Education Law Staff Attorney (Fitchburg) – 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 seeks an attorney to join an enthusiastic, skillful team to work in its Education Law Unit. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Fitchburg office and will assist students in matters involving Individualized Education Programs, school discipline (including suspensions and expulsions), language access, and other issues specifically affecting low-income students. The attorney will conduct community outreach and education to inform parents, students, and other stakeholders about education-related legal rights and responsibilities.
QUALIFICATIONS: Law students currently in their third year of law school, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish is preferred, as is prior education law experience. We seek someone with excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to engage in effective community outreach, and a demonstrated dedication to social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities.
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 to: Alicia Vaughan, HR Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608, OR email firstname.lastname@example.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.
CLA has a hybrid workplace and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.