraising, intake and referral processes, and private attorney pro bono and volunteer projects.

In total, South Coastal Counties Legal Services has approximately 75 employees across its 4 offices and the Justice Center. Like many civil legal aid programs, the SCCLS staff is unionized. SCCLS leadership maintain a collegial relationship with the union.

SCCLS is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors that is composed of attorneys, client-eligible, and at-large representatives. The composition of the Board is established in conjunction with federal and state funders.

SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS, CAPE COD & ISLANDS

South Coastal Counties Legal Services name is derived from the picturesque and historic geographic location in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that it serves. Southeast Massachusetts is defined as bordered by Boston to the north and Rhode Island to the west. Among the main urban areas are Fall River, New Bedford, Plymouth, Brockton, and Hyannis.

The history of Southeastern Massachusetts can be traced back 12,000 years to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, also known as the People of the First Light. The Mashpee Wampanoag were re-acknowledged as a federally recognized tribe in 2007. In 2015, the federal government declared 150 acres of land in Mashpee and 170 acres of land in Taunton as the Tribe’s initial reservation, on which the Tribe can exercise its full tribal sovereignty rights. Southeastern Massachusetts residential communities also features one of the largest Portuguese/Azorean and Cape Verdean populations in the country. For the last 106 years, The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament has been an opportunity to share Madeiran culture and has become the largest Portuguese Feast in the world. The Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis celebrates the African American, Cape Verdean, and Wampanoag people of Cape Cod. In fact, Portuguese is the third most spoken language in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Southeastern Massachusetts also boasts several historic landmarks, including Plymouth Rock and the National Monument to the Forefathers, events like the annual New Bedford Folk Festival, eclectic art at galleries such as Gallery X and the New Bedford Art Museum, and of course a deep devotion to maritime experiences. Located in Fall River, Battleship Cove is a maritime museum and war memorial featuring the largest collection of World War II naval vessels, including the USS Massachusetts. Cape Cod is home to rolling sand dunes, New England Villages, and at the northern tip, Provincetown. Kayaking, restaurants and bars, and museums are just some of the adventures one can find on The Cape. The Islands, including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, offer visitors a getaway that is only a ferry-ride away to some of New England’s most beautiful beaches, wildlife refuges, and whale watching venues.

THE ROLE OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Executive Director of South Coastal Counties Legal Services is the chief executive of the organization and reports directly to the Board of Directors. The ED will be a mission-driven leader with proven success in driving strategy to meet the needs of an in-demand and growing legal aid organization. The ED will be responsible for overseeing the strategic and physical growth of SCCLS, through visionary leadership and people management, strong communication, and a deep understanding of the legal aid funding environment, and expansive knowledge of the legal practice areas of SCCLS. Externally, the Executive Director will represent the organization with existing partners across the state, foster new partnerships, steward fundraising opportunities and the management of $11 million in state, federal, city, and foundation grants, and strengthen relationships with the communities that SCCLS serves.

KEY OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES

Work collaboratively with the Board of Directors to further the vision and mission for South Coastal Counties Legal Services

The volunteer Board of Directors at South Coastal Counties Legal Services are a dedicated group of individuals who are committed to the continued success of the organization. Acting in partnership with the Board, the ED will ensure careful stewardship of the organization by leveraging the Board’s experience and connections to their local, state-wide, and national networks. As seats on the Board become vacant, the Executive Director will use their critical thinking abilities to assess the needs of the organization from the Board’s perspective and cultivate a Board of Directors that continues to support the mission of SCCLS and innovate for the organization’s future.

Oversee the growth of South Coastal Counties Legal Services organization-wide

Over the last few years, South Coastal Counties Legal Services has grown considerably with its staff almost doubling in size to 75, to meet the increasing need for their services. Recently, 10 law graduates were hired to join SCCLS in a cohort model; a first for the organization. As the demand for SCCLS services and staff increase, so too must their physical spaces. SCCLS is in development to open a new office space in Brockton, MA, in the same building as The Justice Center. SCCLS is aiming to have this office opened in early 2023. Through data analysis, assessment, and trend forecasting, the Executive Director will need to develop an effective business strategy to meet the exceptional need for legal services in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod & Islands.

Serve as an effective external representative and spokesperson for South Coastal Counties Legal Services

The Executive Director plays a pivotal vital role in connecting the work of SCCLS to a multitude of stakeholders in the region. They must continue to sustain and foster new connections where appropriate with the broader legal community, civil rights and social justice organizations, and policymakers at the city and state level, including three new American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funded Medical Legal Partnership (MLP), Department of Children and Families (DCF), and education projects. This also includes revisiting previous partnerships with various organizations and state entities.

Provide exceptional vision, leadership, and management to South Coastal Counties Legal Services staff

While leveraging the institutional knowledge of its managing attorneys and senior staff members, the Executive Director will ensure organizational effectiveness through streamlined and clarified processes, hiring staff for vacant roles, developing retention tools for experienced staff, and professional development opportunities for junior staff. Working closely with the staff, the Executive Director should determine what will be the best organizational structure to meet the coming needs of SCCLS. With the goal of adding staff in the near to medium term future, thinking strategically about SCCLS’ staffing structure will become more critical.

Increase financial resources to support South Coastal Counties Legal Services’ mission

Fundraising will be a critical task for the next Executive Director to ensure that SCCLS has the financial resources to respond effectively to the legal needs of its communities. SCCLS seeks to grow its staff size thoughtfully and sustainably in the future and financial support from a variety of sources will be essential to achieving that. Strong financial acumen and an understanding of the funding landscape for legal aid will be critical for the next ED to maintain SCCLS’ varied revenue streams, including state and federal dollars, grants, and its partnerships, like ALA-MA funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE

While no one person will embody all of them, the successful candidate will exemplify many of the following qualifications and attributes:

  • A track record of providing exceptional visionary, motivational, and highly effective strategic leadership that connects vision and resources to implementation and drives measurable outcomes;
  • Experience managing or working in an organization with geographically dispersed teams and offices; managing a unionized staff or administering an organization with distributed leadership, are all desirable attributes;
  • A proven track record of hiring, managing, and mentoring a diverse staff, and motivating, developing, and retaining high-performing staff members and teams;
  • Highly effective communication skills; the ability to build strong relationships, collaborations, and partnerships across a broad range of constituencies;
  • An approachable, collaborative, and accessible leadership style with a high degree of emotional intelligence and personal integrity;
  • A demonstrated ability to work with complicated legal issues and explain them to a wide range of audiences;
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations and understanding the effects of poverty, trauma, and systemic discrimination on impacted persons and community level change is highly valuable;
  • A personal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and demonstrated ability to build relationships and successfully advance diversity, inclusion, and positive change through community involvement;
  • Experience working effectively with and cultivating a Board of Directors;
  • A proven track record of hiring, managing, and mentoring a diverse staff, and motivating, developing, and retaining high-performing staff members and teams;
  • Strong financial acumen and an understanding of the funding landscape for legal aid, including oversight of grant-writing, cultivating and sustaining individual donors, and philanthropic partnerships;
  • A Juris Doctor with experience in the practice areas covered by SCCLS and/or social justice issues is preferred; active license to practice preferred.

TO APPLY

South Coastal Counties Legal Services has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the Executive Director search, including identification and review of candidates. For timely and comprehensive consideration, applicant materials should be received no later than October 1, 2022. Application reviews will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including resumes and two- to three-page letters of interest to the search committee, responding to the challenges and opportunities outlined above), should be sent electronically and in confidence to the following individuals through the link below:

Tim McFeeley, Partner
Miguel Santiago, Senior Associate
STEB
https://www.imsearch.com/8616  

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.

Staff Attorney: Housing and Homelessness – CWJC

Central West Justice Center (CWJC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Community Legal Aid (CLA), seeks a staff attorney to work in its Worcester office. Together, CWJC and CLA have over 140 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices in Central and Western Massachusetts. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities.

The staff attorney will represent tenants in eviction cases, tenants facing denials or terminations from public and subsidized housing programs, and families appealing denials or terminations from the state’s emergency assistance homeless shelter program. The staff attorney will regularly participate in a Housing Court lawyer-for-the day program. The staff attorney will also assist with grant-writing and reporting.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Admission to Massachusetts Bar or entitled to practice under a Massachusetts practice rule. Experience in landlord-tenant and shelter work preferred, as is fluency in Spanish. Administrative agency advocacy experience helpful. A demonstrated dedication to social justice, sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse backgrounds, and commitment to working with low-income communities are important. Third-year law students, recent law graduates, and more experienced attorneys are all welcome to apply.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $62,500, 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); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please submit your cover letter and resume either online at https://communitylegal.isolvedhire.com/jobs/714913-253208.html, through email to avaughan@cla-ma.org or by mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608

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.

CLA has a hybrid workplace and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.

Staff Attorney: Elder, Health & 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’ experience for a permanent position in the Elder, Health and Disability Unit (“EHD”).

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, TAFDC, Medicare and MassHealth. The responsibilities may involve administrative advocacy and legislative work on housing or public benefits issues.

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, Medicare) or state benefits (TAFDC, EAEDC, SNAP, EA shelter, MassHealth) are preferred. Fluency in Spanish or Haitian/Creole is helpful but not required.

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, paid time off, and a student loan repayment assistance plan for eligible attorneys. The attorney will work out of the GBLS Boston office. However, at present due to COVID-19, work is handled both remotely and in the office.

Candidates should submit cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to the Human Resources Team via email at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: EHD-ATTY 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 October 28, 2022.

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

Private Attorney Involvement Program Coordinator (Fall River) – SCCLS

South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS), a growing non-profit legal aid program, seeks to hire a Coordinator for its Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Program. The PAI Coordinator motivates and leads an engaged advocacy community, private bar and volunteers in the provision of civil legal services to the most vulnerable residents of the region. The Coordinator will develop relationships that increase the provision of civil legal aid to low-income residents of the region by cultivating and coordinating outreach efforts to the private bar, judiciary and legal community.

SCCLS and its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts (JCSM), with a combined staff of nearly 80, is the principal provider of free, civil legal aid to low-income residents of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. SCCLS law offices are located in Hyannis, New Bedford and Fall River. The Justice Center is located in Brockton. SCCLS’ core mission is to achieve justice for eligible clients through community-based advocacy. The organization prioritizes legal services in:  housing, public benefits, elder law, domestic relations, employment, education, immigration, and consumer matters.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop, engage and nurture pro bono relationships between law firms, corporation counsel, members of the private bar, and SCCLS;
  2. Timely screen and refer cases to the private bar; provide support and oversight to ensure timely civil legal services are provided to low-income eligible clients;
  3. Ensure adherence to program and case handling standards, funder requirements and the highest professional standards; establish and implement PAI program policies in conjunction with ED/DD;
  4. Create and maintain data systems; monitor program quality; efficiently complete program reporting requirements; and quickly respond to requests for information;
  5. Offer and supervise pro se workshops and clinics to assist applicants with targeted services; expand or alter services as needed to address emerging legal needs of client communities;
  6. Effectively engage with the organization’s leadership team, advocacy staff, the judiciary, law schools, and the private bar to promote use of volunteers to further SCCLS’ advocacy goals and strengthen its capacity to serve clients;
  7. Identify and participate in opportunities that develop leadership capacity and expand substantive legal knowledge that results in PAI program growth;

Qualifications:

  1. Admitted in MA or eligible for admission, JD only and/or non-lawyers who possess demonstrated familiarity with civil legal services or MA legal system will be considered;
  2. Experience and/or commitment working with vulnerable or marginalized populations who may have experienced poverty, trauma or discrimination;
  3. Ability to work independently and as a team member; goal and detail oriented with ability to prioritize required; organizing or leadership experience desirable;
  4. Commitment to race equity, anti-racism and economic justice in the workplace and in providing legal services;
  5. Excellent written and verbal communication skills required; tech-savvy and social media literate desirable;
  6. Ability to engage effectively in person and remotely with people from diverse cultures, with diverse opinions and values, including with staff, volunteers, students, community members and funders;
  7. Fluency in a second language which reflects our client communities (Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Khmer) desirable; 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  SCCLS salaries are based on a collective bargaining agreement scale with yearly standard increases, multi-lingual annual increment for demonstrated language skills. Benefits package: health and dental with supplemental coverage, life insurance, disability, flexible spending account, 403(b), loan forgiveness. Generous paid leave including sick, vacation, personal and holidays.

APPLY:  Submit letter of interest, resume and writing sample by email to:  LThelin@sccls.org with Subject Line: PAI Coordinator. For timely and comprehensive consideration, applications should be received by November 11, 2022. Application reviews will begin immediately.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services and its subsidiary are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. 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.

Paralegal (One Year Long-Term Temporary), Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic – GBLS

September 28, 2022 

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 applicants for a one year, long-term temporary, paralegal position in the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic of the Employment Law Unit (ELU). The clinic carries out its work through: (1) direct representation of individual clients and their families; (2) systemic administrative advocacy to improve access and services at the state (DOR) and federal (IRS) tax agencies; and (3) outreach and community education to inform marginalized groups about tax credits. The paralegal will receive training to work in a team with 3 lawyers and the unit’s support staff. 

Core Responsibilities: 

  • Outreach targeted to very low-income clients who did not receive the COVID 2020 and 2021 stimulus payments and/or special 2021 Child Tax Credit 
  • Handle tax controversy cases for clients 
  • Provide high quality representation in all aspects of this work, including: 
  • Interviewing and other communications with clients and third parties to obtain initial information 
  • Determining the relevant questions and documents needed to assess and handle the case 
  • Preparing written communication (email, letters, updates, case lists) for advocacy and other purposes, tailored to the context and the person(s) to which it is directed 
  • Drafting memos for administrative-level advocacy and appeals 
  • Documenting all case work in GBLS’s case management system 

Qualifications: 

  • Desire to work with families and individuals facing language, technical, or bureaucratic barriers as they access tax benefits 
  • Strong organizational skills required for a large case volume 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills 
  • Experience in legal or other advocacy, or demonstrated relevant skills 
  • A plus, but not required: fluency in Spanish or Portuguese. 

GBLS offers a generous benefits package and paid time off. The position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement between GBLS and the Staff Association, which governs salary and benefits. Current salary range for a Paralegal position is between $38,500 and $85,750 per year depending on experience.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and writing sample to the Human Resources Team via e-mail at jobs@gbls.org. Please refer to Job Code: ELU-TAX PARA-LTT when applying for this position. The deadline for applying is October 16, 2022, or until the position is filled. 

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