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 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.
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.
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 35 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 as a whole, 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 GSuite, 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 a 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. Note that this position will be remote until our office, located in Boston, reopens for in person operations (which at this time we anticipate will be during the first quarter of 2022).
How to Apply:
Please email a cover letter outlining experience and qualifications, a resume, and a short writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.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.