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Disability Benefits Advocate – 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 140 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 an advocate to work in its Fitchburg office. The advocate will primarily assist clients seeking to obtain or maintain SSDI, SSI, and SSP benefits. The advocate may also assist students with cases involving Individualized Education Programs, school discipline, and other issues affecting low-income students. The advocate will conduct community outreach and education and will also assist in the preparation of periodic grant reports. This is a full-time position, although part-time hours are negotiable.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Prior experience advocating at administrative agencies and working on Social Security or education issues is a plus. Non-attorney applicants are welcome, but must have EDPNA designation. Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish is preferred. Demonstrated experience working with diverse communities, strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to work in a collaborative setting are important. 

Please submit cover letter and resumes to: avaughan@cla-ma.org or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Manager, Community Legal Aid, 405 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.

Posted: April 2, 2022