Education Staff Attorney – Victim Rights Law Center

Title: Education Staff Attorney
Status: Full Time (preferred, but flexible)
Location: Remote/Available to appear at hearings and meetings across Massachusetts

Organization:
The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is a nonprofit law center that provides free legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault throughout Massachusetts and in Oregon and national training and support for lawyers and advocates on the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims. The VRLC’s mission is to provide legal representation to survivors of sexual violence to help rebuild their lives; and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. All applicants must agree with the VRLC’s mission and philosophy regarding our commitment to improving the response to sexual violence, empowerment, and inclusiveness. This position will be filled by an attorney with a strong work ethic, a passion for mission-driven work, and a commitment to addressing the needs of marginalized communities. The VRLC deeply values diverse voices and perspectives on our team. People of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The VRLC will gladly assist applicants in need of accommodations. For assistance, contact humanresources@victimrights.org.

This position is ½ direct services and ½ national training and technical assistance.

Direct services: A successful candidate will enjoy providing legal representation to campus student sexual assault survivors across Massachusetts. The candidate will act as an advisor throughout the investigation and adjudication process, advocate alongside the client for supportive measures, and file administrative complaints. They will be committed to serving marginalized and underserved populations and passionate about ending sexual violence.

Technical assistance: The candidate will create and deliver in-person and online trainings, develop curricula that is consistent with innovative approaches to adult learning, conduct legal research, and work collaboratively with campus administrators and their teams across the country.

VRLC strives to build and strengthen a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes building a team that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. People of color, LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, survivors, immigrants, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide sexual assault survivors with legal consultations, representation, and referrals
  • Conduct intakes with sexual assault and stalking survivors
  • Participate in intake and case assessment meetings
  • Participate in the collection of accurate client services data
  • Work collaboratively with a team of lawyers and paralegals
  • Provide support and consultation to campus administrators and their teams in the states, tribes and territories who receive funding from the U.S. DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Campus program
  • Create, update, and deliver survivor-centered, culturally responsive, remote and in-person trainings
  • Develop, draft, edit, and/or review tools and resources created for student conduct administrators, advocates, Title IX coordinators, and other members of Coordinated Community Response Teams on campus
  • Track and maintain data related to the delivery of training and technical assistance and grant reporting
  • Ensure timely completion of project deliverables
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and in good standing
  • 2+ years of experience providing legal representation to survivors of gender-based violence or equivalent expertise
  • Experience working with trauma survivors and/or underserved communities (e.g. LGBTQ, communities of color, people with disabilities, minors, etc.)
  • Valid driver’s license and comfortable driving throughout the Commonwealth
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience designing, creating and delivering in-person and remote (online) presentations, trainings, workshops, and companion materials
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and shifting demands and still meet project deadlines
  • Problem-solving skills and creative approaches to using the law to meet survivors’ needs

Salary Range: $60-65k/year depending on experience

Hybrid Work: VRLC has a Hybrid Work Policy. “Hybrid Work” is a flexible workplace model that is supportive and inclusive of employees fulfilling their job responsibilities in-office, remotely, or at another location (partner agency) for all or part of their regularly scheduled work hours. Employees have a choice in selecting a working environment that helps them be most productive while meeting the needs of the VRLC and prioritizing both a survivor-centered approach to work and survivor privacy. For this role, the candidate must be available to attend meetings and hearings in Massachusetts with clients as needed.

Benefits: The VRLC provides generous paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave; health and dental insurance; long & short-term disability and life insurance; 403b plan with employer match; public transit pass (when not working remotely); and a caring and engaging work environment.

To Apply: To apply, e-mail us your resume and cover letter at humanresources@victimrights.org with both your last name and “Ed Attorney” as the subject of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled.

The VRLC is committed to providing meaningful and equitable access for all candidates. Please let us know if, at any time in the hiring process, an accommodation is needed to make the process more accessible.